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May 17, 2022

1,000 Homes for the Future Will Benefit South West Residents

People across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset will benefit from a new partnership to build more energy-efficient homes for rent and ownership. Magna Housing and Wiltshire Council have joined forces to address the housing crisis, appointing offsite manufacturing company Rollalong via the South West Procurement Alliance (SWPA) Offsite Construction of New

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Housing regeneration partnership builds workforce

A housing regeneration partnership which has delivered over 1,150 homes to Sheffield is increasing its workforce, with the appointment of a Development Manager. With ambitious plans to build 2,300 properties on a total of 23 sites by the end of 2027, Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) – Sheffield City Council’s joint

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AG INVESTS IN NEW SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Paving and Building Products firm, AG, has reinforced its position as a market leader in sustainable construction through its latest investment in sustainable packaging at its Toome plant. AG has invested in the new state-of-the-art T-Rex packaging as part of its overall environmental strategy and commitment to responsible and sustainable

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May 17, 2022

St Modwen Logistics appoints Glencar on key South Wales gateway development.

Instruction will see the design and build of four new industrial units ranging in size from 16,558 to 43,487 sq ft at St Modwen Park Newport. Glencar, a leading UK construction company that was recently ranked amongst Europe’s fastest growing businesses has today announced that it has been appointed by leading logistics developer and manager St Modwen Logistics to construct four new industrial units at St Modwen Park Newport. This phase of development totals 115,000 sq ft, with units ranging in size from 16,558 sq ft to 43,487 sq ft and is designed in accordance with the St. Modwen Swan Standard which focuses on sustainability, net carbon reduction and health and wellbeing. Each individual unit will achieve EPC A and BREEAM Very Good ratings, as a minimum through the inclusion of photovoltaic solar system, hybrid air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging and recycled materials.   In addition, St. Modwen Park Newport has been designed with a key focus on promoting health and wellbeing in accordance with the St. Modwen Park Code.  Fitness trails, amenity space and structured landscapes are all included in the wider development as standard.  Richard Carter Construction Director St Modwen Logistics said: “St. Modwen Park Newport is a key strategic gateway site, where 213,000 sq ft of sustainable warehouse space is already complete. This 100-acre business park is designed to St. Modwen’s Swan Standard which offers enhancements across five key areas: environment and sustainability, wellbeing, community, transport, and security. We are pleased to appoint Glencar to deliver this project and build high quality, innovative buildings to our Swan Standard.”   Also speaking about the appointment Glencar Managing Director Eddie McGillycuddy said: “We are very happy to once again be working for St Modwen Logistics on this key gateway development in Newport.  This represents the third instruction we have received from St Modwen in the past 12 months with two of those projects running currently at St Modwen Park Chippenham and SkyPark Exeter respectively. St Modwen Logistics has an extensive development programme currently at sites across the UK and Glencar are extremely proud to be a construction partner of choice to help facilitate that.  We look forward to progressing these works as rapidly as possible and a successful outcome”. The project starts on site this month and is due for completion in Q4 2022. The project team includes Cumming Group, Roberts Limbrick and Rogers Leask. For further information visit:  https://stmodwenlogistics.co.uk/property/st-modwen-park-newport/ Building Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction & Property News

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Heat Network Projects Awarded £250 million Funding to Reduce Waste and Create Energy

