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April 26, 2021

Warringtonfire accelerates roll out of remote witnessing capabilities

As part of the Element Materials Technology Group (Element), Warringtonfire has accelerated the roll out of its digital remote witnessing offering to improve customer experience. This remote witnessing service comes as part of Element’s large-scale digital transformation, offering customers the opportunity to monitor both sample preparation and installation, as well as

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ISLAND QUARTER TO TRANSFORM CITY LIVING, SAYS LEADING URBAN EXPERT

A WORLD-leading urban scientist has thrown his support behind The Island Quarter in Nottingham during a recent webisode. Professor Carlos Moreno, who created the concept of a 15-minute city where inhabitants have access to all the services they need within their immediate vicinity, told the audience at the latest CC

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PLANS SUBMITTED FOR A 692-UNIT STUDENT LIVING SCHEME IN NOTTINGHAM

UK RESIDENTIAL and commercial property developer Godwin Developments has submitted proposals for a 692-unit purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Nottingham city centre, on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office. The plans, lodged with Nottingham City Council at the end of last week, propose the demolition of

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MULTI-MILLION POUND SALFORD DEVELOPMENT COMPLETES

Network Space completes Raven Locks with over half of the scheme already under offer Construction of Raven Locks, a 172,000 sq ft speculative industrial scheme in Salford, has completed, with three units already committed or under offer and strong interest in the remaining space. The 14-acre site on Ravenscraig Road

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Panattoni Acquires Key M3 Corridor Site

Panattoni Acquires Key M3 Corridor Site

Panattoni, the largest developer in Europe, has completed the purchase of a development on the M3 corridor near to Farnborough, south east of London. Panattoni Farnborough 170 is the latest addition to the developer’s portfolio, having recently announced its commitment to three million sq ft of speculative builds in the UK

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How to Create a Garden Oasis Indoors

Surrounding yourself with the beauty of nature is a sure-fire way to make you feel more relaxed and calm. Usually, you would go outside to smell the fresh air, but what happens when you can’t leave home or plant flowers outside? Well, you could bring nature indoors, instead! Start growing

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

April 26, 2021

Warringtonfire accelerates roll out of remote witnessing capabilities

As part of the Element Materials Technology Group (Element), Warringtonfire has accelerated the roll out of its digital remote witnessing offering to improve customer experience. This remote witnessing service comes as part of Element’s large-scale digital transformation, offering customers the opportunity to monitor both sample preparation and installation, as well as the live test and subsequent data, and to share live feedback with the technical officer in situ. While strict measures remain in place at all of Warringtonfire’s laboratories to ensure the safety of colleagues and customers and in compliance with national and local requirements, this provides safe virtual access to both the site and the experts. Remote witnessing offers a number of additional benefits, including enabling those project team members who have never previously seen a fire test to witness one; allowing sales team members who are responsible for selling the products or systems to view the test; and helping members of technical teams to view the tests and continually build their competence. As with standard testing protocol, all remotely witnessed testing is performed in accordance with the relevant certification and security conformance standards. The delivery of the service is supported by rigorous operating procedures and usage guides, designed to give the customer the same high quality, efficient experience as they would in person. Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire and Building Products at Element, said: “Through the use of easily accessible digital platforms, customers can watch live testing of their materials and products remotely, keep their testing programs on track, avoid unnecessary travel and hotel costs, and focus on more productive, value-creating activities for their own organizations. “All of our laboratories remain open, so we are able to support our customers as they continue to face challenges that have arisen out of the COVID-19 crisis. We have been successfully delivering remote witnessing services to many of our customers for several years, but 2020 and 2021 have presented us with an opportunity to optimize our capabilities to better serve them through the restrictions that the pandemic caused, and we’re pleased that we can continue to offer our high-quality services while keeping people safe.” The Element Group is made up of a network of experts from around the world and its businesses work in collaboration to share expertise, best practice and capacity. With fire resistance testing, reaction to fire testing, cold smoke leakage testing, acoustic testing, security, performance and weathering testing, and third party certification and fire engineering capabilities spread across laboratories in the UK, mainland Europe and Australia, Warringtonfire offers a truly full-service solution to the construction industry.

