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December 2, 2021

Global Survey Shows Race to Decarbonisation is on: Johnson Controls finds Delivering Growth and Competitive Advantage are Main Drivers for Companies to Commit to Net Zero

— Survey shows the urgency with a 72 percent of respondents identifying sustainability as an increasing priority over the past two years — Overwhelming majority of 2,348 global senior sustainability leaders surveyed in 25 countries across the globe are investing in cleaner and more energy efficient buildings — Top three

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DRIVING SCALABILITY THROUGH DEMAND FOR MMC

Industry experts have called for greater standardisation, collaboration and incentivisation to make Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) work at scale.  Specialists from law and finance have said that whilst MMC could be the sector’s opportunity to cultivate a sustainable future, “significant barriers” to creating viable, scalable, and tangible growth projects

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Social housing delivery increases at highest rate since 2014/15

Market analysis by real estate debt advisory specialists, Sirius Property Finance, has revealed that the level of social housing being built not only hit a 13 year high prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 but social housing as a percentage of all homes built also hit its highest levels since

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Why the demolition industry should engage local labour

There’s no getting away from the fact that demolition projects can be disruptive – but that doesn’t mean the industry can’t offer a wide variety of benefits for local communities. Of course, nobody working in the demolition industry needs to be persuaded of the long-term advantages we bring to local

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Bouygues UK to Build Carbon Zero Office Development

Bouygues UK to Build Carbon Zero Office Development

Bouygues UK has signed the contract with Swansea Council to build the city centre’s new high-tech, carbon zero office development that will provide space for 600 jobs. Bouygues UK will break ground in the coming weeks on the site of the former Oceana nightclub at 71/72 The Kingsway. Set for

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Harron Supports Internal Progression in Sales Team

Harron Supports Internal Progression in Sales Team

Two sales executives have recently been promoted within Harron Homes. Rebecca Nixon from Doncaster, and Ellie Wyles from Huddersfield, are now senior sales executives at Harron’s North Yorkshire developments, Bishop’s Glade and Hockley Croft respectively. After just four months with Harron, 24-year-old Rebecca was put forward for promotion by Senior

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Final Family Homes Available at Woodleaf Gardens

Final Family Homes Available at Woodleaf Gardens

Research recently conducted by Zoopla has found that around 22% of people are currently keen to move house, which is significantly higher than the 5% that is typical of the normal market. It therefore comes as no surprise that Shanly Homes’ stunning collection of homes in Hinchley Woods have proven

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Storey Homes Showcases Optimum Family Living at Bidwell Mews

Storey Homes Showcases Optimum Family Living at Bidwell Mews

Storey Homes unveils three stunning show homes at its new development, Bidwell Mews, in Houghton Regis, near the market town of Dunstable. Now open for viewings they showcase the uniquely affordable family homes available to buy within this new vibrant settlement. The Mackintosh (5-bedrooms), The Mountford (4-bedrooms) and The Adams

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BDC 319 : Aug 2024

December 2, 2021

Global Survey Shows Race to Decarbonisation is on: Johnson Controls finds Delivering Growth and Competitive Advantage are Main Drivers for Companies to Commit to Net Zero

