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May 31, 2019

CROSSLANE STUDENT DEVELOPMENTS

Successful topping out event for new 256 bed purpose-built student accommodation development, Stanhope House, Portsmouth, on track and on budget for opening September 2019 Crosslane Student Developments (“Crosslane”), part of the Crosslane Property Group, celebrated the topping out of its latest Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (“PBSA”) development in Portsmouth on 28

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP SECURES NATIONAL FRAMEWORK

LEADING multi-disciplinary consultancies Pick Everard and Delta Simons, and agents Pygott & Crone, have secured a four-year appointment to Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation’s (ESPO) Estates Management Services framework. The framework provides a range of estate management professional services relating to the use, management, acquisition, disposal and development of land and

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Innovative Solution Arrives at Cheshire School

Innovative Solution Arrives at Cheshire School

A new outdoor space for the students at Alsager School in Cheshire has been created with the installment of an innovative canopy. The £320,000 development involved the design, build and installation of a sleek new ETFE canopy to enclose what was previously an open courtyard. A lightweight steel space frame

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Mercedes Showroom Completed In Carlisle

Mercedes Showroom Completed In Carlisle

Caddick Construction has completed a new state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz showroom in Carlisle, which will create over 20 new jobs in the area. The project was delivered for dealer Sytner at Kingmoor Park, replacing a previous facility in Rosehill Industrial Estate. “The showroom looks fantastic in such a notable location. We have

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Major Renovation Project Planned for Aberystwyth University

Renovation Project Planned for Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University’s historic Pantycelyn student hall of residence is set to undergo a major renovation project. Delivering the £16.5 million scheme, which will see the 1951 building restored, is contractor Morgan Sindall. Included in the projects is the sympathetic external renovation, along with internal refurbishments spanning 70,000 sq ft. The

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May 31, 2019

CROSSLANE STUDENT DEVELOPMENTS

Successful topping out event for new 256 bed purpose-built student accommodation development, Stanhope House, Portsmouth, on track and on budget for opening September 2019 Crosslane Student Developments (“Crosslane”), part of the Crosslane Property Group, celebrated the topping out of its latest Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (“PBSA”) development in Portsmouth on 28 May 2019, which will open on time and on budget for the start of the 2019/20 academic year, following a tight construction timetable that began in October 2017. The new 256 bed scheme is Crosslane’s first development in Portsmouth with an expected gross development value of approximately £30 million upon practical completion, if you also want to start an investment and need some extra money, click here and find out how to get it. The ceremony was conducted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the Lady Mayoress, Councillor David Fuller and Mrs Leza Tremorin, Lisa Timberlake, Senior Development Manager for Crosslane StudentDevelopments and Neil Russell, Managing Director for the RGB Group. The event was attended by the team of agents, contractors and professional partners working on the project, as well as the Prime Student Living team – the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Property Group, who are responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion and will continue to manage the building thereafter. The new 19-storey development called ‘Stanhope House’ is is one of the tallest buildings in the city and the topping out event represents a key milestone in the construction progress of this high-specification scheme. Conveniently located on the corner of Stanhope Road and Commercial Road in the city centre, the property is less than ten minutes’ walk from the main campus of Portsmouth University, within the central shopping district, surrounded by city centre amenities and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea train station and Victoria Park. Portsmouth is a vibrant and cosmopolitan port city with a student population of over 20,000, including a high proportion of postgraduates and international students. Upon practical completion, the development will comprise of 138 studio apartments and 118 en-suite bedrooms in shared cluster-flats over 18 floors, providing impressive views across the city skyline and out towards the Solent, with a retail unit on the ground floor. Stanhope House will offer students a unique experience with high quality communal facilities across 15 floors, each of which will offer something different, from study spaces, a library and relaxing lounges, to a Karaoke room, TV room, games room and American diner style entertaining kitchen and dining facility for private dinner parties, celebrations and socialising. Students will also benefit from secure cycle storage and superfast 100Mbps broadband and Wi-Fi throughout the building to provide residents with a first-class experience. Stanhope House is one of five new PBSA schemes by Crosslane within the recently announced Joint Venture (“JV”) with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC. In addition to Coventry, the JV also includes new PBSA developments in Leeds, Coventry, Swansea and Cardiff, delivering a combined total of 1,685 beds and gross development value of approximately £180 million. Lisa Timberlake, Senior Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said: “We are delighted to be working with the RGB Group on our Stanhope House development and pleased to be on track and on budget. This development in a prime location, will satisfy some of the rapidly increasing demand for student accommodation in Portsmouth, freeing up homes which could be occupied by the city’s families. Whilst this is our first development in the exciting and vibrant city of Portsmouth, Crosslane is also working with the RGB Group on a 391 bed student development in Cardiff, and we continue to explore other sites in Portsmouth to develop purpose-built student accommodation, helping to meet the growing demand for this type of student housing to ease the imbalance in supply and demand.” The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller, said: “I am delighted to be celebrating the topping out of Stanhope House, the first student accommodation property to be completed in Portsmouth by Crosslane. The building is one of the tallest in the city, providing students with amazing views across the city. Portsmouth’s lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere is popular with students and an attractive place to work and invest. With over 20,000 students from the UK and overseas, Portsmouth continues to see significant demand for quality student accommodation and I am thrilled Crosslane has chosen to invest in the city. In addition to meeting the team constructing the building, it was also delightful to become acquainted with the team from Prime Student Living who will be managing the building once complete and responsible for looking after those students lucky enough to choose Stanhope House as their home and I wish them the best of success.” Neil Russell, Managing Director, RGB Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Crosslane on our first purpose-built student accommodation development we have constructed for them on what promises to be an exciting landmark building that will be a great addition to the Portsmouth skyline. The topping out ceremony is a key milestone in the project and we will continue to work collaboratively with Crosslane and the professional team to deliver the project, which is making excellent progress and will be completed to the highest modern construction standards on time and within budget for the start of the 2019/20 academic year.”

