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June 20, 2022

Alumno rebrands to mark 15 years of revolutionising student housing

Marking 15 years of taking a unique, pioneering and award-winning approach to developing student accommodation, Alumno has launched new branding and an accompanying video. The move also enables the business to celebrate its exciting and highly successful journey to date and drive forward with renewed vigour into the recovery. The

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Who has made this year’s CIHT Highways, Transport Infrastructure and Services Awards Shortlist? Leading projects and initiatives receive deserved nominations

The latest companies, projects and initiatives showcasing good practice within the highways, transport infrastructure and services industry have been shortlisted for CIHT’s prestigious Annual Awards. Deborah Sims, President, CIHT said: “The transportation sector plays a vital role that impacts on so many parts of everyone’s day-to-day lives.  The entries we

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Why the Sustainability Carrot Beats the Sustainability Stick

Andrea Fawell, Sales and Marketing Director of award-winning property developers Kebbell, reveals if problems in the energy markets are driving purchasers to more efficient new homes, answers questions about sustainability in the property market, and how her ground-breaking trip to Svalbard is influencing her view of what the future holds.

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

June 20, 2022

SEGRO raises sustainability bar with green refurbishment scheme on Slough Trading Estate

SEGRO has started work to deliver a refurbishment scheme on the Slough Trading Estate that will raise the bar in terms of its environmental sustainability. The 20,210 sq ft unit is located on Bestobell Road at the East of the Slough Trading Estate and was built originally in 1988. The refurbishment will transform the unit into a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable industrial and warehouse space, furthering SEGRO’s low carbon growth ambition on the Trading Estate. The refurbishment will be net-zero carbon in operation and is targeting a BREEAM Excellent and an EPC A+ rating. It will include a wide range of sustainability features, including: Smart building sensors to enable energy-efficient operation of the building Photovoltaic panels on the roof which will save 26 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, the equivalent to planting 1,226 trees. Energy efficient LED lighting throughout, which will reduce CO2 by 12 tonnes and save around £11,000 per year A 55m² living wall on the front of the building will trap 7,150 grams of dust, extract 126.5 kg of gas and 71.5 kg of particulate matter from the air, and produce around 93.5 kg of oxygen every year. An internal green wall will also be featured in the reception area Air source heat pump providing heating and comfort cooling Water reducing products throughout e.g., self-closing taps for all wash basins, waterless urinals etc. Use of a natural, photocatalytic paint on all wall surfaces that purifies the air through CO2 absorption and reduces ambient odours Electric vehicle charging points Secure bicycle parking with rich biodiverse growing roofs and wildlife habitat panels. It will incorporate low-maintenance, drought-tolerant planting that is nectar-rich for butterflies, bees, moths and other invertebrate wildlife Additional bird and bat boxes, beehives and insect habitats to nest and increase pollination across the plot The redevelopment is part of SEGRO’s growing portfolio of low or zero-carbon developments and aligns with the company’s Responsible SEGRO commitments to champion low-carbon growth and be net-zero carbon by 2030. James Craddock, Managing Director at Thames Valley, SEGRO, said: “The refurbishment of older buildings is an important part of our journey to be net-zero carbon by 2030. This scheme at Bestobell Road is a great example of how these existing buildings, where appropriate, can be transformed into more modern, efficient, greener spaces that enable low-carbon growth now and into the future. “Creating more sustainable spaces for a diverse mix of customers is also critical if we want to ensure that the Slough Trading Estate is the location of choice for both large and small businesses within the Thames Valley.” The refurbishment is due to be complete in September 2022. Slough Trading Estate is the largest privately-owned business park in single ownership in Europe. Over one third of the estate is less than 10 years old. The vacancy rate is just over two per cent, with the remainder being leased to a mix of small and large businesses, across a diverse range of industry sectors. Local amenities including high street banks, restaurants, shops, fitness facilities and healthcare centres are all within easy reach on the estate, creating a vibrant business community for occupants.

