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April 11, 2022

Work starts on next phase of SOYO Leeds for Hestia

Construction begins on two new apartment buildings for Hestia, the residential Platform of Federated Hermes. Launch of phase two highlights positive social impact of the SOYO project within the city of Leeds and the wider region. Event brings together local leaders and stakeholders to reflect on 2.5 years of activity

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STEPNELL WORKS ON SIXTH DORSET SCHOOL PROJECT THIS YEAR

NATIONAL contractor Stepnell is bolstering its reputation in the education sector across the South West, as the business works on its sixth school project in Dorset in the operating year. Stepnell’s work across the multi-million-pound school projects, which include renovating buildings dating from the early twentieth to the twenty-first century,

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Sika Moves Parex Monorex GM Production to the UK

Sika Moves Parex Monorex GM Production to the UK

UK leader in construction chemicals Sika, has moved production of its most popular colours in the Parex Monorex GM render range from France to the UK to match the expectation and growth in demand from its customers and drive down lead times. Sika Ltd has confronted supply chain challenges for

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XUL Bring an Abundance of Light into Arts and Crafts House

XUL Bring an Abundance of Light into Arts and Crafts House

Balancing the traditional and contemporary, XUL Architecture have renovated this arts and crafts Hampstead Garden Suburb house working in collaboration with Joanna Williams Interiors and Blakes London bespoke kitchens. As with all XUL Architecture residential projects, the starting point came from the consideration of the passage of natural light through

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April 11, 2022

Work starts on next phase of SOYO Leeds for Hestia

Construction begins on two new apartment buildings for Hestia, the residential Platform of Federated Hermes. Launch of phase two highlights positive social impact of the SOYO project within the city of Leeds and the wider region. Event brings together local leaders and stakeholders to reflect on 2.5 years of activity on SOYO, as well as plans for the future. Construction work has started on the latest Hestia apartment scheme in the SOYO district of Leeds, on behalf of Federated Hermes Limited and is scheduled for completion in late 2023. The scheme comprises two adjoining blocks in the new city centre district, with planning permission held for 331 apartments – a mixture of studio, 1,2 and 3 beds – as well as outdoor courtyards, and 12,000 sq. ft retail, restaurant and ground floor amenity space. The blocks will be delivered alongside  new public realm including green spaces and a public square, in the fast-evolving cultural quarter of the city. Leeds-based DLG Architects have been tasked with designing the buildings with sustainability credentials that put the scheme on the Net Zero Carbon pathway by, using techniques to reduce embodied and operational carbon. Caddick Group businesses Caddick Developments, Caddick Land and Caddick Construction will work with the project team to take the scheme from blueprint to delivery. Myles Hartley, MD Caddick Developments said: “Projects like SOYO represent a huge investment in Leeds. This development will deliver new homes, commercial spaces and new landscaped areas – all things that will improve the physical built environment. As part the team developing Caddick’s wider ESG approach, I’m also hugely proud that we’ve been able to deliver the ambitious social value targets we set for ourselves, in spite of the challenges of the pandemic” Matt Chillingworth, Senior Investment Manager, Federated Hermes added: “Having established Hestia’s presence in Manchester, Liverpool and London, we are excited to bring the brand to Leeds. We are focused on delivering high quality mid-market, sustainable housing across the UK and in doing so are helping to deliver a meaningful impact on local communities. SOYO Leeds is an ideal location to achieve these goals. SOYO Leeds is using the opportunity to highlight the positive local impact of the development so far, which includes nearly 500 local Leeds residents being brought into employment on the first phase of SOYO – New York Square. The latest phase for Hestia will support a further 2,000 construction jobs, with the creation of 10 new apprenticeships. TT&G acted for Federated Hermes.

