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November 23, 2020

Moda gets green light for £260m Birmingham tower

Build to rent specialist Moda Living has got the green light to transform Great Charles Street in Birmingham into a high-rise residential-led neighbourhood. The developer is presently in negotiations with several contractors to build the £260m Jewellery Quarter high-rise building complex, which will provide 722 homes for rent. The site

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DHL Supply establishes new UK warehouse at London Gateway

Work has begun on a 482,000ft2  warehouse for contract logistics provider DHL Supply Chain at DP World London Gateway. In a joint enterprise, DHL says it will construct a brand-new bespoke facility at the London Gateway’s Logistics Park. Work to prepare the plot is underway, with the main facility build

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Quintain’s Cherrywood Village to deliver 1,300 new homes by 2025

Quintain launches Masterplan for most connected village in Ireland Extensive public parks, transport links and community amenities Located on 65-acre site with views over the Dublin Mountains and the Irish Sea Quintain, one of the largest residential developers in Ireland, today launches its Masterplan for Cherrywood Village, which will deliver

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Barberry reveals £28 million development plans

Barberry Industrial has today revealed plans to develop three high quality mid-box manufacturing/logistics units totaling 220,750 sq. ft at a prime West Midlands business park in a £28 million project. Barberry’s proposals to build industrial/logistics units of 47,750 sq. ft, 62,000 sq. ft and 113,000 sq. ft at Hilton Cross

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Finning apprenticeship scheme wins national recognition

Caterpillar® dealer earns a place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Finning UK and Ireland has been awarded a national accolade for its outstanding apprenticeship programmes, scooping a place in the government-led Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The UK’s exclusive distributor of Cat® machines and products was ranked 38 in the

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Weekend installations see milestone reached at Ealing Broadway Phase One

GRAHAM has reached a milestone on its Crossrail Ealing Broadway project, completing Phase One of the structural steelwork installation. The work involved the installation of approximately 120 tonnes of structural steel over consecutive weekend closures of the road. The contractor completed the installation using a 500-tonne crane that was configured

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HS2 invites lift and escalator suppliers to tender

HS2 today issued an invitation to tender to five bidders in the running to design, deliver and maintain almost 300 state-of-the-art lifts and escalators for HS2’s four major new stations. The following bidders have been invited to tender for two separate packages covering lifts and escalators: Fujitec UK Ltd Kone

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The Benefits of Investing In a Rattan Garden Dining Set

Deciding on the type of furniture to buy for your indoor and outdoor setting is a process. Due to counterfeit brands in the market, the buyer needs to consider several factors before coming to a decision. With the rattan brand, however, you do not have to worry about getting fake

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November 23, 2020

Moda gets green light for £260m Birmingham tower

Build to rent specialist Moda Living has got the green light to transform Great Charles Street in Birmingham into a high-rise residential-led neighbourhood. The developer is presently in negotiations with several contractors to build the £260m Jewellery Quarter high-rise building complex, which will provide 722 homes for rent. The site has remained undeveloped for over 70 years and has long been identified by Birmingham City Council as an opportunity for regeneration. Moda said it was looking beyond the coronavirus epidemic and was committed to building a second major scheme in the city. As well as a 39-storey building at the corner of Great Charles Street and Livery Street, the complex will offer street-level boutique retail, café-bars and restaurants. Tony Brooks, managing director at Moda Living, said: “Great Charles Street will be a fantastic asset for Birmingham. We are keen to get on site to start delivering this important, sustainable project, create jobs and invest in Birmingham over a long-term horizon.” Richard Jackson, co-founder of funding partner Apache Capital, added: “With compelling market fundamentals such as the youngest population of any major European city, and a growing number of corporate occupiers calling the city home, we are confident to be funding a second scheme in Birmingham, and anticipate strong demand for both Great Charles Street and The Mercian when they complete.” Now that Great Charles Street is approved, Birmingham will be the only city in the UK to host two of Moda’s ‘Next Generation Neighbourhoods.”

