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IT WAS the brainchild of disabled rugby player Matt Hampson – to deliver a rehabilitation centre in Leicestershire for injured athletes and their families where they can spend time and receive physical therapy.
Impression showing the view of the proposed Fleet Village development across Lee Circle, Leicester.
A SIGNIFICANT, mixed-use development has been proposed to transform and regenerate the St George’s North area of Leicester city centre in an investment representing circa £50m. Developers LCL commissioned multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p to design a high quality apartment scheme, known as Fleet Village, to revitalise derelict and disused former office buildings on Lee Circle and Old Milton Street in the city. The proposed development includes new apartments and associated amenities for residents such as concierge service, gym, café/bar/lounge and cycle storage alongside 3,000sq ft retail units.Planning permission was sought in January 2018. Apartments are arranged in a series of buildings, one of which includes a “green window” through its façade to create an upper garden for residents and allow sunlight into the communal garden space. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ...>
Now Matt and his team at the Get Busy Living Centre (GBLC), created for the Matt Hampson Foundation, are celebrating after securing a prestigious national award for the way it is benefiting communities. The Centre, designed for those who have suffered life-changing sporting injuries, won the National Community Benefit Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at its grand final in London, following the work of construction company Willmott Dixon. The scheme had already won two RICS East Midlands Awards earlier in the year Community Benefit and Project of the Year. The ambitious project saw a former aircraft hangar transformed by Willmott Dixon into a TURN TO PAGE 6 ...>
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Fleet Village proposal from page 1 Chris May, partner at Howes Percival, commented on behalf of LCL: “This area of Leicester has seen little or no growth for the past 15 years and is desperately in need of regeneration; these buildings are victims of vandalism and trespassing. We believe the proposed development, which is expected to create Impression of the view across the landscaped up to 100 new jobs communal courtyard at Fleet Village, Leicester. during construction and between 12-17 once completed, is the right catalyst for this much needed regeneration. “The scheme seeks to provide a range of new homes to suit the local housing market as well as retail and leisure facilities we feel will benefit the community. Fleet Village represents a major investment for our home city and we’re really excited about what it could mean for those wanting to live, work and play in Leicester. We’re hopeful for a positive outcome from our planning applications very soon,” Mr May concluded. LCL has a strong track record delivering similar schemes in Leicester, having successfully completed 250 apartments at Clyde Court on Erskine Street and Markfield Court off Abbey Park Street collectively. In addition to the £50m investment for Fleet Village, LCL has offered to make a further contribution, expected to be in the region of a six figure sum, to Leicester City Council via a Unilateral Undertaking to enable development of the site. James Badley, architectural director at rg+p added: “Fleet Village has the potential to become a statement development for Leicester and is certainly one of the largest investments the city’s housing market has seen in recent years. LCL has engaged extensively with the local authorities so we remain optimistic for the development’s future.” If permission is granted before the year end, LCL has indicated that work will commence on site in Spring 2019.
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Bellway wins big regional award
ON-SITE apprentice training rooms and real attention to detail have helped a dedicated site manager for a Leicesterbased housebuilder win a major regional award. Dave Monk, site manager at Bellway East Midlands’ Liberty development in Nottingham, has won a ‘best large builder’ award for the entire East of England region from the National House Building Council (NHBC). Bellway East Midlands, which is based at Meridian Business Park in Leicester, has three other site managers who have also been recognised for their dedication to their work in the NHBC competition. James Dunn, Gary Archer and Dave Pringle have won NHBC Seal of Excellence awards this year. Dave Pringle is in charge at NG2 in West Bridgford, while James runs Sherwood Gate in Linby and Gary oversees the Bellway at Farnsfield site team. Judging for the awards is meticulous, beginning a year before the announcement of the first round of winners. Each site undergoes spot checks on its day-to-day running, and site managers are assessed across 44 areas of site management, including
Award-winning site managers (l-r): Dave Monk, Gary Archer, James Dunn and Dave Pringle consistency in the build process, and the quality controls they have in place. Dave’s own philosophy is to ‘set my stall out at the beginning’ and explain to everyone on site what he expects from them. That includes minute attention to detail, like ensuring consistency of wall socket positions and skirting board details in houses across the development. Dave, who lives in Pinxton, near Kirkby-in-Ashfield, said: “I say ‘could I suggest you do it this way?’. It’s not a problem, as long as people know what you expect from the start.” Dave’s other innovations include on-site training rooms for apprentices. “If I get it right in here, I know it will be right on site.” The result of all this care, Dave hopes, is the ability to convert more site visitors into Bellway customers. The site sells two or three homes a week – and as many as 17 in the month of July this year. As a regional winner, Dave and Bellway’s Liberty development in Nottingham is now in the country’s top 10. A national winner will be chosen from those 10 at a dinner in London on January 25, 2019.
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Planning permissions sustained at +350,000 as plans for growth continue • • • •
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Permission granted for 355,000 new homes in the year to June 2018 Q2 figures show fall in number of permissions compared with same period last year Future of Help to Buy critical as builders finalise future investment plans Builders are seeking economic and policy stability
PLANNING PERMISSIONS, a strong indicator of future housing supply, continue to be granted at record high levels HBF/Glenigan’s latest Housing Pipeline report shows. Permission for more than 350,000 new homes were granted in England in the year to June, as housebuilders continue to invest. Housing supply climbed to 217k in 2016/17, a 74% increase in just four years, but still well short of the 300k new homes a year target set by Government. The latest Pipeline report shows that for the year up to June 2018, the picture was very positive with 354,646 plots granted planning permission on 20,076 sites. This is the first time for a decade that more than 20,000 sites have been granted planning permission in a 12-month period. Over the course of the past 10 years, the average permissioned site has increased in size by 58% from 19 units to 30. Today’s figures reflect the first fall in average site size for annualised planning permissions for almost five years (Q4 2013). This should assist SME builders and better enable them to play their part in delivering increases in supply. The last few years has seen a massive reduction in the number of SME developers and a greater supply base is needed if the 300k target is to be achieved. Permissions for 77,704 homes were granted in Q2 of this year. This is down by 15% on the second quarter of 2017. While it is difficult to attribute this to any single factor, it may have been, in part, as a result of uncertainty over the future of Help to Buy post-March 2021, as many plots currently being permissioned will be delivered into and beyond 2021; Uncertainty around new planning policies ahead of the publication of the Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which was eventually published in July; or the Local elections which often leads to decisions being delayed by Local Authorities The report also identifies some significant regional variations. Approvals were down on the same quarter last year in some areas including London, but in contrast, approvals were up in Wales (25%), Yorkshire and Humber (23%), South West (11%) against a year earlier. The number of applications being submitted and approved demonstrates the house building industry’s commitment to build more homes, and the confidence it has in the new homes market. Whilst the wider second-hand housing market has weakened, new build sales have remained strong and with new build mortgages as a percentage of all mortgages rising from around 6.3% in the decade to 2012 to 14.6% last year. Whilst the industry welcomes the continued high level of permissions being granted, it needs to be recognised that it will take months or years for many of these permissions to be processed by Local Planning Authorities to the point where builders are actually allowed to start building. The industry continues to urge central and Local Government to invest in the planning system and local planning departments to enable them to deal speedily and efficiently with the volume of permissions now being submitted.
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state-of-the-art facility for those who have suffered life-changing injuries through sport. Nick Preedy, construction manager at Willmott Dixon, oversaw the project. He said: “This has been an extraordinary project for us to work on and an outstanding example of collaborative working, across both our supply chain and beyond, to deliver a project that is changing lives. We are so pleased that it has won the most prestigious award of all and we are certain it will continue to be recognised for its importance both locally and nationally.” During the construction process, Willmott Dixon engaged with local communities to get involved in the scheme and the Centre’s legacy. The contractor invited volunteers from local villages in Leicestershire to help plant 30 of the trees on the site, making them feel part of a great facility. Willmott Dixon’s team also raised £40k by inviting local people to purchase paving slabs surrounding the centre and engrave them personally; this created extra funding for the Foundation and spurred on further support locally. Matt Hampson was there to pick up the award with the GBLC team. He said: “The Get Busy Living Centre is a dream come true for me and we are all extremely proud to see it recognised through this national award. It provides the much-needed rehabilitation facilities and social spaces for our beneficiaries and their families, and we are thrilled to see it completed and in action. “We could not have reached this stage without the hard work and generosity of our project partners and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to those who have contributed to the build, whether it is materials and supplies or simply their time and expertise. The support we have received from these businesses has been absolutely invaluable and has allowed us to make our dream a 5 miles to the south of Leicester City Centre Excellent access into Leicester Via Lutterworth Road reality – we simply wouldn’t be here without them.”
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The GBLC opened to the Foundation’s beneficiaries in summer 2018 with the aim of giving local, national and worldwide beneficiaries the chance of lifechanging rehabilitation. Sports professionals, the local community, physiotherapists, clinicians and trainers can also use the facility, as well as it becoming the home to the Foundation’s headquarters. The project has been delivered by a number of local partners, many of which offered their time, services, materials and expertise for free, including: Main contractor: Willmott Dixon Professional services firm: MDA Consulting Architects: Corporate Architecture Interior designers: CPMG Engineering consultants: Couch Perry Wilkes, Salus, Derry Building Services and BSP Consulting PR and marketing agency: Cartwright Communications Earthmoving, ground engineering and restoration contractor: Barton Plant, Barton Civils and supplier Peter Bennie, all part of The Bennie Group and Plaza Groundworks Building materials suppliers: GRS Roadstone, Aggregate Industries, Breedon Group, William Hercock Building Supplies, MJ Robinson, Sage Roofing, Sage Envelope Contractor, Sinit, Bonham & Berry, McGovern Crane Hire, Studwelders, Charnwood Fencing, Morris Vermaport Lifts, Diamond Flooring UK, Metsec, Kingspan Insulation, Interfuse, Elmsmere, Forbo and Gerflor, Midland Floor Screeds. Demolitions specialist: AR Demolition Construction services provider: WysePower, Advante, Michael Smith Switchgear and Portacabin. Retailer: Furniture Village. Matthew “Hambo” Hampson was involved in an accident during an England Rugby practice match in 2005 and has been tetraplegic since then. He continues to actively fundraise for the Foundation and is the figurehead of the Matt Hampson Foundation.
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RICS UK Residential Market Survey, October 2018
East Midlands house prices hold steady as demand and supply decline amidst Brexit uncertainty • • •
Price rises hold steady in East Midlands, as half of the UK regions price balances now flat or negative Demand from new buyers falls in the face of interest rate rises and continued Brexit uncertainty in the run up to Christmas Fresh influx of rental properties come to East Midlands lettings market
DESPITE A fall in interest from new buyers last month, house prices in the East Midlands continue to rise, and agents in the East Midlands reported the strongest price growth behind Northern Ireland and Scotland, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. In the October survey, 33% more respondents saw a rise in prices. This is consistent with the September net balance and only Northern Ireland and Scotland reported stronger price growth last month. Elsewhere prices in London, East Anglia, the South West, South East and North East saw negative prices balances, leading to the national house price balance to fall. Looking ahead, three-month price expectations for the East Midlands are broadly flat, and the outlook for the year ahead has subdued considerably, with only 10% more respondents in the region expecting prices to rise in the coming twelve months. (down from +41% in September) Despite prices holding up in the region in October, sales activity remains weak. For the seventh consecutive report East Midlands’ respondents have reported a decline in the number of new buyers, citing political uncertainty, affordability pressures, movement in interest rates and a lack of fresh stock coming onto the market. In October, 15% more respondents reported a fall in buyer interest. In terms of new instructions, and the supply pipeline, there is a further decline as average stock remains very close to an all-time low. Furthermore, there appears little chance of any meaningful turnaround, as a net balance of 30% of respondents reported the number of appraisals to be down on year on year basis. As demand and instructions are down it is little surprise that sales were flat in October. This is the fifth consecutive report where respondents have reported seeing no growth in sales. Elsewhere, sales were reported to be either flat or negative across eleven of the twelve UK regions/countries during October. In the lettings market, the quarterly (seasonally adjusted) data points to an improvement in new properties available to rent, whilst tenant demand has fallen for the second consecutive quarter. Given the influx of new listings only 28% more respondents expect rents to rise in the coming quarter, down from +37% in Q3.
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Aitchison Raffety Announces Latest Promotion AITCHISON RAFFETY, a leading practice of chartered surveyors and town planners, is pleased to announce it has promoted Jonathan Weekes to Director within their Planning division in Northampton office. Jonathan joined the Group in 2013 and is responsible for planning applications, appeals, appraisals, objections and enforcement matters on behalf of both developers and local authorities covering residential, commercial, employment, leisure, waste and mixed use schemes. Jonathan has experience of undertaking appeals through the Written Representations, Hearing and Inquiry procedures. He also advises on the development potential of sites through planning appraisals and has experience of promoting site through the development plan process. Nigel Ozier, Managing Director, Planning, commented “Jonathan’s hard work and dedication to the company has earned him this deserved promotion. His professionalism will be an asset towards driving the Planning division forward in the future.”
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Showhome now open at popular Loughborough housing development A GORGEOUS four-bedroom showhome has now opened its doors to prospective purchasers at a sought-after housing development in Loughborough. Featuring a spacious and versatile interior layout that’s ideal for professional couples and working families alike, the stunning Farringdon showhome at Westleigh Homes’ Beacon Place development is available to take a tour of now. What’s more, a fantastic range of two, three and four-bedroom homes has just been released, with prices starting from £199,950. The Help to Buy scheme is available at Beacon Place, enabling first-time buyers and those with a property to sell to make a move to a brand new home with an equity loan of up to 20% of the full price of the property with the Government with just a 5% deposit and 75% mortgage. The equity loan is interest free for the first five years. A 360° tour of the Farringdon is now available to take by visiting the website, meaning property-seekers can immerse themselves in every corner of the showhome without the need to ever leave the comfort of their sofa.