— Survey shows the urgency with a 72 percent of respondents identifying sustainability as an increasing priority over the past two years — Overwhelming majority of 2,348 global senior sustainability leaders surveyed in 25 countries across the globe are investing in cleaner and more energy efficient buildings — Top three hurdles for customers today relate to the challenge what to measure and how to track their carbon footprints effectively Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today released the results of a global study to evaluate progress sustainability-focused companies have made in pursuing their goals, showing that sustainability is now the top global business investment priority and that the overwhelming majority of companies see clear competitive advantage from their sustainability focus and the goal of achieving net zero carbon. The survey clearly shows that business leaders see sustainability as the number one business priority. Results from a series of interviews and an online survey conducted by Forrester Consulting, commissioned by and developed in collaboration with Johnson Controls, found that to accelerate decarbonisation efforts, companies must align with stakeholder demands, collaborate with partners on transparent sustainability roadmaps and effectively measure the progress of sustainability initiatives.  “The survey clearly shows that business leaders see sustainability as the number one business priority and that increasing investment in sustainability initiatives to improve business efficiency, reduce harmful environmental impacts and address urgent climate challenges, is top of mind,” said Katie McGinty, vice president and chief sustainability and external relations officer at Johnson Controls. “We also see a clear trend of customer demand for unique service and partnership models that allow them to focus on their core business while we drive customised, scalable steps for planning, execution, financing and reporting for their sustainability journeys.”  In October 2021, 2,348 senior sustainability strategy leaders across 25 countries and 19 industries were surveyed about their top business priorities and sustainability strategies over the next 12 months. Key takeaways from the study include:  Sustainability maturity delivers competitive advantage  More organisations are realising that the future of business is inextricably bound to sustainability, with its importance continuing to increase. 72 percent of respondents indicated that implementing or maturing their sustainability programs is not only a top priority, but has also increased in importance over the past two years. Respondents found that embracing sustainability opportunities gave their organisations a competitive edge. More than 8 in 10 companies that recognise sustainability as an important business priority report benefits in the form of improved brand reputation (89%), decreased costs (89%), improved customer acquisition and/or loyalty (86%), and revenue growth (83%). In fact, 86 percent have a long-term goal for reducing carbon emissions by 2025 or earlier. By investing in decarbonisation efforts, companies hope to attract customers who share similar environmental values while also addressing the needs of investors.  Incremental progress delivers exponential results  Companies at every maturity level report they have realised or expect to realise a variety of benefits, with 9 in 10 or more of sustainably engaged companies seeing benefits in the form of improved efficiencies (96%), improved compliance (95%), improved employee recruitment and/or retention (90%), and reduced waste (90%). Companies are investing in people, process, and technology improvements because they understand that it takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve sustainability progress and success.   Achieving decarbonisation requires a strategic plan and strong leadership Although organisations recognise the benefits of implementing sustainability practices, many companies don’t know where to start in preparing for critical business transformations. The survey findings indicated more than half of respondents hope to reduce energy consumption in their buildings by 2024 or earlier, but lack alignment around what metrics need to be tracked and how. Only 26% of respondents had ESG reporting software to help measure their progress and nearly 40% of respondents believe their organisations have a shortage of internal expertise, preventing them from tracking their carbon footprints effectively. While the survey shows that the business advantages of environmental improvements may look different across companies, there is consistent importance placed on strong leadership and strong partners to guide smart decisions. The Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service Offering is a reliable path for companies looking to achieve net zero carbon and renewable energy goals. The offering recognises customers’ needs for making decarbonisation and renewable energy goals easier to plan, execute, track and achieve while optimising building performance. “To lead in the race to decarbonisation, companies must align priorities to the demands of many stakeholders, work with partners to develop transparent sustainability roadmaps, and identify metrics and adopt tools to measure progress,” said Mark Reinbold, vice president of global sustainability services & solutions at Johnson Controls. “More customers are looking for ways to make this process easy, and are transferring their sustainability commitments and the risk to reach these targets to Johnson Controls. It helps them optimising their building performance with technology that is capable of delivering significant energy savings and a corresponding drop in CO2 emissions, while also ensuring that outcomes will help the planet.” Johnson Controls has developed a holistic eight-step process to decarbonisation. The journey starts with decarbonisation advisory services and moves through assessment of digitally enabled environments, infrastructure efficiency, renewables and clean energy procurement, through to certification and impact measurement. For operations and continuous improvement, the game-changing new OpenBlue Net Zero Advisor will deliver real-time, AI-driven tracking and reporting of sustainability metrics, helping facility managers ensure and prove the net zero carbon reduction and renewable energy impact of their buildings.  “2021 has been a critical year for climate change,” said Johnson Controls Chief Sustainability Officer McGinty. “It’s crucial for governments and the private sector to come together to drive meaningful emissions reductions by the end of this decade to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change and seize the upside economic opportunities for all. The recent COP26 Climate Summit brought together world leaders, academics, business executives and others. During the Summit Johnson Controls clearly demonstrated that with innovative technology already existing today, we can put ourselves and others solidly on the pathway to net zero before 2050.” 

