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October 21, 2022

Global Student Accommodation and McAleer & Rushe celebrate construction milestone at student housing scheme St Crispin’s House, Norwich

Global Student Accommodation (GSA), the global leader in student housing, and leading UK Design & Build construction company, McAleer & Rushe have celebrated the ‘topping out’ of student housing scheme St Crispin’s House, Norwich. The construction milestone signifies the installation of the final piece of the structure of the building.

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How online ordering is redefining the manufacturing industry 

Ordering and purchasing products online have become the norm in recent years. While brick-and-mortar stores continue to attract buyers, the shift of preference is hard to miss. The drastic change in consumer behavior may be attributed to the rise of mobile technology, though the advantages offered by virtual shopping could

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5 Tips for first-time investors in commercial real estate

nvesting in commercial real estate can be a life-changing experience. Not only do you get the chance to build up capital, but you also get to learn about an industry that’s vital to economics. If you’re interested in this lucrative real estate sector, there are a few things you should

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VolkerFitzpatrick Wins M27 Junction 10 Upgrade

VolkerFitzpatrick wins M27 junction 10 upgrade

VolkerFitzpatrick has been chosen by Hampshire County Council as its design and build contractor to deliver the planned M27 Junction 10 improvement scheme. This marks a key milestone for this significant and complex project which will enable the development of Welborne Garden Village to the north of Fareham. VolkerFitzpatrick and

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6 Construction “sub-industries” that can be profitable ventures

Within the world of construction, there are a great variety of roles, industries, and businesses that are thriving. For anybody that’s looking into the most profitable ventures within the construction industry, either as an entrepreneur or as a worker, it’s important to look at the industry as a whole and

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Brooklands Park Development Launches Next Phase

Brooklands park development launches next phase

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has launched the next phase of apartments at its Brooklands Park development in Stoke Gifford, Bristol. The collection of 23 one and two bedroom homes is ideal for first time buyers and young professionals looking for a semi-rural, well-designed home within commuting distance of Bristol and London.

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October 21, 2022

Glencar to build 344,500 sq ft speculative big box logistics scheme for PLP in Stafford

Construction of BREEAM excellent unit is situated at PLP’s newly acquired 17-acre development site at the well-established and successful Stone Business Park in Stafford 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 long term customer and specialist UK Logistics and industrial property business PLP to construct a 344,500 sq ft warehouse unit being developed speculatively on a 17-acre site at Stone Business Park in Stafford. The site situated on Brooms Lane will feature the redevelopment of a redundant and recently vacated data centre into a new, high specification logistics warehouse that will include over 20,000 sq ft of office accommodation.  The development will also feature a separately accessed, secure service yard up to 67m deep, 300 car park spaces and the retention and enhancement of the existing landscaping belt around the perimeter of the site.  Construction commenced at the beginning of September with completion scheduled for Q2 2023. To mark the start of work on site, a ground-breaking event took place on the 4th October, attended by representatives from PLP, Glencar and the wider project team. The scheme is being developed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and, as with all PLP speculatively developed properties, adhere to the UK Green Building Councils Net Zero Buildings Framework. PLP’s carbon net zero (CNZ) framework combines CNZ construction with CNZ ready design, to enable future occupiers to achieve CNZ operation by utilising built-in renewable energy features and procuring appropriate renewable energy supplies. This includes the use of solar photovoltaics, air source heating and cooling, LED lighting and electric car charging points. Future flexibility is also built into the design, with features such as a strengthened roof to enable full coverage of solar photovoltaics and underground infrastructure to facilitate 100% of all car and HGV parking spaces to have electric charging points. The project is forecast to deliver a host of significant socio-economic benefits including over 100 additional jobs during the construction phase and over 500 new permanent jobs once the scheme is occupied. The completed and occupied scheme will also contribute additional GVA of £24.5 million annually to the local economy. Commenting on the appointment Glencar Managing Director Midlands and North Pete Goodman said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again be working for our long-standing and much valued customer PLP on this incredible new speculative development. This scheme represents the fifth project we have worked on together with PLP and is typical of the strong customer partnerships we place great emphasis on building.” The PLP building specification is market leading with a host of building innovations and carbon net zero features, designed to be ‘future flexible’ to enable future occupiers to benefit from their own renewable energy sources.” Located on Brooms Road, the site is extremely prominent and the gateway to the well-established and successful Stone Business Park. It is highly accessible by road with the A34 dual carriageway adjacent and Junction 14 of the M6 motorway located only 5 miles to the south and Junction 15 of the M6 only 9 miles to the north. The project team comprises of WSP as planning consultants, PHP Architects – Architects, Knight Webb – Project Managers and Hydrok – Engineers..