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Leicester City University of Leicester (c/o Agent: Will Edmonds, Montagu Evans LLP, 5 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BA) - Hybrid application for: Full application for the development of a part four, part five storey building to provide 4,629 sqm collaborative research and business floorspace (class b1/d1), associated hard and soft landscaping, car parking and access; and Outline application for the development of two further phases, comprising up to 20,000 sqm of class b1/ d1 floorspace arranged within buildings of up to 18.5 metres in height including access, all other matters reserved (class b1/d1) – at Former John Ellis College Site, Corporation Road, Leicester. Gayashima Properties (c/o Agent: Neil McMinn, Ink/Drawn, Windermere House, 47 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TE) – Construction of fifth floor to create 8 flats resulting in a total of 47 flats, plus roof terrace and alterations – at Belgrave Commercial Centre, 160 Belgrave Road, Leicester.
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John Smith - sad Builders back the high street, says FMB announcement Making use of empty spaces above shops
THE CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has taken positive steps to address the housing crisis and breathe new life back into our high streets, says the Federation of Master Builders.
Commenting on the Budget 2018, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “It is important that the Chancellor has recognised the importance of investing in our high streets. He has announced a £675 million Future High Streets Fund to allow councils to rejuvenate town centres. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 to 400,000 new homes alone could be created by making use of empty spaces above shops on our high streets. This is space just waiting to be turned into residential accommodation. There is a pressing need to re-invent many of our town centres in light of changing patterns of retail and leisure. The Government should be applauded for its ambition to safeguard the life of our high streets.” Berry continued: “We would urge councils to take this opportunity to look again at how they can work with local builders and developers to make better use of existing town centre building, and facilitate the development of wasted space above shops. A recent report titled Homes on our High Streets from the FMB puts councils at the heart of the solution and suggests some practical ways for them to facilitate the development of wasted space above shops. Retail will always be an important element of vibrant high streets, but there is plenty we can do on a small scale to help convert unused and underused space in to attractive residential units. This will both boost the supply of new homes and help breathe new life back into our high streets. What we must avoid is perfectly good space lying empty and achieving nothing in terms of boosting the local economy or housing individuals.” Berry concluded: “We are also pleased that the Chancellor has announced £1bn to guarantee capacity to support lending to the SME housebuilding sector. This will be implemented by the British Business Bank, working with Homes England. Many small-scale house builders continue to experience real difficulty in accessing the finance they need to build homes, and it is often the smallest scale builders that experience the greatest problems. This new funding will help to speed up the delivery of homes and lead to a more diverse and resilient housing supply.”
IT IS WITH extreme sadness that I must inform you that my father John Smith (3rd generation), passed away peacefully on Friday 9th November at his home in Leicester. At the age of 86 he leaves behind his wife, Edna Smith, who he was married to for 61 years and his four children. John was until September last year the Chairman of Smith Brothers (Leicester) Ltd, the parent company, continuing to help guide SBS down its extremely successful journey. Although a step back from Smith Brothers was taken, he continued to play a very active role within Air Plants Dust Extraction, where he will be greatly missed. We make no secret of our family heritage and John Smith built on both Walter (founder) and Sydney’s (2nd generation) foundations, leaving the business in the strong position it finds itself in today, highlighted by receiving the Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year Award in 2018. Although SBS remains unaffected on an operational level, John’s passing invariably marks a sad day for Smith Brother Stores. Myself, along with my brothers and sister, remain extremely proud of his achievements in all areas of his life. For those close to him, funeral arrangements will be personally communicated in due course. But for now, all I have left to say is a great man will be sorely missed on both a personal and professional level.
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Budget answers housebuilder’s call for more targeted Help to Buy scheme CHANGES MADE to the Help to Buy scheme in the recent Budget have answered housebuilder Bellway’s call for the scheme to be more targeted towards helping first-time buyers. The Chancellor announced that when the current Help to Buy equity loan scheme ends in March 2021, a new version will be launched just for first-time buyers and will run for two years until March 2023. Help to Buy currently allows both first-time buyers and those with a home to sell to buy a new-build home up to the value of £600,000. They need just a five per cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage, with the remaining 20 per cent provided in the form of an equity loan from the Government, which is interest free for the first five years of homeownership. Prices for the new scheme will be capped at 1.5 times the current forecast average first-time buyer price in each region, with a maximum of £600,000 set in London and a cap of £261,900 in the East Midlands. Bellway’s Chief Executive Jason Honeyman called last month for the scheme to be streamlined to focus on those who needed it most. Carolyne Watkinson, Sales Director for Bellway East Midlands, which is based in Leicester, said: “We welcome this news from the Budget, which will target support towards people taking their first step on the housing ladder who might otherwise be unable to afford their own place. “Help to Buy has made the dream of home ownership possible for so many buyers and we are pleased to see this new streamlined version continuing for another two years to ensure more first-time buyers are given support when they need it. “We’re also pleased to see investment in infrastructure and support for apprenticeships, which are both key issues for the house-building industry.” Just under four out of ten (39 per cent) of Bellway customers nationally used Help to Buy during the last financial year, with 67 per cent of those being first-time buyers. Bellway East Midlands is building new homes across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire, with more information available at bellway.co.uk.
Action to bring empty homes back into use TWO houses which have stood empty for several years are set to be brought back into use. Leicester City Council plans to make Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) on properties at 344 East Park Road, Spinney Hills, which has stood empty since 2015, and 213 Duncan Road, Aylestone, which has been vacant for almost two years. Both properties are in a rundown condition and complaints have been made. The council action follows numerous attempts by the city council’s empty homes team to contact the owners of the properties, but the properties have remained unimproved and unoccupied. Now, the city council will move to use its CPO powers to acquire the properties and bring them back into use as homes. Cllr Andy Connelly, assistant city mayor for housing, said: “We only consider Compulsory Purchase Orders as a last resort, preferring to work with homeowners wherever we can. “However, when a house has been empty and neglected for a long time, it can become an eyesore and create problems for neighbours. “It’s important that we take action to bring such properties back into use, preventing them from having a detrimental impact on neighbours and helping to boost the number of much-needed homes that in the city.” The combined market value of the two three-bedroom properties is in the region of £290,000. Leicester City Council will cover its purchase costs by selling the houses to new owners, who must undertake to bring the property back into use within an agreed timescale.
Highest new home registrations in 11 years, reports NHBC UK BUILDERS registered more than 43,500 new homes during the third quarter of 2018, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics – making it the highest quarter since 2007. 43,578 new homes were registered during the period July – September, an increase of 15% on the 37,940 registered in the same period 12 months ago. The total makes it the highest quarter since the third quarter of 2007 when 49,520 new homes were registered. In the private sector 33,520 new homes were registered (28,921 in Q3 2017; +16%), with 10,058 registered in the affordable sector (9,019 in Q3 2017; +12%). London has seen a dramatic increase in registrations, up 141% to 6,007, compared to the lower than usual figure of 2,492 in the same period last year. This is partly due to a number of large developments being registered by housing associations and by inwards investors focused on the private rental sector. Other regions experiencing considerable growth compared to 2017 include Yorkshire & Humberside (+39%), the South West (+34%) and Scotland (+20%). As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC’s registration statistics are a lead indicator of the UK’s new homes market.
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ProCon award for Corporate Architecture Blue Pyramid Investments (c/o Agent: Jonathan Weekes, Aitchison Raffety, The Granary, Spring Hill Office Park, Harborough Road, Pitsford, Northampton NN6 9AA) – Change of use of basement and part of ground floor from café/restaurant to offices, plus alterations – at 2 King Street, Leicester. Mr Jagdish Ghelani (c/o Agent: Graham Newsome, Architects Network Ltd, 15 Countess Road, London NW5 2NS) - Demolition of existing restaurant; construction of one to five storey building to provide a mixed use facility with a banqueting hall and ceremony room; restaurant and hotel (sui generis) – at Indigo, 432 Melton Road, Leicester. Masjid Salahuddin (c/o Agent: R Kahn, Master Plan Design Solutions, 23 Vulcan House, Vulcan Road, Leicester LE5 3EF) - Change of use from light industrial (class B1) to place of worship and community centre (class D1); installation of windows and doors to front, side and rear; alterations – at 9 Upper George Street, Leicester.
MARKET Harborough based architecture practice, Corporate Architecture, scooped yet another award at the prestigious ProCon Awards held at the King Power Stadium in November. One of eight companies that collaborated on the design and build of the ‘Get Busy Living Centre’, a state of the art facility for those who have suffered life-changing injuries through sport. The mastermind behind the project is Matt Hampson, the former England Under-21 rugby player who, himself, suffered a life-changing injury through sport. The collaboration amongst philanthropic local businesses such as Corporate Architecture enabled in excess of £1m of savings for the Matt Hampson Foundation by providing services, labour and materials free of charge. Managing Director of Corporate Architecture, Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold enjoyed a long career in the second row at Leicester Tigers and was determined to support this project. “ I have been very lucky. I played sport at a high level for a long time and have nothing more than the odd twinge to show for it. Others have been much less fortunate and it has been a privilege to have been able to work alongside colleagues in the industry to support Matt and the Foundation in getting this much-needed resource up and running. We’re looking forward to getting stuck into Phase 2 which will provide specialist accommodation on-site.” The ‘Get Busy Living Centre’ based at Burrough-on-the-Hill, won the ProCon Award for Small Non-Residential Scheme of the Year close on the heels of success at both the Midlands and National RICS Construction Awards earlier this month. The Centre will provide a place for injured athletes to spend time together, and with their families, receiving rehabilitation and other support services.
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Autumn Budget Comment from Duncan Green of Pick Everard DUNCAN GREEN, managing partner leading property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard, reacting to the Autumn Budget, said: “I am pleased to hear that Mr Hammond has announced a £695m initiative to help small firms hire apprentices. “I believe that apprenticeships for both males and females in construction are crucial to the future of the industry, especially because of the skills gap, and training needs to remain a top priority if we’re to see real change in the UK’s infrastructure. Essentially, skills and training are how we will see the high wage, high skill economy of the future. “Adding to this, the Chancellor announced he would be expanding the national productivity and investment fund to £38bn by 2023/24. An additional £420m will be made available immediately to local highway authorities to tackle potholes, bridge repairs and other minor works in the financial year. These investments are great news for the country as I believe they are aimed at reducing congestion and helping to improve Britain’s productivity growth, which needs strengthening. “Mr Hammond also announced that the government will be moving away from the ‘broken system’ of private finance initiatives. This is likely due to the difficulties created by the collapse of Carillion in January – which resulted in 1,000 redundancies – and the Chancellor stated that while he would not terminate the initiatives early, the government would not add to the current stock of the controversial contracts.”
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Rise in Commercial and industry projects support construction starts • STARTS in the three months to October were 1% up on a year ago and unchanged on the preceding three months. • RESIDENTIAL starts were 10% lower than a year ago and 4% down on the preceding three months. • NON-RESIDENTIAL project starts were 18% higher than a year ago with growth driven by increases in industrial, offices, retail hotel & leisure and health starts • CIVIL engineering was 19% lower than a year ago and 27% down on the preceding three months.
THE VALUE of work starting on site in the three months to October was 1% higher than a year ago, according to the latest Glenigan Index. On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts were unchanged on the three months to July. Commenting on the figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The latest data reveals a stabilisation in overall construction project starts, with the Glenigan Index for October unchanged on the preceding three months and up just 1% on a year ago. A strengthening in commercial, industrial and health projects starting on site has been offset by a
weakening in private housing starts and a drop in civil engineering activity. “October saw a renewed weakening in private housing starts, reversing the recent upturn in project residential starts. Private residential starts during the three months to October were 15% down on the same period a year ago. On a seasonally adjusted basis starts were 13% down on the three months to July. Hopefully, measures announced in the Budget, including the extension of Help to Buy to 2023, will help bolster project starts over the coming months. Social housing starts have strengthened, rising by a third against the three months to July to stand 11% up on a year ago. “Overall non-residential projects were 18% higher than a year ago and 11% up against the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis. Starts were boosted by sharp increases in retail and hotel & leisure projects. In addition, the industrial, office and health sectors remain firm and well ahead of weak performances a year ago. “The recent upturn in civil engineering activity has lost momentum. The value of underlying starts during the three months to October was 27% down against the preceding three months (seasonally
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adjusted) and 19% lower than during the same period last year. Earlier growth in utilities work has not been sustained, with starts 29% lower than a year ago. Infrastructure starts were little changed on the preceding three months, but 13% down on a strong performance a year ago.” Project starts remain firm across the north of England, with the North West, North East and Yorkshire & the Humber seeing increases of 6%, 8% and 31% respectively. At 44%, however, the West Midlands enjoyed the sharpest rise in starts. In contrast the East Midlands, London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland saw a weakening in starts with declines of 18%, 11%, 28%, 31% and 19% respectively.
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• Over 169,102 completed Help to Buy equity loan purchases have been made since 2013. • Leicestershire has had the most completed Help to Buy property purchases (5,177). • Rutland revealed to have had the least property sales from Help to Buy equity loan in the East Midlands (255).
ACCORDING to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Authority over 169,102 properties were brought with an equity loan since the launch of the governments Help to Buy scheme in 2013. Whilst the value of these properties sold are estimated to be worth an enormous £42.23 billion. A whopping 81% of total purchases have been made by first-time buyers, and although it has been announced that the scheme is set to run until 2021, it has been under scrutiny with claims it is enabling people who can afford to buy without the equity loan to climb onto the property ladder with just a 5% deposit; thus driving up property prices as a result. Homelessness charity Shelter analysed the increased amount of mortgage lending in correlation to the scheme and concluded Help to Buy has increased the average home price by £8,250. As a result, housing experts at Fasthomes.org collated data from ‘Help to Buy (Equity Loan scheme) and Help to Buy: NewBuy statistics: Data to 31 March 2018, England’ by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Authority to determine which areas of England have had the most and least completed Help to Buy equity loan property purchases. The data was obtained by establishing which unitary authorities and county councils govern each county within England and then compiling the number of completed Help to Buy purchases from each governing body to work out the total sum within each region and sub counties.
