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March 6, 2023

RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, has announced the acquisition of Richard Irvin FM, a technical facilities management and energy solutions company. With a network of offices across Scotland and the north of England, Richard Irvin FM has a team of 230, including engineers, operations staff, project managers and compliance specialists, and an annual turnover in excess of £25 million. Its clients

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Starbucks to open 100 new UK coffee shops

Starbucks to open 100 new UK coffee shops

Starbucks has put an end to speculation it could sell its British business with plans to invest £30m here and open 100 new coffee shops. The US hospitality giant, which has 1,066 outposts across the UK, said it would spend millions refurbishing its existing branches over the next three years

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St Modwen's Park and Leics Distribution Park boost Q4 for leading commercial property agent

Commercial property agents reveal ‘bumper’ results to end 2022 

A NUMBER of successful large transactions helped to boost East Midlands commercial property agents Innes England’s results at the end of last year, the company has revealed.     The deals included more than 200,000 sq ft of transactions in phase 1 at St Modwen Park Derby, the flagship industrial and logistics

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HS2’s construction partners lead support for Bucks Skills Show

HS2’s construction partners lead support for Bucks Skills Show

HS2’s joint venture construction partners, Align and EKFB, are extending their support to the local community as lead sponsors of Bucks Skills Show 2023, the county’s biggest careers fare. The two construction giants, who are responsible for the design and build of Britain’s new railway as it travels through the

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Wates secures planning for 320 homes in Windsor

Wates secures planning for 320 homes in Windsor

Wates has secured planning for a second phase of land in Windsor to deliver an additional 320 new homes. Its Developments business has secured local planning approval for the new homes and a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school on a second phase of land west of Windsor. The sustainable development,

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Harron Homes promotes employee to Senior Sales Executive

Harron Homes promotes employee to Senior Sales Executive

Local housebuilder Harron Homes North Midlands has recently announced that Julia Portington, who has 38 years of experience in the housebuilder industry, has been promoted from Sales Executive to Senior Sales Executive at Brierley Heath, Stanton Hill, Sutton in Ashfield. Prior to joining Harron Homes in July of 2022, Julia

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March 6, 2023

Placefirst breaks ground at major £35m Bolton town centre residential regeneration scheme

Placefirst breaks ground at major £35m Bolton town centre residential regeneration scheme