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Playground installed as Sheffield’s new city centre park takes shape

Pound’s Park in Sheffield city centre is quickly taking shape with the installation of a new children’s play area this month. Heralded as the flagship green space in Sheffield City Council’s Heart of the City development scheme, Pound’s Park will be located on the former fire station site between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street and Carver Street. The park will provide an attractive, safe and fully accessible destination that adds a mix of experiences for playing, relaxing and socialising. To help attract more families into the city centre and encourage them to stay for longer periods of time, a high-quality playground is located at the heart of the plans. It will feature two large pyramid towers – with the tallest standing at 11 metres, stainless steel slides, climbing structures, playhouses, seesaw, wheelchair-accessible play equipment and much, much more. A long water channel dotted with multiple dams and interactive play elements will also flow between the Pyramid Towers and across the site.  The playground will offer fully inclusive play, with a sand-play platform for wheelchair users, accessible points for children to engage with the water pumps, and various touch and sound sensory items to be explored. Sympathetically designed to complement the city centre’s other key outdoor spaces, the playground is handcrafted predominantly using Mountain Larch – a durable wood that can withstand decades of harsh climates. Working alongside the Council’s landscape architects and Henry Boot Construction, Sheffield-based playground specialists, Timberplay, are carrying out the installation work throughout October. The family-run firm has over 20 years of experience, having installed the celebrated Princess Diana Memorial Playground in London, as well as local projects at Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Heeley People’s Park. Paul Collings, Owner and Managing Director of Timberplay, said: “Everyone at Timberplay is extremely proud to be involved in such a landmark project for Sheffield City Centre and one that is very important to us all, as a local company. It is amazing to see Sheffield City Council invest in creating such an incredible green space that uses high-quality, sustainable and natural materials throughout. “Working alongside the Council and Henry Boot Construction has been a pleasure from design through to the current installation. We would like to commend Sheffield City Council for their innovative thinking on reimagining our city centre in these rapidly changing times, with shopping habits and living choices in such a state of flux.  We cannot wait to see the park open and see children having fun in what we believe will be a world-class facility for the people of Sheffield.” Pound’s Park will also boast an impressive three-by-eight-metre climbing boulder, which was installed earlier this year and continues the space’s emphasis on public play and interaction.   Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, Sheffield City Council, said: “We are continuing to develop truly unique and high-quality public and green spaces in the city centre, bringing The Outdoor City ethos right into the heart of Sheffield. “It’s exciting to see the large play park going up. We know how hugely popular the Peace Gardens are and Pound’s Park will provide us with another world class focal point for families to enjoy. It will also prioritise pedestrians and cyclists, increase biodiversity and help support the physical and mental wellbeing of city centre visitors, workers and residents.” Tony Shaw, Managing Director at Henry Boot Construction – the park’s overarching construction contractor, added: “With more people choosing to live and work in the city centre, we understand the importance that public spaces and green landscaping play in enhancing people’s experiences and wellbeing. This is especially true for families with young children. So, as a local company ourselves, it’s been great to work with Timberplay and see their exciting playground design come to life.” Named after Sheffield’s first Chief Fire Officer, Superintendent John Charles Pound, Pound’s Park is being funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority through the Government’s Getting Building Fund. Work on the park is expected to complete early in 2023.

