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April 5, 2022

Amazon Property commits £250 Million to trending property sectors.

Amazon Property, the leading London investor-developer run by CEO Charles Gourgey and COO Chris Lanitis, has committed, via Amazon Capital (the group’s private equity division), a £250 million real estate fund to invest in joint venture opportunities in the logistics, managed office solution, PBSA, Life Sciences and retirement sectors.  Amazon

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Torus commits to its largest New Build Scheme in Wigan  

As a leading provider of affordable homes across the North West, Torus Developments is about to start its latest scheme in Standish, Wigan, which will see 155 new homes built at Hallbrook Gardens – Torus’ biggest investment in Wigan to date.  With works starting on site with Seddon in the Spring,

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New Training Awards Celebrating People,Dedication and Achievement in Plastering and Interior Trades

FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have joined forces to expand on the Plaisterers’ Training Awards, which traditionally covered plastering and drylining, to encompass the wider finishes and interiors sector. The new Training Awards will now recognise outstanding individuals and contributions made to recruiting, training and developing people in

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Leading UK consultancy Barton Willmore acquired by global giant Stantec

International engineering, design and project management business Stantec has acquired Barton Willmore, the UK’s leading independent planning and design consultancy, in a deal advised on by the GS Verde Group.  The deal underpins Stantec’s strategic growth plans, enhancing its offering of innovative master planning and urban design solutions that have

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Keepmoat Home Provides Prisoners with Skills for the Future

Keepmoat Home Provides Prisoners with Skills for the Future

To help create a sustainable community, Hull City Council and Hull Citywide Developer Partnership, a consortium of developers that includes Keepmoat Homes and Strata Homes, is supporting skills for prisoners by providing them with old pallets from their new housing developments. These are then upcycled into planters and used to

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Boss Training Partnership to Bring Training Options to Wolverhampton

Boss Training Partnership to Bring Training Options to Wolverhampton

National training provider Boss Training Ltd has announced a partnership with PLT training to provide new facilities for trainees. The partnership will see the relocation of Boss Training’s current Wednesbury training centre into more modern facilities at Showell Road in Wolverhampton, currently operated by PLT Training.  The move means that Wolverhampton

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Different career paths in real estate

The field of real estate is ever-changing, which keeps the demand for jobs and careers high. In fact, the ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials) estimates that there are almost 2 million active real estate licenses in America alone. Working in real estate is a great option for

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

April 5, 2022

Get Living and Watkin Jones agree £136m forward funding for 551 Birmingham build to rent homes

Birmingham will be Get Living’s eighth neighbourhood and marks their growing presence across the UK with a portfolio of over 10,000 homes The scheme is Watkin Jones’ largest build to rent development to date Get Living, the UK’s pioneer of large-scale build to rent neighbourhoods and Watkin Jones, the UK’s leading developer and manager of residential for rent homes have agreed a £136 million forward funding deal to deliver 551 new homes at Sherlock Street, Birmingham. Representing Get Living’s first acquisition in Birmingham, the development will provide 551 beautifully designed one, two and three-bed apartments, 47 of which will be affordable. Residents will be able to enjoy social lounges, a gym and co-working space in the scheme, which will also benefit from double-height reception areas, a landscaped podium, and a double-height sky lounge. Located within 500m of the iconic Bull Ring shopping centre, in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, Sherlock Street (currently known as Maker’s Yard) is Watkin Jones’ largest build to rent development to date and will be ideally placed for residents to benefit from the city’s extensive retail, restaurants and bars, as well as public transport from Birmingham New Street Station. Alex Pease, Chief Investment Officer of Watkin Jones, said: “Our teams have done a superb job developing this scheme and we’re very pleased to have secured an investor with the knowledge and commitment of Get Living to take it through delivery with us. Sherlock Street is perfectly located on a brownfield site in the centre of Birmingham and will offer its residents an amazing lifestyle in a highly sustainable place that offers real long-term value to the wider community. “Institutional investment like this makes a real difference for places with a significant shortage of rental homes. We have a strong record in Birmingham and are actively looking at new opportunities across the Midlands.” Rick de Blaby, CEO of Get Living, added: “Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city has always been on Get Living’s wish list and so we are very excited to have secured this key city centre location with Watkin Jones for what will be Get Living’s eighth large-scale neighbourhood. “This transaction for such an attractive scheme takes our secured development pipeline to circa 6,500 homes supporting our ambitious strategy to grow our portfolio to 15,000 homes within the next five years. “It is our responsibility, as long-term owners and custodians, to ensure we provide a sustainable neighbourhood for people in Birmingham, not just to call home and put down roots, but also to set the stage for a community to thrive. We look forward to working with Watkin Jones as they deliver the scheme.” Sherlock Street is located on a 2.47-acre site and will feature a new pedestrianised public square that connects the city centre with the wider Rea Valley Urban Quarter, as well as giving access to the scheme’s circa 16,500 sq ft of ground floor commercial space that will enable local employment opportunities. The neighbourhood will be managed and operated by Get Living on behalf of its investors, with the final phase of the scheme expected to complete in 2025. Get Living was advised by BCLP and Colliers. Watkin Jones was advised by Addleshaw Goddard.

