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TEAM LEICESTER GEARS UP FOR MIPIM 2019 BUSINESSES across Leicester and Leicestershire will be heading to Cannes in March (12-15) to help promote development and investment opportunities at the world’s largest property event, MIPIM.
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Multiple buyers confirmed for Leicester supply chain event AFTER THE runaway success of last year’s Meet the Buyer event hosted by Leicester City Council, this popular networking event for small and medium building trades is back again on 14 March, but this year it has moved to a larger venue: the conference facilities at King Power Stadium.
Team Leicester brings together public and private sector organisations from the county’s property and construction industry to showcase the region on the global stage – and there is still time to sign up for 2019. Driven by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and private sector partners, Team Leicester has helped to reinforce the city and county’s message at the world’s leading property market, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Team Leicester is made up of: Bradgate Estates, CEG Group, Couch Perry Wilkes, East Midlands Airport, Fortem, Freeths, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Innes England, Leicester City Council, Loughborough University, MDA Consulting, Pick Everard, TMDP Group, University of Leicester and Weightmans. Leicester and Leicestershire will be showcased as part of the Midlands UK Pavilion at the property fair for the third year in 2019 – confirming itself as an important part of this thriving UK area. There is still time to sign up and take your place with Team Leicester at MIPIM 2019 and interested businesses are invited to contact Ibrahim Elias at Leicester City Council on 0116 4542464 for further information. MIPIM takes place from 12 - 15 March centred round a large-scale exhibition in the Palais de Festival in Cannes in the south of France which attracts tens of thousands of global visitors. For more information, log onto www.leicesteratmipim.co.uk
This winning formula is a one-off opportunity to speak to up to 20 supply chain managers for large contractors working on sites across Leicester and the East Midlands. These are genuine buyers and have work available, so those local traders and suppliers fortunate to get a place can start conversations that could put their business in a prime position to win future work. Confirmed companies: • Fortem • Jeakins Weir • Kier Living • Morgan Sindall • Seddon Construction Ltd • Stepnell • Wates plus more to be confirmed. Complimentary breakfast for all attendees served from 8.00am. Free parking at King Power Stadium for the duration of the event for all attendees. Limited places available (2 per business). Search Meet the Buyer on eventbrite.co.uk to register. Get updates on social media #MTB2019 This event is a Leicestershire construction business support collaboration between Leicester Employment Hub, CITB, Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and Leicester College.
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Construction growth hits 10-month low as small firms near Spring flashpoint THE CONSTRUCTION Purchasing Managers’ Index has fallen to its lowest point in ten months, hitting 50.6 in January. Employment growth within the sector has dropped to a two-and-a-half year low. The announcement follows the launch of the latest Impact of Government Policy Index (IGPI), which shows small construction firms shouldering a 28% increase in policy-linked costs since 2011, a greater rise than any other sector. On average, small VAT-registered firms across the UK have each suffered a 15% – equivalent to £60,000 – increase in costs stemming from government interventions since 2011. FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Spiralling employment costs, skills shortages and a weak pound have made it increasingly tough for small construction firms to grow in recent years. “The PMI brings into sharp relief the impact that political uncertainty is having on one of our most important sectors. “Small business confidence is at a seven-year low. Two-thirds of firms are not planning to increase investment and, with inward migration from the EU down, more than a third say lack of the right staff is holding them back. A lot of small construction firms rely heavily on mid-skilled employees from Europe. “To be less than 60 days out from Brexit day and still have no idea what business environment we’ll be operating in on 30 March is completely debilitating. Politicians from all sides of the house must work together to end the impasse. “Come the beginning of April, small construction firms will not only have Brexit to think about but also Making Tax Digital, rising pressure on wages, higher auto-enrolment contributions and further business rates hikes. It’s a flashpoint that could threaten the futures of many.”
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New secondary school to be built on former bus depot site in Leicester A NEW secondary school is planned for Leicester. Opening in August 2021 the Leicester Metropolitan Academy will be for 11 to 16 year olds with a different and unique offer that is not available in any other secondary school in Leicester currently. Students will experience hands on practical learning which prepares them for the world of work in careers ranging from construction to health and social care. Located on the former bus depot site on Abbey Park Road the school will be ideally placed offering easy access from across the city. Learning without Limits Academy Trust, which is led by Babington Academy, has been awarded the right to set up the school for 1200 pupils.
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Exciting full details of £43m apartment scheme are revealed INVESTORS behind a £43 million scheme to create nearly 300 homes on a high-profile site in Leicester city centre have released new images of how the finished development will look. Way of Life, which is building the 297-apartment complex opposite the Highcross Shopping Centre on Vaughan Way, also revealed the contemporary features that will turn The Wullcomb, as the development will be known, into the coolest place to live in Leicester. Renters who sign up for properties will enjoy a shared rooftop terrace, with a wood-fired pizza oven, barbecue space and great views over the city. They will be able to host a party in the building’s private dining room, relax in the library or entertain friends in the cinema room or in the welcoming shared living area The Perch. A place to work as well as relax, the communal areas at the Wullcomb encourage co-working. A space where renters can work collaboratively or individually, they can benefit from fast Wi-Fi, shared equipment and all the essentials needed to get a job done. Although all apartments will benefit from luxurious private living and dining, the fabulous shared facilities are a key part of Way of Life’s commitment to providing more than just a place for people to live. Instead, The Wullcomb presents an environment where renters can step out of their flats to socialize, engage and enjoy getting to know their neighbours. The development has been taking shape over the past 18 months and is now nearing completion, with the first apartments likely to be ready for rent by summer 2019. The five, seven, ten and twelve-storey blocks are joined together by a spacious and shared roof terrace. And just a short walk away are Leicester’s main retail areas and thriving nightlife. The apartments will be a mix of thoughtfully designed studios, onebed and two-bed accommodation, with rents starting from as little as £595 a month. The development will feature 119 car parking spaces and secure bike storage and will WITH SIX MONTHS until the VAT reverse charge comes boast a concierge service, on-site into force in the construction sector, Henry Howard Finance maintenance, cleaning and security. is encouraging businesses in the industry to prepare Renters also have the choice of themselves both financially and administratively. furnished or unfurnished apartments. In late 2018, the government introduced changes to the way construction The ground floor of The Wullcomb companies will collect VAT*. From October 2019, only client facing offers up an opportunity for local construction companies at the top of the supply chain will charge VAT. businesses to make use of over 8,000 Further down the supply chain, VAT will be calculated as a paper exercise sq. ft of space that has been set aside and registered on the invoice as a “reverse charge”. for commercial use. A total of four to be the last nail in the coffin for Companies registered with the Marie Dunkley, units are available to tenants and will many of these smaller businesses. Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Head of Vendor Hard Asset be left as shell and core. We understand that the HMRC is will fall into the reverse charge Way of Life is currently working on 2. Look at cash flow options, doing all it can to combat fraud, category of VAT collection. Those a similar scheme, The Lansdowne, refinancing some assets but I do feel that by introducing this which aren’t CIS-registered must in Birmingham, which is due for may help. Asset refinance, step it will hurt those who can ill charge VAT. completion in March. The company where you sell your assets afford extra administration, as well There are fears, however, also operates Bedford Park and to a leasing company for its as extra time until they get paid.” that many smaller construction Vida House in London. But The current value and then lease HMRC has made the changes to companies could struggle Wullcomb is the first venture into the it back over a set amount financially because they have clamp down on “missing trader” East Midlands. of time for a regular rental previously used the VAT collected fraud which is when, within multirepayment could provide Managing Director Sowgol to help cash-flow while waiting to jurisdictional trading, a product a much-needed cash flow Zarinchang explained that Way be paid for building jobs. or service is offered by a shell boost. of Life were investing into the city company which adds on VAT as Marie Dunkley, Head of Vendor for the long-term and were keen 3. Look at staff training that the product or service goes up Hard Asset at Henry Howard to become fully integrated into the may be needed to handle this the supply chain. This kind of Finance, says that for many smaller community. different way of working. For fraud has been prevalent across companies the change could spell many smaller companies, this “We’re not a management other industries costing HMRC the end of the road, unless they change is a big one and the platform that offers property, we are an estimated £13billion, with the prepare themselves early. current way of working may dedicated to providing a sense of construction sector making up “Since the collapse of Carillion not suffice. community that the customer will £100million of that in lost VAT. there has been a knock-on effect for experience throughout their stay Marie said: “Forewarned is Marie suggests that getting ready many businesses in the construction with us. forearmed in situations such as this early for the changes is therefore world – payment terms have been and getting ready early, getting your “Leicester is a city that is vibrant, the best way for smaller businesses stretched and so those at the end working capital in order will help cultural, and always has something to mitigate any risks posed as a of the supply chain are the last to you survive and thrive under this exciting going on. We are keen to be paid, and normally they are the result. She suggests the following new VAT system.” partner up with local businesses ones who can ill afford to wait for for businesses in the construction wherever the opportunity arises For more information or to learn payment.” Marie said. sector: and directly impact the community more about asset funding options “Our fear is that the introduction 1. Invest in accounting software through a cultural programme offered by HHF, visit of this VAT reversal charge and the – this is also an asset for your including health and wellbeing www.henryhowardfinance.co.uk longer payment terms for those at business so you can access events and cooking demos.” or contact 01633 415222. the end of the supply chain, is going asset finance if needed.
