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April 4, 2022

PULSE APPOINTED TO SIGNIFICANT SOUTHWARK REGENERATION PROJECT

LEADING multi-disciplinary consultancy firm Pulse Consult has been appointed to lead a significant regeneration project of an old estate in the London Borough of Southwark. The Tustin Estate regeneration, located to the north of Old Kent Road, is part of Southwark Council’s commitment to creating 11,000 new council homes by

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Bruton Knowles makes waves in key Welsh flood defence schemes

Leading Chartered Surveyor firm, Bruton Knowles, has played a fundamental role in enabling two significant flood defence schemes to progress. The firm has been retained to deliver land agent support by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Conwy County Borough Council for crucial flood alleviation schemes in both South and North

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Graftongate starts work on new Gloucester Scheme

Graftongate has started work on the construction of a £10m Gloucester development. Gloucester 12 sits adjacent to junction 12 of the M5 motorway. It already incorporates a 120,000 sq ft warehouse unit sold to International Plywood. A further four units are being developed and will comprise 17,516 sq ft, 26,465

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Landscape Association celebrates 50 years of excellence

Ambitious future plans, special events, spotlighting members’ achievements and memorable celebrations throughout the British Association of Landscape Industries’ 50th anniversary year. April 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), and as this season is all about fresh starts, it seems only fitting that the

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What Is the Value of a Well-Protected Property?

What Is the Value of a Well-Protected Property?

The past 25 years have seen the construction of a huge number of new buildings, raising questions about fire safety features and property value. One has to question why fire safety has not been held in the same regard as a buildings design, aesthetics or ‘green’ credentials. The optimistic belief

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Award Winning Student Changing Construction Narrative

Award Winning Student Changing Construction Narrative

Award-winning student Madeleine Clarke is part of a rising number of women pursuing a construction career at Coventry University and is hoping her achievement will inspire more young girls to consider a career in the industry. Third year Architectural Technology BSc student Madeleine won the West Midlands’ crown at The Association

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

April 4, 2022

PULSE APPOINTED TO SIGNIFICANT SOUTHWARK REGENERATION PROJECT

LEADING multi-disciplinary consultancy firm Pulse Consult has been appointed to lead a significant regeneration project of an old estate in the London Borough of Southwark. The Tustin Estate regeneration, located to the north of Old Kent Road, is part of Southwark Council’s commitment to creating 11,000 new council homes by 2043, and will involve the demolition of the existing estate, which was built in the 1960’s. Following phased demolition works, which will include residential homes, commercial units and a primary school, the development will be rebuilt to provide 200 replacement council homes, 220 new social rent and key worker homes and a further 220 private sale units (as well as a replacement primary school and commercial units) to further Southwark Council’s pledge to provide new, quality homes in the area. Paul Adams, director and the London office lead at Pulse, said: “We are very grateful to Southwark Council for entrusting us to help them deliver this fantastic regeneration project that puts residents at the heart of the development. It builds upon Pulse’s experience in large scale residential projects and our proven track record of successful delivery and collaborative working. “An impetus on social value has been placed throughout the project, ranging from apprenticeships and job creation to technology and training. We’re therefore really pleased to be working with an engaged and positive residents’ group – they have been incredibly involved so far to ensure a fair and inclusive ethos around the project as well as ensuring we meet their needs with the regeneration works.” Pulse was appointed to the project thanks to the team’s extensive experience in the management and delivery of mixed-use housing regeneration schemes within inner London. Previously, Pulse has worked on many London-based regeneration projects. Councillor Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member of council homes and homelessness, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the Council to not only replace old stock but also provide additional much needed affordable accommodation. There is a strong community at Tustin and our residential engagement process means we are delivering a regeneration programme the local community want and can be proud off. We are delighted to bring Pulse on board with their experience to deliver on our promises to the estate.” Pulse has procured the design team for the project, led by dRMM Architects and including Adam Khan Architects, JA Projects, Exterior Architecture, Heyne Tillett Steel, Greengage, Loop Engineering, Entran, and Beyond the Box as well procuring LinkCity as the developer. Established in 2009, Pulse has offices in Nottingham, London, Leicester, Birmingham, and Bristol, offering a personable and professional service to its clients across a range of sectors including education, the arts, tourism, leisure, and residential. Visit https://pulseconsult.co.uk/ or join the conversation on social media @Pulse_Consult.

