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MAJOR PLANS have been lodged to create 2,750 muchneeded new homes, community facilities and business space near Lutterworth. The 550-acre development on land east of the town – including around 1,000 affordable homes, over 100 hectares of green space and two new primary schools – would generate 2,500 jobs, and is in line with Harborough District Council’s emerging Local Plan. Leicestershire County Council is behind the proposal and has now submitted a planning application to Harborough District Council. The scheme – which would also generate millions of pounds for the county council to invest in frontline services - features: • Swift Valley Community Park, playing fields, allotments, woodland, trees and hedgerows and new ecological habitats • Foot and cycle paths – connecting with Lutterworth town centre, boosting walking and cycling • 23 hectares of retail and business space - creating 2,500 jobs • Two new primary schools - and extra secondary school places • Roads and transport - improvements to main roads and M1 to boost capacity, a new M1 bridge, a new spine road to reduce town centre traffic plus new bus routes • A community hub - with shops, restaurants, cafes, health centre and community hall • Ultra-fast broadband at each property

City council-owned housing company’s first homes get go ahead PLANNING permission has been granted for the first council homes to be built by a new city council-owned housing company. Housing Leicester Ltd is set to begin work on creating 29 new homes across six sites in the city in the first phase of a major new affordable house-building project. The city council’s newly created housing company has been set up to provide new housing at sites across the city over the next few years. In all, more than 300 new council homes are planned. Planning permission has been granted for three of the initial sites – Ambassador Road in Crown Hills, Brocklesby Way in Netherhall, and nearby Maplin Road. Ambassador Road is the first site where work is due to get underway on two semi-detached homes and one detached house. Work is due to begin there this summer. At Brocklesby Way, one detached house is planned, along with one wheelchair-accessible bungalow, while two new bungalows are planned for the Maplin Road site. Three more schemes are also awaiting planning decisions, including proposals for five detached bungalows at Rosshill Crescent, Thurnby Lodge, one of which will be designed to be accessible by people with disabilities, 12 new homes in six semi-detached pairs at Felstead Road in Beaumont Leys, while in Selby Avenue, Humberstone, five new homes including two pairs of semi-detached houses and one detached house are planned. A contractor for all six of the first phase sites is due to be announced in the coming weeks. Houses built in this phase should be completed by April 2020. Work is also taking place this spring on identifying sites for a planned second phase of building, which will bring the total investment to about £48million and create 320 new homes.



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Get ready for more cranes on the Leicester landscape as inner city living steps up a gear

DEMAND for executive flats in Leicester is set to continue, according to a leading property specialist. Brendan Walsh – the recently promoted head of real estate team at Shakespeare Martineau in the East Midlands – said big built-to-rent schemes like those going up in Vaughan Way and Bath Lane, will probably be key to the city’s ongoing regeneration. Speaking at the international MIPIM property conference in Cannes, he said he conversations with colleagues from the US, Morocco, Europe and Scandinavia, suggested movement back into big urban areas had become a global trend – and Leicester was no exception. Some Leicester developers have estimated the city has capacity to attract more than £500 million of investment in 3,000 executive flats over the next five-or-so years. Outside the city centre, he said there seemed to be a move away from building four and five bedroom homes towards putting up starter homes, boosted by help-to-buy.

£30 million proposal for old Filbert Street site AS REPORTED in the Leicester Mercury, developers have revealed their preferred £30 million vision to transform the derelict site of Leicester City’s former Filbert Street ground. Winfox Ltd has drawn up two potential schemes to build on the vacant 4.2 acre site that has been largely disused since the club quit its old ground in 2002. As previously reported by LeicestershireLive council planning officers are considering an application similar to one from 2002 for a mixture of flats and town houses. However the firm says it has been back to the drawing board and come up with a second option to build 360 apartments in four blocks. They will be largely private rental sector (PRS) homes aimed at young professionals, key workers and graduates. The company says it has been in discussions with the city council about the scheme and is poised to submit a formal planning application in the coming weeks. Winfox director Neil McMinn said the latest scheme included nods to the site’s past as City’s home between 1891 and 2002. It includes recreating the iconic old main turn-style, demolished with the Carling Stand, to mark a gateway to the new development.

More than 12,500 new homes registered in January, reports NHBC THE UK’S HOUSEBUILDERS and developers registered 12,677 new homes at the start of the year – an increase of 9% compared to January 2018. 8,931 were registered in the private sector (9,214 in 2018), with 3,746 in the affordable sector (2,469 in 2018). For the rolling quarter, between November and January 38,611 new homes were registered compared to 37,990 a year ago – an increase of 2%. During this period there were 26,668 new homes registered in the private sector (28,509 in 2017/18: -6%) and 11,943 in the affordable sector (9,481 in 2017/18: +26%). Seven out of the 12 UK regions experienced growth in registrations during this period – notably Northern Ireland (+65%), Wales (+20%) and the South East (+19%). NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK and its registration statistics are a lead indicator for the new homes market. Commenting on the first new home figures of 2019, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “As a standalone month, the January figures show some solid growth, with a particularly good uplift in the affordable sector. “However, it is clear that Brexit uncertainties are affecting the private sector and this will impact the months ahead. NHBC will continue to work to help the industry face these challenges and to keep the focus on the quality of new homes.”

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Plans Approved for Transformation of Former Fenwick Building PLANS TO RESTORE and convert the former Fenwick building in Leicester city centre were approved in February and will see the landmark building brought back to life with a mixed-use development. Project partners, developer, Aimrok Holdings Ltd and architects, rg+p applied to transform the former Fenwick building into 111 luxury, short stay serviced apartments together with a rooftop bar, which will become a focal point for the development. On the basement and ground floor, the approved design reconfigures an area of some 30,000 sq ft to include bar, gym, conference rooms, start-up office space and independent commercial units. Andrew Crainey, managing director, Aimrok Holdings commented: “Our intention has always been to revitalise and restore this building so it remains a significant destination for Leicester. Working closely bar, reception and laundry. A two alongside rg+p, we’ve created storey extension to the rear of the a viable and sustainable design building will provide five duplex which we believe will stand out apartments. All have been designed in the modern marketplace. to bring out the period detail of We’re extremely pleased with the the building, using existing features successful outcome of this planning wherever possible. application and now look forward The rooftop bar is formed from to commencing work transforming a single storey extension and will this much-loved local landmark.” be available to tenants of the apartments as well as the general The 111 luxury, short stay serviced public. Plans include space for a apartments comprise a mix of roof terrace and semi-enclosed studio, one and two bedroom courtyard. designs and associated amenities such as exercise room, ground floor James Badley, director at rg+p

commented: “This scheme is designed to honour the building’s history by emphasising some of its period features while simultaneously creating high quality residential and commercial space. We’ve worked closely alongside our heritage consultants and the planning team at Leicester City Council to ensure a seamless blend of old and new. Materials such as copper panelling, stainless steel and powder coated window frames have been incorporated to achieve this. Andrew added: “This building

An updated perspective of the proposed roof top bar with the duplex apartments’ rear extension. is of extreme local significance and we’re committed to seeing it sensitively restored into a vibrant place to live and work. Now we have secured a positive planning outcome, work will commence on the first phase, the ground floor and basement, as soon as strip out is complete. We envisage the first units being ready for occupation in approximately 12 months’ time.”




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Leicester garages for sale by auction

SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a level site with 12 lock-up garages. The garages – adjacent to 138 Cambridge Street, Leicester LE3 0JR – are part let/part vacant. There are 5 brick and timber garages to the front which require repair, and 7 sectional concrete garages to the rear which appear to be in reasonable condition. Double secure gates to the right of the site give access. The site is roughly square and measures approximately 18m (60ft) x 18m (60ft) The site offers excellent scope for residential development, subject to planning permission. It would also make a great addition to any investment portfolio; a great opportunity that, after works, would let for around £7,500 per annum giving an excellent return. For sale BY AUCTION on Monday 8th April 2019 (start time 11.30am) at Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, The King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL. Guide Price: £45,000+ For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 0116 254 9654 or visit

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Resilient East Midlands businesses plan for growth LLOYDS Bank’s Business Barometer for February 2019 shows: •

Firms’ confidence in their own business prospects rose eight points to 21 per cent – the highest increase in the UK • A net balance of 10 per cent of firms are looking to increase their headcount, eight points more than last month • Overall confidence for firms in the East Midlands was three per cent, compared with seven per cent in January Business confidence in the East Midlands fell four points during February to three per cent, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Firms’ confidence in their own business prospects rose eight points to 21 per cent this month – the highest level in the UK. When combined with their views on the economy overall, this gives an overall confidence figure of three per cent. Businesses’ hiring intentions also showed that a net balance of 10 per cent of businesses in the region expect to hire more staff during the next year, up eight points on last month. Nationally, overall confidence fell 15 points to just four per cent as both firms’ optimism about the economy and their confidence in their own prospects slumped. Across the UK, firms’ confidence in their own trading prospects fell 14 points to 13 per cent while economic confidence fell by 15 points to minus five per cent. The Business Barometer questions 1,200 businesses monthly and provides early signals about UK economic trends both regionally and nationwide. Amanda Dorel, regional director for the East Midlands at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “East Midlands businesses’ confidence in their own prospects is strong. An increasing number of firms in the region expect business activity to increase over the next 12 months and more firms are planning to recruit new members of staff as a result. “We are by the side of businesses of all sizes and sectors right across the region as they plan for growth, and as part of this have pledged to lend up to £2.5billion to East Midlands businesses during 2019.” Across the region, a net balance of 30 per cent of businesses said they felt that the UK’s exit from the European Union was having a negative impact on their expectations for business activity, up 19 points on a month ago.

New housing development opens in Heather A NEW HOMES development in the village of Heather has opened its doors to the public. Work began last year on the site, off Swepstone Road, where Bellway East Midlands is building 34 new houses. Known as Heathlands, the development is now beginning to take shape and a new sales office is open at the site. As part of the planning agreement for the development, Bellway will make financial contributions to improve local facilities, including £66,000 for upper school education facilities, nearly £18,000 towards GP services, plus additional funding for children’s play equipment, library services and waste facilities.

Terraced villa for sale in Leicester SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a substantial Victorian villa at 56 Fosse Road South, Leicester LE3 0QD. The property is in good order throughout and would make a lovely family home. The location is great for letting so the property would also make a 6-bedroom House in Multiple Occupation, or has potential to be converted into flats, subject to obtaining necessary consents. For sale BY AUCTION on Monday 8th April 2019 (start time 11.30am) at Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, The King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL. Guide Price: £169,000+. For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 0116 254 9654 or visit

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Plans lodged for £90m logistics hub in Leicestershire

A MAJOR planning application for a £90 million logistics hub which will also deliver the Enderby Relief Road has been submitted by local family trust The Drummond Estate and partner Landchain. The proposals would create a new logistics destination with 1,147m sq ft of advanced warehouse and distribution space and provides for a specialised Logistics Training Centre, which would assist in plugging the growing skillsgap for high tech logistics employees across the region. The development proposes buildings ranging from 14,000 sq m to 46,000 sq m, with the flexibility to further sub-divide plots to suit individual occupier’s needs. It aims to set new environmental standards for industrial development in the region. The planning applications for the Enderby Logistics Hub and the Enderby Relief Road were submitted on February 18th and the local authority will now consider the applications with a decision on the applications due by Summer 2019.

Pipewell bungalow for renovation BERRYS are offering for sale a 1920s bungalow set within a one acre plot with a very large south-facing garden. The brick-built property – 1 Oakley Road, Pipewell, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1QY – requires significant renovation and/or rebuilding. Guide Price: £425,000. SALE For more information, or toFOR arrange a viewing appointment, contact Berrys on 01536 532376 or email: FORMER PADDOCK - CIRCA 0.95 ACRES

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ANDREW & ASHWELL are offering for sale a former paddock of 0.95 of an acre with development potential, subject to planning. NOTE: RED OUTLINE SHOWS APPROX. BOUNDARY The land – off LINES AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO REVISION UPON Leicester Road, COMPLETION OF TITLE REGISTRATION Blaby, Leicester LE8  Site Amounting to circa 0.95 Acres CIRCA 0.95 Acres  Former Paddock Land 4GQ – is situated at the rear of the Blaby & District Social Centre and Blaby  Access between 22 and 26 Leicester Road Price On Application Victoria Tennis Club.  Development Potential (STP) Freehold price on application – both conditional and unconditional offers will be considered. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Mike Allwood at Andrew & Ashwell on 0116 254 1220 or email:

NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK 5 TOP TIPS FOR SECURING AN ARCHITECTURAL PLACEMENT AMBITION, a ‘can-do attitude’ and a good eye for design are some of the skills required when it comes to securing a position at a practice offering a place on their architectural apprenticeship or graduate training scheme, according to a director at a leading AJ100 architectural practice. This year, independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard partnered with Leicester’s De Montfort University (DMU) as it launched its new four-year part-time level 7 and 8 apprenticeship course for RIBA Part II and Part III professional qualifications. And, as part of National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 4-8 March, Steve Cummings (right) – director of architecture at Pick Everard – shared his top tips for anyone who is considering applying for an apprenticeship or graduate placement. Design “Show us what you’re about and how your design skills will contribute to the quality of work our practice produces. This will help you stand-out from others, so make your student projects count.” Attitude “We want to develop graduates who are talented, ambitious and, most importantly, have a ‘can-do’ attitude. So, when it comes to your application, show us your personality and motivation.” Network “Push yourself to do things over and above what is expected. There are lots of exhibitions and events that you can attend, which will help you meet people and grow a professional network.” Training “It’s important that you find a practice that wants to invest and really support you. At Pick Everard, we strongly support our graduates through in-house training and experience on a range of large projects. Both of these help develop the skills needed to become a great architect.” Eye “Most graduates we meet have strong skills across a range of software – this is fundamental. What we look for is the quality of work that is created using those tools and whether a graduate has an eye for design.” Steve, who currently manages a number of apprentices who are based across the firm’s offices, added: “Here at Pick Everard, we recognise the importance of nurturing talent and inspiring the next generation of architects to help them kickstart their careers in the industry. “That’s why we put a lot of hard work into our fantastic graduate scheme, which enables young aspiring architects to grow their design, technical and professional skills while working on large projects across multiple sectors. “Not only do we fund 100% of the course fees, we also provide our apprentices with an experienced mentor and an in-house training programme tailored to the course structure and, due to the size of the practice, provide opportunity to work on great projects so they can learn on the job. “We’re always on the look-out for the best students and we’re looking to build further strong relationships with top universities across the country. We want graduates with the right attitude – those who want to learn and those who are proactive, dynamic and ambitious – as well as people who have a good eye for design and a strong portfolio.” Pick Everard employs more than 500 staff across its 13 UK offices, providing a range of project, cost and design consultancy services. For more information, please visit

Council’s £500k investment to transform disused nursery into adult learning hub A DISUSED former nursery building in Beaumont Leys is being transformed into a new adult learning hub thanks to a £500,000 investment by Leicester City Council. The council-owned former Bishopdale nursery building, in Bishopdale Road, will be redeveloped and equipped with new learning facilities for use by the Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS).

