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Winvic scoops top place in contract league WINVIC have scooped eight projects worth over £250m in November sending it to the top of information specialist Glenigan rankings – arguably the industry’s foremost contract league. Amongst the projects won by Winvic are a £40m contract to build Cording Real Estate Group’s first build to rent scheme in the UK in Nottingham, a £44m warehouse in Derby for Roxhill and a £56m industrial scheme in Hemel Hempstead for Prologis. Winvic is also behind the steelwork at the Vaughan Way PRS scheme in Leicester, next to the Highcross shopping centre. This mixeduse residential and commercial development is an 11-storey block with steps down to seven and five storeys on the rear elevations. It comprises 298 apartments and car parking, and is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019 The firm have also commenced groundworks on student accommodation comprising 1,192 self-contained bedrooms, over four interlocking blocks ranging from 14 to 23 storeys include landscaping to the upper floor podium, offices, common rooms and retail spaces on the ground and first floor levels. Works at Fairfax St in the centre of Coventry are scheduled to completed in August 2019.

Expansion Set to Release Gateway Site for Student Development PLANNING permission has been submitted for the redevelopment of a three-storey factory to provide a new student scheme on an important gateway site to the west of the city. The existing factory has been home to City Styles for many years but, following their acquisition of larger premises on Parker Drive, the property is now surplus to requirements. The site is located directly opposite Holiday Inn and adjacent to the Jewry Wall museum having frontages to both St Nicholas Circle and Leicester Waterside on Bath Lane to the rear. This is a complex site, being single-storey to the St Nicholas Circle frontage, but three-storey to the rear Bath Lane elevation. However, it offers a fantastic opportunity to improve the street scene in an area that has not seen any real improvement since the Holiday Inn was first built in the early 1970s. Advised by Leicester-based development agents Intali, City Styles appointed Staniforth Architects to assess the potential for development of this important but difficult site. Following extensive consultation with Leicester City Council planning department, an application has now been submitted for the demolition of the existing industrial units which will be replaced by new 79 student apartments with a total of 94 bedrooms and a ground floor retail unit. Mandeep Singh of City Styles commented that the re-development would help to ensure that City Styles continued to grow in their new City facility and that the scheme would improve both the street scene and links between the Waterside and city centre.

Ravenstone development site with consent for 9 dwellings SANSOM HAMILTON & Co are offering for sale a residential development site with outline consent for 9 dwellings at Jennys Lane, Ravenstone, Leicestershire. The Guide Price is £595,000. For more information, see advert on page 10, or contact Sansom Hamilton on 01530 274548 or email:

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Applications Submitted For Former Fenwick Building In Leicester PROJECT PARTNERS on the former Fenwick building in Leicester have submitted applications for planning and listed building consent for the restoration and conversion of the building’s upper floors. Developer, Aimrok Holdings Ltd and planning consultant, Hybrid Planning & Development have applied to remodel and convert the upper floors of the building into a 92-room Aparthotel together with a rooftop bar, which will become a focal point for the development. These planning applications sit alongside separate applications for planning and listed building consent relating to the extant consent for the conversion of the ground floor into four retail units, all to be managed by commercial agents, Space Retail Property Consultants. The Aparthotel will include studio, one and two bedroom suites and all have been Architect’s impression showing an aerial perspective of how the new rooftop bar will sit designed to bring out the period detail of within the building. the building in each room, using existing features wherever possible. The rooftop bar is formed from a single storey extension and will be available to guests staying in the apartments along with private members. Plans include space for a roof terrace, semi-enclosed courtyard and greenhouse/winter garden. Jason Sobey, Vijay Patel and Thomas Knust are developers for the project. Jason said: “We bought the building because it is a historical landmark for Leicester and we wanted to ensure it would remain a significant destination within the city. Our vision is to create a contemporary, exclusive development, similar to the hugely successful Gotham Hotel in Manchester, which sympathetically combines the heritage of the building whilst giving it a new lease of life. “We considered it of extreme importance to retain city-based architects who would not only understand the importance of the building locally but who could also develop a creative and sustainable design to stand out in the modern marketplace. We believe rg+p has achieved the perfect blend and are excited to see the development enter the next phase.” Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I very much welcome these plans, particularly the inclusion of a 92-room Aparthotel. This will be great for business users and families visiting the city and will offer an alternative to a more conventional hotel stay. With rg+p, the developer has chosen a long-established, local firm with a very successful track record. The former Fenwick’s building is an important and much-loved part of the city’s heritage, and I am very pleased to see these exciting plans progressing so quickly.” Located in a conservation area, the building dates back to 1880 and was designed by well-known Victorian architect, Isaac Barradale. Part of the building, along Market Street and at the junction with Belvoir Street, is grade II listed. James Badley, director at rg+p commented: “The proposed scheme has been carefully considered to sensitively restore the existing distinctive façades whilst creating high quality, luxury accommodation. We’ve worked closely with the planning team at Leicester City Council, conducting visual impact assessments to ensure the scheme complements the existing vernacular. Materials such as copper panelling, stainless steel and powder coated window frames have been incorporated to achieve this. “Working on this project represents a fantastic opportunity to continue our investment in our home city; where our influence can be seen on much of the surrounding cityscape. We’re pleased to be part of the team transforming this iconic building for the future.” Aimrok Holdings already has Architect’s drawing showing a proven track record of similar the perspective of the building restoration projects within the city, having successfully converted the along Belvoir Street. Old Post Office on Bishop Street and premises on Millstone Lane into high quality student accommodation. The company is also currently working on another student accommodation scheme on Dover Street. Jason added: “Leicester is a vibrant place to live and work, full of originality. Our commitment to the city is long-term and together with our project partners we’re hoping for a positive outcome from this planning application.”

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IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI:

Construction output rises at fastest pace for five months, led by housing Key findings: • • •

Residential work drives modest construction rebound in November Commercial and civil engineering activity continue to decline Business optimism picks up from October’s near five-year low Data collected November 13-29

NOVEMBER data pointed to a moderate rebound in UK construction output, with business activity rising at the strongest rate since June. New orders and employment numbers also increased to the greatest extent in five months.

projects was only marginal. Some survey respondents commented on hopes that forthcoming tender opportunities on infrastructure programmes (particularly energy and transport) would help to support workloads. Construction companies indicated a moderate rebound in new orders in November, with the rate of expansion the fastest for five months. Anecdotal evidence cited a general improvement in client demand after the soft patch this summer. Higher levels of new work helped to support a moderate rise in staff numbers and input buying in November. Lead-times for construction products and materials lengthened sharply, linked to pressure on supplier capacity. However, cost inflation eased to its least marked for 14 months, with some firms reporting signs that exchange-rate driven price rises had started to lose intensity. Business confidence regarding the year-ahead outlook for construction

Neptune Construction Ltd (c/o Agent: Mrs Annette Eyre, Lost World Demolition, Unit 7 Abbey Court, Wallingford Road, Leicester LE4 5RD) - Demolition of buildings - at Leicester City Council Housing Depot, Caledine Road, Leicester. Diu Koli Samaj Association (c/o Agent: Indigo Planning, Aldermary House, 10-15 Queen Street, London EC4N 1TX) - Redevelopment of the site and refurbishment of the existing chapel to provide a community centre, cafe, 8 residential flats, walled garden, car park plus demolition works - at 29A-37 Overton Road, Leicester.

However, the improvement in construction growth was largely confined to residential work. The latest survey revealed sustained reductions in commercial building and civil engineering, with the latter now experiencing its longest period of decline since the first half of 2013. Adjusted for seasonal influences, the IHS Markit/ CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index ® (PMI ® ) picked up from 50.8 in October to 53.1 in November, to remain above the 50.0 no-change value for the second month running. The latest reading was the highest for five months and signalled a solid rate of business activity growth across the construction sector. House building projects were again the primary growth engine for construction activity. Survey respondents suggested that resilient demand and a supportive policy backdrop had driven the robust and accelerated upturn in residential work. Commercial construction was the weakest performing area of activity in November, which continued the trend seen for much of 2017 so far. Some firms noted that Brexit-related uncertainty and the subdued economic outlook had held back spending among clients. Meanwhile, civil engineering activity fell for the third successive month, which represents the longest phase of decline seen for over four years. That said, the latest drop in work on civil engineering

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activity remained among the most subdued since mid-2013, which panel members mainly linked to heightened political and economic uncertainty. However, the degree of optimism picked up from October’s 58-month low, helped by a modest recovery in new invitations to tender during the latest survey period. Tim Moore, Associate Director at IHS Markit and author of the IHS Markit/CIPS Construction PMI®: “UK construction companies experienced a solid yet uneven improvement in business conditions during November. Once again, resilient house building growth helped to offset lower volumes of commercial work and civil engineering activity. “Survey respondents noted that residential projects underpinned the rebound in total new order growth to its strongest since June, helped by strong demand fundamentals and a supportive policy backdrop.

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CHP Management Ltd (c/o Agent: Pezhman Ghashghai, Corporate Architecture Ltd, Venari House, 1 Trimbush Way, Rockingham Road, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7XY) - Change of use from financial services to either retail, restaurant & cafe, drinking establishments, nonresidential institutions or assembly & leisure - at 17 Granby Street, Leicester. Obsidian Strategies (c/o Agent: Andrew Khoury, Khoury Architects, 42 New Road, Stourbridge DY8 1PA) - Demolition of building and development of 46 student accommodation - at 130 New Walk, Leicester. AS Properties (c/o Agent: Ravi Panesar, RP Design Ltd, 33 Launde Road, Oadby, Leicester LE 4HH) Construction of dormer extension at front and second floor extension to building; change of use of first floor and extended secondond floor from 4 to 9 flats to create 5 additional flats - at 130 Milligan Road, Leicester.

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Bagworth site with consent Permitted development rights for 9 dwellings: £750k

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Heathcotes Care Ltd (c/o Agent: Paul Charlton, JDS Design Ltd, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield S41 7BF) - Construction of 2 detached single storey buildings at rear to form independent living units ancillary to care home - at Heathcotes, 128 Lutterworth Road, Leicester. Gayashima Properties (c/o Agent: Neil McMinn, Ink/Drawn, Windermere House, 47 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TE) - Construction of extension to fourth floor and alterations to office building - at Belgrave Commercial Centre, 160 Belgrave Road, Leicester. Mr Ravi Seth (c/o Agent: Karan Chadha, KC Designs, 61 Linden Drive, Leicester LE5 6AJ) - Change of use from dwellinghouse to 4 flats and construction of single storey extension and dormer extension at rear - at 52 Egerton Avenue, Leicester. Lee Contracts (c/o Agent: Chris May, Howes Percival, 3 The Osiers Business Park, Laversall Way, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE19 1DX) – Demolition of buildings on site – at Fleet House, Fleet Street, Leicester.

Mark Dyason, Managing Director of the development finance broker, Thistle Finance comments on the Nationwide November House Price Index:

A SOUTH-FACING plot of just about an acre, with outline planning permission for nine dwellings on an easily accessible site is being offered for sale. The site is located south of Main Street, Bagworth, Leicestershire. It is a brown field site, bordering open fields and the National Forest, with views over open countryside. Ground Condition, Archaeological Surveys and Mining assessments have been completed. The site needs to be viewed to appreciate the true potential. Offers in the region of £750,000 are invited. For more information, telephone 01530 231241.

“There is no doubt that permitted development rights have transformed the pace of property development in the UK. “A significant and growing percentage of the finance we help to arrange is for ’change of use’ projects of varying sizes. “Only this week we completed on a loan that supported the conversion of a commercial unit to seven flats in Berkshire. “So called ‘office-to-resi’ conversions have breathed life into the London market in particular. Change of use is delivering real change across the capital. “Clearly the trend will slow at some point but in the meantime office-to-resi conversions are playing a key role in alleviating supply pressure around the UK. “The reduction in red tape on ‘change of use’ developments has been a green light for developers across the country.” We stock all these leading brands & many more... EST. 2004

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Fall in UK Construction sector output: comment BLANE Perrotton, managing director of the national property consultancy and surveyors Naismiths, comments on the recent UK Construction output figures: “What began as a cooling is fast turning into a deep freeze. The loss of momentum has caused the construction sector to suffer its sharpest fall in quarterly output for more than five years – and this is eroding confidence too. “The picture is especially bleak on the commercial property side. Months of false dawns on Brexit negotiations have whittled away confidence and left many businesses feeling punchdrunk. “Against a backdrop of seemingly perpetual flux, businesses have understandably postponed big investment decisions, and we’re regularly seeing larger companies activate Brexit contingency plans and smaller firms mothball plans to scale up their premises. “Even residential construction – so long the industry’s star performer – declined, revealing the scale of the task facing the Government as it seeks to stimulate a wave of new housebuilding. “Nevertheless there are some bright spots. On the front line we’re seeing consistent appetite among developers to convert office buildings into residential units under the extended and popular Permitted Development Rights. “November’s increase in interest rates has yet to fully filter through and developers are still finding funds available. But finance is increasingly coming from the challenger, rather than high street, banks. “This greater caution among the mainstream lenders is likely to set the tone for the industry as a whole as 2017 limps across the line. “December’s Brexit deal may have unblocked the negotiations for now, but as long as confidence and clarity are lacking, the construction industry will continue to make halting progress at best.”

AS Properties (c/o Agent: Ravi Panesar, RP Design Ltd, 33 Launde Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4HH) – Notification of proposed change of use of first floor from financial & professional services to 4 flats – at 165-167 Fosse Road North, Leicester. Mrs Urwashi Radia (c/o Agent: Mr M A Mamodo, 69 Scraptoft Lane, Leicester LE5 2FE) – Change of use from house to 5 flats – at 438 London Road, Leicester. James Andrew Recruitment Solutions (c/o Agent: Alfie Simons, Corporate Architecture, 1 Trimbush Way, Rockingham Way, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7XY) – Change of use of ground floor from bank to offices – at 90-96 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester. Naif Silk Palace LLC (c/o Agent: Faizal Osman, 13 Architectural Consultants Ltd, 8 Coplow Avenue, Leicester LE5 5WA) – Demolition of existing buildings and construction of eight to eleven-storey building to accommodate 4 retail units on the ground floor and 72 flats above – at 80 Wharf Street South, Leicester.

December SDL Auctions Graham Penny Leicester sale raises £1.9m SDL AUCTIONS Graham Penny’s final Leicester auction of 2017 saw a fine finish to the year raising £1.9m and bringing the total for the year to £15m – a record for SDL Auctions Graham Penny in Leicestershire. The second lot of the day set the tone for what was a lively auction with several lots attracting strong bidding. The three bedroomed semi detached property at 153 Canon Street, Leicester, was described as in need of modernisation and improvement, but bidding quickly exceeded the *guide price of £118,000+ with the hammer finally falling at £186,000. And a plot of land adjacent to 7 Greedon Rise in the popular village of Sileby, proved equally attractive

to investors, achieving almost double its guide price of £30,000+, and selling for £58,000. The site was offered with the benefit of planning permission for a two bedroomed detached bungalow. Other properties that sold well included 13 Wanlip Avenue in Birstall, Leicester, which achieved a price of £161,500 from a guide price of £115,000+. Andrew Parker, auctioneer and managing director at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “Our final

auction of the year saw our total annual sales pass the £15m mark in 2017 – our best ever year for auctions in Leicestershire. “This bodes well for 2018, when our first auction in February is just one of 40 that SDL Auctions is holding in the East and West Midlands, the North West, Chester and North Wales across the year. “We look forward to an even better 2018 and are already arranging auction appraisals and inviting entries for the February auction.”