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PERMAGROUP CELEBRATES MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR TO DATE DESPITE CHALLENGING TRADING CONDITIONS

LEADING supplier of specialist building products PermaGroup is celebrating 2021 as its most successful year on record, after effectively implementing new strategies in response to ongoing industry challenges. This positive end to the year follows four consecutive record-breaking months from January to April, a first in the company’s history, as well as November – resulting in an overall annual turnover increase of 37.5% when compared to 2020, which was previously PermaGroup’s most successful year. These results are made even more significant when considering the challenging trading conditions of the UK construction industry, including escalating building materials cost and supply pressures further exacerbated by a shortage of HGV drivers. Adrian Buttress, managing director of PermaGroup, is confident that the key to the company’s success has been its pro-active, transparent approach at a time when the sector is still recovering. He said: “Our strategy has been three-pronged: rewarding regular customers for their loyalty, thinking ahead to secure bulk amounts of stock at pre-increase prices and maintaining good trading relationships with key suppliers. We’ve even helped supply fellow building product companies on the occasions they’ve been unable to fulfil orders, and have spent a lot of time securing stock for the first half of 2022 as we anticipate the shortages to continue. It’s been a test but we’ve enjoyed facing the challenge head on. “Meanwhile, our PermaRoof Commercial team, which launched in December 2020, has also continued to go from strength to strength. It has launched its own CPD courses and successfully secured or completed 35 tenders and specifications on a whole host of different projects across the UK, with a further 37 in progress and many more lined up next year. “Sustainability has also become a significant focus for us, following the recent buy out of Firestone Building Products by Holcim we’ve ensured we’re in tune with its ambitions and look forward to being a major contributor to sustainable and energy efficient roofing within the UK.” Committed to helping tackle the industry skills gap, PermaRoof’s Commercial team recently launched a brand-new PermaRoof registered installer card scheme to help upskill aspiring professionals across the country.   Sunny Lotay, national commercial manager for Permaroof Commercial said: “With a reduced workforce across the country due to the ongoing skills gap , it’s never been more important to equip those already in the industry with all-important sector skills, providing projects across the country with a reliable and effective workforce when they need it most. “It’s essential that projects are carried out by qualified contractors and our new PRI system ensures that PermaGroup and the client can guarantee a quality output on every project.” Despite the recruitment issues, PermaGroup has continued to make several new appointments throughout 2021, as part of its ambitious growth strategy. In November, five new starters joined across PermaGroup’s brands, including its commercial, operations and customer services departments. The team also celebrated awards success after clinching the inaugural ‘Disruptor Award’ at the East Midlands Business Master Awards, where it was commended for its forward-thinking approach and the investments it makes into product development and customer initiatives. Adrian added: “However, that’s not to say this year hasn’t been without its challenges and we’re not out of the woods just yet. The ongoing crises are likely to continue to test us as a sector for at least the first quarter of 2022, so it’s never been more important to ensure we don’t rest on our laurels. “We have set out some really ambitious plans for the growth and stability of PermaGroup over the next three years and already have a number of exciting projects lined up for 2022, marking a healthy start as we set another bold target – to achieve our third consecutive record-breaking year.” To find out more about PermaGroup, please visit: www.permagroup.co.uk/