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Launch of HS2’s giant London tunnelling machine sparks local job opportunities

The launch of HS2’s giant tunnel boring machine, which set off on its five-mile journey from West Ruislip to Greenford on 6th October, has sparked new training and employment opportunities for residents in seven London boroughs. HS2’s construction partner, Skanska Costain STRABAG (SCS), is working in partnership with Danny Sullivan Group, Camden Council and TheForge@ParkRoyal (part of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation) to deliver a bespoke training and work placement programme especially for residents who live in Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The three-week training programme, delivered with West London College and United Colleges Group, starts on 24th October and will be followed by a four-week paid work placement, to enable candidates to get a feel for what it’s like to work in construction, and as part of the team operating the giant 2,000 tonne machines.  During its construction programme SCS will launch five more tunnel boring machines, creating a total of 26 miles of tunnel beneath the capital, ready to transport HS2’s state of the art British-built bullet-style trains into the terminus station at Euston. Ambrose Quashie, HS2’s Skills Manager for Greater London said: “We’re teaming up with some brilliant partners, as we know they are well placed to ensure that local people, who are most in need, benefit from these unique training and employment opportunities on HS2.” “Tunnelling is a highly-skilled career for life, and this is a fantastic opportunity to join the team tasked with constructing some of the most challenging sections of the whole HS2 route.” The training programme will prepare candidates for their four-week paid work placement. They’ll gain the vital construction and health and safety accreditation they need to begin working alongside and learning from some of the most experienced engineers in the industry. Skanska Costain STRABAG contractor, Danny Sullivan Group, will be looking for standout candidates throughout the programme and will invest in providing tunnelling operative apprenticeships to those eager to earn, learn and progress into this specialist engineering role. Frankie Jones, Skills Employment and Education Manager at Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture said: “HS2 is a project for future generations, and this extends to inspiring the next generation of the future stars in our industry. It is great to be able to offer a unique opportunity for people to get involved in tunnelling, whilst learning about our programme of construction and helping us construct the railway.” Camden Council and TheForge@ParkRoyal will play a vital role in supporting local residents who are out of work, and live in one for the seven qualifying boroughs, with their job applications. This forms part of an ongoing ‘job brokerage’ partnership with HS2, which is designed to ensure that local people benefit from the thousands of employment opportunities HS2’s construction is creating. Billy Seago, Manager at TheForge@ParkRoyal said: “We’re excited to join HS2, SCS and wider partners to deliver this important training opportunity. The training programme offers a fantastic opportunity for residents to gain skills to be an important part of a ground-breaking project like HS2, while also being paid.” “TheForge @ParkRoyal has already placed more than 150 west Londoners into training and employment and we encourage residents to consider this opportunity and get in touch with us to find out more.”   For more information about the programme, contact Camden’s Council’s King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre or TheForge@ParkRoyal.

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Global Student Accommodation and McAleer & Rushe celebrate construction milestone at student housing scheme St Crispin’s House, Norwich

Global Student Accommodation (GSA), the global leader in student housing, and leading UK Design & Build construction company, McAleer & Rushe have celebrated the ‘topping out’ of student housing scheme St Crispin’s House, Norwich. The construction milestone signifies the installation of the final piece of the structure of the building. Originally a 1970’s office block, St Crispin’s House is an example of how buildings can be repurposed, refurbished, extended, and given a new lease of life. When it opens in time for the 2023/24 academic year, the property will be home to 684 students, who will benefit from on-site facilities including communal spaces, a gym, podcast studio, a multi-purpose event room and a combination of individual and joint study spaces to support them on their higher education journey. By retaining the existing structure, the impacts of the development process are significantly minimised. Benefits include the reduction in environmental impact, a reduced development timeframe and subsequently a reduced impact on the local community. Additional initiatives will be implemented to secure a rating of BREEAM Very Good and a Fitwel three-star accreditation, the highest level available for St Crispin’s House. This includes 75% of the total roof level designed as a green roof, the installation of air-source heat pumps, and all electric heating. This approach is embraced by Yugo, GSA’s global operating partner, who are committed to delivering incredible experiences for students, supported by three core pillars — YugoEco, YuPro, and YuGrow. This includes identifying opportunities to cut carbon, reduce water use, purchase energy from renewable resources, and implement data measurement systems. Norwich’s leading universities, the University of East Anglia, and Norwich University of the Arts, attract 17,000 students combine, but 63% of full-time students are currently unable to access university or purpose-built student accommodation in the city. St Crispin’s House will contribute to reducing this shortfall and respond to the evolving needs and expectations of today’s students. Commenting on the milestone, Doug Barton, Development Manager at GSA said: “I would like to thank everyone at McAleer & Rushe and the wider construction team who have helped us to reach this fantastic milestone at St Crispin’s House. It’s testament to the expertise and our working relationship that we are another step closer to delivering much needed student housing for Norwich. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the team as we target completion in July 2023.” Commenting on the ceremony, Mark Elliott, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe said: “We are delighted to have reached the topping out milestone in the sustainable redevelopment of St Crispin’s House, which once complete, will provide market-leading student residences in the heart of Norwich. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire construction team for their hard work and our client Global Student Accommodation for their open and collaborative approach. We look forward to continuing our engagement partnerships within the local community as we continue with construction which is targeted to complete in July 2023.” Simon Griffiths, Regional Director UK and Ireland at Yugo added: “We are thrilled to see St. Crispin’s House heading into the final phase of construction. Once finished, this building and its outstanding amenities will be a hub for students to live, learn and grow during their university years. We are eager to open the doors to Yugo’s first living space in Norwich before the start of the 2023/24 academic year and partner with the universities here to provide the much-needed additional spaces for students to live their best life.”. Throughout the construction of St Crispin’s House, GSA and McAleer & Rushe are proud to support two important charities. The Lighthouse Club, which supports construction workers and their families, providing them with emotional, physical and financial wellbeing. And The Feed, a social enterprise with a mission to motivate change in people to prevent poverty, hunger and homelessness in Norwich. The businesses were delighted that The Feed was able to host the ‘topping out’ reception at their café at Waterloo Park.