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BRITS BACK HYDROGEN: Majority of UK want a low carbon alternative to natural gas

Over three quarters (77.7%) of Brits would support the UK generating and distributing alternative, low-carbon gas through the existing grid to replace the imports of natural gas from countries such as Qatar and Russia, a survey has found. The research of 2000 UK consumers, conducted on behalf of trade association the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), has also found almost three quarters (73.8%) of people would support development low carbon gas boilers that could be easily swapped with existing boilers to help deliver the UK’s climate change targets. Almost two thirds (64.3%) of respondents also said they would choose a low carbon boiler if replacing their heating system. Amid increasing cost-of-living concerns, 82% of respondents also believed the government should prioritise affordability in the development of renewable technologies for heating homes in the UK. However only 6.2% of those asked would be willing to pay £8500 for a new heating system, the average additional expense of retrofitting a heat pump. Almost two-thirds would be unwilling or unable to pay this much for a new heating system, leaving hydrogen heating as the only way to decarbonise their homes. Mike Foster, CEO of the EUA explains: “It is clear that Brits back action on climate change however, with the cost-of-living crisis causing concern for pretty much everyone, the Government have got to commit to a more affordable route. The vast majority of UK residents cannot afford the price tag for a heat pump, nor do they want to switch away from some kind of low carbon gas. “The gas grid is gearing up for hydrogen, and boiler manufacturers have already made promises around price for consumers. Now it is up to the Government to pull their finger out and prioritise UK people and their finances by progressing hydrogen as part of the UK’s energy mix.” With Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng alluding to hydrogen playing a role in the Government’s upcoming Energy Strategy, the UK public have made it clear an alternative to natural gas is their choice. 71% of respondents believed the Government should make a clear statement that, in future all gas, supplied to UK homes through the gas grid is low or zero carbon. Mr Foster adds: “Mr Kwarteng and the Prime Minister have a decision to make with this Energy Crisis. Either they continue with an electrification of heat, imposing large bills on the public and pushing more people into fuel poverty. Or they can start prioritising the financial wellbeing of the British public and listen to their demands when they say they want an alternative to natural gas, which can be found in hydrogen.” “We have to make progress to Net Zero but this cannot be at the cost of the British people. We have all seen energy bills rise, hurting people in their pockets. The Government must get this call right or risk making a huge political blunder which will see them out of office at the next election.” For more information, visit www.eua.org.uk

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STEPNELL WORKS ON SIXTH DORSET SCHOOL PROJECT THIS YEAR

NATIONAL contractor Stepnell is bolstering its reputation in the education sector across the South West, as the business works on its sixth school project in Dorset in the operating year. Stepnell’s work across the multi-million-pound school projects, which include renovating buildings dating from the early twentieth to the twenty-first century, is contributing to the county’s upgrading programme and adding to an ever-growing portfolio of education building expertise. Stepnell began their sixth project, a major renovation at Coombe House, on the outskirts of Shaftesbury in October 2021. Formerly St Mary’s School – a Roman Catholic day and boarding school for girls that was closed in July 2020 due to funding issues – the 165,000 square feet of mixed-use accommodation set within 55 acres was purchased by Dorset Council for £10 million as part of the council’s five-year £145 million capital programme. The project is due to complete in spring 2022. Previously, three projects have been completed on behalf of Gillingham Primary School, Ferndown Upper School and Blandford Upper School, with Coombe House, Woodroffe School, and Corfe Hills School currently underway. Corfe Hills School works are part of the efficiency estate programme and involve extensive remodelling and refurbishment of an existing year block. Provision of all new M&E Services, and IT Services. This also includes the provision of existing services to the remainder of the school at all times whilst implementing all new M&E and IT services. Provision of new classrooms, new windows and doors and associated ventilation. Formation of new IC’S and assistance with the decant of a number of classrooms. All works are taking place in a live school environment with works in close proximity to occupied classrooms. The project at Ferndown comprised of alterations to classrooms through new stud partitions, suspended ceilings and new flooring. At Blandford Upper, new ceilings, toilets and shower cubicles formed part of the refurbishment of the changing rooms. Remedial fire stopping works and fire doors were implemented between compartments to the roof void of block four. Furthermore, fire stopping measures were installed between the stairwells in block H and the adjoining class and storerooms. Rob Speirs, regional managing director of Stepnell, said: “Working within live sites in educational settings poses unique challenges but we are delighted to have been able to safely and efficiently complete works around the opening requirements of the school. The result is an enhanced space for high-quality education via the remodelled year block and existing school areas.” Rob added: “We were thrilled to have secured the redevelopment project for Coombe House, which will be pivotal in increasing the accessibility to high quality SEND institutions in Dorset. “Alongside our completed projects at Ferndown Upper School and Blandford Upper School, each development has shown Stepnell’s capability to form strong collaborations – including with Dorset Council and architects Kendall Kingscott. Our works in the region are helping to enable more resilient communities in a county where parents are desperate for their children to be educated to a high quality and meet their needs closer to home.” To find out more about Stepnell visit: www.stepnell.co.uk or join the conversation at @Stepnellltd.