Interesting development properties at the Shonki Bros December Auction TWO INTERESTING development opportunities are being offered for sale BY AUCTION by Shonki Bros in December: • Five-bed detached property with planning permission granted for 4 additional detached dwellings at Lutterworth Road, Aylestone, Leicester. Price Guide: £1 million+ • Three single-storey garages with land, having planning permission for 3 self-contained flats at Morris Street, Peterborough. Price Guide: £49,000+ Both of these properties are to be offered for sale BY AUCTION on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at The King Power Stadium, LCFC, Filbert Way, Leicester – 5.30pm start. For more information, contact Shonki Bros on 0116 255 7573 or visit www.shonkibros.com. (See advert on page 43).
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New Grange Park recruit Fay Bullock is all systems go as revamped showhome is launched Mr K Bains (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects Limited, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) - Change of use from 6 self-contained flats to 8 self-contained flats (class C3); installation of roof light to front; construction of single storey extension and balcony to rear; installation of three replacement windows and hard standing to rear; alterations – at 58 Fosse Road Central, Leicester.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Mr B Stoney (c/o Agent: Andrew Large Surveyors, The Estate Office, Staunton Harold Hall, Melbourne Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1RT) – Demolition of existing glasshouse and outbuilding, erection of 2 dwellings and new detached garage to serve the existing property – at The Limes, Shackerstone Road, Congerstone, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 6LX. Mr Sliwinski (c/o Agent: Mark Payne, Architectural Vistadesigns Ltd, 118 Paddock Way, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0BZ) – Extension to existing offices and warehouse – at Elmleigh House, Dawsons Lane, Barwell, Leicester LE9 8BE. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Neil Martyn, The Planning Bureau Ltd, Orion House, Orion Way, Kettering NN15 6PE) – Demolition of existing building and erection of retirement living housing, including 16 retirement bungalows and erection of a three-storey care home providing 57 units – at Transco Nts, Coventry Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0JR.
FAY BULLOCK, newly appointed sales consultant at William Davis Homes’ Grange Park development in Loughborough, has set her sights on matching the company’s fabulous homes with potential buyers looking to make Loughborough’s ‘Best Address’ their own.
Ideas sought on sites for potential future development LEICESTER City Council is calling on people to put forward ideas for sites which could be developed for future uses.
The triple HBF 5 star housebuilder recently welcomed Fay onto the dedicated sales team at this popular Loughborough development amid the imminent relaunch of the site’s Solent showhome. Having previously worked for a number of major developers over the past 20 years, Fay brings extensive experience to the Grange Park team, working alongside fellow sales New William Davis Sales consultant Karen Buck. Consultant, Fay Bullock. Fay described her role as covering the full customer journey, from initial contact, meeting and greeting prospective buyers, right through to handing over the keys to their brand new William Davis Homes property. “I love the job as it’s not just about selling houses, but also being able to help people find the right home to suit their needs. We see the whole range of buyers, from young couples starting out in their first home together, through growing families, to downsizers looking for the perfect place to retire. It’s really rewarding work.”
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The council is in the process of drawing up its latest local plan for the city, which will shape future development over the coming years. As part of the plan, landowners, planning agents and members of the public are being asked to give their suggestions for potential sites or groups of sites which could be included to help meet future development needs. They have until 16 December this year to put forward their ideas and suggestions. Potential sites will then be consulted upon as part of the consultation on the draft local plan. Suitable sites could be allocated within the local plan to be used for new housing developments, office and industrial space or essential services such as educational or community facilities. Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We want to identify pockets of land which could play an important future role in the city’s development. Suitable sites will be included in our new local plan, which sets out longer-term proposals for the city. “It’s important as much suitable land as possible is included, to give us options as we work to drive the city’s future prosperity while balancing this with the needs of our residents. We welcome people’s suggestions for sites which could be included.” All submissions should be accompanied by a map showing the boundaries of the site. More details of the process, and how to submit potential sites, are available on the council’s website at consultations.leicester.gov.uk
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PLANS to transform a former warehouse located within the heart of the Leicestershire countryside into an exclusive residential development have been approved.
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Local developer Wheatcroft Land acquired the site in Moira and now plans to build nine high quality family homes in the stunning waterside location. Located at the heart of the scenic National Forest - a 200sq mile woodland development - the residential site benefits from easy access to country parks, nature walks and cycle routes, including the Forestry Commission National Cycle Centre at Hicks Lodge, Donisthorpe Country Park and the Conkers Discovery Centre. The new homes will also have stunning views over the canal to the Moira Furnace, with its museum, boat trips, country walks and small courtyard craft village and friendly tea room. Director at Wheatcroft Land Catherine Haward (pictured) said: “We are really excited about bringing this development forward; we will be building a range of semi-detached and detached properties and creating real waterside living. “This is a really beautiful location right on the water’s edge and within a stone’s throw of the National Forest, which will be a fantastic place to live and enjoy the great outdoors. The former warehouse buildings have been demolished and construction of the new homes will commence in January 2019 with a target completion date of September 2019”.
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Leicestershire County Council (c/o: County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA) – Single storey extension to the existing school buildings to provide 2 classrooms, 2 group rooms, staff room, wc, circulation and extension to the existing school hall, plus extension to car park and hard play areas – at Dove Bank Primary School, Bagworth Road, Nailstone, Leics. Mr Burr (c/o Agent: Mrs Zoe Massey, Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Demolition of care home and associated outbuildings – at Hornsey Rise Memorial Home, Bosworth Road, Wellsborough, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 6PA.
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Developers embracing modern methods of construction, says new report from NHBC Foundation A NEW REPORT from the NHBC Foundation highlights how trailblazing developers are exploring the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
SAVILLS, jointly with Naylors Estate Agents, on behalf of the vendor has sold Kibworth Shooting Ground to local business owners Damian Loach and Luke Dakin. The vendor, Mr Barry Burnham, is retiring after almost 36 years at the helm since he took ownership of the business in 1982. Located in south Leicestershire, the property offers a comprehensive range of sporting and competition clay shooting stands, rifle range and airgun range. These are supported by a purpose built modern clubhouse and café with retail area, teaching room and car park, all set in over 22.6 acres (9.15 hectares) of landscaped grounds. Ian Simpson, director in the leisure and trade related team at Savills Oxford, comments: “Very few shooting grounds come to the open market and this, combined with a strong underlying business, resulted in the Kibworth Shooting Ground attracting good levels of interest and subsequently terms were agreed swiftly. We are delighted to have secured a new owner whose intention is to continue the business and build on the excellent platform created by Mr Burnham.”
The new report, ‘Modern methods of construction: who’s doing what?’, found that developers at the forefront were investing significantly in MMC and that a majority had plans to expand the number of homes they build using such methods. Among the house builders, housing associations and developer/ manufacturers included, the report details high levels of adoption of different, advanced forms of MMC such as volumetric modules and panelised systems. Better quality, improved efficiency, accelerated delivery and increased productivity are cited by these developers as key factors driving their uptake of MMC. The report, which was produced on behalf of the NHBC Foundation by Cast, which is led by Mark Farmer, author of the Farmer Review, features a range of case studies, demonstrating a diversity of approaches to the adoption of MMC, as well as a wider survey which showed that 30% of those studied were already investing in their own manufacturing facility and a further 9% had plans to do so. In addition, and as a further indication of confidence, 62% were committing funds to research and development to enhance technologies further. Commenting on the new report, Neil Smith, NHBC Head of Standards, Innovation and Research, said: “The study explores the current levels of interest in MMC from a range of developers of different sizes and types and provides a useful benchmark to gauge future trends and patterns in the uptake of innovative forms of construction. “Overall, the findings demonstrate a clear commitment by developers to delivering high-quality new homes through the adoption of MMC. As this confidence in MMC grows and more technologies become proven, we will begin to realise the full potential for MMC to build more, and higher-quality, homes.” For further information please visit http://www.nhbcfoundation.org
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Building plot in Stoughton BENTONS Estate Agents are offering for sale a level building plot with planning consent for a stylish fourstorey contemporary detached family home offering 4,400 sq.feet of accommodation. The plot – The Courtyard, Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, Leicester – is being offered for sale at a Guide Price of £310,000. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Bentons on 01664 563892 or email: sales@ bentons.co.uk
Melton Borough Mr Mark Greaves (c/o Agent: James Botterill, HSSP Architects Ltd, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0PB) – Change of use from agricultural to 3 dwellings – at Lodge Farm, Dalby Road, Nether Broughton, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 3EX. Leicestershire County Council (Phil Larter) – Full planning application for the development of a highway maintenance facility to include the demolition of all existing structures and the erection of a salt storage structure, reception building and associated facilities, to include surface dressing bays and staff car parking – at Sysonby Farm, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0NX.
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I started my business earlier this year, the reason being is that I had an opportunity of a large contract with the promise of a good return. The business specialises in spray-painting composite door frames. The business opportunity that I was presented with, meant that I would be a sub-sub-contractor, with my client working directly for the main contractor. I commenced working on the contract and during the work I was receiving regular payments against my invoices. After about 5 months, my client said to me that because there was very little profit in it for him, he wanted to transfer me direct to the main contractor. I agreed to this and started to work and invoice the main contractor direct. However, the main contractor started to amend my invoices and insert lower rates, and there was also a delay in getting paid. This put enormous pressure on my business in terms of cash and I therefore had no choice but to pack up and leave site. Subsequently, the main contractor has approached my operatives and asked them to work directly for them. Can they do this? They have also been in contact with my material supplier seeking the colour codes. I am still owed a considerable amount of monies, even if the lower rates are accepted.
RESPONSE: Many more facts are required before any meaningful advice could be given. Like for example, when you agreed to work directly for the main contractor, did you enter into a written agreement or at least agree the prices for your supply? If you agreed the rates beforehand, then the main contractor has no right to discount these. If there is a lack of written terms, you will have terms that are implied into your contract, for example under the Sale of Goods and Services Act. The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (as amended), will also be implied into your contract and this would have given you some considerable protection. I say ‘would have’ given you some considerable protection, as you could have suspended works where there has been failure to pay and / or your works carried out has not been valued correctly, plus you also have the right to adjudicate. I have slightly amended the sentence as a whole: The problem you now have is that you have packed up and left site, which means that to all intent and purposes you have abandoned your contract, thus the main contractor could view this wrongful repudiation, accept the breach and bring your employment under the contract to an end, and then perhaps pursue you for damages. You need to urgently seek the advice of a lawyer, who will then be able to consider all of the facts and advise you accordingly. © Michael Gerard 2018 • 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.
Industrial unit with offices ready for companies looking to expand near Leicester GROWING businesses are being urged to consider a modern, two storey industrial and office unit to the south west of Leicester that is ready to rent through commercial and industrial land agents Mather Jamie. The two storey industrial and office unit in Enderby is available to rent. The 0.35 acre site, on the corner of Granite Close and Mill Hill in the industrial area of Enderby, is less than half a mile from the head offices of retail giant Next, and also benefits from superb road links to Junction 21 of the M1 and the M69, as well as to the nearby urban extension of New Lubbesthorpe. The site includes a substantial gated yard with car parking for 10 cars, while the 3,602ft2 property features a large ground floor workshop, plus a reception, mezzanine, several offices, toilets (including disabled facilities) and a kitchen. It is also partially air conditioned and features gas central heating. Alex Reid, Director of Mather Jamie, said; “With plenty of office space, car parking and up-to-date facilities, this property is highly visible and is ideal for a wide variety of businesses. Its location has good road links to the M1 and M69 and is very close to the rapidly growing community of New Lubbesthorpe.” For details of this and similar commercial and industrial opportunities, please contact Alex Reid on 01509 233433 or refer to the Mather Jamie website - www.matherjamie.co.uk.
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The World’s First Construction Attachment Capable of Handling 5000 Kg INDUSTRY-LEADING equipment professionals from companies in construction were invited to the launch and demonstration of The Articulator 5000 in the UK and were impressed with the innovation. The British design-engineered Articulator will have a global impact on many sectors of the construction industry including rail, power and utilities, mining, pipework and telecoms reducing the installation time of structures significantly. This 21st-century innovation could be the end of the line for slings, chains and ropes and other unsafe methods of handling. Experts noted not only the capabilities of the attachment with its unique and powerful central ram to lift and precisely position complex structures with apparent ease, but also the health and safety benefits of the fail-safe mechanism. The Articulator is capable of handling round, box, square, oblong, H, tapered or straight sections up to an impressive 5000 kg of payload and an astonishing 20 metres in length. For the first time on site and on track, operators will be able to move and place with precision masts, poles, tubes of steel or concrete which are tapered or of various diameters. Responsive, strong and capable by design, The Articulator 5000 features an ingenious combination of elements - telescopic legs, four individually adjustable feet, a central stabiliser pad, and a compact tilt rotator. The Articulator can be adjusted to handle to various widths, diameters and sizes and remain sturdy and safe. The Health & Safety benefits are significant. Network Rail’s Wayne Burnett noted that the use of exclusion zones could prevent accidents and provide his industry with long-overdue reassurance. You can see The Articulator in action and the industry’s reactions at r-tick.com.
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Heritage museum launches appeal after winning permission for extension Harborough District Riverwood (c/o Agent: Miss Chloe Loader, David Coles Architects Ltd, 1 Cobbs Court, Olney MK46 5QN) – Demolition of dwelling and associated outbuildings, and erection of 3 dwellings with garages and associated works – at 38 Medbourne Road, Hallaton, Leics. LE16 8UH. Richborough Estates Ltd (c/o Agent: Nineteen47, Pure Offices, Lake View Drive, Sherwood Park, Nottingham NG15 0DT) – Outline planning application for up to 40 dwellings with associated access, landscaping, open space and drainage infrastructure (Revised scheme) – at land at Coopers Lane, Dunton Bassett, Leics. IDI Gazeley Ltd (c/o Agent: Now Planning Ltd, South Park Studios, South Park, Sevenoaks TN13 1AN) – Development of a pumping station from Magna Park’s services farm and rising main link to the public sewer – at land adjacent to Sewage Works, Mere Lane, Bittesby, Leics. Mr & Mrs C T Saul (c/o Agent: David Lockwood, R D Lockwood & Co, Chartered Building Surveyor, Down House, Main Street, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Leics. LE17 5QF) – Erection of muck clamp and horse walker, extension to stables, demolition and replacement of toilet and tack room, demolition of stables and construction of simulator room, physio and lecture room – at Witham Villa Riding Centre, Cosby Road, Broughton Astley, Leics. LE9 6PA. Mrs J Wise (c/o Agent: Mr Walkling, BRP Architects, 1 Millers Yard, Roman Way, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7PW) – Erection of 8 dwellings including demolition and clearance of site – at land rear of 31-32 Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leics.
