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November 19, 2021

Railpen and Wrenbridge secure major new occupier at Dartford X

Railpen and Wrenbridge have signed a major new occupier, Leathams Ltd, a food supplier and distributor, at Dartford X.  Leathams Ltd have taken a pre-let of 30,000 sq ft at the site. Dartford X covers nine-acres and was acquired by Railpen in December 2019. Railpen’s development partner Wrenbridge have delivered

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University of Salford’s Energy House Laboratories Announces Partners for its Global Net Zero Research Facility

The University of Salford’s Energy House Laboratories yesterday (18 November, 2021) announced its first collaborative project partners ahead of the launch of its multi-million-pound Energy House 2.0 research facility in 2022. Among the partners included are residential housebuilder Bellway Homes, development partnership, The English Cities Fund (ECF), and a joint

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MMC trials held across 105-house development

The latest scheme of a 1000-home major housing contract is being built using a mix of innovative modern methods of construction (MMC) supplied by Roofspace Solutions and flooring by Nuspan. Together, the two solutions will help to speed up overall delivery of the phase compared to traditional methods. Lovell, the

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Glencar strengthens with appointment of industry stalwart Roy Jones

The high-profile recruitment is a statement of intent as Glencar continues to invest in putting the right infrastructure in place to support continued growth. Glencar, an expanding construction company specialising in the industrial, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, life science and pharmaceutical sectors has today announced the appointment of Roy Jones as

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New awards celebrate historic buildings and those that care for them

The SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 are now open for entries The newly-launched SPAB Heritage Awards championing built heritage are welcoming entrants from across the UK and Ireland. Three new awards – Best Loved Building, Sustainable Heritage and Building Craftsperson of the Year – will join the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAB) established

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Smartroof Makes Light Work with Combilift

Smartroof Makes Light Work with Combilift

To ensure the safe and efficient handling of materials, the UK’s leading manufacturer of offsite, panelised ‘room in roof’ systems Smartroof has invested in four Combilift at its Derbyshire production facility With the previous 12 months being the busiest in the company’s history, there has been a marked increase in

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Keepmoat Homes Secures Site for New Homes in Bridlington

Keepmoat Homes Secures Site for New Homes in Bridlington

National homebuilder Keepmoat Homes has announced the completion of its latest acquisition in Bridlington. The land, which was previously used for the Strawberry Fields car boot sale, has been purchased from private landowners for an undisclosed sum and will be transformed into a new housing development. The site has been

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The Grange Development Receives Planning Permission

The Grange Development Receives Planning Permission

Torridge District Council has approved Devonshire Homes’ planning application for 225 new homes off Manteo Way in East-the-Water, Bideford for The Grange development. Devonshire Homes worked collaboratively with Torridge District Council officers throughout the nine-month application process, culminating in a recommendation for approval which was supported by the Planning Committee

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Bellway Showcases First Completed Homes at Stoughton Park

Bellway Showcases First Completed Homes at Stoughton Park

The doors of two beautiful homes at Stoughton Park are now open to the public – with their quality interior designs already proving a massive hit. Early purchasers at Bellway’s new Stoughton Park development in Oadby were given an exclusive first look inside the properties at a VIP event earlier

