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July 19, 2021

Glenn Howells-masterplanned 900-home Docklands scheme wins planning

Tower Hamlets Council has approved an application for 900 homes by Glenn Howells Architects, Panter Hudspith and White Arkitekter on a Thames-side site in east London The development of Blackwall Yard will see five buildings, between nine and 39-storeys tall, added to the 1.7ha site, which sits between housing estate

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UNBRANDED FINANCE COMPLETES £36 MILLION SHOPPING CENTRE LOAN

Unbranded Finance, the UK non-bank lender set up in 2020, with offices in Edinburgh and London, today announced that it has completed on its largest, and most complex, loan to date. In partnership with Westbrook Partners, the fully integrated global real estate investment management company, the two-year £36 million facility

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Industry reaction to the latest Rightmove House Price Index

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented: “The availability of stock on the market is the lifeblood of the property market and if it’s significantly short in volume. As a result, we can expect to see prices soar ever skyward as demand continues to outstrip supply, regardless of

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Cavanna Homes Donates Lifesaving Defibrillators

Cavanna Homes Donates Lifesaving Defibrillators

Two lifesaving defibrillators have been donated by Cavanna Homes to the family and school of 12-year-old Ella Halfyard who was diagnosed with a serious heart condition earlier this year. One defibrillator has been installed at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and the other is portable, which means that Ella and her

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Keystone Brick Makes Luxury Façade for Development

Keystone Brick Makes Luxury Façade for Development

The superior aesthetics, offsite craftmanship and precision of Keystone Lintels’ pioneering brick slip system has ensured the façade of a luxury apartment complex in Buckinghamshire is in keeping with its exemplary architectural design. Located on one of Beaconsfield’s premier roads, Wellington Court is an exclusive development of one, two and

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Services for Appliances Repair

Appliances are used extensively by people at home to perform everyday tasks for easy-going life. This ease is sometimes disturbed when any such appliances got out of order. There can be technical issues that we are unable to figure out somehow but this problem can be readily solved with the

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July 19, 2021

Glenn Howells-masterplanned 900-home Docklands scheme wins planning

Tower Hamlets Council has approved an application for 900 homes by Glenn Howells Architects, Panter Hudspith and White Arkitekter on a Thames-side site in east London The development of Blackwall Yard will see five buildings, between nine and 39-storeys tall, added to the 1.7ha site, which sits between housing estate Virginia Quay and a Thomson Reuters data centre. The scheme, masterplanned by Glenn Howells, will feature 35 per cent affordable homes, as well as a primary school, community hub and 1,500m2 commercial and retail spaces spread over the ground and lower levels. It will also see the Grade II-listed Graving Dock partially infilled and landscaped, while part of the dock would be filled with water and either serve as a pond or as a place for swimming. Planners at Tower Hamlets said the scheme would provide ‘considerable public benefit’ by improving links and creating public space, as well as through the provision of homes, shops and a school. The scheme, for Hadley Property Group, was approved unanimously by councillors on the borough’s Strategic Development Committee at a meeting on Wednesday evening (14 July). The two riverside blocks, designed by White Arkitekter, will stand at 15 and 20 storeys and contain housing, with commercial uses at ground level. The north-west of the site will have two towers by Glen Howells Architects, standing at 33 and 38 storeys. The towers will be above a large podium block with community and commercial space. The final building, also set back from the Thames, will be part-five, part-nine storeys and is designed by Panter Hudspith. It will contain a primary school and the scheme’s affordable housing provision. In 2005, Squire & Partners received planning permission for a scheme on the same plot, comprising 708 homes across six building, rising up to 29 storeys, but the design was never built. Glenn Howells Architects partner William Poole said: ‘With sustainable living at its heart, Blackwall Yard will bring together an incredible array of public benefits, including the restored Graving Dock, a new primary school and more than half a hectare of public realm that provides local residents with much needed outside space.’