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DRIVING SCALABILITY THROUGH DEMAND FOR MMC

Industry experts have called for greater standardisation, collaboration and incentivisation to make Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) work at scale.  Specialists from law and finance have said that whilst MMC could be the sector’s opportunity to cultivate a sustainable future, “significant barriers” to creating viable, scalable, and tangible growth projects still remain. Ian Atkinson, construction partner at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, explained: “For many, the prospect of the upfront investment in MMC is not sufficiently weighted against the short-term financial benefits needed to drive the progress towards bigger, faster and more profitable projects.  “Whilst we’ve discussed the argument for incentivising MMC to speed up adoption, it’s a shift by volume housebuilders that has always been the move needed to pave a realistic path forward for the whole sector.” Industry standards and collaboration Ian continued: “There needs to be a significant advancement in industry standardisation to ensure that MMC products are scalable, profitable and increasingly mortgageable. “At the moment only 8% of homes are built in the UK using MMC according to RICS. To ensure MMC grows in scale and at pace, we need to see more standardisation – in its methods, design and new technologies. By developing common parts, standard sizing and shared processes, economic and environmental efficiencies will follow. “Standardisation would also offer greater protection for housebuilders. With so few working at scale with MMC in the residential sector, contractors are at considerable risk if one of their MMC suppliers, for one reason or another, can no longer deliver their contribution to the project. If parts and processes are standardised, it will be much easier for alternative suppliers to step into projects. “Architects and design professionals all have a role to play too – in fully understanding the ever-growing MMC technologies, advising clients on whether MMC is suitable for their projects, and increasingly collaborating with each other, contractors and the supply chain to make MMC projects a success. “We are already seeing successful collaboration in action through the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) – jointly developed alongside RICS, Lloyd’s Register and BLP Insurance – which has given lenders more confidence in the quality, durability, and the mortgageability of MMC homes.” ‘Buy to help’ incentivising consumers to choose MMC homes Whilst lessons can be learned from the MMC-led construction of commercial retail, hospitals, schools and prisons – all of which contribute to MMC’s scalability potential in the residential sector – emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that consumers generally want more diverse homes. Industries must support a credible counterargument for the perceived lack of aesthetics in MMC and find a way to stimulate demand. Ian thinks it may be time to redirect encouragement to the consumer, suggesting: “Rather than incentivising the private sector to build, it is perhaps time to incentivise the consumer to buy. Much like ‘help to buy’, the MMC sector may be crying out for the carrot to motivate consumers to choose a home that could contribute to Net Zero targets – a ‘buy to help’, if you will.” The funding landscape Another key to unlocking the scalability of MMC is access to funding. Joseph Worland, Associate Director (Housing) at Lloyds Bank, explained: “Most MMC is embedded within existing build methods and is considered normal course of business; these include panelised systems and individual pods for bathrooms and kitchens. The key challenge from a funding perspective is whole-house volumetric systems that utilise completely different supply chains and delivery methods than traditional housing. As the volumetric industry matures, we will see a more standardised approach to lending against MMC assets, and this will be supported by evidence of sustained and stable pipeline generation across the industry. “We’ve seen a steady increase in uptake of MMC in recent years, whether through volumetric, panelised or other systems, each of which has its own use case and suits certain sectors better than others. In the housing sector we have seen the larger builders introduce MMC to a significant proportion of their homes, supported by ambitions on build quality and sustainability. This is complemented by new players in the market which can be a real force for incrementally increasing the supply of homes in the UK.” What is the future of scalable MMC? Ian concluded: “As MMC continues to drive conversation in the sector and build real momentum on a larger scale, it’s important to explore the challenges and opportunities that exist and how businesses can find the right fit for scalable, sustainable and profitable construction.” For more information on Womble Bond Dickinson’s rebuild Britain campaign, visit www.womblebonddickinson.com/rebuild-britain.

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Social housing delivery increases at highest rate since 2014/15

Market analysis by real estate debt advisory specialists, Sirius Property Finance, has revealed that the level of social housing being built not only hit a 13 year high prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 but social housing as a percentage of all homes built also hit its highest levels since 2015/16.  The analysis of the latest dwelling completions data by Sirius found that the total number of homes delivered to the UK market hit 210,984 in 2019/20 before the pandemic stopped the industry in its tracks.  This marked a 3.5% increase on the previous year and the highest number of homes completed in a single year since 2007/08. However, it was also the smallest annual uplift in housing delivery seen since 2012/13. When dissecting the market by private and social dwelling delivery, the data shows that 169,087 new homes were delivered via the private sector in 2019/20 across the UK market.  Again, the highest level of new homes completed on an annual basis since 2007/08 and 2.2% more than the previous year. But, this annual increase was also the smallest seen since 2012/13. In comparison, just 41,897 social dwellings were completed in 2019/20. While this only equates to 20% of total homes built, it’s the highest proportion of market share since 2015/16.  It’s also the highest level of social housing delivered to the UK market in a single year this side of the millennium and the largest annual increase (8.8%) since 2014/15. Head of Corporate Partnerships at Sirius Property Finance, Kimberley Gates, commented: “The private sector has done a tremendous job ramping up the delivery of new housing across the UK and while we’re yet to return to the highs of 2007, we’re certainly heading in the right direction. However, it’s important to also recognise the great work that is being done with regards to the delivery of social housing.  Although it still accounts for a far smaller proportion of total housing stock, there have been notable efforts to boost social housing delivery and we’re now consistently seeing annual completions hit their highest levels this side of the millennium – and by some margin.” Housing delivery statistics for England sourced from Gov.uk – Live tables on housebuilding Housing delivery statistics for Wales sourced from StatsWales.gov – New dwellings completed by period and tenure Housing delivery statistics for Scotland sourced from Gov.scot – Housing statistics quarterly update Housing statistics for Northern Ireland sourced from Finance-NI.go.uk – New dwellings statistics Note: 2020/21 data not currently available for Scotland and Wales so 2019/20 used as the latest data for UK wide completions. 