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Board game devised to help built environment students climb the career ladder STUDENTS hoping to roll the dice on a career in the built environment are being given a helping hand to climb the career ladder, after an innovative new board game was created to help them learn while they play. Sue Hayhow, Senior Lecturer in Property, Construction & Quantity Surveying at Birmingham City University, has produced the ‘Construct-it’ board game, which educates students on the life cycle of property. The game brings professional disciplines together to simulate a real-life, collaborative project and tackle some of the challenges which may be faced. During Construct-it built environment students, or newly qualified practitioners, are tested on their knowledge of the whole life-cycle of a residential development, to help prepare them for careers in the industry. A range of aspiring professionals, including architectural technicians, building surveyors, construction managers and quantity surveyors, can benefit from playing the game - and research has shown it to be a fun, engaging and challenging way of educating students. Construct-it challenges players on their knowledge of best practice for construction as well as their ability to identify reasons for defects – such as premature deterioration of brickwork. Questions have been tailored to link to key learning objectives embedded in built environment degree courses. Sue Hayhow created the game as part of her EdD research, and its findings have been published in the leading education journal ‘Industry and Higher Education’. Sue Hayhow said: “My main objectives as a practising and chartered Building Surveyor are to first ensure that Birmingham City University graduates are equipped with the core knowledge, competencies and understanding of contemporary building surveying practices. “Secondly it is to make sure that the University produces graduates who are highly employable in the workplace. “As educators and practitioners, we have a duty to continually look to raise standards by finding new ways of engaging with our students to make the educational experience fun and captivating.”
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Two-year delay likely for planned school PLANS FOR a new multi-million pound school building in Leicester’s Waterside area have been put on hold due to serious ground condition issues. Leicester City Council is planning to build a new primary school on disused council land off Fosse Road North. However, detailed environmental surveys carried out last year uncovered significant ground contamination and extremely poor soil density on key parts of the site. This means that the costs of remediating environmental damage to the land and making it safe for construction could add up to £5milllion of additional costs to the proposed £13 million project. As a result, the project has been temporarily suspended while further options for the new school are explored. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “While poor soil conditions aren’t unusual for a brownfield site of this nature, the extent of the contamination being uncovered here means that we face a real challenge before we even begin to build. “We need to look hard at how we make this work. The location itself is perfect for a new school and we remain committed to the project. “We will be looking again at our options for how we deliver this school, and what form that school might take, before we begin construction. We expect to be in a position to make a decision and announce plans later this summer.” Plans for the new Waterside school would have effectively seen Fosse and Slater primary schools
brought together and transferred into the new school. The legal framework governing school organisation required that one school close while the other expanded. Legal notices are already in place to close Slater Primary School and expand Fosse Primary School. The council will now seek permission from the relevant authorities to postpone these until at least 2021. Staff, governors and parents at both of the affected schools have been informed of the decision to delay construction of the new school. Parents of children due to begin school in autumn 2019 have also been contacted to explain that they will be entitled to make a retrospective application to Slater Primary School from March. The school offers 23 places in its foundation year. Around £13million of funding from the council’s Basic Need allocation has been earmarked for the Waterside school expansion project. This cash is provided by the Department for Education to enable councils to meet their statutory obligation to ensure that every child has access to a school place. The proposed new school is part of a city council-led £100milllion investment programme that is helping to create thousands of new primary and secondary school places across the city.
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UK construction output rises only marginally in January • Slowest rise in business activity for ten months • Commercial work remains weakest performing area • Employment growth hits two-and-a-half year low JANUARY DATA pointed to a loss of momentum for the UK construction sector, with business activity growth easing to its weakest for ten months. New orders increased only marginally at the start of 2019, which contributed to the slowest expansion of employment numbers for two-andahalf years. A number of survey respondents noted that Brexit uncertainty had led to hesitancy among clients and a corresponding slowdown in progress on new projects. The headline seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index dropped to 50.6 in January, from 52.8 in December. The index has posted above the 50.0 no-change mark in each month since the near-term outlook for new projects snowrelated decline seen in March resulted in more cautious staff 2018, but the latest expansion was hiring policies at the start of the weakest seen over this ten 2019. The latest survey pointed month period of growth. to the slowest rise in employment All three categories of numbers since July 2016. construction output recorded Meanwhile, slower growth of input weaker trends than those reported buying helped to reduce pressure in December. Residential work on construction supply chains in was the strongest performing area, January. The latest deterioration in although the latest expansion was vendor performance was the jointonly modest and the slowest seen weakest since September 2016. since March 2018. Civil engineering Construction firms also pointed activity increased marginally, with to the smallest reduction in subthe rate of growth much softer than contractor availability for two-andaDecember’s 19-month high. half years. Commercial work was the weakest performing area of construction Input price inflation continued to output in January. Latest data moderate in January, with average indicated a decline in work on cost burdens rising at the slowest commercial construction projects pace since June 2016. Where for the first time in ten months. an increase in purchasing costs Anecdotal evidence suggested was reported, this was generally that Brexit-related anxiety and linked to rising prices for imported associated concerns about the construction products and materials. domestic economic outlook Construction firms remain positive continued to weigh on client about the outlook for business demand. activity in 2019. Around 41% of New business growth eased to the survey panel anticipate a rise an eight-month low in January. in output, while only 16% forecast Construction firms widely a fall. commented on softer demand However, the resulting index conditions and longer sales signalled a moderation in optimism conversion times, reflecting a waitsince December. Large-scale civil and-see approach to spending engineering projects were cited by clients. Concerns about the as a key source of optimism, while
and Brexit uncertainty was the most commonly cited concern. Tim Moore, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey: “UK construction growth shifted down a gear at the start of 2019, with weaker conditions signalled across all three main categories of activity. Commercial work declined for the first time in ten months as concerns about the domestic economic outlook continued to hold back activity. The latest survey also revealed a loss of momentum for house building and civil engineering, although these areas of the construction sector at least remained on a modest growth path. “Staff recruitment slowed to a crawl in January, with construction firms reporting the softest rate of job creation since July 2016. Delays to client decisionmaking on new projects in response to Brexit uncertainty was cited as a key source of anxiety at the start of 2019. Difficulties converting opportunities to sales were reflected in a slowdown in total new business growth to its lowest since last May. “Business expectations for the year ahead slipped to a three-month low and remained subdued in comparison to historic trends in
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Alarm bells for construction as Swadlincote development output plummets, says FMB The 2 dwellings as per the submitted plans have a gross internal area of 744 square feet each. The accommodation of the dwellings is as follows:
Brayden Kane Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Mr Martyn Jones, Martyn Jones & Associates Ltd, The Reading Room, 33 Main Street, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 8DT) – Change of use of factory and extension to building to create 13 flats – at 47 Cyprus Road, Leicester. Mr Dhir (c/o Agent: Mr David Ives, AMLI Design, 160 Waterview House, Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4DF) – Notification of change of use of ground floor shop to 2 flats – at 15 Raven Road, Leicester. Mr Anthony Lowe (c/o: 92 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FB) – Notification of demolition of twostorey building – at 25 Gravel Street, Leicester. Mr Viral Shah (c/o Agent: Mr Geoffrey Middleton, Kirkham Middleton Architects, 139A Queens Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3FL) – Construction of three/fourstorey building; 2 retai8l/café shops on the ground floor plus 9 flats – at Corner of Church Gate and St Peters Lane, Leicester.
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RISING COSTS and uncertainty relating to Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in output growth in January 2019, the Each property would benefit from 2 parking spaces and a rear Federation of Master Builders (FMB)garden. has said in response to the latest PMI data. Existing Property Features In need of refurbishment The January 2019 PMI data revealed a fall from 52.8 in December to 50.6 Living room and dining room in January, against the neutral reading of 50.0. data pointed to a January Kitchen with porch off Ground floor bathroom loss of momentum for the UK construction sector, with business activity growth grinding to its weakest for ten months. Three bedrooms Commenting on the results, published this morning, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The latest PMI data shows a slowdown in growth in construction with business activity growth easing to its weakest for ten months. The ongoing political uncertainty is partly to blame for this set-back. Political uncertainty is the enemy of construction firms that rely on the spending power of homeowners to commission home improvement projects. The UK is set to leave the EU next month, and yet we are still none the wiser about what the future holds. Given these intense headwinds, it should not be surprising that the sector suffered such a sharp decline.” Berry continued: “Alongside the political uncertainty, the cost of doing business is also rising for construction firms up and down the country. Material prices have been rising steadily since the depreciation of sterling following the EU referendum. Looking ahead, material prices are expected to continue to cause a headache for the construction industry with recent research from the FMB showing that 87% of builders believe that material prices will rise in the next six months. What’s more the construction skills crisis means that key trades are extremely difficult to recruit and the upshot of this is rising wages in construction. Tradespeople know they can command higher salaries than they did preciously as workers are scarce, and this means a squeeze in margins for firms. This will only worsen if the post-Brexit immigration system that the Government has planned goes ahead. If the sector isn’t able to draw upon crucial EU workers of all skill levels, who have so far served to mitigate this shortage, the slowdown of growth will continue.”