Rutland County Mr Tim Lamb (c/o Agent: Ross Thain Architects, 20 Belton Street, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 2EF) – Change of use of barn to 3 dwellings – at Barn, Cannon House Settings Farm, Pilton Road, North Luffenham, Rutland.
MOUNTSORREL AND ROTHLEY Community Heritage Centre has been granted planning permission to extend its popular railway museum. Built by community volunteers to encourage visitors to learn about local history and wildlife, the notfor-profit Heritage Centre has gone from strength to strength since opening in March 2016 and now attracts more than 123,000 visitors a year. An appeal has been launched to find the £18,000 needed to make the museum extension a reality. The total cost of the project is £50,000 and £17,500 has been donated already. If £18,000 can be found in donations by the end of the year they can claim match funding in gift Heritage Centre Managing Director Steve Cramp said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many visitors learning whilst they are enjoying themselves. We are always striving to introduce new areas of interest with more to see and do. “There are some wonderful exhibits to see in the railway museum, such as a railway coach built in 1888 that would have run on the nearby Great Central Railway. We have struggled for space to care for and restore the exhibits though. Sanding down and painting means that the museum exhibits get dusty and it is difficult for us to attract the really high-
profile exhibits visitors would like to see”. The extension will see the railway museum building increase in size by over 50 per cent. The new area created will form a dedicated restoration space separate from the exhibit display area, creating almost double the space for exhibits to be displayed to the public. De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Interior Design students will be designing the museum space. Steve said: “Not only will this allow the exhibits to be displayed as effectively as possible, it will also help DMU students to gain experience of real design projects and to see their designs come to life.” Nicky Harding, Senior Lecturer with DMU’s Interior Design programme said: “It will be wonderful to be able to work with the Heritage Centre volunteers on both this project and the interior design for the Centre’s upcoming Discovery Education Building. “These opportunities help to give
our students valuable experience, which helps to increase their employment opportunities when they graduate.” The Railway Museum extension project will cost £50,000 and the Heritage Centre has launched a public appeal to fund the project by the end of the year. “We are very fortunate to have a donor who has promised to match fund all donations that are received up until the end of the year!” enthused Steve. “This means that every pound donated is worth two pounds to the project! If we can claim gift aid on the donation then that also doubles as well. Our appeal has got off to a fantastic start with £17,500 donated already. It’s free to visit the Heritage Centre so we hope that the public will support our appeal and allow the extension to be built as soon as possible.” Further details of how to donate can be found at the Heritage Centre website http://heritage-centre.co.uk/ news/railway-museum-extension/
Construction Trainees Create Facility For Leicestershire Charity MANAGEMENT TRAINEES from national construction company, Willmott Dixon, have created an accessible summer house for children and adults with learning disabilities in Leicestershire as part of its annual trainee challenge. 18 Willmott Dixon trainees were joined by 13 teenage volunteers from the National Citizens Service programme to create the new facility for charity MacIntyre - which supports children and adults with learning disabilities – to provide a space for people to enjoy relaxation sessions, music and art therapy. The annual trainee challenge aims to support local communities and provide Willmott Dixon’s trainees with the opportunity to deliver a project independently while supporting their local community. Simone Codrington, (pictured, centre, above) who was a management trainee at Willmott Dixon but has now been promoted to assistant sustainability manager, led the project. She said: “The project was a challenge from the very start, with it being a large-scale complex build to be completed in such a short space of time. Being involved in this scheme has allowed a customer relationship to be developed, whilst making a positive impact on not only the lives of the residents, but also those who care for the residents.” The project, named Rose Cottage after a late resident, saw the creation of a new summer house, which will offer a separate space for residents. The challenge was supported by Willmott Dixon’s supply chain and design partners, who contributed through financial donations of £2,700 and £8,000 of materials, plus their time. CPMG Architects, Curtins, DSA, Jewson, Plaza Building, NG Bailey, Speedy Hire among many others all contributed towards the challenge.
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Thringstone community initiative wins national award AN INITIATIVE which honours the sacrifice of Leicestershire men who fought in the First World War has won a national award. Bellway East Midlands’ project won Best Community Initiative at the Housebuilder Awards 2018 which was held at the Intercontinental – O2 in London on Thursday 1st November. The housebuilder – which is building new homes at The Priory in Thringstone – last year joined forces with the Friends of Thringstone group to help plan a street naming project, which soon developed into a much wider-reaching project. Sales Director of Bellway’s East Midlands division, Carolyne (l-r) Housebuilder Awards host Jimmy Carr, Bellway staff Christopher Watkinson, said: “We are thrilled and Bray, Matt Newman, Hannah Hurst, Carolyne Watkinson, Donna Tynan feel extremely honoured to have won and awards sponsor Whirlpool Channel Manager Phil Slater a Housebuilder Award. However, this was very much a group effort as Nita Pearson and the Friends of Thringstone group worked closely with us on the project. “We started with the idea of naming four streets after soldiers from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of the conflict – but as we started to work with the local community the initiative gained momentum. “We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with the project.” Bellway supported the Friends of Thringstone group to identify four First World War soldiers from the village – Lance Corporal Amos Griffin, Private Theophilus Jones and Private James Gee, who died in the conflict, and Private Bill Rennocks, who earned a Military Medal after heroically holding his post for 14 hours – and then to research their lives and trace living relatives. The names of the four men were chosen for the new streets at The Priory, and the housebuilder also hosted a family event at the end of Remembrance Week in November last year, inviting the soldiers’ relatives, other villagers and local army cadets. More information about The Priory is available at bellway.co.uk.
Mr & Mrs J Featherstone (c/o Agent: Louise Gregory, Acorus Rural Property Services, Old Market Office, 10 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3AA) – Erection fo 4 dwellings – at land off Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland. Mr John Wright (c/o Agent: Philip Baildon, 14 Jerwood Way, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 8AL) – Demolition of redundant agricultural barn and replacement of same footprint with 2 detached houses, plus detached garage – at land adjacent to 55 Stapleford Road, Whissendine, Rutland.
NW Leics. District Mr Chris Smith (c/o: Wilson House, Leicester Road, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6HP) – Erection of 25 dwellings and associated infrastructure – at land at Butt Lane, Blackfordby, Derbyshire. Mr Graeme Saxton (c/o: 5 Riverside Court, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JN) – Erection of 173 dwellings, garages and associated infrastructure (Reserved matters) – at land off Park Lane, Castle Donington, Derby.
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Loughborough’s first speculatively built industrial units for more than a decade now available THE FIRST warehouse units to be built in Loughborough since 2007 are available to purchase freehold in the north of the town, through chartered surveyors Mather Jamie. One of the three speculative units at Guidance Court in Loughborough, available to buy through Mather Jamie. Units 1 and 2 at Guidance Court, on Navigation Way near the Grand Union Canal, are expected to be completed in the coming weeks. They offer a rare chance to own a new-build unit for warehousing, factory production or other industrial purposes. Unit 3 of the same development is currently under offer. Each steel portal frame unit is approximately 5,000ft2 and comes with car parking for six cars, plus electricity and gas supply, toilet facilities and a shared yard. Unit 1 also features an additional side loading door and a separate large side yard. Guidance Court has excellent road links via the nearby A6 & A512 providing good road links to both junction 23 & 24 of the M1 and nearby East Midlands Airport. Alex Reid, Director of Mather Jamie, said; “New-build industrial units such as these are few and far between, particularly in such a good location. We have had interest in all three units, with one currently under offer prior to completion, and expect high demand for the two remaining units as they represent a great investment for firms looking to expand.”
The property market in the final months of pre-Brexit Peter Buckingham of Leicestershire estate agent Andrew Granger & Co, takes a look ahead at the 2018 autumn/winter property market in the final months of the pre-Brexit period. THOSE OF US who have been connected to the property market for many years will have seen a number of ups and downs. But I am quite sure we will all look back at this pre-Brexit period as being the most demanding. This prolonged period of uncertainty, despite some underlying positives in the economy, has brought market activity to seemingly low levels for many buyers and sellers. Peter Buckingham Buyers complain that there is nothing on the market and sellers complain that there are no buyers. It’s understandable why they should do so, but both sets are wrong. There are in fact excellent properties on the market and there are certainly enough buyers. It’s just that there aren’t as many as we have all become used to over the past half-decade. Nor are some buyers and sellers quite as realistic as they could and should be in these testing times. Waiting for Brexit to be over is certainly deterring some movers. But how will doing nothing help? The market is unlikely to shake off its torpor quickly after 29th March 2019. The effects of Brexit will, no doubt, linger on until some stability and acceptance has returned. By and large, governments and politics do not determine the property market. People do. So our advice, as ever, is to do what is right for you and your family in the near-tomiddle term and not try to anticipate the market too much - especially in these uncertain times. We are in a period without precedence. But the two handmaidens of a successful sale are good presentation and accurate pricing which still apply. Get those two things right and the market will love your property and you will have moved out quicker than you can say Michel Barnier. Over the years we have moved thousands of people in all sorts of personal circumstances. Good estate agency isn’t about economics or politics. It isn’t even all about property. But it is all about people.
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Mr Chris Smith (c/o: Wilson House, Leicester Road, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6HP) – Erection of 10 dwellings (Phase 2) – reserved matters of outline planning permission APP/ G2435/W/15/3137258 – at land at Butt Lane, Blackfordby, Derbyshire. Mr Sarju Pabari (c/o Agent: Shane Anderson, Staniforth Architects, The Warehouse, 1A Stamford Street, Leicester LE1 6NL) – Demolition of buildings and erection of 9 new dwellings without complying with condition 10 of planning permission 18/00434/VCU to no longer provide National Forest planting – at Tudor Motors, 175 Leicester Road, New Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1TR. Quorn Country Foods Limited (c/o Agent: rg+p Ltd, Waterloo House, 71 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TR) – Extension to commercial premises to provide increased production/storage space for factory and ancillary office accommodation – at Quorn Country Foods, Quorn House, Comet Way, Coalville, Leics. LE67 3FS. Aldridge Property Preservation Ltd (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd, The Old Dairy, Mill Street, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WN) – Erection of 2 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at land rear of 22 Donisthorpe Lane, Moira, Leics.
Oadby & Wigston Corlett Homes (c/o Agent: C A Underwood, The Barn, Church Lane, Ravenstone, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2AE) – Erection of 2 dwellings and garages – at 107 Harborough Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4LG. Mr Peter Hockenhull (c/o Agent: Neil McMinn, Ink/Drawn, Windermere House, 47 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TE) – Demolition of existing car sales unit and erection of both a stand-alone unit and a petrol filling station comprising station services unit, extend canopy, shop unit, pump bays and jet wash area – at 282 Leicester Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1HQ. Mrs Kathryn Priddey (c/o Agent: Jason Rostron, AA Projects Ltd, L2 Pilkington Court, Sinclair Way, Prescot Business Park, Prescot L34 1QG) – Demolition of existing Horsa and timber framed modular classroom accommodation and changing block and the erection of one new modular classroom block – at Launde Primary School, New Street, Oadby, LeicesterLE2 4LJ.
UK construction output increases at sharper rate but outlook deteriorates KEY FINDINGS • Fastest growth in civil engineering since July 2017 • Slower rise in new projects at construction companies • Business optimism weakest in nearly six years UK construction companies indicated a sustained increase in business activity during October. The overall rate of expansion improved slightly since September and was the second-strongest in 16 months. This mainly reflected a rebound in civil engineering activity, however, as both residential and commercial activity increased more slowly. Less positively, new projects rose only modestly and firms were the least optimistic regarding growth prospects in nearly six years. At 53.2 in October, up from 52.1 in September, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index posted its second-highest level in 16 months. That said, it was still below the long-run survey average of 54.3. Construction output has risen every month since April. Higher activity was linked to the commencement of new contracts, overseas work and a general increase in business. Of the three broad categories monitored, civil engineering drove the overall uptick in the rate of growth in October. Having declined in both August and September, activity in the sector rose at the strongest pace since July 2017 at the start of the final quarter. Meanwhile, house building and commercial construction both increased at solid rates in October, albeit the weakest in seven and five months respectively.
Consequently, civil engineering was the bestperforming segment for the first time since January. In contrast to the trend seen for construction activity, latest data pointed to a slower rise in new business volumes. The rate of new contract growth was the weakest in the current five-month sequence of expansion. Some firms mentioned intense competition in the market, and delayed final decisions from clients. Slower new order growth impacted firms’ expectations for future growth, with the business expectations index falling to a near six-year low. Alongside muted new project intakes, firms highlighted uncertainty related to Brexit and the economy as undermining confidence. In response to the slowdown in growth of incoming new projects, construction companies increased their input purchasing more cautiously. The overall volume of inputs purchased continued to rise in October, but at the slowest rate in seven months. More positively, firms continued to increase employment at a strong overall rate. Despite the softer rise in inputs being ordered, delivery times for construction products and materials continued to lengthen markedly in October. Firms continued to report stock shortages at vendors. Cost pressures in the UK construction sector remained strong in October, despite the rate of input price inflation easing to a 27-month low.
Firms highlighted increased fuel, labour, timber and steel costs. Subcontractor rates also continued to rise at a relatively strong pace during the month. Trevor Balchin, Economics Director at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey: “Although total UK construction activity rose at a stronger pace in October, the underlying survey data paint a less rosy picture for the sector towards the end of the year. “New contracts increased at only a modest pace, and firms were the least optimistic regarding the 12-month outlook for nearly six years. Construction companies again linked uncertainty to Brexit negotiations, which influenced delays to final decisions at clients. “Moreover, the higher total activity figure reflected the civil engineering sector, which saw a rebound following declines in August and September. “Housing and commercial construction activity both rose more slowly in October, and at rates that remained below long-run survey averages. “More positively, construction firms continued to raise headcounts at a strong pace, suggesting they are not expecting an imminent contraction in demand. That said, if the new orders and expectations indices remain at current levels or fall further, the employment index could also drift back towards the 50.0 no-change mark.”