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DHL Supply establishes new UK warehouse at London Gateway

Work has begun on a 482,000ft2  warehouse for contract logistics provider DHL Supply Chain at DP World London Gateway. In a joint enterprise, DHL says it will construct a brand-new bespoke facility at the London Gateway’s Logistics Park. Work to prepare the plot is underway, with the main facility build due to commence in early 2021. According to DHL, the 42m high bay warehouse will feature 36m of clear internal eaves height and boast an internal volume equivalent to 645 Olympic swimming pools. Its target is for the facility to meet a BREEAM Outstanding rating and will be fully automated, and ready for operation in early 2023. Oliver Treneman, Park development director at DP World London Gateway, commented, “We are delighted to welcome DHL Supply Chain as our latest customer and the largest warehouse development on the Park to date. The most striking feature of this new letting is DHL’s significant investment in automation that underpins its commitment to this strategic location. “DHL will benefit from the right location, the right infrastructure and the right technology to serve Greater London and the Southeast over the long term.”

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Quintain’s Cherrywood Village to deliver 1,300 new homes by 2025

Quintain launches Masterplan for most connected village in Ireland Extensive public parks, transport links and community amenities Located on 65-acre site with views over the Dublin Mountains and the Irish Sea Quintain, one of the largest residential developers in Ireland, today launches its Masterplan for Cherrywood Village, which will deliver 1,300 new homes in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Co Dublin by 2025. Cherrywood Village is located on a 65-acre site within the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and will comprise a mix of new houses, duplexes and apartments with two public parks, 27 acres of green space, and over 4,300m² of retail and civic amenities in the village centre. The plans for what will be the most connected village in Ireland and have been made available today at www.cherrywoodvillage.ie, where prospective homeowners can register for a tour of the site. The project has been designed to create a diverse new community that will be easily accessible by public transport, with a strong emphasis on sustainable development that protects existing heritage sites. The Laughanstown Luas Station is located at the heart of the project, and there will also be extensive cycle paths and walking routes, including The Cherrywood Way, which will connect the village to Loughlinstown to the south, and Foxrock to the north through a network of greenways. Quintain plans to start construction before the end of the year, with the first homes completed by mid-2021. There is an ambitious timeline for the project that will see all 1,300 homes built and the Village fully occupied by 2025. Cherrywood Village is situated close to major employers like Vodafone and Microsoft in Sandyford, and Dell and Elavon in Cherrywood Science and Technology Park. Quintain is also factoring the increase in working from home into its plans and looking at innovative options to incorporate office space into its new houses, and to build more shared workspace in its apartment developments. The Masterplan will build on a large network of infrastructure that is already in place, including a road network, the Green Luas line, and public parks. The fully completed Beckett Park has an abundance of amenities include all weather sports pitches, tennis courts, jogging tracks, a boules court, an outdoor gym, playground, and a sport pavilion with changing facilities and café. Tully Park has been completed on the western side of the site and is built around early Christian monuments and Tully Church dating from ninth century. Cherrywood Educate Together National School, adjacent to Tully Park, opened in September, and a secondary school is expected to open in September 2021. Eddie Byrne Joint Managing Director Quintain (Ireland) said: “We are excited to be launching this Masterplan for what will be the most connected village in Ireland, putting community, accessibility and sustainability at the centre of its plans. Cherrywood Village will deliver much needed new housing supply to an area that is well-connected to existing infrastructure and amenities. The 1,300 homes we are planning will cater to a range of different housing needs with a particular focus on young families and first-time buyers.” Michael Hynes, Joint Managing Partner of Quintain (Ireland) said: “Cherrywood Village is in a stunning location with views of both the Irish Sea and the Dublin Mountains. Cycleways and pedestrian routes will link to the LUAS and Dublin Bus stops, and a vibrant village centre will provide shops, restaurants and cafés, and crèche facilities. Our design approach will incorporate features to facilitate working from home, and deliver a high standard of energy efficiency.” Cherrywood Village represents around half of Quintain’s 118-acre land holding in the area that was acquired last year from Hines and King Street Capital. When fully developed, Quintain will deliver over 3,000 new homes in an area with extensive transport links and high-quality local amenities. In addition to its land holdings at Cherrywood, Quintain will be responsible for the residential development of a further 340 acres of prime assets in Ireland at Adamstown, Clonburris, and Portmarnock. Overall Quintain plans to develop 600,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and more than 9,000 new homes making it one of the largest residential developer in the country. For more information visit www.cherrywoodvillage.ie