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PICK EVERARD AND WOOD FORM CONSORTIUM TO SECURE MAJOR CCS FRAMEWORK APPOINTMENT

TWO leading construction consultancies have formed a brand-new consortium to add to their procurement portfolios with the appointment to one of Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) major public sector frameworks. Pick Everard and Wood hold reputations as being among the UK’s leading providers and working together will lead to greater success and greater benefits for clients. The formed consortium will bring together the firms’ collective expertise, resources, and skills to support the public sector throughout the whole of the UK – and internationally. Together, the firms have been appointed to five of the six available lots under the RM6165 Construction Professional Services framework covering: Lot 1 – Built Environment and General Infrastructure Lot 2 – Urban regeneration Lot 3 – International Lot 4 – High Rise Lot 6 – Environmental and Sustainability Technical Services The Construction Professional Services framework is the UK’s largest public sector framework of its kind, with a total value of up to £1.7bn. It replaces CCS’s Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework, to which Pick Everard and Wood Group were both previously appointed. Under the new consortium, clients will benefit from the two organisations’ combined forces now serving the appointed lots in collaboration. Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.04bn – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers. This latest appointment follows a raft of successful framework wins for Pick Everard, including two other CCS frameworks – namely the Estates Management Services and Management Consultancy Framework Three. Managing partner Duncan Green said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be announcing this consortium agreement with Wood, another industry heavyweight. “When working in such close collaboration with another organisation, the cultural alignment is of utmost importance. We have worked closely with Wood throughout recent years and this consortium appointment is the next step in the evolution of our relationship. The complementary expertise and shared client-focussed approach across our businesses will position us well to tackle any project in the public sector, providing the best possible solutions and services for any client. “We’re also really pleased to see the appointment mark us within the top consultancies being successfully awarded more than four lots on the framework, backing up the excellent industry reputations of both businesses. We look forward to continuing our collective work to deliver the excellent, high-quality services and developments for the public sector that we are known for.” The lot appointments will see the two organisations able to support public sector bodies in delivering a wide and varied range of major and minor building and civil engineering projects throughout the UK, as well as internationally under lot 3. This will cover projects that include infrastructure, urban regeneration, and high-rise accommodation typically more than 18m in height, along with the provision of environmental and sustainability technical services. Ian Cromie, senior vice president at Wood, said: “Adding this major framework to our portfolio alongside an industry leader like Pick Everard is excellent news for us at Wood. It brings significant opportunities for our combined and complementary business expertise to create benefits for the wider public sector through our development schemes. “Being appointed to five of the six available lots is a brilliant result, seeing our solutions made available across a wider breadth of the sector through an excellent, compliant and respected procurement route. We very much look forward to working in close collaboration with Pick Everard through this consortium, and to working with our clients on schemes procured through the framework.” Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, operating in more than 60 countries and employing around 40,000 people. For more information, please visit www.woodplc.com. Pick Everard employs more than 600 staff across its 13 offices, providing a range of project, cost, and design consultancy services. For more information, please visit www.pickeverard.co.uk.

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Why the demolition industry should engage local labour