Donation Sees William Davis Homes Help Raise Funds For Local Sight Loss Charity LEICESTERSHIRE sight loss charity Vista looks set to raise around £250 after triple HBF 5 star Housebuilder William Davis Homes donated dozens of items from the showhome on one of its most popular developments. Tills have been ringing at the charity’s Loughborough shop in Cattle Market ever since William Davis Homes handed over mirrors, pictures, vases and ornamental flower arrangements following the brand new revamp of the show home at its Grange Park development. Although stylish and of excellent quality, the items just did not fit the redesign and relaunch planned for the new showhome so instead of scrapping them, William Davis Homes decided to From left, Viv Aldridge, sales manager William Davis Homes, Judith Pannell, Vista shop volunteer, Sally put them to good use by giving them to Vista to sell in its shop. Brookes, senior sales manager for William Davis Homes Troy Shackleford, manager of the Vista shop, said that twoand Troy Shackleford, manager of the Vista shop, with thirds of the contents have been snapped up over the past couple the items donated to the shop. of weeks, with some items being sold within a matter of hours.”
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UK’s most inspirational built projects announced at RICS Awards Grand Final
Get Busy Living Centre recognised as top UK built project OVER 90 of the UK’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards Grand Final, where Get Busy Living Centre, in Melton Mowbray was named the best Community Benefit built project in the UK. The prestigious annual contest – hosted by ITV news anchor, Nina Hossain and held at The Brewery in London on Friday 2 November – celebrates the UK’s most inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors that are having a significant positive impact on the communities they serve. Category winners from each of the 12 regional RICS Award ceremonies held earlier this year, compete in the Grand Final to win the national accolade in their respective category. Get Busy Living Centre won the Community Benefit & Project of the Year award at the RICS Awards, East Midlands back in May. At the Grand Final, it faced tough competition from 12 other regional Community Benefit award winners, including the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts in Dorset, Sunbeam Music Centre in Penrith, TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak and Nordoff Robbins in Highgate. Transforming a former aircraft hangar in Melton Mowbray, the Get Busy Living Centre is the vision of former England Under-21s player, Matt Hampson who suffered a life changing injury through sport. The centre now helps other people who have seen their lives transformed through sporting injuries with a place to receive physical rehabilitation and spend time with their family and friends. The Grand Final judging panel praised the project team behind the complex – including Willmott Dixon, MD Consulting and Corporate Architecture - for creating what they described as a stand-out winner. National RICS Awards Judge, Michael Wyldbore-Smith, said: “There are numerous reasons that this project deserves this accolade. The building is creating a future community for people who have been left with disabling injuries through sport a place to rehabilitate and meet others with similar stories and injuries, allowing them to build friendships and support groups for
Blaby District Mr & Mrs Price (c/o Agent: Malcolm A Goodall, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Erection of 3 dwellings – at 51 Peatling Road, Countesthorpe, Leics. LE8 5RD.
Winner of the Community Benefit RICS Award: The Get Busy Living Centre, Melton Mowbray (East Midlands) years to come. Furthermore, this building would not exist had it not been for a sense of community. As the brainchild of Matt Hampson, whose motivation can be felt throughout the entire centre, the whole process of this build has held the community at heart. From the farmers who gifted the land, to Willmott Dixon’s drive to create a supply chain where services and products were provided for free or at cost, it embodies community spirit. “Where once stood a former aircraft hangar now stands a facility which has been created to enable those who might otherwise struggle to live a productive life and achieve what may have seemed impossible.” Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, East Midlands, Will Evans of EI Group plc adds: “The East Midlands has produced and continues to produce a wonderful collection of thought provoking community beneficial projects. For years our judges have been consistently impressed with the vision and array of schemes from both the public and private sectors where community lies at the heart of the project. Therefore, we are hugely delighted that The Get Busy Living Centre development has picked up the National Community Benefit award. It’s fantastic recognition for everyone who has participated in the project, for our region and beyond, and to assist those who have suffered serious life changing sporting injuries. This is a landmark centre, whose support goes far beyond the physical rehabilitation services it offers. It will provide life changing support to those who so very much need it. As an avid rugby supporter and past player Matt Hampson has done a fantastic job working tirelessly to bring this incredible facility to reality.”
The winners of the eight national RICS Awards are as follows: •
Building Conservation: Yr Ysgwrn, Gwynedd (Wales)
Commercial: White Collar Factory, Old Street (London)
Community Benefit: Get Busy Living Centre, Melton Mowbray (East Midlands)
Design through Innovation: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham University (West Midlands)
Infrastructure: Mersey Gateway Project, Widnes (North West)
Regeneration: Woodberry Down, Finsbury Park (London)
Residential: Fern House, Bingley (Yorkshire & Humber)
Tourism & Leisure: Command of the Oceans, Chatham (South East) The highly acclaimed UK Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and significant benefit to their local area and wider economy. This year the title went to Woodberry Down in Finsbury Park – one of London’s largest – and multi-million pound estate regeneration projects. The project team – including Berkeley Homes and Hawkins Brown - have delivered 1,479 homes to-date, along with 2.61 acres of award-winning parkland and new amenities. These include a new secondary school, community centre, and shops for a range of budgets. On completion of the project in 2035 1,890 existing homes will have been replaced by over 5,500 mixed-tenure, quality new build homes.
Mr Maloy (c/o Agent: Tim Bale, J.E.D. Design Ltd, 23 Harborough Road, Desborough NN14 2QX) – Erection of block of 10 apartment units with associated parking and amenity space – at land west of 23 Blue Banks Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester LE2 9JA. Mr & Mrs Hancock (c/o Agent: D J Wilkinson, 18 Webbs Way, Stoney Stanton, Leicester LE9 4BW) – Works to former working men’s club to provide 2 semi-detached dwellings (fronting Carey Hill Road) and erection of one block of 4 apartments – at Former Stoney Stanton WMC, Hinckley Road, Stoney Stanton, Leics. LE9 4LJ. Mr R Singh (c/o Agent: KMC Consultancy Service, 60 St Annes Drive, Leicester LE2 8HT) – Construction of one pair of semidetached dwellings – at land rear of 23 Valley Drive, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 3EE. Alex Playfair (c/o: Davidsons, Wilson House, Leicester Road, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6HP) – Reserved matters for the erection of 30 dwellings – at Parcel R2(1), Tay Road, Lubbesthorpe, Enderby, Leicester.
Charnwood Borough Mr S Nair (c/o Agent: Hayward Architects Ltd) – Creation of a pitched roof over existing building to create additional floor for 2 apartments – at 17 The Nook, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AZ. Mr David Miles (c/o Agent: Landmark Planning Ltd) – Prior notification for change of use from offices to residential – at Shenton House, 23 Leicester Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2AT. Bradgate Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: AJS Architectural Services) – Demolition of existing dwelling at No.440 Bradgate Road and erection of 3 detached dwellings and alterations to vehicular accesses – at 440 & 442 Bradgate Road, Newtown Linford, Leics. LE6 0HA.
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RG+P DESIGNS FULL RANGE OF HOUSE TYPES FOR HOUSEBUILDER BROMFORD MULTI-DISCIPLINARY design practice, rg+p has developed a comprehensive range of new house types for Bromford. Following their appointment on Bromford’s architectural framework, the AJ100 practice has been developing a relationship with the West Midlands and South West-based housebuilder, having also worked on delivering Bromford’s affordable housing range. To assist Bromford expand its private housing division, rg+p has designed 20 core house types, comprising homes and apartments in a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached arrangements, alongside numerous variations where required. rg+p’s range of house types for Bromford follows a contemporary style with a traditional ethos, encompassing slate grey roof tiles, stone sills, brick banding, bay windows, and flat or gable porches to create a varied aesthetic yet encapsulate the latest trends and materials for modern living. Internal layouts follow a standard footprint, with subtle differences such as optional side windows for greater choice. Alan Bradley, Bromford’s head of sales, added: “Our aim was to produce attractive homes with a good specification. We feel the brief has been met thanks to the expertise of rg+p, and we’re now really looking forward to bringing them to market. Special consideration was also given to layout, ensuring the new homes work for our customers, and ultimately become FORMER PADDOCK - CIRCA 0.95 part of a thriving community they can take real pride in.”
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Potential development in 4GQ Blaby LEICESTERsite + LE8 ANDREW & Ashwell are offering for sale a potential development site (subject to planning) at Leicester Road, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4GQ.
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The 0.95 acre site comprises former paddock land at the rear of the NOTE: RED OUTLINE SHOWS APPROX. BOUNDARY Blaby & District Social Centre and Blaby Victoria tennis Club. LINES AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO REVISION UPON The site falls just outside the Town Centre boundary in the local plan. All COMPLETION OF TITLE REGISTRATION enquiries in respect of potential alternative uses or development should be directed to the planning department of the Blaby District Council 0116 to circa 0.95 Acres Siteon Amounting CIRCA 0.95 Acres 275 0555. Former Paddock Land Access between 22 and 26 Leicester Price on application. Road Price On Application For more information, contact Andrew & Ashwell on 0116 254 1220 or Development Potential (STP) visit the website at www.andash.co.uk
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Luxury developer puts location at the heart of Oak View Mrs Sarah Taylor – Erection of 91 dwellings and associated landscaping (Reserved Matters – Outline Application P/12/2005/2) – at land off Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley, Leics. Mr F Gera (c/o Agent: AGB Design Consultants Limited) – Retention of existing restaurant bar area and formation of Shisha Lounge to ground floor and formation of 9 apartments to first and second floor – at 18-19 Fennel Street, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 1UQ. Mr Ivor Vaughan (c/o Agent: Vale Planning Consultants) – Erection of B2/B8 industrial unit to replace existing portacabin-type building – at Rearsby Business Park, Gaddesby Lane, Rearsby, Leics. Swithland Homes Limited (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd) – Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 2 new dwellings including access and parking arrangements – at 16 Windmill Rise, Woodhouse Eaves, Leics. LE12 8SG. Mrs Joginderjit Kaur (c/o Agent: Jayesh Vaja Architectural Design) – Residential development comprising 4 self-contained flats – at land rear of 732 & 734 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8BD. Mrs Sarah Taylor – Site for residential development (1.61 ha) and creation of access – at land off Lodge End, Loughborough Road, Woodthorpe, Loughborough, Leics. Mr Mark Horsley – Erection of 3 detached dwellings and alterations to existing dwelling – at 102 Warwick Avenue, Quorn, Leics. LE12 8HE.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles (c/o Agent: David Baldock, Suite 4, Newmarket House, 99 Fordham Road, Snailwell, Newmarket CB8 7NB) – Erection of 51 retirement living apartments and associated communal facilities, car parking and landscaping (including demolition of existing retail units) – at Site 51A070, Site Church Street/Mill Street/Vicarage Street, Nuneaton, Warks. Mr Danny O’Flanagan (c/o: 110 Broad Street, Coventry CV6 5AZ) – Erection of 2 detached dwellings – at Site 108D004, Coventry Road, Bulkington/ Coventry Road, Bedworth, CV12 9ND.
A NEW DEVELOPMENT in Appleby Magna has become a sought-after haven for those looking to combine luxury living with commuter convenience thanks to quality housebuilder Mulberry Homes. Oak View is set in the thriving village that blends a picturesque centre whilst also being close to the M42 and A42, with a direct link to the M6. Located on Steeple View Lane the development provides a mix of spacious properties with traditional brick and stone features along with modern and contemporary interiors suitable for a range of different home seekers. To make a smoother move to one of the remaining homes, schemes such as Help to Buy, Part Exchange and Assisted Move are also available.
New Lubbesthorpe development scoops prize for infrastructure A POPULAR housing development years in the planning on the outskirts of Leicester has won a prestigious construction award for its well-managed, ongoing infrastructure schemes. New Lubbesthorpe, an ambitious urban extension which has been years in the planning, was nominated by East Midlands agents Mather Jamie for the Infrastructure Prize in the 2018 ProCon Leicestershire property and construction awards, which were announced at a special dinner at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Thursday 15th November. As part of the planning, a new road, including a road bridge spanning the (Left to right) David Pochin, Managing Director of Pochin (award M1, has been built linking Meridian Way to sponsor), Catherine Hartley, Group Manager for Blaby District Council, Kim Drummond, Land Owner of the Drummond Estate, Martin Ward, Beggars Lane. Other infrastructure at the site includes a sustainable urban drainage scheme Director of Mather Jamie, Jonathon Bentley, Director of Bentley Project Management and Comedian Hal Cruttenden, who presented the awards. including ponds, public open space, and pumping stations for a foul drainage system. The development saw off competition from other local infrastructure projects including a footbridge on Charter Street and a sustainable drainage solution (SUDS) at Birkett House School. The awards are the county’s biggest celebration of the built environment and the people who develop, design and construct winning developments. Mather Jamie has been working with local authorities and developers on behalf of the landowners, the Drummond family, to help bring New Lubbethorpe sustainable urban development, which once complete will have 4,250 new homes, from concept to reality. Mather Jamie’s Director, Martin Ward, said; “The delivery and success of New Lubbesthorpe is principally down to the determination of the Drummond Estate and Blaby District Council to create a place to live, work, enjoy, connect and learn. The spirit of the collaboration between the private and public stakeholders has enabled the scheme to be kick-started.” New homes are currently available at New Lubbesthorpe from Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Davidsons Homes. For more information about the development, please visit www.newlubbesthorpe.co.uk. For more information about the ProCon Awards, visit: www.procon-leicestershire.co.uk.
Development opportunity in Glenfield CHARNWOOD LIVING Property Agents are offering for sale a residential development opportunity situated close to the centre of Glenfield. The site - at Dominion Road, Glenfield, Leicester - has the benefit of planning consent for the erection of two additional detached dwellings. The Guide Price for the freehold is £380,000. For more information, contact Charnwood Living on 0116 243 0880.