Leading and award-winning build-to-rent provider Placefirst has broken ground at its new £35m neighbourhood in Bolton town centre. Central Street will deliver 167 new high quality, sustainable homes for long-term private rent; a mixture of apartments and townhouses located opposite the former Beales department store and extending to the River Croal. To mark the milestone, key members of the Placefirst project team were joined by the Leader of Bolton Council at the site. Placefirst has worked alongside award winning architects Levitt Bernstein and landscape architects CW Studio to design a scheme which will transform the 1.1 hectare brownfield site previously occupied by vacant buildings and a car park, into a vibrant new neighbourhood with communal green areas and pedestrian-led spaces. The design process has been supported by engineers Alan Johnston Partnership, quantity surveyors Walker Sime, project managers Mackie Project Consultants, and monitoring and evaluation consultants Hoare Lea. The legal team for the scheme consists of Gunnercooke and Hill Dickinson. Caddick Construction have been appointed as Placefirst’s construction partner for the first phase of works. The neighbourhood has been designed around a network of pedestrian priority streets, a spacious square and courtyards. The scheme will also deliver a range of ground floor units to expand the amount of commercial space available to local businesses. Placefirst’s commitment to placemaking and social value is showcased through repurposing the brownfield site into much needed high-quality rental homes with good public realm and features including rooftop terraces and resident gardens. The site is well connected, being in the heart of the town centre and within walking distance of the River Croal and Queen’s Park, and suburbs across Bolton.  The surrounding areas are easily accessible from the nearby bus interchange and train station. The development is part of Bolton Council’s £1bn masterplan to transform the town centre by complementing the historic fabric of central Bolton through a mix of interesting, high quality buildings and well thought-out public spaces. Placefirst’s work at Central Street builds on its strong track record of creating thriving communities in the north west of England which includes the iconic Welsh Streets in Liverpool and the Elevate apartment scheme in Manchester. Once complete, Placefirst will remain on site and be responsible for every aspect of the neighbourhood. Each Placefirst development has a dedicated resident services manager and residents are guaranteed a fully maintained, high-quality home for as long as they like. Darran Lawless, development director at Placefirst commented: “We are delighted to commence work on this key regeneration project in the heart of Bolton town centre. This will be a significant development delivering 167 high quality, energy-efficient homes, built specifically for the private rental market. “Addressing the shortage of high quality available rental housing is a key part of Bolton Council’s masterplan and we are proud to be part of this, creating a new community that will have a positive impact on the local area and local economy. We look forward to bringing this new neighbourhood to life.” Bolton Council Leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said: “Central Street is a perfect example of what we are delivering through our town centre masterplan. “Without the intervention of the council, this area would have remained an underused brownfield site. “But by working with our partners at Placefirst it will become a new neighbourhood of high-quality homes that will attract people into the centre and make it a more vibrant and attractive place. “This is an exciting time for Bolton town centre as work is now underway at a number of key sites with more projects to come later in the year.” Ian Threadgold, Managing Director of Caddick Construction in the North West commented: “There is huge demand for high quality new homes and Placefirst is leading the region by bringing to market this exciting new development, transforming brownfield land into a vibrant hub for Bolton. We are very proud to have been selected as Placefirst’s construction partner for the first phase of works and we look forward to helping to deliver these exceptional new homes for local families and the wider community.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, has announced the acquisition of Richard Irvin FM, a technical facilities management and energy solutions company. With a network of offices across Scotland and the north of England, Richard Irvin FM has a team of 230, including engineers, operations staff, project managers and compliance specialists, and an annual turnover in excess of £25 million. Its clients include Total, BP, National Libraries of Scotland, the Scottish veterans charity Erskine and the councils of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian, Highland, Falkirk, Dundee, Moray and Angus, along with commercial landlords, housing associations, managing agents, national facilities management businesses, hotel chains and leisure establishments. Its energy services include building energy management systems, heat pumps and solar and renewable solutions. The business maintains, repairs and improves more than 62,000 UK commercial and domestic properties with a full scope of services, which include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, lighting, detection, renewable systems, fabric and specialist services, often delivered as complete facilities management packages. Recent projects have included a specialist services installation within a hydrogen bus fuelling depot in Aberdeen, full building and services refurbishment of a nursery in Midlothian, heating plant upgrade at a leisure complex in Aberdeenshire, large-scale heating burner upgrade for a Lothian university, a number of mechanical and electrical upgrades at Ministry of Defence sites across Scotland and roofing upgrade works for an oil sector customer in Great Yarmouth. Chief Executive Officer Mark Buchan, who will continue to lead the business, said: “We are delighted with the acquisition, and we strongly believe that joining RSK will help us move forward as a company, building and strengthening our reputation even further. Over the last four years, we have already built the Richard Irvin FM brand into a company with an enviable reputation, which RSK can help us to develop further. Working with the RSK Group will support our growth plans into England and, with its broad group of companies, will provide us with the scope to offer our current and target customer base an enhanced range of services.” RSK Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder said: “Richard Irvin FM brings a wealth of technical facilities management and energy expertise to RSK, with an emphasis on safety and compliance and sophisticated software solutions to offer its clients 24/7 asset management and peace of mind. We’re looking forward to welcoming them to the group and sharing this expertise with our colleagues and clients.” As RSK continues to deliver its ambitious growth strategy, it now comprises more than 175 companies with 11,000 people. The group’s annual turnover at the end of FY22 was £796 million. The acquisition adviser was Satvir Bungar of BDO. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Miller Court: A complete roofing replacement at the core of a vital regeneration project

Miller Court: A complete roofing replacement at the core of a vital regeneration project