There’s no getting away from the fact that demolition projects can be disruptive – but that doesn’t mean the industry can’t offer a wide variety of benefits for local communities. Of course, nobody working in the demolition industry needs to be persuaded of the long-term advantages we bring to local areas. Demolition projects are often a vital part of urban renewal plans, for example, clearing the way for the regenerative benefits of a revitalised environment. McKinsey has highlighted the urgency surrounding urban transformation brought on by the pandemic. Its report on the Bloomberg New Economy Forum notes that while cities still have a prominent part to play in our lives, we need to rethink what city centres look like – for example by making shopping more experiential in a way that can’t be replicated when making an online purchase. While demolition plays a huge and necessary role in that kind of regeneration, it’s completely understandable that local people, facing short-term disruptions to their lives, aren’t always inclined to take a broader, long-term view of the situation. As such, it’s important that the demolition industry takes the initiative to proactively demonstrate and expand upon the ways in which we contribute to the communities we serve. One of the most tangible and immediately impactful ways of doing this is to employ local labour for the various non-permanent roles that each project needs to fill. The community benefits of engaging local labour It goes without saying that providing a source of employment within a given community is going to have positive ramifications. Offering jobs to local people will stimulate the community’s economy and forge closer connections between demolition firms and the people around them – and there’s scope for firms to make a real difference in that arena. Hiring ex-military personnel, for example – as we plan to do on an upcoming project – could have a hugely positive impact on a deserving group. According to pre-pandemic research from Barclays, around 22 per cent of armed forces leavers face employment difficulties. Stepping in to help resolve this issue is completely within the grasp of demolition firms up and down the country. Alternatively, firms might consider employing younger, less experienced people for some of its junior positions. After all, the industry can be highly rewarding, but – beyond childhood images of wrecking balls and explosions – it’s not one that many young people will have considered as a career path. In setting young people’s feet on this path, demolition firms can contribute towards changing the current youth unemployment problem. The House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee has just recently pointed out that one in eight under 25s are neither working, in education, nor in training – leaving the stage set for the industry to give back to the community in an instantly substantive way. Local councils have recently woken up to benefits like these, with some new projects requiring the employment of local people – ten per cent of the workforce, in some cases – in order to satisfy and discharge planning conditions. But firms are under no obligation to limit themselves to these minimum requirements – especially considering the advantages that local labour can offer demolition projects. Advantages of local labour for demolition firms Beneficial though employing local labour can be for communities, this isn’t just an empty gesture towards CSR. There are, in fact, a wealth of varied advantages for demolition firms which embrace local labour. Taking a broad view, there are wide-ranging implications for the environmental impact of projects which employ local people. With several employees living close to demolition sites, the carbon emissions associated with commuting will be reduced or eliminated altogether. This is of great benefit for firms looking to reduce their carbon footprint – something we should all be looking to embrace. According to the International Energy Agency, road vehicles account for three quarters of all emissions, so taking steps to limit their usage is a fantastically beneficial aspect of local labour. Leaving aside the wider environmental ramifications, local labour can also provide practical, on-the-job advantages to firms prepared to embrace it. Employing local people allows firms to access new pools of talent and different skill sets, which isn’t necessarily possible if firms choose to ferry existing employees to faraway sites on a regular basis. These different skill sets come to the fore when – returning to a previous example – firms hire ex-military personnel. Military veterans are trained to operate in high-risk environments, making them well suited to the demolition industry – and a prime instance of the transferable skills that local labour can offer. Clearly, then, the practice of hiring locally has extensive ramifications – for the environment, for local economies, for local people in need of good employment in a rewarding profession, and for an industry whose long-term efforts to improve local areas can be matched by an immediate and tangible contribution to the communities it serves. Written for BDC Magazine by Ben Griffiths, SHE and Operations Director, Rye Group

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Bouygues UK to Build Carbon Zero Office Development

Bouygues UK to Build Carbon Zero Office Development

Bouygues UK has signed the contract with Swansea Council to build the city centre’s new high-tech, carbon zero office development that will provide space for 600 jobs. Bouygues UK will break ground in the coming weeks on the site of the former Oceana nightclub at 71/72 The Kingsway. Set for completion in the summer of 2023, the five-storey development will include 114,000 square feet of commercial floorspace, providing flexible co-working and office opportunities for innovative tech, digital and creative businesses. The carbon zero office development – led by Swansea council – will be worth £32.6 million a year to Swansea’s economy and will also feature state-of-the-art digital connectivity, a roof terrace, greenery and balconies overlooking the city centre and Swansea Bay. The developments will include two underground levels with new links between The Kingsway and Oxford Street. “Bouygues UK is delighted to sign the contract on this landmark building situated in the centre of Swansea city. To work on such an innovative and environmentally-friendly building is going to be really rewarding for our team and we can’t wait to break ground and get going,” said John Boughton, regional Managing Director of Bouygues UK. “We also know that Kingsway is a key part of the history and infrastructure of the city centre, and that there is a need for high quality office accommodation, which this landmark building will certainly supply.” As part of its work on the build, Bouygues UK will be working with and supporting local voluntary organisations, providing training, work placements and opportunities for local people, in addition to significant supply chain opportunities for local businesses. Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, added: “We know some businesses have had to leave Swansea in the past to find the kind of high-quality office accommodation they need, so the new development at 71/72 The Kingsway will tackle that trend while also meeting significant unmet demand. Our research shows this remains the case despite Covid having led to far more home working in recent times, with this development providing flexible space that’s fit for the modern office environment. “We’re delighted our main contractor for this scheme – Bouygues UK – will soon be establishing a presence on site as we head towards the start of main construction work. Local training and supply chain opportunities also form part this project, with the development, once complete, due to generate more footfall and spending for our city centre businesses. “This development was always part of multi-million pound plans for our transformed Kingsway. A huge amount of work has already taken place there to considerably improve the look and feel of the area for local businesses, local people and visitors the city, while also helping attract private sector investment and more jobs.” The 71/72 Kingsway development is being funded by Swansea Council and the Swansea Bay City Deal.  It is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