ANDREW JOHNSON & CO are offering for sale a traditional detached house in need of refurbishment, together with a plot for 2 dwellings. The property – at 705 Burton Road, Midway, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 0DL – is for sale as a whole, or the house and plots may be sold separately by negotiation. The South Derbyshire District Council planning reference is 9/2018/0314. The Guide Price is £275,000. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Andrew Johnson & Co on 01530 410930 or email: sales@andrewjohnson. uk.com
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HOWKINS & HARRISON BUILDING WORK on a crematorium on the A47 outside are offering for sale a Hinckley is due begin later this year after planning consent 3.5 acre redevelopment was granted by the council’s planning committee. opportunity with planning Construction work should begin on the council-owned site off the A47 consent (ref: 18/00914/FUL) Leicester Road between Hinckley and Earl Shilton by the end of the year for demolition of an existing with the crematorium up and running within two years. dilapidated bungalow Last year the council consulted the public on the design and facilities for and replacement with a the council-run facility before the final plans were submitted. five-bedroom two-storey As well as consulting with those living around the site, members of the local community and representatives of parish councils the council spoke substantial dwelling and Planning & Local Authority gross internal area of approximately 355 sq m (3,821 sq to funeral directors detached garage. The property was granted permission forto theensure demolitionthe building works effectively and provides a ft) plus a 6m x 9m garage. The property – Little Moat, In addition to this there are a set of timber stables on a Newbold concrete base withRoad, three stablesKirkby and a wash stall. Mallory, Leics. LE9 7QG – is There are 3 other dilapidated barns that are to be available at a Guide Price of demolished as part of the planning permission. £635,000. The rest of the property is mainly pastureland. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Howkins & Harrison on 01827 721380 or email: athrural@ howkinsandharrison.co.uk
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Trio of promotions at Stephen George + Partners STEPHEN George + Partners LLP (SGP) has kicked off the New Year in style with a hattrick of internal promotions. Nicola Pettman has been promoted from Principal Architect to Associate, Arshad Khan from Principal Architectural Technician to Associate, and Karen Coekin from Accounts Assistant also to Associate. James Nicholls, Managing Partner at Stephen George + Partners: “We Promoted trio: (L to R): Arshad Khan; Nicola Pettman; Karen Coekin are delighted to see these latest examples of SGP’s and Technicians based in the commitment to a strong and day financial activities. Leicester office, Nicola is primarily attractive career path within the Arshad joined in 2016 as part of responsible for the design and practice. These three important a team working in masterplanning, delivery of schemes varying from Associate promotions strengthen distribution, commercial, retail bespoke housing to the organisation SGP’s internal processes and and mixed-use schemes. Arshad’s and technical management of procedures for our clients as well previous experience includes standard house type portfolios. as the design and delivery of their a wide range of projects from Karen is a key member of the projects.” commercial, education and accounts team, having joined Nicola joined Stephen George + religious developments and he has Stephen George + Partners in Partners in 2013. Sitting within the worked in different regions in Africa 2007, and is responsible for credit practice’s residential sector and and in the Middle East. control and managing SGP’s day to co-ordinating a team of Architects
University of Leicester (c/o Agent: Miss Lucy Battersby, Montagu Evans LLP, 5 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BA) – Notification of demolition of Freemens Common student accommodation blocks and Nixon Court library store – at Nixon Court, Welford Road/Freemens Common and Putney Road, Leicester. Leicester City Council (c/o Agent: Mr Ketan Bhavsar, A+G Architects Limited, 11 Leicester Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2AE) – Construction of 3 dwellings with parking and landscaping – at Garage Site, Ambassador Road, Leicester. Ms S Littlejohn (c/o Agent: Mr Geoffrey Middleton, Kirkham Middleton Architects, 139A Queens Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 3FL) – Construction of 2 semidetached dwellings – at land adjacent to 22 South Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3LN.
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Leicester City Council (c/o Agent: Mr Ketan Bhavsar, A+G Architects Ltd, 11 Leicester Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2AE) – Demolition of garages and outbuildings and construction of 5 houses – at Garage Site, Selby Avenue, Leicester. Mr Ashley Stevenson (c/o Agent: Mr Anthony Jones, Halford Jones Architecture Ltd, 28 St Annes drive, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8HT) – Change of use from house to 3 selfcontained flats – at 96 Montague Road, Leicester. Welford Developments Limited (c/o Agent: Mr David Warner, Astill Planning Consultants Ltd, 13 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RA) – Demolition of existing building and construction of three-storey building to provide student accommodation comprising 30 en-suite study bedrooms with communal areas – at 188 Welford Road, Leicester. The Little Theatre (c/o Agent: Mr Peter Wilkinson, Landmark Planning Limited, 10 Salisbury Road, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Demolition of existing buildings and construction of five-storey extension (20m tall) to side of theatre, plus two-storey rear extension – at The Anchor Centre, 23 Dover Street, Leicester.
Starts in the three months to January were 14% down on a year ago and 11% lower than the preceding three months. Residential starts were 14% lower than a year ago and 9% down on the preceding three months. Non-residential project starts were 13% lower than a year ago as growth in industrial and office starts was overshadowed by declines in other sectors. Civil engineering was 14% lower than a year ago but 23% up on the preceding three months.
THE VALUE of work starting on site in the three months to January was 14% lower than a year earlier, according to the latest Glenigan Index. Starts fell 11% against the previous three months on a seasonally adjusted basis. Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The Glenigan Index reveals a subdued start to the year, with a widespread weakening in project starts across most parts of the country and different sectors. Weak economic growth and continued political uncertainty appears to be dampening construction activity in particular with declines in private housing and nonresidential projects. In contrast civil engineering projects starts increased against the previous three months, although they were down on a year ago. “Private residential starts during the three months to January were 20% down on the same period a year ago. On a seasonally adjusted basis starts were 15% lower than during the three months to October. The decline in project starts since last autumn is against a backdrop of fewer property transactions and weaker house price inflation in the wider housing market. Political and economic uncertainties are expected to continue to dampen housing market activity and project starts
in the near term, but the recent extension of Help to Buy to 2023 should help support project starts as the UK economic outlook becomes clearer. In contrast social housing starts rose 7% against the three months to October and matched the level seen a year ago. “Overall non-residential projects dropped 18% against the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis and were 13% lower than a year ago. The industrial and office sectors were two bright spots, with starts rising 6% and 20% respectively against a year ago. Other non-residential sectors saw double digit declines in project starts. The sharpest declines were in community & amenity and hotel & leisure starts which declined by 58% and 31% respectively. “Civil engineering starts rose 23% against the months to October on a seasonally adjusted basis, but were 14% down against a relatively strong performance a year ago. The recent rise in project starts has
been led by a sharp increase in the utilities sector with starts rising 75% against the previous three months. Infrastructure starts rose 11% over the same period.” Whilst most parts of the UK saw falls in the value of project starts against a year ago, starts rose in the South East (5%), the North West (3%) and West Midlands (14%). Regionally the sharpest falls were in London, South West and Scotland with starts declining by 32%, 21% and 26% respectively against a year ago.
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JAMES BROKENSHIRE has announced £250 million for housing deals, which includes £157 million for infrastructure funding for roads and green spaces. The money will help deliver a range of projects across the UK, including 10,000 homes on 7 Ministry of Defence sites and more than 1,500 homes at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park. The Government expects that the infrastructure investment, use of public land and targeted loans will help them build almost 25,000 more homes than the 222,000 that were built in 2017/2018. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) commends the Government on investing directly in land, infrastructure and housing to unlock homes, but warns that many of the sites will remain locked unless it takes more serious steps toward planning reform. Many of the sites will require further strong leadership from Homes England, who have been more easily circumventing the planning and financial barriers that non-government partnered developers experience. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “We need to build 100,000 more homes every year and this means better road networks and more recreational spaces. This direct and strategic housing investment is very welcome.” Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning policy at the House Builders Association, said: “At the heart of the broken housing market is the broken planning process. The Government must fix the barriers non-government partners face because we cannot fix the housing crisis with big and public sector builders getting the easier ride. Planning reform has to benefit the whole industry.”
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Housebuilder awards evening raises money for local hospital Executors of Norah Evelyn Allen Deceased (c/o Agent: Mr Andrew Large, Andrew Large Surveyors, The Estate Office, Staunton Harold Hall, Melbourne Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1RT) – Erection of 2 dwellings with vehicular access and off-street parking – at 2 Newton Road, Heather, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2RD. Mr T Marsden (c/o Agent: Mr Andrew Large, Andrew Large Surveyors, The Estate Office, Staunton Harold Hall, Melbourne Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1RT) – Residential development for up to 30 dwellings – at 67 Station Road, Hugglescote, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2GB. Mr A Keller (c/o Agent: Mr Paul Taylor, 15 Spring Lane, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WU) – Erection of 2 dwellings with detached garages – at 15 Spring Lane, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WU.