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Bruton Knowles makes waves in key Welsh flood defence schemes

Leading Chartered Surveyor firm, Bruton Knowles, has played a fundamental role in enabling two significant flood defence schemes to progress. The firm has been retained to deliver land agent support by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Conwy County Borough Council for crucial flood alleviation schemes in both South and North Wales. NRW’s  £10m Stephenson Street Flood Scheme seeks to protect 2,000 homes and businesses in the Liswerry area of Newport from increased River Usk flood risk. Planning permission was granted last November, with work on site due to progress in the coming months. Experts from Bruton Knowles’ National Utilities and Infrastructure Team, based out of the Cardiff office, have been conducting the necessary landowner negotiations on behalf of NRW. The land agency works have been ongoing for two years, and land rights are or will shortly all be in place to enable the commencement of site activity. This will come as welcome news to local Newport residents, who have been on high flood alert in recent weeks as a trail of winter storms have battered the UK. The same team of Bruton Knowles’ experts has recently also undertaken landowner negotiations and compensation support to Conwy County Borough Council on a Flood Defence scheme in Abergele. The firm acted on behalf of the council during the first phase of the flood alleviation scheme worth £1.1m. Planning permission was secured in December 2020 for the Eldon Drive Flood Alleviation scheme in Abergele, and contractor Griffiths Civil Engineering recently completed work on site to put in place drainage, a new lagoon and two bridges over an existing waterway. This area continues to be susceptible to flooding and has been identified under the Welsh Government’s £36m allocation to local authorities and Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Additional phases are planned to areas downstream of the initial phase of works. Speaking about these landmark schemes, Bill Simms, Partner at Bruton Knowles and Joint National Utilities and Infrastructure Team Head, commented: “There has never been a more significant time for infrastructure projects such as these to come to fruition. “Wales is one of the first countries in the world to have written climate change flood risks into new planning policy for developments, showing it is at the forefront of future-proofing its infrastructure. “NRW and Conwy County Borough Council are playing a pivotal role in driving this forward through environmental schemes which seek to reduce flood risks. “We’re delighted to be working closely with both organisations as a core delivery partner on these much-needed schemes which will protect local communities going forward.” A survey conducted last year highlighted only a small proportion – just 15% – of Welsh people believed climate change would impact significantly on the area in which they live. Yet by 2050 and 2080, projections indicate that in Wales, it will become 6% and 13% more rainy in winter respectively, exacerbating current flood risks. At present, 60% of Welsh residents live in coastal areas, and significant national infrastructure is located along the country’s coastline. Around 12,000 properties are thought to be at high risk from coastal and river flooding, rising by 260% by the 2080s if defences are not preserved. Bill continued: “Any project which demonstrates to local people how small changes can bring significant environmental benefits and mitigate against climate change will be instrumental in changing attitudes. “Responsible surveying has an important part to play in this process, because it sits at the heart of sustainable and socially conscious development. “This is something Bruton Knowles prides itself on and that our National Utilities and Infrastructure Team is fully geared up to deliver.” Bruton Knowles offers a one-stop-shop for clients, with its four National Teams – Valuation, Commercial, Utilities & Infrastructure and Building Consultancy – providing a point of contact to deliver an entire project to the exacting standards required. National Teams have been significant for Bruton Knowles’ business portfolio over the past year, and there are plans to launch more in due course. Bruton Knowles has extensive expertise and in-depth market knowledge of local and national property markets throughout the UK. Utilising its team of motivated resourceful surveyors, the firm can provide the very best commercial property advice. www.brutonknowles.co.uk.

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Graftongate starts work on new Gloucester Scheme

Graftongate has started work on the construction of a £10m Gloucester development. Gloucester 12 sits adjacent to junction 12 of the M5 motorway. It already incorporates a 120,000 sq ft warehouse unit sold to International Plywood. A further four units are being developed and will comprise 17,516 sq ft, 26,465 sq ft, 38,227 sq ft and 41,288 sq ft of space, incorporating a high level of sustainability. Phil Silk, managing director of Graftongate, said: “This is the final phase of Gloucester 12, which will comprise four industrial/warehouse units totalling 123,500 sq ft. “Having recently completed the infrastructure works and secured planning permission we have decided to speculatively build these units given the strength of the market and having identified a lack of supply particularly of the sizes being built.” Myles Wilcox-Smith, partner at M1 agency and Edward Jenkinson, senior surveyor at Bruton Knowles, joint letting agents for the scheme, added: “These units are scheduled to be completed in November and will be constructed to a high standard, above institutional standards, to include 12m to underside of haunch for the largest unit with a substantial level of power available to the site.”