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Alumno rebrands to mark 15 years of revolutionising student housing

Marking 15 years of taking a unique, pioneering and award-winning approach to developing student accommodation, Alumno has launched new branding and an accompanying video. The move also enables the business to celebrate its exciting and highly successful journey to date and drive forward with renewed vigour into the recovery. The new simple, classic logo design by Graphic Thought Facility puts the Alumno name centre stage within a circle of soft blue. “It projects a well-crafted, purposeful and human image, reflective of a company with soul,” according to Graphic Thought Facility Creative Director Andy Stevens. This perfectly aligns with Alumno’s continuing mission to change the perception of student accommodation by creating unique buildings that reflect the heritage of the local area and make a valuable contribution to the communities within which they are built, while working hard for occupants. “We believe we always manage to get these elements working together in harmony – and that’s what helps make us unique,” explains Alumno managing director David Campbell in the accompanying video, which distils the developer’s design-led philosophy of delivering exceptional functionality and key community benefits, incorporating work by local artists and supporting local causes. It succinctly tells the Alumno story, using striking imagery of its developments and the local art incorporated into them. “Their schemes are unique and bespoke to the local area, with the arts elements always site specific,” said art curator Matthew Jarratt, who works closely with Alumno to commission the artistic elements of each building. “They also work with exceptional designers for their interior spaces and great landscape architects for their public spaces, so there’s a lot of attention to detail, and it’s this commitment to design which makes them stand out.” Commenting on how the pandemic affected Alumno and what the future holds, Campbell said: “It was tough, but like everyone we have managed to keep going, delivering several buildings and some of our best. So, it’s shown we are resilient and have strong foundations. It’s also driven us to try harder and build better, even more ambitious developments that reflect the ongoing changes in how we all live and study. “We currently have five projects on site across the country. Our mission going forward is to create diverse buildings that continue to offer more to residents and communities, and we will keep raising the bar. We also want to ensure we continue to provide affordable accommodation offering a good blend of rents for all budgets.” Alumno is also starting to explore opportunities for life after university as the bridge before homeownership. “Affordable, single person accommodation is a major theme and issue impacting on all towns and cities throughout the UK,” said Campbell.

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Who has made this year’s CIHT Highways, Transport Infrastructure and Services Awards Shortlist? Leading projects and initiatives receive deserved nominations