DAVIDSONS, the Leicestershire-based housebuilder, has held a very successful awards evening which raised much-needed funds for a Leicester-based hospital. The builder, based in Ibstock, held an event to recognise the ‘Best of Davidsons’ – inviting its staff, suppliers, subcontractors and consultants to celebrate the award winners whilst raising money for Glenfield Hospital. The awards event last year raised over £50,000 and this year’s event, held at Athena in Leicester topped that with more than £60,000 being raised for Glenfield Hospital’s Cardiology Unit. During the evening the guests were entertained by Jon Culshaw – the impressionist, comedian and actor, and Dr Ravi Pathmanathan, Consultant Cardiologist from Glenfield Cardiology Unit, explained how the money raised from the evening will be used to buy vital equipment for the Cardiology Ward. Stephanie King, Sales Director for Davidsons Homes, says: “The event has far exceeded our expectations in the two years we have been hosting it.
Jon Culshaw, James Wilson, Davidsons Homes Group Managing Director and Jason Glover, Davidsons Homes Operations Director present Paula Matthews, Davidsons Homes Sales Manager with her award for Davidsons Homes Sales Manager of the Year. “We are delighted that we can use the opportunity to recognise our fantastic staff and suppliers while raising money for a very worthwhile cause. “We are extremely grateful to everyone that kindly attended and donated towards the event. She added: “The evening was a huge success in every way that we could have hoped for and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
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NFB: Wholesale planning reform will give us the homes we need THE NATIONAL Audit Office (NAO) has confirmed that the Government will fail to solve the housing crisis unless radical changes to the planning process are made. The National Audit Office (NAO) has confirmed that the Government will fail to solve the housing crisis unless radical changes to the planning process are made. The NAO says that the planning system is underperforming because councils use outdated information to calculate how many new homes they need to build. At best, continuing the use this outdated data will only deliver 250,000 homes a year. Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP recognised the challenges but stressed that “over the last three decades, governments of all stripes have built too few homes of all types.” The NAO is right to point out that the Government cannot hope to build 300,000 new homes every year without reforming the planning process. However, when considering the reasons why we are not building enough homes, the NAO does not tell the whole story. The Government needs to do three things in order to build enough new homes: • update the flawed method used to assess local housing need; • ensure local plans are robust and allocate deliverable sites; • reform the process of planning permission. Homes England is already helping local authorities reform planning by: 1. working with local authorities directly to meet demand 2. speeding up the planning permission process;; 3. helping developers access finance after they secure planning permission.
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RICS UK Commercial Market Survey, Q4 2018
Change in shopping habits and uncertain politics impact the East Midlands market •
Tenant demand for retail space still falling sharply, contrasting with growth in the industrial sector
Industrial sector displaying positive rental expectations in the near term
Proportion of respondents sensing the overall market is in some stage of a downturn increases
Survey participants continue to highlight political uncertainty as holding back activity, with the lack of clarity causing business decisions to be delayed
THE Q4 2018 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Survey results continue to display mixed fortunes with changing shopping habits and uncertainty around politics remaining strong influences
in the East Midlands. The region’s retail sector, with declines driven by the structural shifts in consumer preferences, is in stark contrast to the strong performance of the industrial sector over the quarter. In Q4, all-sector occupier demand was flat, as the headline reading continues to be weighed down by declines in demand across the retail sector (net balance -50%). Demand for the office sector fell in Q4 following the Q3 results where respondents reported one of the strongest readings in the UK. At the same time, demand continued to rise in the industrial sector, with a net balance of +43% of respondents noting an increase in demand over the period. Given sustained growth in demand, the availability of industrial and office space in Q4, returning modestly positive gains for the region. Moving to retail, a net balance of 56% of respondents reported a rise in vacant space in Q4. Following a pick-up in demand for the industrial sector in the East Midlands, respondents’ expectations for rental growth in
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Harborough Aspects (Earlsdon) Ltd (c/o Agent: George Burton, GB A&E Ltd, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Rugby CV8 3LG) – Erection of 8 dwellings – at land opposite Leys Crescent, North Road, South Kilworth, Leics.
BB&J ESTATE Agents are offering for sale a development/conversion opportunity with planning consent for the erection of two new dwellings, under Erewash Borough Council reference: ERE1016/0017.
Development/conversion opportunity in desirable village location.
Existing period farmhouse together with a range of barns. Planning consent for the erection of two new dwellings ERE1016/0017 0.89 acre / 0.36 hectare site.
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Breadsall Village is a desirable address located some three miles north of Derby city centre close to the A61 (Sir Frank Whittle Road) and A38 which provides a direct route to the north of the region together with the M1 Junction 28.
The site is available in its entirety on a freehold basis subject to vacant possession.
Breadsall Village is a picturesque setting surrounded by open countryside with the subject demise is located off Rectory Lane just past the 'mini island' on the right hand side.
Offers in the region of £850,000.
All figures are quoted exclusive of VAT.
The former Brookside Farm comprises a period farmhouse building together with a range of outbuildings all of which are in need of a programme of refurbishment and renovation.
Each party are to be responsible for their own legal costs in connection with any transaction.
The demise is broadly rectangular with the farmhouse occupying an 'off centre position' with the outbuildings located to the rear of the centre.
Viewing is strictly via appointment with joint agents.
The 0.89 acre property – Brookside Farm, Breadsall Village, Rectory Lane, Derby DE21 5LL - comprises a period farmhouse building together with a range of outbuildings all of which are in need of a programme of refurbishment and renovation. The site is broadly rectangular with the farmhouse occupying an 'off centre position' with the outbuildings located to the rear of the centre. Vehicular access is via Rectory Lane and as part of the full planning consent there is permission for the erection of a pair of detached two storey dwellings each providing three bedrooms and located on self-contained plots. Offers in the region of £850,000 are invited for the freehold. For more information, contact Chris Keogh at BB&J on 01332 292825 or email: c.keogh@bbandj. co.uk
Vehicular access to the subject demise is via Rectory Lane and as part of the full planning consent there is permission for the erection of a pair of detached two storey dwellings each providing three bedrooms and located on selfcontained plots.
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Site Area: 0.89 acres / 0.36 hectares Proposed Internal Areas:
Plot 1 (New build) 98 sq m/ 1,055 sq ft Plot 2 (Conversion) 60 sq m/ 646 sq ft Plot 3 (New build) 113 sq m/ 1,216 sq ft Plot 4 (Conversion) 125 sq m/ 1,385 Plot 5 (Existing Farmhouse) 170 sq m/ 1,830 sq ft
The subject demise benefits from full planning consent under planning application ERE1016/0017 for the erection of two new dwellings, two barn conversions and an extension to the existing farmhouse. Full details of the planning permission along with any conditions can be found on Erewash Borough Council's Planning Portal.
We understand that there is mains water only connected to the site. All interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the availability of any services that may require.
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Rising Midlands property prices are boosting auctions success, say Bond Wolfe Auctions MIDLAND property investors are defying Brexit pessimism and benefiting from the region experiencing the fastest rising house prices in the UK, according to an expert at Bond Wolfe Auctions. Gurpreet Bassi, chief executive of Bond Wolfe Auctions, was speaking after new figures from property website Zoopla revealed Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham were the country’s first, joint second and joint fourth highest regions respectively for price rises since the June 2016 referendum to leave the EU. Mr Bassi said: “Despite all the Brexit doom and gloom, we are seeing switched-on Midland property investors who buy bargains at auctions, and then refurbish and sell them back into the market, enjoying a sharp rise in their fortunes.” The Zoopla survey found that house prices have grown fastest in Birmingham (up 16%), Manchester and Leicester, (both up 15%) and Nottingham and Edinburgh (both up 14%), mainly because economic and political uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote was more acutely felt in southern English cities. Mr Bassi said: “These findings come on top of ongoing trends that have been developing in recent years and highlight just how beneficial it is buy homes in the Midlands today. “The fastest and most efficient way to do this is by auction and we have a regular supply of competitively priced homes that can be bought at the fall of the hammer. “This is particularly beneficial for investors looking to refurbish for profit, as they not only add value to properties they have bought at a bargain but they then capture a second bonus because Midland house prices are outstripping the market. “This bonus can also be enjoyed by landlords seeking to increase their buy-to-let portfolios and by first-time buyers, as they could quickly find themselves sitting on a very healthy profit driven by the Midlands’ surging ahead as the fastest growing region for house prices.” Mr Bassi added: “In short, it’s time for property investors to fill their boots while house prices in the Midlands are rising so healthily, and there’s no better place to do this than in our auctions.” Bond Wolfe Auctions was launched in January by Bond Wolfe, one of the region’s leading property consultants. The team behind the new business is led by chief executive Gurpreet Bassi and managing director Ian Tudor, until recently the heads of residential and commercial auctions at the Bigwood auctions business. The company’s first auction on 13 March at Villa Park is one of six that Bond Wolfe Auctions is lining up for 2019. To view properties in the auction go to www.bondwolfeauctions.com/properties/ or to offer your property call 0121 312 1212.