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November 19, 2021

Railpen and Wrenbridge secure major new occupier at Dartford X

Railpen and Wrenbridge have signed a major new occupier, Leathams Ltd, a food supplier and distributor, at Dartford X.  Leathams Ltd have taken a pre-let of 30,000 sq ft at the site. Dartford X covers nine-acres and was acquired by Railpen in December 2019. Railpen’s development partner Wrenbridge have delivered five new Grade A warehouse units ranging in size from 13,000 sq ft to 75,000 sq ft. The warehouses all have excellent sustainability credentials, with Dartford X achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating. All buildings are highly insulated, have PV panels on the roof, and contain water-saving features and energy-efficient lifts. There are also electric vehicle charging points across the site (20 per cent active and 80 per cent passive). Alastair Dawson, Senior Asset Manager at Railpen, says: “We are delighted Leathams have taken space at Dartford X.  Leathams choosing Dartford X shows the park can accommodate major companies wanting to operate from high-specification buildings with excellent access to Central London and the M25 at an affordable price. The industrial and logistics sector form a key part of Railpen’s portfolio at a time when the sector is hugely important to the UK’s economic recovery.” Martin Sandler, Real Estate Director at Leathams, says: “Dartford X is a brilliant location for Leathams. Its proximity to major motorways and transport infrastructure giving us access to Folkstone/Felixstowe for our inbound goods as well as our outbound distribution to London and National, are a key part of its appeal.  Dartford X’s green credentials, the ceiling heights, large yard and generous power supply are important too, particularly as we plan to install a new chilled box as part of our fit-out. The outlook over plentiful green spaces and lakes will also be great for our Colleagues from a wellbeing perspective.  We look forward to occupying the space and a long-term relationship with Railpen.” Harry Gibson, Associate Director at Wrenbridge, says: “The transaction with Leathams Ltd highlights the demand for high specification accommodation in key locations such as Dartford. We have enjoyed working closely with Leathams, and we look forward to growing the relationship further throughout their fit-out and seeing how they utilise the building’s specification and sustainability measures.” Dartford X is owned and managed by Railpen, the investment manager for the GBP35 billion Railways Pension Schemes and developed in partnership with Wrenbridge. CBRE, Cushmans and Glenny represented Railpen.

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University of Salford’s Energy House Laboratories Announces Partners for its Global Net Zero Research Facility

The University of Salford’s Energy House Laboratories yesterday (18 November, 2021) announced its first collaborative project partners ahead of the launch of its multi-million-pound Energy House 2.0 research facility in 2022. Among the partners included are residential housebuilder Bellway Homes, development partnership, The English Cities Fund (ECF), and a joint venture between construction materials and solutions firm Saint-Gobain and Barratt Developments. Across the studies, the organisations will be supported by leading academics from the University of Salford in a bid to tackle some of the built environment’s biggest challenges when the state-of-the-art research and testing facility opens next year. Building on the success of the Salford Energy House, a two-bedroom terraced house constructed inside an environmentally controllable chamber, Energy House 2.0 will have the capacity to replicate a total of four, fully furnished houses across two environmental chambers which can replicate climatic conditions and environments experienced by 95% of the global population.  The £16 million research facility, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aims to work with businesses and manufacturers in the built environment to support global ambitions to reach carbon reduction targets by 2050 and deliver net zero future housing. For more than a decade, the University of Salford’s Energy House Laboratories has been leading the way in low carbon innovation in the home. Professor William Swan, Director of Energy House Laboratories said: “Domestic energy and heating is a major source of carbon emissions and this was a hot topic at the recent COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow this month. It has clearly been acknowledged by world leaders that we need to act now to protect our planet. “Homes and the built environment contribute around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, and the global picture is similar. That’s why we’re so excited to announce new partnerships, which will help our work with key players in the private sector to drive innovation and solutions that that address global, domestic energy efficiency challenges – making a world of difference to our future and our planet.” The unique research facility will allow partners to innovate, test and validate housing design, home heating and approaches to using a variety of energy technologies. Each of the research partners will be building a house in one of the state-of-the-art environmental chambers within the facility and will investigate distinct challenges over an estimated nine months: Bellway: The Bellway Homes house at Energy House 2.0 will allow the property developer to put customers first by testing how low carbon heating technologies will work in combination with building fabric, efficient services, and renewable energy generation in real world scenarios. As well as reducing a home’s carbon footprint, Bellway will also be looking at the most cost-efficient ways to help customers reduce their energy bills. The English Cities Fund (ECF): National development partnership, The English Cities Fund – a strategic joint venture between leading urban regenerator, Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England – will build an apartment-style building at Energy House 2.0 to explore and investigate commercially viable net-zero innovation that can be adopted in their construction. The findings will be applied to influence the delivery of new homes within the £1bn, 50-acre Salford Central masterplan, and the £2.5bn, 240-acre Crescent masterplan. Saint-Gobain: Saint-Gobain, the global building materials and solutions group will bring research on its modern, light, and sustainable construction solutions to the Energy House 2.0 facility helping demonstrate how its solutions can help meet and exceed the standards for homes in the future. It will use the facility for real-world testing of a building’s performance helping enable the rapid testing new solutions.  Energy House Laboratories and the Energy House 2.0 partners are looking to collaborate further with businesses across the UK and globally that may be interested in supporting their studies. For more information about the Energy House Laboratories and to find out more about the projects, please visit: www.energyhouse2.com