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ISLAND QUARTER TO TRANSFORM CITY LIVING, SAYS LEADING URBAN EXPERT

A WORLD-leading urban scientist has thrown his support behind The Island Quarter in Nottingham during a recent webisode. Professor Carlos Moreno, who created the concept of a 15-minute city where inhabitants have access to all the services they need within their immediate vicinity, told the audience at the latest CC Live webisode that the Nottingham development has all the characteristics to transform the way people in the city live, work and spend time. Speaking during a live Q&A with audience members, Professor Moreno said: “I’m very happy that The Island Quarter and Nottingham is exploring the 15-minute city concept. The main attribute for cities looking to change in this way is a desire to transform their current model of urban life. “By having that, the city of Nottingham has the chance to develop a polycentric model, with The Island Quarter being one of the sectors. There is the potential for totality of services and urban social functions within a happy proximity, which is the 15-minute city in a nutshell.” Appearing alongside Professor Moreno was Christopher Ware, property director at The Island Quarter’s developer Conygar, who told the audience about the company’s reasons for investing in the city. Ware said: “Our intentions for The Island Quarter site have always been for it to be truly mixed-use – we wanted to avoid the creation of an office district that shuts down at 6pm on a Friday and becomes somewhere you don’t want to walk through. “This is where our plans pair quite nicely with the 15-minute city concept, as we want the site to reflect the full lifecycle, from student accommodation, to offices where those students may then have their first job, to areas for family homes. “The whole opportunity is very exciting. Nottingham has a young population – the proportion of young people is comparable to Berlin and Amsterdam – and is seen as a bit of a fintech hub. There’s a strong underlying entrepreneurial spirit, but we feel that maybe there’s been a lack of a voice to shout about it. “We see The Island Quarter working along with other projects in the city to harness the energy that’s naturally there, because we see the demand for what the site can offer. Ware also gave an overview of the next steps for the site, which had lain derelict for many years before Conygar’s purchase of the former Boots Island in 2016. “The opening phase of the site is well underway and it’s going to really open up the canalside area, which has been such an underused part of the city for a number of years. It’s creating some really exciting public realm, which is going to bring the people of the city back to The Island Quarter site. “We’ve submitted the planning application for the next phase – which is the cohesive-use building adjacent to the opening phase – and we’ll be submitting a further application for some student accommodation in the coming months as well. “We’re also working hard in the background on a number of other elements of the site including the heritage warehouses, which we know are of great interest and a lot of people will be interested to hear our proposals when they come forward.” As well as the live Q&A, attendees heard the thoughts of BioCity’s CEO Toby Reid, The Nottingham Project’s director Lee Walker and Dr Lucelia Rodrigues from the University of Nottingham, who talked about The Island Quarter’s potential for creating a new community. To view the full webisode, visit The Island Quarter’s YouTube page. For more information on The Island Quarter, visit theislandquarter.com. 