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RICS/Macdonald & Company Salary Survey 2019

Gender pay gap narrows in construction as industry takes action Leicester City Elliott Group Ltd (c/o Agent: Mark Hargreaves, DLA Design Group, 55 St Pauls Street, Leeds LS1 2TE) – Development of 3 temporary teaching blocks, hard play areas, cycle parking and 28 staff car parking spaces – at Former Car Park Site, St Augustine Road, Leicester. Gladman Retirement Living Ltd (c/o: Gladman House, Alexandria Way, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1LB) – Demolition of existing buildings, construction of residential development of 100 apartments with care for the elderly – at Mary Gee Houses, Halls of Residence, 101-107 Ratcliffe Road, Leicester. SNEHI (c/o Agent: Mr Chintan Shah, C14, 95 Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 6DA) – Conversion of existing dwellinghouse into 4 self-contained flats plus demolition of rear extension – at 420 Narborough Road, Leicester. ZMK Investments (c/o Agent: Mr M Imtiaz, Architecture365 Ltd, 20 Lynmouth Road, Leicester LE5 1NA) – Change of use from shop and 2 flats to shop and 7 flats, plus first floor extension to rear and dormers to front, side and rear – at 64-66 Asfordby Street, Leicester. S Walker (c/o Agent: Andy sell, AJS Architectural Services, 41 Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 0JH) – Construction of a single storey workshop unit – at land adjacent to Unit A, Marlow Road, Leicester LE3 2BQ. Mr Heman G Desai (c/o Agent: Mrs Varsha Tailor, DT Designs Ltd, 74A Wyvern Avenue, Leicester LE4 7HH) - Change of use from dwelling house to 2 dwelling houses – at 119 Peebles Way, Leicester. Sanders Senior Living Limited (c/o Agent: Mr Barry Mullen, Connect Space, Unit 10, 30 Bog Road, Kirkistown BT22 1EQ) – Alterations to detached former coach house to form 3 onebed flats, alterations to include rooflights/windows and doors and dormer window, to form staff accommodation to care home – at 11 Elmfield Avenue, Leicester. Vista Inns Limited (c/o Agent: Mr Chris May, Howes Percival, 3 The Osiers Business Park, Laversall Way, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE19 1DX) – Change of use from care home to 8 flats – at 7A Stanley Road, Leicester.

• Gender pay gap in construction sector reduces to 20.43% (36% 2018) • Headway has been made as industry takes action, however more still to be done • Construction figure and other sectors above the national average THE 20TH RICS and Macdonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes Survey has found that the gender pay gap has closed in the construction sector during the past year, as more women are attracted to the industry. The overall gender pay gap between median salaries across property and the built environment is now 18.6%, according to the 3,461 UK respondents. However, this figure hides very marked contrasts and in many areas the gender pay gap is below the national average. Positively, in construction, the gender pay gap has narrowed to 20.43% (from 36% last year) as industry takes action to recruit a wider and more diverse workforce. Last year’s gender pay gap figures (April 2018) showed that the construction industry was one of the poorest for pay disparity. RICS has been a leading voice in the drive to close the gender pay gap in industry, and positive action can also be seen in younger age groups where the gap is also narrowing. For example, in London, female respondents to the survey working in construction in London are paid an average base salary of £43,000, whereas their male counterparts are paid less at £37,500. As the age of respondents increases, the disparity reverses in favour of men*. However, men still gain more in bonus payments across the board, and large disparity is visible in younger age groups. Looking at changes to working practices, to allow for a more balanced and diverse work force, the survey asked respondents to note other benefits for which they are eligible. The results indicate that the industry is becoming more accommodative to work/ life balance needs. Such benefits include working from home (46% of respondents are eligible to receive); flexible hours (35%); family healthcare (22%); Employer pension (74%); Critical illness/life cover (37%). In addition, almost half of respondents (46%) feel that their employer has a great workplace culture as opposed to less than a quarter who think their workplace culture is poor. Similarly, 46% believe that their employer is

dedicated to diversity, while only 21% feel that their employer is not. Barry Cullen, RICS Diversity and Inclusion Director, adds: “The latest Rewards and Attitudes Survey certainly demonstrates that progress is being made, but there is still a long way to go, and we’re disappointed in the difference between male and female bonus figures across the board. RICS has promoted and pursued over the last five years, continued, consistent action from industry to engage and attract a wider more diverse pool of talent. “We have been working to ensure that there is greater awareness of surveying as an aspirational career path, and that there is an improvement in the number of women coming into surveying. Already this year we are seeing 25% of all newly qualified professionals and almost a third of new enrolments are women. “Whilst this is positive, there is still a need to reflect on the departure of women mid-career, the encouraging signs would seem to be that workplace culture is changing to meet the needs of a modern workforce, requiring greater flexibility. This should be further supported by firms of all sizes to ensure that women are retained and are able to progress, only by more women accessing

senior leadership roles will the gender pay gap be reduced even further.” Speaking of these survey results, Peter Moore, CEO of Macdonald & Company, said: “Closing the gender pay gap is not an issue that can be solved overnight. However, headway is being made across most sectors of our industry. As more women are encouraged into the real estate and the built environment realm, I expect the pay gap to close further throughout their careers. “The work that many employers have been doing to close the gender pay gap, along with the enthusiasm of RICS in promoting a more open and diverse environment, is paying dividends. Policies such as flexible working and working from home are key strategies to encourage women into the sector, as is better training and education. This is a battle not only for the industry, but also for government to fight. “Other strategies helping to close the divide include positive discrimination at the hiring stage, tracking gender balance, partnering with educators, and greater support for women who return from maternity leave. As the UK’s premier recruitment specialist in the real estate and built environment, we applaud all such initiatives.”

Workshop & retail space in Coalville - for sale BY AUCTION SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a substantial commercial unit at 1b Park Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3AE. The 2,850 sq.ft. property is arranged as a part single/part two-storey warehouse and office building, with a retail shop to the front, and ample parking. It would be perfectly suited to numerous business uses. There is also scope to demolish the building and redevelop into residential flats/ houses subject to planning permissions. All mains services including gas, electric and drainage are connected to the building. As well as parking to the front, the property also has land to the rear which is approximately 50ft x 25ft which is accessed through the rear council-owned car park. For sale BY AUCTION on Monday 8th April 2019 at Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL – 11.30am start. Guide Price: £180,000+ For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 0116 254 9654 or visit:

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Former old people’s home could become homes Property Base (c/o Agent: Paul Cleaver Architect, 5 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HH) – Demolition of garage and construction of 4 dwellings at rear of house – at land at rear of 319 Scraptoft Lane, Leicester. ASP Leicester Limited (c/o Agent: Mr Ravi Panesar, RP Design Limited, 33 Launde Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4HH) – Change of use of basement from financial and professional services to 2 flats – at 26 Fosse Road Central, Leicester.

Hinckley & Bosworth Mr David Jackson (c/o Agent: Mr Sam Grant, Big Tree Planning Ltd, 63 Fosse Way, Syston, Leicester LE7 1NF) – Demolition of existing agricultural buildings and erection of 8 dwellings – at Manor Farm, 2 Carlton Road, Barton in the Beans, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 0DE.

A FORMER old people’s home near Ilkeston could be converted to homes when it is sold by SDL Auctions Graham Penny next month. The former Hillcrest Home for Older People, Kenilworth Drive, Kirk Hallam, is due to go under the hammer at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, on Thursday 11 April, with a *guide price of £265,000+. The council-run care home closed in 2016 and is ripe for conversion or redevelopment, subject to planning permission. The brick-built property has uPVC windows and extends to approximately 1,057.78 square metres on a site of approximately 0.67 acres, providing a huge amount of potential for development. Located in a popular residential area on the edge of Ilkeston, the freehold site is within easy reach of amenities, including primary and secondary schools, healthcare services, supermarkets, independent shops, pubs, restaurants and Ilkeston’s pedestrianised shopping centre. It is also convenient for open countryside spaces and the Nutbrook Trail, a 10-mile traffic-free route popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders which takes you through Shipley Country Park. And there are excellent transport links to the M1 motorway and into Derby, Ilkeston and Nottingham. Nearby, Ilkeston has a railway station, too, which opened in 2017 and is ideal for commuting to Nottingham. Robert Stone, senior valuer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “This site has masses of potential for a wide variety of uses, the most obvious being the creation of homes, as it sits at the heart of an established residential area. However, developers are advised to seek preapplication advice from Erewash Borough Council.” The former Hillcrest HOP is just one of dozens of lots which will feature in a bumper East Midlands auction

catalogue featuring lots from Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, as well as those being sold via online auction. It will be sold at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Derby auction on Thursday 11 April at Pride Park Stadium. Entries are still being accepted for the auction and you can book a free auction appraisal of your property by clicking here or calling the team on 01332 242 880.

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Refurbishment of city’s children’s homes is under way A MAJOR programme of works to upgrade Leicester’s five residential children’s homes is well under way. Around £1.5million of city council investment is enhancing the facilities for young people at the homes, with increased living space, new outdoor play equipment and refurbished reception areas amongst the improvements. Refurbished bathrooms, new sensory areas, additional indoor play space, replacement windows and better lighting are also planned. At Barnes Heath House – a residential home for young people with a range of disabilities and complex health needs – a new extension provides muchneeded additional space. Floors have been levelled and doors widened to improve accessibility, while bathrooms at the home have been updated too. Indoors, there’s a new soft play area, and outdoors in the garden, there’s a new basket swing for the children to enjoy.

NFB: starter homes are a non-starter ​KIT MALTHOUSE, Minister of

Housing, Communities And Local Government (MHCLG), admitted that the Government will fail to keep its 2015 election promise to build 200,000 starter homes by 2020. In 2016, the Government allocated £1.2 billion to the ‘starter homes’ programme, which aimed to build 200,000 properties exclusively for first-time buyers at a 20% discount on their market value. When asked how many starter homes had been build since 2016, the housing minister stated: “At the moment, none”. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is not entirely surprised at the failure of the starter homes programme. Since its inception in 2015, we have asked ministers and civil servants how we can deliver homes under this scheme, but we have not received any response or support. Although we appreciate Malthouse’s clarification that the scheme is a failure and has built no homes in four years, the lack of transparency remains worrying and feeds into wider concerns that developers have with the Government and local authorities, who do not appreciate how damaging lack of certainty is to SME house builders. The starter homes programme could have delivered some planning certainty,

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as it would have added work to local pipelines. But Malthouse’s admission explains why developers were not sure how they could get involved with starter homes. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “This is bad news for the UK’s housing market and exposes the poor level of trust in relations between the Government and SME house builders. The Government must rethink how it should work with the wider industry, and not just a few volume house builders. It must figure out whether it really wants to build affordable homes or just win plaudits for acknowledging the problem and appearing to try.” Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning policy for the House Builders Association (HBA), said: “The Government has let SMEs down by promising a scheme that we were best suited to deliver but never engaging with us to deliver it. As refreshing as Malthouse’s honesty is, it comes too late particularly as starter homes were included in the most recent revision to planning policy. “House builders are doing everything in their power to fix the housing crisis. It would be great if the Government shared our commitment.”

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Long-time friends and business partners celebrate 15 years in business WELLS MCFARLANE is celebrating its 15th year in business as Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants. Founded by long-time friends Andrew McFarlane Holt and Trevor Wells, the two Directors met as students at Harper Adams University where they both gained Honours Degrees in Land Management before going on to qualify as Chartered Surveyors in 1997. The two remained great friends and in 2004 founded Wells McFarlane on the shared ambition to establish a niche practice in the heart of the East Midlands. Fifteen years on and the firm continues to achieve year on year growth having worked hard to build an impressive portfolio of clients. Today, the firm’s planning and development department represent three of the largest commercial development schemes in Leicestershire that will result in the development of more than 10 million sq. ft. of distribution space and create thousands of jobs for the county. Alongside the commercial development, the firm has continued to deliver landowners with planning permissions for housing, from small infill developments through to large urban extensions such as the new garden suburb development known as Broadnook near Wanlip, Leicestershire which will deliver exemplar housing alongside employment opportunities. As well as their commercial agency and management department, Wells McFarlane run a successful residential department offering a bespoke property consultancy for both the sale and letting of residential properties. Wells McFarlane has grown from a team of two at its inception to a team of 12 today, supporting many graduates through their Chartership with The Royal

Messrs. D Jinks, A Cooper & D Cave (c/o Agent: Mr S Raju, R3Design Developments Ltd, The Glasshouse, 9 Hallam Close, Littlethorpe, Leicester LE19 2LA) – Erection of 6 dwellings and associated access – at land adjacent to 19 Newbold Road, Barlestone, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 0DZ.

Melton Borough Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. “We’re very proud of the way Wells McFarlane has grown over the last 15 years and the reputation we have worked hard to build across the East Midlands. When it comes to our secret to success, I think it comes down to remembering our motivation for starting our own practice all those years ago; which was and still is to always put our clients first, provide them with tailored advice together with the highest level of professional care” Wells McFarlane cofounder and Director Andrew explains. “And of course, we have seen huge changes within the digital landscape over the last 15 years from the way we market property to how we communicate with our customers, we continue to embrace these changes as we move forward - here’s to the next 15 years!” Andrew added.

Olivia Hoare (c/o Agent: Mr Chris May, Howes Percival LLP, 3 The Osiers Business Centre, Leicester LE19 1DX) – Erection of 14 residential dwellings – at land west of Bowling Green, Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

Harborough District Mr P Patel (c/o Agent: Mrs Minal Parmar, SKM Design, Unit D, Edward House, Grange Business Park, Enderby Road, Leicester LE8 6EP) – Erection of 2 dwellings with associated new access, driveway and boundary treatment – at Winkadale Hall, Uppingham Road, Bushby, Leics. LE7 9RP.