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Soaring Energy Prices – Frame Efficiency Credentials Now Vital for Homeowners

With energy efficiency ranking as a key consideration for homeowners, REHAU is advising the fenestration industry to emphasise the thermal properties of their portfolios to meet these shifting consumer priorities. The recommendation follows a recently published survey from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), in which almost three quarters of 2,000 respondents (73%) said they were concerned about the energy efficiency of their current home. In the wake of these findings, REHAU is advocating installers and fabricators review the thermal performance of their frames, especially with upcoming changes to Approved Document L of the Building Regulations. “Energy efficiency has never been too far from consumers’ minds, and this latest survey from the HBF reaffirms this,” says Russell Hand, Head of Product and Technical for REHAU Windows. “With Part L guidelines also being tightened as part of the Future Homes Standard and wider efforts to reduce green house gas emissions, windows professionals should look into the U-Value of their current solutions to stay ahead of legislation and trends. “This latest change is likely the first of many for new and existing homes, so by taking action and futureproofing now, businesses will be well-placed to stand out in an increasingly eco-conscious market. One key way of doing this is to look for systems suitable for Passivhaus standard, which is currently the most energy-efficient specification for European and UK buildings.” According to sustainable construction experts GreenSpec, windows can represent up to 10% of total heat lost in homes. Taking this stat into account alongside steep energy prices rises expected in April, Russell is highlighting the importance of emphasising the impact energy-efficient windows can have on monthly bills. “The country is bracing itself for heating costs to soar from April, which means that as vital as consumers sees the issue of energy efficiency now, it is only going to grow in prominence,” Russell concludes. “Being able to mitigate these costs in any way will be at the forefronts of homeowners’ minds, so installers and fabricators need to stress the thermal performance strengths of their frames. “By stocking systems that can help do this, including REHAU’s TOTAL70C, which can achieve U-Values better than that required by the new Part L, tradespeople can help answer the market’s pressing needs. This combination of right choice and right emphasis will undoubtedly help fenestration businesses at this highly disrupted time, and into the future.” For more information on REHAU’s TOTAL70 windows system, click here.

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Landscape Association celebrates 50 years of excellence

Ambitious future plans, special events, spotlighting members’ achievements and memorable celebrations throughout the British Association of Landscape Industries’ 50th anniversary year. April 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), and as this season is all about fresh starts, it seems only fitting that the Association planted its roots in the Spring of 1972. Since then, the Association has flourished into the UK’s leading Trade Association for landscape professionals. Remaining true to its core values to support, promote and inspire its members and be leaders of an environmentally, ethically, and commercially sustainable landscape industry, the Association has grown to close to 1,000 Accredited members including landscape contractors, landscape architects, garden designers, suppliers and training providers. Wayne Grills, Chief Executive of the Association said, “We are incredibly proud of the Association’s growth and achievements over the course of the last 50 years. Our members are at the heart of all that we do, and it has been imperative that we continually evolve and adapt to the growing membership base and their changing needs.” As part of the 50th celebrations, the Association has unveiled a commemorative logo to mark this momentous occasion and has an exciting annual plan of celebrations and activities to come. The Association will be shining a spotlight on members’ achievements and celebrating their successes, with special events and talks planned, plus a gala dinner due to be held in the Autumn. Different initiatives will be undertaken to raise money for selected charity partners and a host of special prizes and gifts will be given away to members as a thank you for their continued support. Wayne said, “We have an exciting events and activities programme lined up to share and to celebrate with our members the fantastic work they do, and have done, over the past five decades.” In 2021 the Association underwent a brand transformation and invested in its digital channels to ensure it strengthened and adapted its position for the future. Looking forward, this year will see the launch of a new business strategy for 2022-2025 that will outline ambitious plans to carry the Association forward, building on its already solid foundation. Wayne added, “Having seen a delay in setting the strategy for the next three years due to the pandemic, this review and reset is now complete and members will be informed of the fresh approach that the board and colleagues at BALI have developed to ensure the Association is fit for purpose.” The Association has vowed to never stop growing, advancing forward and adapting to the changing times. These past 50 years have shown how rooted the Association has become in its core values and we look forward to leading the way in the landscaping industry in the next 50 years and beyond.