Mr Harry Leak (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Conversion of dwelling to 4 residential units and one business unit including rear extension and demolition of outbuilding – at 31 High Street, Husbands Bosworth, Leics. LE17 6LJ. Mr Jamie Gibbins (c/o Agent: Miss Fiona Shaw, BHB Architects, Georgian House, 24 Bird Street, Lichfield WS13 6PT) – Erection of 31 dwellings with associated landscaping, highways and drainage – at Bowden Fencing, Leicester Lane, Great Bowden, Leics. LE16 7HA.
Rutland County Mr John Howden (c/o: 2 Tower Court, Irchester Road, Wollaston NN29 7RW) – Erection of 4 detached dwellings – at land to rear of North Brook Close, Greetham, Rutland.
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Lively bidding kicks off Leicester’s first property auction of the year BIDDING got off to a lively start at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s first Leicester auction of the year, with a townhouse in Calder Road, Beaumont Leys, selling for £95,000, which was £20k over its *guide price. The auction, at the King Power Stadium, raised total sales of over £3.3 million and saw a variety of lots from a bumper 184-lot East Midlands auction catalogue go under the hammer, including some excellent buy-to-let investments, family homes, commercial properties and development opportunities. And some of the buyers may find themselves experiencing TV fame after the auction, as a TV crew were filming for The Great House Giveaway, a new series due to be screened on Channel 4 in the autumn. Andrew Parker, managing director and auctioneer at SDL Auctions, said: “It was great to be back in the auction room, getting some excellent prices for our sellers. We had some terrific development
properties which proved popular with bidders who were willing to pay good money to invest in their next project.” Among the development and refurbishment opportunities sold on the day were a threebedroomed detached bungalow at 8 Martinshaw Lane, Groby, which sold for £204,000, from a guide price of £185,000+, 59 Burleigh Avenue, Wigston, a three-bedroomed semi requiring refurbishment, which sold for £144,000 from a guide price of £120,000+, and – ending the day’s bidding as strongly as it started – the fire-damaged 148 Glen Road, Oadby, which sold for £250,500, from a guide price of £180,000+. One of the bargain development properties of the day was a midterraced two-bedroomed house in Linden Terrace, Gainsborough, which sold for £33,000, which was still comfortably over its guide price of £30,000+. But not all the homes for sale were major refurbishment projects. A well presented townhouse in Woodhouse Close, Markfield, sold for £141,000 from a guide price of £135,000+, while a detached house
in Frobisher Close, Hinckley, which needs only cosmetic modernisation, sold for £257,000 from a guide price of £235,000+. Several apartments went under the hammer, too, including Flat 14, Braids Court, 502 London Road, Leicester, which sold for £138,000, from a guide price of £100,000+, a block of apartments in Hartington Road, Stockton-on-Tees, which sold for £93,500 from a guide price of £70,000+, and a tenanted block of apartments in Glenfield Road,
Leicester, which sold for £248,000 from a guide price of £225,000+. Among the remaining lots were commercial and development opportunities, including a parcel of land adjacent to The Woodlands, Gaulby Lane, Stoughton, Leicester, which sold for £130,000, from a guide price of £75,000, and a retail property in Prince Regent Street, Stockton on Tees, which sold for £33,000 from a guide price of £30,000.
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NFB: Government sending mixed messages on late payment Mr Mark Bassett (c/o: Cumberland Court, 80 Mount Street, Nottingham NG1 6HH) – Scoping opinion for residential development – at land at Quarry farm, Old Great North Road, Little Casterton, Rutland.
Oadby & Wigston Mr Patel (c/o: 124 Countesthorpe Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4PG) – Erection of 6 one-bedroom flats /bedsits and associated parking (Amendment to application 17/00274/FUL) – at 124 Countesthorpe Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4PG. Mr K Veja (c/o: 2 Carisbrook Gardens, Knighton, Leicester LE2 3PR) - Variation of Condition 13 (approved plans condition) of planning approval 17/00495/ FUL dated 19 September 2018 for demolition of existing building and erection of residential development comprising 1 block of 12 flats and 7 town houses - at 39 Long Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2AJ.
Blaby District Leicester City Council – Construction of 2 detached dwellings – at land to rear of 145 Lutterworth Road, Leicester. Mr Satwinder Singh (c/o Agent: Mr M T Malik, 30 Carlton Drive, Wigston, Leicester) – Subdivision of first and second floor residential dwelling to 3 self-contained flats, with parking – at 9 Dominion Road, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8FD. Mr Liam Lloyd (c/o Agent: Landmark Planning, 10 Salisbury Road, Leicster LE1 7QR) – Erection of 4 detached bungalows and associated works – at land to rear of 85/87 Sports Road, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8AN.
THE CROWN Commercial Service (CCS) will not be enforcing prompt payment on its £30 billion construction framework. The framework will be used by central government departments and local authorities. Although the CCS has stated that 30-day payment terms would apply on its forthcoming framework, it confirmed there would be no sanctions on those who failed to meet them. The NFB believes that this is cause for concern. The £30 billion framework will hoover up the potential work opportunities of many SMEs who will end up being frozen out of a lot of public work for the duration of the sevenyear framework. If the supply chain is not paid promptly, it will have a detrimental effect on the health of those companies which no longer have a reliable pipeline of work outside the framework. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “This is a particularly puzzling stance from the Government which stated that, from the autumn of 2019, it will only do business with companies that pay suppliers on time. “With the £30 billion construction framework launching in September, it would be an ideal time for the Government to side fully behind prompt payment by having its various initiatives working together.”
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Simon brings over 40 years of construction industry experience and previously held the position of Director at Summers-Inman in Leicester. Fellow Director, Chris Hunt said: “Simon’s arrival represents a significant step in the growth and development of Addison Hunt after also recently relocating to new offices in Loughborough. Having worked with Simon previously I know he will ensure our Clients receive the highest standard of service and our more junior staff significant support with their development.” Simon Collin MRICS said: “I am thrilled to be joining Chris at Addison Hunt at this exciting time of the company’s development. We share a drive and passion to give prospective Clients a professional service”. Addison Hunt is a young and progressive consultancy based in Loughborough, Leicestershire and provides Quantity Surveying & Project Management Services to both Clients and Contractors.
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L&Q Acts To Address Construction Industry’s Image Problem Following Startling New Research Mr T Hubbard (c/o Agent: Robert O’Callaghan Architects, Ivy House, Church Street, Rugby, Warks. CV23 0EW) – Alterations and extensions to existing dwelling to form 7 apartments and erection of a new two-bed apartment with garage (Revised scheme) – at 2 Barry Close, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE9 2HF. Mr J Houghton (c/o Agent: Isherwood McCann, Rose Park, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4DP) – Reserved matters application for the erection of one commercial building to form 3 units with parking and landscaping – at Rose Business Park, Lutterworth Road, Blaby, Leicester LE8 4DN. Mr Mark English (c/o Agent: Mrs Julie Thompson, Peter Thompson Architectural Services, 49 Leicester Road, Broughton Astley, Leics. LE9 6QE) – Erection of 2 two-storey buildings to create 4 apartments (Revised scheme) – at 14-21 Central Close, Whetstone, Leics. LE8 6JB. Mr G Watson (c/o Agent: AJS Architectural Services, 41 Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 0JH) – Proposed toilet block - at Badgers Mount Hotel, 6 Station Road, Elmesthorpe, Leics. LE9 7SG. Mr D Hicks (c/o Agent: Mr Matthew Bradbury, Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson Ltd, Broomgrove Lodge, 13 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield S10 2LZ) – Extension and alterations to leisure centre including new entrance canopy, façade works, glazing and window openings, rooftop plant and internal alterations – at Enderby Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4LX.
LESS THAN one in ten young people would consider a career in construction, even though more than half are interested in subjects that qualify them for the industry, new research by L&Q has revealed. L&Q, one of the UK’s largest housing associations and developers, surveyed 1,095 1618 year-olds about their career aspirations. Around 50 per cent of the young people said that they were interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). However, only nine per cent stated that they would consider a career in housebuilding. The Construction Industry Training Board estimates that 230,000 new recruits will be needed by 2020 to support construction growth and account for an ageing workforce. There are 167 different careers in construction, and the built environment is the second biggest employer in the country after the NHS. Around half of all construction careers require degrees in a STEM subjects. However, the new research revealed that the industry was perceived as challenging and unexciting by students. The findings were revealed in February as L&Q launched its new schools programme aimed at increasing the number of young people joining the construction industry by raising awareness of the wide variety of jobs available. Learning to Succeed is a £1 million programme that will seek to address the sector’s image issues by offering free STEM education lessons and
careers advice to 30 schools in 12 London boroughs. The programme is being developed and delivered in partnership with Construction Youth Trust, the construction industry’s youth charity. Schools became obliged to provide weekly careers advice to all pupils in 2018, although no extra funds have been allocated. L&Q is the first housing association in the country to offer careers advice and assistance of this kind. The survey also revealed: • Science is the most popular school subject, closely followed by maths •
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Young people cited concerns that construction wasn’t an exciting field to work in or they thought they wouldn’t be good at it as reasons for their lack of interest • However, for the nine per cent who were interested in construction, the “excitement” of the field was the biggest factor for their interest • Exactly 40 per cent of young people feared they wouldn’t be good at the job. To address this,
L&Q is promoting the benefits of apprenticeships where people are paid to learn. • The results suggested that having an exciting career was more important than money to the majority of young people, in our survey the young people who did want to work in construction said they were motivated by excitement rather than money Matthew Corbett, Director of the L&Q Foundation, said: “Construction isn’t just about hard hats and steel capped boots, it’s also about innovation, technology, great design, communities and placemaking. If we’re going to solve our housing crisis, then we need our young people to help – but first we need to increase interest and awareness of the opportunities the industry has to offer. “The average age of a tradesman on a site is now 45-years-old. And Brexit is looming. We’ve got a serious amount of work to do in promoting ourselves if we’re ever going to fill the substantial gaps in our skills base and make the industry more appealing to younger people.” Construction Youth Trust Director, Carol Lynch, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with L&Q to develop and deliver the Learning to Succeed programme. It is through the development of programmes like Learning to Succeed that we can challenge the negative misperceptions of the construction industry and inspire young people to choose a career from amongst the amazing breadth of roles available within the sector.”
