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July 7, 2021

PLATFORM_ Appoints Winvic to Construct Second Build-to-Rent Scheme

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, is designing and constructing a second city centre build-to-rent (BTR) project for PLATFORM_ . The Winvic team has started on site at the Sheffield scheme and handover is scheduled

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Waterguard and Ramtech Unveil Fire and Leak Detection Collaboration

Waterguard and Ramtech Unveil Fire and Leak Detection Collaboration

Construction technology specialists, Waterguard and Ramtech, have announced plans to interlink their leak and fire detection systems in a bid to improve efficiencies on construction sites across the globe. The complete solution will enable Waterguard’s series 7 leak detection device to ‘talk’ to Ramtech’s REACT platform – a cloud-based solution

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Bear Pit Public Artwork Design at Cable Wharf is Unveiled

Bear Pit Public Artwork Design at Cable Wharf is Unveiled

Keepmoat Homes has unveiled designs for the new bear pit public artwork which will be displayed at its flagship Cable Wharf development in Kent. The national homebuilder has received planning approval from Kent County Council for the public artwork to be installed above the buried remains of a Grade II

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July 7, 2021

PLATFORM_ Appoints Winvic to Construct Second Build-to-Rent Scheme

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, is designing and constructing a second city centre build-to-rent (BTR) project for PLATFORM_ . The Winvic team has started on site at the Sheffield scheme and handover is scheduled for summer 2023. The development on Sylvester Street, Sheffield is situated between the The Moor shopping centre and the A61 ring road and is adjacent to Porter Brook. It comprises 335 apartments and also features community roof terraces, shared social areas to the ground floor and two commercial spaces totalling 7,650 sq ft. Winvic will construct the seven and fourteen-storey complexes using a steel frame together with car parking and covered cycle storage. The façade will be made up of three types of brick built with projecting piers and header features, ensuring the external aesthetics are in-keeping with the surrounding area. A local artist – working with the Sheffield City Council – will incorporate street furniture and artwork in and around the newly formed cycle way and footpath which runs along the site adjacent to the Porter Brook; this will include a viewing area over the brook. The other BTR scheme that Winvic is currently constructing for PLATFORM_ is located on Dumballs Road, Cardiff and comprises 206 one-bed and two-bed apartments over two tower blocks. Works started on site in January 2021 and the steel frames of the north tower – climbing to eight and 12 storeys – and the south tower – reaching eight and nine storeys – have been erected. Two commercial spaces totalling 6,500 sq ft will be found on the ground floor as well as 2,100 sq ft shared resident spaces, including a lounge and gym. Furthermore, Winvic will fully fit out the apartments, create rooftop terraces and construct surface car-parking for 39 vehicles and storage for 192 cycles. Mark Jones, Winvic’s Director of Multi-room, commented: “We’ve been working in partnership with PLATFORM_ for some time in preparation for both projects and we’ve built a strong relationship due to our shared vision of quality accommodation through good design that’s simply done right. With over 7,000 multi-room beds developed to date and a further 3,000 plus under construction, the expertise of our teams will make the road to handover a smooth one on these prestigious schemes.” Matt Willcock, Development Director from PLATFORM_, added: “We’re looking forward to launching both PLATFORM_ Sheffield and PLATFORM_ Cardiff. The buildings will not only help redevelop the local areas but will provide much needed housing to cope with high demand. Winvic has experience in delivering high quality residential apartments and we are confident that they will be able to deliver our vision for these BTR developments.” For more information on Winvic, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit www.winvic.co.uk. Join Winvic on social media – visit Twitter @WinvicLtd – and LinkedIn.  

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MULTIMILLION-POUND SPECULATIVE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN SHEFFIELD SECURES FIRST OCCUPIER

On behalf of Network Space, Yorkshire company, Harris CM is on site delivering 116,600 sq ft of prime industrial space across four high specification units at Woodhouse Link, close to junction 31 of the M1 in Sheffield. Ready for occupation in early 2022, Woodhouse Link will be capable of fostering approximately 200 new jobs. Network Space has secured its first letting at its speculative multimillion-pound Woodhouse Link development, with BLE Smoke and Fire Curtains Ltd is taking the 31,200 sq ft Unit 3 on a 15-year lease. A second unit is also under offer Jason Adlam, CEO at Harris CM, said: “This project is an impressive industrial development and we look forward to working with Network Space on our first contract together. “The scheme demonstrates the importance of Sheffield’s industrial and manufacturing sectors and provides further opportunities for our workforce and supply chain, with a significant proportion being South Yorkshire based.” Simon Peters, Development Director at Network Space, explains: “Woodhouse Link is designed to meet the shortage of quality industrial space within the Sheffield City Region, where it is evident that new supply is struggling to keep pace with strong demand. “We’ve already had a lot of interest in the development and we are delighted to welcome BLE as our first occupier. Woodhouse Link offers a great central location and with a further unit under offer and strong enquiry levels in the remaining space we could be fully let before this speculative development completes.” Woodhouse Link lies close to junctions 31 and 33 of the M1, to the east of Sheffield and on the south side of Rotherham, within the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District and close to the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley. The development has planning permission for 24/7 operation and is suitable for manufacturing or distribution uses. The detached and self-contained units all provide secure storage yards and parking, 8 to 10 metre high eaves, integral offices and are designed to a high sustainability standard, including EV charging points, and to a BREEAM Very Good rating. BLE has taken unit 3. Part of the family owned Lowe & Fletcher Group, the company has designed, made, installed and maintained innovative, bespoke smoke and fire curtains for buildings around the globe for the last 40 years, providing life-saving protection for millions of people in commercial buildings, stations, airports and hospitals. The expansion to Woodhouse Link reflects the continued growth of the company. Nigel Ward, Managing Director from BLE said: “This purpose build facility in such a great location will offer the company an exceptional base for our fast growing business. “The integral office will be to headquarter standard, in keeping with our brand and helping us to add the best talent to our team. The flexible design and high sustainability standards are ideal for our needs.” With unit 3 now let and a further unit under offer, only units 1 and 2 remain available providing 48,900 sq ft and 13,200 sq ft respectively. Avison Young and CPP have been appointed to market the site. Toby Vernon, Director at CCP introduced the deal. He said: “Demand for quality units such as those at Woodhouse Link is going from strength to strength. We saw a record take up in 2020 and high demand for space has continued in 2021. Occupiers want modern, efficient buildings that will stand the test of time, which is one of the reasons demand is so high, evidenced by the letting to BLE.” Rob Oliver, principal from Avison Young said: “We have always known this development will be well received by the occupational market, so we were delighted, but not surprised, to have two units under offer before speculative construction began. “Well designed and highly specified they suit the demands and expectations of today’s occupiers who want accessible and cost effective premises which facilitate efficient operations, present the right impression to clients and the workforce and meet their environmental agenda.” The project team includes DLA Architecture, Spawforths planners, Tetra Tech and CJR Midlands M&E engineers, Walker Sime QS and project management and Gateley legal.