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UK PUBLIC SAY TAKE BACK CONTROL OF ENERGY: “The country is crying out for help with energy bills”

Across the UK, the overwhelming majority people are crying out for help with their energy bills, claims Mike Foster, CEO of the not-for-profit trade body Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). Faced with a Price Cap increase on 54 per cent from 1st April. with many people finding their direct debits rocketing by even more, the issue of energy bills is now at the top of the political agenda. Research commissioned by EUA last week of 2000 UK consumers showed the sheer scale of concern around rising energy bills. Nearly nine in ten (89 per cent) of people think it is important that the Government tackles rising energy bills; 91 per cent believe the Government needs to introduce new measures to support consumers if the Price Cap increases again in October. A measure promised following Brexit yet not implemented by Government, 86 per cent of respondents also want to see VAT on energy bills scrapped, a figure up 10 points since the same survey in June 2021. Mike Foster said: “The outcry over energy bills is now deafening. It is top of the agenda for people now struggling to pay their way. And the issue is not going away. With the expectation that the Price Cap will increase again in October, ahead of the winter heating season, the Chancellor will have to find a way of supporting consumers. If he doesn’t, given these poll findings, he and hundreds of his colleagues better start brushing up their CVs.” “The Spring Statement, which cut VAT on water turbines for your mill house, failed to help the vast majority. Even more than ever, charging VAT on energy bills is deeply unpopular. At a stroke, the Chancellor could shave £100 off the average energy bill, something nearly nine in ten people want to see. With numbers like that, not only would it be the right thing to do, it would be politically popular too.” “Short-term measures are clearly needed to help ease the current pain, but the Government must also address the longer term energy security of supply concerns that are the root cause of the problem. We need to break away from reliance on fossil gas and switch our gas networks to green hydrogen. Keeping gas boilers but changing the gas they use will help us reach our Net Zero targets, keep costs and disruption to a minimum for consumers and keep Putin’s gas in the ground.”

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Amazon Property commits £250 Million to trending property sectors.