BMI Redland have recently provided the roofing materials for the redevelopment of the Miller Court apartment complex in Romford, Essex. Made up of 13 apartments across two storeys, Romford’s Miller Court, was going through a vital regeneration project including the roof. With lead work that no longer met regulations and evidence of falling tiles on most elevations, the roof was nearing the end of its natural life. To protect the future of the cobblestone building, and the safety of the residents a total reroof was recommended.  The building, which is owned by a private trust, had many historic repairs, evidence of falling tiles, little ventilation, and the lead work was no longer meeting industry regulations. In fact, considering the amount of work that needed to be completed, including replacing the eaves, ridges, and valleys and working around the red-brick chimneys, a repair would not have been enough for the roof that protects Miller Court’s residents.  Russell Roofing were contracted to manage the new roofing project which had a budget of £150,000. This included managing the complexities of multiple elevations and drop-downs across four storeys, and low-level roof work including porches and bays.  As with many projects, planning permission was needed for the reroof. When deciding what products were to be used, the local council had certain requirements that needed to be met so the team opted to use BMI Redland’s Rosemary Clay Classic tiles in Red, with Redland’s Dry Vent Ridge System, a new eaves ventilation system and vent tiles. THE CHALLENGE A 600 square metre challenge presents some complexities. The 600 square metre roof of Miller Court was made up of existing clay plain tiles that had been repaired multiple times over the years. The scope of the work involved renewing all the existing roof coverings, including the field area, eaves, ridges, verges, and valleys, as well as incorporating low-level work like porches and bays. Plus, with a variety of different building storeys (between one and four), there needed to be extra care taken throughout the planning and installation of the roof. Alongside, tenants were in residence throughout the replacement of the roof. Therefore, to avoid as much disruption as possible, the work would have to be done in phases. THE SOLUTION Minimal disruption through expert craftsmanship. The shape of the roof, and the details involved with the ridges, verge, and valleys, meant that there needed to be extra care and attention taken throughout the installation. For example, as a London based site, there needed to be a rigid delivery route set up.  To reduce the disruption to the tenants living at Miller Court, the Russell Roofing team worked in small sections – completing each one before moving onto the next. To start, they needed to remove the existing covering and dispose of it, then moved onto the installation of the Rosemary Clay Classic tiles in Red to match the existing look of the building and the surrounding area. A Dry-Fix system was used to add ventilation to the project, while not impacting the overall finish of the roof. Contractor Quote: “Redland’s Rosemary tiles are market-leading products. Whenever we get the option of open spec for pitched roofs, we opt for Redland. Combination of good customer service, their quality products, and, more often than not, they are commercially viable as well. They tick all the boxes really.” – Frazer Simpson, Russell Roofing THE IMPACT Providing a full solution. As part of Russell Roofing’s commitment to developing young roofing talent, they had a variety of different teams working on site. These teams were made up of two to three individuals, one who was a full-time roofer with experience, and the other a labourer that was newer to the industry, looking to develop skills throughout the project, while ensuring a high-quality finish was maintained. Before Photograph of the old roof of Miller Court Details of the newly refurbished roof of Miller Court Details of the newly refurbished roof of Miller Court The Redland Rosemary Clay Classic tile made the perfect choice for the roof, in keeping with the local roofscape and satisfying planning permission requirements. The previous roof hadn’t been installed with any ventilation, so Russell Roofing have made sure  the roof will be warm and dry for years to come. In focus: Rosemary Clay The Redland Rosemary Clay Classic plain tile has natural strength from the finest Etruria Marl clay. Rosemary is offered in a range of weathered, brindled, and single colours to achieve any look. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Starbucks to open 100 new UK coffee shops

Starbucks to open 100 new UK coffee shops

Starbucks has put an end to speculation it could sell its British business with plans to invest £30m here and open 100 new coffee shops. The US hospitality giant, which has 1,066 outposts across the UK, said it would spend millions refurbishing its existing branches over the next three years and opening new branches over the next year, following reports last summer that it was considering selling the business. The company mulled a sale amid rising competition from rivals such as Pret A Manger and high inflationary pressures. The company said at the time it was “not in a formal sale process”. The investment plans signal that Starbucks is committed to Britain for now. Accounts filed with Companies House show Starbucks’s UK sales rose by 37pc to £449m last year, surpassing pre-pandemic revenues for the first time. However, pre-tax profits dropped by a fifth to £10.4m as the climbing cost of everything from coffee beans to cups and energy ate into margins. Starbucks also gave its baristas a pay rise last year, reflecting intense competition in the labour market and a cost of living squeeze on workers. As costs soared last year, Stabucks raised the price of some espresso drinks and iced beverages by approximately 4pc. Duncan Moir, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), said: “Whilst we are cautious about the macro-economic environment, we will continue to invest to grow the region this year. We plan to open over 100 new stores in the UK and 300 new stores in EMEA, to continue this growth momentum.” New stores will be a mixture of company-owned branches and franchised stores. Starbucks owns about 30pc of its outlets directly in the UK, with the remaining 70pc run by franchisees. Mr Moir said the coffee chain wanted to open “digitally-forward smaller stores” and more drive-throughs. The business recently announced a new range of drinks in Italy called Oleato, which are coffee beverages with extra virgin olive oil. The unusual drinks are expected to launch in the UK over coming months. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Expert-led guide to sustainable and cost-effective heating solution - Air Source Heat Pumps

