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Newsletter OCTOBER 2017



Galliford Try, Kier and Wates made the top 3 of July’s Construction League

Willmott Dixon wins £50m refurbishment deal at the Old Admiralty Building

Cladding on 259 high-rise buildings failed fire safety tests

Sir Robert McAlpine replaces Bouygues on Phase 3 of Battersea Power Station

Winter is coming..

Tom has tied the knot!

Autumn has officially begun, the leaves are going brown on the trees, mornings are getting colder and there is now less than a 100 days until Christmas After a jam-packed quarter, we welcome you to another edition of the FTS Newsletter, there have been large construction announcements from both national and local news to Bournemouth and Poole. We have also published an article about something that we come across frequently in the recruitment world, the counter offer. You can read more on this below…

To Stay or Not to Stay?

Congratulations to our Key Account Manager, Tom on his recent marriage to Debbie. We wish them the very best for a long and happy future together.

Over the years we have seen many a counter offer put on the table from frantic employers and in this article, we have covered both the positives and negatives of accepting; whilst shining some light on the subject. View this article here

We are hiring! As we are currently growing the recruitment team in our Bournemouth office, we would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in joining our boutique agency or know someone who is.

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The votes are in!

Our National News... St.Modwen’s 227 Acre Site BAM at Southampton

As some of you will know, birthdays are a big deal for us here at FTS. As a recruitment agency we thought that, instead of a cake, we would give all those who are registered with us the chance to nominate a favored charity during their birthday week. The charity with the most nominations by the end of each quarter receives a small donation. Well the results are in from last period and we are pleased to have sent £80 to the Alzheimers Society. Thank you to those who took part and watch this space for this quarters vote! If you would like to get involved then register by calling us on 01202 201225 or head over to to view our live list of vacancies.

Galliford Aquisition

Galliford Try plc confirms that its Galliford Try Partnerships business has completed the acquisition of the Drew Smith group, a leading contracting and mixed-tenure developer in the south of England. The purchase comes after the recent publication of Galliford Try Partnerships’ new strategy, targeting growth in key regions around the country where it has yet to establish a presence and where it can increase the supply of new homes.


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St Modwen is finally beginning work on a 1,500-home estate described as ‘one of the most significant housing projects in the South East’ after submitting a detailed planning application for the 227 acre site at Crab Hill in Wantage. The development will also contain a new primary school, a pub/restaurant and local retail accommodation, sports pitches, employment space and community amenities set around a central park. St. Modwen will implement the infrastructure works and deliver up to half of the 1,500 new homes through its housebuilding arm St Modwen Homes. The rest of the development plots will be awarded in tranches and sold to other house builders for building out.

BAM is set to start main building work for Southampton University on a learning and teaching block at the Highfield Campus in the city. The £30m building project will include a 250-seat lecture theatre, a range of seminar and teaching rooms and a café. The facility will be comprised of two wings reaching a maximum height of seven storeys and will be located on Salisbury Road, next to the University’s bus interchange. Site preparation contractor PTC has handed over the site to allow work to start to complete in time for the new term start in 2018. The single 4 and 7-storey Gower South building

£500m at Royal Elm Park Reading Football Club’s property arm has got the green light to build a major convention centre, 250-bed hotel and ice rink on land next to its stadium. Royal Elm Park, the £500 million landmark development adjacent to Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium, has been approved by Reading Borough Council, subject to conditions. The plan will develop a 15ha parcel of land used for car parking and training. These plans also include

630 homes across a dozen blocks, a large multi-story car park, large public square and park. Subject to completing the final planning requirements, construction will start early next year, with final completion in 2023.

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Local Construction Highlights...

Controversial Carr Development

Richard Carr has revealed a controversial vision to refurbish two Sandbanks hotels and transform a third into flats. The £250m plans include: The demolition of the Haven Hotel and the construction of a 10-storey apartment block of up to 260 properties on the huge three-acre site which would include a 7,000-square foot restaurant named, the Jurassic Eye at the top of the building offering 360 views. The development would also include a new 190 bed hotel on the site of the Sandbanks Hotel and a new 45-apartment hotel and spa on the current Harbour Heights Hotel location at Canford Cliffs. More than 900 objections have been lodged with Borough of Poole. Protect Sandbanks Group, set up to oppose the plans, called the flats a “10-storey, faceless” development. Chairman David Morley said: “I don’t think this is the right place for towering blocks of flats. “What’s being proposed is to demolish the Haven Hotel and the owner’s house next door to enlarge the footprint to put an even bigger block of flats on that site. “This is not about a few rich residents, it’s an issue for people all over the country and abroad who come and enjoy this location.”

Poole’s Retail Therapy A refurbishment to Poole Dolphin Shopping Centre has been announced after bosses at the centre have signed an agreement with the Borough of Poole to unlock a £26 million programme of investment. The 18-month improvement scheme by Legal & General is due to begin in the summer and finish at the end of 2018. Work to internal malls and entrances, public spaces and facades of Falkland Square will take place. Alongside this, Poole council has invested £1.5m into upgrading the multi-storey car park. Centre manager John Grinnell said several leading retailers have signed up to the improved building. New Look will increase the size of its branch, while German shoe retailer Deichmann will take on a unit. “We’re delighted with these announcements. The people of Poole deserve a fantastic place where they can socialise with family and friends,” Mr Grinnell said. “By adding a range of fantastic new retailers, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s interests. Our improvement programme will enhance the centre and add to the appeal of the town as a whole.”

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FTS Newsletter - Autumn 2017  
FTS Newsletter - Autumn 2017