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Supply of new homes up 78% in 5 years OFFICIAL figures released in November show the significant progress being made by the housebuilding industry as we look to address the country’s housing crisis. The annual release of the ‘Net Supply of Housing Statistics’ numbers – the official measure against which the Government’s housing target is set – shows that in the year to April; • Housing supply in England increased to 222,190 up 78% in 5 years • New build completions accounted for 195,290 of supply in 2017-18, a year-onyear increase of 6.4% The industry is now on track to smash the target set by Government of building a million homes in this parliament (629k after three years); but is calling on Government to continue to support the whole housing sector if we are to deliver its new 300k target. As well as addressing the country’s long-term housing undersupply crisis, these numbers emphasise the huge economic benefits house building is now generating. Every home built supports an estimated 3.1 jobs meaning the industry is now supporting over 700,000 jobs – almost 300,000 more than it was six years ago. In addition, the increases in supply have led to a huge uplift in the financial contributions being made towards local infrastructure and amenities and affordable housing provision. Last year saw developments provide over £6bn in such funding to central and local government– money that would previously have been funded by taxpayers. Despite uncertainty over Brexit, the new build market continues to grow, and is now accounting for an estimated 15% of overall housing transactions, up from a long-term average of around 8%. In the year to June over 350,000
applications were granted for new homes. These will in the main be built over the next few years and are a clear demonstration of the commitment of the industry to deliver further growth. Confirmation of the future of the Help to Buy scheme beyond 2021, announced at last month’s Budget provided further confidence for the industry. Since the scheme’s introduction it has helped over a quarter of a million first time buyers on to the property ladder. The certainty of demand the scheme provides is enabling the industry to invest in the land and people needed to build more homes. However, whilst the industry welcomed the extension, Government needs to ensure the new scheme can actually deliver the number of sales its budget allows. Further improvements to the planning system are also required as well as confirmation on the status of skilled workers from abroad post Brexit. Government also needs to build on the promising announcements made earlier in the year to assist housing associations and local authorities play their part in building more homes if we are to get to the 300,000 target. Stewart Baseley, executive chairman at HBF said; “These numbers are yet another sign that the home building industry is delivering the increases in housing supply the country needs. “Whilst the second-hand market remains sluggish amidst wider economic uncertainty, with Help to Buy enabling first-time buyers to purchase new build homes, builders have continued to invest and increase output. “As well as providing desperately needed new homes, the increases are providing an economic boost across the country. House building sites have created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and provided billions of pounds towards improving local infrastructure and communities.”
Leicestershire estate agent shortlisted for national agent of the year award LOCAL ESTATE agent Andrew Granger & Co has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious Negotiator Awards, including a national award which will pit the company against the best in the country. The judging panel of 16 property experts named Andrew Granger & Co as finalists in two separate categories: Estate Agency of the Year (2-5 branches) and Best Estate Agency (of any size in the East Midlands & West Midlands). Winning an award at the Negotiator Awards is considered the highest accolade an agency or property company can receive. The agency, which has branches in Leicester, Market Harborough and Loughborough, will compete alongside the best estate agents in the country at the ceremony taking place on Friday November 30th at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. “We’re thrilled to be placed against some of the most recognisable names in the residential property industry,” explains Peter Buckingham, director of residential sales at Andrew Granger & Co Market Harborough. “For a regional estate agency such as ours to be named in the shortlist for the two categories is testament to our team’s knowledge and dedication. “We work tirelessly to provide homeowners and buyers in Leicestershire with the best service possible. With 20 other agencies shortlisted for Estate Agency of the Year (2-5 branches), it’s going to be a difficult challenge but just being selected in this respected category is a great achievement.” The Negotiator Awards is considered the UK’s leading estate agents awards ceremony and ‘the Oscars of estate agency’. There are no charges associated for entering which leads to hundreds of entries every year. Submissions for the 34 categories are then shortlisted by the experienced judging panel. For this year’s awards there were more entries than ever before, a 53 per cent rise on 2017. Andrew Granger & Co work with rural, residential sales & lettings, commercial properties and planning in the Leicestershire and East Midlands area from their three offices. For more information, visit www. andrewgranger.co.uk.
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Greater efforts needed to combat ‘worrying’ rise in older workers being killed at work • • •
Figures published last month by the Health and Safety Executive show an increase in the number of people killed in workplace accidents in 2017/18 Nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 were to workers aged 60 and over, despite them making up just 10% of the national workforce 1.4 million workers suffered from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) in 2017/18
THE PROPORTION of fatal injuries to workers over the age of 60 is the highest it has been in over a decade, figures published last month by the Health and Safety Executive have shown, highlighting the urgent need for greater workplace precautions to protect older workers. Nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 - up from approximately 25% last year - were to workers aged 60 and over, despite them making up just 10% of the national workforce. This means there were 55 older-worker deaths, more than one a week on average. Through its support for the EUOSHA campaign on ‘Healthy workplaces for all ages’, The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has encouraged greater preventative measures to be taken to protect older workers. The report shows how the rate of fatal injury increases with age, with workers aged 60-64 having a rate more than double the all ages rate, and workers aged 65 and over having a rate around five times greater than the all ages rate. In total there were 144 fatalities in British workplaces in 2017-18, up from 135 in the previous year, showing a concerning rise in the number of workplace deaths. Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, said:
“Our working lives are getting longer, and older workers are an important resource and can provide invaluable expertise and experience to organisations. “Sadly, the statistics released by the HSE paint a worrying picture of how many workers across the country are still facing risks in the workplace and having their lives tragically cut short. “Hazardous industries where deaths are more likely to occur, such as agriculture and construction, have ageing workforces, many of them selfemployed, and many of them experiencing economic pressures. “Good occupational safety and health management helps ensure that all workers, young and old, can fulfil their potential at work and come home safe.” The report shows nearly half of the fatal accidents in 2017-18 occurred in the construction and agriculture industries, with 38 and 29 deaths respectively. The HSE suggests that today’s workforce is likely to contain a higher proportion of older workers because of factors such as increased life expectancy, removal of the default retirement age and raising of the State Pension Age, which means that many people will need, and want to continue working. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which has studied the migrant labour force within the construction industry,
suggest that the UK construction workforce is ageing while the number of younger workers, at least those born in the UK, declines. However, while older workers are generally less likely than younger workers to have occupational accidents, accidents involving them are likely to result in more serious injuries, permanent disabilities or death, than for younger workers. Older workers may experience more slips, trips and falls than younger workers, and recovery following an injury may take longer. The report shows an estimated 1.4 million work-related ill health cases (new or long-standing) in 2017/18, with work-related stress, depression or anxiety up on last year, at 595,000 cases. 13,000 deaths in the UK each year were estimated to be linked to past exposures at work, primarily due to chemicals or dust. IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign works with employers and employees to fight work cancers including those caused by asbestos, silica dust and diesel emissions. The latest phase of the campaign focuses on raising awareness of asbestos – the biggest occupational cancer killer claiming at least 100,000 lives a year worldwide. Campaigns such as the HSE’s ‘Make the Promise’ initiative also help to support workers to make their promise to stay safe and healthy so that more people can come home safe.
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TO MARK the centenary of the First World War, Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials, has provided support for the playing field off Barleythorpe Road in Oakham to secure its Centenary Field status under a programme launched by the Fields in Trust in partnership with The Royal British Legion. This programme was launched by The Fields In Trust President Prince William in 2014 to help protect playing fields and other recreational spaces for future generations in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I. This field in Oakham, which is one of the 2,700 spaces granted Centenary Fields status, was given its new status thanks to the efforts of Travis Perkins’ Process Owner, Adam Lowe, who is also Mayor of Oakham. Now renamed the Rutland Remembers Centenary Field, and protected to honor local resident John Gibson who lost his life in 1916, the occasion was marked with a ceremony for distinguished guests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness, (pictured left).
Mr V Bikumandla (c/o Agent: G Kitaure, The old School House, School Road, Moseley B13 9SW) – Conversion of existing public house and three-storey extensions to create 13 flats (Resubmission following previous approval for 12 flats) – at Site 106a014, The British Queen PH, King Street, Bedworth, Warks. Dignus Healthcare (c/o Agent: Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of 7 assisted living units in one two-storey building – at 72 Coventry Road, Exhall, Coventry, CV7 9EU.
Corby Borough Mr R Canham (c/o Agent: T Millican, Msquare Architects Ltd, 1 Mstudio, Talbot Yard, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7NP) – New build construction and conversion of existing garages to create 6 new dwellings along with associated works – at 4 Blenheim Walk, Corby, Northants. NN18 9HA.
Rushcliffe Borough Mr Paul Buckingham (c/o Agent: Dino Labbate, Swish Architecture Ltd, 37 Gordon Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5LQ) – Proposed new block of 4 apartments and associated car parking – at 39 Easthorpe Street, Ruddington, Notts. NG11 6LB. Bloor Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: Nic Thomas, Oxalis Planning Ltd, Whatcroft Lane, Landmere Lane, Edwalton, Notts. NG12 4DG) – Erection of 222 dwellings with landscaping, public open space and associated infrastructure – at land north of Bunny Lane, Keyworth, Notts. NG12 5LP. Mr & Mrs McGrath (c/o Agent: Thomas Ramsden, 43a St Pauls Street, Stamford PE9 2BH) – Conversion and alteration of barns to 2 residential properties and alterations to garage, including demolition, to provide car parking – at Hall Farm, Main Street, Kneeton, Notts. NG13 8JS. Mr P Hearn (c/o Agent: Michael Congreve, Bi Design Architecture Ltd, 79 High Street, Repton DE65 6GF) – Demolition of ancillary buildings and construction of two storey and single storey extensions to provide 24 additional bedrooms and additional conservatory and sitting room accommodation – at Balmore Nursing Home, 245247 Loughborough Road, Ruddington, Notts. NG11 6NY.
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Win a van makeover! WHEN IS A white van no longer a white van? In this instance, it’s just about as clear as mud! With the official start of winter upon us, the sight of white vans caked in mud and grime will become an increasingly familiar sight across the UK. And that has prompted a leading builders merchant to drive to the rescue – and offer the people of the East Midlands the chance to win a van makeover. Selco Builders Warehouse has launched a campaign to find the UK’s dirtiest trade van – and will set about the clean-up operation as soon as they discover it by offering a stylish and eye-catching re-wrap of the ‘guilty’ van. Ruddy Muddy, a Norfolk-based artist who specialises in creating eye-catching artwork from vans covered in mud, got the campaign off to a great start by creating an eyecatching ‘Selco Needs You’ image on a dirty van. Carine Jessamine, Marketing Director of Selco, said: “With a busy workload, tradespeople often clear their windows but haven’t got time to give the rest of their van a regular clean. “We are doing our bit to help the trade community and ensure that they don’t get stuck in the mud. “As long as the van is safe to drive, we are looking for tradespeople to dish the dirt by either entering their own van – or that of a friend.” Ruddy Muddy, alias Ricky Minns, added: “For my kind of art, there is no better sight than seeing a van literally covered in mud – and Selco have come up a real treat with this campaign. “The re-wrap of a van will be a dream prize for a tradesperson and help them begin 2019 with literally a clean start.” The re-wrap will be provided by Totally Dynamic, a leading specialist wrapping company which has installation centres throughout the UK, including London and Norwich. To post a picture of your dirty interior or exterior of a van - or that of a fellow tradesperson - please visit www.selcobw.com/dirty-van before December 31.
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J Tomlinson partners with Royal British Legion on dementia care refurbishment project Mr Joe Taylor (c/o: 32 Dovedale Road, West Bridgford, Notts. NG2 6JA) – Residential development comprising 6 two-bed apartments, 1 one-bed apartment and 2 two-bed bungalows with associated parking and landscaping – at 56-62 Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford, Notts.
TICKETS ARE NOW on sale for Build It Live 2019. The first show will take place at the award-winning Kent Event Centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2019. Hot on the heels of the South East Show is a show at EventCity in Manchester on 23 and 24 February 2019 followed by a final show in Oxfordshire on 8 and 9 June 2019. Each show provides a whole weekend of inspiration and expert guidance all under one roof to thousands of visitors wanting to either build their own home or add space and value to their current home. Build It Live attracts all kinds of self-builders and renovators and the shows make it easy to talk to leading experts who can make designing and building your own home a reality whatever your budget. Visitors can also gain inspiration and confidence from Build It readers who have already realised their self-build dreams. Hear their stories, ask them questions and gain tips on how to avoid common pitfalls. In recent years building and designing your own home has become a reality for many more people in the UK and the Graven Hill Site in Bicester is the perfect example with the largest self-build community in the UK where 1,900 homes will be built over the next 10 years. Channel 4’s My Grand Design (presented by Kevin McCloud) has even given ten families the chance to win a plot and design and build their own homes at this dedicated site. The individual projects are now meeting completion, and with the aim of demonstrating self-build in the ‘real world’, the programme will be aired early in 2019. Visitors to the Build It Live show in Bicester can visit the Graven Hill Stand to find out how to build a home on the Graven Hill Site. The Bicester Show takes place on 8 and 9 June 2019. So, if you are planning a self-build or renovation project or are looking to add light, space or value to your current home, then a trip to Build It Live will be an essential part of your preparation. The shows are organised by Build It Magazine, the UK’s longest running, most focused self-build title. Build It Live brings the magazine’s indispensable monthly custom home building, DIY and renovation advice to life. Tickets are now on sale from the website https://builditlive.co.uk
CONSTRUCTION and refurbishment specialist, J Tomlinson, has been appointed to deliver a £2.3m extension and refurbishment project to a Warwickshire-based care home owned and run by The Royal British Legion. Galanos House is one of six care homes owned by the Legion, exclusively providing short and long-term care to serving and ex-service individuals and their dependants. The work comprises construction of two extensions, which will provide ten additional dementia care bedrooms to the home’s award-winning Poppy Lodge and a new Community Hub which will include a new day care facility, café and treatment rooms. In addition, J Tomlinson will also be providing associated landscaped gardens and extended car parking to support increased occupancy within Galanos House upon completion of the extension. The project began in late November and is due to complete autumn 2019.