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MMC trials held across 105-house development

The latest scheme of a 1000-home major housing contract is being built using a mix of innovative modern methods of construction (MMC) supplied by Roofspace Solutions and flooring by Nuspan. Together, the two solutions will help to speed up overall delivery of the phase compared to traditional methods. Lovell, the leading partnerships housing expert, is delivering a major housing project on behalf of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. The current construction phase began in October 2020 at the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA), which encompasses plans for 105 two- and three-bedroom properties for affordable rent, private rent shared ownership and market sale. Lovell began the initial phases of the development with traditional methodologies, such as masonry superstructures, before opting to trial an MMC approach for the current phase. This includes installation of 24 i-House™️ units from Roofspace Solutions, which speed up construction to watertight stage by 35-40 per cent, building from the slab up to the roof trusses within five days on an average 3-bedroom house These will be combined with 105 of Nuspan’s precast insulated floors, a system that offers a reduction in labour of up to 83 per cent and no onsite waste. The system is also five times quicker to install than traditional block and brick floor foundations – when calculating the time taken to obtain a structural floor, from golden brick to superstructure (approximately one plot a day for block and beam vs six plots a day for Nuspan). Lovell chose to trial these MMC products due to the higher standards of design quality provided, alongside the sustainability benefits and reduction in waste typically associated with MMC. What’s more, any success achieved in the project could act as a blueprint for widespread rollout of MMC across future Lovell developments. Building better, quicker Roofspace Solutions i-House uses a bigger variant of the aircrete block, which are lifted by crane and assembled in a similar sequence to a timber frame build. This results in a much faster construction process than a traditional build. Elements are designed to be craned into place onto an adhesive bed on standard foundations. Blocks are joined using thin-joint adhesive, providing an extremely airtight finish. Crucially, the homes are constructed from the slab up to the roof trusses in only five days. This has benefited Lovell’s construction programme, allowing internal trades to begin their work sooner than with a traditional build. Intended for domestic property construction of up to three storeys, i-House consists of inner leaves of external cavity walls, separating walls, floors, lintels, cavity closures, insulation and roof trusses, with the inclusion of soffit and fascia for the internal skin of the property. Meanwhile, Nuspan has delivered MMC floors on every NORA plot constructed to date. They comprise insulated precast concrete units (IPCU), which combine structural-grade reinforced concrete bonded to high-performance expanded polystyrene (EPS). On this site, all floors have been finished with a structural screed. Designed and manufactured bespoke to the requirements of each house type, Nuspan’s floors provide an offsite solution to traditional block and beam suspended ground floors. Typically, they are intended for new build residential properties and smaller-scale commercial buildings. Each plot’s floor can be installed in as little as one hour, providing a safe platform for follow-on trades to move in straight away. The off-site manufacture of both solutions and the construction of larger elements prior to site delivery creates less waste and dust for workers. This results in a safer and cleaner working environment, with workers exposed to fewer dangers and hazardous materials.  Success of the trials Michael Saunders, Operations Manager at Lovell, said: “This project demonstrates that more exacting standards are achievable with off-site construction methods. The approach also helps us to combat current industry challenges such as strain on the supply chain and skills shortages. Success in this trial will mean that Lovell and our client will be able to make more informed decisions about MMC investment on our future developments.” Graeme Reed, i-House Operations Director, said: “Roofspace Solutions and Nuspan are greater than the sum of our parts. Individually, we create products and solutions that address a need in the construction market, and help to speed up housebuilding. “Together, those benefits are multiplied, allowing the contractors and developers to reap the associated benefits such as cost savings, increased safety and a significant reduction in construction time.” Helen Wildin, Sales and Marketing Manager from Nuspan, said: “This collaboration demonstrates what can be achieved when the industry works together. It also highlights the potential of using MMC to speed up construction – sustainably – on the scale we need to meet the huge demand for housing.”  Roofspace Solutions has been part of the Saint-Gobain Group since 2018, as part of its Off-Site Solutions division. For more information on i-House, visit www.roofspacesolutions.co.uk/i-House   Alternatively, to find out how Nuspan Flooring’s offsite solution can be incorporated into your project, visit www.nuspan.co.uk