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SO RESI SOLIHULL OFFERS A GATEWAY TO THE EXCITING CITY LIFE OF BOOMING BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham is making headlines as excitement around the 2022 Commonwealth Games builds – sparking a regeneration that looks set to result in the highest house price inflation in the country over the next five years. With HS2 promising a commute of less than an hour to central London, not to mention the raft of blue-chip companies recruiting in the region, there has never been a better time to move to the area. SO Resi Solihull is a new shared ownership development that formers part of the wider Oakhurst Village scheme set in the small town of Shirley, just outside Solihull on the southern fringes of Birmingham. With excellent public transport into the city, not to mention every amenity close at hand, it offers all the benefits of proximity to Birmingham combined with small-town friendliness. Shared ownership at SO Resi Solihull offers eligible buyers a chance to buy a portion of a property and pay a monthly payment to cover the share they haven’t bought – with the option to buy more shares until they eventually own 100% of the lease. With homes ranging from two-bedroom apartments to three-storey, four-bedroom houses, the development caters for every type of buyer. Property experts are predicting that over the next five years, the average value of a home in the city could rise by 4.9 per cent every year – the fastest anticipated growth for any UK city – surpassing the 4.7% rise expected in both Manchester and London. This comes on top of strong growth that has already seen prices rise by 56% since 2013. For buyers who are desperately trying to save up for an initial deposit, this doesn’t sound like good news – but with a SO Resi home, you need a deposit of as little as 5% of the share you are buying, putting the Birmingham buzz back within reach of many more potential buyers. Kush Rawal, Director of Residential Investment at SO Resi, comments: “The Birmingham area is becoming highly sought-after, with the Commonwealth Games driving its profile and bringing thousands more high-earning jobs to the area – SO Resi Solihull is ideally placed to help people start the journey to homeownership in a well-connected and convenient location, enabling them to make the most of all the opportunities available in this vibrant and growing area.” SO Resi Solihull is close to Shirley’s busy high street, with a great selection of independent retailers, as well as all the major supermarket brands in close proximity. The town is particularly well served by restaurants, with Argentinian, South Indian, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Chinese, Thai, German and traditional British food on the doorstep. Shirley Park offers a skate park, tennis courts, outdoor gym and play area, while parents will be pleased with the selection of local schools. Shirley railway station is 2.5 miles away from the new homes, offering services to both Snow Hill and Moor Street stations in the centre of Birmingham, around 10 miles away, as well as routes to Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition, local buses head into Solihull centre and Birmingham, making it easy to get around. All of the homes are finished to a high quality, with tiled kitchens fitted with a range of integrated appliances. Every home has private outdoor space – turfed gardens in the case of the houses, and balconies or terraces to the apartments, extending the living space into the open. Layouts are versatile, with a focus on open-plan living areas and good sized bedrooms, with an en suite to the main bedroom in all properties as well as a family bathroom with bath and shower. Plenty of natural light and convenient storage spaces mean that the spaces feel spacious and uncluttered. The first phase of three and four-bedroom houses at SO Resi Solihull will be available from Saturday 9thApril. Prices start from £105,000 for a minimum 30% share in a three-bedroom house with two parking spaces [full market value: £350,000]. For more information call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.soresi.co.uk.

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What Is the Value of a Well-Protected Property?

What Is the Value of a Well-Protected Property?