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Barberry reveals £28 million development plans

Barberry Industrial has today revealed plans to develop three high quality mid-box manufacturing/logistics units totaling 220,750 sq. ft at a prime West Midlands business park in a £28 million project. Barberry’s proposals to build industrial/logistics units of 47,750 sq. ft, 62,000 sq. ft and 113,000 sq. ft at Hilton Cross Business Park, just off junction one of the M54 near Wolverhampton, would bring much-needed investment and jobs to the region. The units will be built to exacting energy efficiency and sustainability levels, to include photovoltaic cells on the south facing slopes of the roof and provisions for electric charging points. The West Midlands-based property investor and developer has been selected by landowner South Staffordshire Council as the preferred purchaser of the last two remaining plots on the well established Hilton Cross Business Park. Barberry has submitted a detailed planning application to South Staffordshire District Council. Barberry Industrial development director and shareholder Jon Robinson said: “We are very pleased to announce that we have been selected as purchaser for this prime site at junction 1 of the M54 at Wolverhampton, based upon our track record and delivery of previous projects. “We have submitted a detailed planning application this week for the development of three high quality manufacturing/logistics units, with a view to securing planning and enabling us to start construction on site in Q2 2021. “We have an excellent working relationship with South Staffordshire Council and we are looking forward to working with them to deliver this prime motorway-connected manufacturing/logistics scheme of more than 227,750 sq. ft of self contained, high quality accommodation to help satisfy demand in the mid-box sector.” Jon added: “We are confident that the quality of our development, combined with this excellent location will generate a great deal of interest from potential occupiers, catering for pent-up demand for both freehold and leasehold requirements and provide a logistics location for occupiers supplying into i54 on Junction 2 of the M54. We are also confident that this development will attract high quality occupiers, creating much-needed jobs for the region and attracting further investment to the region.” South Staffordshire Council leader Councillor Brian Edwards M.B.E. said: “When the council acquired the land at Hilton Cross we were always very keen to see it developed to bring jobs and growth to South Staffordshire and, subject to planning permission, I’m delighted that this should hopefully be the case. With the proposed development at Hilton Cross, and other key employment sites, including some of our own developments, it really demonstrates this council’s commitment to the economic prosperity of this area and the benefits it will bring to businesses of all shapes and sizes”. Grant Mitchell, assistant director enterprise and growth at South Staffordshire Council, said: “The council has worked positively with Barberry for some time to realise the potential of the two plots on Hilton Cross and it’s good to see such well-located quality employment land coming forward for development. The proposals will create much-needed jobs in difficult times and demonstrates the attractiveness of South Staffordshire that Barberry are keen to invest here and add to their already impressive portfolio.” It’s been a busy year for Barberry. It recently announced it is developing a c.£38 million state-of-the-art precision engineering advanced manufacturing and design facility for a global leader in Military and commercial engine controls systems in Gloucestershire. The 184,000 sq. ft centre of excellence for Moog’s Aircraft Controls Segment will be built on a 10-acre site at Ashchurch, Tewkesbury. It is believed to be one of the biggest deals of the year in the manufacturing sector. Barberry also recently announced that it is working with IMI Truflo Marine – a world-leading manufacturer of critical flow control solutions – to create a multi-million-pound centre of engineering excellence in Birmingham. A state-of-the-art manufacturing and design facility will be developed at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in a deal with Barberry. IMI Truflo Marine will relocate to the manufacturing hub in Witton from its existing facility nearby. It has agreed a 15-year lease on the new headquarters. Barberry has a 3.3 million sq. ft industrial/logistics development portfolio with a Gross Development Value of more than £398 million. Hilton Cross Business Park is strategically located immediately adjacent to junction 1 of the M54. Junction 10a of the M6 is situated only two miles to the east, while i54 Business Park and the new two million sq. ft JLR engine plant is just three miles to the west.