The latest companies, projects and initiatives showcasing good practice within the highways, transport infrastructure and services industry have been shortlisted for CIHT’s prestigious Annual Awards. Deborah Sims, President, CIHT said: “The transportation sector plays a vital role that impacts on so many parts of everyone’s day-to-day lives.  The entries we have received this year demonstrate the wide range of activity, innovation and problem solving that we as professionals deliver.  “I would like to commend all of those who have been shortlisted for CIHT’s Awards and would congratulate all those organisations and their supporters who have put so much into the high-calibre entries this year”.  This year there are 14 awards categories and the winning entries will be presented in person again as we return to the renowned CIHT Awards ceremony, taking place on the 7 September 2022 at the London Marriot Hotel  The shortlisted entries for the CIHT Awards 2022 are: CIHT & Ringway Climate Action Award – Proudly supported by Ringway Aggregate Industries – SuperLow-Carbon asphalt Kier Highways – Driving for a Sustainable World Lancashire County Council / Atkins – Lancashire Local Highways Decarbonisation Strategy Skanska – M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme Transport for the North – Transport Decarbonisation Strategy CIHT Collaboration Award Amey – SIMULATE Live Lab Programme BAM Nuttall – Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme LPTIP Devon County Council – Dartmoor Line Railway Reopening Graham Construction – M25 J25 Integrated team Ringway – Network Resilience – Ringway and Worcestershire County Council Transport Scotland – Delivering a Transport Plan for COP26 CIHT Creating Better Places Award Amey – Liverpool City Centre Connectivity: The Strand Phase 1 Project Centre Ltd – Camberley High Street Sustrans – The Ripple Greenway WSP – Shrewsbury Town Centre WSP – The Green Spine CIHT EDI Initiative of the Year Award Arup – A66 Northern Trans-Pennine – Inclusion Action Plan Atkins Limited – #Differentmakesadifference Independent Research – Laura Brooks, Molly Hoggard, Marie Godward – Gender Equality Toolkit in Transport Kier – Expect Respect Manchester City Council – The Highways Access Group CIHT Employer of the Year Award J McCann and Co Limited – ‘J McCann Family – Our People Matter’ Momentum Transport Consultancy – Momentum Transport Consultancy Balfour Beatty – Balfour Beatty Highways Kier – ‘Where everyone can bring their whole self to work’ CIHT Healthy Transport Award Amey – Liverpool City Centre Connectivity: The Strand Phase 1 BAM Nuttall – Stourton Park and Ride Go Jauntly – Go Jauntly Green Routes Sustrans – Chrisp Street Community Cycles Transport for London – TfL School Streets WSP – Histon Road Highway Improvement Scheme CIHT Infrastructure Award Aggregate Industries & Kier – Designing exceptional pavement solutions for National Highways’ road asset infrastructure Amey Consulting – Kincardine Bridge – An engineering triumph 85 years on Amey – Liverpool City Centre Connectivity: The Strand Phase 1 Amey Consulting – M60 Junction 1 to 2, Kings Reach to Abney Hall Morgan Sindall Infrastructure – Delivering a lasting legacy on the M1 J23 & A512 improvements scheme National Highways – A52 Clifton Bridge Repair Scheme Tilbury Douglas Construction Limited – A69 Bridge End Junction, Hexham CIHT International Infrastructure Award CEG INTERNATIONAL  NTSG Italia srl / Fibre Security bv – Preserving Pipelines of Society ORIS – Sourcing Intelligence for Road Optimization Victorian State Government – Werribee Level Crossing Removal Project CIHT Research Initiative of the Year Amey – Understanding Gipave, a Graphene-Enhanced Asphalt Atkins Ltd – Evaluating SRN Performance using Near-Real Time Floating Vehicle Data (FVD) Scottish Borders Council – 20mph default trial  So-Mo – Message Not Received WSP – A study on women’s personal safety on public transport in London CIHT Road Safety Award Cranfield University – Pre-Driver Theatre and Workshop Education Research FORS – FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Main Roads Western Australia – The development of innovative Information Technology (IT) solutions to assist educate, support and empower road safety engineering practitioners in State and Local Government road agencies throughout Western Australia. Scottish Borders Council – 20mph Default in Scottish Borders Transport for London – Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) on London’s bus fleet CIHT Team of the Year Award Agilysis Limited – Team Lemur Amey – A collaborative approach to delivering innovation in Kent Kier Highways – Nordis Signs: Giving people with disabilities, and long term health conditions opportunities to achieve beyond expectation with careers to be proud of. National Highways – A52 Clifton Bridge repair Scheme Smart Motorways Alliance – Stopped Vehicle Detection CIHT & Atkins Technology and Innovation Award – Proudly supported by Atkins Amey – Feedback Loop Playbook – Asset Data Delivery Model Archaeological Research Services Ltd – Blank Area Testing – managing hidden risks from archaeology Kier Highways -Natural Capital & Biodiversity Design Tool University College London – PEARL CIHT & Kier Transport Planning Award – Proudly sponsored by Kier  Stantec – Gravity and the Stantec Scenario Planning Tool The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus – The Development of a Travel Demand Model for Trinidad (copy) Wood Group – York real-time traffic modelling scheme The winners of these categories will be announced at the CIHT Awards Ceremony 2022 – taking place on the 7 September 2022 at the London Marriot Hotel. To find out more about this event, including how to book, please see here  More details on these shortlisted entries will shortly be available on the CIHT website.  For any further information on the CIHT Awards, please contact e: technical@ciht.org.uk

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Why the Sustainability Carrot Beats the Sustainability Stick