Charnwood Mr Martin Ware (c/o Agent: WRA Limited) – Site for the erection of 33 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at 51 Oakley Road, Shepshed, Leics. LE12 9AU. Mr Francis Finnerty (c/o Agent: HSSP Architects Ltd) – Erection of 3 detached two storey, threebedroomed houses with access via a newly created private drive from Seagrave Road – at 137 Seagrave Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7TW. UCR Construction & Development Ltd (c/o Agent: Marrons Planning) – Proposed development of 10 new dwellings and conversion of the existing Grade II Listed farmhouse into 5 separate apartments – at 7 King Street, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7LZ.
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Shreeji Infrastructure Ltd (c/o Agent: Volta Designs) – Erection of 8 one-bed flats following demolition of existing workshops – at 12 Cotes Yard, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 1EU.
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Mrs Sarah Taylor – Erection of 169 dwellings and associated works – at land off Tickow Lane, Shepshed, Leics. Mr Stephen Pedrick-Moyle (c/o Agent: Stephen George & Partners) – Erection of a commercial building for builders merchants and storage and distribution purposes, including outside display and storage; erection of sliding gate, double gates and fencing to perimeter – at Clarence Street, Loughborough, Leics. Mr Rahman (c/o Agent: Tenacity Planning Consultants) – Proposed change of use of first and second floor from offices to 5 separate apartments – at First and second floor office, 16 Baxter Gate, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 1TG. AMS Projects Limited (c/o Agent: Mr Ives) – Change of use from offices to dwellings – at 3 Cossington Road, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7RW.
Rugby Borough Ms Mirza Khan (c/o Agent: Chapman Design, Lelleford House, Coventry Road, Long lawford, Rugby, Warks. CV23 9DT) – Prior approval change of use of first and second floor from shop storage to 2 residential flats – at 15 Sheep Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 3BU. Mr James Shera (c/o Agent: HB Architects, The Old Telephone Exchange, Albert Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 2SA) – Change of use from hotel to 8 residential units – at Alma Lodge Hotel, 30 Albert Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 2RS. Mr R Morgan (c/o Agent: Howkins & Harrison, 7-11 Albert Street, Rugby, Warks. CV21 2RX) – Conversion of agricultural building to 5 dwellinghouses (Prior approval) – at Barns at Priory Farm, Priory Road, Wolston, Warks. CV8 FX. Mr S Griffiths (c/o Agent: Robert O’Callaghan Architects, Ivy House, Church Street, Churchover, Rugby, Warks. CV23 0EW) – Demolition of existing structures and erection of 2 detached dwellings – at – at Springfield, Cawston Lane, Dunchurch, Warks. CV22 7RX.
THE WORD ‘gardening’, depending on whether you know your dandelions from your daffodils, might fill you with dread or incite utter joy. Either way, whether you love or loathe gardens, no one can deny that having an outdoor space to call your own is a great way to relax and unwind during the warmer months. But what if you don’t have time to keep the space properly maintained or lack the mobility for weekly weeding and regular mowing? The answer to this horticultural conundrum? Investing in porcelain paving. You might have noticed that porcelain has quickly become the ‘next big thing’ in landscaping circles and is now being used for all types of outdoor projects including patios and pathways. Porcelain, though - it doesn’t sound exactly hardwearing or low maintenance, does it? After all, isn’t it what they make dainty little teacups and delicate decorative objects from? And you wouldn’t want to be walking all over those in your size 9s! Yet, contrary to its perceived reputation and association with centuries old Chinese dynasties, porcelain is surprisingly low maintenance, incredibly durable, and non-slip. Not only is it amazingly flexible, but porcelain also has an incredible amount of strength, being highly resistant to chemicals and sudden changes in temperature. Ultimately, it’s everything you could possibly need for paving a garden patio area without worrying about a long term maintenance plan. The advantages of porcelain as a paving material don’t stop there. Aside from its ability to resist staining, mould, and moss, it provides a multitude of aesthetically pleasing options for the modern day garden space. From natural stone to timber effects, porcelain can be finished in nearly any style your heart desires. So if you’re planning to recreate an ornate Italian marble marvel, or desire some decking without having to stand for any of the sanding, porcelain is a great way to get the effect you want without the worry of future maintenance meltdowns. This means porcelain also makes an ideal material for driveways. So whilst you might think it’s odd to opt for tiles instead of the more traditional choices, such as sandstone or concrete, porcelain’s durability and ability to withstand damage from frost and moisture makes it a formidable alternative to more conventional choices. Installing porcelain paving also comes with its benefits. For example, compared with concrete, porcelain is easy to cut and far less labour intensive. Not only that, because it’s more lightweight, porcelain is also easier to transport and lift, meaning it works well for largescale projects. Whatever you want to do with your outdoor space, porcelain is the ideal material for creating picture-perfect, flawless finishes that will remain stylish for years to come.
A COMMERCIAL manager has been appointed as Bellway Eastern Counties’ third member of staff, as part of the company’s rapid expansion plan. James Lambert, 28, brings five years’ Bellway experience with him to the role for the developer’s latest division, which has its offices at Percy Road in Huntingdon. It has been a whirlwind trajectory for James, who first worked for Bellway in a summer placement while studying Quantity Surveying BSc at Sheffield Hallam University. James said: “I first worked for Bellway in Summer 2010 while I was studying, and I then worked a placement year with them as part of my course. “After I graduated in 2013, I applied for a job as a surveyor/estimator with them and was delighted when they offered me a full-time position. “I gained five years’ experience at Bellway’s office in Milton Keynes and was really keen to try a new challenge when I heard that the company was launching a new division from Huntingdon. “Being part of the founding stages of a new division was too good an opportunity to turn down and although I have a longer commute, it’s totally worth it.”
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A NATIONAL development consultancy has pledged to pro-actively support colleagues who may be experiencing emotional distress or mental ill health. Pegasus Group, which has with more than 290 staff, has launched its Mental Health Strategy and trained a team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) to act as an initial contact in each of its 12 offices across the UK. The move comes as the consultancy unveiled national mental health charity Mind as its charity of the year for 2019. Pegasus Group Managing Director Tony Bateman said: “In choosing Mind as our charity of the year, it seemed right that as a company we shine a light on the wellness, wellbeing and mental health of our own colleagues. “The Pegasus Group Mental Health Strategy is an ambitious plan of how we intend to help protect and enhance the mental health of our employees over the next five years. “We are committed to creating an environment in which employees feel able to talk openly about any mental health challenges they face without fear of discrimination. “One of the most important milestones of the Strategy is the appointment of MHFAs across the business, protecting the health and welfare of our employees by creating good working conditions, helping prevent new mental health problems occurring and supporting those with existing conditions to get on in work and thrive.”
First Aider The role of the Mental Health First Aider is to be a point of contact for a colleague who is experiencing emotional distress or mental ill health. This can range from an initial conversation to helping support colleagues in getting the appropriate help and is not limited to a crisis situation. MHFAs are not trained psychiatrists or therapists but can offer initial support through guidance and nonjudgemental listening. Talking to a trusted person can help to start break down the harmful stigma that can surround mental health and raise awareness of what information is available for any issues that an individual may be facing. Jane Gardiner, Office Manager, who is one of the newly trained MHFA in Pegasus Group’s Bristol office, said: “This is a great initiative and when I was asked to become a mental health first aider I didn’t hesitate. “The training was intensive but very informative and I am confident that I am now better placed to recognise when a colleague may be struggling and have the right tools in place to help.” Pegasus Group staff members are enjoying focusing their fundraising efforts on Mind this year. With shops and branches across the whole country, Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mr Crowne (c/o Agent: Chapman Design, Lelleford House, Coventry Road, Long lawford, Rugby, Warks. CV23 9DT) – Proposed demolition of existing dwelling and garage and erection of 2 new build dwellings – at 61 Bawnmore Road, Bilton, Rugby, Warks. CV22 6JN. Mr Rodney Webb (c/o Agent: Chapman Design, Lelleford House, Coventry Road, Long lawford, Rugby, Warks. CV23 9DT) – Prior approval for the change of use of three agricultural buildings to 2 dwelling houses – at Oakridge Farm, Hillmorton Lane, Rugby, Warks. CV23 0BA.