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Contractors and installers mut play active role in building safety says Wrexham Mineral Cables

Wrexham Mineral Cables (WMC) has called on contractors and installers to play their part in improving building safety by increasing their understanding of the performance capabilities of fire-resistant cables. The leading UK manufacturer of ‘fire-resistant’, or what they prefer to call ‘Fire Survival’, mineral insulated cables says it is vital they recognise the stresses real-life fire scenarios have on ‘fire-resistant’ cables so they can identify products that will truly withstand a critical situation. In order to meet the requirements of a fire-resistant cable, products must meet the British Standard appropriate to their type of fire-resistant cable, such as BS50200, BS8434, BS8519 and BS6387. All of these standards have a variant of time and temperature the cables are tested at under fire conditions, ranging from a 30 minute rated cable tested at 830oC to a three hour rated cable tested at 940oC. However, Wrexham Mineral Cables Commercial Manager Steve Williams says building safety could take a step forward if contractors and installers play a more active role in delivering change. Moreover, says the Company, this will require an increased awareness of the tests individual products undergo in order to obtain their fire resistance certification. For example, only ‘fire-resistant’ cables that are greater in diameter than 20mm must undergo testing for direct impacts and water testing with any significant pressure on a single test sample. For ‘fire-resistant’ cables under 20mm, different stages of the test are carried out on different samples of cable, whilst exposure to water is minimal. He commented: “There has been a real drive across the construction industry to make everybody in the supply chain more accountable throughout the various stages of the building’s existence. Fire survival cables are a vital component of building safety, yet because there is a lack of understanding about the important role they play in keeping buildings safe, all too often inferior cables are installed. The sad reality is these cables are not likely to be adequate in the event of a fire, putting lives at risk. “In an era of greater accountability, there should be no compromise; we can no longer aim for minimum compliance to get the job done.  Whilst we believe there should be a higher classification of cables introduced to identify those which can survive, rather than simply resist fire, greater understanding of performance capabilities, particularly amongst contractors and installers, would go a long way to ensuring high performance products were used in every project. “As a market leader, we are committed to raising standards and are working hard to educate people – whether they are just starting out in their career or have many years’ experience – about the benefits of specifying ‘true’ fire survival cables. It is for this reason we offer training to students and experienced contractors – showing how we make and test our cables and demonstrating how they compare to other products – so they can be sure they are using a solution which is fit for purpose.” For more information, call 01978 810789 or email sales@wrexhammineralcables.com.

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Glencar strengthens with appointment of industry stalwart Roy Jones

The high-profile recruitment is a statement of intent as Glencar continues to invest in putting the right infrastructure in place to support continued growth. Glencar, an expanding construction company specialising in the industrial, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, life science and pharmaceutical sectors has today announced the appointment of Roy Jones as Managing Director London and South as it continues investing in the recruitment of high calibre personnel and infrastructure to support its continued strong growth. Formerly of McLaren Roy’s appointment will bolster Glencar’s capability in London and the South-East. It will also complement Glencar Managing Director Midlands and North Peter Goodman’s team, giving Glencar ‘One quality-One service’ nationwide coverage. Roy who has an engineering background, started his career at Tarmac before moving to McLaren where for the past decade as Divisional Director presided over the development of a £150M portfolio of projects with an unblemished record of delivery. Roy brings experience across retail, commercial, mixed use, industrial & logistics, data centres, residential and education.  Roy will form part of the core, strategic management structure Glencar is establishing in order to support continued growth in a stabilised and controlled way. Commenting on the announcement Glencar Managing Director Eddie McGillycuddy said “We are very happy to announce the appointment of Roy Jones which serves as a real statement of intent by Glencar as we continue to build for the future. Roy comes with a phenomenal pedigree and will bolster our capability considerably in London and the South as we continue to build the spine of our offering across the UK and core markets. Glencar is committed to investing in high calibre personnel, infrastructure, and resources in order to maintain the level of customer service that we have become synonymous with.  Roy’s appointment together with the strength and growth of our operations in the Midlands and North represents measured growth to anticipate and meet growing customer demand”.