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Launch of new ESG Strategy to 2030 will drive further sustainability ambitions for Ibstock plc

Ibstock plc, a leading manufacturer of clay and concrete building products and solutions, has today launched its new ESG Strategy to 2030. The company, which is widely credited as leading the way in sustainability within the construction products sector, says its new ESG Strategy to 2030 will simplify the way it articulates its goals and ambitions – thus enhancing understanding of the journey ahead with both its colleagues and external stakeholders. The Ibstock ESG Strategy to 2030 is an evolution of the company’s five-year Sustainability Roadmap set back in 2019 – with a number of its original targets achieved ahead of time. Ibstock’s evolved strategy defines a new era of responsible business and manufacturing and serves as an important accelerator in speeding up the pace of positive change. Ibstock’s ESG Strategy to 2030 has been structured in a way that its milestones and ambitions are communicated clearly and simply. Organised under three themes; Address Climate Change; Improve lives; and Manufacture Materials for life, headline ambitions include: 40% reduction in absolute carbon (Scope 1 & 2*) by 2030 Increase female senior leadership representation to 40% as part of a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion 20% of sales turnover revenue to come from new products and solutions that deliver customer value and improved sustainability  Fostering engagement & ownership Key to the launch of Ibstock’s ESG Strategy is a desire to drive ownership and engagement of the company’s ESG goals. Using a strong, clear ‘call to action’ of ‘WE WILL’ which sits in front of its ambitions.  The company hopes its new strategy will connect with colleagues at all levels of the business. Building on its award-winning People First approach to ESG and sustainability engagement, Ibstock will continue to drive employee engagement and understanding of its goals and ambitions – focusing on how individuals and their actions can contribute to the bigger picture.  Ibstock says it new strategy is informed by a materiality assessment which has taken into consideration the views and perspectives of its key stakeholders. In addition, the company is also launching a major customer survey of attitudes to sustainability amongst housebuilders, builders merchants and architects and specifiers. The results of this process will shape a long-term programme of communications aimed at informing and connecting with Ibstock’s external stakeholders. Accelerating the pace of progress “We are very pleased to launch our ESG Strategy to 2030. It takes our business on the next exciting – and energetic – stage in its evolution,” says Joe Hudson, Ibstock plc’s Chief Executive Officer. “Whilst our new strategy sets our longer-term ambition, we are also very proud of the progress we have made on our journey so far to becoming a more sustainable, purpose-led business. Where the past decade has been about incremental improvement and embedding change, the next decade needs to go much further, much faster. “To get where we need to be, we must continue to bring our people with us on this journey to enable us to make progress more swiftly and with greater impact. This is work that requires our passionate people with a desire to make positive change at pace. We are confident we will achieve our goals – but we will need to do this together. We are calling on our colleagues, suppliers, partners and customers to work with us – as we will work with them – to deliver on the challenges and opportunities that we share.” Ibstock plc’s ESG Strategy to 2030 can be accessed at https://www.ibstockplc.co.uk/sustainability

