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March 22, 2019

Contractors Announced for Severn Trent Framework

Severn Trent’s AMP7 Capital Delivery Framework has announced its first contractors. The water company is investing circa £2 billion in these projects, which will be carried out between 2020 and 2025. The framework has been structured into four defined lots, with Lot 1 representing the capital delivery design and build frameworks

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Design Unveiled for Bolton’s Urban Village

The plans for the design of Bolton’s first purpose-built, multi-generational Build to Rent (BTR) urban village, have been unveiled. Developer Placefirst aims to transform Central Street car park in the town centre into the new £27.5 million development. “Bolton Council has set out an ambitious vision for the town centre

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ceda Supplier Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

We’re delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees for this year’s ceda Supplier Awards! The Supplier Awards are voted for by ceda members, for the suppliers they feel have delivered the best overall service in terms of quality of product, support and service. Recognition is given to three categories; Heavy

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Construction of Leisure Centres – The UK’s Increasing Demand

The sports and leisure industries within the UK are booming. More people than ever before are choosing to focus on their health and fitness, thanks in part to inspiring role models within the sector. Boxing and fitness classes are becoming particularly popular, yet space for these types of facilities is

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March 22, 2019

Contractors Announced for Severn Trent Framework

Severn Trent’s AMP7 Capital Delivery Framework has announced its first contractors. The water company is investing circa £2 billion in these projects, which will be carried out between 2020 and 2025. The framework has been structured into four defined lots, with Lot 1 representing the capital delivery design and build frameworks and Lots 2, 3 and 4 forming three separate capital delivery build only frameworks. Successful contractors in Lot 1 (Design and Build) include: • Amey Utility Services Limited • Costain Limited • J Murphy & Sons • Mott MacDonald Bentley • MWH Treatment • nmcn • VolkerStevin & Atkins Joint Venture. Those successful in Lot 2 (Build only – Civils) comprise: • Barhale & Doosan Enpure • Coffey Construction • CPC Civils • Forkers • GEDA Construction • JN Bentley • Kier Integrated Services • MWH Treatment • nmcn • VolkerStevin. “Getting fast-track status from Ofwat means that we’ve been able to make a really early start on our planning for AMP7. We now have 12 months where we can define the key projects we need to deliver for our customers, which we can do alongside our new construction partners. We are delighted we now have our partners in place for lots 1 and 2, and this is a really exciting time for us as we look at new, more efficient ways to invest for the future to make our services even better,” commented Helen Miles, Capital Delivery and Commercial Director at Severn Trent. Amey, which has worked for Severn Trent for over 20 years delivering clean water mains renewals, sewer maintenance and the installation and refurbishment of pumping stations, is one of the seven delivery partners for Lot 1. The company will be responsible for the design and build of water and wastewater assets above and below ground. “We’re delighted to have secured a place on the capital delivery framework and we look forward to playing an integral part in delivering Severn Trent’s vision for AMP7. Ensuring an excellent customer experience, protecting the local environment and supporting the community in which we work is at the heart of the work we do, and is an ethos we share with Severn Trent,” said Amey chief executive Andy Milner.

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Design Unveiled for Bolton’s Urban Village

The plans for the design of Bolton’s first purpose-built, multi-generational Build to Rent (BTR) urban village, have been unveiled. Developer Placefirst aims to transform Central Street car park in the town centre into the new £27.5 million development. “Bolton Council has set out an ambitious vision for the town centre and we are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking local authority. We have developed our plans for Central Street with the wider town centre framework in mind and are confident our proposals will reflect that ambition. Having cut our teeth delivering complex refurbishment projects in regeneration areas, Bolton represents an important new milestone for Placefirst as our first major town centre new-build BTR community,” commented David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst. The village consists of four blocks that include a mix of circa 200 homes – family town houses, downsized apartments, and a choice of one and two-bedroom apartments. The properties will be joined by up to 15,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, and a range of ground floor commercial units. In addition, an outdoor art gallery is also being considered for the development. The overall scheme, designed with MCAU architects, will complement the historic fabric of Bolton centre through a mix of medium-rise buildings set out to create a network of people-friendly streets, squares and courtyards. This is the latest in a series of announcements as part of Bolton Council’s £1.2 billion masterplan to redevelop the town centre. “This project will show that town centre, urban living isn’t just for young people living in boring apartments. Through good design and excellent placemaking, schemes such as this will appeal to families, downsizers and the elderly, living together in a genuinely multi-generational community,” said David Smith-Milne. “As a build-to-rent developer and landlord, Placefirst put the end-user at the forefront of our designs, ensuring we deliver great homes complimented by attractive amenity spaces that bring communities together. Central Street embraces this thinking through the creation of a new residential neighbourhood characterised by human scale urban design and an engaging public realm strategy,” he added. A planning application will be submitted later this year and, subject to approval, Placefirst aims to start work on site by early 2020 with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.