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Waterguard and Ramtech Unveil Fire and Leak Detection Collaboration

Waterguard and Ramtech Unveil Fire and Leak Detection Collaboration

Construction technology specialists, Waterguard and Ramtech, have announced plans to interlink their leak and fire detection systems in a bid to improve efficiencies on construction sites across the globe. The complete solution will enable Waterguard’s series 7 leak detection device to ‘talk’ to Ramtech’s REACT platform – a cloud-based solution which raises alerts in real time, sending notifications straight to the people who can act on them. When combined with Ramtech’s range of wireless emergency alarms, the technology will provide a cost-effective solution for commercial and residential construction projects – as well as adding a level of accountability throughout various stages of development. Popular on multi-residential and commercial schemes, the technology forms an integral part of the construction phase – often specified by the developer or insurance company. Adam Jurka, UK Sales Manager at Ramtech, explained: “Construction sites are, by their very nature, dangerous places to work, and with the complex demands of modern projects, it’s vital to safeguard staff, property and equipment. By partnering with Waterguard, we have extended our service portfolio to offer a holistic monitoring system which delivers genuine peace of mind – and protection.” Claire Mason, general manager at Waterguard, added: “Incoming leak detection and fire safety is a stipulation of any construction project and Waterguard exists to shield every building – and its owner – from the damage and expense which comes with burst and leaking pipes. “Offering both firms’ technology in a single interface – and one which is proven within our marketplace – saves developers time and money, Construction Insurance Risk Engineers Group (CIREG) compliance, as well as providing an opportunity to develop unique systems to meet clients’ specific requirements.” Ramtech is a £12 million turnover company with offices in the Nottingham and the US, while Yorkshire-headquartered Waterguard is the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of affordable water leak detection systems.

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Bear Pit Public Artwork Design at Cable Wharf is Unveiled

Bear Pit Public Artwork Design at Cable Wharf is Unveiled

Keepmoat Homes has unveiled designs for the new bear pit public artwork which will be displayed at its flagship Cable Wharf development in Kent. The national homebuilder has received planning approval from Kent County Council for the public artwork to be installed above the buried remains of a Grade II listed bear pit which was once a focal attraction of the Victorian pleasure gardens occupying the site during the 19th century. The artwork “Born to be Wild”, has been developed by artists NEON in collaboration with landscape architects ARC and draws inspiration from the lines of the archaeological structures buried below. Following engagement with the local community, local heritage groups and experts, the artwork uses a contemporary undulating form which is reminiscent of tree branch structures. The artwork is designed to invite the public to sit, walk through or climb on it much like a bear in the wild. The public heritage of the site will be displayed through traditional interpretation boards and way finding markers, along with street furniture, engraved paving, and a paving artwork along the river front. The artwork is anticipated to be installed in autumn 2021 and forms part of a wider heritage strategy at the development which includes the industrial cable works of WT Henley, the Rosherville Gardens, the caves in the chalk cliffs and the uses of its riverside location. “We have listened to and continue to work with the public, local stakeholders and authorities to ensure the heritage at Cable Wharf is preserved. The culture surrounding the development is a key focus for us and we’re thrilled to have received planning permission for the public artwork to be installed to commemorate the historic bear pit within the Italian garden,” said Mick O’Farrell, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes. “NEON’s proposal stood out to us during a competitive pitch due to the vibrant and modern interpretation of the former bear pit. The artwork has been designed to act as a provocation that asks us to consider the future relationship between animals and humans, and we’re looking forward to installing the structure later this year.” Forming part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City, Cable Wharf is a new riverside development which is transforming the former Northfleet Industrial Estate, bringing 598 much-needed new homes to the area. Set between a backdrop of chalk white cliffs and the River Thames, the development takes inspiration from its rich industrial heritage and paves the way to reopen this part of the river for the first time in more than 100 years. The housing development will also offer a range of local amenities with 5,666 sq ft of commercial space, new transport links and a primary school to create a thriving community.

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