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ASKKD Ltd (c/o Agent: Richard Cooper, HSSP Architects Ltd, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0PB) – Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 9 three-bed dwellings and one replacement two-bed dwelling and new access road – at 3 Welby Lane, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0ST.

Mr Parker (c/o Agent: Miss Olivia Broadfield, 3 Swains Green, Burbage, Leics. LE10 2QX) – Demolition of existing bungalow and replacement with 2 detached houses – at 35 Forresters Road, Burbage, Leics. LE10 2RU. Britannia Hotels Ltd (c/o Agent: Miss Suzanne Gadsby, Britannia Hotels Ltd, Halecroft, 253 Hale Road, Altrincham) – Certificate of lawful development for the completion of the development of 35 dwellings – at Walled Garden, Greenhouses and Tower, Bosworth Hall, The Park, Market Bosworth, Leics.

Sale assures future of Leicester historic waterside industrial estate

Gladman Developments Ltd (c/o: Six Hills Golf Course, Six Hills Lane, Old Dalby, Leics.) – Demolition and removal of existing site buildings and golf course facility and the development of a new garden village settlement comprising 2,625 homes, two primary schools and a secondary school, industrial and office use, car parking with 60-space ‘Park & Ride’, allotments, play areas, sports facilities, etc. – at Six Hills Golf Course, Six Hills Lane, Old Dalby, Leics.

Sue Owen (c/o Agent: Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Championship Way, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RE) – New 6-classroom two-storey block – at Sketchley Hill Country Primary School, Sketchley Road, Burbage, Leics. LE10 2DY. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Rob Wells, Savills, Innovation Court, 121 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HJ) – Outline application for residential development and demolition of the existing building – at Transco NTS, Coventry Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0JR. Mr J Perry (c/o Agent: Ms Suzi Wong, Grey Rose Architects, 4 Sutherington Way, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7TH) – Erection of 4 one-bed flats – at land adjacent to 147 Wykin Road, Hinckley, Leics. Mr Rick Morris (c/o Agent: Mrs Zoe Massey, Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Approval of reserved matters of outline planning permission 15/00684/OUT for residential development of 23 dwellings – at Marune, 76 Heath Lane, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7PD. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Housemartin Designs, The Carthouse, Charnells Court, Upperfields Farm, Main Street, Swepstone, Leics. LE67 2SG) – Erection of 2 detached dwellings with garages – at land adjacent to Ivy House Farm, Hall Lane, Odstone, Nuneaton, Warks. CV13 0QS.

Mr Richard Newton (c/o Agent: Eddie Stevenson, BHC, 72 Boston Road, Leicester LE4 1HB) – Erection of 2 three-bed bungalows – at Brambles Barn, 6A Penn Lane, Stathern, Leics. LE14 4JA.

AN HISTORIC Leicester industrial estate will continue to trade for the foreseeable future, thanks to its timely purchase by a local property investment company. Leading Leicester commercial property specialist Andrew and Ashwell acting on behalf of Northern Trust have sold the well known Faircharm Industrial Estate, previously called St Mary’s Mills, to Map Property Investments. The estate is located off Evelyn Drive/ Narborough Road and comprises circa 220,000 sq ft. Northern Trust is a substantial national investment and development company with in excess of 8M sq ft of property assets and had been in ownership of the Estate since June 2001. The 10.5-acre waterside estate dates from the early 19th Century, when canals were the major means of transporting manufacturing goods. It is currently home to a diverse mix of smaller businesses, including industrial manufacturing and warehousing as well as leisure occupiers.

The site evolved around the Medieval St Mary’s Mill, on the banks of the River Biam, a tributary of the River Soar. The old mill was among the city’s first hosiery factories, later used for rubber manufacture by the former well known local company Dunlop. The site developed rapidly throughout Victorian times into the mid 20th Century. Earlier in the year occupants had feared that around 200 jobs and 30 businesses would be lost when planning consent was granted for residential development on part of the site. Mike Allwood, Director at Andrew and Ashwell, said the sale of the estate was one of the largest industrial investment sales in Leicester this year and offered purchasers a good rental income from a multitude of businesses. “There is a lack of such premises remaining in Leicester following years of redevelopment for alternative uses and tenants looking for economic rentals on flexible terms are struggling to find options. This is attractive to investors and indeed the estate is virtually already 100% let.”

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Bellway Homes (c/o Agent: Ny Moughal, Be1 Architects, 5 Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Bedford MK44 3WH) – Application for approval of reserved matters relating to application 16/00491/OUT – residential development – at land off Great Lane, Frisby on the Wreake, Leics. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Adam Murray, Andrew Granger & Co, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Change of use to form 3 dwellings including demolition of the old canteen area – at The Old Methodist Chapel, 2A Church Lane, Wymondham, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 2AB.

Harborough Mr Shaun Aran (c/o: Mulberry Developments, 3 Twigden Barns, Brixworth Road, Creaton, Northants. NN6 8LU) – Erection of 2 dwellings – at land off Wistow Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leics. Jayne Commercial Ltd (c/o Agent: GB A&E Ltd, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Rytonon-Dunsmore, Rugby CV8 3LG) – Erection of 5 dwellings including alterations to existing access – at land at Butt Lane, Husbands Bosworth, Leics.

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Davidsons Developments Ltd (c/o: 207 Wilson House, Leicester Road, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6HP) – Erection of 315 dwellings and associated garages and parking (Reserved matters of 13/01483/ OUT) – at land to the west of Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leics. Castlegate 730 Ltd (c/o Agent: Browne Jacobson LLP, Mowbray House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham NG2 1BJ) – Change of use from current permitted use as residential student accommodation to offices – at First Floor, 46 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. W C Hills & Sons (c/o Agent: Fisher German LLP, The Estates Office, Norman Court, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 2UZ) – Conversion of agricultural buildings into business and storage/ distribution with access & parking – at Coplow Lodge Farm, Coplow Lane, Billesdon, leics. LE7 9DQ. Mr & Mrs Martyn Jones (c/o Agent: Martyn Jones & Associates Ltd, The Reading Room, 33 Main Street, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 8DT) – Demolition of building – at The Reading Room, 33 Main Street, Medbourne, Leics. LE16 8DT. Monier Redland (c/o: Redland Roof Tiles, Gibbet Lane, Shawell, Leics. LE17 6AB) – Erection of steel building for storage of products on racking system – at Redland Roof Tiles Ltd, Gibbet Lane, Shawell, Leics. LE17 6AB. David Wilson Homes East Midlands (c/o Agent: The Estates Office, Norman Court, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 2UZ) – Erection of 142 dwellings with associated access, landscaping, open space and drainage infrastructure – at land at Burnmill Farm, Kingston Way, Market Harborough, Leics. Francis Jackson Homes Ltd (c/o: 6 High Street, Olney, Bucks. MK46 4BB) – Outline application for the erection of up to 7 dwellings – at land part OS 0114, Rugby Road, Catthorpe, Leics. Manor Oak Homes, (c/o Agent: Geoff Armstrong, Armstrong Rigg Planning, The Exchange, Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1LZ) – Erection of 8,420 sqm. Of commercial/industrial floorspace – at land to south and west of Priory Business Park, Wistow Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leics.


Compulsory Purchase Remains Vital To Facilitate Urban Regeneration •

New report reveals that submissions of Planning CPOs decreased by 30% in 2016

High success rates continue for both Planning and Housing CPOs across 2015-2016:

NEW FIGURES released last month by law firm Womble Bond Dickinson LLP reveal a dip in the use of Planning Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs). Submissions of Planning CPOs, which are often deployed to facilitate complex large scale development projects, decreased by 30% in 2016 with 40 applications compared to 57 in 2015 and 58 in 2014. However this is still higher than the 36 submitted in 2013 - the lowest level since 2003. Housing CPOs also saw a dip from 54 submitted in 2015 to 39 in 2016. These figures are toward the lower end of the range of CPOs submitted annually in the years 2003-16 covered by our previous research. Planning CPOs can be a powerful indicator of economic confidence the making of a CPO is often a key step in commitment by both the public and private sectors towards a major development scheme. The continued use of CPOs and their high success rate is therefore encouraging. However, the use of Planning CPOs in 2016 still falls short of pre-recession levels and a ‘new normal’ for a lower number of CPO submissions made each year appears to have been established. Success rates for both kinds of CPO remain high. The figures indicate that for Planning CPOs at least 87% in 2015 and 82% in 2016 succeeded. This may be even higher when considering withdrawn CPOs due to acquisition by agreement. For Housing CPOs the equivalent figures are at least 93% in 2015 and 94% in 2016. This level of success is consistent with previous years and demonstrates an established, long-term trend. The regional hot spots for use of compulsory purchase submissions between 2003 – 2016 are the North West of England and London, followed by the West Midlands. CPOs are used nationwide but the report suggests that while many authorities have used their compulsory purchase powers they do so sparingly. A relatively small number of authorities account for a significant proportion of CPOs made. CPO totals in the London region reflect a wider and more regular use of powers. Even against that background of broader usage the programme of Housing CPOs made by Newham stands out. In the North West, the extensive use of housing compulsory purchase powers by Burnley and Wigan Councils, and of planning compulsory purchase powers by Liverpool and Manchester City Councils respectively, contribute significantly to the results. In the

West Midlands, Birmingham and Wolverhampton Councils have made substantial numbers of Housing CPOs, with the former also making 19 Planning CPOs. Given the high success rates of CPOs there is scope for greater use by those authorities that already use the powers and for other authorities to consider their use. However it is also worth noting why CPOs fail so that lessons can be learned. For Housing CPOs a lot of these are fact specific but for Planning CPOs reasons for them not being confirmed include: a failure to assess alternative schemes, planning permission not conclusive of need and Public Sector Equality Duty issues. For the Aylesbury Estate decision (which is to be the subject of a new public inquiry) the detail of that decision potentially opens the door to a much increased need to give weight to the personal circumstance of individual residents and their current community life when it could be difficult to elicit the information. Where a case is finely balanced the “benefit of doubt” will rest with the objector. Hopefully greater clarity will flow from the new decision on that scheme. Jonathan Bower, Planning Partner at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, commented:“Our fourth report echoes many of the key messages of previous reports: CPOs are a vital tool for regeneration, success rates for both Planning and Housing CPOs remain high and there are a range of reasons, from technical to evidential, why a small percentage of CPOs are not confirmed. A significant number of local authorities make use of compulsory purchase powers but generally they do so sparingly.” “Acquiring authorities can take comfort from the good prospects of success but must use CPOs with care and pay close attention to the circumstances of each case to meet legal and policy requirements.” “The use of compulsory purchase requires a supporting policy base and it is most successful when there

This report confirms that CPO remains an under-used process. Melanie Leech

is strong political will to use the powers. Yesterday’s publication of the draft London Plan sets a framework for the future use of CPO powers in conjunction with the London Boroughs to deliver new housing in particular.” Melanie Leech, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation, commented: “Compulsory purchase can be incredibly helpful to investment and community building, when used appropriately by local authorities, helping them bring forward much-needed housing and package parcels of land in ways that support regeneration. Despite its benefits, this report confirms that CPO remains an under-used process – particularly when compared to the frequency of applications during the pre-recession period.” “With the country facing a housing crisis, proposals for Garden Towns/ Villages and more development on complex urban sites will likely gather pace and local authorities therefore need to be supported in the understanding of the tools at their disposal. Increased use of CPOs will not act as a silver bullet to addressing these challenges, and there are other means of supporting the development of new housing and regeneration – better resourcing of planning departments; improved and more transparent engagement between the public and private sector; and innovative thinking around infrastructure funding, for example.” “However, even if we are to accept these relatively low levels of use as the “new normal”, it is clear that increasing its use could still go a long way to unlocking more sites and more housing.”

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New HMRC Powers Could Cause Chaos Says Tax Expert

New Powers for HMRC Unveiled in Budget Could Cause Huge Problems for Taxpayers ONE OF the UK’s leading tax experts warned today that new HMRC powers, announced in the budget could spell disaster for taxpayers. Tax expert and founder of DSR Tax Claims, a Nottingham-based firm of tax preparation specialists, David Redfern commented today on HMRC’s new powers to take additional tax revenue immediately from PAYE taxpayers where they have calculated that there has been an underpayment of tax by changing their tax code, rather than waiting until the end of the tax year to collect any underpayments. He stated that “Although it is important that HMRC are able to collect the tax revenue that they are owed, these new powers have the capacity to throw the finances of hard working taxpayers into chaos.” Prior to this change coming into force, HMRC are required to wait until the end of a tax year to recoup any shortfall in tax revenue from any individual taxpayer and are also required to write to inform the taxpayer that their tax code will change due to this underpayment. Due to begin in April 2019, these new powers give HMRC the right to deduct extra tax immediately from taxpayers’ salaries if they believe there is an underpayment of tax. Redfern stated that this could lead to taxpayers not knowing how much to expect in their salary each month. He added that “These new powers will cause major problems for taxpayers who won’t be able to plan and budget ahead because they will be at the mercy of HMRC.” He also noted that it was unlikely that overpayments in tax will be refunded as efficiently. Redfern stated that these powers will impact most on those hardworking families who are already struggling with rising prices and stagnant wages. He added that “Yet again it seems as though the government wants to make life more difficult still for those hardworking taxpayers who are already finding it hard to make ends meet… those who are more financially comfortable will be better placed withstand the unpredictability that this move will bring.” He stated that he hoped that “Good sense will prevail at HMRC and that the move will be delayed until its full consequences to the taxpayer have been assessed.”

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Hudson Contract reveals this year’s winners and losers across 10 regions and 17 trades East of England sees biggest increase in earnings for self-employed builders Plumbers come out on top when it comes to year-on-year pay uplift

HUDSON CONTRACT has revealed that selfemployed builders in England and Wales have seen a year-on-year increase* in average weekly earnings of 3.8% - with the biggest uplift experienced by those working in the East of England (3.8%). The full national picture can be found in the Construction Pay Trends Index, which harnesses payroll data from more than 2,200 construction firms: www.hudsoncontract. The interactive tool reveals weekly pay differences by region, age and trade sectors, providing builders, construction companies, building apprentices and other industry analysts with an insight into pay levels across the country. It also reveals the impact of weather, location and economic factors on earning potential. Across the construction trades, plumbers experienced the highest increase in earnings (9.4%) followed by those working in demolition and wrecking (8.3%), and insulation (8.2%). Electrical

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(-0.1%) and steel and timber frame erection (-4.5%) saw the biggest decreases in pay, year-on-year. The biggest drop in average weekly pay was experienced in Wales which saw a 4.1% decrease in earnings, followed by a 0.3% decrease in London. Earnings for those in the West Midlands and South West remained the same year-on-year according to the figures. The top 10 regions in terms of earning fluctuations were highlighted as: • East of England (+3.8%) • East Midlands (+3.3%) • Yorkshire and the Humber (+2.1%)

North West (+1.3%) South East (+1.0%) North East (+0.4%) South West (no change) West Midlands (no change) • London (-0.3%) • Wales (-4.1%) Ian Anfield, Managing Director at Hudson Contract, said: “It’s been a year of uncertainty in the construction industry with the surprise General Election and the implications of Brexit remaining unclear. Weather has also put a dampener on things on a few occasions, with storm Doris back in February and heavy rainfall throughout the summer months. “However, it is encouraging to see that on a national level, subcontractors have experienced an uplift of 3.8% in earnings despite these factors – highlighting confidence in the sector and a positive picture overall. “Our Construction Pay Trends Index continues to provide insights into pay levels across the sector. Not only is it a resource for those working in the industry, but those looking to begin a career in the sector too.” To access Hudson Contract’s Construction Pay Trends index, please visit: www.hudsoncontract.