Heat networks that will use Energy from Waste to be developed in London and East Devon with support of funding awarded through the Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP). Over £250 million of funding has been awarded to heat network schemes under the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) since it opened its doors to applicants in 2018. The total Capex of schemes offered HNIP funding exceeds £826 million highlighting the scale of the opportunity for investment in the sector. Ken Hunnisett, Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, said: “Heat networks are at their brilliant best when using heat from natural resources or here, with these two exciting schemes in Southwark and Cranbrook, when recovering heat which would otherwise be wasted. Benefitting from a combined award of loan and grant funding exceeding £26m, the scale and ambition of the two projects reflect the growth in the UK’s heat network market while also being exemplars of how green infrastructure can be a driver of tangible local economic growth and a compelling means of levelling up the very different communities of a bustling metropolitan borough and a Devon new town. The HNIP has now closed for applications, but we’ll continue to showcase its many success stories. Over the past three years we have seen some incredible projects come forward for funding we look forward to seeing them develop and expand further.” Business and Energy Minister, Lord Callanan, said: “Heat networks powered by energy from waste sites are an important and low-cost part of the UK’s low carbon heating mix, helping to reduce our reliance on gas and oil for heating.    “Transitioning heat networks away from gas can help protect consumers from the volatility of fossil fuel prices and this funding will accelerate the development of technologies that help shield households and businesses.”  Energy from Waste plants tackle two key challenges as we move towards a more sustainable society: waste and climate change. Not only do they deliver significant base-load low carbon electricity, but they also process waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. The generation of electricity results in high temperature waste heat which can be captured and used to heat our homes and buildings. Finally, the ash produced as a by-product can be used as aggregate in the construction sector. Overview of projects awarded funding Veolia (Funding Award: £16 million) Veolia has been awarded over £16 million to bring an EfW sourced, low-carbon, heat network to a new area of Southwark, supplying heating and hot water to several existing estates and schools that currently depend on gas boilers and supporting the future growth to a new regeneration area aimed to accommodate 20,000 new homes over the next 15 years. The project is subject to further agreement with SELCHP Ltd, the existing EfW energy centre, and will involve some modifications to improve efficiencies and enable further heat extraction and the construction of a new 6km district heat network. The proposed network will provide immediate and long-term carbon reductions to these developments compared to the proposed counterfactuals, while providing good value to residents and businesses. The network is expected to deliver on average 11,100 tonnes of carbon savings each year. Commenting on the latest carbon reduction energy project, Gavin Graveson, Veolia Senior Executive Vice-President, Northern Europe Zone, said: “Decarbonisation of the domestic heat supply is a key area where the UK can advance progress towards the net-zero carbon goal by increasing the adoption of heat networks. The proposed expansion of the existing Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) derived heat network, to a further eleven estates across the London Borough of Southwark, has now been made possible with support from BEIS and Triple Point Heat Networks.  This significant new heat network project will deliver low carbon affordable heat to over 3,000 Southwark homes, local schools, and enable commercially viable connections to future private and commercial customers.”  Cllr Helen Dennis, Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency and Sustainable Development, said:  “Seventy-nine per cent of emissions in Southwark are from buildings, so to achieve our ambition of being net-zero by 2030, it’s crucial that we take steps to green all of our homes and buildings and support the shift away from gas. We are delighted to see this significant project move forward to do just that on eleven of our estates and at five of our schools in the Old Kent Road and North Peckham area. This will provide a sustainable and affordable heating and hot water solution, which will keep our students and residents warm, whilst also making a massive reduction in the borough’s carbon emissions.” Cranbrook (Funding Award: £10.7 million) Cranbrook is a new town in East Devon located near to the city of Exeter.  Development began in 2011 and today around 2,800 homes have been built.  Cranbrook is in close proximity to employment developments including the low carbon Skypark business park with a single heat network serving both developments. Over the next 20 years, Skypark is predicted to create up to 6,500 new jobs with a significant positive impact on the local economy. The development takes an integrated approach to sustainability which includes tackling embodied carbon, reduction in building level energy demands, the use of renewable technologies and ensuring the site is future proofed. A second network immediately to the west is being rolled out to serve Exeter Science Park and further housing development.  The £10.7 million award by HNIP will allow both of these networks to be connected to a forthcoming Energy from Waste Plant. Cranbrook/Skypark will supply heat to 3,500 homes and 1.4m sq ft commercial space and Monkerton/Tithebarn which will connect 4,600 homes and 800k sq ft commercial space. The interconnection of these networks will enable the bulk supply of heat to both networks including all necessary resilience and back up. The project will also support the planned expansion of Cranbrook to circa 8,000 houses through enabling the delivery of a Future Homes Standard compliant energy solution.            Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Coast, Countryside and Environment, said: “We very much

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1,000 Homes for the Future Will Benefit South West Residents