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Finning apprenticeship scheme wins national recognition

Caterpillar® dealer earns a place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Finning UK and Ireland has been awarded a national accolade for its outstanding apprenticeship programmes, scooping a place in the government-led Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. The UK’s exclusive distributor of Cat® machines and products was ranked 38 in the league table and is one of just a handful of companies from the engineering and construction industries that earned a place on the list. More than 400 organisations from across the country fought for a place in the league table, including large national employers such as HMRC, The British Army, Sainsbury’s, and M&S. The top 100 companies were announced in a live broadcast by the National Apprenticeship Service in October. The accolade was given in recognition of the variety of apprenticeships that Finning offers. The company has an established four-year apprenticeship programme which recruits budding engineers for its equipment solutions and energy & transportation divisions. Diversity is one of the core criteria considered for the ranking. The intake this year includes the highest number of female recruits so far, with four of the eleven new apprentices being women. Finning also partners with training providers across the country to deliver other apprenticeship programmes such as team leading, health and safety, HR, supply chain and business administration, providing existing staff with opportunities to progress within the organisation. “This is a huge achievement for Finning and well-deserved recognition of the work we’ve done to help develop existing staff as well as the next generation of engineers,” explained Marsha Myles, apprenticeship programme manager at Finning. ‘‘This is a first-class scheme for young people,” commented Chloe Harris, in her fourth year of the apprenticeship programme. “Finning offers lots of opportunities both during and after the apprenticeship to develop skills and knowledge. The support in both the workshop and in the academy is outstanding.” The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020 can be viewed here. To find out more about the Finning engineering apprenticeship recruitment programme, which will open once again for applications in January 2021, visit https://www.finning.com/.

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UK rail industry faces critical skills shortage by 2025 – putting success of major new projects at risk

Skills shortfall: up to 120,000 additional people will be required over the next 5 – 10 years, with demand for skills peaking around 2025 An ageing workforce: over 28% of workers in the current rail workforce are over the age of 50 Failure to attract a diverse workforce: Only 16% of the rail workforce is female and nearly one in four women (24%) would consider a career in rail New research by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) paints a stark picture for the future of the rail workforce, with skills shortages set to escalate significantly in the sector over the next five years. With major rail infrastructure projects due to be announced next week as part of the long anticipated National Infrastructure Strategy, the Back on Track report – which includes findings from research undertaken by YouGov[1] and data from NSAR on 242,000 workers in the rail industry – reveals that there is potential for these to create a new lease of life for the UK economy through new jobs and economic growth. However, serious systemic issues in the industry’s talent and skills pipeline, have created a shortage of trained and talented employees, just when the industry needs them most. While the industry has made progress in addressing these issues – which include a short-term approach to skills development, an ageing workforce and a reliance on overseas and ‘third-tier’ workers – greater industry collaboration is needed to fix them in time to meet this additional demand. The research finds that the rail sector is set to lose huge numbers of skilled workers over the next few years. With 28% of workers in the industry aged over 50, this means some 15,000 workers could be due to retire by 2025. Meanwhile, Brexit is set to exacerbate this issue, potentially reducing access to overseas workers. From 2016 to 2018, the proportion of EU workers in the rail sector dropped from 17% to 15% – and this declining trend is expected to continue. As a result of this talent and skills shortfall coinciding with new rail projects that will heighten the demand for skills, between 7,000 and 12,000 additional people will be required every year by the industry over the next five to ten years – up to 120,000 people in total. And with modelling showing peak demand around 2025, people must be recruited now to equip them with the relevant skills and experience to meet future demand. But, as highlighted by in the new report, a lack of upskilling opportunities and perceived reputational problems mean that the industry continues to struggle to attract and train candidates, with just a third (32%) of respondents saying they would consider a career in the rail sector. This is particularly acute amongst women, young adults and people from BAME backgrounds: Just 16% of the current rail workforce is female and only 24% of women would consider a career in rail, compared to 41% of men 26% of 18-24-year olds say they would consider a career in rail, compared to 39% of 35-44-year olds 27% of BAME people would consider working in rail, compared to 32% of white people. Martin Hottass, Managing Director – Technical Training at City & Guilds Group, commented: “The UK rail industry is on the cusp of leading a once-in-a-generation infrastructure revolution, with the potential to create thousands of high quality jobs across the country at a time when they are needed most. However, the dual blow of Brexit and a retirement cliff edge, in addition to systemic issues around growing and retaining skills, means unless Government, employers and industries work together to urgently addresses these issues, they risk scuppering this golden opportunity. It’s clear that greater collaboration will be key to increasing awareness of opportunities in the sector, and ensuring that rail projects are committed to creating lifelong learning opportunities.“ Neil Robertson, CEO at the National Skills Academy for Rail, commented: “The rail industry’s lack of diversity and perception by younger people, are well known, but less well understood – and while many people in the industry are already working to recruit and upskill a more diverse workforce, it’s by shedding a light on these issues that we can understand the solutions that will truly make an impact. Now, as we look to invest in new talent in to fill future skills gaps in the rail industry, it’s also clear that we can use this opportunity improve social mobility across the UK. By hiring people from different backgrounds and regions and providing them with quality skills and career progression, we can ensure that these infrastructure projects not only create jobs, but also promote positive socioeconomic change.” The report found that this disinterest in careers in rail could be largely fuelled by misperception and a lack of awareness and understanding about the wide range of career opportunities and roles in the sector – pointing to a basic need to educate a wider pool of people about the potential jobs available to them. Of those who said that they wouldn’t consider working in the rail industry, 42% said they don’t know enough or anything about careers in the sector, whilst 35% said they don’t have the skills needed to get in the sector.  City & Guilds and NSAR are calling on the rail sector and Government to collaborate and take a joined-up approach to urgently gear up the industry’s skills and talent pipelines, before it’s too late. The seven key recommendations outlined in the report are: Build lifelong learning commitments into project specifications for national rail projects – starting with apprenticeships Transform the rail industry into a career destination, especially for young people Develop strong career paths to attract and retain talent and maximise productivity Make mid-career entry to the industry and skills-transfer more frictionless Build greater participation at a local / regional level Government and relevant partners should consider a perception and awareness raising campaign Utilise the Green agenda to attract a new generation of people to the industry  The full report is available here.