The past 25 years have seen the construction of a huge number of new buildings, raising questions about fire safety features and property value. One has to question why fire safety has not been held in the same regard as a buildings design, aesthetics or ‘green’ credentials. The optimistic belief that a fire “will not happen to me” could explain why businesses are not always considering the real impact of fire and its consequences. They underestimate the direct financial impact on both the property and the business, and the time it takes to recover from a fire. This all can have an impact on business value over time. A business property that is well-protected in terms of fire protection and safety will have a far greater intrinsic value, yet the ‘market’ does not seem to value this.  When you look at the value of a property, it’s important to think about performance over time. We use metrics, data and evaluations to do this. However how does this include considering risk and events that may happen, like fire. Compare this to an EPC rating, which is seen as a key indicator of energy efficiency of a building and energy costs. This information has to be provided when a property is sold. The lack of a rating would be questioned and the value of the property is impacted if the information isn’t provided. The same is not always true for fire safety, there are no fire safety ratings of buildings. If fire safety information is not available it does not always lead to questions. It should do and this is perhaps a more prominent item for certain buildings today. There are moves afoot for selected buildings to have such information through discussions of items like a Golden Thread. However this needs to spread to a wider set of buildings. Fundamentally we need to be asking how the building delivers fire safety and is protected against such events, and where is the information to support this? This should become a valuable piece of information for any owner and similarly have a negative impact on the value if not provided across all buildings. For example, if one office block has sprinklers, fire alarms, documented maintenance, plans etc and another doesn’t have sprinklers then the sprinkler-protected building is clearly worth more. If nothing else it has more equipment. The value of that equipment can be seen functionally but it is also an investment in terms of fire safety and protection of the property over time. A sprinkler investment means that if anything goes wrong, then you’re likely to have more of that asset left afterwards. A well-protected property therefore has an intrinsic value. This also raises the question as to the value of the property that has been sprinkler- protected over time. Some would argue that value only comes to pass when you stop something bad happening. The analogy to airbags would be a good example, as you hope you won’t ever have to use them. Interestingly, airbags were developed in the early 1950s and while they are a feature of all modern cars, this safety solution is still not a legal requirement – but a car could not receive a suitable safety rating without one. Today, automatic fire sprinklers are not widely used in the UK partly because the regulatory guidance rarely prescribes their use and partly because even when prescribed they are often ‘value engineered’ out. Yet automatic fire sprinklers prevent large fires because they activate automatically over a fire, controlling or even extinguishing the blaze before the Fire and Rescue Service arrives. They therefore protect the lives of those in the building and the firefighters who attend an incident – but they also prevent significant damage or destruction of a building by fire. The misconception surrounding the cost of sprinkler systems can be dispelled by looking at the true costs of a building over its lifespan. Some would say that if a fire does not happen the cost of the sprinkler system has been wasted. However, thinking about airbags, we do not make the same arguments if they are not used during the ownership of a car. Why, for example, deliver a warehouse, factory or school as cheaply as possible but leave out fire safety measures; only to find five years later it is lost completely due to a fire event, resulting in greater costs? This goes back to a fundamental issue, that owners are perhaps not fully considering the potential for a fire during the life of a building. It is often manifested in not valuing what they own in terms of the potential to replace property and thinking that they are going to recover from a fire a lot quicker than they do. We need to place risk into context and understand the impact, so that what is at stake is understood and planned for appropriately. Clear outcomes in the face of fire can then be defined. An inescapable item is that the inclusion of a sprinkler system can prevent major financial and equipment losses, containing what could be a potential major disaster and ensuring it is only a minor inconvenience. Fire is indiscriminate and inexplicable, but that doesn’t mean actions can’t be taken to prevent and control it when it occurs. As warehouses and similar industrial buildings are likely to proliferate in the coming years, now is the time to think of how, and why, we should protect these valuable assets which may not be glamorous, but nonetheless are vital as part of the UK’s business infrastructure. Protecting the value of such properties and those who work within them. By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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Award Winning Student Changing Construction Narrative

Award Winning Student Changing Construction Narrative

Award-winning student Madeleine Clarke is part of a rising number of women pursuing a construction career at Coventry University and is hoping her achievement will inspire more young girls to consider a career in the industry. Third year Architectural Technology BSc student Madeleine won the West Midlands’ crown at The Association of Women in Property 2021 Student of the Year Awards, an event that aims to increase and support the 15% of women who make up the construction and property workforce.  Coventry University is helping to address that figure, with women making up a quarter of the students studying built environment courses at the university. Madeleine, who was 23 when she decided to pursue her dream, is keen to increase exposure of careers in construction to young women. “The only careers that were pitched to me at school were nursing or teaching. I was only exposed to a career in architecture when I completed a career quiz online. When I go to these Women in Property events it is great because the room is filled with women in the industry.” “I just want to encourage more women and girls to look into a career in property or construction because exposure is important, and I want to show people through this award that you can change your path and do something different,” she said. Sabine Coady Schäbitz, Curriculum Lead for Built Environment at Coventry University, says the university wants to drive change in the industry. “We are proud of Madeline and are actively encouraging women to enrol on our professional courses in the Built Environment. In the last five years the percentage of women studying with us rose from 17.3% to 26.4%. We are working closely with industry and the professional bodies to further increase equality, diversity and inclusion in the creation and management of the Built Environment,” Sabine commented. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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