People across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset will benefit from a new partnership to build more energy-efficient homes for rent and ownership. Magna Housing and Wiltshire Council have joined forces to address the housing crisis, appointing offsite manufacturing company Rollalong via the South West Procurement Alliance (SWPA) Offsite Construction of New Homes framework, to build nearly 1,000 new homes over the next three years. At the forefront of this work in the local area, the partners are committed to accelerating the delivery of modular homes in the UK, using offsite manufactured, precision-engineered techniques to deliver much needed homes in the local area, as well as modernising and speeding up the overall process. The latest range of homes are net zero carbon ready and net zero carbon living, supporting the Government’s objective of delivering net zero carbon homes by 2050. They are cheaper to run than traditionally built homes, with better insulation and more efficient heating, and people living in them will be better off as a result.  Designs can flex from traditional to contemporary to suit the towns and villages across Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. The development of these new homes, designed with the end user in mind, supports the local economy by employing local people and using local suppliers. The construction process also reduces any environmental impact as it uses less energy, reduces waste and creates less disruption to local residents, thanks to fewer deliveries to site over a shorter period of time. With a faster turnaround than traditional methods of construction, as well as a high-quality, standardised product, they will be available more quickly and will be more cost-effective and safer for occupants. The partnership has made extensive efforts to make sure that the concept and approach works: Rollalong has already manufactured 120 homes and completed the first three sites at Barton Gardens, Woodlands Way and McCreery Road in Sherborne, Dorset. Paul Read, Magna’s Executive Director for Sustainability and New Supply, said: “We have been on an exciting journey leading this approach to modular homes. I am delighted that we are now seeing our hard work turn into reality with new homes now on site and people being ready to move in. “Our priority, in addition to creating homes designed for living, is to reduce the amount of carbon in delivery and occupation of homes. So in addition to creating great places to live, and beautiful homes, they are also more sustainable and cheaper to run, providing huge benefits for our customers. This partnership will not only make more homes available for local people but will lead the way in how we can transform the delivery of these.” Steve Chivers, Managing Director of Rollalong, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract by Magna Housing and Wiltshire Council to design and build these modular homes that will provide a range of high-quality, affordable housing for everyone. “We are building the homes of the future designed for living today. It’s another great opportunity to demystify modular housing and champion the benefits that this style of housing can provide in the face of a nationwide housing crisis. “This unique partnership delivers the volumes that we require using a market tested portfolio of standard designs – we are aggregating demand through client cluster relationships and rolling out through a regional delivery model. “We are now working with experienced clients in the South West, bringing jobs and apprenticeships and using our local supply chain partners which demonstrates our commitment to social value.  “Local communities built by local people, using local manufacturers for local people – we are creating systemic change in our transition towards a circular economy in the South West. “The next step for us is setting work to further reduce carbon from the way we build and live in homes.” Councillor Phil Alford, Cabinet Member for Housing at Wiltshire Council, said: “One of our key missions within our business plan is to deliver high-quality, attractive homes that provide residents with truly affordable housing, with reduced energy bills.  “Not only are we doing that, but we firmly believe we’re building the highest quality affordable housing in Wiltshire with the lowest rents. “The work that has gone into securing this three-year contract with Rollalong will provide long-term benefits for residents and the environment and we are really pleased to be on this journey with Magna Housing. This work has demonstrated that when you collaborate and join forces, collective buying power is greater than working alone. “We can’t wait to see our innovative vision become a reality.” Mary Bennell, Director of SWPA, said: “We have worked closely for a long time with Magna Housing, and more recently with Wiltshire Council, to provide the innovative procurement solutions required to meet their housing aspirations. “The demand aggregation approach used here will provide a stable pipeline of homes, via a manufacturing process, and demonstrates benefits in terms of value for money. We hope that this becomes the preferred route for all social housing clients to deliver affordable, high-quality and energy-efficient homes.”

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Housing regeneration partnership builds workforce

A housing regeneration partnership which has delivered over 1,150 homes to Sheffield is increasing its workforce, with the appointment of a Development Manager. With ambitious plans to build 2,300 properties on a total of 23 sites by the end of 2027, Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) – Sheffield City Council’s joint venture development company with private developer Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing – is seeing construction activity increase across the city. Howard Young (49) and from Greenhill, joins SHC and will be responsible for managing the delivery of over 550 houses on existing live sites, as well as planning for the next phase of six sites and more than 350 homes to be brought forward over the next five years. He brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in architecture and both public and private sector housing, including the transformation of the renowned Kelham Island.    He said: “Born and bred in Sheffield, I have an affinity and passion for the area, so when the opportunity arose to apply to work for SHC, I was very interested.  Over the last few years, SHC and its partners have been responsible for delivering new, high quality, affordable housing that has enabled many to step onto the property ladder in their home city and encouraged others to move to the area “I am really looking forward to this role and the challenges ahead, most of which I feel will be influenced by the current economic climate, pressures on supply chain, employment and household incomes. I am confident that SHC’s proven track record and expertise will continue to find innovative and creative ways to address housing need in Sheffield.” In his spare time, Howard enjoys time with his family, dog walking, cycling and local football. Steve Birch, Project Director with SHC added: “We are delighted to welcome Howard to the SHC team, we are confident that his experience, knowledge and familiarity of Sheffield will play a pivotal part in helping to drive our projects forward.” Established in 2011, the regeneration partnership has created over 800 jobs, 75 apprenticeships and spent more than £80m with construction businesses in the South Yorkshire region.