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Mr M Burgess (c/o Agent: Andrew Granger & Co, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Erection of 160-cow cubicle shed, milking parlour and 2 silage clamps (revised scheme) – at Lodge Farm, Mowsley Road, Theddingworth, Leics. R Brokop & Son (c/o Agent: Isherwood McCann, Rose Park, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leics. LE8 4DP) – Outline application for demolition of former agricultural buildings and outbuildings and erection of up to 8 dwellings including a new access – at Old House Farm, Main Street, Gilmorton, Leics. LE17 5LS.

NW Leics. Mr Adrian Goss (c/o Agent: David Meads, 10 Convent Close, Atherstone, Warks. CV9 1PW) – Single storey extension to existing hotel, detached bedroom block and additional parking provision – at The Appleby Inn Hotel, 11 Atherstone Road, Appleby Magna, Swadlincote, Derby DE12 7AP. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Miss Marie Stacey, Pegasus Group, 4 The Courtyard, Church Street, Lockington, Derby DE74 2SL) – Residential development for up to 30 dwellings – at land to the east of Forest Road, Coalville, Leics. Mr Joe Grant (c/o Agent: Jonathan Sebbage, Peter Brett Associates LLP, Caversham Bridge House, Waterman Place, Reading RG1 8DN) – Emergency standby electricity generation facility comprising natural gas generators unit, transformers, associated boundary treatments and associated works – at land to the south of Willesley Substation, Willesley Lane, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. Mr & Mrs Ryan (c/o Agent: Philip Tuckwell, TUK Surveyors Ltd, 86 Ashby Road, Melbourne, Derby DE73 8ES) – Conversion of church hall into one dwelling and erection of one detached two-storey dwelling – at Donisthorpe Church Hall, Church Street, Donisthorpe, Swadlincote, Derby DE12 7PY.


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Getting paid with no written contract Problem:

I am a freelance project manager. Back in February / March 2017, I was asked to project manage a small housing development (5 units) for a builder. Having thought about it, I said I would and subsequently approached the director about a contract of engagement, and although he said he would get something to me, I began working on the project without a written agreement. I constantly chased the director about the contract, only to be told each time that the matter would be resolved and the fees approved, but by late May this had not happened, so I resigned. I have since been chasing up the invoice which is overdue for the service I provided. The company have stated they will pay me, but have tried several times to bargain me down on the cost of the service. My question is....can I take this to court without a signed contract?

Response: The simple answer to your question is yes! However, the problem you face is one of evidence. A written contract is evidence of what the parties to an agreement have agreed, so if there is a dispute over say time or payment, the terms of the contract will provide the evidence as to what the parties agreed, or at least the basics of what was agreed. Where there is no written contract and the parties fall out over payment and the matter goes to court, a court will listen to the oral evidence from each party and will then decide which party it believes is more truthful than the other. It is therefore always advisable for any party prior to entering into an agreement, to ensure that the agreement is in writing, no matter how small the project may be. © Michael P. Gerard January 2018 The advice provided is intended to be of a general guide only and should not be viewed as providing a definitive legal analysis.

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Author background Michael is a Solicitor, Chartered Builder, Registered Construction Adjudicator & Accredited Expert in quantum and planning matters. He is Managing Director of Michael Gerard & Co., and a Partner with Cato Solicitors.

Apprentice Beck has his dad as a scaffolding mentor A HEAD for heights and a mentor who knew him well was all Beck Hunt (19) from Clifton, Nottingham needed when he started work as an apprentice scaffolder for BillSaveUK this summer, under the watchful eye of his dad. Keen to carve out his career in the construction industry, Beck joined the scaffolding arm of the national energy saving installation business, when his dad John Hunt (43) also from Clifton, and with 25 years’ experience in the scaffolding industry, told him about the apprenticeship scheme they were running. Beck applied for the position and after being accepted on to the scheme, he started work in July and is now well on the way to achieving his Part 2 scaffolding qualification. Currently based at a new homes development in Leicestershire, Beck is being given the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the scaffolding business. Topics such as site safety, manual handling, working at heights, and the erection and dismantling of different scaffolding materials will all form part of Beck’s training. Beck said: “I went to college and studied bricklaying and construction but it can be hard to know how to start your career and where to find a good reliable job. I know my dad enjoys scaffolding and has worked with the BillSaveUK team for the last five years. He told me they were growing and wanted to train new apprentices, so it seemed like the right opportunity.” John Hunt added: “We get on well (we both support the same football team), and like any dad, I want to do what’s best for my son. Beck was interested in construction and while he’d been to college, it can be tough to work out where to start in the industry. I’m just pleased to have him working on the team – I can see him build up his experience, become qualified and hopefully go on to achieve whatever he decides he wants.” BillSaveUK’s scaffolding division works on new build sites mainly across the East and West Midlands. For each project, BillSaveUK commits a dedicated team to design, erect and dismantle the scaffolding – which is somethng will help Beck to build up his confidence, as he gets to know the colleagues assigned to his site. Operations manager, Derek Marsden, added: “Beck is the first apprentice we’ve taken on, though we do currently have an open slot available. The nationally-accredited programme is based around apprentices working alongside experienced staff to learn about what a job entails. John has worked with us for a number of years and is one of the most knowledgable members of our team. It’s a pleasure to have his son in the business and we hope he’ll build his future career with us.” Scaffolders working for BillSaveUK are CISRS card holders and the team is well-known in the industry for its high standards of health, safety and quality of work. For further information and to enquire about apprenticeship vacancies, visit

Redevelopment site for 9 dwellings with canal frontage

HOWKINS & HARRISON are offering for sale a redevelopment site with canal frontage at Moira, Leicestershire DE12 6AA. Planning permission (ref: 16/00811/ OUT) has been granted for demolition of the existing buildings and erection of 9 new dwellings. The Guide Price is £600,000. For more information, contact Howkins & Harrison on 01530 877977 or email: michael.fallowell@

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Leicestershire County Council – Erection of 4 industrial units and associated parking – at land at Vulcan Way, Coalville, Leics.


Sir Peter Soulsby takes a tour of Wolsey Island development in Leicester

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Mr Tony Kirk (c/o Agent: David Walton, The Environment Partnership, Genesis Centre, Garratt Field, Warrington WA3 7BH) – Fleet depot comprising welfare unit, storage cabin and associated vehicle parking – at land off Sharnford Road/north of Chez Nous, Sharnford Road, Sapcote, Leics. LE9 4JN.

Mr Dan Stack (c/o: 44 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA) – Demolition of former nursery and erection of 7 dwellings – at 29A Central Avenue, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2LB. Kodiak Land (c/o: Unit 2, Alexandria Way, Congleton Business Park, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1LB) – Outline planning application for up to 43 dwellings – at land south of St Pettrox Nursery, Welford Road, Wigston, Leicester. Veja (c/o Agent: Mr Mistry, Unit D Edward House, Grange Business Park, Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leics. LE8 6EP) – Demolition of existing building and proposed new flatted building and two rows of town houses – at The Flat, Great Wigston Working Men’s Club, 39 Long Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2AJ.

Blaby District Mr Kaderbhai (c/o Agent: Michael Collins Architects, 32 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN) – Demolition of bungalow and construction of 2 four-bed detached dwellings – at 204 Leicester Road, Glen Parva, Leics. LE2 9HH. Mr & Mrs J Beynon (c/o Agent: Malcolm A Goodall, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Subdivision of existing detached dwelling into 2 self-contained dwellings – at 3 Little Meer Close, Thorpe Astley, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 3TG. Ms L Spooner (c/o Agent: Jonathan Weekes, Aitchison Raffety, The Granary, Spring Hill Office Park, Harborough Road, Pitsford, Northamptonshire NN6 9AA) – Construction of 2 dwellings, including demolition of existing dwelling – at 5 Fairefield Crescent, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8EJ.

Mr J Mensley (c/o: Country House Ltd, Coppice House, Coppice Lane, Queniborough, Leics. LE7 3DR) – Residential development for 37 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at land at Nursery Rise, Glenfield, Leics.

Left to Right, Matthew HOUSEBUILDER Westleigh Moore, Property Director for Homes has invited the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, Westleigh, Sir Peter Soulsby, and Ian Jones, Managing to take an exclusive tour of its Director of Westleigh eagerly-awaited Wolsey Island development. The visit saw the mayor taking a guided tour of the Marketing Suite and the stunning two-bedroom Mitchell showhome at Wolsey Island, which have been giving prospective purchasers an insight into the lifestyle opportunities they could be enjoying at this exciting new development. Situated on the site of the former Wolsey factory buildings between the east bank of the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal, the development has given a new lease of life to an area that has been central to the city’s cultural heritage for more than 100 years. Among the members of Westleigh’s senior management team present on the day were Managing Director Ian Jones and Property Director Matt Moore, who personally showed Sir Peter around the development. Ian said: “We were delighted to welcome Sir Peter to take a tour of our highly-anticipated Wolsey Island development. “Once complete, the development will provide almost 200 new homes to property-seekers in a wide range of circumstances, and we are thrilled to be breathing new life into a part of Leicester with such a rich and significant industrial history. “On behalf of Westleigh, I would like to say a big thank you to Sir Peter for all his support.” Sir Peter said: “Westleigh Homes is making tremendous progress and this new housing development is really starting to take shape. “Leicester boasts some beautiful riverside settings but until recently, new investment in these areas has been slow to come forward. “These new homes will serve as a catalyst for more new development in these areas and help bring more of the city’s waterside back into use as new places to live and work. “We are excited to be supporting this development with a new Sock Island bridge which will provide a safe and attractive new riverside route for pedestrians and cyclists.” Once complete, Wolsey Island will deliver 188 new homes for househunters in Leicester, with 67 of the properties allocated for private sale.

Brownfield development site in Moira FISHER GERMAN are offering for sale a consented brownfield residential development site in Moira with outline planning permission for 6 dwellings. The 0.72 acre site - at Newfield Farm, Moira - is broadly rectangular in shape with the addition of an access track to the west from Ashby Road. A copy of the Section 106 Agreement is available in the sale pack. Offers in the region of £525,000 are invited. For more information, contact Amy Bowden at Fisher German on 01530 566580 or email:

Mr Andrew Wroe (c/o Agent: Ben Hall, Isherwood McCann, Rose Park, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4DP) – Erection of a single storey extension to form enlarged gymnasium and changing facilities – at Leicestershire Police Force HQ, St Johns, Enderby, Leicester LE19 2BX. Mr Stuart Chalmers (c/o Agent: Mike Spencer, 11 Broomhills Road, Narborough, Leics. LE19 3YJ) – Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of 3 detached dwellings – at land to the rear of 57 Leicester Road, Glen Parva, Leicester LE2 9HJ. Mr & Mrs Aldred (c/o Agent: Malcom A Goodall, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Construction of 2 detached dwellings – at 146 Dominion Road, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8JA. Ms King (c/o Agent: Tim Bale, JED Design Ltd, 23 Harborough Road, Desborough NN14 2QX) – Extensions and alterations to dwellinghouse to form 2 separate dwellings – at 32 The Glade, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2WB.

Charnwood Borough Mr Adam Miles (c/o Agent: BHC) – Change of use and alterations to part of public house to create one apartment and 2 dwellings – at 77 Main Street, South Croxton, Leics. LE7 3RL. Mr Moaz Al-Sibaai (c/o Agent: Kunstler Designs Architect) – Conversion and erection of single storey extension to rear and two storey extension to side of dwelling to form 2 self-contained flats – at 36 Alston Drive, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 5UH.

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Mountview Care Home Officially Opened by Mayor of Charnwood Costco Wholesale UK Ltd (c/o Agent: RPS Planning & Development) – Proposed erection of petrol station, reconfiguration of car park, landscaping & associated works – at Unit 3, Westmoreland Avenue, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8PH. Mr Dean Andrews (c/o Agent: Landyke Ltd) – Change of use to equine dental surgery plus erection of stable/surgery building and worker’s dwelling – at land off Narrow Lane, Wymeswold, Leics. LE12 6XE. Mr D F Chowdhury – Conversion of 4 flats into 6 self-contained flats, including loft conversion – at 42 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 1BU. Jelson Homes – Erection of 180 dwellings – at Tickow Lane, Shepshed, Leics. LE12 9LY. Mr & Mrs R Gillespie (c/o Agent: AGB Design Consultants Ltd) – Change of use of annexe to form 2 self-contained flats – at 172 Park Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2HJ.

MOUNTVIEW care home on Loughborough Road in Rothley has opened its doors for the first time. The home, which will be operated by Ideal Carehomes, welcomed the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, to cut the ribbon and declare the home as officially open. From left, Paul Farmer (Managing Director of Ideal Construction began on the Carehomes, Mr Trevor Ranson (Mayor’s Consort), three storey residential and The Mayor of Charnwood Councillor Pauline dementia care home by LNT Ranson, Sue Shaw (Home Manager for Mountview) Care Developments at the cut the ribbon to officially open Mountview care beginning of the year and home in Rothley locals have watched the home emerge throughout this time. Mountview has also brought a raft of employment opportunities to the area, currently employing 20 staff, rising to nearly 50 once the home is fully staffed. Guests were treated to tours of the home, which includes 66 bedrooms with en-suite wet rooms, a coffee shop, garden room, library, cinema, hair and beauty salon, landscaped gardens and English tea room complete with balcony areas. The Mayor of Charnwood chatted to staff around the home before cutting the ribbon and unveiling an open day plaque. The Mayor said, “Mountview is a very impressive building – it is like a five star hotel and will not only provide a comfortable home, but also a vibrant lifestyle for future residents. We are very pleased to welcome Ideal Carehomes to Rothley and it was a pleasure to meet the staff and look around the home. I am looking forward to visiting again once the first residents have settled in.”

Mr J Cooke (c/o Agent: AD Drawing Services) – Erection of 2 industrial units – at Unit 30b Gelders Hall Road, Shepshed, Leics. LE12 9NH. Mr Peter Watson (c/o Agent: Peter B Watson Ltd) – Erection of 2 Wdwellings - at rear of The Elms, 112 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, Leics. LE12 8RZ. Jelson Homes – Erection of 4 dwellings – at land opposite 1517 Dent Drive, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8NY. Mr D Page & Mr G Easingwood (c/o Agent: Ombler Iwanowski Architects) – Erection of 2 semidetached dwellings – at land adjacent to 53 Seagrave Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7TN & Greedon Rise, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7TP. Mr Matthew Harvey (c/o Agent: A+G Architects Ltd) – Convert sports area into multi-use games area including floodlighting, perimeter fencing, wc block and 7 car parking spaces – at Hall Orchard Church of England Primary School, Church Street, Barrow upon Soar, Leics. LE12 8HP.

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Bellway submit plans for new development in Donisthorpe PLANS FOR a development of new homes which could generate investment worth over £350,000 into the village of Donisthorpe have been submitted by Bellway.