Amazon Property, the leading London investor-developer run by CEO Charles Gourgey and COO Chris Lanitis, has committed, via Amazon Capital (the group’s private equity division), a £250 million real estate fund to invest in joint venture opportunities in the logistics, managed office solution, PBSA, Life Sciences and retirement sectors.  Amazon Property built its strong brand reputation for quality and fine attention to detail through delivering some 80 mixed use developments  such as The Hempel Collection with British Land, The Park Crescent and The Soho Works Estate and acquiring over 3 million square feet of development and investment assets. The group’s success over a 25 year period is its operational flexibility in being able to consider a wide variety of asset classes, with varying degrees of complexity, and delivering best-in-class projects, this agility has been the hallmark of the brand. Over the last two years Amazon Property has focused on joint venture investments and trading assets and is now set for further expansion with a new wave of private equity funding and entry into the rapidly expanding care/retirement sector under Amazon Care.  Amazon Capital has committed £100 million of equity and debt/bank funding, to raise the £250 million which will be used to provide private equity funding to joint venture partners/development managers and asset managers in the alternatives sectors including logistics, managed office solutions, PBSA, Life Sciences and retirement care. Chris Lanitis, COO of Amazon Property & Founder & CIO of Amazon Capital says: “Amazon Capital is a bespoke private equity operator who understands the real estate market and as a JV partner we offer long-term support, flexibility, innovation together with streamlined and fast decision making. We have committed £250 million of fresh funding and are seeking new joint venture opportunities across London and the UK with other talented entrepreneurs and sector leaders. We are able to make fast investment decisions, as opposed to prolonged board committees, and are committed to forming equity platforms and repeat deal flow in line with our partners’ long term business endeavours.” In logistics Amazon Capital will focus on funding or entering joint ventures (£5 to £30 million investment value schemes) for  acquiring or developing 2nd generation estates  of between 5 acres to 20 acres in size, typically providing 200,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft of warehouse accommodation. Previous funding by Amazon Capital has been used to acquire jv assets including the 17 acre (400,000 sq ft) Sirdar Business Park in Wakefield, the 15 acre Swan Lane Industrial Estate in Wigan and the 6 acre Moss Electrical Estate in London’s Dartford and most recently a 210,000 sq ft single let warehouse at Wakefield 41 Industrial Park, located at the intersection of the M1 and M62 motorways. In the managed office solution market, Amazon Capital will look to acquire landmark office buildings, with acquisitions from £5 million to £50 million, in locations including Central London, Greater London and the Home Counties. With the acquired office buildings Amazon Capital is offering a bespoke approach leasing floors to tenants and providing a Cat A plus plug-and-play office setup. The Conran Building in Shad Thames is an example of a currentjoint venture acquisition undertaken. In the student accommodation sector Amazon Capital will provide funding for acquiring PBSA sites without planning, providing 300 to 500 beds, in key university centres such as London and regional cities. In medical research hubs such as Cambridge, Oxford, Stevenage and London Amazon Capital will partner with global Life Sciences companies to provide funding for real estate infrastructure such as laboratories, R&D plants, medical/medicine manufacturing plants, drug/medical warehousing and scientist office spaces.                            In the care sector Amazon Care will be developing a collection of care homes of between 25,000 sq ft to 70,000 sq ft in size, providing between 25 to 150 suites, complete with luxurious lifestyle amenities operated through a private-rented-sector model with a focus on dementia care. Amazon Care are currently developing in Belgravia under the Loveday brand (fifth central London site) and are in the process of acquiring a number of sites in Zones 2 and 3.

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Torus commits to its largest New Build Scheme in Wigan  

As a leading provider of affordable homes across the North West, Torus Developments is about to start its latest scheme in Standish, Wigan, which will see 155 new homes built at Hallbrook Gardens – Torus’ biggest investment in Wigan to date.  With works starting on site with Seddon in the Spring, Hallbrook Gardens signifies a £30 million commitment from the Torus Group to keep building genuinely affordable, modern homes outside of its traditional heartlands of Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington.   With 100% of homes at Hallbrook Gardens being available by affordable means, including Affordable Rent, Rent to Buy and Shared Ownership, Torus are committed to ensuring people across the region can access high quality, modern homes that they can afford for years to come.  Discussing the scheme, Managing Director of Torus Developments, Chris Bowen said: “With the cost of living increasing and this disproportionately affecting those who earn less, we want to ensure our homes are accessible to anyone and support more people onto the housing ladder.  “Through building more affordable homes and increasing the mix of tenure across all our new development schemes, we are continuing to offer multiple ways people can get on the property ladder and Hallbrook Gardens is the latest scheme that evidences how we are opening the door for more people to have their own property. We are delighted to be working with Seddon on this scheme and to further increase access to genuinely affordable housing in Wigan.”  Divisional director at Seddon, Duncan Williams added: “Affordable homes are vital for people to feel a part of their community and with the demand for new houses in Wigan, Hallbrook Gardens will create 155 new homes.   “We are delighted to be working with Torus Developments under the new development framework providing new affordable homes and being able to make a difference in the community.”   Hallbrook Gardens is the latest new build development Torus Developments is on site with in Wigan and follows closely behind its Frog Lane development and Plank Lane development in nearby Leigh, which is due for completion this December. Also complementing Torus Developments increasing footprint across the North West, Hallbrook Gardens joins over 20 schemes currently onsite outside of the Liverpool City Region and St Helens, accounting for over 1,500 homes being built in communities across the North West.  