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How online ordering is redefining the manufacturing industry 

Ordering and purchasing products online have become the norm in recent years. While brick-and-mortar stores continue to attract buyers, the shift of preference is hard to miss. The drastic change in consumer behavior may be attributed to the rise of mobile technology, though the advantages offered by virtual shopping could have also influenced this movement.  A global consulting firm survey in 2021 found that 48% of consumers reported having changed their shopping habits due to the global pandemic. Aside from the shift in priorities, shoppers have also found efficiency and convenience in contactless transactions and virtual customer experience. Hence, online ordering is expected to grow continuously in popularity and influence across industries, including manufacturing. Both manufacturers and clients have benefited from the shift in how transactions are done. In the past, clients spent days waiting for companies’ quotes before placing an order. Meanwhile, manufacturers also waste time and effort in sending numerous quotations to clients without a guarantee of making a sale. These inconveniences and delays are significantly reduced with online transactions.  If you’d like to know of other ways online ordering has made an impact on the manufacturing industry, here are some examples: Virtual business transactions improve efficiency for companies and customers. Aside from the time saved conducting business online, they also improve order accuracy, reduce errors, and allows customization when needed. For instance, customers who require CNC cutting services can upload CAD files on an ordering platform, giving the engineers a detailed picture of the design they want to achieve.  Aside from enhanced order accuracy, clients can receive lead times and price quotations faster with online ordering. For example, a client requiring tube cutting can place an order online with the design, size details, and lead time required. Before the order is completed and processed, the client can review the prices for each service, the shipping costs, the expected completion date, and other information to help them decide if they should push through with it.  Overall, online ordering can benefit service providers and their clients as it helps everyone save time, effort, and resources.  In the past, many manufacturers focused on mass production, which left little room for customization. Today, online ordering is becoming more competitive than ever, so businesses have transformed their services to cater to the consumer’s requirements.   Besides customization, online ordering platforms give customers more freedom to explore a company’s products and services. Clients can spend as much or as little time at an online shop, and they also have control over what they view. With a user-friendly interface, your online ordering platform can help you attract and retain customers because of the positive consumer experience you provide.  The virtual connection between manufacturing companies and their customers allowed companies to gain valuable insight into consumer mindset and behavior. For instance, companies can gather data from ordering platforms to create customer profiles which they can use to enhance their products and services or improve their marketing strategy.  Furthermore, customers can take advantage of the opportunity to provide company feedback through online platforms. Clients can answer surveys, leave a rating, comment on products or services they used, or ask questions through a company’s online portal. Then, the collected information can be used by manufacturers to improve the quality of their products and make adjustments to their current business processes as needed.  While the present world market still has opportunities for brick-and-mortar shops, the positive impact of online ordering platforms on manufacturing overhead costs cannot be overlooked. For one, maintaining a physical store in the United States can cost between USD$2,000 and USD$100,000. However, the prices depend on the size of the operations. Many small and medium enterprises prefer to channel their resources toward other business areas, which is why online shops are ideal.    By reducing operational costs, manufacturers can direct their investments on product improvement, customer service, web design, or price competitiveness. While saving money, business owners can also improve their products and services, which positively impacts the company and its clients.  According to a 2022 report by business solutions provider Raydiant, 55.6% of customers prefer shopping online. This figure embodies the consumer mindset that manufacturing businesses can take advantage of. For one, companies can expand their scope to various locations to cater to more clients. They can also offer more products as they won’t have to address space limitations like brick-and-mortar shops.    Conclusion The impact of online ordering on the manufacturing industry is expected to last, and the transformation will continue as long as it supports growth for both landscapes. Meanwhile, business owners can take advantage of this trend and utilize it to improve the quality of their products and services. The enhanced connection with their customer pool and potential business can also help drive growth and revenue, which is why manufacturers should optimize their online ordering opportunities. 