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Milestone is reached as hub South West oversees handover of 200 new homes in South Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire

hub South West, the public-private partnership of local authorities, NHS, blue light services and a clutch of leading construction industry Tier One building contractors, will this month oversee the handover of a total of 200 new homes to families and individuals in South Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire. Michael Ross, operations director of hub South West, said: “We are absolutely delighted that as a result of our public private partnership relationship with Tier 1 contractors, 100 new homes have been occupied to date in Cambuslang’s East Whitlawburn district of South Lanarkshire. “With a dedicated housing supply chain with established housing contractors, our target of completed new homes in North Ayrshire will also be realised when four new homes at the Flatt Road development in Largs, making a total so far of 100, will be handed over to residents in June. “Shortly afterwards, 18 more new homes will be handed over in July in Millport on Great Cumbrae, taking the total in North Ayrshire to 118.” Completion of the first 100 new homes at East Whitlawburn represents part of a £42m housing-led regeneration of the area which will deliver 230 new social rented homes and 100 private residences for sale. Construction is being delivered by Tier I contractors. Cambuslang-based CCG, in partnership with West Whitlawburn Housing Cooperative. As part of the project agreement, CCG will undertake a range of community benefit initiatives such as the provision of jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities for local residents. The company will also provide £50,000 towards the creation of an “East Whitlawburn Community Endowment Fund”. CCG and hub South West are committed also to ensuring that 70 per cent of tendering opportunities arising from the project were made available to local businesses, furthering the beneficial impact on the surrounding area. Further new homes in North Ayrshire, including the £21m development at Flatt Road are being delivered by hub South West at a number of sites, where Prestwick-headquartered Ashleigh, is the Tier 1 contractor. The Largs project will eventually consist of 122 units, including general needs homes, supported accommodation, amenity bungalows and a sheltered housing complex which will incorporate a community hub. The project will eventually move to the St. Combs area of the town where a further 29 houses will be delivered with all phases completed by early 2022. hub South West is currently progressing a housing pipeline of over £200m across its territory, including, in partnership with Ashleigh Construction, further housing developments with North Ayrshire Council, including the Brathwic development on the Isle of Arran, St. Beya on Millport, Towerlands in Irvine and the Springvale development in Saltcoats. hub South West has delivered over £579m of infrastructure projects to date covering the education, health, leisure, housing, and residential care sectors. In the year to March 2020, £158m of projects were in construction, with £468m in development. Currently, hub South West is engaged on site in the construction of 741 housing units in the North and South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire council areas. The total value of contracts on these developments is £112m. “All of these projects are important regeneration initiatives and hub South West is pleased to be participating in the development of high-quality homes alongside both North Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire Councils”, said chief executive Michael McBrearty. “Whilst we are developing and delivering energy efficient homes and communities, we see the potential to innovate even further in this sector on the journey to Nett Zero and are already challenging future developments with improvements in energy in use and carbon reduction. “Our engagement in the sector has brought improved value for money to the provision of new homes through both the rigour of the hub South West process and the collaborative nature of our development practices. We are the only housing procurement route that offers local authorities a meaningful and structured social value framework, ensuring a lasting legacy is built beyond the homes. “Our model of development and delivery prioritises People, Place and Planet is aimed at creating well-designed places that instil a sense of pride in the community, tackle energy poverty and drive sustainability”.

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UNBRANDED FINANCE COMPLETES £36 MILLION SHOPPING CENTRE LOAN

Unbranded Finance, the UK non-bank lender set up in 2020, with offices in Edinburgh and London, today announced that it has completed on its largest, and most complex, loan to date. In partnership with Westbrook Partners, the fully integrated global real estate investment management company, the two-year £36 million facility was provided to an affiliate of London-based private real estate investment and development company, Boultbee LDN, to refinance The Maltings Shopping Centre in St Albans.  The loan was advanced within six weeks from agreement of terms and commencement of due diligence. Andrew Smith, Co-founder of Unbranded Finance, commented: “It was a pleasure to work with the team at Boultbee LDN on this transaction, which was completed within the timescales set by the borrower. A large amount of due diligence was undertaken within a relatively short period of time, and so all credit to the teams on both sides.  “The Maltings is a key retail asset which has been extremely resilient during the pandemic and has significant potential for value-add over the coming months. We are excited to have partnered with Westbrook on this transaction, a relationship we look forward to building upon.” Steve Boultbee-Brooks, Chairman of Boultbee LDN, added: “Extraordinary events call for the most extraordinary professionals. Despite being in the middle of a pandemic and a harsh trading environment, The Maltings continues to buck the trend with a steady recovery trading at 98% occupancy. “Unbranded Finance & Westbrook demonstrated an experienced, professional and pragmatic attitude to getting things done. I am most pleased to have worked with both companies to achieve this result in a short period of time.” The Maltings comprises 300,000 sq ft of retail, office and other commercial accommodation let to around 100 occupiers, including TK Maxx, Wilko and H&M, plus 31 long leasehold residential units and an 800-space car parking operation, all on a six-acre site in the heart of the city.