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Weekend installations see milestone reached at Ealing Broadway Phase One

GRAHAM has reached a milestone on its Crossrail Ealing Broadway project, completing Phase One of the structural steelwork installation. The work involved the installation of approximately 120 tonnes of structural steel over consecutive weekend closures of the road. The contractor completed the installation using a 500-tonne crane that was configured to sit directly over the site’s bridge piers over the existing rail network. The first phase of the canopy steelwork at Ealing Broadway is now complete and roofing is now underway. Discussing the latest works, John Deery, project manager for GRAHAM, said: “We’re making good progress at the Ealing Broadway site. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation, construction work is permitted to continue and we are working while following the Government’s guidelines carefully, to protect both our staff and the public. “The canopy steelwork is now complete following our installation last weekend. Inside the station, the internal walls are now 80% complete and Stannah lift installation have begun. The curtain walling to the link bridge is now complete between Platforms 1 and 2, whilst work on the mechanical and electrical infrastructure is ongoing. “Last weekend’s installation was a significant milestone in the first phase of works and I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we completed these works, and congratulate the team for its hard work on a successful delivery.” As part of the work on the Crossrail project, GRAHAM is significantly remodelling Ealing Broadway station, extending the platforms at the station to accommodate the new Elizabeth line trains. This is one of three stations the company is constructing on the project, with works also at an advanced state at Acton Mainline and West Ealing. With passenger numbers expected to increase when the Elizabeth line fully opens, the upgraded Ealing Broadway station will benefit from improved passenger flow and enhanced accessibility with lifts and footbridges that will bring step free access to all its platforms serving the Elizabeth line.

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HS2 invites lift and escalator suppliers to tender