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New awards celebrate historic buildings and those that care for them

The SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 are now open for entries The newly-launched SPAB Heritage Awards championing built heritage are welcoming entrants from across the UK and Ireland. Three new awards – Best Loved Building, Sustainable Heritage and Building Craftsperson of the Year – will join the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAB) established awards, the Philip Webb student design award and the John Betjeman award for faith-building conservation. The closing date for award entries is 28 March 2022, with the exception of the Philip Webb design award which will close on 12 September 2022. All entries will be judged by a selection of specialists working across the building conservation sector.  Matthew Slocombe, SPAB Director says: “The SPAB has always championed the traditional skills needed to look after our old buildings. Old buildings contribute positively to the world’s beauty and sustainability. When cared for well, they improve the quality of people’s lives and promote wellbeing. The SPAB Heritage Awards celebrate our historic buildings and those that care for them”  Award list The Best Loved Award is for the buildings that have been kept in good repair, that are well-maintained and loved by the community and/or their owner. This award not only recognises the building itself but also the owners, managers, professionals, practitioners and volunteers involved in carrying out regular maintenance and looking after the building. There is a public building and a private building category. The final winners of the SPAB Heritage Best Loved Award will be voted for by the public.  The Sustainable Heritage Award celebrates projects that take a ‘whole building’ approach when tackling sustainability. Winning projects will showcase best practice in sympathetic repair of historic fabric; good new design in historic context; and the sensitive use of appropriate materials and techniques to upgrade or improve a building.   The Building Craftsperson of the Year Award recognises the best up-and-coming craftspeople working with traditional materials and old buildings across the UK and Ireland. The award is open to craftspeople and builders under the age of thirty or craftspeople and builders of any age who are new to their trade, following a career move. This award celebrates excellence in craft skills, whether that’s exemplified by someone working in traditional forms of construction (e.g. bricklayer, conservation builder, glazier) or in a related skills area (e.g. sign writing, wallpaper printing, clock making).     The Philip Webb Award is a design competition that asks entrants to devise a scheme which sympathetically revitalises a historic building for reuse through careful repair of existing fabric and a significant element of new construction in a contemporary design. It is open to recent Part II graduates and current Part II students from Schools of Architecture in the UK and Ireland.   The John Betjeman Award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths. The award is given for repair projects at historic faith buildings (such as churches, chapels, meeting houses, synagogues, mosques, temples) which remain in use for worship. Cathedrals of any denomination are not eligible. Projects can be of any scale but must be for a specific part of the building’s fabric or a significant element of its fittings or furnishings, rather than a general programme of works. Projects must have been carried out within the previous two years.  The SPAB is delighted to welcome Storm Bespoke Secondary Glazing, a company the SPAB has worked with for 15 years, on board as the headline sponsor of the SPAB Heritage Awards. Terra Measurement, a surveying, measurement and engineering services company, sponsor the Philip Webb Award.     All awards are open to entrants from the UK and Ireland. The main entry period runs 1 October 2021 – 28 March 2022. The Philip Webb Award entry period runs: 18 July – 12 September.  For image requests, more information or quotes from our SPAB Ireland and SPAB Scotland colleagues contact Ali McClary: ali.mcclary@spab.org.uk  For further information about the awards please visit the SPAB website: www.spab.org.uk/get-involved/awards  The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris 140 years ago to care for and preserve the UK’s architectural heritage. Since its foundation, SPAB has been committed to maintenance matters, in line with William Morris’ exhortation to: “Stave off decay by daily care.” Today it is a dynamic organisation, and registered charity (no. 231307), taking building conservation into the future. To find out more visit www.spab.org.uk

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Smartroof Makes Light Work with Combilift