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Industry reaction to the latest Rightmove House Price Index

Managing Director of Barrows and Forrester, James Forrester, commented: “The availability of stock on the market is the lifeblood of the property market and if it’s significantly short in volume. As a result, we can expect to see prices soar ever skyward as demand continues to outstrip supply, regardless of the fact that the stamp duty bonanza may have finished.” Founder & Managing Director of Yes Homebuyers, Matthew Cooper, commented: “History tells us that such a meteoric rate of house price growth simply isn’t sustainable. The past 12 months or so may well have been good for the property industry and for sentiment overall however caution now prevails as we enter a second year of wildly increasing property values – a bubble if ever there was. The spectre of higher inflation and the Bank of England potentially responding with the blunt instrument of an increase in interest rate rather adds to the peril.” Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented: “The time it’s taking to sell a home has plummeted to just 38 days in June, an all time low. However, it’s important to note that this is the time it’s taking to agree a sale, not complete it, and sizable delays remain at the final stage of the transaction timeline.  Now that the support from the temporary stamp duty relief has all but ended, we will inevitably see the market return to normality with demand diluting somewhat, price growth softening and time-to-sell increasing back to 45 to 50 days.”

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Cavanna Homes Donates Lifesaving Defibrillators

Cavanna Homes Donates Lifesaving Defibrillators

Two lifesaving defibrillators have been donated by Cavanna Homes to the family and school of 12-year-old Ella Halfyard who was diagnosed with a serious heart condition earlier this year. One defibrillator has been installed at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and the other is portable, which means that Ella and her family have peace of mind whether she’s at home or out and about. Cavanna Homes’ Sales Advisor Kevyn Dixon and Site Manager Willie Whitelaw, first became aware of Ella’s condition when her parents Lizzie and Tom Halfyard reserved a new five-bedroom home at Lyme View in the village of Holcombe near Dawlish. On the day they were due to collect the keys to their new home at the end of March, the couple were contacted by their daughter’s school to say an ambulance had been called for Ella. As Lizzie explained: “The alarm was raised because she’d been unresponsive at school and although she recovered, this brought home how serious her condition is and how vital it is that she has a defibrillator with her at all times.” The Halfyard’s were first alerted to Ella’s condition after she noticed some changes in her heart rate at school when resting, which was also confirmed by her PE Teacher. As a precaution, the keen young sportswoman had a temporary ECG monitor fitted at Torbay Hospital in February, but later the same week she was rushed to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children who were very concerned by the results. As Lizzie recalled: “The results from the monitor flagged that Ella’s heart was beating too fast and could stop at any minute. It was a very scary time for us and so unexpected.” Ella’s condition is now managed by beta-blockers which slow her heart rate and she will continue to be monitored for the next three years. “Ella is incredibly sporty and has always loved playing football, so having to give up sport has been very hard for her,” said Lizzie. Cavanna Homes purchased both defibrillators after learning that the family were trying to fundraise for the lifesaving equipment. Kevyn Dixon said: “As a Sales Advisor, you become close with the new homeowners and once I found out about Ella and everything her and her family have been through, it really struck a chord with me. I put the idea forward about purchasing the defibrillators for the family to the Senior Management Team and it was a unanimous yes!” Keith Miller, Managing Director added: “This is exactly the sort of thing we’re proud to do by giving back to the communities we build in and to support our new homeowners. We hope that by purchasing this vital piece of equipment for Ella and her school it will provide added peace of mind and allow Ella to continue thriving at school.” The equipment has been life-changing for Ella and provided reassurance for her parents Lizzie and Tom, and her two sisters Megan (15) and Rosie (7). “Ella can now attend school trips and join in activities without feeling like she’s missing out,” said dad Tom. “This was incredibly generous of Cavanna Homes and we’ll always be grateful to them,” he added. “We also want to say how much we love our new home”, said Lizzie. “As a new build, there’s no need to do any DIY which has freed up our time to focus on our family and Ella’s condition. As the youngest of 12 siblings, I can’t wait to get the family over to celebrate us moving in!”