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Jelson Limited (c/o Agent: Nineteen47 Ltd, Pure Offices, lake View drive, Sherwood park, Nottingham NG15 0DT) – Erection of up to 20 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at land east of Pincet Lane and Station Road junction, Pincet Lane, North Kilworth, Leics. Messrs Milburn & Tattershall (c/o Agent: Timothy Bale, JED Design, 23 Harborough Road, Desborough NN14 2QX) – Proposed conversion of existing dwelling to form 4 dwellings and erection of two-storey rear extension – at 30 New Street, Lutterworth, Leics. LE17 4PQ. Leicestershire County Council (c/o: Room G10, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RE) – Application for the construction of new free-standing agricultural building to house in-calf cows – at Rushbrook Farm, Poultney Lane, Kimcote, Leics. LE17 5RX. Knaptoft Hall Farm Ltd (c/o Agent: Mr Aaron Smith, Fowler Architecture & Planning, 19 High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5AF) - Prior Approval for the proposed change of use of an agricultural building to 3 dwellinghouses - at Knaptoft Hall Farm, Welford Road, Knaptoft, Leics. LE17 6PA. Jane Housley (c/o Agent: MTC Planning & Design Limited, Barn 5a Sutton Hall Farm, Sutton Maddock TF11 9NQ) - Erection of 2 dwellings with associated alterations to pavement and four parking spaces - at land adjacent to Seleta, Bell Street, Claybrooke Magna, Leics.

Construction activity declines for first time in 11 months UK CONSTRUCTION companies indicated that business activity levels fell during February, which ended a ten-month period of sustained expansion. The drop in construction work was led by reductions in commercial building and civil engineering activity. A soft patch for new orders so far in 2019 meant that job creation remained subdued in February. Survey respondents often cited concerns about a lack of new projects to replace completed contracts. At 49.5 in February, down from 50.6 in January, the headline seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/ CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index registered below the 50.0 nochange threshold for the first time since the snow disruptions seen in March 2018. Aside from this brief weather-related decline in output, the latest reading was the lowest since September 2017. Residential work was the best performing area of construction activity in February, with growth recorded for the thirteenth month running. However, the rate of expansion was only modest and therefore could not offset the declines recorded for commercial and civil engineering activity. In both cases, the pace of contraction was the steepest since March 2018. Anecdotal evidence from survey respondents suggested that Brexit uncertainty had slowed decisionmaking on commercial projects and led to subdued client demand so far this year. There were also reports that low transaction volumes and a general drop in confidence across the housing market had acted as a brake on residential building. February data signalled only a

marginal overall rise in new work received by construction firms, with the latest index reading the weakest since May 2018. Political uncertainty was widely cited as a factor contributing to a lack of invitations to tender, particularly on commercial projects. Fragile order books and a renewed decline in construction output meant that employment growth remained much softer than seen in the final quarter of 2018. Among those companies reporting an increase in staffing numbers, there were some reports that extra trainees had been taken on to help alleviate skill shortages. However, other firms commented that concerns about the business outlook had led to the nonreplacement of voluntary leavers. The index measuring business expectations for the year ahead remained inside positive territory, but the degree of confidence eased to a four-month low and was well below the long-run survey average. Construction firms noted that delays to client decision-making had slowed progress of new project starts, which could create gaps in their future workloads. Input buying fell for the first time since September 2017, reflecting softer demand. However, suppliers’ delivery times lengthened to the greatest extent since last August. Some firms noted that stockpiling by UK manufacturers had resulted in shortages of transport availability and led to longer wait-times for construction products and materials. Input cost inflation meanwhile edged up since January, but was still at the second-lowest level since June 2016. Tim Moore, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit, which

compiles the survey: “The UK construction sector moved into decline during February as Brexit anxiety intensified and clients opted to delay decision-making on building projects. Risk aversion in the commercial sub-category has exerted a downward influence on workloads throughout the year so far. This reflects softer business spending on fixed assets such as industrial units, offices and retail space. The fall in commercial work therefore hints at a further slide in domestic business investment during the first quarter, continuing the declines seen in 2018. “There were also reports that the more fragile housing market confidence has begun to act as a brake on residential work, which adds to signs that house building has lost momentum since the end of last year. This leaves the construction sector increasingly reliant on large-scale infrastructure projects for growth over the year ahead. “Construction companies pared back their purchasing activity in response to subdued demand in February, but delivery delays for inputs were among the highest seen over the past four years. Survey respondents noted that stockpiling efforts by the UK manufacturing sector had an adverse impact on transport availability and supplier capacity across the construction supply chain. “On a more positive note, input price inflation held close to January’s two-and-a-half year low. The slowdown in cost pressures from the peaks seen in the first half of 2018 provides a signal that the worst phase has passed for supplier price hikes related to sterling depreciation.”

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NW Leics Mr Hayes (c/o Agent: Daniel Bates, Staniforth Architects Ltd, The Warehouse, 1A Stamford Street, Leicester LE1 6NL) – Prior approval application for the conversion of existing offices to 15 flats – at York House, Smisby Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 2UG. Mr Grose (c/o Agent: Stephen Greaves, SG Design Studio, 202 Woodville Road, Hartshorne, Derbyshire DE11 7EX) - Change of use of mixed retail and dwellinghouse to 3 residential units at 1 Spring Lane, Swannington, Coalville, Leics. LE67 8QR.

Oadby & Wigston Leamester Ltd (c/o Agent: Mr A Lennard, Perfect Planning Architectural Services, Jade House, Cotes Road, Burbage, Leics. LE10 2HJ) – Outline application with all matters reserved for 3 dwellings – at land between 102 & 106 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE. Mr I Waraich (c/o Agent: John hackman, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Extensions to create two external stairwells and conversion to total of 5 residential flats – at 2 Albion Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4SA.

Soil stabilisation to make road construction cost-effective and more sustainable, says Lafarge Cement WITH THE Budget setting out the UK’s largest ever investment in the Strategic Road Network, Lafarge Cement, part of Aggregate Industries, has stated that wider adoption of soil stabilisation could be key to making road construction much more costeffective and sustainable. In October, the Chancellor pledged £25bn over the next five years for the second phase of the Road Investment Strategy to continue long-term improvements to Britain’s motorways and major roads. One of the core objectives of the strategy is to create a ‘greener network’ and bring down maintenance costs, calling on Highways England and its supply chain partners to step up to the challenge through innovation and creativity2. According to Lafarge Cement, one of the ways the industry can achieve this is by taking a ‘ground-up’ approach that utilises soil stabilisation by using hydraulic road binders – a process widely-used in the US and across Europe to improve weak in-situ materials for foundations in road engineering. Steve Curley, Commercial Director at Lafarge Cement, comments: “As we move on to the planning and implementation of the Road Investment Strategy 2, the key to successfully building a world-class sustainable road network will be taking a holistic ‘ground up’ approach to innovative ways of working. “This often starts with ground engineering, where for years the issue of weak in-situ materials has been solved by replacing them with imported natural aggregates – a costly method. More recently, soil stabilisation that blends in-situ materials with a rapidly hardening hydraulic road binder has been proven to remove the need for traditional sub base or base course aggregate, making it more environmentally friendly as it cuts down on material waste and the carbon emissions associated with hauling aggregates. This method is also much more cost-effective due to reduced landfill costs and reduced project timescales and costs.” Last year, Lafarge Cement launched TerraCem, the UK’s first hydraulic road binder specially formulated for use in soil stabilisation. Designed to strengthen existing onsite material without the need to import aggregates, TerraCem has been specifically engineered, using sustainable binder technology, to improve soils, strengthening weak substructure layers to create a working platform and offering reduced embodied carbon in comparison to traditional cement stabilisation. Steve adds: “With a greater onus on contractors to deliver the UK’s most ambitious road projects to date in the most sustainable and economical way possible, world-leading agencies such as Highways England, Heathrow and Associated British Ports are already seeing the benefits of using hydraulically bound mixtures. Hence, the direction of travel is clear; best practice now dictates the use of specialist binders in soil stabilisation as the ‘go-to’ method for greener, leaner and more efficient road construction.” For further information, please visit

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The property – The Red Lion, 9 Newbold Road, Barlestone, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 0DZ – is The 1.6 acre site - at Triton currently trading as a public house and restaurant with Road, Nuneaton, Warks. living accommodation over. It is let on a lease for a term was granted planning consent of 10 years from 13th November 2017 of full repairing and for 29 affordable dwellings, on insuring terms at a rental of £16,800 p.a., subject to fiveappeal of an earlier planning yearly rent reviews. refusal. For sale BY AUCTION on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 For sale by Private Treaty at Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 offers are invited. 6HE – 11.00am start. For more information, Guide Price: £230,000-£250,000 plus 20% VAT. or to arrange a viewing For more information, contact Cottons on 0121 247 2233 appointment, contact Wells McFarlane on 01455 559030 or email: info@wellsmcfarlane. or email: These particulars do not constitute any part of any offer contract. None of the statements contained herein are intended to be statements or representations of fact or opinion by either the vendor or Wells Mcfarlane or its employees or agents. Neither Wells Mcfarlane nor its employees or agents are authorised to make or give any representation, guarantees or warranties whatsoever in relation to the above premises. Instead parties must satisfy themselves by inspection or survey on any matter or statement contained within these particulars. Wells McFarlane Devonshire House

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Three Stepnell Projects in Running for East Midlands RICS Awards THREE Leicester projects delivered by construction specialist Stepnell have been recognised as among the region’s most inspiring property schemes.

Blaby District Mr M Ward (c/o Agent: Andrew Hiorns Ltd, 10 Lissel Road, Simpson, Milton Keynes MK6 3AX) – Outline application for a commercial development consisting of the erection of 4 warehouse buildings with ancillary offices and gatehouses plus a training & education centre including accesses off St Johns and Leicester Lane – at land to the west of St Johns, Enderby, Leicester LE19 2AB. Mrs Helen Dawkins (c/o: Miller Homes Ltd, 2 Centro Place, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8RF) – Proposed residential development of 125 dwellings (Reserved matters of application 17/0247/OUT) – at land south of Hinckley Road, Sapcote, Leics.

Charnwood Borough Mr Daniel Hatch (c/o Agent: WA Architecture) – Proposed conversion of existing dwelling to provide 2 two-bedroom flats – at 6 Caldwell Street, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3BB. Mrs Sukwinder Kaur (c/o Agent: Volta Designs) – Proposed construction of 104 single person bedsits – at 12 Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, Leics. Elizabeth Scanlon (c/o Agent: ESP Design Ltd) – Demolition of existing buildings and structures and erection of a retirement village comprising a three-storey building (containing 48 self-contained flats, communal lounge and guest room), 12 bungalows, and associated car parking and landscaping (Reserved matters) – at Clear View Farm, Unit 11, 103 Loughborough Road, Quorn, Leics. LE12 8DU.

Two major student accommodation schemes and a conversion and refurbishment project which has created exceptional overnight accommodation close to Leicester Cathedral have all been shortlisted in this year’s regional RICS Awards. The awards showcase the East Midlands’ most exciting and successful construction schemes. Stepnell regional director Tom Sewell says: “This is a powerful demonstration of the expertise and depth of talent across the business as well as a sign of the strong working relationships we have with our clients. We couldn’t be prouder of the teams involved and wish them West Walk every success when the awards are announced in May.” Two contemporary student accommodation schemes built by Stepnell for Zone Developments have each been shortlisted in the Commercial category of the regional RICS Awards. Both schemes – at 8-10 West Walk and Princess Road East - were designed by MAS architecture Ltd. The West Walk project saw the refurbishment of two Victorian buildings to provide 85 ultra-modern open-plan studio flats. In addition, an unsympathetic 20th century building was replaced with a sensitively designed modern building, which complements its 19th century neighbours. Muthar Al-Salloum, MAS architecture managing director says: Princess Road East “It is nice to see the modern interpretation of Victorian design tools such as horizontal and vertical alignments working well and the effective use of layering. The scheme is a successful contemporary interpretation of historic design drivers. The modern insertion sits well within both Victorian buildings yet appears natural, creating a balance and harmony between the old and new.” At Princess Road East, Stepnell has delivered a four-storey development of 110, high-end self-contained studio apartments in a conservation area in the city centre. The scheme has already achieved awards success, claiming the title of Large Residential Scheme of the Year in the ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2018 and the Leicestershire and Rutland Joint Consultative Committee Craftsmanship Award St Martin’s Lodge - interior 2018. Zone director Neil Thakkar comments: “I’m thrilled to see the outstanding quality achieved by the West Walk and Princess Road East schemes recognised by the RICS awards. Each development delivers a fantastic living environment which is fully in tune with modern student lifestyles and expectations.” Muthar Al-Salloum, MAS architecture managing director, says: “The MAS architecture team are excited to hear of this wonderful news, a true testament for the hard work and dedication of the team. As the managing director of the practice it makes me very proud to witness the MAS team’s continued recognition for the second year running within the city of Leicester.” St Martin’s Lodge, a sensitive conversion scheme for the Diocese of Leicester involving the transformation of a Grade II-listed former Georgian town house in the Greyfriars conservation area is shortlisted in the Tourism and Leisure category. The stunning building features 28 stylish en-suite guestrooms in a prime location, near to the historic site where Richard III’s remains were found in 2012. It is also close to the St Martins House Conference Centre and wedding and events venue, which manages the property, and near to the city’s medieval Guildhall. The RICS Awards for the East Midlands will be announced on 15 May in a ceremony at Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel.