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5 Tips for first-time investors in commercial real estate

nvesting in commercial real estate can be a life-changing experience. Not only do you get the chance to build up capital, but you also get to learn about an industry that’s vital to economics. If you’re interested in this lucrative real estate sector, there are a few things you should know first. How to Break Into Commercial Real Estate Investing Successfully  Whether you’re a real estate pro or a newbie, breaking into commercial real estate investing successfully requires a lot of research, skill, and practice.  Use the following tips to get started. 1. Keep Detailed Records Preparation is key when it comes to commercial real estate, but many developers fail to spend enough time in the pre-investment stage. If you want to make better decisions, mitigate risks, and improve your operational efficiency, you need to invest in comprehensive project visibility. One great way to do this is through commercial real estate historical data, which can be stored and tracked with software. For example, Northspyre can empower real estate development teams to achieve predictable project outcomes by leveraging automation and data analytics. 2. Research Your Market One of the 5 rules for buying commercial real estate is “know what you’re looking for.” In this industry, knowledge is power. If you don’t know what a downtown New York office building should cost, you could overpay, lose the deal, or neglect to perform the correct inspections. All markets, no matter how big or small, come with their own expectations and rules. Your investment strategy is mostly determined by your cash flow, free time, and location. It’s a great idea to pick a niche prior to investing, and there are plenty available. If you want to stick to commercial office buildings in Phoenix, Arizona, then become aware of their zoning laws and inspection rules. Know your market inside and out before you ever write an offer letter. 3. Know How to Underwrite Underwriting in commercial real estate is essential, as it provides a financial projection of your property’s potential cash flow. By calculating factors such as financing terms, expense growth, and capital expenditures, you can determine if a building or development will turn a profit. While you can hire a professional to underwrite your investments for you, you’ll be paying at least $3,000 for this skill, and the process may take over a day. You can cut your time and costs significantly by learning to do this yourself, which allows you to invest faster and smarter. 4. Hire an Experienced Team  Commercial real estate investors will have a hard time succeeding without a great team. A commercial real estate broker, for example, is an expert who can help vet a property and negotiate contracts. Oftentimes, the buyer/seller will pay the broker’s fee, not the investor. It’s important to ask the broker before assuming they’ll let you use their experience for free. Even if your broker charges a fee, it’s still cheaper to use their expertise in your strategy. But brokers aren’t the only real estate professionals you’ll need. You’ll need a real estate attorney, building inspectors, general contractors, project managers, property managers, and property lenders. Make sure these professionals are experienced in commercial real estate. 5. Consider Financing Upfront A commercial real estate loan is similar to a mortgage, except it’s used strictly for business purposes. Commercial loans usually have a 5 to 20-year amortization period and have a loan-to-value ratio of 65% to 80%. Your credit score determines how much interest you’ll pay. If you’ve never applied for a commercial loan in the past, know that you’ll be subjected to long wait periods and a lot of paperwork. You should familiarize yourself with the process, so you can use your loans as quickly as possible. Get your loans pre-approved to lock in the interest rate.