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PLANS SUBMITTED FOR A 692-UNIT STUDENT LIVING SCHEME IN NOTTINGHAM

UK RESIDENTIAL and commercial property developer Godwin Developments has submitted proposals for a 692-unit purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Nottingham city centre, on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office. The plans, lodged with Nottingham City Council at the end of last week, propose the demolition of the current disused and significantly degraded building, which has been vacant for nearly 20 years, and the construction of a new contemporary scheme, varying from 12 to 15 storeys in height Situated on the corner of Bath Street and Cowan Street, the development – named the Bendigo Building – is adjacent to St. Mary’s Rest Gardens and will consist of a mix of modern studio apartments, four, five and six-bedroom clusters and disabled studio rooms. The scheme will also incorporate a range of indoor amenities such as a spacious residents lounge and reception area, gym, study and games rooms, as well as fully landscaped courtyard garden with outdoor seating, recreational and outdoor exercise equipment, basement parking for 55 vehicles and 312 cycle storage spaces. Two commercial units, located on the ground floor have also been proposed as an additional amenity for residents and the neighbouring community. The development is conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of Nottingham city centre, Nottingham Trent University, Sneinton Market and the main food and entertainment quarter, with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham train station also readily accessible via public transport. Matt Chandler, development director at Godwin Developments, said: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in our proposals for the re-development of this significant site in Nottingham. The city is a key UK hub for higher education, with an ever-growing student population. As a business with a local presence, we recognise the substantial contribution that young people make to its potential. They bring energy and vibrancy to the area, draw in private investment, boost local businesses through discretional spend, support the day and night-time economy, and add to the ongoing city-wide regeneration initiatives. “With the number of full-time students expected to increase by approximately 28% in the next few years, there is a clear requirement for more dedicated student spaces where young people can live, study, and play together. The Bendigo Building will cater to these needs while also freeing up traditional housing stock, allowing homes to return to their intended family use – responding to the aspirations of many local residents. “We would like to thank Nottingham City Council’s planning team for their support and feedback with the scheme to date as well as the local community for engaging with us constructively during the public consultation stages. We’ve also worked closely with our partners – architects RG&P, engineers HSP Consulting and planning experts PD&G – who helped us to shape the proposals submitted last week.” The well-considered scheme also contains sustainability features, such as air source heat pumps, photovoltaic (PV) roof panels and electric vehicle charging points. It endorses green methods of travel in and around the city by encouraging cycling, walking and use of nearby public transport – all of which promote the health and well-being of students and cleaner air in central Nottingham. James Mulcare, head of residential capital markets at Godwin Developments, said: “Nottingham is one of the UK’s higher education hotspots with its leading universities attracting a growing number of students year-on-year. In the last few years, the full-time student population in the city has surpassed 63,000 and is growing faster than any other UK university destination. At the same time, independent evidence indicates that there are at least 25,000 young people who are unable to access PBSA – highlighting the robust demand for student living in the city and the clear requirement for dedicated schemes like the Bendigo Building.” Stephen Pratt, co-founder and board director at Godwin Developments, added: “More and more domestic and international students come to the city of Nottingham, seeking outstanding education and good quality accessible student living. We are confident that the Bendigo Building with its prominent location and high amenities provision will be popular with young people and will deliver attractive long-term returns to investors seeking to capitalise on the strong local PBSA market.” Once underway the Bendigo Building will create around 300 jobs during the construction phase – and 40 full-time positions when fully operational. Godwin Developments is currently progressing a number of other residential schemes across the country, including the recently announced 23-storey development in Sheffield city centre, ‘The Meridian’, which will see the creation of a 336-apartment BTR scheme, and the recently submitted planning application for a 116-unit BTR urban village scheme in Ely. The developer is also working on projects such as a suburban BTR scheme in Doncaster which will create 60 BTR homes, as well as two residential schemes in Nottingham which will provide 102 family homes. For further information on Godwin Developments, visit https://www.godwingroup.co.uk/developments/.

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All Together Now: the definitive design guide for co-living and co-working spaces from the RIBA

Shared spaces have the power to transform homes and workplaces in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. With property prices rising and chronic loneliness affecting people of all ages, the demand for collective living was already growing. Throw social distancing and remote working into the mix, and it’s no surprise that the need for physical togetherness has become more urgent than ever. As the definitions of ‘home’ and ‘workplace’ become increasingly blurred, there is unprecedented demand for spaces where people can come together to share experiences and resources. All Together Now is the first book to address the challenges and opportunities of designing co-living and co-working spaces for modern living. Written by experts in the field of shared live and work space, interior designer Naomi Cleaver and design journalist Amy Frearson, this wide-ranging book showcases a multitude of ways in which architects, designers and developers can create stylish, healthy and efficient ‘co-spaces’. Amy Frearson said: “Co-living and co-working offer very real solutions to many of the problems we face today, both as individuals and as a society. Sharing doesn’t have to mean compromise; it can help us live more efficiently, healthily and sustainably, without limiting our choices and comforts.” Naomi Cleaver said: “The pandemic has intensified questions about how we live and work together, and how we use resources. It has given us the chance to think hard about the society and environments we need if we are to thrive as individuals throughout our lives.” Working as a practical and inspirational guide, this extremely timely book offers a diverse range of architecture and interior design solutions for collaborative spaces. It draws from Naomi Cleaver’s own experience in the industry, as well as an array of richly illustrated case studies from around the world. Including both new-builds and conversions, examples range from a Dutch nursing home that doubles as a student residence, to a retreat for digital nomads in Bali. The book also features a foreword by award-winning architect Sadie Morgan OBE, founding director of architectural practice dRMM and chair of the Quality of Life Foundation, who herself grew up on a commune and still considers it her home. Sadie Morgan said: “Through their exhaustive research, Naomi and Amy have been able to interrogate some of the most pertinent aspects of communal design. Ideas of different degrees and different models of sharing; the question of independence and its complex relationship with solidarity; the longevity and power of intergenerational living. These are just some of the themes expertly illustrated throughout the book.” Author, Consultant and Presenter Michelle Ogundehin, said: “All Together Now explores our relationship with ownership and place. Certainly, a more flexible housing model than mortgage-based purchase or deposit-based rental is way overdue. Imagine instead a living and working community built around like-minded people, regardless of age, who value freedom, diversity and sustainability, alongside the ability to easily upgrade or downsize as need and means dictate. A model for the future built around IRL connections. A model for the future that recognises that sharing and community are at the heart of all good societies. This is the very timely message of this important book.” All Together Now is not just a book for architects and designers, but for anyone interested in exploring new models of living and working and learning how to make the most of them. This highly engaging read includes a best practice toolkit, offering practical advice to any designer working at any scale.