Smartroof Makes Light Work with Combilift

To ensure the safe and efficient handling of materials, the UK’s leading manufacturer of offsite, panelised ‘room in roof’ systems Smartroof has invested in four Combilift at its Derbyshire production facility With the previous 12 months being the busiest in the company’s history, there has been a marked increase in the volume of materials that need to be offloaded and moved around both inside and outside the factory. To increase production efficiencies and to meet the growth in demand for ‘room in roof’ systems, Smartroof has acquired four new multidirectional forklifts from Combilift for its Swadlincote facility. Handling specialist Forkway provided Smartroof with two Combilift C8000E and two Combilift CBE 3000 models which were supplied with Smartroof’s corporate livery. Commenting on the additions, Lukasz Semen, Production Director at Smartroof said: “Space utilisation and speed were crucial factors and the Combilifts have been integral to keeping up with fast paced operations and gaining more workspace inside.” The largest electric model available, the C8000E has enabled the safe handling of 10-12m long x 2.7m deep bundles of roof panels. Fitted with a 5.5m mast, a 6m wide hydraulic spreader beam with 2.5m long forks, the Combilift can reach across the truck bed to lift a complete load in one single procedure. With the previous trucks this necessitated multiple lifts and what used to take 40 minutes is now complete in 15 minutes. The CBE 3000s have a 3t capacity and will enable the Smartroof operatives to offload lighter products and components, as well as transport materials to the assembly lines. Compact and manoeuvrable, they can move between machinery without hindering the production facility. “We are in the process of changing the layout of the production area to accommodate the larger models, and without their multidirectional ability we’d have at least 20% less capacity overall. We weren’t expecting them to be quite as big as they are, but when we see them at work we realise why. They do exactly what we need and we’re very happy with the outcome,” added Lukasz. The investment in these handling solutions will ensure a high level of operational flexibility at the Smartroof facility and will ensure the company will be able to meet the housing sector’s growing demand for offsite ‘room in roof’ solutions.

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Keepmoat Homes Secures Site for New Homes in Bridlington

Keepmoat Homes Secures Site for New Homes in Bridlington

National homebuilder Keepmoat Homes has announced the completion of its latest acquisition in Bridlington. The land, which was previously used for the Strawberry Fields car boot sale, has been purchased from private landowners for an undisclosed sum and will be transformed into a new housing development. The site has been earmarked for re-development for several years, and planning approval has already been granted by the East Riding Council’s planning committee in August 2021. The 470-home scheme developed by Keepmoat Homes in Bridlington will comprise of a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached homes, along with two bedroom bungalows. In addition to housing, the site will also feature substantial attractive green open spaces for recreational use, as well as a fully equipped play area and two new sports pitches. The woodland area nearby will also be retained along with the ecology green corridor along Bessingby Beck. The development, named Salkeld Meadows, will generate opportunities in training and employment through the use of sub-contractors, work placements and educational visits to the site, as part of their commitment to create a sustainable community, which will be delivered throughout the lifetime of the project. “We are really excited to transform the site, which is in a prominent location by the sea, into a new neighbourhood. I am very familiar with the area as I spent many childhood summers with my grandparents just across the road from the site, and I know it will be a desirable place to live, said Daniel Crew,” Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes. “Our vision is to create a place where people want to live and enjoy, and we’re driven to ensure the development is a major benefit to the local community. The layout of the development has been consciously designed with the health and wellbeing of the residents in mind, with the homes being positioned alongside public spaces and designed to be inclusive and meet the changing needs of people of different ages and abilities. The layout also provides a generous amount of public open space, as well as new sports facilities, play areas and amenity areas. “We’re looking forward to providing high quality housing that integrates well with the local community, and are excited about turning our plans into reality.” Work at the development is expected to begin in January 2022 and will take 10 years to complete. Ward Hadaway acted on behalf of Keepmoat Homes on the land acquisition.