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Building Projects Group appointed as contractor for ‘vital’ next stage of building development for North West charity

Charity Reuben’s Retreat has appointed Hadfield-based Building Projects Group Ltd to undertake the next stage in the development of the charity’s forever home. Reuben’s Retreat aims to help families who have children with a life threatening or life limiting illness, or those who have lost a child, offering support in a number of ways. Building Projects Group has now begun work on phases four, five and six at the Retreat. The three phases, which are part of a 10 phase, multi-million pound project, will include a hydro suite, a sensory play and movie room, offices and fully accessible changing facilities. The building work should take around 30 weeks, so is expected to complete in Autumn 2019. The work will involve comprehensive structural works, extensions. full electrical & mechanical upgrades and a high specification construction and fit out. It will also see the creation of a feature glazed link, a new entrance, a fully accessible Hydro Pool including accessible changing facilities and plantroom. The charity bought the old Wood’s Hospital in Glossop in 2014, taking on the massive challenge of renovating it from near dereliction to become Reuben’s Retreat, a place where families can relax, recharge, remember and rebuild. Reuben’s Retreat was set up in memory of 23-month old Reuben, who fell ill while on a family holiday in Devon in August 2012. A trip to A&E revealed a rare and aggressive brain tumour. He sadly never regained consciousness and passed away a week later in his mother’s arms, who pledged his short life wouldn’t be in vain. Nicola Graham, Reuben’s mummy and founder of Reuben’s Retreat, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Building Projects Group – they quickly stood out as a partner who understood what we are about and who would help us achieve our aims. They’re going out and championing our cause for us and asking their key suppliers for their most competitive pricing in order to maximise our money. We need to make sure that every penny that our fundraisers and volunteers raise is put to good use, so it allows us to help even more families. We can’t wait to be able to offer our families the use of the hydro suite and play rooms – it’s a vital and exciting stage of our development.” Adam Bell, managing director at Building Projects Group, said: “On behalf of us all at Building Projects Group we are delighted to have been chosen for this fantastic project. We very much look forward to delivering this wonderful scheme with Nicola and the Reuben’s Retreat Team.  I’d also like to extend our thanks to our supply chain partners for their continued support of this wonderful charity.” To find out more information log on to www.reubensretreat.org or follow Reuben’s Retreat on Facebook or Twitter.

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ceda Supplier Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

We’re delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees for this year’s ceda Supplier Awards! The Supplier Awards are voted for by ceda members, for the suppliers they feel have delivered the best overall service in terms of quality of product, support and service. Recognition is given to three categories; Heavy Equipment, Light Equipment, Accessories & Spares and Outstanding Customer Service. Successful companies have been informed and it is our pleasure to now announce the 2019 shortlist, along with this year’s sponsor, Commercial Kitchen. Heavy Equipment Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd Meiko UK Ltd Rational UK Ltd Light Equipment Accessories & Spares Commercial Catering Spares Ltd First Choice Catering Spares Ltd Mechline Developments Ltd Outstanding Customer Service First Choice Catering Spares Ltd Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd Mechline Developments Ltd ceda’s Adam Mason comments on the shortlist, “These suppliers must feel a great deal of pride in being shortlisted for awards that are voted for by their customers. An excellent product is obviously important but crucially, and more and more, the sales and technical support and ongoing customer service are key for Members. I offer my sincere congratulations and indeed thanks to the shortlisted companies.” The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening of the 2019 ceda Conference on Friday 5th April at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