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£14m expansion project creates hundreds of places for world-leading London school

SCHOOL EXPANSION PROVIDES HUNDREDS OF NEW PUPIL PLACES FOR HILLINGDON HUNDREDS of new primary school places will be the result of an extensive refurbishment and expansion of Nanaksar Primary School in Hillingdon, West London, which has now been completed.  Nanaksar Primary School is part of the Guru Nanak Multi-Academy Trust, which has an exceptional track record of establishing successful schools. Its founder – Sant Baba Singh Ji – believes that education is a human right for children and has established 19 schools worldwide. Designed by architecture firm CPMG Architects, and delivered by contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, the £14m project includes new, purpose-built facilities to accommodate up to 840 pupils across all primary years. The new school space – built for the Department for Education – provides a warm, friendly and inclusive environment, accompanied by excellent outdoor sporting, social and learning spaces. This includes a dedicated outdoor horticultural area to reflect a key part of the Nanaksar ethos and curriculum, providing an invaluable space for learning about plants and plant care, along with the production of fruit and vegetables as healthy food choices. A generously sized greenhouse is also included along with a series of raised beds for cultivation. Hugh Avison, director at CPMG Architects, said: “It was rewarding to have been able to enhance the external areas to really maximise opportunities for outdoor learning.  We made the most of the awkward tapering geometry of the site by creating an orchard, which provides a valuable natural asset to the school campus.  In addition, as it matures it will become an important extension to the existing woodland within the Minet Country Park, expanding ecological corridors and benefitting local biodiversity. The planted sedum roof to the main hall spaces provides a further haven for wildlife. “Another important consideration for the school was the provision of a really supportive environment for the pupils. The building design and layout provides clear sight lines, views across the landscape, small group breakout spaces, as well as distributed staff spaces for pastoral support. “Overall, we’re genuinely pleased to have played an important part in providing best start to schooling life that all pupils deserve, and to have helped increase the number of high-quality education places for the local community.” To support with age progression, younger students are prioritised on the ground floor, with direct access from the reception classrooms to outdoor terrace areas, which minimises their need to use stairs. From this, the building organisation establishes physical progression up the building as pupils move up through year groups. The arrangement within the teaching wing of the school has been developed to group together four classrooms associated with each year group, accompanied by a dedicated breakout space. Teaching corridors are also split into year group zones, identified by different interior colours and finishes. Externally, the designs make use of traditional brickwork in an understated and contemporary manner to create a light and welcoming visual appearance, balancing a fresh and independent identity for the school. These two styles of brickwork add warmth and texture, while minimising maintenance requirements to create a building that stands the test of time.  Within this, the primary school setting is reflected in more playful elements such as a patterned wall at the main entrance, colourful surfaces and inventive playline markings. Aftab Ahmed, head of business operations and chief operating officer at Nanaksar Primary School, said: “We are so pleased with the new school facilities provided by the team. This work has marked a major investment for the community in Hillingdon for current and future generations. “The new school facilities create a safe, welcoming and friendly environment that meets the needs of our current and future pupils across all communities. The facilities not only deliver a great teaching space but allows the teachers deliver the high quality of education using various resources incorporated within the build. “The work delivered will make sure that everyone thrives in this environment, and that our students get the very best start to their education possible.” The project team consists of landscape architects Ares, planning consultant DPP, structural engineer and highways consultant Curtins, building services engineer CPW, technical advisors MACE and main contractor Bowmer + Kirkland.