Tuttey Family & CEG Land Promotions Ltd (c/o Agent: Ms Amy Stone, Nexus Planning Ltd, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ) – Residential development of up to 151 dwellings (including 20% affordable housing) with vehicular access from Nicker Hill, associated open space, allotments, children’s play area, surface water attenuation and ancillary works – at land at Barnfield Farm, Nicker Hill, Keyworth, Notts. IM Land Limited (c/o Agent: Ian Deverell, Turley, 9 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ) – Outline planning application for the erection of up to 200 dwellings, new internal access roads and footpaths, public open space and landscaping, surface water attenuation and associated infrastructure – at land south of Plumtree Road, Cotgrave, Notts.
Focus Consultants completes eight-year PM role at key museum AN EIGHT-YEAR redevelopment at St Fagans National Museum of History, project managed by Focus Consultants, has successfully completed and been topped with a highly commended accolade at the RICS 2018 Grand Final Awards. The Nottingham-based company first began working with the Welsh museum in 2010 when Focus was appointed for the preparation of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid. The bid was successful – securing £11.5m in HLF grant funding for the museum on the outskirts of Cardiff. At the time, in 2012, it was the largest HLF grant ever awarded in Wales. Focus was subsequently retained to provide business planning, quantity surveying and project management services for the £30m redevelopment at the site, which is Wales’ largest and most popular heritage attraction. “Over the last eight years, the team at Focus Consultants has watched with pleasure as the redevelopment of St Fagans National Museum of History has gone from strength to strength,” said Richard Aston, Partner at Focus Consultants, which also has offices in London, Leicester, Newark and Boston, in Lincolnshire. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been involved in a project that contributed over £27m to the UK economy via the construction industry and supported numerous volunteering, school and employment initiatives, including 160 work placements and three apprenticeships. “It’s been a fascinating journey and we are proud to have played a key role in such a significant cultural scheme which gives insight into 230,000 years of life in Wales.” The revamp has added new features and exhibitions, and revitalised others at the museum, which has been open to the public since 1 July 1948 and is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. St Fagans National Museum of History is the second most visited open-air museum in Europe, and Wales’ most visited heritage attraction with more than 600,000 visitors per year. It is also the largest provider in Wales of learning outside the classroom with 360,000 family visitors and 85,000 formal education visitors. Recently, St Fagans National Museum of History won the Tourism and Leisure Category in the RICS Awards 2018, Wales, for the redevelopment of its Grade II listed main building, which has been part of the inspirational programme of improvements that has been ongoing at the site. It subsequently went on to be highly commended at the national RICS 2018 Grand Final Awards. Focus Consultants has worked on developments with many of the major national and regional museums in the UK, including the National Science Museum, the V&A Museum, the National Army Museum, Brooklands Museum and a host of others.
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Solarlux delivers a stunning glazing solution to a new North London development SOLARLUX designed, delivered and installed a stunning wintergarden balcony glazing solution to the a project at Geron Way London – an exciting development of intelligently considered and design-led luxury high-end apartments at the heart of a dynamic regeneration of a former Parcel Force depot in Cricklewood, North West London. The Geron Way development combines a warm brick facia, which pays homage to Cricklewood’s rich heritage, with clean contemporary glass lines. These blend beautifully with the private landscaped grounds, providing residents with a true oasis within the heart of bustling North West London. The SL 45 fixed balcony glazing combined with the SL 25 slide and stack top section was chosen as the perfect solution for the Geron Way development. The optimum impermeability, stability and additional security offered by these products, make them ideal for use on the 216 balconies as they exceed all the relevant increased wind loading requirements, whilst also providing a quiet living space due to significant noise reduction. This glazing system offers full protection against adverse weather conditions and when the glass panels are opened fully, residents can truly appreciate the large landscaped garden within the centre of the development, from the peace of their balcony. These products were chosen to provide residents with full protection from the elements during inclement weather but still allowing natural light to flood through the property on sunnier days, bringing a homely warmth to relax and unwind. Steve Ferrie, Managing Director at Solarlux, said: “The products installed at Geron Way are specifically designed to welcome the outside in. They also exceed soundproofing expectations for a location such as this which can experience significant traffic noise during peak times.” Solarlux also installed integrated spandrel panel cladding to cloak the concrete slab face to all elevations of the building, providing a more aesthetically pleasing finish. The panelling was specifically designed to adjust to varying slab edge heights making it suitable for multiple application sites, helping to streamline this phase of the development.
Letwin Review: SMEs are crucial to solving the housing crisis THE LETWIN REVIEW rejects criticisms of landbanking and welcomes calls from industry bodies to diversify the housing market and speed up house building on large sites. Small and medium-sized (SME) house builders have previously told the Government on repeated occasions that large sites which deliver standardised design, do not lead to good master planning and sustainable property sales. The Review states the need to build on sites of all sizes, as well as identifying the lack of skilled workers as a major barrier to house building. Letwin has made the following recommendations, suggesting they come into force in 2021: • introducing new planning and funding rules for large sites in high housing demand areas; • forming a national expert committee to adjudicate disputes; • creation of a ‘flash’ skills programme to be delivered by major house builders; • increasing compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the Letwin Review’s conclusion on the skills challenge, the benefit of splitting large sites, and the importance of small sites. While the NFB agrees with Letwin on the challenges and conclusions, the Review focuses almost entirely on large sites and volume developers. It therefore overlooks best practice already carried out by SMEs. SMEs have a long history of building diverse housing on sub-divided large sites. They tackled Britain’s post war housing crisis in the 1950s and built the numerous 1980s estates. Planning policy may not need to change to promote diverse housing types. SMEs train 66% of construction apprentices, employ within 15 miles of their head offices, and are the predominant rural employer. Excluding them from any ‘flash’ skills programme would be highly imprudent. Statistics show that we rely on large sites and not small or medium sites to meet housing need. With the Government keen to encourage greater housing diversity, the industry should redouble efforts to enable more small sites and infill. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “The Letwin Review recognises that developers would rather build and sell, than not build at all. Its recommendations will help build sites more quickly. It also needs fine tuning to build the right homes and train skilled workers in the right places.” Rico Wojtulewicz, senior policy advisor for the House Builders Association (HBA), added: “SMEs have a bigger part to play in implementing Letwin’s recommendations than the Review itself concludes. We welcome the review period before the Government publishes its final response.”
More than £4.3million invested in school infrastructure improvements MORE than £4.3million is to be invested in a programme of improvements at 26 schools across Leicester. The city council has announced a decision to release £4.31million from its school maintenance budget to invest in property improvements at 24 primary schools and two secondary schools. The programme of work represents the latest phase of investment by the city council in Leicester’s schools, as part of an £8million Children’s Capital Improvement Programme budget which runs up until December 2020. Under the latest proposals, work will be carried out over the next two calendar years, and will focus on the condition of buildings,
heating system improvements, safety upgrades and improvements to the learning environment. Replacement boilers will be installed at Barley Croft Primary School and Green Lane Infants School, with extensive heating and boiler works carried out at Coleman Primary School, Dovelands Primary School and Oaklands Special School. Work will be done to replace and repair washrooms or toilets at schools including Abbey Primary Community School, Buswells Lodge Primary School, Coleman Primary School, Inglehurst Infant School, Linden Primary School, Montrose Primary School, Rushey Mead Primary School and Sandfield Close Primary School. Elsewhere, money will be invested
in roofing and structural works at Evington Valley School, new windows at Alderman Richard Hallam School and Rolleston Primary School, with roofing at at Avenue Primary School. Improvements will be made to the domestic water system at Bridge Junior School, and roofing work done at Carisbrooke Early Learning Centre. Marriott Primary School will benefit from a programme of security works, including improvements to windows. Various other works will include demolition of a disused mobile classroom, paving and flooring work, and hot and cold water provision. The two secondary schools – Moat Community College and New
College – will see an investment in roofing and fire safety works respectively. The majority of the investment focuses on primary schools, as 23 city secondary and special schools were transformed or upgraded as part of Leicester’s £350million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme between 2007 and 2016. In addition to the planned programme of works, the funding will also include £400k for any emergency repair works arising; £250k to enable to council to address immediately any urgent fire safety works; a further £250k for feasibility works and planning for adaptations to schools, and £100k to provide facilities such as access ramps and lifting hoists where needed.
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26 PER CENT FEWER YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HOMEOWNERS NOW THAN IN 1991 • New research finds how 16 – 34 year old people’s finances measure up against the housing market • Rising costs of houses and decreasing value of salaries means that a single person’s salary is often no longer enough to buy a house • Prevalence of renting has increased drastically in only 20 years
WITH HOUSE prices having steadily increased since the financial crisis in 2008, properties are more expensive now than any time in living memory. But with salaries increasing at a much slower rate, buying a property has become significantly harder over time, analysis from MoneySuperMarket has found. That’s true most of all for those aged 16 – 34, where the proportion of homeowners has dropped from 51 per cent in 1991 to only 24 per cent in 2016. Meanwhile, there has been a 30 per cent percentage increase in renters in the same age group, from 56 per cent to 73 per cent, suggesting that fewer people are able to pay for homes on their own at all. Instead, Brits are saving for other life goals – with 43 per cent, for example, more likely to be saving for a holiday than for a house, while 19 per cent are more likely to be putting money aside for a rainy day. In order to combat the rising costs and lowering possibilities of home ownership, many are turning towards relying on a relationship to access the property market. While between 1994 and 2006 individual homeowners represented 31 per cent of the market, by 2016 it had dropped to 20 per cent, with the difference being made up in couples, which went from representing 64 per cent of the market to 77 per cent in the same time. Those buying in other arrangements also dropped from 5 per cent to 3 per cent. The change comes as a result of the dropping values of salaries. While in 1999, the average annual salary was equivalent to 23 per cent of the average house price, in 2012 – 2017 it’s dropped to only 11 per cent, meaning houses are that much more expensive proportionally than they were 15 years ago.
Belper Grade II listed property features in SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Derby auction A GRADE II listed period property close to Belper town centre is one of the more unusual lots to be featured in SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Derby auction on Friday 14 December at Pride Park Stadium. Robert Stone, senior valuer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “This stone-built house at 10 Derby Road in Belper has two double bedrooms and offers something a bit different. It needs improving and modernising but has a lot of potential. “The house sits in a mature enclosed garden which wraps around to the side elevation and the property has the potential for an extension, or possibly business use, subject to planning permission.” It is located next to the Babington Hospital site, which is to be sold off, and opposite the Strutts Centre, the former Herbert Strutt School, on the main A6 arterial road which provides access to Matlock, Chatsworth House and has the city of Derby some eight miles to the south. Robert Stone added: “The approach to the property is very impressive with lovely old buildings on either side and it is five minutes’ walk from most of the amenities of Belper, a town with a fascinating history. “For those who enjoy their sport, and perhaps a Saturday afternoon pint, it has a side gate to Belper Rugby Club on Strutts Playing Field next door. “It is a property with potential and for those with imagination will offer an interesting investment opportunity.” SDL Auctions has been instructed by Derbyshire County Council to sell the property in the auction room only. It has a *guide price of £90,000+. The next SDL Auctions Graham Penny auction takes place on Friday 14 December at Pride Park Stadium in Derby. If you would like a free appraisal of your property, please call 01332 242 880 or email email@example.com.
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Residents welcomed to Ashton Green’s first new affordable homes
Substantial former Sunline Direct site available in Loughborough across three separate freeholds
THE first residents are moving into their new affordable homes at Glebelands Park in Ashton Green, Leicester.
A TRIO of warehouse and factory premises with office space are available for sale in Loughborough through commercial property experts Mather Jamie, following the closure of the mailing business Sunline Direct earlier this year. The substantial former Sunline Direct head offices provide ample space for warehousing or factory production, plus office space, across three separate freeholds. The company’s former head offices, located on Cotton Way and Weldon Road in the industrial area in the north of the town, offer more than 50,000ft2 of warehouse and office space between the three freehold sites. The largest site, on Cotton way, comprises 29,040 ft2 of single storey factory and office space over two floors. The other two buildings with access from Weldon Road provide a 10m eaves warehouse of and offices of 15,965 ft2 house space, while the third building has a total internal area of 8,472ft2. As well as their substantial size, the three sites benefit from excellent road links via the nearby A6 & A512 to both junctions 23 & 24 of the M1 and East Midlands Airport. All warehouse facilities on offer are of steel portal frame construction with gas fire blower heaters, solid concrete flooring beneath pitched roofs with internal clearance to eaves of five metres. For details of other commercial land opportunities, please contact Alex Reid on 01509 233433 or refer to the Mather Jamie website - www.matherjamie.co.uk.
The 30 affordable rent properties from leading housing association Midland Heart and developer Morris Homes are part of an ambitious project to create a mixed-use sustainable community of up to 3,000 much-needed new homes, along with community and health facilities, employment land and retail. The affordable rent development is a partnership between Midland Heart, Morris Homes and Leicester City Council. Morris Homes, which is building an additional 70 houses for sale on the 6.4 acre site, is the first home builder to build at Ashton Green. Leicester City Council has already invested nearly £2million in highway infrastructure improvements to support the building of new homes. Kier Living has been confirmed as the development’s second partner for the next phase of housing, which will see another 300 new homes built from early 2019. The council is now set to receive £10million from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund for further highway transport improvements that will help unlock further development in the area over the next two to three years.