Andrea Fawell, Sales and Marketing Director of award-winning property developers Kebbell, reveals if problems in the energy markets are driving purchasers to more efficient new homes, answers questions about sustainability in the property market, and how her ground-breaking trip to Svalbard is influencing her view of what the future holds. Sustainability How is sustainability influencing the new build property market?  “There is growing interest in urban sustainability and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) in the building industry, more so since COP26 but there is still a lot of greenwashing. We need to be much more sustainable and catch up with other industries such as certain players in the food, travel and retail industries, who are putting sustainability at the top of their priority list if we are going to play our part in becoming net-zero by 2050. “The good news is sustainability is increasingly important to house buyers, particularly first-time buyers who are progressively driven by the sustainability and environmental credentials of their purchases. I don’t think it will be too long before house buyers will be choosing eco-friendly sustainable homes because it’s a dealbreaker for them. Housebuilders are foreseeing this and progressively futureproofing new homes including the addition of air source heat pumps, electric car chargers, underfloor heating, solar panels, super energy-efficient utilities, and excellent insulation which will all begin to come as standard, in addition to innovative water-saving and recycling systems. There may also be changes in the future to mortgages connected with energy efficiency.”  Are house buyers willing to pay more to ensure a property has eco-friendly features? “I think at the moment house buyers are reluctant to pay more. One competitor of ours spent 10% more on added eco-friendly features in an endeavor to create a much more energy efficient house and wanted to pass that cost on, but then found it harder to sell as buyers just weren’t ready for the extra cost. But it may well not stay that way. The narrative needs to change. Currently, when a purchaser comes to buy a new home they may focus on the fact that because it is more energy-efficient they will have lower bills. The narrative would need to change to purchasers choosing homes that are more sustainable and use less energy overall and therefore they will have lower bills. The cost saving aspect needs to become an outcome rather than a driver. That’s why I think the sustainability carrot will be more beneficial than a sustainability stick. The benefits of sustainability are endless.” So are you seeing an increased demand in for instance solar panels? “Definitely. At one of our new developments, Alderbrook in Petersfield, part of the planning permission requirements was ensuring the inclusion of solar panels on the social housing; we have decided to go over and above where the planners want us to be and are providing solar panels to all the private homes too. Interestingly as our summers are getting hotter, some new home buyers have asked us for the ability to fit their own air conditioners which use a considerable amount of energy. It is a difficult balance.” You are taking a very personal interest in sustainability in the industry, why is that? “I have just completed an online Leading Sustainable Corporations course at Oxford University’s Said Business School. I was motivated to do this after seeing first hand the detrimental impact of climate change and global warming on the Vatnajokull glacier, the biggest glacier in Iceland, during a training exercise for my forthcoming scientific expedition to ski the Last Degree to the North Pole as part of an all female scientific expedition collecting samples of the sea ice for research into black carbon, microplastics and other studies. The North Pole is an extremely difficult and treacherous place to reach. There is only a 3-4 week window in the year when the conditions are such that it is possible to set up a temporary base camp on the ice and ski from 89 degrees north to 90 degrees north. Due to the pandemic and latterly the Russian-Ukraine war no one has made this journey since 2018. It is possible that changes in the conditions of the ice on the polar cap caused by global warming means that no one will be able to make this journey by foot ever again. In 1969 the first person skied to the North Pole and the last people skied there in 2018. That would mean that I have seen the first and last person ski to the North Pole in my lifetime. It is terrifying. “As we were unable to travel to the North Pole in 2022 we instead went to Svalbard, a remote Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole to collect samples of the sea ice. These are being analysed at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton for the presence of microplastics lead and mercury. Samples are also being sent to NASA for critical research into the presence of black carbon and the impact of LAPs (light absorbing particles) on the rate of glacial melting. Seeing their destruction as a result of global warming and climate change was shocking but you only have to look at daffodils in January to see global warming in action or the soaring temperatures in Spain in March. I came away committed to use my position of influence within the housebuilding sector of the construction industry to effect change for the better. “The issue with tackling global warming is the problems are so huge that companies don’t always know where to start or what to do so we avoid making a voluntary start. Instead, we need to ask how we can behave in ways that mitigate or avoid making a detrimental impact on the environment and nature, so we can safeguard the planet for future generations, as well as try and reverse the damage. Improving our understanding of our own impact will give us the ability to make more informed decisions. For

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