The housebuilder plans to build 36 new homes on a 1.59ha site off Acresford Road to the south west of the village. Outline planning permission for development of the site was granted by North West Leicestershire District Council in February 2015, and the council is now considering the detailed application which has been submitted by Bellway. The new homes would include a range of three, four and fivebedroom houses, and the site would also include green open space. If plans are approved, Bellway could make a number of contributions as part of the planning agreement for the site. Over £220,000 could be invested in education in the area, while a further £120,000 would be put towards off-site affordable homes. Contributions could also be made towards the improvement Sales Director for Bellway’s East of bus stops and libraries and the provision of bus passes and travel packs. Midlands division, Ben Smith Sales Director for Bellway’s East Midlands division, Ben Smith, said the housebuilder had used the knowledge it had gained from its previous developments in the region to shape its plans for Donisthorpe. He said: “We’re proud of our plans for this new development and are looking forward to working together with the council and members of the public to create a development which will be of great benefit to the local area. “North West Leicestershire and the surrounding areas have been a large part of our division’s operations over the last few years. We’ve previously built in Ibstock, Ashby de la Zouch and Lount, and we’re currently building in Thringstone as well, so we’ve leant on our experiences at these sites to help plan what we hope will become a successful development here. “It is widely known that there is a huge demand for new homes, and we feel like this is a good opportunity to deliver some much-needed family homes for this area. We’ve incorporated a good mix of homes here, which will appeal to different buyers looking for different properties. “We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on our plans, and hope we can create a development which will provide local people with a home in the area.” North West Leicestershire District Council are considering Bellway’s plans and a decision is expected shortly. For more information about Bellway’s work in the region, go to

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Mark & Liam Schofield (c/o Agent: Brian Dearlove Partnership) – Erection of 3 dwellings – at Westfields, 192 Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3AG. Mr Breejesh Patel (c/o Agent: Mrs A Barbosa) – Proposed single storey extensions to front, side and rear of former library building for use as day nursery – at Thurmaston Library, Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8DE. Swithland Homes Limited (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd) – Site for the erection of up to 23 dwellings – at land at 195 Seagrave Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7NH. Mark & Liam Schofield (c/o Agent: Brian Dearlove Partnership) – Erection of two managed student accommodation buildings comprising one six-bed unit, 4 three-bed units and 2 two-bed units – at Westfields, 192 Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3AG.

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New free guide to becoming a plumber Grange Park Trustees (c/o Agent: Corporate Architecture) – Proposals for new community hall and associated parking, landscaping and community garden as part of the Grange Park Local Centre – at land at Knox Road, Loughborough, Leics. Mr Mark Horsnall (c/o Agent: HSSP Architects Ltd) – Proposed construction of 6 flats following demolition of existing building – at 23 Fowke Street, Rothley, Leics. LE7 7PJ. Miss Eloise George – Erection of 200 dwellings (Reserved matters – outline application P/12/2641/2 refers) – at Ling Road, Loughborough, Leics.

Rugby Borough Mr Edwards (c/o Agent: Chapman Design, Lelleford House, Coventry Road, Long Lawford, Rugby, Warks. CV23 9DT) – Erection of 2 detached dwellings – at The Warehouse, Hunter Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 3LT. Ms C Smith (c/o Agent: Robert O’Callaghan Architects, Ivy House, Church Street, Churchover, Rugby, Warks. CV23 0EW) – Alteration to existing dwelling, demolition of garage for formation of new access, and erection of 2 new dwellings on land to rear – at 44 Lutterworth Road, Pailton, Warks. CV23 0QE. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Framptons Planning, Oriel House, 42 North Bar, Banbury, OX16 0TH) – Outline application for up to 186,500 sqm of buildings for warehousing and distribution, with ancillary office use, land for a Fire Station. Demolition of Station Farmhouse and outbuildings. – at DB Symmetry – Employment land north of Coventry Road, Thurlaston, Warks.

LOGIC4TRAINING has launched the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Careers, a free guide to becoming a plumber, providing useful advice for school and college leavers, career changers or employers looking to up-skill existing staff. Available to download from Logic4training’s website, the guide sets out clearly everything you need to know: what training to take, how to gain your qualifications and what to do if you want to specialise in a particular area; whatever age or stage in your career. The guide also offers useful advice to employers, providing ideas for career development to help keep their staff motivated and businesses progressing. Covering both the domestic and commercial world, The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Plumber looks at the different routes you might take in order to qualify. From apprenticeships to part-time college courses for older applicants and options for those with more experience. The guide starts out with a summary of the varied work a plumber tackles day-to-day. It’s not just installing taps and bathrooms; there are heating and drainage systems to plan and install, appliances to repair and water routing and sanitation systems to sort out. Following on from what to expect, the guide goes on to discuss: • The skills you’ll need • The risks involved • Where to start • The qualifications you’ll need and how to get them • Apprenticeships • Career progression Mark Krull, director of Logic4training, said: “We’re delighted to launch this new guide, which will hopefully go some way to encouraging youngsters and experienced workers alike to explore career opportunities in this rewarding sector. “The Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Careers joins our suite of guides, including advice on becoming an electrician and gas installer, plus general business guides for SMEs looking to expand and develop. Logic4training is committed to going beyond the classroom when it comes to helping our customers and the industry at large succeed.” To download the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Careers for free, please go to:

RBS to close 259 branches RBS has revealed it is to close 259 branches and axe 680 jobs in a move it says will cut costs and encourages customers to use online and mobile services. The move means 62 Royal Bank of Scotland and 197 NatWest branches will close The bank said: “We realise this is difficult news for our colleagues and we are doing everything we can to support those affected.” “As customers continue to change the way they bank with us, we must change the way we serve them,” said an RBS spokesperson. “So we are investing in our more popular branches and shaping our network, replacing traditional bricks-and-mortar branches with alternative ways to bank including community bankers, mobile bank on wheels, and Post Offices, so that we can reach even more customers.”

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PLANS FOR 122 apartments off Raynesway on Derby’s southside, have been approved. The scheme, called Entrada Derby, will be developed by Blom International – a developer from the Netherlands, and was designed in partnership with Justin Smith Architects. The units will be constructed entirely from concrete off-site which makes them incredibly wellinsulated, soundproof and spacious, as all the pipes and electric are built into the walls. The components are then assembled on-site.

Council to buy its York House base LEICESTER City Council has announced plans to purchase the Granby Street property that is currently home to its customer service centre. The five-storey York House building, at 91 Granby Street, has been home to the customer service centre since the council vacated its New Walk Centre headquarters in 2014. It is also the base for the city’s area traffic control centre, and provides office space for other council teams. The building is leased by the council on a 10-year term to 2023, with a current annual rent of £220,000. Now the council plans to buy York House outright for the sum of £5.6milllion. This will secure the future for the building as a council base, result in significant long-term savings for the council and pave the way for further investment in improving the services based at York House in coming years. As a result of moving the customer service centre into the building, the council has invested around £2milllion in the property over the last three years. City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “We have already made significant investment in York House and the relocation of our customer service centre has been very well received. “It is important that we continue to invest in improving the services based there, including our area traffic control centre. “Buying the building will give us the confidence to do that and help save us significant annual rental costs. “This is an important building for the council, and for this part of the city centre. By demonstrating our long-term commitment to the area in this way, we can also help attract further investment into the many important and attractive buildings that Granby Street boasts.” The planned purchase will be paid for through the council’s £30milllion investment opportunity fund, which was established in February 2017.

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Property consultant remains positive for post-Brexit UK construction sector

Hackitt Review to reform Building Regs backed by FMB THE INITIAL findings of the Hackitt Review offer a positive step forward to address a multitude of failings within the construction industry and among its regulators, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “We welcome the interim findings of the Hackitt Review which make clear that there is much for the construction industry and its regulators to address post-Grenfell. The FMB submitted a detailed response to the Review and many of our points have been reflected in its initial findings. In particular, we welcome the acknowledgement that although some safety-critical tradespeople, for example gas engineers, must be registered for different types of work, others do not have such requirements. We are also pleased that the Review has recognised that current Building Regulations and guidance are too complex and unclear. We look forward to working with the Government and our industry colleagues to address the areas of failure so such an incident is never allowed to happen again.” Berry concluded: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dame Judith Hackitt and the wider review team for the swiftness with which this probing and insightful interim report has been delivered. It’s too often the case that such consultations and inquiries drag on when swift action is required. Here the Hackitt Review has managed to get the balance right by consulting with a broad range of people and organisations but then taking speedy action to reflect and report back.

ONE OF THE UK’s leading construction and property consultancies, Thomas & Adamson, believes despite the negative outlook among many for the construction sector in 2018, plenty of opportunities remain in a post-Brexit UK. “The outcome of Brexit for the construction industry will ultimately depend on the terms of any Brexit deal and the industry’s ability to adapt to its new situation and capitalise upon that,” said Chris Narrowmore, Partner at Thomas & Adamson. He added: “We expected a downtown on the back of Brexit, but it hasn’t kicked in fully across the UK yet. There are still real opportunities out there. The main concern is how UK-based major funds will be looking to place investment. This could initially mean more outward investment rather than into the UK. That said, we have seen a fair amount of foreign investment in 2017 - especially into the UK student accommodation market.” While forecasters at trade body ConstructionProducts Association believe the sector will expand just 0.7 per cent in 2018, the slowest rate in six years, it remains positive about the overall construction output growth for 2017, which they expect to be 0.3 per cent higher than previously thought, at 1.6 per cent, beating the CPA’s previous estimate of 1.3 per cent. Senior Partner at Thomas & Adamson, Alastair Wallace, said: “Although uncertainty has the potential to derail the industry in the short term, the construction sector has a unique opportunity in a post-Brexit world to market itself.” He added, “It must clearly define what a prosperous post-Brexit construction sector looks like. We cannot wait on politicians to determine the sector’s success. The construction sector’s players need to take the market by the horns and push ahead. Economists are talking about a decline in construction, but this really is more attributed to big infrastructure projects. There are still a lot of opportunities outside of government-funded projects and that’s what we as a company are focusing on.” Mr Wallace points to Thomas & Adamson’s internal growth as a positive sign for the industry in 2018. “We continue to invest in the development of our staff and focus on our existing clients, with 93 per cent of our business coming from repeat clients and referrals. We saw an increase in the number of new hires in 2017 compared to the previous year and our London team in particular hasgrown substantially.” Thomas & Adamson has a strong pipeline going into 2018, building on some current key projects, including: Jaguar Land Rover, Cityheart, Greenwich Millennium Village, Tesco, Pears Property, Muse Developments and British Land. “We continue to focus on our key sectors: commercial, retail, hospitality and residential as they are the strongest sectors in the UK right now. In hospitality for example, there are still occupancy issues in Edinburgh and London for hotels so the demand is there, but unfortunately access to capital isn’t presently as easily accessible,” said Wallace. Wallace adds, “Life science and the high-tech sectors are also very strong for us and will remain so going forward into 2018 and beyond. We have a number of projects ongoing in thesesectors with clients incuding, MeiraGTx, Vascutek and Leonardo MW ltd - thelargest inward investor in the UK defence sector.”

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Steve Tayton (c/o Agent: HB Architects, The Old Telephone Exchange, Albert Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 2SA) – Outline application for the erection of 16 residential dwelling houses comprising 11 market housing units and 5 local needs dwellings (Resubmission) – at land adjacent to Brookside Cottage, Hinckley Road, Ansty, Warks. Mr George Steriopulos (c/o Agent: Godfrey-Payton, 25 High Street, Warwick CV34 4BB) – Prior notification of intention to convert 2 agricultural buildings to dwelling houses – at East & West Barn, Grandborough Fields Farm, Flecknoe Station Road, Grandborough, Rugby, Warks. CV23 8BA. Miss G McCrae (c/o: Ashurst, Southgate Park, Orton Southgate, Bakewell Road, Peterborough PE2 6YS) – Erection of 214 dwellings and associated infrastructure: Approval of reserved matters related to R11/0114 (Outline application for residential development up to 600 dwellings, new accesses to Coventry Road and Trussell Way, open space, associated infrastructure and ancillary works.) Amended scheme for part of Linden Homes site following approval of R16/1780 – at Southern part of Cawston Extension Site, Coventry Road, Cawston, Rugby, Warks. Dr Coria (c/o Agent: Chapman Design LLP, Lelleford House, Coventry Road, Long Lawford, Rugby, Warks. CV23 9DT) – Proposed 2 new build dwellings – at 2 The Bank, Pailton Road, Harborough Magna, Warks. CV23 0HQ.

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Nuneaton & Bedworth T Gilbert (c/o Agent: Mrs Katherine Ventham, Barton Willmore, 9th Floor, Bank House, 8 Cherry Street, Birmingham B2 5AL) – Erection of 276 residential dwellings, including vehicular access, drainage, public open space, landscaping and associated works – at Site 36c002, Hill Farm & Land to Rear, Plough Hill Road, Nuneaton, Warks. Mr Alan Thompson (c/o Agent: Paul Lyon, Eliot Park Innovation, 4 Barling Way, Nuneaton, Warks. CV10 7RH) – Extension to existing industrial building – at Lanemark House, Whitacre Road, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 6BW. Dawn Dawson (c/o Agent: Lynn Joy, Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 5AA) – Erection of a pair of semi-detached dwellings – at 8 Ashington Road, Bedworth, Warks. CV12 0LZ.



David Wilson Homes opens the doors to its Marketing Suite at New Lubbesthorpe FIVE STAR housebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands has opened the doors to its marketing suite at New Lubbesthorpe, which is part of the 4,250 new homes scheme in West Leicestershire. Located on Beggars Lane, the developer will provide a wide range of expertly designed three, four and fivebedroom homes nestled between open farmland, Leicester Forest East and Enderby. The major regeneration scheme will give homebuyers the chance to become a part of an already flourishing community, with a host of facilities being built onsite. The marketing suite officially opened its doors recently and was a chance for potential customers to sit down with the expert sales team and have all of their queries answered. Now that it is open five days a week, keen homebuyers are invited to go and see the development for themselves and speak to the onsite Sales Advisers. Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “We are very excited to announce that our marketing suite has now opened at New Lubbesthorpe. “These homes will provide a range of homebuyers with as prime opportunity to become a part of a major scheme in the local area, where a host of community facilities will be provided. “As we are already receiving a high level of interest for the site, I would advise keen homebuyers to visit the onsite Sales Advisers and find out more about what the development has to offer.” New Lubbesthorpe will be set within 75 acres of woodland and 250 acres of open space. Once completed, it will provide two primary schools and a secondary school, along with a mixed-use neighbourhood centre that new and existing residents will benefit from.

Homes on our High Streets could help solve housing crisis, says FMB MORE THAN 90% of MPs think that converting empty spaces above shops could help reverse the current housing shortage, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The survey results, which have been published today alongside a new research report by the FMB entitled ‘Homes on our high streets’, shows that MPs believe converting empty spaces above shops could have a number of positive consequences, including: · 94% of MPs believe it could

reverse the housing shortage in their constituency; · 89% of MPs say it could boost local growth in their area; · 86% of MPs think it could have a positive impact on the vibrancy of their town centres. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: “It is estimated that as many as 300,000 to 400,000 new homes 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. The fact that 90% of MPs of all parties recognise the potential of our

existing buildings to help solve the housing crisis means we need to be more imaginative if we are going to build the 300,000 homes a year that the Chancellor pledged in last month’s Budget.” Berry continued: “Our research highlights the opportunities that exist for creating new homes in a range of different building types. It demonstrates what could be achieved by innovative and ambitious development. The report puts councils at the heart of the solution and suggests some practical ways for them to facilitate the development of wasted space above shops. Local authorities

should include proposals to make use of these empty spaces in their planning documents and also help find ways to overcome the various barriers, such as limited building access, so that we can tap into this much needed source of additional housing supply. Building new homes is important, but a great deal can also be achieved through making better use of our existing buildings.” Berry concluded: “There will always be a place for vibrant high streets within our market towns but if not all of this space can be used for commercial reasons, let’s make use of it for residential and help increase the supply of new homes.”