Art deco tower will appeal to developers with lofty ambitions BIDS ARE expected to flood in for a building known as the Water Tower near Newark, with planning permission for conversion to apartments. The iconic art deco building, in Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood, is due to be sold by SDL Auctions Graham Penny at Nottingham Racecourse on Tuesday 9 April, with a guide price of £130,000+. Despite being known locally as the Water Tower, the building was originally constructed in the 1930s as a chimney and is the only surviving section of the former Balderton Hospital. It is a well-known landmark in the area and locals have been keen to see it preserved. Previous plans to demolish the building were rejected, as it was deemed to have been a loss to the area. Developers with lofty ambitions are likely to be drawn to the property as it now has full planning consent for a range of 13 generously sized one and two-bedroomed apartments on the site, including two in the tower itself. As well as the two apartments within the tower, permission has been granted for three new-build units within proposed “wings” to the tower and a further eight apartments in two new blocks within the L-shaped grounds. The tower is an imposing focal point in the new Fernwood residential development on the outskirts of the popular village of Balderton, two miles south of Newark. Nick Trow, valuer at SDL Auctions, said: “This unique building is ready and waiting to have new life breathed into it. It’s a notable landmark in the area and, once it has been converted to apartments, it could become one of the most desirable addresses in Fernwood.” For more information, call 0115 958 8702.

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Site with consent for 10 flats in Lutterworth WELLS MCFARLANE are offering for sale a development site with Outline Planning Permission (ref: 18/00944/ OUT) for residential development. The site is situated at Swiftway Community Centre, Central Avenue, Lutterworth, Leics. Planning consent has been granted for demolition of the existing building and erection of 10 flats. Offers over £525,000 are invited. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Wells McFarlane on 01455 559030 or email:

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PLANS have been announced to invest £1.4milllion in a major revamp of a Leicester city centre street. Leicester City Council is planning to carry out improvements to York Road – which connects Welford Road and Oxford Street – and create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists. The improvements will be funded with Government cash as part of the council’s successful bid for £7.8million from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund. As part of the proposed scheme, the road will be pedestrianised between its junction with Oxford Street and Newarke Street car park.

Work starts on new Market Harborough business park A GROUND-BREAKING ceremony took place at Airfield Business Park to celebrate works starting on a multi-million pound scheme Building work has started on a £5.2m business park set to create more than 200 jobs in Market Harborough. Airfield Business Park is being created by Leicestershire County Council and will boost business and employment opportunities in the town and the local economy. The local authority-funded scheme will offer a range of high-spec industrial units to let ranging from 1,570 to 33,360 sq. ft. (145 to 3,099 sq. m.). Construction company J Tomlinson has been selected to build the 80,349 sq. ft. (7,464 sq. m.) of units close to the A6. A ground-breaking ceremony took place recently and it is anticipated the work will be completed in November 2019. The purchase was made from the County Council capital programme, which is funded by proceeds of land and building sales, plus Government grants. Darroch Baker, construction managing director at J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson is very pleased to have been appointed to deliver the design and build of this scheme, which is the latest in a number of speculatively-built industrial projects the company has been involved in during the last two years. We look forward to constructing first-class, modern units in which growing companies can thrive.” Several companies have already shown an interest in renting the units. For more information on this call 0116 254 0382 or email Reg Pollock at or James Phillips at

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Housebuilder William Davis Homes Now Recruiting For Award Winning Apprentice Scheme HBF 5 STAR housebuilder William Davis Homes has been committed to its award winning apprentice scheme for more than 50 years and currently employs 39 apprentices, training in a host of traditional trades acquiring the skills the business needs to create the beautiful homes it builds across the Midlands. Currently recruiting, the Loughboroughbased company is maintaining its intake of nine new apprentices annually as part of its mission to create construction careers for the future. These new apprentices will work on site with their mentors and also attend local colleges as part of their training to become bricklayers, carpenter/joiners, electricians and plumbers. In addition, this year’s scheme is set to expand further by including the new trade of scaffolding, having added a place for groundworkers in last year’s intake. Gary Long, apprentice manager at William Davis Homes said: “We’re very pleased to be able to add scaffolding to our ever-growing apprenticeship programme for this year. “We’ve had great success amongst the other trades we offer for apprenticeship and it will provide a further opportunity to recruit new talent at what is an increasingly busy time for William Davis Homes. “Our apprenticeship scheme is at the core of our training ethos here at William Davis Homes. We have a directly employed workforce and many start as apprentices with us, benefitting from the skills and William Davis apprentice manager Gary knowledge gained working with mentors and Long with bricklaying mentor Dave King and other qualified tradespeople. “Our mentors understand how steep the apprentices, Louis White, Zac Watts and learning curve is in the first two to three years Jordan Davie. and their knowledge and advice is proving to be of great value to our young apprentices every day.” William Davis Homes apprentices undertake a three, four or five year programme via a combination of practical and academic teaching. Applications can be obtained from Sophie Lyall, please call 01509 231181 or email:



Mary Abel (c/o Agent: Mark Architecture Ltd) – Conversion of existing property into 2 selfcontained flats – at 24 Frederick Street, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3BJ. Harrington Investments Ltd (c/o Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd) – Erection of two managed student accommodation buildings comprising cluster flats, studio flats and one-bed apartments with access, parking & landscaping – at Radmoor House, Radmoor Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3BS. TJ Hall (c/o Agent: Michael Lavender Architects) – Conversion of existing dwelling and outbuildings to form 6 dwellings (Resubmission of P/15/0177/2) – at Seymour House, Seymour Road, Burton on the Wolds, Leics. LE12 5AH. Swithland Homes Limited (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd) – Proposed residential development of up to 18 units – at 193 Seagrave Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7NH.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Countryside Properties UK (c/o Agent: Debbie Farrington, Vesey House, 5-7 High Street, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B72 1XH) – Erection of 300 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at Site 36A002, Plough Hill Golf Centre, Plough Hill Road, Nuneaton, Warks. CV10 9NZ. Countryside Properties UK (c/o Agent: Mrs Katherine Lovsey-Barton, 5 The Priory, Old London Road, Canwell B75 5SH) – Residential development for 59 dwellings – at Meadowcroft Farm, Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 6BG.

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Single source of responsibility or a series of direct contracts? Problem: Although I work overseas, I have 2 investment properties in Leicester. One of the properties, a flat just outside the city, was recently vacated by a long-term tenant, and I have now decided to sell. Before I market the flat, I plan to renovate it, so I have engaged an interior designer to undertake the design and also manage the refurbishment works. The interior designer has said that she would directly hire a contractor to do most of the building work, like plastering, decorations and plumbing work. How do I make sure that the interior designer takes responsibility for everything she is taking on? If anything happens to the property, or if someone gets injured doing the jobs, how do I save myself from liability? Should I have the contractor sign the contract with me and the interior designer as well? Thank you.

Response: The first thing that you must decide is whether you want a single source of responsibility or a series of direct contracts. Because you are overseas, it does make sense to seriously consider entering into a contract with a single company to design and carry out the works, but there are downsides to this, not least because you will pay a premium for the privilege. What I would recommend is that you firstly engage the interior designer to carry out the initial design. The RIBA have a Plan of Work that will assist you in relation to the stages you want the interior designer to cover, for example, up to stage 3, which is up to the concept design. You can enter into a simple contract for this, including agreeing a price. Once the concept design stage has been reached and you have signed off the design, you can then invite the interior designer to submit a quotation, based upon her own design, for developing the design through to completion and carrying out the building works. If you then agree the price, before work is commenced, obtain the relevant insurances (which must come directly from the interior designer), which will include public liability, all risks and professional indemnity insurances, and enter into a suitable design and build contract. All that said, because you are overseas, it will be imperative to appoint an agent to act on your behalf to oversee the works. © Michael Gerard 2019 The advice provided is intended to be of a general guide only and should not be viewed as providing a definitive legal analysis.

Michael P. Gerard Author background Michael is a Solicitor, Chartered Builder & Registered Construction Adjudicator, and is a director at Michael Gerard Law Limited, a solicitors practice regulated by the SRA.






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City council sets out new housing vision Plan for 360 new homes in for disused Waterside site PEOPLE are being invited to comment on proposed housing and development guidelines for a vacant site at the heart of Leicester’s Waterside regeneration area. The guidelines are intended to help steer the future regeneration of a 3.5hectare site alongside Repton Street, on the banks of the River Soar. Leicester City Council wants to see the area redeveloped as a new area of housing, which could provide up to 250 new homes. The land and properties within the site are privately-owned and largely derelict and disused. The site, which runs from Rally Park to Frog Island, is also at risk of flooding from the River Soar. The draft co-ordinating code for the redevelopment provides guidance for landowners and potential developers on the types of development that would be acceptable to the council, as planning authority, and to the Environment Agency in terms of flood mitigation. It sets out the following guidelines: • Ground levels across the site should be raised to protect new and existing homes from the risk of flooding • The maximum height of new buildings should be two to three storeys near existing homes on Repton Street, with the possibility of up to six storey development overlooking Rally Park • Adequate new parking spaces should be created to avoid any additional parking pressure on existing streets • An extension to the riverside footpath and cycleway should be provided along the entire length of the Repton Street development site • Up to 250 new homes could be provided. These could be a mix of houses and apartments. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Repton Street site is typical of many parts of the Waterside area. It has suffered badly through the closure of key industries leaving sites unused and derelict. “We have an ambitious long-term vision to transform Waterside into a thriving neighbourhood with great places to live, new spaces to do business and attractive links between the riverside and the city centre. “The first phase of this project is now well underway and it is important that we maintain momentum by identifying other areas that would benefit from redevelopment. Repton Street is an ideal candidate and has fantastic potential for new riverside housing. “By setting out a clear co-ordinating code we can help guide the future development of this important site, focussing on the opportunities for the city and making it a less risky proposition for potential investors and private developers.”

Hugglescote is approved NORTH WEST Leicestershire has made a stride towards meeting its housing need after an application for 360 new homes in Hugglescote was approved. The site, on land off Grange Road, sits within the limits to development shown in the adopted Local Plan and forms part of the wider south east Coalville development. This part of South East Coalville has been earmarked as a large area for up to 3,860 new homes in the future as housing need grows. The reserved matters application included: • A small area of land reserved for a possible extension to Hugglescote doctor’s surgery • Areas of large public open space • Two children’s play areas • Various other areas of smaller public spaces and green infrastructure. We stock all these leading brands & many more... ES T. 2 0 0 4

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COMMUNITY IN INDIA TO BENEFIT FROM 50 NEW HOMES Mr Smith (c/o Agent: Paul Thurlby, Beresford House, 1 Newtown Street, Leicester LE1 6WH) – Erection of new B2 industrial unit with B1 offices – at Site 127A016, Unit 1, Moorings Business Park, Channel Way, Exhall, Coventry. Mr Sandip Chauhan (c/o Agent: Dennis Dziko, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ) – Conversion of dwelling to 3 self-contained flats and singles torey extension at rear – at 286 Queens Road, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 5LY.

Rugby Borough Council Mr Steven Bateman (c/o: 4 Melbourne House, Priors Haw Road, Corby Gates Business Park, Corby, Northants. NN1 5JG) – Erection of 10 new dwellings (Reserved matters of approval R17/0455) – at Gorse Farm, Ashlawn Road, Rugby, Warks. CV22 5QE.

Site for care home in Burton-upon-Trent GADSBY NICHOLS Estate Agents are offering for sale a parcel of land with planning permission (ref: P/2014/00124) for an 8,400 sq.ft. Care Home Facility. The reasonably level site – Former Abbey Lodge Hotel, 1 Meadow Road, Burton-uponTrent, Staffordshire DE14 1TD – sits immediately adjacent to the River Trent in a semi-rural environment. In 2014 planning permission was granted for the demolition of Abbey Lodge and erection of a detached Care Home development, comprising part-two and part-three storey building, and the installation of a sewage plant. The former hotel has been demolished. It is the Agents’ understanding that the last planning permission for the site is extant, and is still valid. Offers in excess of £275,000 are invited for the freehold. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Andrew Nichols at Gadsby Nichols on 01332 290390 or email: andrewnichols@

A COMMUNITY in one of the poorest parts of India is set to benefit from dozens of new homes – thanks to a partnership between independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard and De Montfort University (DMU). The ‘Loving Community’ is populated by more than 430 residents, 40 of which are former leprosy sufferers. They settled together on the outskirts of Ahmedabad over four decades ago through rejection from their native villages and fear of endangering the healthy population. DMU’s Square Mile India project – in partnership with Leicester-based business Pick Everard – has been working to provide 50 homes for the community De Montfort University students in Ahmedabad for the through fundraising and staff and Loving Community project student participation. DMU alumni and architectural assistant at Pick Everard, Nish Tailor, has been helping to project manage the life-changing scheme. Nish, who visited India in January to coincide with construction work starting on the community’s fourth house, said: “Being involved in this project, which is a powerful illustration of the social value of architecture, is truly an honour. “An architect’s job is to design buildings and create the physical environment in which people live. But the most successful architecture goes beyond building four walls – it changes people’s lives, and this project reflects that. “The ‘Loving Community’ residents had to fend for themselves after being outcast Steve Cummings and Paul Rothera (L-R front and centre), by society more than 40 years ago. of Pick Everard, with DMU students before they flew out Despite no longer being contagious to Ahmedabad due to the disease being treated, the stigma surrounding leprosy “Being able to work on a project a new four-year part-time level 6 like this and see the immediate is so strong that they are still not and 7 apprenticeship course for benefit to the people who live welcome in their native villages.” RIBA Part II and Part III professional there has been inspirational and qualifications, and mentor up to Due to poor infrastructure and we are grateful to our partners Pick six students each year in support local topography, the community Everard for their support on this of DMU’s RIBA Part I mentor is prone to flooding during the incredible project. programme. summer monsoons and many “The homes are funded through The ‘Loving Community’s’ old people have to leave their homes support from Pick Everard and homes were built with poor quality as they become uninhabitable. contributions from DMU staff bricks and asbestos roofing. Each Since February 2018, DMU’s and students, as well as the local house had only a single opening, school of architecture has been community in Leicester and we are which didn’t allow for sufficient working in collaboration with thrilled with the positive impact that lighting or ventilation, making them architect Anand Sonecha to this collaboration has brought to almost uninhabitable. The new develop designs to raise the homes the ‘Loving Community’.” houses have been designed and above flood level. Construction tested to be efficient and effective Paul Rothera, national director began in early April 2018, with and there are now carefully at Pick Everard, added: “We the cost of the works being met by positioned openings for cross have developed a great working fundraising. ventilation, providing a cool and relationship with DMU and it Each house costs approximately light environment. has been fantastic to partner £5,000 and these designs include with the university on such a Paul Rothera continued: “The the potential to be enhanced rewarding scheme that will benefit development of the new houses further when funding is available to hundreds of residents and future has been tremendous. There are no families. generations.” shortcuts in the construction and Mark Charlton, associate head the quality is superb. Anand has Steve Cummings, director at of public engagement at DMU, thought meticulously about every Pick Everard, added: “As well as said: “Working with the ‘Loving design decision, raised floors for working with DMU on the Square Community’ has not only been flood prevention, small courtyards Mile India project, Pick Everard transformational for the families for working spaces and unique has also provided a number of involved but also our architecture designs for each resident to make architectural assistants. This has students. their home their own.” enabled the university to create

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Students Attend Prince’s Trust Spring Statement - Comment from World Of Work Day at rg+p David Harris of Pick Everard David Harris, partner at property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard reacts to March’s Spring Statement.