Expert-led guide to sustainable and cost-effective heating solution – Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) are becoming an increasingly popular option for homeowners in the UK who are looking for a sustainable and cost-effective way to heat their homes.  Unlike traditional fossil fuel-based heating systems, ASHPs use heat from the air outside to heat the home or building, making them a great investment as a renewable energy source.  Another benefit of ASHPs is their high efficiency, measured by the Coefficient of Performance (COP), which is the ratio of heat output to energy input.  Modern ASHPs have a COP of 4, meaning that for every unit of electricity used, the system produces 4 units of heat, making them significantly more efficient than traditional heating systems which can have a COP as low as 0.8.  In addition to the environmental and efficiency benefits, ASHPs can also save homeowners money on their energy bills in the long run. While the initial installation costs can be high, the long-term savings on energy costs and less frequent maintenance make this more cost efficient than traditional heating systems. When considering investing in an Air Source Heat Pump, it is important to consult a professional to determine if the system is a good fit for your home or building. Factors to consider include:  Make sure that the installer is also properly qualified and that the system is installed to the highest standards.  There are three main types of Air Source Heat Pumps:  The monobloc system has all the components housed in one unit, usually installed outside of the home. Its benefits include: The split system has an outdoor unit that houses the compressor and heat exchanger, and an indoor unit that circulates the heat around the home. The outdoor unit is connected to the indoor unit through pipes and electrical cables.  Benefits of this system include:  Finally, the hybrid system combines a conventional boiler system with an air source heat pump. The benefits of this system include: by David Johnson, Technical and Category Manager at The Underfloor Heating Store Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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St Modwen's Park and Leics Distribution Park boost Q4 for leading commercial property agent

Commercial property agents reveal ‘bumper’ results to end 2022 

A NUMBER of successful large transactions helped to boost East Midlands commercial property agents Innes England’s results at the end of last year, the company has revealed.     The deals included more than 200,000 sq ft of transactions in phase 1 at St Modwen Park Derby, the flagship industrial and logistics development on Pride Park which has seen a huge amount of activity over the last 12 months and is going from strength to strength this year.      Another significant deal involved the letting of the final 150,000 sq ft unit at Leicester Distribution Park (LEDP), located off the A47 near Leicester city centre, to third party logistics operator XPO. Innes England, M1 and CBRE acted on behalf of property developer Graftongate and investment managers BlackRock to complete the 45-acre scheme’s final phase.     The transactions helped to mark a successful last quarter of 2022 for Innes England, despite an unsettled second half of the year for the commercial property market – as the company’s recent Market Insite report noted.     Peter Doleman, the firm’s head of agency, said: “What is particularly pleasing about this latest set of results is that all three of our East Midlands offices made significant contributions to the end result which incorporated both acquisition and disposal activity and demonstrated the breadth and depth of expertise offered by the Innes England team.”    Derby’s industrial real estate take-up continued its acceleration last year, with 1.2m sq ft of space being acquired – up from 891,000 sq ft and the second-highest take-up on record, according to Market Insite.   Nick Hosking, Innes England’s director and head of agency and development in the city, said: “Derby’s industrial figures have never been better and with demand continuing to outstrip supply we see that trend continuing this year.     “The developer St Modwen has invested £50m into the local economy over the last 12 to 18 months, with the delivery of 300,000 sq ft of new build grade A warehousing accommodation.  “Following the success of phase 1 it is really encouraging news that St Modwen will shortly deliver the next phase with the development of a further 350,000 sq ft, given industrial supply in Derby remains extremely thin on the ground.”  The optimistic outlook continues with the recent announcement that heating technology company Vaillant is to open a production site at St Modwen Park Derby, creating more than 200 jobs.     The custom-built site is due to open in the autumn to allow Vaillant, which has its UK headquarters at Belper, to meet increasing demand for heat pumps.     And Swedish medical technology manufacturer Getinge has revealed plans for a new global centre of excellence for chemistry and its UK headquarters at St Modwen Park Derby.     Nick added: “Attracting Getinge to the scheme is really positive news for Derby, enabling its continued expansion and securing valuable hi-tech jobs within the city.”     Meanwhile, Leicestershire’s industrial take-up of four million sq ft of space in the year was ‘excellent news’ added Peter. “It can be partly explained by the county’s exposure to the national distribution market and its location for a number of sites that cater for this specific massive market.”   The office market in Leicester topped the leader board in the industry’s Estates Gazette Radius On-Demand rankings on lettings and occupational sales transacted between October and December in 2022.     In Nottingham, Innes England director Scott Osborne facilitated a multi-million pound transaction on behalf of Henton and Chattell, the UK’s leading distributor of ground care and garden machinery.      The company acquired three income-producing buildings of nearly 50,000 sq ft in Abbeyfield Road as part of its ambitious expansion plans.     Scott added: “Innes England experienced a bumper end of the year with almost half a million square feet transacted in the last quarter. We look forward to many more successful deals in 2023.”   Innes England’s new Birmingham office – opened last year under its head of office Adam Rock – had also exceeded expectations in its first nine months on the level of instructions and turnover generated, the company said.    To find out more about Innes England, visit the company’s website: https://www.innes-england.com/     Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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HS2’s construction partners lead support for Bucks Skills Show