HS2 today issued an invitation to tender to five bidders in the running to design, deliver and maintain almost 300 state-of-the-art lifts and escalators for HS2’s four major new stations. The following bidders have been invited to tender for two separate packages covering lifts and escalators: Fujitec UK Ltd Kone Plc Otis Ltd Schindler Ltd Thyssenkrupp Elevator UK Ltd Around 160 lifts and 130 escalators will be installed across the project, helping hundreds of thousands of people access HS2 trains every day. All the new stations in London and Birmingham will be zero carbon in terms of day-to-day operation, and fully accessible, with step-free access from street to train. Placed end to end, the escalators would stretch more than 3km – longer than the Forth Rail Bridge. The longest escalators will be at Old Oak Common, in west London, which will take passengers 13.5m up from the subsurface platforms to concourse level. In total, the new station – where HS2 meets Crossrail services to Heathrow and the West End of London – will boast more than 50 lifts and escalators. Three of HS2’s new stations will be built to the highest industry standard – ‘BREEAM Excellent’ – in terms of sustainable lifetime performance, with Birmingham Interchange set to achieve the higher level of ‘BREEAM Outstanding’. Energy efficient lifts and escalators are a key part of achieving these ambitious environmental standards. Once complete, HS2 will more than double capacity along Britain’s main north-south rail routes and halve many journey times between London, Birmingham and the major cities of the north. This new dedicated high speed route will free up more space for local and freight services on the current mainline out of Euston and offer an environmentally friendly form of transport for long distance passengers.  HS2 Ltd’s Procurement and Commercial Director, David Poole, said: “This invitation to tender is a key step forward in the delivery of HS2’s four iconic new railway stations. The lifts and escalators our partners go on to deliver will be at the heart of the operation, moving hundreds of thousands of people every day and helping us to ensure seamless journeys for everyone.” The contract is divided into two separate packages for lifts worth up to £267m and escalators worth up to £198m, with the winners appointed to frameworks. This flexible approach allows for potential changes in the number of lifts and escalators ordered as station designs are finalised. Contracts are expected to be awarded next year and the value includes maintenance for 20 years.

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Stunning new housing development launches at Barton Quarter in Beeston

The first phase of luxury homes at the prestigious new Barton Quarter residential development, in conjunction with the Prince’s Foundation, is on track for completion early next year, with buyers able to move in from March 2021. Situated on the 10-acre former site of Barton Transport in Chilwell, Beeston, the Barton Quarter will be a carefully designed new development of homes, facilities and two new public squares – embracing the heritage and residential character of the historic location. Comprising four phases of works, the £12m first phase of homes is due for completion in March next year, and available house styles will include classically beautiful terraced properties, triple aspect end of terraced houses with grand facades, traditional style paired villas, detached large family homes, detached apartments and mews apartments. Finished with generous floor to ceiling heights, all homes boast oversized front doors which are 50% larger than a standard front door and classic design sash windows, hand carved and bespoke cornices, brackets and mouldings. The first phase of the development fronts Queens Road West and the Chilwell High Road with two, three and four bedroom properties available, ranging from £335,000 for a two-bed mews apartment, £365,000 to £430,000 for a three-bed home and £440,000 to £520,000 for a four-bed home. Help to Buy is also available on all properties. The scheme is being developed in conjunction with the Prince’s Foundation – a prestigious built environment charity founded by the Prince of Wales that focuses on developing better urban design and communities, in collaboration with Ben Pentreath Architects – one of the country’s leading classical architects, and Stockbridge Land – a specialist team with 80 years’ collective experience working to procure, design and build unique developments across the UK. FHP Living has been appointed as a joint selling agent on the scheme with Knight Frank Birmingham, and interested parties can contact Steve Parker, Natasha Goodman or Will Hargreaves at FHP for information and viewings. An upcoming sought-after destination for a range of buyers – plans for the Barton Quarter have been developed through close engagement with the local Beeston community and Broxtowe Borough Council – with a vision to creating a mix of house sizes and styles, built with an attention to detail and generous gardens, benefitting from excellent transport links and access to nature. The development as a whole will provide a new substantial residential quarter for Nottingham and an important anchor for the west end of the vibrant Chilwell High Road with its independent bars and restaurants, which is part of the overall regeneration of a gateway site to Beeston town centre. Situated just a ten-minute walk from Beeston town centre and its amenities including Tesco, Lidl and Boots, Barton Quarter is close to a range of major employers in the region including Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Boots and Experian. Beeston station is a 12-minute walk away providing regular services to local hubs including Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, as well as other services to Birmingham, Cardiff and London St Pancras – of which there are 38 daily trains, with the quickest journey being one hour and 32 minutes. It’s a two-minute walk to the tramline which runs from Chilwell High Road, with regular services to the University of Nottingham Campus, Nottingham Trent University, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham Railway Station and the city centre, as well as Toton Lane Park & Ride. Steve Parker, director at FHP Living, said: “Situated in a prime location in a highly sought-after area of Nottingham, which is currently a hot zone of regeneration, Barton Quarter provides a rich mix of unique and beautiful homes to suit a range of buyer requirements. With architecture drawing from the best of the Regency period, inspired by early development in The Park, with mews streets and townhouses, there is a real opportunity for all types of buyers to find what they are looking for in an ideal central area of Nottingham. “Once the historic site of Barton Transport, one of the oldest bus companies in Western Europe dating back to 1908 in Nottinghamshire – the new development on Queens Road West and the Chilwell High Road, is in close proximity to Beeston town centre’s amenities, with great travel links and close connections to neighbouring parts of the area, including both universities and major employers. “We are incredibly pleased with the levels of interest and number of viewings already, and we look forward to showing interested potential buyers these beautiful properties. Buyers of phase one will be able to move in by the end of March and will have no stamp duty to pay.” David Hargreaves, founder of FHP Living, said: “There is nothing like Barton Quarter in Nottingham or for miles around. The design, detailing and quality of homes is second to none, with the feeling of a grand Regency square.” Ben Bolgar, design director for Stockbridge Land said “We are delighted to have been so welcomed by the local community through the design workshops we ran and really hope that what we have delivered is not only true to our word but surpasses expectations.  We believe if you design and build places with care and beauty then they will enhance a local area and provide part of both the Barton and Beeston heritage for centuries to come.” Kim Hitch, director of projects at The Prince’s Foundation, said: “The keenly-anticipated development of Barton Quarter really effectively reflects The Prince’s Foundation’s commitment to creating sustainable harmonious communities. “We are pleased to have worked with the land owner, developer, and local community to bring to life in built form our traditional principles in making beautiful places. We hope that the community-led approach in this development — whereby the land owner prioritised leaving a sustainable community legacy over merely maximising profit and the developer engaged with local people to gauge opinion on the development — is adopted more widely in future.”