AS EXPECTED, the Spring Statement was dominated by the topic of Brexit, with the previous night’s meaningful vote throwing ‘a cloud of uncertainty’ over the economy. Mr Hammond did maintain, however, that we have a solid foundation on which to build Britain’s future.

STUDENTS from the City of Leicester School visited multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p recently as part of The Prince’s Trust Mosaic World of Work programme. Designed to give young people a greater awareness of the workplace, the Mosaic World of Work programme is a Prince’s Trust initiative which encourages businesses to open their doors to highlight their industry and the variety of careers available; with the hope of increasing understanding and inspiration. 18 pupils, aged between 13 and 14, were invited to rg+p’s Leicester office to spend time with the practice’s professionals as well as participate in a design challenge. One of rg+p’s landscape architects, Jasmein Ayub, who also volunteers at the school, coordinated the event. “As a multi-disciplinary practice, we have many divisions in-house so we could introduce the students to ten different career choices within the property and construction industry, as well as finance, HR,

(L-R) Adam Zicar, Megha Modhvadiya, Mataya Mansell and Amhemed Abdulgade presenting their work. communications, IT and admin,” explains Jasmein. “We then invited them to work alongside some of our architects and masterplanners to design a new development, thinking about all the infrastructure, homes and amenities this might include. “Using our theatre-style collaboration space, the children were able to present their ideas to the group, which were both imaginative and creative! We hope this gave them some tangible examples of life in the workplace and a wider understanding of how many different skills it requires for a business to operate successfully.” Hollie Gallantree, Prince’s Trust executive, added: “Real life encounters with local employers and employees is an essential part of raising children’s aspirations. We’re extremely grateful to everyone at rg+p for opening their doors and being so welcoming to these young people, who enjoyed getting an insight into the business.”

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I believe that, for the construction industry at least, we should look to the opportunities the future presents us with. We’re a robust industry and we’ve certainly weathered ‘storms’ before and come out stronger. It’s a chance for us to carve out standards that work for us and ways of working from which we can all benefit. Infrastructure, skills and housing were three areas the Chancellor of the Exchequer claimed needed investment in order to boost productivity. This is something I certainly agree with. Proper connectivity between towns and cities, an appropriately skilled workforce – promoting an equal gender balance – and housing to meet growing demand will position the country as a world leader and enable us to further compete in the global market. The Borderlands Growth Deal was announced, committing £260 million for the English/Scottish border, with deals for Wales and Derry Londonderry also being discussed. This is great news for the UK in growing better connected and prosperous economies across the regions. Mr Hammond reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse’s rail project. We are wholeheartedly behind this scheme as the region has so much to offer but, without proper connectivity between the great cities of the North, its productivity will suffer. Since the removal of PFIs in the 2018 Budget, the government is now looking at how the country can benefit from private infrastructure investment, sorely needed to support future development and continued growth of our domestic and international economies. A modern industrial strategy also means incorporating technology. The evolution of smart city development is proving to be a key

contributor; optimising connectivity and harnessing the incredible potential available to us through real-time data, improving the lives of communities and the effectiveness of commerce. As an industry, we’re facing a skills crisis so it was encouraging to hear that Mr Hammond has recognised the need to include ‘technical and vocational skills at the heart of our education system’. He provided an update on T levels, the national retraining scheme and apprenticeships. In terms of apprentices, in the 2018 Budget it was announced that employers’ co-investment paid would be halved – from 10% to 5%. This will take affect from 1 April. I’m very supportive of the apprenticeship scheme, so if this encourages more businesses to take on apprentices that’s fantastic news. Learning while on the job is the best way to gain experience and understand the industry – while simultaneously progressing with an education. Housing is always high on the agenda and, at Pick Everard, we’ve proud to be working on a number of significant residential schemes across the UK, which are all essential in alleviating the housing crisis. £717 million from the £5.5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund will be used to unlock up to 37,000 homes at sites in London, the OxfordCambridge Arc and Cheshire. This is a great first step, but we need more land to be unlocked – this scheme hasn’t quite gone far enough yet; particularly in areas that really need it. Through the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme, the government will guarantee up to £3 billion of borrowing by housing associations in England to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes. As we move towards a more sustainable future, it’s great to see that a new Future Homes Standard will be introduced. This will help to end fossil-fuel heating systems in all houses from 2025. The no-deal vote recently will certainly have an impact on our future. But I remain positive that our industry will remain buoyant and that, through collaboration and a skilled and committed workforce, we can continue to prosper and thrive.

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Midlands Firms Celebrate International Women’s Day MORE than 20 senior delegates from across the Midlands gathered in Leicester ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD, 8 March) for a round table event which explored the challenges faced in achieving true gender equality. Hosted by property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, Pick Everard, the event considered how a balanced workforce can be created and what practical steps can be taken to achieve this. “We discussed a range of topics – from gender stereotypes acquired by children and women taking career breaks to have children, to hiring policies and the importance of positive female role models,” said Aarti Raj, director at Pick Everard. The round table was held on 6th March to celebrate IWD, which is an annual campaign. This year’s IWD theme is ‘balance for better’. Aarti continued: “This is Pick Everard’s second round table event. We focussed on the theme ‘balance for better’ this year, so invited men into the discussion. This created a balanced perspective on an issue that’s not just a female issue – it’s a business issue. “It’s not just the construction industry which has a gender imbalance, so we were pleased to welcome representatives from the professional services, education and legal sectors to provide their thoughts and experiences on the topic. “We considered how the private sector can learn from the public sector in terms of a closer integration with society and communities, reflecting society’s diversity in the workforce. By sharing our experiences across various different industries, we can continue to develop a better understanding of best practice - which will ultimately benefit us all.” Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard added: “We know that the construction industry has some way to go to achieve real equality. At Pick Everard, we aspire to be a positive force within the sector and are committed to doing as much as we can – through events like this – to promote opportunities available in construction, facilitate stronger industry connectivity and celebrate female role models. “Thank you to everyone who attended.” To join in the conversation on social media, follow @PickEverard on Twitter and use the hashtags #IWDPerspective #BalanceForBetter. Visit to download the full podcast of the event.

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Mates in Mind striving alongside B&CE to transform apprentices’ mental health

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HAVING been awarded the B&CE’s Mowlem Award grant in 2018, Mates in Mind have launched their Apprentices’ Mental Health Survey to support improvements in the mental health of apprentices across the construction and related industries Joscelyne Shaw, Director of Strategy at Mates Mind, said: “Mates in Mind are striving to improve apprentices’ mental health because we understand that the challenges of poor mental health are affecting young people across our industries. As reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14, and three-quarters by mid-20s. Moreover, poor mental health can have an impact on future generations, contributing further to cycles of inequality and ill health that may run through some families. Using the funding provided by the B&CE, Mates in Mind have launched their Apprentices’ Mental Health Survey. The results of the survey will provide us with insights and an evidence base about apprentices’ mental health from which we will develop a programme tailored to their needs and responding to their concerns. To support our current apprentices’ initiative Mates in Mind are also promoting a poster created by Colin Orr, the British Safety Council’s 2018 poster competition winner, whose ‘Image of wellbeing’ illustrates how depression among young people can manifest itself. “With our work across the construction industry now reaching over 188,000 workers through our 210 Supporter organisations, we are striving to provide apprentices and young people with the best starting point at the beginning of their careers,” says Joscelyne Shaw. Mates in Mind would like to appeal to all UK employers, colleges and apprentices’ schemes to encourage their apprentices to take part in our survey. We will be using it to support our work to transform the industry’s approach to mental health.

AP Properties Consortium Ltd (c/o Agent: Nick Allen, Launchpadd, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE) – Demolition of existing buildings; determination on access and scale for development of 54 new onebed/two-person ‘Micro’ apartments with 64 onsite car parking spaces – at 2-12 Proposed Residential Development, Stephenson Way, Corby, Northants. NN17 1DA. Mr A Stevenson (c/o Agent: Mr Sam Silcocks, Harris Lamb, Grosvenor House, 75-76 Francis Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8SP) – Erection of 4 dwelling houses including infrastructure and landscaping – at land north of Stamford Road, Weldon, Northamptonshire. Mr Gordon (c/o Agent: Mr Jackson, Cushman & Wakefield, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham – Change of use of first floor of Brooke House from office to residential use to create 2 one-bed apartments – at Brooke House, Corporation Street, Corby, Northants.

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Picture House turned into residential development worth £5 million Mr Gordon (c/o Agent: Mr Jackson, Cushman & Wakefield, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham B4 6AJ) – Change of use of first floor offices to residential apartments – at Edinburgh House, Corporation Street, Corby, Northants. Mr Gordon (c/o Agent: Mr Mark Jackson, Cushman & Wakefield, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham B4 6AJ) – Change of use of first and second floors from office use to residential – at Spencer House, Corporation Street, Corby, Northants.

Rushcliffe Mr John Coleman (c/o Agent: Mrs Amy Smith, Pegasus planning Group, Unit 4, The Courtyard, Church Street, Lockington, Derbyshire DE74 2SL) – Outline application for residential development of around 180 homes with associated landscaping, public open space and infrastructure – at land east of Loughborough Road, Ruddington, Notts.

The Old Picture House at 23 Tamworth Street, which had been sat empty for 10 years, has been demolished and is being re-developed into a new mixed-use four storey residential development worth £5 Million. Due to its historic significance to Lichfield the treasured façade will be restored whilst the area to the back will be re-developed into an apartment building of 38 new premium apartments, some with views over the Lichfield Cathedral. The development is complete with retail space on the ground floor and secure private under cover car parking. This new high-specification development provides much needed housing helping to solve the Greater Birmingham area housing shortage. Leicestershire based construction contractor QDTS are the main contractor instructed by Somerton Jones and Lodge Park Homes to build this project. A Multi-disciplined contractor, QDTS are working with experienced architects to create a building that fits in with the surrounding Georgian architecture. Somerton Jones and Lodge Park Homes acquired the former Picture House in the Lichfield City’s central pedestrian area with the view of creating a new residential development. As a company who has worked on several housing projects in the past, QDTS are well placed to do this former gem of Lichfield justice and turn it into an iconic building once again to bring more people to the town of Lichfield. Terry Benson, Managing Director, QDTS has said: “The team at QDTS are very proud to be the main contractor for this project, and we can’t wait to see how it impacts the local community.” Lichfield is known as a beautiful cathedral city, so it is important that the development is in keeping with the local vernacular. The surrounding buildings to these new apartments are grade two listed and the building will be keeping its façade. QDTS have a wide range of passionate and experienced partner consultants which makes it easy to deliver architectural and structural design on this project.

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Residential sector looking positive with an upturn in contracts awarded during February THE RESIDENTIAL sector had a particularly positive February with £1.7 billion contracts awarded, an increase of 13.1% on January. Residential unit numbers also increased – up by 5.4% on January at 9,850 units. Following residential in terms of contracts awarded was infrastructure with a 13.9% share and education with a 12.3% share. The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain. This month it shows the total value of construction contracts awarded in February 2019 was £5.4 billion which is a 0.5% decrease on January, but 10.6% higher than February 2018. The top project awarded during February was the £250 million redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks which sees Multiplex Construction Europe provide a total of 88 residential units in a single 5 storey structure. The largest infrastructure contract was the £110 million redevelopment of the former Royal London Hospital site in Tower Hamlets to provide a new civic centre and council offices. The largest overall education contract was in Edinburgh and was the £90 million redevelopment and extension of the Darwin Building for the University of Edinburgh.


World’s tallest wooden building completed in Norway THE MJÖSA TOWER was officially opened on 15 March 2019, taking over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building, located in Brumunddal Norway, reaches up to a height of 85.4 metres. The building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsä Wood’s fast, light and green Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building. The Mjösa Tower symbolises environmentally friendly thinking in construction, and it is proof that tall buildings can be built using wood. The design assignment of creating such a tall wooden building was a positive challenge for Øystein Elgsaas, architect and partner at Voll Arkitekter. “We want to inspire others to build the same way,” says Elgsaas. The structure is similar to conventional buildings, but the dimensions of the elements are much larger than usual. Both the structure and facade of the Mjösa Tower are made of wood. The load-bearing structure consists of glulam columns, beams and diagonal members, which suits high-rise buildings well. The first ten floors are made of prefabricated wooden elements. The decks on the upper floors are made of concrete, to restrain the building and keep it from swaying. The target was to build using sustainable, local wood products and local suppliers. In addition to Norwegian glulam and CLT, the building makes use of Kerto LVL products delivered from Finland. Kerto LVL has been used as part of the floor elements manufactured by Moelven Limtre. “As a glulam manufacturer we strive to use our own materials to the largest possible extent. However, Kerto LVL is a superior material for the top plate and end beams,” says Rune Abrahamsen, CEO at Moelven Limtre. “Kerto LVL is a lightweight and very straight material thus it guarantees production without any delays. The quality of the product is very good,” Abrahamsen continues.

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Cultural Quarter to get £145,000 makeover ST GEORGE’S Cultural Quarter in Leicester is getting a revamp thanks to £145,000 of city council investment. Under the plans, changes will be made to Orton Square to open up the space and make it more versatile for everyday use as well as for events and festivals. Improvements will include removing some redundant bollards at the edge of the square, as well as relocating cycle racks from outside St George’s Church to the layby on Rutland Street. The layby will be redesigned, and a pay and display machine which is no longer required will be removed. Around £65,000 has been allocated from council funds for the work. A further £80,000 will be used to improve the courtyard at Leicester’s LCB Depot as part of the project. New concertina doors will be installed to open up the Depot’s popular café area, and essential maintenance will be carried out, as well as some improvements to security.