HS2’s construction partners lead support for Bucks Skills Show

HS2’s joint venture construction partners, Align and EKFB, are extending their support to the local community as lead sponsors of Bucks Skills Show 2023, the county’s biggest careers fare. The two construction giants, who are responsible for the design and build of Britain’s new railway as it travels through the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, have made a steadfast commitment to ensuring local people can access training and employment opportunities on HS2. Their commitment has been matched by HS2 contractor, Flannery Plant Hire, who are also sponsors and exhibiting at the event. Their financial support for this year’s event, which takes place on 8-9th March, will help to ensure hundreds of school pupils can participate in interactive careers sessions and discover the world of opportunities available to them. EKFB, Align and Flannery will also be promoting all their latest job vacancies at an open-doors event, suitable for all ages, which takes place from 16.00 – 20.00 on Wednesday, 8 March. Jhen-Nel Swanston, HS2’s Skills Manager for the region said: “We’re delighted that our construction partners have stepped forward to support this important event for the local community. “it’s a great opportunity for young people to learn about the careers and skillsets needed to build HS2, from ecologists and archaeologists to civil engineers and project managers. We hope to inspire the next generation and encourage even more local people to play their part in this transformational project, now and in the future.” Both EKFB and Align will also be offering pupils the chance to join them this summer for a unique work experience placement, as well as hosting careers conversations to enable students to learn more about the stages involved in designing and building the railway. Lilia Frunzo, Skills, Education and Employment Manager at Align joint venture said: “Align is delighted to support this important local event. It allows us the opportunity to showcase all the fantastic opportunities available for young people on HS2, which is Europe’s largest infrastructure project.” Paddy Patterson, Skills, Education and Employment Manager at EKFB joint venture said: “EKFB is proud to be sponsoring this important event and we’re looking forward to meeting attendees, answering questions about long-term career progression and inspiring our local communities to join us on this journey.” Both EKFB and Align are actively recruiting for local talent and encourage anyone searching for an apprenticeship, or a new career opportunity, to visit their exhibitions stands at the Bucks Skills Show’s evening event on 8th March. Details of all the latest career opportunities working on HS2 an also be found at hs2.org.uk/careers Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Wates secures planning for 320 homes in Windsor