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Construction industry warns against Brexit ‘cliff edge’ for EU workers THE CONSTRUCTION sector has come together with one voice to warn the Government of the dangers of the industry facing a ‘cliff edge’ regarding access to EU workers. In an unprecedented show of unity, seven of the construction industry’s major trade bodies have set out what they believe to be the sector’s responsibilities and requirements in a post-Brexit labour market. The ‘Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto’ commits the sector to doing much more to recruit and train additional UK workers to reduce its future reliance on migrant labour. However, it makes clear that this will not be able to happen overnight and that, for some time, there will likely remain an ongoing need for significant levels of skilled EU workers. The document sets down the industry’s key messages to the Government on what it will need from a post-Brexit immigration system in order to be able to deliver the Government’s strategic objectives for new housing and infrastructure: • The Government should agree a transition period of at least two years as soon as possible, during which time EU workers arriving in the UK should continue to have a path to settled status • The post-transitional migration system should be based on key occupations that are in short supply, rather than on arbitrary thresholds based on skill levels or income. The Manifesto comes with the support of seven major construction trade bodies: Federation of Master Builders, Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Products Association, Home Builders Federation, and National Federation of Builders Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The construction industry

has been criticised in the past for being too disparate but it has come together here with one voice and set of clear messages. We know we need to step up as an industry and train more home-grown talent but we also have to be realistic about the future. There will continue to be some ongoing need for migrant workers and our post-Brexit migration rules will need to be fit for purpose.” Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, CEO of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, said: “Without the skills that many EU nationals bring to the industry, we could be facing severe setbacks to the UK’s national infrastructure pipeline. ACE’s own surveys show that there is an increase in the number EU staff leaving the UK for jobs on the continent and this will only get worse if we do not bring certainty to EU workers’ residency rights. This Manifesto provides a road map for both Government and industry to ensure that the UK can continue to access world class talent to deliver world class construction.” Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK, said: “Construction, like other major industry sectors, has substantial concerns over the impact of Brexit on its ability to recruit, train and retain talent. It is essential that industry works together to present the need for an effective partnership between Government and industry, enabling us to deliver the UK’s infrastructure, homes and communities.” Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: “The UK’s decision to leave the EU will have a notable impact upon the ability of the infrastructure sector to source the skills needed for current and future projects. But if we are to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to live and work in a post Brexit world, Government must maintain its focus on construction and infrastructure.

To this end industry has joined together to publish a skills manifesto which we believe will enable our sector to continue to drive future economic growth. It is vital that industry and Government work together to ensure the UK’s global competitiveness is not impacted upon by delay in the delivery of world-class construction projects.” Prof. Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said: “Access to the right skills will be absolutely critical for the whole construction supply chain in the next few years if it is to help Government achieve its aims of building more affordable housing and improving the UK’s infrastructure, which will be vital for boosting UK productivity.” John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs at the Home Builders Federation, said: “With the Budget having confirmed a target to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, home builders will need to continue to bring more skilled people into the industry. Companies are building on their existing investment through the successful work of the CITBsupported Home Building Skills Partnership and are committed to doing even more, but to deliver the national social and economic necessity of an improved housing supply we will also continue to need access to foreign workers under a manageable migration system.” Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders, said: “With the country facing a shortage of skilled workers and the most acute housing crisis in living memory, the Government needs to provide certainty to existing EU workers in the UK and enable construction SMEs to attract more home-grown talent into the industry.”

Dawn Dawson (c/o Agent: Lynn Joy, Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 5AA) – Erection of a pair of semi-detached dwellings – at 24 Ashington Road, Bedworth, Warks. CV12 0LZ. Dr Dan Wood (c/o Agent: Chris Nash, 119 Chaytor Drive, Nuneaton, Warks. CV10 9SU) – Demolition of existing garages and erection of 4 dwellings – at Site 61A003, Hare and Hounds Lane, Nuneaton, Warks. Mr Ian Wilson (c/o Agent: Michael O’Connell, Gables House, Kenilworth Road, Leamington Spa, Warks. CV32 6JX) – The construction of residential dwellings, mixed-use district centre and community and/ or health centre uses, a primary school plus land safeguarded for a secondary school , green infrastructure with formal and informal open spaces, children’s play areas, allotments, three new vehicular accesses, car parking, footpaths, cycleways and demolition of existing agricultural buildings – at Top Farm, Higham Lane, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 6BD. Mr S Chaudry (c/o Agent: Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of 9 dwellings – at Site 36a005, Plough Hill Road, Nuneaton, Warks.

Rushcliffe Mr John Breedon (c/o Agent: Ben Holmes, Oxalis Planning Ltd, Unit 7 Wheatcroft Business Park, Landmere Lane, Edwalton, Notts. NG12 4DG) – Outline application for the erection of up to 9 dwellings – at land to north of Cliffhill Lane, Aslockton, Notts.

46 student studio apartments planned for Leicester’s New Walk PLANS have been submitted for 46 new student studio apartments in Leicester’s New Walk. If the authority approves the scheme, applicant Obsidian Strategies will demolish the building at 130 New Walk but keep the front façade. A statement accompanying the plans states: “The development seeks to preserve the character of the site, but at the same time, strives to improve the negative and unattractive spaces of the rear.

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New look for Haymarket Theatre A NEW ENTRANCE will be welcoming visitors to the old Haymarket Theatre when the building reopens to the public next year. Plans for the remodelled lobby area show a new entrance to the left of the theatre steps, with glazed walls allowing light to flood in to the space. Created under the existing overhanging roof, the bigger, brighter entrance will be adjacent to the box office, a ticket sales counter and a cloakroom, which will all be relocated as part of the programme of works to modernise the 1970s theatre. The existing theatre entrance will be blocked – and an external corridor that runs along the front of the building will be enclosed so that it can only be accessed from within the building in future. Work to create the new entrance is part of the proposed £600,000 package of additional works outlined by City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby in September. “When we started work on this project, our intention was simply to refresh the fixtures and fittings in the 1970s theatre, without carrying out a full refurbishment of the building,” he said. “But much has changed since then, with news that Travelodge will be moving into the Haymarket centre and a recognition that the theatre could become a national hub for the growing eSports market. “These wider regeneration opportunities have convinced me that we need to upgrade our plans for the theatre’s refurbishment and provide the high quality facilities that people expect to find in a modern venue.” As well as funding a new entrance, the additional investment will upgrade the specification for internal works, with improved door finishes in the public areas, high quality toilet facilities, better heating provision in the back of house areas, and enhanced decoration. The improvements will be complemented by works to revamp the steps and piazza area outside the theatre – works that are due to be carried out by the owner of the Haymarket centre. A planning application for the alterations to the theatre entrance has been submitted and a decision is expected in the new year. The additional works – funded through the city council’s Economic Action Plan – will extend the timescales for the project, with the venue now due to re-open to the public in March 2018.

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Mr C De Falco (c/o Agent: Jamie Foot, JF Planning Associates, 55 Netherfield Road, Sawley, Long Eaton, NG10 3FW) – Convert existing flats into 15 self-contained one-bed flats – at Nos 11 to 13, Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham Mr Johnstone (c/o Agent: Steve Helmore, More Architecture, 41 Storrs Hall Road, Sheffield S6 5AW) – Demolition of existing garages, erection of 2 three-bed semi-detached houses, a single two-bed bungalow and associated access – at 15 Elms Gardens, Ruddington, Notts. NG11 6DZ. Petrogas Group UK (c/o Agent: Graham Adcock, Adcock Associates, Elta House, Birmingham Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warks. CV37 0AQ) – Demolition of existing fuel filling station, car wash and associated retail uses and redevelopment of a new fuel filling station and car wash, associated retail uses and parking – at Fosseway Service Station, Nottingham Road, Cropwell Bishop, Notts. NG12 2JU.


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Award-winning Leicester firm, rg+p launches new City Centre office Mr Adam Cavell (c/o: 8-11 St James Court, Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BT) – Commercial business park accommodating circa 4,300 sqm gross floor space of B1 and B8 units – at Peter Gribby Ltd, Riverbank, Old Grantham Road, Whatton, Notts. NG13 9FR. Marstons Inns & Taverns and Wildgoose Construction (c/o Agent: Steve Buckley, Peacock & Smith Ltd, Suite 9C, Josephs Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB) – Erection of a 27-bedroom hotel with associated car parking and ancillary development - at The Gamston Lock, Radcliffe Road, Gamston, Notts. NG2 6NP. Mr Alan Bailey (c/o Agent: Mrs Samantha Regan, Longworth Associates, The Coach House, 21 Cotgrave Lane, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 5FX) – Demolish disused slaughterhouse and pie factory – at F Bailey & Son, Station Road, Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 3BQ. Mr Alan Bailey (c/o Agent: Mrs Samantha Regan, Longworth Associates, The Coach House, 21 Cotgrave Lane, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 5FX) – Renovation of Piecrust Cottage and erection of 2 three-bed semidetached houses with ghardens – at F Bailey & Son, Station Road, Upper Broughton, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 3BQ. Mr Simon Jones (c/o Agent: David Tranter, Geoff Perry Associates Ltd, The Shrubbery, 28 Erdington Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 8UH) – Residential development of 171 dwellings plus remediation of wider area – at land south of Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham.

LEADING professionals from the East Midlands thriving property and construction sector were invited by multi-disciplinary architectural practice, rg+p to celebrate the opening of the firm’s new Leicester office. Now located at Waterloo House in the city centre, rg+p has converted the approximately 6,500 sq ft space into an open plan, design-led office with space for up to 100 people. Featuring dedicated meeting rooms with touch screen technology, a central collaboration space for presentations, workshops and seminars, kitchen and breakout zone with games tables, welcoming reception area and individual lockers for personal items, the new office has transformed the way the company operates. Director, James Badley explains the new methodology. “Part of the move was obviously to create more space for our growing business, as we’re now up to 96 members of staff across our two offices. However, the main focus was about re-imagining our working environment to be more inclusive, for both clients and colleagues. Installing interactive technology means we are instantly more connected, clients can engage directly with working drawings for example, or we can work alongside our London team as though faceto-face.” Director, Rob Woolston continues: “Having the whole space as open plan has also meant our sub-teams are now able to work more closely together, and we’ve seen already how expertise can be drawn from across our landscaping, interiors, animation, planning and architectural divisions on just one scheme. It’s made an enormous difference.”

rg+p’s directors, James Badley, Mitch Dale and Rob Woolston in the main reception area of the firm’s new Leicester head office To showcase the new office and its capabilities, rg+p’s directors, James Badley, Mitch Dale and Rob Woolston invited clients and contacts for an evening drinks reception, featuring tours of the premises, technology demonstrations/workshops and a presentation about rg+p’s refreshed approach to working. Representatives from some of the region’s most well-known businesses attended including Aimrok Holdings, Andrew Granger & Co, AVA PR, B&A Construction, BEC, Blueprint Interiors, Design MEP, Elliott Wood Partnership, Galliford Try, Geda Construction, Godwin Developments, Mazars, M-EC Engineers, North West Leicestershire District Council, Potton, Shakespeare Martineau, Spearing Waite and Woodhead Construction. Martyn Tharratt, custom build manager at Potton said: “The space is fantastic and really well thoughtout; it’s easy to see how each of

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rg+p’s in-house disciplines works together to use their collective expertise to deliver such an excellent cross-section of work.” Tim Rose, associate director at M-EC Consulting Development Engineers added: “rg+p has created a really flexible work space for its staff as well as a bright and welcoming environment to visit; we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely together as both our businesses grow.” Director, Mitch Dale concluded: “It was great to be joined by so many guests to celebrate our new premises and share the next phase for rg+p. Looking ahead, we’re working on a significant number of local and national projects, including the prominent regeneration of Leicester’s Waterside and our biggest single project to date; a £360m scheme in Kensington, London with St Edwards Homes. Plus we’re approaching our 40th anniversary so the future’s certainly bright!”

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Research Engineers needed to help shape HS2 LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY is looking to recruit four research engineers to work on an exciting new partnership with High Speed Two Ltd (HS2), the largest construction project in Europe. Successful applicants will play a key part in ensuring HS2 is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways, developing innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of the project. The four-year Engineering Doctorate posts will cover four core strands that align with HS2’s priorities and build on existing areas of strength at the University. These are: • Embedding circular economy principles in infrastructure • Capture and monitoring using HS2 Service Train Imagery • Innovations in construction quality of Trackbed and geotechnical assets • Model-based systems engineering for a BIM-centric virtual railway network The posts will be based at Loughborough’s School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering and HS2’s Birmingham head office. The closing date for all applications is January 5th 2018.

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World-class aerodynamic testing facility for Northamptonshire WORK IS underway to create an innovative worldclass aerodynamic testing facility in a disused Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire. The ground-breaking project, by Brackleybased firm Aero Research Partners (ARP) which has been designed by architects at the Roger Coy Partnership, will lead to the remodelling of the perfectly straight, 2.7kmlong tunnel into a smooth asphalt roadway, with lighting and end closures among other substantial upgrades.

L-R: Ian Bramble (Roger Coy Partnership), Cllr Liz Griffin (Daventry District Council), Cllr Colin Poole (Daventry District Council). Back L-R: Luke Abbott (Roger Coy Partnership), Cllr Chris Millar (Daventry District Council), Gary Underhill (Daventry District Council) outside the Victorian railway tunnel

The Catesby Aero Research Facility will also lead to the creation of a 4.5 acre science park with offices, workshops and a research facility as well as creating new jobs. It will be the only aerodynamic testing facility of its kind available for hire and is expected to attract interest from across the world, ranging from cycling and motorsport teams to major vehicle manufacturers. The project has been able to go ahead after £4.2 million was awarded from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Help to Buy helps Michelle move up the ladder

Mr Adam Murray (c/o Agent: Andrew Granger & Co, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Erection of 3 residential dwellings – at land east of 6 Orston Lane, Whatton, Notts. Mr Neal Gohil (c/o Agent: Brendan McMullan, Hayward McMullan Architects Ltd, 2 Gloucester Crescent, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0AQ) – Conversion of existing business premises to 2 two-bed flats – at 28 Main Street, East Leake, Loughborough, Leics. LE12 6PG. Mr P Buckingham (c/o Agent: Ms Caroline Chave, Chave Planning, Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD) – Extension and conversion of B1 office to create 4 self-contained flats – at 100 Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham.

Corby Technical School’s new extension opens CORBY TECHNICAL School’s new extension, which has doubled the size of the school, was officially opened in a ceremony. The £6.8m project has provided 3,308 square metres of accommodation including 20 new classrooms, a drama studio, lecture theatre, media studies and music department, Sixth Form space and offices. The school, which is oversubscribed, was earmarked for expansion by Northamptonshire County Council, which funded the scheme. The build has enabled the school to double its Year 7 intake to 150 and there has also been an expansion of the car park and alteration of existing classrooms. Construction work was managed by Wates Construction, in conjunction with teams of professionals from GSS Architecture, Pick Everard and Scape Procure.