High demand for Glen Parva new-build industrial premises NEW-BUILD industrial premises in Glen Parva have attracted a surge of inquiries. Built in an attractive riverside setting by the Soar, the new units at Wharf Way Business Park, will provide much needed warehousing, factory and office space for growing businesses for rent, with the first three units due for completion this month (April) and the remaining two following swiftly. With space available from 8,713 sq ft to 23,080 sq ft the scheme will fulfil a wide range of demands. Excellent location, four miles south of Leicester and also close to the motorway connections, boosts the appeal of the business park. Exceptional road links provide immediate access to the A426 linking with Leicester’s outer ring road and direct dual carriage connection to the M1/M69 Junction 21, two and a half miles away. Planning permission has been granted for B1, B2 and B8 use. The new buildings will provide internal clearance from 7m and ground level loading provision. The development also provides generous car parking, IT connections and secure fencing with a gated entrance. The park’s location in the sought after district of Blaby also benefits from immediate catchment to employment and support industries in neighbouring Enderby, Whetstone, Blaby, Wigston, Braunstone and Narborough. Malcolm Grayson, Director at Andrew + Ashwell, said the development at Wharf Way is good news for local and regional business. “We have been waiting a good ten years for high quality speculative commercial development in this area and now it has arrived.”

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Lower priced two-bedroom homes aim to help locals onto the property ladder

Plans announced for multi-million pound housing schemes for vulnerable people PLANS for a major multimillion pound scheme to build more than 150 homes for vulnerable and older people in the city have been given the goahead. The two ‘extra care’ schemes – one in Braunstone and one in Beaumont Leys – will provide extra support to vulnerable people to help them to live independently in the community. They will provide one and two-bedroom flats for a range of people, including adults with a learning disability or mental health needs, and older people. The scheme at Tilling Road, in Beaumont Leys, will consist of 73 units, while the scheme at Hamelin Road, in Braunstone, will provide 82 units. Both developments are being created thanks to a partnership between Leicester City Council and a consortium that will oversee the construction – and later the management – of the accommodation. The city council will be transferring the land to the Leicester Independent Living consortium, to allow them to build the flats on the council’s behalf. In return, the city council will be able to nominate who should live in the homes from the council’s housing register. Each build is estimated to cost in the region of £11million. The city council will contribute around £2.45million from Right to Buy receipts, with the rest of the build costs funded by the consortium. City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We had to pause these plans in 2016 after the Government announced it would be capping housing benefit payments for people in extra care. This would have left the council with a rent shortfall. “The Government has now announced it will not be implementing the cap, so our plans can proceed.

DAVIDSONS HOMES’ impressive Barley Fields development off Barkby Road, Queniborough, continues to expand, attracting new occupants month by month. But did you know there is currently a special lower market value offer on the Coppice home, which could be yours to move into this spring. The two-bedroom, mid or end terraced Coppice is an appealing property for people starting out on the property ladder and is normally priced starting at £223,500. The special offer prices starting from £175,200 are available on three of these homes, a new move by Davidsons designed to encourage local people – especially those keen to remain in the area – to buy. Stephanie King, Sales Director at Davidsons Homes, said: “The Coppice is a traditionally designed, two-bedroom home that suits a broad range of purchasers, including first-time buyers, downsizers, or people living alone. “The special lower market value price is designed to help people with links to the area who are

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TRAVIS PERKINS, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials, has appointed Frank Elkins as new Chief Operating Officer for the Group’s trade merchant businesses.

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These include Travis Perkins builders merchants, BSS, Benchmarx, Keyline and CCF, which combined generate more than £3.6bn in annual revenue and have a branch network of more than 1,000 nationwide. Frank reports into CEO John Carter, and has been appointed with immediate effect following the Group’s announcement that it plans to simplify and focus on trade customers, and The preFOR SALE is removing the company’s divisional structure to reduce complexity, speed application up decision making and reduce costs. advice Frank joined BSS Group in 2003 and rose from Commercial Calendar DirectorGrove, The Long Shoot obtained by Nuneaton, to Managing Director for BSS Industrial in 2005 and Board Director in CV11 6JH the current 2009. Travis Perkins Group acquired the BSS Group in 2010 when Frank owners Purchase Price: POA then joined. He was promoted to Divisional CEO of the Group’s Area:Contract 0.4 hectares confirms that Merchanting Division in 2013, a post he held until his current appointment. theSiteprinciple  Potential Residential Development “Frank has been instrumental in laying the foundations for our new Favoured Residential Neighbourhood of residential  Site Area 0.40 ha (1.00 acre) Approx. structure, and has a clear vision, the energy and commitment to developing Indicative Scheme For 10 Unitsdevelopment  Pre App for Advice Obtained our trade merchanting organisation. He has he been in merchanting is accepted over 30 years, eight of these with us. As Divisional CEO for our Contract by the Local Authority, based on Merchanting Division, when he was responsible for the leadership an indicative drawing showing 10 and strategy development of our Keyline, BSS and CCF businesses, he possible new homes. (The current succeeded in growing sales and profits by nearly 50% over a five-year suggested scheme provides for period. This is a fantastic track record!” explained John Carter. 6 five-bed detached homes and About his appointment, Frank said: “We have a fantastic team of leaders at 4 three-bed detached dormer all levels, who have the passion and know how to ensure that our customer bungalows.) proposition is best in class. I want to make sure our Branch Managers and Purchase price – on application. teams have everything they need to do their job well, so we can be the first For more information, or to choice for trade customers.” arrange a viewing appointment, Frank previously held a number of senior positions at Hagemeyer UK contact Loveitts on 024 7622 8111 (formerly Newey and Eyre), in sales, service and operations. He has a BA (Option 2) or email: commercial@ Honours from Aberystwyth University, lives in Warwickshire with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys cycling and golf when he can find the time. Travis Perkins plc





Travis Perkins Appoints New Chief Operating Officer for Trade Merchanting 21 March 2019: Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials, has appointed Frank Elkins as new Chief Operating Officer for the Group’s trade merchant businesses. These include Travis Perkins builders merchants, BSS, Benchmarx, Keyline and CCF, which combined generate more than £3.6bn in annual revenue and have a branch network of more than 1,000 nationwide. Frank reports into CEO John Carter, and has been appointed with immediate effect following the Group’s announcement that it plans to simplify and focus on trade customers, and is removing the company’s divisional structure to reduce complexity, speed up decision making and reduce costs.   Frank joined BSS Group in 2003 and rose from Commercial Director to Managing Director for BSS Industrial in 2005 and Board Director in 2009. Travis Perkins Group acquired the BSS Group in 2010 when Frank then joined. He was promoted to Divisional CEO of the Group’s Contract Merchanting Division in 2013, a post he held until his current appointment.   “Frank has been instrumental in laying the foundations for our new structure, and has a clear vision, the energy and commitment to developing our trade merchanting organisation. He has he been in merchanting for over 30 years, eight of these with us. As Divisional CEO for our Contract Merchanting Division, when he was responsible for the leadership and strategy development of our Keyline, BSS and CCF businesses, he succeeded in growing sales and profits by nearly 50% over a five-year period. This is a fantastic track record!” explained John Carter.   About his appointment, Frank said: “We have a fantastic team of leaders at all levels, who have the passion and know how to ensure that our customer proposition is best in class. I want to make sure our Branch Managers and teams have everything they need to do their job well, so we can be the first choice for trade customers. “   “In our industry, it’s all about relationships and service: strong and personal relationships between branches, customers, and our suppliers. We need to ensure that we continue to take away complexity and that our priorities across all functions are focused on delivering our vision of being the first choice for the trade.”   Frank previously held a number of senior positions at Hagemeyer UK (formerly Newey and Eyre), in sales, service and operations. He has a BA Honours from Aberystwyth University, lives in Warwickshire with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys cycling and golf when he can find the time.   ENDS   Travis Perkins plc: Travis Perkins plc is the UK's leading supplier of materials to the building and construction and home improvement markets. The Group operates 20+ businesses from over 2,000 sites across the UK and employs over 28,000 people. With a proud heritage that can be traced back over 200 years, our employees are continuing that tradition by working with our customers to build better. For more information, please visit     Contacts: Corporate Communications Travis Perkins plc Tel: 01604 592307




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Redrow’s East Midlands office to move to Castle Donington CLOWES Developments (UK) Limited have confirmed that they have agreed terms with Redrow to sell them a purpose built office building at their East Midlands Distribution Centre development site at Castle Donington. The East Midlands Division’s existing 60 strong regional office is currently located on Pride Park in Derby but they are moving to the site at Junction 24 which is adjacent to the 900 home and 20 acre employment development which is being developed by the two companies. As part of the housing development the two companies are building the new Castle Donington Relief Road which provides added accessibility into EMDC and will reduce the amount of traffic through Castle Donington.

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ANDREW & ASHWELL are offering for sale two café premises in Leicester. • 5 Fox Lane, Leicester LE1 1WT is a 3,584 sq.ft three-storey property of brick construction with a pitched roof over, with an adjoining two-storey rear section. The property is currently set out as a café incorporating a ground floor seating/sales area with wcs, stores and offices Prominent Cafe above, and additional storage in 3,584 Sq Ft the basement. 10 Church Gate + (333 Sq M) Asking Price: £350,000 for the freehold.



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HAYWARD ARCHITECTS, based in Hinckley, has seen a change of ownership with current employees Zoe Massey and Lee Ward taking over from Jeff and Sue Hayward. Lee is a Chartered Architectural Technologist who has been with the company for over 18 years since leaving school and Zoe is an Architect with over 14 years’ experience, 6 of which have been with Haywards and previously with a large Birmingham practice. Jeff is stepping down after 33 years with the company but will remain on a part-time consultancy basis to ensure a smooth transition and the continuation of the high levels of service provided by the Practice. Jeff Hayward said, “I am pleased to be handing over the company to Lee and Zoe who have worked with me for many years. They are fully conversant with the business and the existing client base is well known to them; I am confident the business is in good hands and has a bright future.”

Zoe Massey (Left), Jeff Hayward (Centre), Lee Ward (Right). Hayward Architects has been in existence for more than 35 years and has experience in many sectors of the construction industry. Residential work accounts for the majority of projects ranging from domestic extensions to large housing developments of over 100 dwellings. Specialist accommodation such as student and nursing/care homes are also included in the company’s portfolio together with industrial developments, sport stadia and hotels. Current projects include community centres, medical centre and listed building conversion. Lee and Zoe have exciting plans for the company and look forward to continuing the working relationships with existing clients and establishing new clients to help deliver their projects. Haywards will continue to offer a free initial consultation service and are happy to quote on all types of work tailoring the service provided to suit the clients’ specific requirements.

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•10 Church Gate, Leicester LE1 4AJ is a 6,364 sq.ft. extensive inner terrace threestorey retail/café premises with flat roof over. The property is set out to provide a circa 200 cover café over the various floor levels with entrance points off both Church Gate and New Bond Street. In the Agents’ opinion, this dual access provides potential for various alternative uses including possible residential conversion, subject to planning. Asking Price: £550,000 for the freehold. • Double frontage to Church Gat 6,364 Sq Ft New Bond Street For more information, or(591.2 to arrange Sq M) a viewing appointment,• contact Close proximity to Highcross Kelvin Wilson at Andrew & Ashwell on 0116 254 1220 or email: kww@ • Conversion potential (STP) £550,000 for the Freehold • 6,364 Sq Ft (591.2 Sq M)

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Modular Housing Factory With 2,000 Home Capacity Opened By Project Etopia MODULAR smart home developer Project Etopia has today opened a new factory capable of producing 2,000 houses a year. The 50,000 sq ft factory in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, is a collaboration with partner company 4wall – the producer of a panelised construction system – and can produce five three-bedroom homes per day. There are already plans to scale up the facility in the future with the addition of two more machines, which would grow capacity to 6,000 units per year. The opening of the factory will create 120 new full-time jobs in 12 months, and 250 within two years. 4wall’s insulated panels, which can handle up to 400mph winds, are the first of their kind and can be built to different size specifications depending on the project. Building regulations for new homes require the thermal insulation capability (known as ‘U value’) to be 0.16. The lower the U value, the greater the thermal efficiency, and 4wall panels boast a U value of 0.13. The factory’s plant machinery allows for a continuous line production process that can create tens of thousands of panels of different sizes under enormous heat and pressure. A 110 sq/m shell, made up of lightweight 97kg panels, can be constructed by three people in eight hours and they can be stacked up to 14 storeys high. Project Etopia is in the process of building 47 modular eco homes in Corby, Northamptonshire, and 4wall units rolling off the production line in Ellesmere Port will be used to complete the project. The Corby development has already been chosen to be one of five Building for 2050 research projects funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, commented: “This is an exciting and important milestone for us that will help us achieve our ambition to produce 21,500 ecomodular homes by 2025. “This is a critical time for house building in the UK with homes still not being built quickly enough, locking millions of people out of the property market. “Our modular homes can be built incredibly quickly, and still be given a luxury finish, smart technology and sustainability features as standard.”

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A FORMER farmhouse with separate annexe and outbuildings on a large plot could provide an excellent opportunity for development when it goes under the hammer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s next auction at Pride Park Stadium, Derby. 8 Main Street, Breedon on the Hill has a *guide price of £225,000+ and sits on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border, ideally placed for commuters, having easy access both to the motorway network and to East Midlands Airport. The location, coupled with the size and scope of the plot, gives it excellent potential for redevelopment, subject to planning permission. The freehold property is the former site of Brookside Caravans, which sold caravan parts and carried out servicing and repairs. The company has now closed due to retirement. As it stands the former farmhouse – which has part LPG central heating and part uPVC double glazing – comprises on the ground floor a porch, entrance hall with under-stairs storage cupboard and French doors leading through to the lounge with marble hearth and exposed beams, separate dining room (occasionally used as a guest bedroom), refitted breakfast kitchen with beamed ceiling and built-in appliances, utility room and guest cloakroom. Upstairs, there is a family bathroom with corner bath, plus two double bedrooms, one of which leads to an office that has its own separate staircase from the ground floor and could potentially be used as a third bedroom. Adjoining the former farmhouse is a one-bedroomed annexe/flat featuring a modern fitted kitchen with built-in electric oven and hob, walk-in boiler room/utility, full-depth lounge diner, conservatory, double bedroom and bathroom with quality three-piece suite with shower over the bath. It has double glazing and LPG central heating. Outside, a number of outbuildings include a brick-built double garage, a workshop featuring two rooms incorporating a kitchenette and WC with mezzanine floor, a pre-fabricated garage, plus other block and part blockbuilt ancillary outbuildings. There is a concrete hard standing area and an enclosed south-facing garden with vegetable plot offering a certain degree of privacy. Robert Stone, senior valuer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “This is a property with everything to offer for a very appealing guide price. The lovely old farmhouse could make a fantastic family home, or the site could be developed to maximise its potential, subject to the usual planning consents. A former cow shed, which has now been demolished, had planning permission for a two-bedroomed detached home, so this could perhaps be reactivated. The farmhouse will be sold at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s auction on Thursday 11 April at Pride Park Stadium . For more information, call 01332 242 880.