HOME IMPROVEMENT retailer, Wickes celebrated the opening of its new store in Wigston with a weekend of activities kicking off on Friday, 1st February. The Mayor, Councillor David Carter and Mayoress, Mrs Janet Carter of Oadby visited the store to officially cut the ribbon, and customers were treated to 15% off everything all weekend. Those in store on Saturday, 2nd February, between 12 and 4pm enjoyed a whole host of family activities including face painting and having their photo taken with one of the UK’s most iconic four-legged friends – the Dulux dog. Students from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College also attended the opening following their recent participation in a local VIY (Volunteer It Yourself) volunteering project at Elliott Hall, Wigston’s only independent community centre. The Wickes store in Wigston donated all the tools and materials required for the project and covered the cost of professional tradespeople to act as mentors on the ground. The youth and community centre now boasts two new spacious rooms after the young volunteers worked together to replace flooring that previously made the rooms unusable.
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Nuneaton & Bedworth Fateh Mohamed (c/o Agent: Mr Ravi Panesar, 33 Launde Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4HH) – Erection of 3 bungalows – at land to the rear of 255 The Long Shoot, Nuneaton, Warks. CV11 6JH.
Rushcliffe Messrs David & Robert Wilson (c/o Agent: Mr Ian McHugh, IMcH Planning & Development Consultancy, 20 Attewell Close, Draycott, Derby DE72 3QP) – at land north west of 130 Melton Road, Stanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire. Mr Chris Newington (c/o Agent: Mrs Helen Broadhurst, Vale Planning Consultants, Elder House, 2 Boyers Orchard, Harby, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 4BA) – Erection of 2 dwellings – at land south of Hawksworth Road, Screveton, Nottinghamshire NG13 8JP. Wilford Lane Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Mr Paul Brailsford, Freeths LLP, Cumberland Court, 80 Mount Street, Nottingham NG1 6HH) – Hybrid application comprising full planning permission for construction of retail units, café/restaurant, drinking establishment and outline planning permission for residential uses – at land on Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham. Mrs Louise Ward (c/o: Persimmon Homes North Midlands, Davidson House, Meridian East, meridian Business park, Leicester LE19 1WZ) – Erection of 47 dwellings (partial replan of approved scheme 14/01927/VAR) – at land east of Kirk Ley Road (Phase 3), East Leake, Nottinghamshire.
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Persimmon Building Futures With Team GB GROUPS WORKING with under 18’s in Leicestershire could be in with a chance of winning a share of £1,000,000 thanks to a major scheme launched today by a leading housebuilder. Persimmon Homes is launching its national Building Futures programme in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. The scheme, being run regionally by Persimmon Homes North Midlands, aims to support community groups across three categories: sports, education and arts, and health. Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year gave away £620,000 to support children’s sport. The year’s scheme is aimed solely at community projects for under-18s and targeted at grassroots sports groups, community groups dealing with physical and mental health issues and awareness, as well as arts and education projects. Locally, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects. Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October. In each sector – sport, education and arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000. To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit www. persimmonhomes.com
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LEADING independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard has made two senior promotions with both Adrian Ceney and David Harris being promoted to partner. David originally joined Pick Everard in Leicester in 2008 as a chartered senior building surveyor and has since progressed through the ranks, being promoted to national director three years ago before making the step to partner this year. David has developed services with a range of high-profile national clients including National Grid, Cadent Gas, the BBC and EDF Energy. Adrian will also make the step up to the partnership following a three-year stint as national director responsible for project management across the firm. During this time, Adrian has overseen significant growth of the PM division, with Pick Everard now one of the UK’s top 20 project management firms. Adrian has helped develop a number of key client accounts, including supporting the firm’s work with Scape Group. Speaking of his promotion, David said: “I am very pleased to have been promoted into the partnership at Pick Everard following a number of years as part of the senior team and am looking forward to continuing to shape the firm’s growth. “In recent years, Pick Everard has gone from strength to strength and I
Adrian Ceney (left) and David Harris have been promoted am delighted to have been a part of that; our team is incredibly talented, hard-working and committed to delivering an exceptional service to our clients. It’s an exciting time to be part of the business and I am thrilled to be taking on this new role.” Adrian is responsible for strategic direction, governance and performance of the project management division at Pick Everard and says he is looking forward to driving this area of the business further moving forward. He said: “We have had real success within the project management team in recent years and I am excited about what the future holds; I am very proud to be a part of it. It goes without saying that I am delighted to have been promoted to partner and am looking forward to the new challenge. We have a great team. “We have ambitious plans for growth across our range of services
and our geographical reach, and I am looking forward to being a part of that in my new role.” The promotions play a key role in the firm’s 2020 vision to be the firstchoice property, construction and infrastructure consultancy. Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard, added: “David and Adrian are both real assets to our team and I am very pleased to congratulate them both on their promotions to partner and wish them every success in their new roles. “Their promotions are testament to their hard work in supporting and building the business; I know that they will continue to play an integral role in shaping the future for Pick Everard in the coming months and years.” With 11 offices across the UK, Pick Everard is continuing to grow, operating nationally across a broad range of sectors and services.
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deadline, speed, efficiency and durability during the construction process has never been more critical. “That’s why we’ve launched our new Strike+ range of high early strength concretes. Its rapid setting times enables users to dramatically increase their productivity when building carriageway replacements, airport hard standings, warehouses, precast structures. “It also provides the enhanced strength and longwearing properties required on many infrastructure projects. We’d urge all our customers, new and existing, to make the most of this new innovative range of concrete solutions.” Strike+ products are manufactured and delivered using volumetric concrete mixers, with water only added to the mix at the point of use. The ranges consists of specially blended binders, PC52.5N CEM1 (BSEN 197) and carefully selected concrete aggregates (BSEN 1260).
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Study Inn acquire Lambert House in Nottingham A MIDLANDSBASED student accommodation company has announced a £30 million investment into Nottingham. Study Inn Group, which manages more than 1800 student rooms across the UK, has acquired Lambert House in Talbot Street, currently the home of Experian. Study Inn sold its ‘Portfolio 1’ of 10 sites (1,500 rooms) in Coventry, Nottingham, Sheffield and Cambridge to international investment firm Arlington Advisors (Arlington) 12 months ago but continues to manage Portfolio 1 for Arlington under the Study Inn Brand and is now building ‘Portfolio 2’ with 300 rooms already trading in Bristol and a further 1,000 in secured pipeline. Last month it also announced a £20 million investment in Loughborough and will be discussing both schemes at MIPIM – the world’s largest commercial property development and investment show – next month. Experian will remain in Lambert House until the end of September 2019 and the re-developed property is planned for opening in September 2020 with 300 rooms and innovative communal space. Study Inn was founded in Coventry in 2009 by hotel and construction specialists Edward Jefferson and Kieran Leahy and has built its success on the regeneration of well-located existing buildings providing high-quality, secure, well managed, serviced rooms in town and city centres. This regenerates empty buildings, creates jobs and drives up footfall which benefits the local retail and leisure economy and reduces pressure on housing in the suburbs.
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MORGAN SINDALL Construction & Infrastructure has celebrated a key milestone at Project Medius, a landmark £50 million regeneration scheme in Leicester.
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Construction work is progressing well; the concrete frame on the 10-storey Novotel hotel has been completed and work has begun on the outside façade cladding. The internal fit out of the hotel is also underway, with one sample room now installed to the required specifications. Works on the office block are also on track, with internal fit outs underway and 85% of the cladding now in place. The occasion was marked with the signing of a concrete column onsite, with the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby and several members of the Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure team in attendance on the day. Set over a four-and-half-acre site, Project Medius is being delivered for Leicester-headquartered property group, Charles Street Buildings (CSB). The mixed-use development is an integral part of plans to regenerate Leicester city centre. The site, located off Vaughan Way, will feature two major hotels. The Novotel has 154 bedrooms, including executive rooms and suites, a gym, banqueting facilities, meeting rooms and a ground floor feature bar and restaurant. The
six-storey Aparthotel Adagio will offer 95 studio or one bed apartments. The development will also provide 35,000 sq ft of space in a new fivestorey office, a new public realm area called Great Central Square and a major highways and traffic management scheme. Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure’s work is taking place alongside the regeneration of the former Leicester Central train station and creation of a new car park for the hotels and office, which CSB is undertaking itself. Richard Frape, Project Director at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to reach this important milestone as we move ever closer to delivering this exciting project for the people of Leicester. “Project Medius is set to play a central role in revitalising this area of the city. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with everyone involved over the coming months as we deliver this once in a generation scheme.” Joseph Murphy, Director, at CSB, said: “The progress that has been in made in constructing two new hotels, a new office block and new public realm in Leicester City Centre is very pleasing. “Our ambitious regeneration plans, along with those of Leicester City Council, in this area are now having an impact on Leicester’s sky line and street scene. “Completion of superstructure works for the Novotel and Adagio
marks the next phase of tangible delivery of this transformative development and starts the countdown to the arrival of exciting new hotels, along with work and leisure facilities at No1 Great Central Square and Leicester Central.” City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “This is a very exciting development for Leicester and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the excellent progress being made. “Once complete, this major privately-led regeneration scheme will help create a really attractive new gateway linking the city centre to the Waterside area. “It is a vital part of our ambitious vision for this part of the city and represents a major step forward in realising the area’s enormous potential. “Congratulations to CSB, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and all involved.” Thomas Dubaere, COO Northern Europe, AccorHotels commented: “Leicester is one of the locations around the UK where we have been expanding the presence of our brands to cater for the increasing demands of business and leisure tourism. “The city boasts attractions such as its cathedral, football team, the National Space Centre and the King Richard III Visitor Centre, which has become a major international attraction, but is also at the heart of the burgeoning Midlands Engine.” Construction work is expected to complete by the end of 2019.