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New Training Awards Celebrating People,Dedication and Achievement in Plastering and Interior Trades

FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers have joined forces to expand on the Plaisterers’ Training Awards, which traditionally covered plastering and drylining, to encompass the wider finishes and interiors sector. The new Training Awards will now recognise outstanding individuals and contributions made to recruiting, training and developing people in plastering and interior trades. Commenting on the expansion of the awards, FIS President Helen Tapper and Member of The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Industry Committee said: “When looking at the skills shortages that have impacted our sector in recent times, it often belies the effort that businesses, training providers and individuals are making. FIS and the Plaisterers are both committed to encouraging people to join the industry and a focus on continuous learning and development. “People talk about competence and that is vital, but so too is pride in what we do – our work is the stuff that makes structures and shells into homes, hospitals, workplaces and inspiring educational settings. The people that do this are skilled craftspeople and more needs to be done to recognise this, both within and beyond our sector. We have a proud tradition, but a bright future too and this initiative is about two of our key institutions working together to help us to identify, celebrate and learn from the people who are building this future.” The awards categories will acknowledge individuals, employees, students, apprentices, independent training providers and colleges who have made an exceptional contribution to learning and development in the sector. The 2022 award categories are:  •    Student of the Year – Plaisterers Award for Plastering Trades•    Student of the Year – FIS Award for Interior Trades•    Apprentice of the Year – Plaisterers Award for Plastering Trades•    Apprentice of the Year – FIS Award for Interior Trades •    Colleges and Independent Training Providers (large)•    Colleges and Independent Training Providers (small)•    FIS Member Training Programme•    Mentors Award•    Lifetime Achievement Award As well as trade specific sponsored awards: •    British Gypsum Trophy (independent training provider/college drylining)•    Saint Gobain Formula Trophy (Fibrous/GRG can be any organisation or person) The awards will officially open for entries on the 31st March and close mid-August. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Plaisterers’ Hall on the 22nd November. Master of The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Margaret Coates commented: “Our aim is to create with FIS a Training Awards event that showcases the very best of the sector’s occupations, that both encourages and inspires others to do more. The skills shortage is profound. We must address this, by attracting people to the plastering and interior trades and by promoting excellent training providers and supportive employers. “A vibrant construction industry is crucial to a strong economy and our sector plays an important role. We look forward to working with FIS not just in rewarding and celebrating success but finding and telling the stories that inspire others to join or invest in those people who will lead our amazing sector forwards. We urge and encourage you to enter this collaborative competition and to tell your story.” For more details on entering these awards visit https://www.thefis.org/membership-hub/fis-awards/fis-wcp-training-awards/  For further information or for any questions please contact FIS at info@thefis.org or call 0121 707 0077 or The Worshipful Company of Plasiterers on clerk@plaistererslivery.co.uk or call 0207 7964333.

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Leading UK consultancy Barton Willmore acquired by global giant Stantec

International engineering, design and project management business Stantec has acquired Barton Willmore, the UK’s leading independent planning and design consultancy, in a deal advised on by the GS Verde Group.  The deal underpins Stantec’s strategic growth plans, enhancing its offering of innovative master planning and urban design solutions that have positioned the organisation as a global leader in sustainability and community-focused design.  With offices already established in Cardiff, Edinburgh and London and more regional sites, the acquisition of Barton Willmore sees Stantec’s UK presence increase to more than 2,500 strong, with all Barton Willmore partners joining Stantec UK to continue in existing or enhanced roles. They will join Stantec’s team of 25,000, operating in over 400 locations across six continents. With a market capitalisation in excess of £4 billion and projects ranging from the Panama Canal expansion to working with the US Federal Government, Stantec has consistently ranked as one of the world’s top design and architectural organisations. Speaking on the acquisition, Bjorn Morisbak, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Stantec said: “It’s incredibly exciting to welcome Barton Willmore to our growing global team as we look to strengthen our project delivery expertise across several sectors. Barton Willmore’s master planning and urban design capabilities greatly enhance our ability to drive innovative solutions for clients across the globe.” Barton Willmore has a prestigious reputation as the largest independent, interdisciplinary consultancy in the UK, comprised of over 300 town planners, master planners, urban and landscape designers, architects, and environmental planners. Managing partner at Barton Willmore, Stephen Toole said: “Stantec and Barton Willmore share a passion for delivering long-lasting projects that improve communities. We are thrilled to be joining a growing global team, combining our respective interdisciplinary capabilities, and broadening our resources to support clients.  “The combined power of these organisations has the potential to not only transform projects in the UK but also address wider global design and sustainability issues.”  The consultancy supports many of the largest and most transformational projects in the UK’s residential, logistics, retail, infrastructure, energy, higher education, and urban regeneration sectors, providing services to both public and private sector clients. This transaction marks the most recent in a series of acquisitions by Stantec across the UK market in recent years, as it continues in a buy and build strategy as a global leader in the market.