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP SECURES NATIONAL FRAMEWORK

LEADING multi-disciplinary consultancies Pick Everard and Delta Simons, and agents Pygott & Crone, have secured a four-year appointment to Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation’s (ESPO) Estates Management Services framework. The framework provides a range of estate management professional services relating to the use, management, acquisition, disposal and development of land and property. It is available for use by any public sector body in the UK, including schools and academies, local authorities, police and emergency services, and central government departments. Now appointed, the firms will deliver a range of services – including valuations, commercial and agricultural agency, building surveying, property and estate management, and environmental planning – across projects nationally. Alex Hamilton-Jordan, head of strategic partnerships at Pick Everard, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to ESPO’s Estates Management Services framework, in partnership with Delta Simons and Pygott & Crone. “At Pick Everard, we place great importance on developing strong relationships with our supply chain and SME organisations, and this appointment shows us working in the true spirit of partnership. “We deliver a high number of projects through national frameworks and we understand the significant opportunities partnerships with Pick Everard present for our supply chain partners. Over the past two years, we have engaged with 196 supply chain partners and are proud that this figure is increasing as we continue to support and promote collaborative working to improve our service to clients and improve a project for end users. “SMEs aren’t always able to tender for major industry frameworks, despite having the relevant expertise to deliver the work. Due to our extensive experience in the delivery of frameworks, we are able to compete for, and secure, major national opportunities, which provides our valued supply chain partners the ability to win new clients and work via a robust and compliant procurement route. “In this instance, the three firms worked together to produce the bid under the Pick Everard banner, utilising our framework experience, combined with Delta Simons’ and Pygott & Crone’s specialist expertise.” Pick Everard, Pygott & Crone and Delta Simons have been appointed to five lots on the framework, these include: valuation services, commercial agency, agricultural agency, lease management and planning consultancy. Damian Robinson, divisional director of environmental planning at Delta-Simons, said: “We are delighted to be appointed onto ESPO’s Estate Management Services framework and believe that our strategic partnership will deliver great value outcomes for those procuring via the framework. As a partnership, we share strong business cultures founded on collaborative working, innovation and trust, having already worked together for many years.” Tim Downing, director at award-winning agency Pygott & Crone, said: “We’re really looking forward to working with Pick Everard and Delta Simons on this exciting new opportunity. As a multi-practice agency, we now also have UK coverage and have the ability to offer the public sector innovative and valuable advice on all aspects of their property requirements.” Pick Everard employs more than 500 staff across its 13 UK offices, providing a range of project, cost and design consultancy services. For more information, please visit www.pickeverard.co.uk.

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Innovative Solution Arrives at Cheshire School

Innovative Solution Arrives at Cheshire School

A new outdoor space for the students at Alsager School in Cheshire has been created with the installment of an innovative canopy. The £320,000 development involved the design, build and installation of a sleek new ETFE canopy to enclose what was previously an open courtyard. A lightweight steel space frame – the first of its kind supporting an ETFE membrane in the UK – was delivered by Yorkshire-headquartered Access North Build to span the quad. The biggest challenge of the innovative project was the location and layout of the outdoor space, which was enclosed by existing buildings on all sides. Due to that, the superstructure, which is over 400 square feet in size, had to be assembled in the school car park before being carefully manoeuvred over the establishment and precisely into position on the pre-installed locating bolts. “This type of ETFE enclosure provides an extremely beneficial space for organisations within the education sector where student wellbeing is crucial. Additionally, the new ETFE canopy has a design life of 70 years providing it is regularly maintained, but if the time comes when it is no longer required, the ETFE membrane and steel space frame are recyclable, extending the environmental-friendliness of the build with the circular economy in mind,” said Access North Group managing director, Berenice Northcott. “We relished the challenges of this particular project. Craning a huge space frame over a school and courtyard – which was bordered on all sides – without damaging buildings or people, was a testament to the planning, organisation and attention to detail of the team. The new roof has transformed a previously under-utilised area into a light and airy multifunctional space, resulting in a positive impact on staff and pupils,” Berenice added.