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VolkerFitzpatrick Wins M27 Junction 10 Upgrade

VolkerFitzpatrick wins M27 junction 10 upgrade

VolkerFitzpatrick has been chosen by Hampshire County Council as its design and build contractor to deliver the planned M27 Junction 10 improvement scheme. This marks a key milestone for this significant and complex project which will enable the development of Welborne Garden Village to the north of Fareham. VolkerFitzpatrick and lead designer, Ramboll, bring significant expertise and experience to the project team and will work closely with the County Council and National Highways to finalise the design for the scheme, with construction planned to begin in 2023. “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Hampshire County Council. Our regional approach will allow us to deliver our highways expertise in a way that will most benefit the Hampshire community,” commented Paul Lilley, VolkerFitzpatrick’s Operations Director. The upgrade involves the provision of a new motorway underpass to the west of the existing M27 Junction 10, three new slip roads to facilitate an ‘all moves’ arrangement and the construction of a new dual carriageway to link the new slip roads to the existing road network. These highway improvements will make a very significant contribution to the local economy, enabling much needed new housing, amenities and jobs. Hampshire County Council is the delivery body for the Junction 10 project. “I am very pleased with how this project is progressing and I welcome the news that a contractor has been appointed. With the development of the new Garden Village at Welborne, it is important that the necessary road infrastructure is put in place to secure the full benefits for the local economy and communities,” said Councillor Edward Heron, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Transport and Environment Strategy. “As the Highway Authority for the local road network, the County Council is very experienced at successfully managing the development and delivery of large transport projects on our own road network. However, the construction of a new motorway underpass on the M27, which is managed by National Highways, is technically complex and requires expert and specialist engineering knowledge. I am confident that Volker Fitzpatrick, supported by Ramboll, will be a very able partner to this end. We are very proud to be leading this important milestone project, but we do not underestimate the magnitude of the task,” he added. In March 2022, Hampshire County Council and Fareham Borough Council welcomed news of an award of £41.25 million of Housing Investment Grant by Homes England towards the upgrade of Junction 10. This will make a substantial contribution to the overall cost of the scheme with the remaining £40 million being provided by the Welborne developers. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction and Property News

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6 Construction “sub-industries” that can be profitable ventures

Within the world of construction, there are a great variety of roles, industries, and businesses that are thriving. For anybody that’s looking into the most profitable ventures within the construction industry, either as an entrepreneur or as a worker, it’s important to look at the industry as a whole and how many “sub-industries” there could be. Let’s show you some of these.  Site Clearing Site clearing is, in many ways, the antithesis of the construction industry. The construction industry as a whole has received a lot of criticism because of the lack of effective recycling practices. It’s an easy one to overlook because, in the real estate industry, where many buyers are looking for new house and land package deals to create their dream property, the process can take a lot longer than necessary.  The construction of any new home involves many different moving parts, with a variety of contractors and constructors. Site clearing is one of the most profitable areas because this will not just ensure the materials are removed from the construction site swiftly, but they can be recycled and sold in recycling markets. A contractor could offer services in clearing a site before or after a job and create a second source of income by selling these items.  Paving Companies Paving is vital, especially in the real estate industry. Everybody needs some type of paving, whether it’s in commercial industries or in residential areas. One of the benefits of this type of business is the low upfront costs.  It’s also a very far-reaching business because of the sheer diversity on offer; it can be combined with other exterior services. Landscaping and exterior remodelling can work in tandem with this type of business venture.  Manufacturing Materials From cement to bricks, blocks, and other paving services, retail is an incredibly profitable venture within the construction industry. The great benefit of this type of business is that you can cater for interior and exterior services. For example, you could sell tiles made of ceramics for countertops or flooring. Naturally, starting a business in this type of industry means you can sell supplementary materials or other types of products.  You can manufacture materials which you can sell, like cement or cement blocks. This is also another way to benefit construction businesses. Working to sell exclusively to construction companies is a very lucrative endeavour. Solar Panel Construction and Insulation The world is looking for more environmentally friendly practices. Alternative energy sources are becoming more popular with people looking to bypass the excessive costs of their utility bills.  Solar panels can provide a useful addition to anybody’s property, and there is a demand for experts in this field. As renewable energy becomes more common, there will be a greater need for construction companies with renewable energy sources, specifically solar panels.  Skilled Contractors We are at a crossroads in the construction industry. There is now a greater demand for skilled contractors because the Baby Boomer generations are now retiring in their droves, but younger skilled contractors are not replacing them. While there has been a drive for younger contractors with specific skills like carpentry, the numbers are not adding up because younger members of society are becoming increasingly reliant on the internet to solve their problems. This means there is a massive gap in the markets to provide carpentry services, not just for construction companies, but for the average consumer.  Carpentry covers a number of specialities, for example, making cabinets for the interiors of properties, but also bridge carpenters, who produce wood for bridges. The most beneficial thing about being a carpenter is, because it is a skill that is greatly in demand, you can charge a premium for your services.  Remodelling Remodelling services, whether it’s interior or exterior remodelling, can prove beneficial when working in tandem with construction companies. Many individual contractors can work with construction companies on a freelance basis to provide those finishing touches to exterior parts of properties.  Exterior remodelling covers several disciplines, for example, remodelling building facades or just replacing windows and doors in residential properties.  The most important thing for anybody to recognise when they are trying to expand their business or start within the construction industry is to be competitive and recognise the gaps in the market, as well as the gaps in skills. The construction industry is always going to be a lucrative one because of the demand for infrastructure, but when we drill down into the smaller industries, we can start to pick apart the more lucrative aspects.