THE GOVERNMENT-backed Help to Buy scheme has helped a family skip a step on the property ladder and make the move to a new home in Ashby De La Zouch. Michelle Carswell, along with children Nicole and Dylan, has moved to a fourbedroom Belmont house at Ashtree Gardens, where Bellway is building a range of two to five-bedroom homes on land off Burton Road. The Help to Buy scheme was introduced in 2013 and has since been used to purchase over 130,000 new homes in the UK. The scheme enables home-hunters to purchase a new build home with a five per Michelle Carswell, daughter Nicole and son Dylan have cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage. The remaining 20 per cent is provided in the made the move to Ashtree Gardens by using the Help to form of an equity loan from the government, Buy scheme. which is interest free for the first five years of home ownership. Michelle’s decision to purchase a new build home was influenced by being able to use the scheme, which allowed her to buy a bigger home than she was originally looking for. She said: “I wanted to move to Ashby as it is a nice area, and the schools are very well regarded which is important for me with two young children. “When I first started looking for MORE than 800,000 pounds’ worth of improvements homes in the area I was looking at all are being made to children’s homes across Leicester different types of property, but then as part of a major programme of refurbishment. I found out about the Help to Buy The city council’s five children’s homes and both of its contact centres are scheme and started to focus on new being upgraded as part of a three-year plan to modernise the buildings and builds more. make them more accessible. “Using the scheme has essentially allowed us to skip a step on the A large part of the project has also focused on making the buildings feel ladder, and buy a bigger home than more welcoming for the children who visit them. I would have been able to afford if In many of the buildings, outdated lighting is also being replaced with I had purchased without using Help more domestic fittings. to Buy. With the children being One of the homes, which provides respite care and short breaks for young it has worked out really well disabled children, has had more than £190,000 invested in it to widen because we’ve got that extra space, doorways for better wheelchair access, create a new soft play area and add so hopefully we won’t have to move outdoor play equipment. again for a while. The building has also benefitted from a new extension and a replacement “The loan part of the scheme fits bathroom suite with a whirlpool bath, to help young people with complex well with my plan for the next few needs and autism. years as well. At the moment I’m Another of the city council’s children’s homes has had its reception doing four days a week at work but hope to be moving back to full time area refurbished and a new activity room added. The reception has been hours once the children are older, so decorated to make it more homely-looking and less institutional. with the loan being interest free for A third home has had its garden and kitchen refurbished to support young the first five years it works out really people with learning disabilities. well.” In January 2018, another of the homes will have its office and reception The family completed their move to facilities improved, which will provide extra space to install en suite facilities Ashtree Gardens in August and have and refurbish the young people’s living and bedroom spaces. quickly settled into their new home, A further home will be renovated to meet its new remit to support older with the kitchen being a particular teenagers to become more independent. Improvements will include favourite for Michelle. refurbishing outdated glazing, central heating, kitchen and dining facilities, She said: “When we went to speak and providing en suite facilities to modernised bedrooms. to Bellway about the homes here I At St Andrew’s Contact Centre, an old garage has been demolished and was really impressed by the layout replaced with a new family contact room, with improved spaces for older of the house. With it being set over and disabled children and young people. three floors it means that the kids have their own space on the top An outdated and inefficient heating system is being replaced at the contact floor, which is nice for them. centre in Aylestone. “We also have a great kitchen area Work began in 2015 and will complete in 2018. which has a nice breakfast bar, and it Money for the programme came from the council’s capital budget, which is somewhere we spend a lot of time provides funds for big infrastructure and improvement projects. as a family. We love it here.”

More than £800,000 invested in children’s homes in Leicester

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Major flats plan for Leicester’s Wharf Street South

PLATINUM HOMES has submitted a planning application to Leicester City Council for construction of eight and 11-storey flats block in Leicester’s Wharf Street South. The scheme would see a total of 72 one and two-bedroom flats constructed together with four retail units, communal facilities and 15 car parking spaces.

£15m plans by Severn Trent could save £3m a year on energy SEVERN TRENT’S £15m investment in three biomethane plants could save £3m per year in energy once complete. The plants will turn the gas produced in the digestion of sewage sludge, energy crops from contaminated land and food waste into energy that can be injected into the grid. The green gas generated at all three sites would be enough to heat more than 8,000 homes for a year.

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East Midlands entrepreneurs acquire Victorian pumping station

A GROUP of East Midlands entrepreneurs have bought the Lakeside in Nottingham, with a vision to creating a five star luxury venue on the site. The Lakeside, which is currently undergoing a multimillion-pound refurbishment project, has been bought by the group led by hospitality and leisure consultant David Waycot, who runs Waycot Consultancy in Oakham, Rutland. Phase one includes an 80-seater restaurant and champagne and cocktail bar, along with alfresco lakeside dining. In addition, the Tower Banqueting Suite will seat up to 80 guests and will be licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings.

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Residential development site in Mansfield for 24 dwellings FISHER GERMAN Commercial are asking £325,000 for a residential development site at Yorke Street/Blake Street in Mansfield NG19 9NH. The 2.05 acre site has outline planning consent (ref: 2013/0608/ NT) for 24 dwellings. For more information, contact Kevin Benson at Fisher German Commercial on 01623 703361 or 07748 634848 or email: kevin.


J Tomlinson appointed on £7.25 million M&E student accommodation contract J TOMLINSON has won a £7.25 million contract to provide mechanical and electrical engineering services for a new 922-bed student accommodation scheme. The company has been appointed by main contractor Galliford Try to undertake the M&E work on the £52.5 million development in Paradise Street, Coventry. The new halls will be built across three blocks of three, 12 and 14 storeys on the site of a former garage close to the city centre, with an additional two low-rise house blocks. Further landscaping will also be created including a recreational area for the students, as well as office and maintenance facilities for the proposed management company AXO Student Living. J Tomlinson has been secured to design, supply, install and commission the mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for the project by Galliford Try’s Building East Midlands business, which has been appointed by The Elite Group to develop the scheme. “J Tomlinson has wide experience of providing both integrated building services or standalone mechanical and electrical and plumbing services for clients, across many sectors, and we are very pleased to have been appointed by Galliford Try on this student accommodation development,” said Tony O’Toole, J Tomlinson’s managing director – mechanical and electrical. “This is a key contract for our M&E team and throughout the bid we used our ‘One Team’ approach for all items, working collaboratively alongside our customers and suppliers. We have a good working relationship with Galliford Try and are delighted to be part of the team bringing this scheme to life.” The project is due to start shortly, with completion expected in August 2019. J Tomlinson’s project manager will be Phil Paddock. Nottingham-based J Tomlinson, which also has an office in Canwell, Sutton Coldfield, operates primarily across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire. The company provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management. For more details, visit

Three new appointments at Focus Consultants FOCUS CONSULTANTS has welcomed three new members of staff to its professional teams. Sana Arif joins the Energy Team as a graduate sustainability consultant and is based in the company’s Nottingham head office. Sana’s interests and qualifications lie within the energy sector, focusing on renewable technologies with specific skills in wind, solar power and hydrogen fuel cell technology. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems and she completed her Masters during an internship with Blueprint. “Focus works with both the University of Nottingham and Blueprint and we are therefore especially pleased to welcome Sana to the team,” said Focus partner, Jason Redfearn. “It’s great to see Sana join Focus Consultants, at a time when our work in the energy and sustainable development sector is expanding. She brings new skills to the team and will add strength and depth as we continue to grow.” Also based at Nottingham is George Jones, who joins the Funding, Research and Economic Development Team. George has joined the company through the University of Nottingham’s Internship Scheme. George has strong client-facing skills and excels in communication and consultation techniques coupled with research and evaluation. He has travelled and studied widely in the UK and South America.

Focus partner Heather Frecklington said: “George is a welcome addition to our team. His skills are an excellent fit with our requirements and we look forward to working together.” The third new team member is Evie Osbon who has joined the Focus London team as a graduate project manager. Evie has a background in the theatre and arts, having graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting Degree. She is the latest addition to Focus’ expanding London team and will be supporting the firm’s project managers on a range of cultural and heritage-focused projects. London partner Eleanor Clarke commented: “We are pleased to welcome Evie to our team. Her knowledge will provide a really useful user-centric insight into our arts-related commissions. She is already proving an excellent asset to the team getting to grips with brief development and programme management.” Focus, which has offices in Nottingham, London, Leicester and Boston in Lincolnshire, specialises in creative approaches to securing funding packages and delivering high quality projects across the UK. Since its creation in 1994, Focus has helped to secure more than £953 million of grant assistance for a range of projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.3 billion of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful companies of its kind. It also offers a range of services to the property and construction industry, including building surveying, quantity surveying, project management, and sustainable development support.

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BSP Consulting celebrates ten years in Leicester

EAST MIDLANDS-based civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting is celebrating a decade in Leicester.

The 4.14 acre site - Off Wolsey Road, Coalville, leics. LE67 3TU - is considered suitable for a variety of uses, subject to planning. It has previously enjoyed planning consent for a supermarket, but that consent has now lapsed. In discussions with NW Leics. District Council, there are likely to be a number of development opportunities for the site, althought it is evident that the local authority would likely resist any plans for food retail similar to that for which consent has lapsed. Conditional or unconditional offers are invited. Any queries should be directed to Kevin Benson or Luke Brafield at Fisher German Commercial on 01777 719148 or 01530 567472.

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RICS annual housing market forecast

UK house price growth set to come to a halt HOUSE PRICE growth in the UK will likely come to a halt over the course of next year as the number of transactions reduces slightly, according to the RICS housing forecast for 2018. However, it should be noted that the national prediction includes price growth in some regions offsetting declines in London and the South East.

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FISHER GERMAN COMMERCIAL are inviting offers for a partially cleared brownfield site with potential for a mixed use development, subject to planning.


It is ten years since the firm opened a Leicester office in De Montfort Street - the third office in the group. Since then, the award-winning company has moved to larger premises, double the size of the original, to cater for increasing demand for its services in the area. “We opened our Leicester office in December 2007 with three staff and sincethen have gradually grown as we established ourselves as a key civil andstructural engineering company in the city,” said Paul Elphick, BSP Consulting director, who manages the Leicester office and has been based at the De Montfort Street branch since it was launched. “During our decade in Leicester we have increased the range of services we offer from this office to include pre-planning support and traffic and transportation engineering, and this has been one of the reasons behind the expansion of the team. “However, as our reputation has grown, so has the number of engineers and technicians we have employed in Leicester and we currently have a team of 15 based in our city office, working across the city, county and beyond.” During the past decade, BSP has provided civil and structural engineering services for a number of key projects in Leicester and Leicestershire, including Makers’ Yard in Leicester’s Creative Quarter, buildings at Brooksby Melton College, refurbishment schemes at Loughborough University, the

The Leicester BSP team headed to Warwick Castle for an away day to mark the tenth anniversary of the office. new Birkett House SEN School in Wigston, and the HQ for Dunelm at Syston. It has also recently supported the development of the Get Busy Living Centre near Melton Mowbray - the rehabilitation centre for those with life-changing sporting injuries, which is being spearheaded by the Matt Hampson Foundation, the charity set up by the former England Under-21 and Leicester Tigers player, Matt Hampson who was paralysed in a rugby accident. In addition, members of staff from the Leicester office have been involved in numerous developments further afield and are currently working on projects as far away as South Wales, where the firm has been appointed to work on the spectacular new multi-millionpound Afan Valley Adventure Resort, which is set over 500 acres of forests and hills and will be the first development of its kind in the UK, and home to a wealth of adrenaline-fuelled indoor and outdoor activities. BSP Consulting managing director said: “On behalf of BSP Consulting, I’d like to congratulate Paul Elphick and his team on the way they have built up the Leicester office of the company to become a wellestablished and highly regarded business in Leicestershire, and to also thank them for their hard work and commitment over the past decade.” BSP Consulting was founded in 1999 in Nottingham, and later opened a Derby office before also expanding into Leicester.

Overall levels of activity across the residential sector have been a little underwhelming throughout 2017, with the latter part of the year in particular proving something of a disappointment. The RICS UK Market Survey has recently shown buyer enquires stalling, sales volumes stagnating and sentiment turning altogether more cautious as a result. The likely theme impacting the behaviour of the housing market over the course of 2018 is again expected to be the overriding issue of supply with stock on estate agents books close to all time lows. As such, there are no signs as yet that 2018 will see a turnaround in supply across the second hand market. Going forward, and looking at sales activity, the market looks unlikely to breach 1.2 million sales in 2018 with political and economic uncertainty proving a hindrance as well as the lack of stock, stretched affordability, tax changes and interest rate rises. That being said, there is potentially some upside for activity stemming from changes in Stamp Duty. Following the November Autumn Statement, relative to other buyers, FTB affordability may improve slightly. However, with higher prices offsetting the tax saving, such a small change will have minimal impact in its goal of lifting home ownership rates. In overall terms then, RICS believe the policy change is unlikely to stimulate activity to any great extent. Tarrant Parsons, RICS Economist, commented: “Following a pretty lacklustre finish to 2017, the indications are that momentum across the housing market will be lacking as 2018 gets underway. With several of the forces currently weighing on activity set to persist over the near term, it’s difficult to envisage a material step-up in impetus during the next twelve months.”

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January Wednesday 31st January 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start -

February Thursday 8th February 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions. Thursday 15th February 2018 AUCTION HOUSE LOVEITTS - at Village Urban Resort, Dolomite Avenue, Canley, Coventry CV4 9GZ - 6.30pm start - tel: 024 7652 7789 - Wednesday 14th February 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email: Wednesday 14th February 2018 - SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 - Thursday 15th February 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www. Thursday 15th February 2018 - AUCTION HOUSE LEICESTERSHIRE - at Readings Property Group, 48 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DH - 6pm start - tel: 0116 222 7575 - www. Thursday 22nd February 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

March Thursday 15th March 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start -


Auction Diary 2018 April


Wednesday 11th April 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

Thursday 5th July 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www.

Thursday 12th April 2018 SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 -

Thursday 12th July 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email:

Tuesday 17th April 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions.

May Thursday 3rd May 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start - Wednesday 9th May 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www. Thursday 24th May 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email: Thursday 31st May 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

Thursday 26th July 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start Thursday 26th July 2018 SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 -


Thursday 25th October 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start -

November Thursday 1st November 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

Thursday 29th November 2018 - SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 -

Tuesday 4th September 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start -

Thursday 13th September 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

Tuesday 26th June 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start -

Thursday 25th October 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email:


Thursday 7th June 2018 SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 -

Wednesday 28th March 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www.

Thursday 18th October 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www.

Thursday 29th November 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions.


Thursday 14th June 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions.

Tuesday 9th October 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions.

Thursday 16th August 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start - www.sdlauctions.

Thursday 6th September 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www.