Development site for 4 houses in Bedworth LOVEITTS Commercial Property Services are offering for sale a freehold residential development site with planning consent (ref: 0341809) for the erection of 4 Alms-House style mews houses. The site – at King Street, Bedworth CV12 8JD – is currently a car park and is held on Licence by Warwickshire County Council and producing a current Licence fee income of £7,500 per annum. The purchase price for the freehold is £160,000, subject to the existing Licence which is determinable on one month’s notice. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Loveitts on 024 7622 8111 (Option 2) or email: Coventry.commercial@

FINAL TOUCHES are being made to a £15.8 million expansion of a city secondary school, constructed by Willmott Dixon, in time for pupils to start using the new facilities next term. Fullhurst Community College, in Imperial Avenue, Braunstone, has expanded onto the 5,000sqm site formerly occupied by Ellesmere College. Work on the new campus began in January 2018 and has included the refurbishment and extension of the existing building, as well as the building of a new teaching block to the rear of the site. From August 2019, the new teaching block will act as a base for the school’s year seven and eight pupils, with just year seven using it next academic year. The expansion will allow the school to continue to increase its capacity from 900 to 1,500 pupils. The new teaching accommodation includes 21 new classrooms, three science labs, a music room, food and design technology workshops, and drama studio Outdoor areas have been landscaped, with car parking and new play areas, and a new courtyard with outdoor dining facilities has been created. The flat roof of the new classroom block has been fitted with 274 photovoltaic panels. The clean energy produced will help the school cut its CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 33,000 kg per year. The new panels will also help the school significantly reduce its energy bills and the £130,000 system is expected to have paid for itself in about eight to ten years. The multi-million pound project is part of Leicester City Council’s ambitious plans to invest up to £90 million in a major programme of school expansion.

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UK’s first all-female bricklaying contest builds towards gender parity LEADING BUILDING products manufacturer Forterra launched Bricklaying Forterra Females (BFF) earlier this month, a groundbreaking competition that took place as part of a wider construction skills day at Havering College in Essex. BFF, the UK’s first ever all-female bricklaying contest, kicked off National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week, and fell just four days before International Women’s Day on 8th March. BFF is a brand new national competition which aims to find the best female student bricklayers in the country, whilst encouraging more girls and women to consider careers in bricklaying or construction. According to CITB, statistics show that women currently make up just 2% of handson construction workers in the UK, a figure which has barely changed for over 15 years. The contest saw female student bricklayers from colleges across the UK compete for six hours to build an International Women’s Day-themed competition piece. Christian Hatherall-Good, Head

First runner-up Charlotte Springer, winner Naomi Hamilton and second runner-up Tango Choudhury. of Construction Curriculum at Brooklands College in Surrey, and David Jones, Senior Instructor for Construction at Havering College, judged the pieces and announced 17-year-old Naomi Hamilton of Brooklands College as the winner. Second place was taken by Charlotte Springer, 18, also of Brooklands College, while 23-year-old Tangina “Tango” Choudhury of Barnfield College in Luton earned third place. Tiffany Atkinson, 17, who studies at

Havering College, received Highly Commended for her competition piece. Winner Naomi, who is currently in the first year of her Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying at Brooklands College, has recently secured an apprenticeship with Lee Marley Brickwork which she is due to begin later this month. She also took first place in FIS Skills’ “I Built This” 2018 competition, but BFF was the first hands-on, deadlinebased contest she had taken part

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But the character of a city is not just the result of planners and designers: it is also the result of the many ways in which people use, appropriate and repurpose its spaces in the everyday life of the city. The city is not built; it is lived. Architectural criticism invariably stops at the moment construction is completed. Richard Williams instead takes that moment not as the end but the beginning, tracing the social and cultural processes that produce the look of contemporary global cities. It is the story of how financial capital spawns empty towering skyscrapers and hollowed-out ghettoes; how the zoning of once-illicit sexual practices in marginal areas of the city result in the reinvention of culturally vibrant gay villages; how abandoned factories are repurposed as creative hubs in an increasingly precarious postindustrial economy. It is also a story of how popular urban clichés and the portrayal of cities in films and other media powerfully shape how we read and see the bricks, concrete and glass that surround us. Thought-provoking and original, this book will appeal to anyone interested in urban spaces and will shed new light on one of humanity’s greatest collective inventions. 978-0-7456-9181-7 • 240 pages Published 3rd May 2019 Paperback • £15.99

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Last year saw around 280,000 tool theft crimes across the UK. With the average value of tools left in tradespeople’s vans costing £2,880, Van Vault understands the importance of helping protect tools and deter thieves with effective secure storage solutions. With a break-in taking as little as 10 seconds, the new range has introduced key enhancements, which will be fundamental in making it much harder to steal valuable power tools and equipment. The new product launch follows 18 months of development work and features eight new products offering advanced protection, including the traditional box style containers and the easy to use drawer sliders - which are unique to the Van Vault brand. Not only has the product been upgraded, it has also been independently tested and certified by Sold Secure, an independent test house for security products owned by the Master Locksmith Association. All eight Van Vaults were subjected to six different levels of rigorous attack by trained professionals and were all found to be impenetrable. Van Vault is also the first vehicle storage product on the market to be accredited by Secured by Design - the UK’s Police approved standard. Secured by Design promotes products which prevent crime and it’s the only form of police approval for UK products. All of the key areas of attack have been strengthened including a cross bar reinforced lid which is next to impossible to prise open. A new highly effective VaultLock™ locking system has been introduced which sits deep within the body of the box shielded by a hardened steel plate, protecting from drilling, picking and cutting. The products also now come with an anti-theft fixing kit to ensure they can be properly mounted to the vehicle floor. Deborah Hunt, Marketing Manager at Van Vault said: “Tool theft is a massive issue facing tradespeople today and it’s on the rise. One in three tradesmen have had had tools stolen. As the UK’s number one brand, we know we have an important role to play in protecting our customer’s tools and helping to fight tool theft. Innovation is key and with our new range, we have reacted to what customers really want – the best security, functionality, quality – all which gives them peace of mind. Quite simply, tradespeople cannot afford to be without a Van Vault. “The upgraded vehicle range underwent considerable research and rigorous testing, to ensure it provided customers with a product that helps secure tools and makes the working day of a tradesperson easier.” Following strong customer demand, Van Vault has also improved its storage space and functionality with the new range, introducing a wide mouth drop front to the storage containers, which provides greater access and visibility of the contents inside. A recessed lock also protects the key from damage, when left in the lock and an easy-lift gas strut through the body of the box, ensures a soft open and close lid action and maximises storage space. The new products are now available from and resellers around the UK.

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New lease of life for former defence building in Old Dalby


Scraptoft Valley Primary School celebrates World Book Day donation

A FORMER Ministry of Defence building at Old Dalby near Melton Mowbray is now fully let following extensive refurbishment. Andrew + Ashwell advised on the renovation of Rapier House at Crown Business Park, which had not been fully occupied since it was sold by the Ministry of Defence in 1997. The agent has now let the front part of the building, comprising 48,937 sq ft, to independent global composite and glass-reinforced plastic product (GRP) manufacturer KS Composites. The firm is currently completing the fit out of the premises. Andrew + Ashwell has also recently completed on the letting for the rear of the building, totalling 42,116 sq ft, to Leicestershire-based Pinnacle International Freight Ltd. The long-established family firm is planning to use the space to expand its warehousing and logistics facility.

Bellway Marketing Co-ordinator, Chris Bray with the children of Scraptoft Valley Primary School NATIONAL housebuilder Bellway has provided a Scraptoft school with vouchers in celebration of World Book Day. The developer selected a number of schools in Leicester, Derby, Mansfield, Newark and Coventry and provided £100 worth of book vouchers to mark World Book Day. Bellway East Midlands Sales Director, Carolyne Watkinson, said: “We aim to build communities, not just houses, and so reaching out to the local schools near our developments is absolutely part of our mission. “We hope the children – including those that live at the developments – will enjoy the new books that the money will help to buy.”

Building plot: £105k CARLTON ESTATES are asking £105,000 for a single building plot in Leicester. The plot – at 10 Millfield Crescent, Leicester LE3 2XJ – has planning consent granted for the erection of a three-bed detached house within the grounds of a detached bungalow. (The bungalow is for sale separately.) For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Carlton Estates on 0116 284 9636 or email: sales@carltonestates.

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2,019 Miles in 2019 MARK SMITH of Stephen George + Partners likes nothing better than a big challenge! 2018 saw him attempt to run from John O’Groats to Lands End raising money for local charity Alex’s Wish. Sadly that attempt was foiled just 186 miles in due to a car failing to see Mark (who was dressed head to toe in high-viz clothing) and Mark having to take evasive action to avoid being hit. However, that hasn’t stopped Mark from planning his return to fitness… and another challenge for Alex’s Wish! “I had trained for 12 months to run the 900 miles down from John O’Groats to Lands End but…I realised there’s no guarantee with challenges like this. The most important thing is that I’ve managed to raise £6,100 for Alex’s Wish and I am now just about recovered after damaging tendons and ligaments in my left foot after having to jump up a bank onto rocks to avoid being hit by the car that just didn’t see me.” Mark continues to explain, “As all those who kindly sponsored me and donated appreciated the plan was to recommence the JOGLE challenge again in May 2019. However, following medical advice, and with a heavy heart, it is felt that my injury and the toll the challenge would take on me physically would be too great, with a real risk of sustaining life changing damage to my foot following the injury I’d sustained in September. But because of the loyalty and ethical responsibility towards those who had previously sponsored me I needed to think of something else to honour their donations and sponsorship. So I looked for another challenge. In 2019 I will run 2,019 miles which is the equivalent of 1 ½ marathons each and every week! 5.5 miles per day, 168 miles a month. However whilst this is still a true test of endurance the beauty with this challenge is that I can fit the running into weekends, bank holidays and around work and give my body sometime to recover between runs” “I’ve booked a number of Ultra Marathon events to contribute to my challenge – as I’ve shown in the table below, as there title suggests (Ultra Marathon) there are a few significant distances. “I’m really looking forward to these events and training is starting to seriously ramp up again. It feels good to be back out there and getting the miles under my feet again.”

Bellway set to hit ‘5% club’ apprenticeship target this year BELLWAY is set to become one of the first major British housebuilders to achieve ‘5% Club’ status when it reaches its apprenticeship target this year. The company, which builds houses across England, Scotland and Wales, has pledged that apprentices will make up five per cent of its workforce. With 140 apprentices now on its books and more being recruited, Bellway is set to hit that target in 2019. Speaking in National Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8) Bellway’s Carolyne Watkinson, Sales Director for Bellway East Midlands, said: “We offer a range of Louis Melbourne is one of the 140 apprenticeships at Bellway, apprentices currently working because it gives us a chance at Bellway developments across to take an active role in England, Scotland and Wales moulding the company’s future workforce. “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of nurturing talent within the industry and creating the skills to help the business expand. “But this isn’t a one-way street – apprenticeships also offer unbeatable opportunities for people to learn new skills and go on to enjoy happy and fulfilling careers.” Across the Bellway group, the company already has 140 employees on an apprenticeship in a huge variety of roles, from ‘traditional’ house builder occupations like bricklaying and carpentry, to jobs most large firms require, like accountancy or procurement and supply. In 2018 the company became a member of the 5% Club (, an employer-led organisation whose members pledge to work towards having five per cent of their workforce on a formal apprenticeship, student or graduate development scheme within five years. Carolyne Watkinson said: “At Bellway we have taken a lead in employing apprentices and injecting youthful talent into our company. “We have also partnered with the Collab Group, an organisation of large further education colleges which deliver high quality apprenticeships to national employers such as ourselves. The partnership ensures consistency and quality of training for our apprentices across the country. “The aim of the 5% Club is to employ five per cent apprentices by 2023. Because we have been so proactive in apprentice recruitment, we will certainly achieve our five per cent target in 2019.” For more information visit

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Emma Hallam, Founder of Alex’s Wish and Mum to Alex after whom the charity is named commented on the new challenge saying, “We were heartbroken for Mark when we heard of the accident and what it meant for him. However, his recovery has been strong and to contact us and let us know what he’ll be doing for us in 2019 was amazing! “He has already inspired us so much and we can’t wait to support him across 2019! It’s a brilliant idea which enables Mark to challenge himself and boy does he like a challenge, whilst working full time too. “I just don’t know where he gets the energy from! “Thank you Mark for all you have done and all you will be doing to support Alex’s Wish and the boys with Duchenne across 2019!”

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EE Smith celebrates 90 years of apprenticeships A SPECIALIST interiors contractor is celebrating 90 years operating one of the longest running and most successful apprenticeship schemes in the country. With over 70 former apprentices making up its workforce, Leicester’s EE Smith Contracts champions its ‘train and retain’ culture, which routinely sees apprentices progress up the ladder to senior management level. This includes its own production director, John Richardson, who was part of a management buyout in 2016. John, 48, became a second-generation EE Smith apprentice in 1986, having followed in his late father’s footsteps. He progressed to bench joiner, foreman and then production manager before becoming production director in 2008. His late father, Basil Richardson, was taken on as an apprentice in 1937, and within in ten years, became EE Smith Contracts’ managing director. EE Smith works in partnership with both Leicester and West London Technical College and takes on up to 20 new apprentices a year across the factory, drawing office and on site. Successful candidates get to earn while they learn for a company renowned for its work in fitting out some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants, commercial buildings and super-prime private residences. Examples of EE Smith projects where apprentices have developed their skills include: Tom Kerridge’s new restaurant at the ‘Corinthia’ hotel in London; the capital’s largest new hotel project, a 350-bed venue in Leicester Square; as well as installing 453 bathrooms in the Battersea Power Station development. EE Smith can trace its roots back to a single, small shop in Leicester in 1897. It is still based in the city but now operates in over 100,000 sq. ft of facilities. The company currently has 300 staff, annual revenues approaching £50 million and a significant forward order book.