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Harron Supports Internal Progression in Sales Team

Harron Supports Internal Progression in Sales Team

Two sales executives have recently been promoted within Harron Homes. Rebecca Nixon from Doncaster, and Ellie Wyles from Huddersfield, are now senior sales executives at Harron’s North Yorkshire developments, Bishop’s Glade and Hockley Croft respectively. After just four months with Harron, 24-year-old Rebecca was put forward for promotion by Senior Sales Manager Vicki Armitage, who recognised Rebecca’s enthusiasm and skill in the position. Rebecca said: “I’m always striving to reach the next level, and am delighted to be progressing so quickly within the company. I’ll be aiming for sales manager next!” 23-year-old Ellie has also been progressing rapidly with Harron. She joined as a trainee sales executive in February 2019 and became responsible for her own development as a full time sales executive by May 2019. Upon returning to work part time after maternity leave, Ellie was looking for a new challenge and jumped at the chance to apply for a senior sales executive role. “I spoke to my line manager who encouraged me to apply, and since getting the job I’ve been so supported by the whole management team. They’ve made sure there’s enough colleagues on my site to allow me time to focus on my new duties, and they are always just on the other end of the phone if we need anything,” Ellie said. Both Ellie and Rebecca had prior sales experience; Ellie for companies including Cath Kidson and TUI, and Rebecca for Beal Homes. Harron originally appealed to them for its unique offering in the market. “I visited a showhome and became obsessed. I loved that it’s a premium product from a traditional builder” Rebecca said. “Now I love the team, being part of a close-knit group where everyone looks out for each other is fantastic.” Ellie agreed, “I immediately bought into the ethos of Harron as a traditional builder delivering a quality product. Our homes are so different from a lot of the market; they include lots of extra details and luxuries that I would love to have in my own home! “We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the room sizes in all our house types are large enough for people to grow into and allow them to create the lifestyle they are looking for. It’s great to be involved with such an aspirational product and to help people find and move into their dream home.”

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Final Family Homes Available at Woodleaf Gardens

Final Family Homes Available at Woodleaf Gardens

Research recently conducted by Zoopla has found that around 22% of people are currently keen to move house, which is significantly higher than the 5% that is typical of the normal market. It therefore comes as no surprise that Shanly Homes’ stunning collection of homes in Hinchley Woods have proven incredibly popular. Now with only the final two family homes available at Woodleaf Gardens, interested parties are urged to act quickly to avoid missing out. Designed with the whole family in mind, the remaining four-bedroom homes at Woodleaf Gardens enjoy spacious interiors split across three floors. Complete with a high-quality contemporary specification and beautiful garden, Woodleaf Gardens is the ideal place to enjoy Hinchley Wood’s picturesque leafy surroundings. “Our properties at Woodleaf Gardens have proven to be incredibly popular with buyers looking for a new home in the commuter haven of Hinchley Wood. These carefully designed properties enjoy a high quality of finish and an unrivalled location. We would urge interested parties to arrange a visit as soon as possible to avoid missing out on these fantastic family homes,” said Greg Kaye, Head of Sales at Shanly Homes. Both of the remaining homes feature open-plan kitchen/dining/family areas that provide plenty of space to unwind as a family or to entertain guests. Bi-fold doors seamlessly open up onto a large turfed garden, perfectly merging the inside and out. At the front of each property, a separate living room provides even more space to relax in the evening. Upstairs, all bedrooms are spacious in design. The first and second bedrooms located on the first floor both profit from an en-suite shower room and wide fitted wardrobes. A designated laundry room completes the floor. At the top of the house, the third bedroom enjoys a peaceful position away from the rest of the home. The fourth and final bedroom can double up as a study, ideal for taking conference calls when working from home. A contemporary family bathroom is also located on the top floor. Hinchley Wood village includes a butchers, bakery, hairdressers and a post office, as well as a plethora of coffee shops, ensuring residents have easy access to a range of daily amenities. Nearby Esher is just two miles away, offering a further selectin of places to eat and drink as well as an Everyman Cinema. Surbiton Farmers Market is just a seven-minute drive away and offers delicious fresh produce. For those looking to explore their new green surroundings, Bushy Park is just a 15-minute cycle away. Lynwood Recreation Ground is closer to Woodleaf Gardens and features a play area for children to enjoy. Kew Gardens is just a 35-minute drive away and offers an impressive collection of plant species throughout its carefully designed spaces. Avid golfers can also enjoy close proximity to Thames Ditton & Esher Golf Club, which is located just a 4-minute drive away. Ideal for commuters, Hinchley Wood station is a 10-minute walk from Woodleaf Gardens, from which residents can easily reach Wimbledon (14 mins), Clapham Junction (21 mins), Vauxhall (26 mins) and London Waterloo (32 mins). The M3 is just a 15-minute drive away, and offers fast connections to Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton. For international travel needs, Heathrow Airport can be reached in around 30 minutes.