Tuesday 27th March 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email:


Tuesday 18th September 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email: Thursday 27th September 2018 - SAVILLS - at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Colwick Road, Nottingham NG2 4BE 2.30pm start - tel: 0115 934 8080 -

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December Tuesday 6th December 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE - 11.30am start - Wednesday 12th December 2018 - SDL AUCTIONS - at Aston Villa FC, Birmingham B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 233 5046 - www. Thursday 13th December 2018 COTTONS - at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE - 11am start - tel: 0121 247 2233 or email: Friday 14th December 2018 SDL AUCTIONS - Derby County Football Club, Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL - 11.30am start

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Health and Safety Executive launches new construction advisory network A NEW advisory network, aimed at giving all areas of the construction industry a voice, was launched yesterday by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Construction Industry Advisory Network (CONIAN) is a newly formed stakeholder network, bringing together a wider representation of organisations and workers across the construction industry. CONIAN has been set up to provide a platform for sharing good practice and behaviour, and to reach and support those that need to improve health and safety performance. The launch event, held at the HSE’s Rose Court office in London on Thursday 7 December, brought together representatives from government departments, trade unions, construction businesses and trade associations. Speakers included Martin Temple, HSE Chair, Gail Cartmail, Unite’s assistant general secretary, and Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Construction at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. A new online community

aimed at sharing knowledge, good practice and responding to risks from changes in the workplace and new technologies was also launched. Speaking after the launch Peter Baker, Director of HSE’s Construction Division and Chief Inspector of Construction, said: “As part of our drive under Help Great Britain Work Well to promote broader ownership of health and safety, this inaugural event focussed on how the construction industry can work together through CONIAN to support, assist and take the lead in delivering objectives shaped around reducing risk. “CONIAN will not only give the diverse areas of construction industry a voice, it will help HSE and industry to identify and share the many examples of sensible practices and innovation, as well as understand the reasons for poor health and safety performance and behaviours within our communities and reach those who need help. Ultimately, it is through working together with the aim of reducing ill health, death and injury that we will set a direction for managing present

ThinCats makes £100m available to fund manufacturing businesses THINCATS, the Ashby-de-la-Zouch alternative finance specialist, is making £100m available to fund manufacturing businesses across the UK in order to help them to grow. The £100m of funding, in partnership with the networked advisory team for manufacturers, Hennik Edge, will see ThinCats use its UK-wide network of origination managers to support those companies in the manufacturing sector that require a level of capital to take their businesses forward. John Mould, CEO at ThinCats said: “This is great news for fastgrowing manufacturing firms. “Since 2011 we have lent £20m to businesses operating in the manufacturing space, with 73 loans servicing 50 different companies. “With this much-needed funding, and with the expertise of Hennik Edge, we can look to raise the pace of our lending even further. “ThinCats specialises in providing funding that, in many cases, the high street banks cannot.  Whether it’s for working capital, acquisitions, asset purchase or refinancing, we will help to ensure that manufacturing continues to be the lifeblood of the UK economy by supporting growth across the sector.”

and future construction risks.” Gren Tipper, Operations Director at the Construction Clients’ Leadership Group, who attended the event said: “The CCLG were delighted to attend and participate in the newly formed CONIAN meeting yesterday. We are really pleased to see and be part of the HSE’s Help Great Britain Work Well campaign through the CONIAC Working Groups where the whole of industry is coming together to support better health and safety performance within the construction sector. “Industry representation and engagement at the CONIAN meeting yesterday was really impressive and the language used really reinforced the messages about improving industry performance in the widest sense in line with the Industrial Strategy for Construction. Well done HSE.” CONIAN has been set up following the reconstitution of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) earlier this year. CONIAC advises HSE and

relevant stakeholders of emerging health and safety developments and risks in the construction industry, and agrees plans for the promotion of effective risk control. CONIAC is aligned to delivering Help Great Britain Work Well, HSE’s strategy for influencing everyone who has a stake or interest in improving health and safety in the workplace. CONIAC will be organised under the six themes of Help Great Britain Work Well: acting together, tackling ill health, managing risk well, supporting small employers, keeping pace with change and sharing our success. The launch of CONIAN within this newly formed structure provides a platform for the construction industry to promote engagement with workers to change behaviours and provides organisations with the direction on managing construction risks well.

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Steven Barr, Managing Director at Hennik Edge adds: “We’ve heard from frustrated manufacturers who need a different kind of finance from what’s on offer in the high street. “This new release of £100m of funding, backed by ThinCats, offers a great alternative for ambitious, growing SMEs.” One manufacturer that has seen significant benefit from working with ThinCats is Gainsborough Silk, the historic Sudbury textile weaver, which produces fabrics for Royal palaces, state buildings and grand residences across the world. ThinCats provided a working capital loan of £500,000 to the firm after it had been starved of investment over a 20-year period. “We were pleased to have been able to structure a deal that raises the investment capital the business requires and offers attractive returns to ThinCats investors.

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Nether Langwith development site for 4 units: £310k


Take a virtual tour of the showhome at Melton Mowbray housing development LEICESTERSHIRE property-seekers now have the unique opportunity to take a walk around the magnificent new showhome at Westleigh Homes’ Melton Fields development without ever having to leave the house.

RICHARD Watkinson & Partners are offering for sale a development site with detailed planning consent (ref: 15/01321/FUL) for restoration of a farmhouse and 3 new dwellings. The 0.869 acre site - Stone House Farm & Land to Rear, Main Road, Nether Langwith, Mansfield, Notts. NG20 9EN - is for sale at an asking price of £310,000. For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Alistair Smith at Richard Watkinson & Partners on 01623 626990 or 07817 283 521.

Amenity land in Anstey: £10k KING WEST are offering for sale 0.17 acres of amenity land at Bradgate Road in Anstey. The land comprises an area of rough woodland with fencing of a mixed quality. There is no formal vehicular access. Offers are invited, based upon a guide price of £10,000. For more information, contact King West on 01858 435970 or email: enquiries@

The four-bedroom Buttermere showhome was recently unveiled at this sought-after collection of family-sized homes in Melton Mowbray, offering a sneak peek of the lifestyle opportunities available at the development. And now, prospective purchasers can also take a virtual tour of the showhome from the comfort of their own sofa. By visiting Westleigh’s website, would-be buyers can embark on an immersive and interactive walkthrough of the Buttermere, taking in every corner with amazing 360° views from both inside and outside this wonderful property. Lisa Morris, New Home Manager at Westleigh, said: “While it is possible to get an understanding of how a house will look from its floorplans, there really is no substitute for taking a look around the showhome for yourself. “Because we appreciate just how busy peoples’ lives are these days, we wanted to make it much easier to do this, which is why we’ve decided to create the virtual showhome tour for Melton Fields. “This is a new and exciting way to view a showhome and it is something that everyone hoping to join the existing residents at Melton Fields should experience! “Of course, if you’d like to see the showhome with your own eyes, you can still do this by booking a viewing with us.” The Buttermere boasts an open-plan kitchen/living space, a spacious living room, a separate family room and guest cloakroom off the entrance hallway. The landing leads to four good-sized bedrooms, one of which comes complete with its own en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom. There is currently a fantastic range of two, three and four-bedroom homes available to reserve at Melton Fields, with prices starting from £172,950, £209,950 and £289,950 respectively. The popular Help to Buy scheme is also available at the development, enabling eligible first-time buyers and those with a property to sell to access a Government loan for up to 20% of the price of their new home, meaning they need a 75% mortgage and a 5% deposit. To take a virtual tour of the Buttermere showhome at Melton Fields, visit The Marketing Suite at Melton Fields is open daily from 10am to 5pm, while the Sales Executives can be contacted on 0333 006 6012. Further information about Westleigh is available at

Kier Living chosen to build at landmark regeneration site in the north of Leicester KIER LIVING has been selected to work on the next phase of building at a landmark regeneration site in the north of Leicester. Leicester City Council has selected Kier Living as its development partner for the next parcel of housing development at Ashton Green – a major project involving creating a mixed-used community of up to 3,000 new homes, along with community and health facilities, employment land and retail. Kier Living will deliver around 300 family homes, including affordable housing, from early 2019.

The city council has agreed to sell to Kier a 37-acre site off Bevan Road, on the eastern edge of the scheme between Beaumont Leys and Thurcaston, which will provide an important gateway into later phases of development. The proposals include a range of high-quality contemporary two to five-bedroomed homes, designed to meet the environmental standards required for Ashton Green as a sustainable development. The development will also include about 13 acres of open space provision, sustainable drainage solutions and protected wildlife corridors. Kier’s involvement in the scheme

comes as the first new homes in the Ashton Green site, built by developer Morris Homes, near completion. The new development partnership with Kier is a further milestone in bringing forward land for high-quality new homes. Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I very much look forward to working with Kier Living on this next phase of development at Ashton Green. “Work is already nearing completion on the Morris Homes properties, which were the first to commit to developing in Ashton Green, and now Kier’s involvement will continue that momentum and

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bring the complete scheme a step closer.” Leicester City Council has already invested nearly £2m in highway infrastructure improvements since 2013 in support of the development and will continue to roll out a phased programme better walking, cycling routes, traffic-calming and public transport improvements over the next two to three years. Ashton Green is planned as a housing-led mixed-use sustainable development of up 3,000 new homes, which will make a significant contribution towards delivering the new homes needed in the city over the next 20 years.

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Spacious office and warehouse available in Coalville


Scraptoft gets a new community hub

A SPACIOUS office building and warehouse in Coalville is available for businesses to move into through property experts Mather Jamie, as the leading laminating firm which made its base there for over 20 years expands into brand new, purpose-built headquarters in Ashby.

THE keys to a modern community hub in the Leicestershire village of Scraptoft have been handed over to the local Parish Council and they have celebrated with an open day, where residents dropped in for a first look inside the new centre.

St George’s House, on Whitwick Road, Coalville, offers businesses office and warehouse accommodation, plus parking Vivid Laminating Technologies, Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of laminating systems, has outgrown its former premises, St George’s House on Whitwick Road, but is keeping its business and its 35 employees in Leicestershire, at its new building in Ivanhoe Business Park. Martin Evans, Managing Director of Vivid Laminating Technologies, said; “St George’s House has been a great base for over 20 years, which has allowed our business to grow ten-fold. We will be sad to leave, but excited about our new home in Ashby which allow us to expand even more.” St George’s House benefits from two vehicle access points from Whitwick Road, plus an ample loading bay and staff car park, and the entire site is approximately half an acre. The two storey office building has gas central heating, double-glazing, Cat 2 lighting and computer dado trunking, and comes with open-plan and private offices and a meeting room on the top floor, and a further office room plus a kitchen and showroom on the ground floor. The steel portal frame warehouse has concrete flooring and profile clad elevations beneath a pitched, profile clad roof incorporating light panels, plus gas blower heating, two powered roller shutter loading access doors and internal clearance to eaves of more than five metres. Alex Reid, Director of Mather Jamie, said, “As Vivid Laminating Technologies builds on its success and moves into larger premises, it vacates this very well-located and attractive two storey office building and warehouse facility in North West Leicestershire. “Businesses with their own expansion plans should reconsider St George’s House, which has ample parking, modern facilities and is superbly positioned close to major road links and within a short drive of East Midlands Airport.”

Located on Malsbury Avenue, the new hub sits within the heart of the village and provides a modern, much-needed community building for its growing population. The centre includes a spacious, multi-use hall to support a range of activities and events, providing residents with access to a local facility for better community and recreation services. The new centre has been delivered by Midlands-based G F Tomlinson in partnership with Scape Group and EKV Design. The project was procured through the empa framework, which is managed by Scape Group, a public-sector procurement specialist. Peter Elliott, Chairman of Scraptoft Parish Council said: “We’re really pleased with the work G F Tomlinson has completed for our village and it’s been fantastic to see so many members of the local community visiting the hub today. “I hope the local people like it as much as we do and make good use of it. In six months’ time, I’d like to see the centre almost always fully booked; for sports facilities, birthday parties – anything that people in the village wish to use it for.” Andy Sewards, managing director of G F Tomlinson said: “We’re proud to have handed over the community hub to the parish council and I’m confident it will leave a positive legacy for future generations of Scraptoft. “From the outset, we knew how important the hub was to the Council’s long-term plan for the village to provide accessible local services that support the community’s health, social and cultural wellbeing. Delivering the project through the empa framework with Scape Group meant we were able to work closely with the Parish Council from a very early stage, which ensured we created a space that works for everybody.” Victoria Brambini, Managing Director of Scape Procure said: “It’s so wonderful when projects like this complete and we are able to immediately see the benefit they are providing to the local community.”

Historic Black Boy pub saved from demolition threat A HISTORIC former Leicester pub has been saved from the threat of demolition. Developers Deckchair Ltd had proposed to demolish The Black Boy pub building, at the corner of Albion Street and Chatham Street, and replace it with flats. In 2017, Leicester City Council refused planning permission for the scheme, prompting developers to appeal against the council’s decision to the Planning Inspectorate. In December, the Planning Inspectorate dismissed Deckchair

Ltd’s appeal, and upheld the city council’s original decision. The decision has been welcomed by heritage campaigners in the city. Leicester Deputy City Mayor and heritage champion, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Although The Black Boy closed as a pub in 2012, the building remains an important part of Leicester’s history. “The Black Boy is protected by our local list of heritage assets - the failure of this appeal not only saves the Black Boy, it demonstrates the credibility of the local list. “I am very happy that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed

with the council’s stance on this. Heritage of this sort should not be lost.” A pub called The Black Boy has stood at the site since the 1820s, with the current neoBaroque/Art Deco building dating from about 1927. The building has fallen prey to vandalism and damage in the years since its closure. Developers had applied to Leicester City Council in late 2015 to demolish the building and replace it with a seven-storey student housing block, but were refused permission in late 2016.

The developers then challenged that decision by appealing to the Planning Inspectorate, which held a hearing in October 2017, giving their decision last month.

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Dust extraction specialist launches compact new machine for easy transport

Prime development opportunity in Evington

A SPECIALIST dust extraction firm in the UK has launched a new mobile extractor that offers improved mobility and easy transport for on-site use. The DC Storm provides the same high level of extraction power of previous Dustcontrol UK models, but its compact height allows for easy transport in regular-sized vans and trailers, making it perfect for the hire industry and wider construction industry. Able to handle the fine dusts and materials created through common construction techniques, the DC Storm can be connected to floor grinders, cutting tools, chisel hammers, saws and more. James Miller, Dustcontrol UK’s General Manager, commented: “The DC Storm helps to combat potential manoeuvrability issues. With workers often moving handheld equipment and kit such as floor grinders from site to site, we recognised the importance of easily transportable dust extraction equipment.” He continued: “A similar three-phase model, the DC 5900, while offering powerful extraction, often had to be transported on its side in vans. With the DC Storm however, it’s possible to transport it upright in a regular van, allowing for extra room to load additional equipment.” Many different models of the DC Storm are available, but all feature a direct-driven, three-phase turbo pump suitable for continuous operation, heavy material transport, spot extraction and cleaning. The pump also provides sufficient airflow for simultaneous multiple use when used as a central unit in a semi-mobile system. It’s durable design and sturdy steel chassis helps to ensure its longevity. As standard the machine is equipped with a patented semi automatic reverse pulse filter cleaning system and an HEPA 13 filter. It is built to Application Class H, unlike many other products, which are only M class standard. The use of H13 filters guarantees 99.97% capture of all particles greater than 0.3 microns meaning air exhausted from the Storm is the cleanest it can be. A gauge shows when it’s time to activate the filter cleaning. For further information visit

Foston-based stair manufacturer takes Gold at prestigious regional business awards TWOTWENTY, a Foston-based manufacturer of bespoke timber staircases for builders and merchants, has won regional recognition at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

OLIVER Rayns Estate Agents are offering for sale a plot of land with detailed planning permission (ref 20160498) for a contemporary new build home of around 3,700 square feet. The 0.15 acre plot – at 55a Spencefield Lane, Evington, Leicester LE5 6HH – is set behind a gated private entrance and has a secluded private garden. For sale by Private Treaty, with an asking price of £200,000. Viewing is strictly by appointment with Oliver Rayns. For more information, contact Oliver Rayns on 01162 960 940 or

Heritage Lottery Fund pulls funding for new railway museum THE Board of Trustees responsible for administering Heritage Lottery funding has informed the Great Central Railway (GCR) that it will not be supporting its plans for a new railway museum at Birstall.