Grade II Listed Country Hall needs substantial refurbishment INNES ENGLAND are offering for sale a Grade II Listed property requiring modernisation and restoration, on a 1.88 acre site. The property – Ollerton Hall, Main Street, Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 9AD – is a former country house dating back to circa 1700. The Hall is in a dilapidated condition but benefits from a variety of remaining traditional features. It comprises a three-storey structure, beneath a hipped roof. The total floor area is 10,171 sq.feet. Externally, the Hall is within a walled garden with gated access from Main Street. The property is available on a long leasehold basis on terms to be agreed. It is envisaged that the purchaser will be under an obligation to undertake an agreed refurbishment programme tested against certain milestones. Once the refurbishment is complete, consideration may be given to transferring the freehold interest for a nominal sum. Offers are invited on conditional or unconditional basis. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Ross Whiting at Innes England on 0115 924 3243 or email:

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SITE Part Five Oaks Farm, Main Street, Stanford on Soar With full planning permission for the creation of four dwellings comprising subdivision of the original farmhouse and conversion & extension of two traditional barns. - Stanford on Soar is a sought-after rural settlement in south-west Nottinghamshire, close to its Leicestershire border. - Located on the edge of the University town of Loughborough. - The village benefits from convenient access to shops, pubs, restaurants, schools, doctors’ surgeries and a railway station.

The site is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty. All bids should be forwarded to Mather Jamie’s offices in writing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Agent: Hamish Byers Tel: 01509 633714 E-mail: Mather Jamie Ltd, 3 Bank Court, Weldon Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5RF Information Pack Available – Please Email to Request.

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AUCTIONS April 2019 Wednesday 3rd April 2019 COTTONS Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE 11am start Tel: 0121 247 2233 Monday 8th April 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start Tel: 0116 254 9654 Tuesday 9th April 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE 11.30am start Tel: 0115 958 8702 Wednesday 10th April 2019 KAL SANGRA SHONKI BROTHERS Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL 5pm start Tel: 0116 254 3373 Thursday 11th April 2019 SDL AUCTIONS The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL 11.30am start Tel: 01332 242880

May 2019 Wednesday 15th May 2019 SHONKI BROS L S SANGRA Leicester City Football Club, The Gallery, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way,Leicester LE2 7FL 5.30pm start Tel: 0116 255 7573 Tuesday 21st May 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start Tel: 0116 254 9654 Wednesday 22nd May 2019 COTTONS Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE 11am start Tel: 0121 247 2233

Extra CITB funding only half the battle

If the Government wants to tackle the construction skills shortage, it must support SMEs THE CONSTRUCTION Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced that apprenticeship funding will increase by 30%. From 1 April 2019, CITB attendance grants given to employers will increase to £2,500 per year. In addition, employer achievement grants will rise to £3,500 once apprentices have successfully completed their training. Overall this reflects an increase from £10,250 to £14,500 for each apprentice an employer takes on. The CITB has been reforming many of their processes, including how funding is accessed and how courses are supported. The additional funding will therefore go a long way to convince more businesses to train new staff. However, unless construction companies are able to access a pipeline of opportunities and see certainty in the procedures which physically allow them to start working on projects, many new apprentices will end up without long term employment and worse still, leave the industry for good. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “More money to train apprentices will help SMEs with the cost of training but the CITB can only do so much. If a company doesn’t have a pipeline of work, they are less likely to take on new staff. “If the Government wants to tackle the construction skills shortage, it must support SMEs, since they train two out of three construction apprentices. This means making procurement fairer, planning simpler and late payment a thing of the past. Without tackling the real barriers, the Government is bailing out a barge with a ladle.”

County housebuilder experiences positive start to 2019 MIDLANDSBASED housebuilder Davidsons Homes is reporting a very positive start to 2019 with property sales exceeding the company’s targets. Some media outlets have reported uncertainty in the UK housing market. But Davidsons Homes, which has successful developments throughout the East, West and South Midlands, is finding there is still a great deal of confidence in property. Stephanie King, Sales Director for Ibstock-based Davidsons Homes, said: “According to the statistics, we’re building the right homes in the right area. “The property market is particularly thriving in the East Midlands, with an annual increase of 4.2 per cent, as reported in the UK House Price Index summary – the second-highest increase in the country.” Highest price growth is reported in semi-detached and detached homes (3.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent) respectively, which is where Davidsons concentrate their own housebuilding. And to add to the good news for Davidsons Homes, which employs around 240 people, the biggest increases are in new build prices, according to the UK House Price Index. The result is healthy sales across the board, for Davidsons Homes. Stephanie, adds: “It helps of course that we offer a high-quality product and can help to make a move as easy as possible for customers through helpful homebuyer initiatives such as Part Exchange and the Governmentbacked Help to Buy scheme. “We’re delighted our results are so positive at the moment and are looking to help many more buyers find their perfect home this year.

East Bridgford site for 2 contemporary homes

Development Site, Cherryholt Lane, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, NG13 8LJ

RICHARD WATKINSON & Partners are offering for sale a development site with full planning permission (ref: 17/02094/FUL) for 2 superb contemporary homes. £775,000

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The site – at Cherryholt Lane, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire NG13 8LJ – extends to just over half an acre and benefits from a secluded position with a south facing rear aspect. The proposed architect-designed homes will each offer approximately 4,000 sq.feet of accommodation. The asking price for the site is £775,000. For more information, contact Richard Watkinson & Partners on 01949 836678 or email: bingham@

Former Co-op Food Store for sale in Cropwell Bishop

INNES ENGLAND are offering for sale the former Co-op Food Store at Church Street, Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire NG12 3DB. The 2,421 sq.ft. single-storey former food store has recently been stripped out internally leaving it in shell condition. The property benefits from 10 customer parking spaces to the front of the building and sits on a site of 0.19 acres. The selling agents believe that the property is suitable for a number of uses, subject to planning. Offers around £220,000 are invited. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Jack Ward at Innes England on 0115 924 3243 or email:

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Wild about the new Working with Wildlife app

New mobile app enables the construction industry to identify signs of protected species on construction sites CIRIA and The Ecology Consultancy have announced the launch of the new Working with Wildlife mobile app which is now available as a free download from the App Store for Apple devices and from the Google Play Store for Android. The app has been designed to provide those working in the construction sector with practical advice on how to manage a range of protected species commonly encountered on construction sites, including: badgers, bats, birds, dormice, great crested newts, otters, reptiles and water voles. The app includes information on how to recognise these species and what signs to look for on site, allowing decisions to be made on whether works can continue or whether they need to stop whilst further advice is sought. The app also contains an introduction to the key aspects of current legislation, a gallery of photographs to help identify species, signs of their presence and habitats, a glossary of some of the terms used, plus references and further reading. To help users understand when protected species surveys can be undertaken, a calendar covering survey timings throughout the year is also provided. The new mobile application format enables contractors and construction workers to easily access key information about species on the go and allows the content to be regularly updated, ensuring that the information and guidance around protected species contained within the app is kept up-to-date and in-line with current legislation. Commenting on the launch of the new app Leanne Clowting, Executive Director, CIRIA said “This new resource further enhances CIRIA’s commitment to champion biodiversity in the built environment. Alongside the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards, we hope that this app will enable construction professionals to ensure that industry can be even more widely proactive in ensuring the future of our endangered species.” John Newton, Founder and Strategic Advisor, Ecology Consultancy said “The adaptation of the Working With Wildlife guidance into app form enables construction companies to easily share our guidance and puts it directly into the hands of their on-site employees. This will be invaluable in helping developers meet legislation requirements and encourage an understanding of the issues around wildlife conservation that their projects may come up against.” How to get the app The app has been developed in partnership by CIRIA and The Ecology Consultancy. To download the free app search for “Working With Wildlife” on the App Store or Google Play Store. More information about the app can be found at: publications/Working_with_Wildlife_app


Shaylor Group appointed to Pagabo’s new refurbishment framework SHAYLOR GROUP has announced its appointment to Pagabo’s new National Framework for Refit and Refurbishment Solutions in association with The Red Kite Learning Trust. The three year framework, commencing in March 2019, will provide a range of general refurbishment and fitout contracts for public sector bodies including schools, charities, NHS organisations, housing associations, leisure providers, libraries and museums. The framework is split into five Lots, of which Shaylor Group successfully bid for a place on four. Shaylor Group’s appointed Lots cover the West Midlands, East Midlands, North West, London and South East regions, with project values between £250k-£1m (Lot 1), £1m-5m (Lot 2), £5m-£15m (Lot 3) and £15m-£30m (Lot 4). This framework builds on Shaylor Group’s portfolio of public sector experience and follows on from their appointment to Pagabo’s £1bn National Medium Works Framework in late 2018. CEO Stephen Shaylor commented “We are delighted to be developing our relationship with Pagabo to help deliver their latest framework. This new appointment builds on our extensive experience in both refurbishment and public sector working and we look forward to delivering exceptional projects throughout the UK.”

Swadlincote building plot: £37k+ SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a single building plot with Outline Planning Permission (ref: 9/2016/0386) for the erection of a single storey dwelling. The plot – at the rear of Oxford Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9NA - is in a tucked away location set off Meynell Street behind an unadopted access drive in an established residential location close to local amenities. For sale BY AUCTION on Thursday 11th April 2019 at The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL – 11.30am start. Guide Price: £37,000+ For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 01332 242880 or visit

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Who We Are Teachers Parents Students The title was awarded to J Tomlinson following the contributions made by thecompany to its clients, local communities, and the industry itself specifically in the areas of employment and training, health and safety, and client-focused solutions. The Nottingham-based maintenance, refurbishment and construction services partner also took home the Community Impact title, while apprentice resident liaison officer, Dannielle Baguley, was crowned Apprentice of the Year during the ceremony, which took place at the Athena in Leicester. In addition, J Tomlinson and client Nottingham City Homes were jointly announced runner-up of the Collaborative Working award in recognition of the ongoing planned maintenance partnership between the two organisations. The awards, which are organised and hosted by procurement consortium, Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), saw over 400 professionals across the building and housing industry gather to recognise and celebrate Outstanding achievements made by companies, teams and individuals alike. Mark Davis, chief executive at J Tomlinson, commented: “We are delighted with our accolades, and are thankful to our people, our customers and our stakeholders. It is through embracing our company One Team ethos that we are able to achieve such excellent results. Well done and thank you to all stakeholders who contributed to this huge success.” “Thank you to EEM for giving us the opportunity to enter the awards, and for hosting what was yet another brilliant ceremony. We would also like to extend our utmost congratulations to all winners and finalists from the evening. It was extremely satisfying to see companies of all sizes and specialities being recognised for their contributions to housing in the East Midlands.”

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USA inspired dream brought to life in the UK using the CERO innovative sliding door system THE CERO innovative sliding door system is designed by Solarlux to create openness within the living space using its extensive glass panes, flawless design and impressive dimensions. This contemporary product has assisted Mr & Mrs Andrews in realising their dream of building a modern home with an almost seamless transition between the internal and external living spaces. Mr & Mrs Andrews purchased the building plot two years ago (the land originally formed part of a large Victorian house garden which is now home for the new property) with a very specific idea of the living space they wanted to create. Their dream was to build a new home based on a design previously seen in Arizona USA and subsequently that they had fallen in love with. The multi-award winning cero sliding door perfectly combines technology and design, offering the aspired aesthetics and design characteristics required for the build whilst providing exceptional thermal insulation (U values as low as ≤ 0.80 W/m2K) as well as peace of mind due to the products inbuilt security measures. The use of the cero product enabled them to realise their true aspirational dream of bringing the outdoor world into their home, from a safe and secure position whilst flooding the living space with natural light, creating a oneness with nature and a true sense of well-being. The cero elements combine architecture, design and technology in a truly masterful way. Vertical profiles measuring an impressive 34 mm width, enabling maximum transparency with the outer frames seamlessly integrating within the floor, walls and ceiling. The glass sliding panels can be designed to a maximum area of 15m2 (6m (h) x 4m (w)) and a weight of up to 1,000 kilograms; however, intelligent roller technology ensures they are effortless to move due to the specific German engineering. All five of the panels installed within property are movable, using simple operable technology and allowing for endless configuration possibilities to suit any weather. Kate Andrews said: “We are truly delighted with the final result, which we feel really reduces the distinction between our house and garden. Our aim was to combine the charm of the surrounding older buildings with our modern new style; with the help of the cero glazing solution we have achieved this. We are thoroughly enjoying our new home and are so pleased we chose Solarlux to bring our dream home to fruition.” To find out more visit:


Former church for sale in Clay Cross: £55k+ Guide SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION the Former Baptist Church, Market Street, Clay Cross, Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 9JE. Located in the town centre, the property offers potential to convert to either residential or commercial usage, subject to planning. The substantial accommodation is arranged over two floors with a net floor area of 162.44 sq.m. (1,748.48 sq.ft). For sale BY AUCTION on Thursday 11th April 2019 at The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL – 11.30am start. Guide Price: £55,000+ For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 01332 242880 or visit

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Midlands G4C Awards Finalists Announced THE MIDLANDS G4C Awards provide an exclusive opportunity to celebrate outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within the construction sector. Taking place on 12 April 2019 at the ICC, Birmingham (as part of the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards), the Awards will celebrate achievements of young talent and the organisations that are supporting and shaping the future leaders of our industry. The finalists for this year’s Midlands G4C Awards Awards can be found online: This is an event not to be missed and promises to be an enjoyable evening of celebrations and a high-profile networking opportunity. If you would like to book tickets to the Midlands G4C Awards - please visit or alternatively contact Amy Pryce via Tables of 10 are available for just £1050 +VAT and the event presents a fantastic opportunity for you to host and entertain key clients.

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Leicestershire Builder Magazine April 2019  

News and information for builders in Leicestershire UK

Leicestershire Builder Magazine April 2019  

News and information for builders in Leicestershire UK