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Keystone Brick Makes Luxury Façade for Development

Keystone Brick Makes Luxury Façade for Development

The superior aesthetics, offsite craftmanship and precision of Keystone Lintels’ pioneering brick slip system has ensured the façade of a luxury apartment complex in Buckinghamshire is in keeping with its exemplary architectural design. Located on one of Beaconsfield’s premier roads, Wellington Court is an exclusive development of one, two and three bedroom apartments. Developer Halamar’s architectural vision for this property required a gable ended luxury façade and main entrance featuring prominent and distinctive brickwork arches in the Arts and Craft style. To meet their requirements, Keystone’s technical team designed Brick Slip Feature corbelled and full arch lintels which were manufactured in a factory-controlled environment, negating the need for complex brick cutting on-site. Fabricated off-site with exemplary craftmanship, Keystone’s technical team ensured each bespoke lintel was manufactured to the size, shape and aesthetic requirements within the project build schedule. The one-piece lintel design solution required exacting dimensions to avoid any conflict with the proposed stone sitting at the end of each arch bearing. 3593mm upper coursing span and 3143mm lower coursing span measurements were essential for the seamless installation of the prominent entrance. A consignment of light textured Parham Red bricks were collected from site by Keystone which reduced brick wastage and improved material management. Double Cant bricks were precisely cut and bonded onto an extra heavy duty corbelled arch lintel using a BBA approved construction adhesive in a factory-controlled environment. The patented perforated design of a Keystone Brick Slip Feature Lintel allows the adhesive to squeeze through the perforations and form a ‘mushroom’ on the inside, providing a mechanical lock between the steel lintel and the bricks. Integral key prefabricated lintel components were all manufactured concurrently as opposed to sequentially which offered greater predictability of operational expenditure during the build programme. Delays associated with bad weather onsite were also avoided which allowed for high quality and consistency to be achieved when replicating the four large full arch lintel designs. The impressive 4300mm span and 2150mm rise arches were delivered to site ready for final pointing, with all the arch lintels including lifting hooks for an easier and safer installation. Keystone is the largest supplier of steel lintels in the UK and Ireland. For bespoke applications, architects, housebuilders and contractors can specify brick feature requirements by utilising Keystone’s free Brick Slip Feature Lintel design service. With this exceptional development in leafy Beaconsfield now complete, Keystone Brick Slip Feature lintels have once again played their part in meeting the complex brickwork requirements of a high quality scheme and at the same time within the designated build schedule.

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Services for Appliances Repair

Appliances are used extensively by people at home to perform everyday tasks for easy-going life. This ease is sometimes disturbed when any such appliances got out of order. There can be technical issues that we are unable to figure out somehow but this problem can be readily solved with the help of technical staff who are rendering their services exclusively in this regard.  One of the most favorite and essential among all appliances is your fridge that you cannot afford to go down at any cost. Many other appliances are on the panelist of these service companies such as washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, stoves, dryers, and cooktops.    People are using it to store their food items particularly meat, milk, butter, vegetables, and fruits which are stored for many days due to its cooling system.    We have many companies whose services may be rendered 24/7 in this regard because electrical appliances are an integral part of everyday life and their maintenance cannot be compromised at any cost. The delay in hiring services could result in damage that is curable. For instance, Fridge repairs Sutherland shire and its suburbs is not a big deal because lots of companies are giving technical services at your doorstep to resolve the matter on the spot. Whether there is a leakage or any strange sounds coming out of your appliances, you need not worry about that anymore.    You do not need to worry about one less thing because the team of professionals is always ready to do the job required for this purpose. They have got all the things including the latest equipment, spare parts of all kinds of appliances handy to get the job done with 100% guarantee. At times we have seen that people get worried and create a panic situation if anything is not working all of a sudden. Few easy checks are recommended before calling any services staff that will help you save your cost. There might be minor issues involved in this scenario like you have not turned on the switch somehow and you can easily find out if you do not get panicky in this situation.  You need to see the taps are properly opened for the washing machine before calling for any kind of assistance. You need to check the filter of the front appliances and sometimes your front door isn’t closed properly which is the cause of the dysfunction of the appliances.   Besides that, here are a handful of tips that will surely help you prevent any kind of breakdown of fridge especially: By doing proper cleaning of door seals of the fridge will help in extending their lifetime 10 times. If you wipe them down on daily basis with the help of warm water mixed with soap to eradicate the food remainder to avoid any kind of dryness and cracks in the fridge. These cracks can be a reason for cold air to escape out from the fridge which will affect the performance of the fridge. By cleaning the back tray and coils twice a year can be a source of space to fill the gap of air in between the coils and to increase its performance. You should let the fridge be filled up with few things like a jug of water and bottles which will absorb its warm air and leave the fridge temperature cold. The main mechanism adopted by these service companies is more or less the same as all you need to do is to pick up the phone and call the company helpline to acquire services. It is so quick method that is very much easy and reachable in terms of ease of doing business.      The companies have their websites where all necessary and important relevant information is readily available including service details, service areas, locations. You need to provide them with the model and serial number for ordering any kind of spare part for your appliances. Even if they do not have the requested spare part available with them, they are willing to order it for you on your behalf to avoid the burden on your part. All big companies’ spare parts are available with them including LG, Simpson, Bosch, Ariston, Omega, Samsung, Whirlpool, Haier, Hoover, and Panasonic.