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David Wilson Homes Golf Day Fundraiser raises over £14,000 DAVID WILSON Homes has not only hit golf balls but also the five star homebuilder’s fundraising goal at a charity tournament with its staff for Alzheimer’s Society, which is the leading developer’s charity of the year. Seventy golfers, including David Wilson Homes’ staff, suppliers and subcontractors have raised £7,044.76 at a charity golf tournament, which was held at Willesley Park Golf Club in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The amount raised was matched by the homebuilder’s parent company, Barratt Developments, to take the total amount to £14,089.52. Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, working tirelessly to challenge perceptions, fund research and improve care and support. It’s predicted that, by 2021, a million of us will have dementia and two million by 2051. Darren Langton, Construction Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “The tournament was a lot of fun for all who took part and was made even sweeter from knowing we were raising money for a great cause. A lot of us know people with dementia, so knowing we’re doing our part to help makes it worthwhile.” David Wilson Homes staff, suppliers and subcontractors at the charity The money raised by David Wilson Homes will golf tournament in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society support the charity’s research, campaigning and local support for people with dementia. Heidi Wilkinson, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the East Midlands, said: “We want to say a big thankyou to David Wilson Homes for uniting against dementia and helping our vital work. Too many people are facing dementia alone and we urgently need to improve care, offer help and understanding and find new treatments for the people affected.”
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Radonova launches a new product for safe radon monitoring in soil RADONOVA Laboratories is launching a new detector that makes it safer and easier to monitor radon in soil. The new Ecotrak® detector can be used ahead of new builds and property modernisations and provides quick, reliable information on the amount of radon in the soil being tested. Unlike other commonly used soil detectors, Ecotrak® is covered by international comparative tests. The detector is supplied in a Tyvek bag, which protects against moisture, dirt and other factors that could affect the result. Ecotrak® does not have to be returned for immediate analysis, rather it can be collected and stored at stockists for a short period. This enables more streamlined handling and means that detectors from several different monitoring periods can be sent for analysis at the same time. “Monitoring radon in soil is relatively simple. The challenge is to monitor it in such a way as to provide a reliable result. In part, this means that the product itself has to be high quality and able to withstand the stresses that are part and parcel of monitoring in soil.
However, it also means using an accredited laboratory that takes part in international tests. This enables us to carry out fact-based comparisons with large amounts of reference data,” says Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Laboratories. “With the new Ecotrak offering we are making it simpler and safer than ever to monitor radon in soil. No matter what type of construction is involved, there’s value in understanding the radiation source in the ground, and propensity for elevated radon emanations. What’s more, in some cases the local building committee requires a study into radon levels before granting building permits. Should monitoring show that the site is what’s termed ‘high risk’, construction methods can be modified, including radon barriers and other preventative methods,” says Bill Rounds, President at Radonova.
Ground radon in brief Uranium and radium are the two elements that contribute to the levels of radon gas found in soil. Levels of radon gas can vary widely depending on the type of soil. As a general rule, the airier the soil composition, the higher the level of radon. Conversely, a more compact
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Covered by stringent international comparative studies Not sensitive to moisture (large amounts of water do, however, affect the results) Supplied in a protective Tyvek bag Can be collected and stored for a short period (for
efficient handling of multiple measurements) • Monitoring usually takes place over one to seven days • Can be used all year round (provided the soil is free of frost) The recommendation is to use at least three detectors for the first 100 m² of the site where the property or construction will stand, and then it’s a good idea to have at least one extra detector per extra 50 m².
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Wednesday 13th March 2019 BOND WOLFE AUCTIONS Holte Suite, Aston Villa FC, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE 10.30am start Tel: 0121 312 1212 www.bondwolfeauctions.com
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 COTTONS Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham, B6 6HE 11am start Tel: 0121 247 2233 www.cottons.co.uk
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Monday 8th April 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Leicester City Football Club, Keith Weller Suite, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL 11.30am start Tel: 0116 254 9654 www.sdlauctions.co.uk
Thursday 21st March 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Aston Villa FC, Holte Suite, Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE 10.30am start Tel: 0121 233 5046 www.sdlauctions.co.uk Thursday 21st March 2019 LOVEITTS Village Urban Resort Hotel, Canley, Coventry CV4 9GZ 6.30pm start Tel: 024 7652 7789 www.loveitts.co.uk
Tuesday 9th April 2019 SDL AUCTIONS Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE 11.30am start Tel: 0115 958 8702 www.sdlauctions.co.uk Wednesday 10th April 2019 KAL SANGRA SHONKI BROTHERS Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL 5pm start Tel: 0116 254 3373 www.shonkibrothers.com
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South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show exceeds expectations THE POTENTIAL concerns surrounding Brexit and the property market were debunked at the first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, which defied expectations despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting fifty per cent more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, welcomed over 9,700 visitors across the two days, with an average project spend of £154,834 per person. The inaugural event’s success demonstrated how buoyant the self-build property market is within the South East region, delivering fifty per cent more attendees than expected, with over 75 per cent of visitors having a live project underway within the next 12 months, creating potential significant sales opportunities for exhibitors for future shows. Consumers were also looking to increase their knowledge and skills on everything from design, planning and construction to period renovations. The best-attended seminars and masterclasses included those on building homes with value, design inspiration for self-builders and renovators, while one-on-one consultations with industry experts were also popular. Data gathered from the South East event revealed that 15 per cent of visitors were trade, a strong turnout for a first-launching event. Exhibitor attendance was also high, with the event hosting over 130 companies. The show’s floor space brimmed with tradespeople keen to network with likeminded professionals, discover the latest industry trends, and explore the most recent and innovative products on the market. The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is anticipated to offer more events than ever before this year. The events will also be visiting Birmingham from 28-31 March; Glasgow from 1-2 June; Surrey from 29-30 June; London from 4-6 October; Edinburgh from 19-20 October; Harrogate from 1-3 November and Somerset from 16-17 November. Those interested in attending the Homebuilding & Renovating Show can claim free tickets via http://homebuildingshow.co.uk/visitus
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Business growth leads to tradespeople search for Mansfield house builder MANSFIELD based Rippon Homes is on the hunt for skilled tradespeople to help continue to build their high quality homes throughout the East Midlands. The continued success of the housebuilder has prompted a need for more sub-contractors including bricklayers, plasterers and joiners for 2019 – 2020. With upcoming developments in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, Rippon Homes is scheduled to build 150 homes this year and 200 in 2020. All Rippon Homes are designed and built with Ian Dyke - Rippon care and high quality products, with superior Homes Managing specification throughout, Director using locally sourced labour and materials where possible. Ian Dyke, Managing Director of Rippon Homes said: “With the continued growth of the business, we are searching for East Midlands based bricklayers, plasterers and joiners who can help to continue crating our beautiful homes.” Rippon Homes also offers apprentice schemes, for those searching to develop their skills through on the job training. Ian continued: “With an ageing skill base, it is important that all new homebuilders take on apprentices to ensure we have a skilled trade base to build homes for the future. “We have been taking on apprentices for almost 30 years now, allowing raw talent to develop their skills whilst working and being trained on site. Most of our apprentices have gone on to have long lasting careers, we look forward to this continuing.” Founded in 1953, Rippon Homes specialises in building high quality houses and bungalows in desirable locations across the Midlands. Prioritising quality over quantity, Rippon Homes has current properties for sale throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. For more information about Rippon Homes, please call 01623 659 000 or alternatively, you can visit www. ripponhomes.co.uk.
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SIMONS DEVELOPMENTS has acquired an 11-acre site in West Bridgford, Nottingham from Sainsbury’s and has submitted plans for a (circa) £60 million , 170,000 sq ft mixed-use development. Simons’ proposals incorporate a 22,000 sq ft food store to be prelet to Lidl, 205 residential units, a 63-bed retirement block, other retail units, a family pub and drive-thru coffee shop. Subject to planning, Simons hopes to begin construction this Autumn with completion of the scheme phased over an 18-month period. West Bridgford is one of Nottingham’s most sought-after neighbourhoods and the site is located on Wilford Lane, within easy reach of Nottingham city centre. Commercial letting agents are McMullen Wilson and Colliers International with Bidwells as residential advisers.
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The March 2019 issue of Leicestershire Builder Magazine. News and information for the construction industry in Leicestershire UK.
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The March 2019 issue of Leicestershire Builder Magazine. News and information for the construction industry in Leicestershire UK.