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Keepmoat Home Provides Prisoners with Skills for the Future

Keepmoat Home Provides Prisoners with Skills for the Future

To help create a sustainable community, Hull City Council and Hull Citywide Developer Partnership, a consortium of developers that includes Keepmoat Homes and Strata Homes, is supporting skills for prisoners by providing them with old pallets from their new housing developments. These are then upcycled into planters and used to grow food in the local community. The scheme is the first of its kind and aims to reduce site waste whilst providing offenders with key skills for future employment, as well as help them position themselves for greater work and volunteering opportunities upon release. The first planters have been handed over to the new Cropton Park Community Allotment off Bricknell Avenue, which is being developed by EMS with the support of Hull City Council’s Wyke Area Team. All parties, including Keepmoat Homes, are working in collaboration with Investors in Community, allowing the prisoners to accurately record the hours they work on the planters, which they’ll be able to access on release. Having launched earlier this year, the prisoners have spent over 85 hours in total and made 52 planters to date. At HMP Hull, we’re driven to provide prisoners with meaningful employment opportunities whilst in custody, along with relevant skills and training that they will be able to use on release, with an aim to help them find work and live law-abiding lives, and this project fits perfectly with everything we are trying to achieve,” said Thomas Leech, Industries Manager at HMP Hull. “Prisoners are learning new skills and working hard to produce planters from items that would have essentially gone to landfill. These planters are then given to people in the local community that have earned them through community credits doing things such as volunteering time to do litter picking within the community. The fact that prisoners are giving something back to the community creates a sense of pride and are real sense of purpose for the prisoners.” Once made, the planters are donated to EMS, a local charity in Hull that works with residents, community groups and local businesses to alleviate food and fuel poverty. The charity sets up community vegetable gardens that aim to promote a healthy lifestyle, allowing residents and families without a garden or allotment to grow their own produce. The planters, food growing and support to become more sustainable are part of a recognition scheme for local volunteers working with EMS. “This project ticks all the boxes for everyone involved and demonstrates our collective commitment to establishing a more biodiverse and sustainable environment for our community. It was an inspirational initiative from Keepmoat Homes, the council’s long term development partner, for the wood to be repurposed, rather than sending it to landfill,” said Cllr Peter North, Chair of Hull City Council’s Wyke Area. “The training and work experience gained enhances prisoners’ employment prospects on release, and our residents benefit from well-crafted planters for the community garden with EMS. I look forward to working on future projects alongside our partners to ensure we make best use of our precious green spaces for the benefit of our communities.” Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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Boss Training Partnership to Bring Training Options to Wolverhampton

Boss Training Partnership to Bring Training Options to Wolverhampton

National training provider Boss Training Ltd has announced a partnership with PLT training to provide new facilities for trainees. The partnership will see the relocation of Boss Training’s current Wednesbury training centre into more modern facilities at Showell Road in Wolverhampton, currently operated by PLT Training.  The move means that Wolverhampton will have a one-stop-shop for a huge variety of health and safety training courses, with Boss Training bringing its first rate IPAF, PASMA, UKATA and CITB Training Courses to the centre. PLT Training currently offers NEBOSH, Confined Spaces, Forklift and First Aid training courses. “We are very much looking forward to moving into such a thriving area as Wolverhampton and excited at the opportunities this will bring,” said Boss Training Managing Director Andrew. “PLT are a fantastic company with a similar outlook to ourselves. With a combined 60+ years in the construction industry, we will be able to offer customers old and new an even greater level of service and a wider range of courses.”  By forming the partnership, Boss Training Ltd are bringing better facilities to their trainees, where they will deliver vital manufacturing and construction industry training.  The opportunities for upskilling staff at local firms will be improved in an area where development is on the rise. Wolverhampton has seen a wealth of new developments in recent months, including the Brewers Yard regeneration project in Culwell Street, which will see 300 new homes for the area, the rejuvenation of Heath Town Estate where 200 new homes will be created, and eight tower blocks will be improved. In addition, the refurbishment of Bond House will create 34 supported living apartments and services for individuals with a history of rough sleeping and homelessness.  The Showell Road training centre will provide purpose built classrooms and fantastic transport links for people from the wider West Midlands area to access the training offered by Boss Training and PLT Training. Boss Training will move into their new space at Showell Road on April 1st 2022. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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Different career paths in real estate