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Waste Sorting: How to Train Yourself and Your Family to Sort Trash

Sorting waste remains one of the most effective ways to become more eco-friendly and decrease pollution in your local area. If you would like to take part in this initiative and encourage your family members to start sorting waste, this article might be right for you. Discover some tips on how to train yourself and your family to sort trash. Before You Start Many students get academic assignments related to sorting waste and other eco programs at schools and universities. If you are one of them, you might need more advanced information about recycling activities. Moreover, you can get your essays done even easier if you use an online academic writing solution. Don’t forget to read the reviews of other students when choosing the best site for your needs. For example, there are many essay one day reviews available online. You can also explore a fresh domyessay review or look for more facts about justdomyessay. This way, your learning process will be much easier. If you still would like to write your paper by yourself or just want to know more about sorting trash, continue reading this article to get the freshest facts. Top Tips to Reduce Amount of Trash and Start Sorting It Sorting trash might seem difficult at first glance. However, it is much easier than you might think. If you follow the simple prompts below, you will have an opportunity to become more eco-friendly much easier. Avoid Using Material You Don’t Need The first step to reducing your amount of trash is to avoid using material and packaging you don’t really need. This rule is especially important during shopping. There is nothing new that most shops and retail points offer advanced packaging options to all their customers. However, if you refuse to get an extra bag for carrying your purchases, you will decrease the overall amount of waste you produce. In other words, to have less trash at home, don’t take it to your dwelling. Get Rid Of Things You Don’t Use To reduce the amount of trash, it might be a great idea to arrange a garage sale. For example, you can easily sell or give old chairs, equipment, clothes, and gadgets for free to those who really need them. First, you will become more environmentally friendly. Second, you will help people in need. Third, you can get more free space in your house. For example, before throwing your outdated tablet with a broken screen into the trash bin, think about whether someone might need it. Avoid Plastic There is nothing new that plastic is one of the main sources of pollution. Fortunately, you can decrease its amount. Avoid buying plastic toys and other products that you are likely to throw away soon. If you still need to buy something made from this material, consider choosing recyclable alternatives. For example, there are some recyclable plant pots you can buy for your garden. Buy In A Bulk Reducing packaging waste is also an excellent idea for families who take care of a healthy environment. But how to limit it? You can purchase pasta, cereal, and other products in bulk! This way, you will get the same amount of product but significantly decrease the packaging waste. Moreover, this simple trick might help you save money for something more important. Ban The Bottles How many times do you buy a bottle of water? Just imagine how many plastic bottles you use per year! Therefore, it is better to purchase a reusable water bottle you will take every time you leave home. This easy solution will allow you not to purchase plastic bottles with water and other drinks. Stop Using Straws You will be amazed to discover that Americans throw away about 550 million plastic straws each day. What about using disposable straws? They are the same convenient and easy to use as traditional ones. However, you get a chance to become more environmentally friendly using disposable straws. Use Separate Trash Containers The most effective solution to sort trash is to use several separate containers for different types of waste. You can also use containers of different colors for your convenience. For example, it might be very handy to have separate bins for plastic, glass, and organic waste. You can take out the trash bins when they become full to the local containers for further recycling. All in all, sorting trash initiatives might take your time. If you are not ready to follow all the tips above, it is still good to start small. For example, you can stop using straws and plastic bottles and then move to more advanced initiatives for sorting trash. Even the smallest measures done by each family could help us save our planet from drowning in tons of trash. Just try to be more eco-oriented and see how the environment around you will start changing!

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