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Storey Homes Showcases Optimum Family Living at Bidwell Mews

Storey Homes Showcases Optimum Family Living at Bidwell Mews

Storey Homes unveils three stunning show homes at its new development, Bidwell Mews, in Houghton Regis, near the market town of Dunstable. Now open for viewings they showcase the uniquely affordable family homes available to buy within this new vibrant settlement. The Mackintosh (5-bedrooms), The Mountford (4-bedrooms) and The Adams (3-bedooms) have all been styled to enhance family time. With homes available with Help to Buy, Storey Homes is also offering Stamp Duty paid incentives, on selected plots, presenting buyers with an opportunity to own a high-quality, spacious home in Bedfordshire’s verdant countryside. In keeping with the scenic backdrop, homes at Bidwell Mews are surrounded with generous green spaces that run through the development. Impressive room sizes, sleek German kitchens and generous outside space with plenty of breathing room between each property create an outstanding environment for new home buyers. The Mackintosh (from £599,950) A substantial, 5-bedroom, executive home featuring an impressive floorplan, this detached property, styled by Interiors by Haus, enjoys a vast entrance hall, which has been dressed with a console table for an elegant look. The large kitchen/dining room is perfect for entertaining, with French doors that open out to the rear garden and oversized windows letting in streams of light. A large solid dark wood dining table and soft grey upholstered chairs create an opulent space for entertaining in the separate dining room. Brass accents running through this room and a sideboard and pendant give the space an added touch of grandeur. The spacious lounge holds two bespoke light sofas dressed with colourful, textured cushions and contrasting black furniture. Upstairs, four double bedrooms, two with en-suites, a fifth bedroom and a family bathroom make this the ultimate family home. A super-king bed with a tall winged headboard in the main bedroom has been combined with gold accents running through the furniture and accessories to create a luxury feel. The remaining bedrooms have been designed with personal touches for children and opulent finishes for ultimate guest room comfort. Highlighting the multifunctional rooms, bedroom-five features striking black geometric wallpaper, a black metal and charcoal coloured desk with a teal upholstered chair for a stylish study space. The Mountford (from £534,950) A fabulous four-bedroom detached house with spacious entrance hall featuring a central staircase, the Mountford is an impressive family home. The double fronted property features beautiful bay windows and comprises a large kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and three reception rooms. With several possible options for a home office on the ground floor; upstairs, four double bedrooms, an en-suite to bedroom one and a family bathroom complete this elegant home. Designed by JSP Interiors to express comfort, a neutral colour pallet is enhanced with warm tones and textures in each room, promoting a sense of calm for all the family. The Adams (starting from £364,950) Abode Interiors, commissioned to style this three-bedroom home, focused on creating a warm environment for a couple looking to start a family, but still commuting to central London for work. Another ideal family home, The Adams features a kitchen/dining room, separate living room with French doors opening onto the rear garden, two double bedrooms including an en-suite and fitted wardrobe to bedroom one and a versatile third-bedroom.

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