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Red asphalt paves the way for Leicester Market’s £1.9m revamp AGGREGATE Industries’ popular red asphalt has surpassed all expectations during recent renovation works at Leicester Market, as part of a major scheme to upgrade the city’s largest open-air market. Under the latest phase of a fiveyear regeneration of the area, the £1.9m redevelopment of the market will see the construction of a new food hall, the demolition of the old 1970s indoor market and the creation of a new public square. With much of the project’s funds going towards creating better routes through the market, for main contractor Premier Road Surfacing, a key requirement was sourcing high-quality surfacing materials that would make the roads in the area look cleaner, brighter and more appealing. Hence the firm looked to Aggregate Industries’ asphalt division, which suggested the use of its innovative SuperColour range, a collection of distinctly coloured high-performance asphalts, which can be tailored to produce a bespoke solution in line with a project’s unique specification. In this instance, the asphalt
team were initially called upon to design a solution of standard black asphalt mixed with coloured red hot rolled asphalt (HRA). However, after testing the mix, the Aggregate Industries team were not satisfied with the materials’ travelling distance, recommending the use of stone mastic asphalt (SMA) instead. Overall, Aggregate Industries supplied 109 tonnes of red SuperColour asphalt using a 10mm aggregate, alongside 20 tonnes each of AC, 20mm dense binder course and 10mm close graded surface course. As a result, the roads around Market Place were upgraded to provide a clean and welcoming aesthetic, while ensuring the highest standard in performance. To deliver these specialist materials required Aggregate Industries’ Bardon Hill site in Leicestershire to co-ordinate with the Doncaster Express Asphalt depot, opening on Sunday over two consecutive weekends to accommodate the supply. Charlie West, Territory Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “The prominent refurbishment of Leicester Market is the cornerstone to improving access and infrastructure in and around
the city centre and clearly required a tailored approach to asphalt specification. With a selection of high performance asphalt blends at our disposal, including different colours and performance properties, we’re incredibly proud that our bespoke SuperColour solution proved the winning formula in creating a cleaner, brighter road surface which will no doubt last for years to come.” Jordan Corcoran, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Premier Road Surfacing, said: “Due to the complex nature of this refurbishment programme, which involved the resurfacing of many busy roads leading into the city
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centre and Leicester Market, it was vital for us to work with a supplier that could meet the project’s unique colour and performance specifications. “Aggregate Industries didn’t disappoint. Providing a seamless service throughout, the firm ensured a first class supply of the best coloured asphalts available, which alongside their technical and professional expertise helped us to achieve a fantastic result.” Aggregate Industries’ marketingleading SuperColour asphalt range boasts a wide choice of coloured asphalt surfaces, including red, green and yellow, designed to harmonise with site surroundings.
Buy-to-let lots prove popular in SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Nottingham auction
WORK BEGINS AT NEW HINCKLEY PARK
A FORMER DOCTOR’S surgery which was offered as a seven bedroomed property was one of the star lots at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s Nottingham auction which raised over £2.4 million.
DEVELOPMENT work has started at Hinckley Park following the sale of the 110 acre site of farmland situated adjacent to the M69 by local land agents Wells McFarlane to IM Properties.
Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “There was strong demand for buy-to-let properties and investors were out in force.” 30 Regent Street in Nottingham has six bedrooms in the main property and a further one bedroomed self contained apartment. It had a *guide price of £390,000+ and sold for £452,000. Other properties that sold well included 69 Morley Street in Sutton-inAshfield, a three bedroomed terraced house within easy reach of the town centre. The property requires upgrading and had a guide price of £45,000+ with the hammer falling at £52,000. An even better result was achieved for 48 Westwood Road in Sneinton, a three bedroomed property in need of modernisation and refurbishment, which sold for £79,500, from a guide price of £50,000+. SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s next Nottingham auction will be held at Nottingham Racecourse on Thursday 6 December and entries are now invited. Property owners looking to sell can request a free auction appraisal by calling 0115 958 8702 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new employment park brings a huge boost to the local economy with the creation of 2400 new jobs within the manufacturing, logistics and industrial sectors. Trevor Wells, (pictured right) Director at Wells McFarlane, said “As a strategic land agency we identified development potential for the arable farmland due to its accessible location; adjacent to junction one of the M69 and close to existing logistics and warehousing. “We represented the landowners throughout the planning and consultancy process and selected preferred developer partners, working together and leading to the sale of the site to IM Properties. This whole process has taken two years from start to finish. howkinsandharrison.co.uk “The farmland proved to have the perfect characteristics for commercial SALES / LETTINGS which / COMMERCIAL FARM RURAL / PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT / AUCTIONS SEVERAL PROPERTIES will/ be of&interest to local development, it really came down to location, location, location.”
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attractive open countryside at Rural development Acresford, Derbyshire. Guide opportunity for six Price: £1.3 million. (Seeinimage dwellings attractive right) open countryside • Three barns with planning consent for conversion to Guide price 4 dwellings at Wolston, £1,300,000 Warwickshire. Guide Price: £700,000. • Three bedroom farmhouse with a range of outbuildings in 1.60 acres • Barn with planning for conversion 2 dwellings dwellings at • Planning permission permission to convert two outbuildingsinto into two • Further permission to erect three new build detached dwellings Fisherwick, Staffordshire. Price on application. • PP reference 17/01805/FUL • Farm buildings and stables with potential, • Local Authority: North West development/conversion Leicestershire District Council subject to planning at Bedworth, Warwickshire. Guide Price: £375,000. • For further information please contact the Atherstone Office 01827 721380 • Two barns with consent to convert into separate detached residential properties at Bulkington, Warwickshire. Guide Price: £315,000. Wolston, • Traditional agricultural building with consent for conversion into a Warwickshire dwelling at Twycross, Warwickshire. Guide Price: £350,000. Three barns with any of these properties, contact Howkins & For more information about permission for or email: email@example.com. Harrison on 01827 721380 conversion to four (See advert onresidential page 35) dwellings
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Mixture of traditional farm buildings and a static mobile home Currently primarily used for agricultural and equestrian purposes Approximately 1.98 acres Development potential for residential or commercial uses subject to planning Local Authority: North Warwickshire Borough Council - 01827 715341 For further information please contact the Atherstone Office 01827 721380
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For sale as a whole or in 2 lots Barn 1: 1916 sq ft (178 sq m) / Barn 2: 827 sq ft (76 sq m) Site extending to approximately 0.525 acres PP reference 035512 Local Authority: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council – 02476 376376 For further information please Contact Andrew Pinny or Emily Powell 01788 564680
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William Davis Celebrates National Accolade
Achieving Bronze For Best Medium Housebuilder At What House? Awards 2018
HBF 5 star Housebuilder, William Davis Homes is celebrating one of the highest accolades the housebuilding industry can bestow, having been awarded Bronze in the Best Medium Housebuilder What House? Awards last month. Recognised as the ‘Oscars of the Housebuilding Industry’ the awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair is attended by over 1700 industry professionals and judges the very best new homes in the UK. William Davis Homes managing director, Guy Higgins, along with members of the WDH team were thrilled to be on hand to receive the award from celebrity presenters Jack Whitehall and Gabby Logan. “This is a fantastic achievement for the whole team,” commented Guy. “We work very hard ensuring we create beautiful, traditionally built quality homes our customers love and for a regional housebuilder to achieve national recognition on this scale is hugely significant and something of which we should all be very proud.”
AWARD: (l-r) Viv Aldridge, (WDH) Jack Whitehall, Sally Brookes (WDH), Guy Higgins (MD, WDH), What House? Sponsor, David Dodge (WDH), Stephen Rush (WDH), Mark Chettleburgh (WDH), Geoff Pearson (WDH), Nina Wood (WDH), Sam Starling (WDH) and Gabby Logan.
Established over 80 years ago with its head office in Loughborough, William Davis Homes currently has ten award winning developments with homes for sale in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcester with a further five new developments due to commence in 2019. “The company is certainly going from strength to strength,” said sales director Stephen Rush, following the presentation. “These awards are recognised as a benchmark for excellence by the entire industry and is a great achievement, further cementing our standing amongst the top developers in the country. It’s superb recognition for our team and good news for our customers!”
Refurbishment of Beckmill Court completed BECKMILL COURT, has now been opened by the Mayor of the Borough of Melton, Pru Chandler following a ribbon cutting ceremony. The official seal of approval follows an impressive £2.1m refurbishment programme and the development is owned by Melton Borough Council comprising 57 flats and maisonettes making up a compelling low-rise housing complex in the centre of Melton Mowbray. The £2.1 million improvement works have been funded by Melton Borough Council and managed collaboratively by property and construction consultancy, Gleeds and Melton Borough Council. Gleeds was appointed as building surveyor on Beckmill Court in 2012 and has been responsible for upgrading the housing scheme from an aesthetic, thermal and security perspective. The Principle contractor was Fortem who demonstrated a holistic approach to improve energy performance of the dwellings. External Wall Insulation has been applied to all facades, with a combination of render and brick slips used to provide a visually attractive external finish whilst also providing weather proofing. As part of the refurbishment project led by Gleeds, the windows have been replaced and upgraded and the original electric storage heaters, which were ageing and expensive to use, have been replaced by a new gas heating system in each flat. These works will have a dramatic impact on the energy performance of the dwellings and comfort of the residents. In addition to the energy improvement works, significant investment has been made in improving the resident experience. A new external lighting system has been installed to improve safety, the entire site has been relandscaped, all communal areas have been refurbished and new balconies have been added to the existing drying areas. The combined effect is a dramatic facelift for the town centre flats.
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STEPNELL SENIOR APPOINTMENTS SUPPORT BUSINESS GROWTH IN EAST MIDLANDS
Skip and diesel price hikes are bad news for builders and home owners, warns FMB NEARLY two-thirds of builders have had to pass skip price increases on to clients and a fifth have had to pass on diesel price rises, making home improvement projects more expensive for home owners, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
CONSTRUCTION specialist Stepnell has made three key senior appointments to support the firm’s expanding East Midlands operations, based in Beeston, Nottingham. Gemma Meekings joins the £146 million turnover firm, which operates across Central and Southern England, from integrated building solutions company J Tomlinson where she was marketing manager. She will be responsible for helping drive Stepnell’s ambitious regional growth programme through strategic and tactical marketing communications. Gemma, who holds a first-class honours degree in Visual Communications, joins Stepnell with over 10 years’ marketing experience in the construction sector. Darren Wallace has been appointed senior design manager with responsibility for Stepnell’s design-and-build projects across the East Midlands working from the Beeston office. Darren, who was previously design director for design, development and construction business, Simons Group, joins Stepnell with over
Three new management appointments at Stepnell’s Nottingham office (left to right): Rob Dyson, project manager; Darren Wallace, senior design manager and Gemma Meekings, marketing manager. 16 years of professional industry experience. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Architectural Technology. Rob Dyson also joins Stepnell in the East Midlands as project manager from Kent-based building contractors R Durtnell and Sons where he held a similar role. Rob, who started his construction career as a carpenter/joiner, brings 15 years of expertise and hands-on experience to his new position. He will be initially responsible for managing Stepnell’s delivery of a multi-million pound design-andbuild scheme which will create 91 ultra-modern student apartments at De Montfort Mews in the centre of Leicester. Tom Sewell, Stepnell’s regional director, says: “I am delighted to welcome Gemma, Darren and Rob who bring a wealth of experience, specialist skills and expertise to the business. “
The key results from the FMB’s research into skip prices are as follows: • Three quarters of builders have said that the price of skips has risen over the past 12 months; • The average cost of an eight yard skip has gone up by £24 over the past year, meaning an additional cost of £360 for the average extension; • Nearly two-thirds of builders have had to pass skip price increases on to clients, making home improvement projects more expensive for home owners; • Three quarters of builders said that skip price rises have squeezed their margins. The widely-reported hike in diesel prices is also starting to bite and is having the following impact on small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms: • Nearly half of construction SMEs have made lower margins on projects; • Nearly a fifth (17%) have been forced to raise the prices they
charge clients; • More than one in ten have had to turn down jobs they would have normally accepted as they are too far away; • 10% have taken steps to reduce vehicle use. Commenting on the research, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The increase in the price of skips and diesel is bad news for builders and home owners alike. Nearly two-thirds of builders have had to pass skip price increases on to clients and a fifth have had to pass on diesel price rises. This has made home improvement projects more expensive for home owners. What’s more, the impact of the rising price of skips could have an impact on our communities through a rise in fly-tipping. No matter how much the price of skips might increase, there is never any excuse for fly-tipping and any individuals found doing so should be severely reprimanded. In 2016 and 2017, more than one million incidences of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England and the last thing anyone wants is for this number to increase. “The increase in the price of skips and diesel have come at a bad time for the UK’s builders. The cost of doing business is rising more generally for construction firms. We are advising builders to price jobs and draft contracts with this plethora of price rises in mind to avoid a further squeeze on already razor thin margins.”
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The company won Large Residential Scheme of the Year for its highend student accommodation development for Zone Developments in S T D U T T Z I A X R X L D I G P Princess Road East, Leicester. I E V O L H L M L I J E J F A O Q At the same awards event – held at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium – the new Mountsorrel Memorial Centre community V H I H W O E E F X J X G L P A N building constructed by Stepnell in Mountsorrel village, Leicestershire, was V F X R C N G I A P S H M N T D O named Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year. Judged by industry experts, the sought-after ProCon Awards showcase Y M Z C R D F F L K N O L K I I M projects demonstrating innovation and creativity in property development, I N O Y E E N H F X N A V D K G L incorporating sustainable features, design excellence and the highest construction quality. U R Y S T D B L A D R T V J G N A “To come away from these important awards with two titles is a B J M Z A T B E S M E H L U A O S magnificent achievement which bears witness to the professional excellence I D D V N V U B U E G G S P G N L of the Nottingham team behind these exceptional projects,” says Stepnell regional director Thomas Sewell. “I would like to congratulate everyone C Z Y T A Y K R X L C G O P Y J P involved.” L Q Q W R Q Q J M W B L R V X J H In Leicester, Stepnell’s A J Y Q G D B F J E P W G B I N A multi-million pound Princess Road East student Q A C L E G C W E S R A I N V R K accommodation scheme – L Q T E M C I L R A G I O O N H Y designed by Hinckley- and London-based architects G A J G O Z A F A X N O C K T F V MAS architecture V D I Z P K W T R Q I I F J Z A N Ltd - has created a high-specification O L I V E O I L R A M R U D X E C building providing 110 self-contained studio IF YOU can find 12 SUPERFOODS in the Wordsearch grid bedrooms with enHigh-end student accommodation built by Stepnell above, you could win yourself a £20 Restaurant Choice Gift in Princess Road East, Leicester was named Large suite bathrooms, plus a ALFALFA Residential Scheme of the Year at the ProCon Voucher. cinema room and gym. 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