The field of real estate is ever-changing, which keeps the demand for jobs and careers high. In fact, the ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials) estimates that there are almost 2 million active real estate licenses in America alone. Working in real estate is a great option for those that do not want to work a more traditional nine to five job, but what are the different careers open to you? There are many real estate jobs that you may not even know exist. Whether you want to become a realtor or a real estate agent, whether you want to work for yourself or for a brokerage like Compass – here is a rough guide to some of the different career paths you can take in the real estate sector. Real Estate Investor This can be the most rewarding career in real estate – they are the ones who buy the property or land, try to maximize their profits, and then sell on their investment. This job is about understanding investment opportunities, when and where to buy, through extensive knowledge of the market. Real Estate Agent This is the most common career in real estate, they are the professionals that help people to buy or sell properties. An agent can be either a buyers’ agent or a sellers’ agent. They can also be a residential or commercial agent. Residential – they facilitate the process of buying a home. They can be specialized agents focusing on specific kinds of properties such as single-family homes, luxury homes, vacation homes, or condos. This kind of role is all about how well you meet your clients’ needs, it is about customer service, networking, and marketing skills. Commercial – rather than working on residences, they work in the commercial sector of the real estate agency. Instead of houses, they sell properties to businesses. This specialty is more about being business and financial-minded, working with data such as gross rent multipliers, capitalization rates, and internal rates of return. Both residential and commercial real estate agents work on commission meaning that agents who find more leads and close more deals make more money. However, commercial real estate agents often earn up to twice as much as residential agents. Real Estate Broker A broker and an agent are very similar with the main difference being who they work for. Essentially, real estate agents have to sign with a brokerage and so agents work for brokers. Brokers, however, have the option to work independently or start their own brokerage. This role is all about your entrepreneurial drive. Not only do you need an agency license, but you will also need to complete real estate training courses and pass the broker licensing examination. Real Estate Developer Real estate developers buy land and build real estate property on it, this can be anything from a family home to an office building. They are responsible for planning and coordinating the construction process, financing it, and bringing in the team to execute their plans. This role requires you to work with architects, contractors, engineers, construction teams, leasing agents, lawyers, and other professionals.

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Implementing an Access Control System

Access control systems are designed to improve the security of a building. They maintain basic components that work together to promote optimal functionality. These systems are security techniques meant to regulate those who can view or use the resources within a computing environment.  Access control systems give you control over who can get into specific areas of your business property. You can use them to limit entry into your building. Here are a few factors to consider as you implement an access control system.  The Areas that Need Monitoring How many areas in your facility do you hope to monitor? The answer may help determine the best ways to implement your access control system. Most facilities have at least two openings that need security. In addition, the number of employees that require access varies from one property to another.  Think about the credentials you would need to manage, accommodate, and document, especially when dealing with many employees. When getting an access control system, ensure that it governs as many multiple card credentials as you need.  In addition, you should involve your security company in the process of choosing your ideal control access system. The company should help you decide if the system needs attendance monitoring and time monitoring.  Even though all locks need to be monitored, an effective system balances security and extra features. Note that all users need information on how to use the system. They must have a level of monitoring. Will You Need an Intercom System? The need for an intercom system will depend on your facility’s needs. Always check to confirm that you work with a licensed and experienced intercom company. That way, you are sure that all your sensitive details are in safe hands.  Traditional intercoms are great when you only need basic intercom capabilities. They are great for teams that aren’t very tech-savvy. If, however, you are comfortable with various apps and notifications, IP intercoms are a good idea. Ensure that your access control equipment is reliable. How Will You Track Changes? Various events could force you to change your access control protocol. Common ones include when some employees get promotions, change departments, or leave the company. You would need to update their access control information.  In addition, some parts of your company may adopt different operations. You would then need to adjust your processes and access restrictions. You have to track these changes and enter them into the system as soon as possible. It may be impossible to keep running the facility efficiently if you can’t.  You would be wise to schedule regular reviews with your control manager to ensure that your database has the appropriate level of access.  Who Needs Building Access? Will you be working with a security company? If so, you must determine who needs building access and who will monitor the system. Additionally, you should consider access to those who don’t have a direct relationship with your business. For example, consider if the facility gives cleaning or maintenance companies and vendors access. Does it require after-hour deliveries?  Your visitors may require temporary access. Common visitors may have access codes to help foster a solid control system.  Consider the Software Access control software should match your needs. It should help you enter the relevant information, create permission procedures, and review information easily. The right software acts as the bridge between technology and the user. It simplifies security processes and keeps the property safe.  Implementing an access control system can be great for your property. However, you need to consider a few things during the implementation process. They can mitigate risks and promote efficiency.

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