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MULTI-MILLION POUND SALFORD DEVELOPMENT COMPLETES

Network Space completes Raven Locks with over half of the scheme already under offer Construction of Raven Locks, a 172,000 sq ft speculative industrial scheme in Salford, has completed, with three units already committed or under offer and strong interest in the remaining space. The 14-acre site on Ravenscraig Road in Little Hulton offers six units in total; three detached and self-contained ranging from 29,500 – 61,000 sq ft, along with a terrace of a further three units ranging from 11,000 – 19,000 sq ft. The units currently under offer total over 100,000 sq ft and almost 60% of the site. Network Space Development Director Joe Burnett said: “We have seen a great level of interest in the scheme which is testament to its quality and desirable last-mile location, as well as the depth in the market for this type of industrial space. We already have occupiers lined up for three units with further deals in the pipeline so expect the site to be fully let very soon.” He added: “By bringing this long-standing brownfield site back into use it will bring a positive socio-economic impact to the region by creating timely job opportunities for the local workforce that has been hit by the pandemic.” Raven Locks is situated in Little Hulton on the outskirts of Salford, within 2 miles of both Junction 3 and 4 of the M61 and close to Junction 15 of the M60. This gives easy access to Manchester city centre, Manchester International Airport and on to Liverpool and the south. The scheme provides high quality warehouse space, extensive secure yards, dedicated car parking and electric vehicle charging along with office accommodation and amenities. The larger units offer 10 metre eaves height, dock level access doors and trailer parking. Raven Locks is one of a series of developments being delivered by Network Space Developments across the North West. Architects on the scheme were AEW Architects and construction was undertaken by Portal Construction NW. Asset and property management services have been provided by industrial asset management specialists NSM. NSM is also appointed as agent, along with JLL and DTRE. Further scheme details are available at http://ravenlocks.co.uk/

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Panattoni Acquires Key M3 Corridor Site

Panattoni Acquires Key M3 Corridor Site

Panattoni, the largest developer in Europe, has completed the purchase of a development on the M3 corridor near to Farnborough, south east of London. Panattoni Farnborough 170 is the latest addition to the developer’s portfolio, having recently announced its commitment to three million sq ft of speculative builds in the UK this year. The prime positioning of this 8.33 acre site, which will accommodate for a building of 168,241 sq ft within an established logistics location (previously the Benthalls Warehouse), means it will offer the occupier a rare opportunity for those looking to serve Europe’s largest consumer market. Panattoni Farnborough 170 is strategically located to the south east of London and is adjacent to J4 of the M3 at Farnborough. Just a 15 minutes’ drive to J12 of the M25, it has 15.6 million consumers within a 90-minute drive time. More than 60% of the UK is accessible within a 4.5 hours HGV drive time. It also sits within the top tier of locations, allowing delivery companies to reach millions of customers the same day. Demolition of the old Benthalls unit is due to take place this month, with the building ready in Q3 of 2021. Completed the facility could generate over 170 employment opportunities. The building will be built to a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, with many sustainable credentials and an EPC rating of ‘A’. The facility will benefit from up to 2.5 MVa power. It will have 15m clear internal height, 12 dock doors, 9 level access doors for van deliveries, as well as extensive car parking, electric charging points and cycle spaces.  “This is a rare opportunity for the occupier to be near the excellent location of the M3 corridor region and be able to serve Europe’s largest consumer market. The specification of the building has been adapted to deliver on this ample power, loading provisions and direct M3 access. Panattoni Farnborough 170 will be delivered at speed, and the demolition of the Benthalls unit will shortly be underway on the site,” said Tony Watkins, Development Director for Panattoni. “There is high demand for this kind of building within this market and the 170,000 sq ft development offers a strong base for a variety of occupiers requiring excellent transport links,” he added. TSL have been appointed main contractor on the site, and agents on the scheme are DTRE and Savills. 