Wates secures planning for 320 homes in Windsor

Wates has secured planning for a second phase of land in Windsor to deliver an additional 320 new homes. Its Developments business has secured local planning approval for the new homes and a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school on a second phase of land west of Windsor. The sustainable development, which was previously green belt land, will provide a much-needed boost to family housing availability in the area. Our team received an approved Stakeholder Masterplan from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) in 2021 as part of the adopted Borough Local Plan, following a lengthy process of detailed site assessments and public engagement. In combination with phase one, the whole allocation will include the SEN school and 455 homes, including 180 (40%) affordable homes, as well as a community centre, public open space, allotments, orchards, play spaces and an outdoor gym. It will also deliver significant highway improvements for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, boosting existing services and facilities in the local area. “It is great news for Windsor that the RBWM have locally approved the Southern portion of the site AL21, unlocking a total of 455 much-needed new family homes. We are grateful for the positive engagement from so many key stakeholders during the development of plans for the site, including from members of the local community and officers at the council. It’s meant we’ve been able to bring forward a fantastic scheme that will provide many wider community benefits and help contribute towards the Borough’s local housing need. This planning decision will give even more people the opportunity to live in their own home and will be a really great place to live,” commented Jordan Van Laun, Associate Land and Planning Director, Wates Developments. Sustainability has been at the core of our proposals, and all new homes will be equipped with electric vehicle charging points and rain gardens to harvest rainwater. We have focused on delivering housing solutions that benefit both homeowners and the environment, aiming to achieve significant biodiversity net gain by enhancing the existing habitats and veteran trees along with extensive habitat creation. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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New retail park anchored by Lidl and B&M to open at Glasgow’s Barrhead

Extending c. 72,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, the Park will provide a new out-of-town retail destination for the South West of Glasgow in Barrhead. LSPIM has secured a range of leading national brands, including: LIDL, B&M, Starbucks, Burger King, Card Factory, Baynes, Indigo Sun, The Salvation Army and Osprey Charging Network. It will also welcome the UK’s first Popeye’s drive thru. One unit remains available extending totalling 1,430 sq ft. LSPIM is advised by Savills, jointly with Orinsen. Andy Richardson, development director at LSPIM, comments: “The interest in Barrhead Retail Park is a really positive demonstration that momentum exists in the retail sector, despite pressures from the pandemic and cost of living challenges. It will be great to see this project complete early this year, bringing a boost to the local economy and community.” Mike Spens, retail director at Savills, adds: “Barrhead Retail Park has defied the current economic gloom and secured 98% pre-lets prior to its completion. The new park will offer a rich mix of retailers and food operators providing a strong offer for the local community. While shopping habits in the last 24 months have evolved in a direction few could have anticipated, footfall on retail parks has fared well and we anticipate this new Park will draw strong interest.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Harron Homes promotes employee to Senior Sales Executive

Harron Homes promotes employee to Senior Sales Executive

Local housebuilder Harron Homes North Midlands has recently announced that Julia Portington, who has 38 years of experience in the housebuilder industry, has been promoted from Sales Executive to Senior Sales Executive at Brierley Heath, Stanton Hill, Sutton in Ashfield. Prior to joining Harron Homes in July of 2022, Julia had racked up 16 years of experience as a sales executive for another house builder, which meant that she joined Harron Homes with a ready set of skills and a wealth of experience.  She also gained 22 years of experience as a sales manager in previous roles, which has complemented her skillset in her new role. “At Harron, I spend a lot of time liaising with our Sales Managers. I find that my own experience as a Sales Manager has enabled me to view things from both perspectives, which really makes our communication that much more effective. “I’m definitely a people person, and I think it’s this that encouraged me to apply as a Sales Executive. Being able to interact with both customers and fellow employees every day is definitely the most rewarding aspect of the job for me.” Originally starting her career with Harron Homes at The Grange, Harron’s Shireoaks development, Julia’s new role has her overseeing Brierly Heath, Stanton Hill, Sutton in Ashfield. “At Brierley Heath, I’m involved in coaching other Sales Executives, and feeding back marketing ideas to the company. We’re the troops on the ground really – we have first-hand experience of what the customers are looking for. It really helps us tailor our marketing ideas and approaches to what is most convenient and satisfying for the customer. “Brierley Heath is a lovely development,” adds Julia, “I’m genuinely enthusiastic about the houses I’m selling and am always keen to have my customers feel excited and satisfied with their purchase. “There’s a great variety in the customers you meet each day – some are old-hands in the housing business, purchasing their second or third home, while others are first time buyers. It’s wonderful to be instrumental in helping people get their first foot on the property ladder. “Our Part Exchange Scheme has made purchasing a home all the more convenient for new customers, and offers them easy moves. Schemes like this are one of the many ways I can ensure we leave the customer delighted with their purchase.  “What’s really stood out about Harron Homes for me is how we all work together. There’s a real sense of collaboration in everything we do, and I’ve always felt I can turn to people for support or advice. I want this company to be the best, and am very excited to be playing my part in that.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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