TwoTwenty won the Innovation Award, sponsored by HVM Catapult for its New Zealand pine staircases. This award celebrates manufacturing innovation whether demonstrated through product development or operating practices that have driven greater productivity, efficiency or business growth. TwoTwenty has pioneered the use of New Zealand pine in its staircases as a high quality, sustainable alternative to hardwoods. It offers a very low maintenance, virtually flawless material that doesn’t require any filling and sanding before installation. Scott Peden, managing director at TwoTwenty, says: “This award is testament to our hard working and dedicated team, and we are delighted to have won.” With the regional title now secured, TwoTwenty will go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January.

In 2015 the board earmarked more than £9.5 million for the Main Line project, subject to a Stage two submission, which was being prepared. However, it announced in December that owing to concerns about the stage of the development of the project, and perceived delivery risks, it would not be providing the funding requested. GCR’s Managing Director Michael Gough said: “We were genuinely astonished to hear the news about the HLF’s decision on our round two funding and I have to question their rationale. Since joining the GCR I have been highly impressed by the support that the project had from the City Mayor and his team and I was confident that the strength of our combined proposal would be a winning solution. “Our proposal to the HLF consisted of, as requested by them in October 2017, a comprehensive strategy and action plan from the city council, and a detailed business plan from the railway. Taken together this provided an approach that had almost zero risk. “We will now explore a number of alternative plans. In the meantime, I can’t help but feel hurt that Leicester appears to have been overlooked yet again.” Leicester’s City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “We are obviously very disappointed, but this is not the end of the project. We remain committed to it, and the challenge now is for us to find a Plan B and an alternative source of finance. “The project has been enormously strengthened since the first submission was made, and with the city council’s experience of managing such projects this would be a very low-risk for the HLF. It has the potential to be of great economic benefit to the city and the region and I can only imagine that the HLF is over-committed elsewhere and needs to claw this money back for other projects.” Since 2011 Leicester has been awarded just over £9 million from the HLF, compared to £25.5 million to Nottingham, almost £18 million to Lincoln and just over £13 million to Derby. The Main Line project is a partnership between the Great Central Railway, the National Railway Museum and Leicester City Council. Located alongside the Leicester North terminus of GCR, just off Red Hill Circle, the visitor attraction was due to open in 2021.

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Norway to build world’s tallest timber building “Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world’s tallest timber building. “Mjøstårnet sets new standards for timber constructions. The building is the closest we come to a skyscraper in timber,” says investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt. Mjøstårnet, named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. The record-breaking construction will sit on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half ’s drive north of Oslo.

80 metres high Spanning over 18 floors, the building will reach 80 metres high, and include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. Moelven, a Mjøsa-local Scandinavian industrial group, will supply the timber constructions from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and the swimming pool area. “The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of building the world’s longest timber working at heights. We are primarily bridge across Lake Mjøsa. Their using cranes and supplementing with studies show that building with lifts as needed. We have reached 33 wood instead of concrete can metres to date, meaning we have 50 reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 metres to go,” says Buchardt. percent,” says Buchardt.


Arthur Buchardt states that he can evidence the climate friendliness of building with wood. “A project group established by Norwegian road authorities investigated the possibility of

International standards Buchardt believes that the construction sector will evolve in the footsteps of the automotive industry. “In 15 years’ time I believe it will be illegal to produce and sell cars that run on fossil fuels. Similarly, I expect

that climate-friendly materials will become an international statutory standard,” says Buchardt. Importance of the Paris climate accord Arthur Buchardt draws inspiration from the Paris climate agreement. “You could say that I have had my eureka moment. I want to help convey an important message with this project. To build with wood is to contribute to the world breathing better,” says Buchardt.

Wants to inspire Buchardt hopes that his ambitions to build the world’s tallest wooden building may inspire others. “Through Mjøstårnet we demonstrate that it is possible to construct large, complex wooden buildings. The planned construction of the Norwegian Government quarter can become a wooden landmark internationally,” says Buchardt.

Blanc de Bierges secures steps contract at £30m Leicester Development DERBY stonework specialist Blanc de Bierges has won a contract to provide the entrance steps at a £30m development in Leicester. The former Leicester City Council office on New Walk is being converted into offices, flats, shops and a car park by Leicester property company, Sowden Group, using contractors John Sisk and Sons Ltd. Blanc de Bierges is to supply all of the steps to the main entrance of the centre, which consists of two five-storey high buildings.

Chris McBride, Managing Director of Blanc de Bierges, said: “This is one of the biggest jobs we have done in the Midlands recently. It is good to be working with John Sisk and Franklin Ellis – they are involved in a lot of large prestigious contracts. “Historically Blanc de Bierges was renowned for large public realm schemes. Following on from the work we did at the Brighton i360 plaza this year we are now doing more, which is great for us. It’s good to know that people are opting for a higher quality product.” The curved steps provided for the New Walk

project are bespoke and made to order by Blanc de Bierges, with a total of 504 units forming the main entrance staircase and two side staircases. They were cast using one of Blanc’s specialist reconstituted stone mixes, made to fit in with the resin bound gravel surrounding it. The New Walk project was designed by Nottingham based Franklin Ellis Architects, which Blanc de Bierges assisted with the design from the early stages, providing samples, drawings and budgetary costings. Once complete, the site will include 50,000 sqft of office space and 54 high-end apartments.

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Sowden gives new lease of life to Melton Mowbray hunting lodge

A DERELICT 19th century Melton Mowbray hunting lodge has been given a new lease of life by property developer Sowden.

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Wyndham Lodge, which dates back to the 1840s, is being completely restored by the Leicester-based firm and converted to accommodate nine luxury apartments. The restoration project of the Grade II listed building has involved replacing all the wood in the lodge as well as constructing a new central staircase, floors, and windows. A hunting lodge has stood on the Ankle Hill site close to Melton centre since 1760. It was renamed Wyndham Lodge in 1840 by the governor of the Tower of London, Colonel Charles Wyndham, who moved there to indulge his passion for foxhunting. In 1870 it was bought by a William Chaplin who had it completely remodelled in local stone. In 1920 it was bought by Colonel Richard Dalgleish who donated it to the town of Melton for use as a hospital. It was christened the War Memorial Hospital in honour of the dead of the Great War, and used continuously as a hospital until it was abandoned in 2002. Sowden’s Managing Director Roy Coley says the restoration of the derelict lodge has been a huge project. He says: “It was a big project which got bigger the more we went into it. The woodwork had dry rot, so that has been completely replaced, along with the floors, window frames and the central staircase. “It is now getting a new lease of life, with nine individually designed apartments in what is once again a magnificent building.” The lodge is the centrepiece of the Wyndham Grange development which consists of 44 new three, four and five-bedroomed homes as well as the luxury apartments in the lodge and smaller dwellings in a French-style renovated coach house. Almost half of the homes are finished or nearing completion, with the remainder, along with site services and roads, due for completion soon. Showhomes have been opened to show off the individually designed houses and apartments. As well as the new homes, the site includes landscaping and five acres of communal woodland leading down to the River Eye. Advert Size Dimensions Colour Mono A state-of-the-art nursing home is also planned for part of the site. Established in 1950, the Leicester city centre-based Sowden Group has Sixteenth Page 47mm wide x 65mm high £22.50 £15.00 been involved in some of the biggest regeneration projects in Leicester, Eighth Page 97mm wide x 65mm high £45.00 £30.00 providing much-needed Grade A office space, retail units and city centre accommodation. Quarter Page 97mm wide x 130mm high £90.00 £60.00 Sowden also played an instrumental role in the £300 million Highcross Half Page 194mm wide x 130mm high £165.00 £105.00 shopping centre development. The group is also involved in residential projects throughout the county of Full Page (A4) 194mm wide x 268mm high £290.00 £190.00 Leicestershire, including major developments in Loughborough and Melton Mowbray. VAT at 20% must be added to all of these prices. Approx. 10% DISCOUNT if you advertise in 3 or more consecutive issues Recent projects include a 3,750 sq m supermarket for Asda and office TO PLACE YOUR AD, call 01530 244069 or email: space in Pioneer Park, Leicester, the Travelodge and Gala Casino in Leicester and Nottingham’s Castle Wharf.

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HAND ARM VIBRATION COMPLIANCE WITH REVOLUTIONARY NEW SYSTEM AMID AN INCREASE in cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), now the most commonly reported illness in the UK workplace, global inspection and certification firm Bureau Veritas has created a pioneering new system to make it easier for employers to comply with regulations on the exposure to Hand-Arm Vibration. Developed by world-class acoustics and vibrations experts at Bureau Veritas, the dedicated Vibration Exposure Management System (VEMS) is a paperless solution which will speed up the lengthy process of calculating and managing vibration exposure. This includes from equipment such as handheld or hand-guided power equipment, typically used in a wide range of industries from construction to heavy manufacturing. Under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, all employers are required to make a risk assessment to measure exposure levels of staff to vibration, and put in place procedures to reduce health and safety risks to employees. Most organisations currently use an outdated paper-based system that requires the manual calculation and input of each individual tool used by an employee, making compliance checking a complex, time-intensive and onerous process, especially for large organisations that use a wide variety of tools and equipment. With latest research figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) showing that Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is now the most commonly reported illness in the workplace1, a rising number of organisations are facing prosecution for failing to manage exposure – which means it’s now imperative for businesses to get their compliance right. At a time when transparency is increasingly at the heart of compliance, using a paperbased system means not only is it prone to human error, but it does not allow for easy visibility and reporting across a business. Reflecting the Company’s commitment to best practice in compliance, Bureau Veritas’ revolutionary VEMS application features

an intuitive design and easy to navigate format. Recording all data for ongoing monitoring, it then uses this to highlight high, medium and low risk tools as well as the maximum usage times. Completely unique to the market, VEMS allows managers to quickly identify and keep track of which employees are using “at-risk” equipment and for what duration to establish exposure levels through automatic calculations including the vibration magnitudes of measured tools. Following an initial assessment by qualified engineers to implement the new system, Bureau Veritas also provides ongoing support to organisations covering all aspects of testing, inspection and compliance. Dr Richard Maggs, Consulting Group Manager for Acoustics & Vibration and Air Quality at Bureau Veritas, said: “With Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) now the most commonly reported illness in the workplace and the greater enforcement of organisations that fail to manage vibration exposure, it is important now more than ever for businesses to comply with existing regulations. “At Bureau Veritas, we understand that up until now the process of assessing and managing vibrations exposure has been a long and laborious and complicated task, based largely on out-dated paper-based system. “The digitalisation of compliance can play a huge role in streamlining operations and improving efficiencies, and as such, we hope our new VEMS application will help to simplify the process for time-stretched sectors.” To find out more about Bureau Veritas’s unique VEMS system, please call 0845 600 1828 or email

Top grade student flats in city conservation area get go ahead from planners SIMON FOOTE Architects (SFA) has gained planning permission for a development in Derby’s Friar Gate Conservation Area that will see 39 upmarket student apartments built on the former Samways Cycle store on Ashbourne Road.

One of their long standing clients purchased the property in 2016 and approached SFA immediately to look at the potential of re-developing the site. The proposal was to create a contemporary designed student apartment complex. The proposed development will consist of 39 selfcontained student apartments. The overall quality of the apartments has been of great significance and will hopefully raise the bar of the standard expected with student accommodation in the city.

Development site for 15 dwellings in Harby

BENTONS Estate Agents are offering for sale a development opportunity at Boyers Orchard, Harby, Near Melton Mowbray, leicestershire. The land comprises a level residential development site of approximately 2.55 acres with outline planning permission for up to 15 dwellings. A Section 106 Agreement is in place and available from the selling agents. The Guide Price is £750,000. For further details, contact Bentons on 0116 563892 or email:

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ANDREW & ASHWELL are offering for sale a set of freehold offices and land at 166-170 London Road, Leicester LE2 1ND. The properties overlook Victoria Park, a major recreational facility and public open space, to the far side of which is situated the main campus for Leicester University. The location is within easy reach of both the city centre and the railway station. Number 170 London Road comprises an attractive two-storey detached Listed period office building which has been linked to the semi-detached buildings at 166-168 London Road by a single storey extension. Externally, the properties have rear landscaped garden areas with a former garage, to the rear boundary of 166-168, which abuts Evington Footway. Evington Footway forms a vehicular and pedestrian route that accesses a large car park amounting to approximately 0.15 acres which as well as accommodating around 30 spaces, also provided redevelopment potential, subject to planning. Offers in the region of £1.2 million are invited. For more information, or to arrange a viewing., contact Jane Taylor at Andrew & Ashwell on 0116 254 1220 or email:

AllCATAMARAN you have to do to go into the draw is find - and mark a line DINGHY through - 12 varieties of ships or boats. These can run vertically, FRIGATE or diagonally (and backwards!). horizontally GALLEON Send your marked entry forms to: MAN THE LIFEBOATS, GONDOLA Leicestershire HYDROFOIL Builder, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT toJETBOAT arrive by WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY 2018. Please remember to fill in your name and address. The sender of the first MINESWEEPER PUNT entry drawn out of the hat will win the £20 Gift Card. Good correct WINDJAMMER luck! Restaurant Choice Gift Cards can be used in over 1000 UK Restaurants. From hand-picked independent restaurants to a great selection of popular dining groups –Created Nando’s, Café Rouge, Jamie’s by Puzzlemaker at Italian, PizzaExpress, Zizzi, Ask Italian and Yo! Sushi. They can be used for food and drinks, set menus, indeed any dish on the menu. Visit the website at for more information. REGENERATION specialist Ellipse Energy has Here are the 12 TYPES OF BOAT you have to find: successfully applied and been selected to join EEM AIRCRAFT CARRIER • BARGE • CATAMARAN • DINGHY Ltd.’s procurement framework. The consortium’s fouryear framework provides approved contractors to insulate FRIGATE • GALLEON • GONDOLA • HYDROFOIL homes across the region and help residents reduce their JETBOAT • MINESWEEPER • PUNT • WINDJAMMER household bills.

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Contractors on the framework will provide internal and external wall insulation to properties across the region on behalf of EEM Ltd). Ellipse Energy is one of nine contractors identified as having the required experience and knowledge to undertake the work on both retrofit and new build projects. Cuan Forrest, Managing Director of Ellipse Energy, said: “We are delighted to have been accepted onto this framework, which will make a vast difference in terms of reducing carbon emissions and residents’ household bills across the region, as well as creating and safeguarding employment and training opportunities for local people. “EEM Ltd is making huge strides when it comes to creating local employment opportunities and helping households get out of fuel poverty and we are absolutely delighted to be in a position to contribute to this fantastic framework.”

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