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Brooklands Park Development Launches Next Phase

Brooklands park development launches next phase

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has launched the next phase of apartments at its Brooklands Park development in Stoke Gifford, Bristol. The collection of 23 one and two bedroom homes is ideal for first time buyers and young professionals looking for a semi-rural, well-designed home within commuting distance of Bristol and London. The latest range of apartments at Brooklands Park offer flexible living with open plan kitchen-living-dining areas, providing ample space to for homeowners to work, relax, and entertain in. The homes offer plenty of storage, with the apartments featuring built-in wardrobes to the main bedrooms and additional closet or airing cupboard space. In the two-bedroom properties, the main double bedroom benefits from its own en-suite bathroom, alongside a sizeable guest bathroom. In the face of the cost-of-living crisis, with demand for rental properties outstripping supply and rental prices reaching all-new highs in Bristol, new build properties are an ideal option for those looking to make the most of their money. Not only are new build properties cheaper to run thanks to their energy efficient and low maintenance features but movers can take advantage of the schemes available such as Deposit Unlock. In fact, mortgage repayments in the area are cheaper than rents on similar properties, meaning now is the ideal time to secure your dream new build property at Brooklands Park. “Following the popularity of the apartments during Brooklands Park’s first phase, we’re delighted to be launching the next phase at the development, offering prospective buyers the chance to join this established, thriving community on site. The latest apartments at Brooklands Park will deliver a new offering for those searching for an apartment, with spacious, multifunctional, open-plan layouts designed for those with busy modern lives,” said Clare Brimble, Sales and Marketing Director for Crest Nicholson South West. “With plenty of transport options, the development is also an excellent choice for young professionals who need to commute. Brooklands Park has already proven popular with a range of buyers, from first time buyers and young professionals to those looking to downsize, so I would encourage anyone interested to get in touch with our sales team soon to avoid disappointment.” Spread out across a 65-acre site yet just six miles from the centre of Bristol, the development offers a restful, semi-rural environment with plenty of open green space, including a wildlife corridor to encourage and care for local wildlife. There are plenty of local amenities nearby including retail parks, restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets, as well the Cabot Circus shopping centre and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for all retail needs. For those looking to enjoy indoor leisure activities, Nuffield Health and DW Fitness gyms and Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre are all close by, whilst local golf, bowling and cricket clubs are available to join for those keen on getting involved in outdoor sports. For residents with children, Bradley Stoke Secondary School and Abbeywood Community School, Baileys Court, Little Stoke and St Michaels primary schools, plus St Michael’s nursery are all also a short drive away. For commuters, the development is just a 12 minute walk to Bristol Parkway railway station, which provides regular services to London Paddington in just over an hour. For those with a car, the M32, M4 and M5 can all be found nearby, linking residents to the wider South West region, while Bristol Airport is just a 40 minute drive away. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction and Property News

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