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Sika Moves Parex Monorex GM Production to the UK

Sika Moves Parex Monorex GM Production to the UK

UK leader in construction chemicals Sika, has moved production of its most popular colours in the Parex Monorex GM render range from France to the UK to match the expectation and growth in demand from its customers and drive down lead times. Sika Ltd has confronted supply chain challenges for some key Sika Parex product ranges and has made the step to produce the three most popular colours of Monorex GM – G00, G10 and G20 – in the UK. This will see the production of Monorex GM with the same excellent performance and results as users expect. Monorex GM is a one-coat, through coloured weather resistant decorative render for masonry and concrete substrates. Darren Bunting, Business Unit Manager for Sika Everbuild said: “The construction sector has faced many challenges in the last two years as a result of Covid-19 and Brexit. Sika continually look to identify opportunities to improve customer service and satisfaction and our decision to produce our key product, Monorex, in the UK is a great example of that – enabling us to reduce lead times and supply chain risks for our customers.” For distributors and applicators, Sika Parex’s product offering consists of a range of quality render system and solutions. With its expertise in mortar solutions for renovation and new builds, Sika participates in all phases of the construction life cycle. Available from local Business Development Managers, the Sika Parex Housebuilder Pack outlines the “complete” package to customers and specifiers with industry sector experts available to provide unsurpassed levels of free technical advice, specifications and CAD details. With sites in Welwyn Garden City, Wishaw and Preston, Parex is a brand within Sika, a leading manufacturer of construction chemicals, mortars, specialist adhesives and sealants and render systems for use in construction, refurbishment and civil engineering. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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XUL Bring an Abundance of Light into Arts and Crafts House

XUL Bring an Abundance of Light into Arts and Crafts House

Balancing the traditional and contemporary, XUL Architecture have renovated this arts and crafts Hampstead Garden Suburb house working in collaboration with Joanna Williams Interiors and Blakes London bespoke kitchens. As with all XUL Architecture residential projects, the starting point came from the consideration of the passage of natural light through the home. The home previously had significant layout issues dating from when the house was originally built, and the new homeowners were keen to address this to create a harmonious flow throughout. As with many homes within the Hampstead Garden Suburb, the opportunity to extend was restricted, which meant it was important to maximise the effectiveness of the existing building footprint. To achieve this, XUL Architecture removed the original chimney stack to laterally connect the ground floor and first floor spaces, and relocated the kitchen to a new section of the home. This allowed the ground floor space to be opened up and created a far more balanced flow through each of the ground floor rooms. “Always start with the kitchen, and then the rest of the home flows from there,” explained XUL Architecture director Sebastian Sandler. “When homeowners are beginning to plan their renovation project there is often a common concern that the existing kitchen cannot easily be relocated. We always consider the best position for the kitchen within the home, allowing as much natural light as possible to flow through the rest of the living space.” Having decided on the location of the kitchen, Joanna Williams Interiors brought Blakes London in to design and build a kitchen that would become the heart of the home. The client wanted a warm welcoming family kitchen with plenty of preparation space for cooking and entertaining.  “By taking the decision not to put any utilities on the island, we were able to create a space that served as a fabulous buffet station when the family entertain,” said Annie Ebenston, Lead Designer at Blakes London. “The hanging shelf above the island, created an interesting and unusual focal point above the island and by supporting the shelf on a blackened steel hanging frame we were able to inject a touch of industrial style edge to what is otherwise a contemporary shaker style kitchen.” The kitchen exudes a country Mediterranean vibe with a colourful patterned tiled backsplash and sawn timber cabinetry, and the welcoming space has been made even more inviting with the addition of a banquette seat beneath the bay window that looks out onto the garden, helping to connect the interior and exterior spaces and give a purpose to a space that might otherwise be wasted. The window seat even has ingenious hidden storage built in too! “Rooms that don’t require light can be placed in darker parts of the home, allowing more light into the rooms that benefit from it,” added director Sebastian Sandler. “In this project, the view from the front door now extends towards the garden window that was once the downstairs cloakroom, while hard functions such as the plumbing, has been moved to the front of the house out of direct view.” XUL also reduced the number of bedrooms on the second floor, from three smaller bedrooms to two large and spacious ones, both with generous en-suite bathrooms. In combining two previous rooms, the landing space has been reduced imperceptibly to allow for the creation of more usable – liveable – space alongside smaller liminal ones, such as corridors. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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