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Mercedes Showroom Completed In Carlisle

Mercedes Showroom Completed In Carlisle

Caddick Construction has completed a new state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz showroom in Carlisle, which will create over 20 new jobs in the area. The project was delivered for dealer Sytner at Kingmoor Park, replacing a previous facility in Rosehill Industrial Estate. “The showroom looks fantastic in such a notable location. We have worked closely with Sytner to ensure the highest quality environment, using our wealth of expertise in delivering automotive developments across the north of England,” commented Derek Billows, Contracts Manager at Caddick Construction. Providing a stage for the high quality vehicles, the £6.5 million flagship showroom includes customer amenities such as a coffee lounge and merchandise shop, as well as a drive-through facility, cosmetic repair, MOT studio and wet/dry valet with extensive car parking. “The new site is a world apart from our previous home which we had completely outgrown and is bigger and better in absolutely every respect. Caddick have helped us build a real show-stopping environment which is now much more befitting of the brand we represent. It includes an 18-bay workshop which will be better able to meet the demands of our customers when it comes to servicing and MOTs. Outside our approved used car display will rise from 40 to 90 cars to offer more choice than ever before and on-site parking has increased enormously which I know will delight our customers,” said Barry Crooks, Head of Business at Mercedes-Benz of Carlisle. Caddick has recently delivered showrooms for The Car People, in Warrington, Jaguar Land Rover in Kendal and Vertu Motors’ Farnell Jaguar Land Rover in Leeds. The automotive team is currently on site constructing the £41 million Jaguar Landrover, Mini and BMW showrooms at the Trafford City Development, as well as JCT Porsche in Newcastle.

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Major Renovation Project Planned for Aberystwyth University

Renovation Project Planned for Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University’s historic Pantycelyn student hall of residence is set to undergo a major renovation project. Delivering the £16.5 million scheme, which will see the 1951 building restored, is contractor Morgan Sindall. Included in the projects is the sympathetic external renovation, along with internal refurbishments spanning 70,000 sq ft. The work will create contemporary, en suite bedrooms, with high-speed internet access for up to 200 students. Communal catering and laundry facilities, as well as study and leisure spaces will be available for use by both students and the local community.  “We are delighted to be working with Morgan Sindall Construction on the redevelopment of Pantycelyn, and to bring to life once more a hall that has been the focus for the Welsh culture at Aberystwyth University for almost half a century. This project represents an investment in the future of Welsh speaking students for generations to come and a unique addition to the excellent portfolio of student accommodation we offer here at Aberystwyth. We are also grateful to Welsh Government for their support for the project, which will help enhance further the excellent student experience offered by Aberystwyth,” commented Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University. Morgan Sindall Construction was awarded the high-profile project through the South and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework (SEWSCAP), which it has held a place on for almost a decade. Construction is set to begin on 03 June and will be completed in time for the new academic year in 2020.

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Kite Packaging still out in front in the race to reduce plastic in the environment.

Kite Packaging, one of the UK’s leading packaging distributors have seen a hugely positive response to their 2019 initiative aimed at reducing the impact of plastics in the environment. At the end of May the company announced that they are well on their way to reaching their goal, with the initiative already delivering a 95 tonne plastic reduction. The team at Kite launched their 120 tonne challenge at the start of 2019, setting themselves and their customers the task of reducing plastic usage by a total of 120 tonnes by the end of the year. With a focus on ‘reduce, re-use, recycle and replace’ Kite have utilised a wide range of new eco-friendly products and their state of the art Mobile Test Facility to target opportunities for themselves and their customers. Part of the reduction includes Kite themselves no longer sending out any direct mailing in polythene mailing bags, as well as carrying out an ongoing review of its distribution process to minimise plastic wrapping around products.  To support customers joining the initiative Kite’s new Mobile Test Facility, the first of its kind in the industry, has been despatched to customers premises all around the UK along with a team of packaging technologists and specialist engineers. The Kite team are able to utilise the Mobile Test Facility to work alongside customers and carry out waste minimising packaging audits, as well as exploring and testing more eco-friendly packaging alternatives. The initiative comes off the back of continued growth and success for the employee-owned business. The company recently extended its network of regional distribution centres opening a site in the North East of England. They also invested in expansion of warehousing capacity at their Swindon RDC with the installation of a new mezzanine floor. This followed several years of continued growth for Kite’s Swindon RDC since moving to their current location in June 2015. With the increased focus on the environment and the demand for effective, bespoke solutions, businesses are looking for the right packaging solutions that tick all the boxes. For advice and support on a wide range of packaging solutions, or to join Kite in their 120 tonne challenge, visit the Kite Packaging website.     www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

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