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How to Create a Garden Oasis Indoors

Surrounding yourself with the beauty of nature is a sure-fire way to make you feel more relaxed and calm. Usually, you would go outside to smell the fresh air, but what happens when you can’t leave home or plant flowers outside? Well, you could bring nature indoors, instead! Start growing an indoor jungle with these tips. Before you know it, you’ll turn your space into an oasis. How to Choose the Perfect Houseplants There are far too many plants and flowers to choose from, but the most common florals, like roses, orchids, and succulents, are available at most garden centers.  While browsing on a website that offers flower delivery, you may stumble upon multiple unique Mother’s day flower ideas. Don’t forget that you’re only weeks away from Mother’s Day! Choose Easy-Care Plants Unless you’re some kind of plant-savant, you should stick to easy-to-care-for plants that don’t require a lot of attention, water, and sunlight. This way, you won’t have to hire a house sitter when you take a vacation. Consider these low maintenance house plants: Aloe Vera Snake Plant (Mother-In-Law’s Tongue) Bromeliad Rabbit’s Ear India Rubber Tree Spider Plant All of these plants can handle a bit of neglect and can survive with little sunlight and water. Match Plants to Their Environment Some plants have special needs, even if they’re easy to take care of. For example, the Pothos is a low-maintenance plant but will die if placed in direct sunlight. Pothos grow underneath larger trees in the rainforest and love humidity, so ensure your home isn’t too dry. Another example is the Bird’s Nest Fern which prefers bathrooms for its moist air. Use the Right Soil Most garden centers and online flower shops will stock a general potting soil mix that will suit most plants. However, cactuses and succulents need special mixes that drain faster because they reside in places with little soil. You’ll likely run into these common potting soil mixtures: Sphagnum Peat Moss: Well-draining and well-aerated. Coir Fiber: Byproduct of coconuts. Has more nutrients than peat moss. Perlite: Lightweight and sterile. Holds three times its weight in water. Vermiculite: Adds calcium and magnesium to the soil. Sand: Improves drainages and is excellent for cacti. Pick the Right Indoor Containers Plants and flowers need to drain water from their soil, or else they’ll drown. Orchids need special pots with slats or cut-out shapes at the side for better drainage and airflow. Since orchids grow off of rocks, trees, or bushes, they can’t be planted directly into the ground. Other common plants, like the kalanchoe, are comfy in almost any sized pot of any material. Use These Tips When Creating Your Garden Oasis Know Your Light Light is an essential requirement when starting an indoor garden, so ensure that all of your plants are near a window or UV lamp. Some plants, like Aloe Vera, require over 8 hours of sun, while the Peace Lily would quickly die from too much exposure. Adjust to your plant’s needs. Try Planting Vertically Planting vertically gives you more space for more plants while dressing up your walls at the same time. Gardening vertically will make your home truly feel like an indoor jungle oasis. You can plant succulents vertically in picture frames with a fabric backing or plastic sheetings. Group Plants Together Plants that prefer humid environments will do better in a bathroom or finished basement, while dry, climatized flowers would want an open space with plenty of sunlight. Be sure to group plants based on their specific needs to double the possibility that they’ll stay happy and healthy. Get a Standout Plant Don’t just buy plants that are low to the ground or have to be hung from the ceiling because your space will start to look too “samey.” Put in a standout plant, like the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, to add height and depth to your oasis. This large indoor tropical tree is easy to grow and care for.

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