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FIS extends helping hand to Paragon Interiors staff facing redundancy

FIS, representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK, have extended their hand to help the 75 staff being made redundant at Paragon Interiors. Iain Mcilwee, FIS CEO said “Paragon Interiors is a time served Gold award winning member of FIS and its tragic to learn the deal with Red 7 Property has collapsed. We care deeply about our membership base and recognise that staff are the most valuable asset of any organisation. We have worked with our colleagues at Paragon Interiors for a long time and for this reason we would like to help them secure employment in other organisations through our contacts and networks” FIS have reached out to their colleagues at Paragon Interiors, their MP, local employment groups and their membership base to see if they can find new employment opportunities for those impacted. Staff at Paragon Interiors can email FIS their details at info@thefis.org and we will endeavour to help them through discussions with our industry networks and on social media. About FIS is the representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK. The FIS has nearly 500 members drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributers of ceilings, facades, partitions, plastering, drywall and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses. Olton Bridge, 245 Warwick Road Solihull, West Midlands B92 7AH Telephone 0121 707 0077 Email info@thefis.org Website www.thefis.org FIS exists to support its members, improve safety, minimise risk, enhance productivity and drive innovation in the sector. As well as specialist publications, technical support and expert helplines, FIS is a dynamic network that brings the sector together through a range of events, awards and specialist working groups, all aimed at sharing best practice, setting standards and advising Government, that help its members to improve performance and win work. Members of the FIS are subjected to an audit and vetting process when they join and then again, every three years that underpins the values by which the organisation operates. To drive quality and ensure the future sustainability of the sector, FIS has a dedicated skills and training team and works with a number of Approved Training Providers to attract new people to the sector and deliver a fully qualified and competent workforce. FIS is dedicated to collaboration in construction and a proud member of BuildUK, the Construction Products Association and the Passive Fire Protection Forum.

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Construction of Leisure Centres – The UK’s Increasing Demand

The sports and leisure industries within the UK are booming. More people than ever before are choosing to focus on their health and fitness, thanks in part to inspiring role models within the sector. Boxing and fitness classes are becoming particularly popular, yet space for these types of facilities is now limited. Consequently, the construction industry is seeing a demand for leisure centres and sports clubs. Here, we’ll look at the rise in the demand for sports clubs and leisure centres and how it benefits other businesses. Sports clubs continue to grow Last year, the Sports Club Survey Report discovered that sports clubs in England were continuing to grow despite numerous challenges. Over half of clubs that responded to the survey, claimed they expected their adult memberships to continue to increase. There was also an interesting rise in the number of volunteers working within sports centres, showing the love of sports isn’t just tied to money. The challenges of building sports and leisure centres Although the rise in the demand for sports and leisure centres is increasing, there are challenges construction workers face when building these types of buildings. A lot of the new sports clubs require a unique, modern construction, rather than a standard generic layout. They are more specialised buildings, ranging greatly in size from single gymnasiums to large stadiums. Even the refurbishment of older facilities can be a complex construction process. Just some of the issues involved in the building of sports clubs and leisure centres include high up-front costs and long project completion. How the increase in demand benefits other sectors There may be challenges within the construction of additional sports clubs and leisure centres. However, the rise in demand is having benefits on other sectors. Companies which supply fitness equipment are seeing an increase in business, as are those which supply facilities for the buildings such as JLA. An additional benefit is that these new clubs and leisure centres require new staff to keep them running. So, personal trainers are seeing an increase in demand too. However, the wider benefits are even more remarkable. As there is an increase in demand for sports and leisure facilities, it means a lot of people are focused on getting fitter. This is obviously a great benefit for society as a whole. It also means less pressure will be placed onto the NHS eventually as obesity levels drop. Obviously, this isn’t a benefit that’s going to happen overnight, but it is a promising sign that people are getting fitter and healthier. Overall, sports clubs and leisure centres are becoming more popular in the UK. While there may be challenges building and running new facilities, this increase in demand is delivering a lot of benefits to associated sectors too.

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