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The Grange Development Receives Planning Permission

The Grange Development Receives Planning Permission

Torridge District Council has approved Devonshire Homes’ planning application for 225 new homes off Manteo Way in East-the-Water, Bideford for The Grange development. Devonshire Homes worked collaboratively with Torridge District Council officers throughout the nine-month application process, culminating in a recommendation for approval which was supported by the Planning Committee on 5th November 2021. The development, named The Grange, will offer a mix of one, two, three, four and five bedroom homes and include 45 affordable homes. Construction at The Grange will begin early next year with the show homes expected to be open in December 2022. The Grange will be a return to North Devon for the privately owned housebuilder, following its previous success in Barnstaple, Landkey, Pilton and Chulmleigh. In addition to delivering private and affordable homes where there is an acute need, Devonshire Homes will make a number of significant financial contributions under the S106 which include: £816k towards primary education, £75k towards Bideford skatepark and £48k towards Special Educational Needs (SEN). “We look forward to returning to North Devon, bringing much-needed new build homes to the local community. The Grange will offer an excellent mix of high-quality new homes that are close to open green space, well placed for local amenities and served by good transport links. We will begin construction in 2022 and anticipate the first homes being released for sale later in the year. Prospective homeowners can visit the Devonshire Homes website now to register their interest, ensuring they will be the first to know when these homes are ready to reserve,” commented Angus Cook, Managing Director at Devonshire Homes. Angus continued: “This is an exciting end to the year for Devonshire Homes which has celebrated a strong performance over the last 12 months with a turnover of more than £39 million. Post pandemic, property is in high demand, particularly in the South West, so we’re pleased that The Grange will bring new, affordable homes to people who need them. With one to five bedroom homes available, there will be homes to suit all kinds of buyers who are at different stages on the property ladder. “We received great feedback from our customers who bought homes at our Landkey site, Mazzard View, which was build complete in 2019, so we look forward to expanding our portfolio in North Devon and would welcome hearing of further opportunities to purchase land and deliver more new homes. Devonshire Homes is aspiring towards growth, supported by joint venture partners such as The Housing Growth Partnership, as well as our revolving credit facility with Lloyds.” The Grange will be located in East-the-Water, a residential suburb of Bideford which is close to the A39, Atlantic Highway and A361, ensuring excellent commuter links to North Devon and further afield. Devonshire Homes is a multi award-winning West Country house builder specialising in creating high-quality homes across the South West since 1992. Current developments include: Tarka View, Crediton; Longston Cross, Bovey Tracey; Applegate Park, Kingsbridge and Gwallon Keas, St. Austell.

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Bellway Showcases First Completed Homes at Stoughton Park

Bellway Showcases First Completed Homes at Stoughton Park

The doors of two beautiful homes at Stoughton Park are now open to the public – with their quality interior designs already proving a massive hit. Early purchasers at Bellway’s new Stoughton Park development in Oadby were given an exclusive first look inside the properties at a VIP event earlier last month (October). Now the wider public has been given the chance to visit and explore the two fully furnished showhomes. Located off Gartree Road at the northern edge of the town, Stoughton Park will eventually comprise 221 homes featuring a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses. “Those invited to the VIP event were purchasers who have bought their new properties off plan. We always like to show our gratitude to customers and as a way of saying thank you for trusting our reputation for building exemplary homes we wanted to give them the chance to see the first completed houses at Stoughton Park before anyone else,” said Kenny Lattimore, Sales Manager for Bellway East Midlands. The two showhomes available to view are the three-bedroom Lacemaker and four-bedroom Weaver house types. Both are from the Artisan Collection, Bellway’s flagship range of house designs which combine modern construction techniques with traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The two properties have been expertly dressed by professional interior designers to give visitors a glimpse of the kind of lifestyle that buyers could experience at Stoughton Park. “If people are going to purchase a home that they have never laid eyes on then they want the reassurance that it’s going to be of the very highest quality. Showhomes allow us to demonstrate our exquisite designs and enable people to see the standard of our building work at first hand, giving them the confidence that the house they move into will be of the same high quality,” Kenny added. “Stoughton Park is situated in an extremely desirable location which offers an attractive semi-rural setting with easy access to Oadby and Leicester city centre. That has been reflected by the high level of interest we have already received from buyers, and we fully expect that to increase even further now that people can see some completed properties at the development for themselves.” Construction work is continuing at Stoughton Park and the first residents are expected to move into their new homes early next year.

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