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The Benefits of Investing In a Rattan Garden Dining Set

Deciding on the type of furniture to buy for your indoor and outdoor setting is a process. Due to counterfeit brands in the market, the buyer needs to consider several factors before coming to a decision. With the rattan brand, however, you do not have to worry about getting fake materials. If you are skeptical about buying them, the following are the reasons you should consider buying them whenever you are shopping for furniture: Wide Variety of Designs and Fast Delivery When it comes to home décor, everyone prefers uniqueness and originality. Finding a dining set that meets this expectation is, however, not a breeze. Have you ever thought of buying rattan garden dining sets? Well, this is a dining set brand that will guarantee you uniqueness. Moreover, service providers dealing with them are professionals with a high level of competence. Another problem that buyers face is finding service providers who deliver on time. With rattan dining sets service providers, you access fast delivery of all the products you order. Additionally, you access various designs in one place. Are Easy To Maintain Maintenance cost is something most buyers overlook when buying furniture. While some designs of furniture may be cheap, the cumulative cost of maintaining them usually surpasses the original price. Ideal furniture should be one that is easy to maintain, something that the rattan garden dining set offers you. With them, you do not require a fancy furniture cleaner to keep them clean. You may only require a washcloth and a dishwasher to clean them. Furthermore, they rarely get stained, so you may not need to clean them daily.  Easily Repairable Reparability is one thing every buyer should ascertain before buying a piece of garden furniture. As you may be aware, there are those types of furniture that cannot be repaired. In case they break, the only option is to dispose of them – something that rattan garden dining set saves you from. You can repair them with ease in case they break or deform. All you need is boiled linseed oil and a brush.  Are Durable Durability is one factor that makes any product quality. If a piece of furniture cannot last long, then it is not worth investment. Rattan garden dining sets outshine the rest when it comes to durability. It can serve you for as long as you are maintaining it in good condition. If you have been wondering where to find durable furniture, consider rattan. They are one of those products you cannot regret buying.  Are Weather Resistant The rattan material is waterproof and resistant to UV lights. Therefore, it is fit for both indoor and outdoor settings. If winter sets in, you do not have to worry about your rattan furniture absorbing moisture. Similarly, its quality does not change during the summer. It is neither affected by extreme heat nor cold. It will remain brand new despite the severe weather conditions.

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