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AG INVESTS IN NEW SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Paving and Building Products firm, AG, has reinforced its position as a market leader in sustainable construction through its latest investment in sustainable packaging at its Toome plant. AG has invested in the new state-of-the-art T-Rex packaging as part of its overall environmental strategy and commitment to responsible and sustainable operating practice with the new system reducing carbon emissions. The pioneering system, supplied by Kraft Curing Systems, uses 100% biodegradable pellets that are sprayed onto each product layer for added surface protection before the next layer is added on top, without compromising on the quality of the finished goods. The system replaces the customary foam layers which are traditionally set between layers to protect the product whilst in transit. Customarily, the foam layers are disposed of by contractors on site, but the T-Rex packaging system uses granules which biodegrade naturally in-situ, removing the need for disposal. The investment in the packaging system allows AG to deliver on product requirements through a more efficient and sustainable method further reducing carbon emissions through drastically reducing the amount of packaging in their products. The system highlights AG’s commitment to responsible operating practice and is the latest in a series of sustainability initiatives created by the firm which include switching to 100% renewable energy as well as utilising bio-LPG instead of the industry-standard LPG resulting in a carbon saving of 70% – equal to a person driving around the world three times. The business has also introduced electric and hybrid cars into their fleet with a goal of having a full hybrid/electric fleet by 2025 This latest investment was led by CEO Stephen Acheson with support from the firm’s net zero carbon team which was set up with the aim of reducing the company’s carbon footprint, as part of an energy strategy developed with a commitment to producing low carbon products.  The firm, which has manufacturing locations in Fivemiletown, Dungannon, Toome, Ballygawley and Carryduff, already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations to an absolute minimum.   Last year, the business also reduced its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 10%, despite a 30% increase in production volumes as the company faced unprecedented demand for its products reinforcing its commitment to a greener future in construction. Rodney Davidson, Commercial Director at AG said: “We are delighted to introduce this new packaging system into our Toome plant. At AG we are constantly working to reduce our carbon footprint and are committed to sustainable construction.” CEO, Stephen Acheson added: “AG has a corporate social responsibility to be sustainable. We have adopted a long-term corporate philosophy that focuses on the wider message of lasting sustainable strategies and this new switch enables us to further reduce our carbon saving, lowering our carbon footprint even more.” “Each of our sites bring our corporate environmental philosophy to life and we are delighted to be making very positive steps in our journey of carbon reduction”.

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Big Office Buildings: The Importance of Regular Maintenance Checks

When it comes to big office buildings, it is essential to remember that they require regular maintenance checks if you want them to run smoothly. There are many things that can go wrong if the proper care isn’t taken, and it can end up costing your business a lot of money. This blog post will discuss some of the most necessary maintenance checks that need to be done in significant office buildings. It will also talk about the consequences of not doing these checks regularly! 1) Air conditioning and heating:  In the summer months, the air conditioning system in your office building needs to be checked regularly. Otherwise, it could break down and cause a lot of discomfort for your employees. Likewise, in the winter months, the heating system needs to be checked to make sure that it is working properly. If it isn’t, you could have to pay for expensive repairs. Consequences of not checking: If the air conditioning system breaks down in the summer, then your employees will be very uncomfortable. This could lead to them taking days off work, which will cost your business money. Likewise, if the heating system isn’t working properly in the winter, then your employees will again be uncomfortable and may take days off work.  2) The roof:  The roof is one of the most important parts of an office building, and it needs to be checked regularly to make sure that there are no leaks. If there are leaks, then they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Otherwise, the water damage could cost your business a lot of money. Consequences of not checking: If you don’t check the roof regularly, then you could end up with water damage in your office building. This will cost you money to repair, and it could also lead to mould growth.  3) The lifts:   If your office building has lifts, they need to be checked regularly to ensure that they are working properly. If the lifts aren’t working properly, then it could cause a lot of inconvenience for your employees. So hire a UK lift company to do regular maintenance checks. Consequences of not checking: If the lifts in your office building aren’t working properly, then your employees will have to take the stairs. This could lead to them being late for work or missing important meetings.  4) The plumbing:  The plumbing in your office building needs to be checked regularly to ensure no leaks. If there are leaks, then they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Otherwise, the water damage could cost your business a lot of money. Consequences of not checking: If you don’t check the plumbing regularly, you could get water damage in your office building. This will cost you money to repair, which could also lead to mould growth.  Regular maintenance checks are essential for significant office buildings. Without these checks, things can go wrong very quickly, and it could end up costing your business a lot of money. Make sure that you hire a professional company to do these checks for you. 

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