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April 28, 2023

Train to Gain – future-proofing the construction industry

Train to Gain – future-proofing the construction industry

Investment in infrastructure is a key growth priority for many European governments, but how can this be reconciled with the current skills crisis facing the construction sector? According to the latest EURES report on labour shortages and surpluses, 38 per cent of European countries who ranked building construction labourer shortages

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IMA’s Seven Steps to Fire Safety Online CPD Now Available

IMA’s Seven Steps to Fire Safety Online CPD Now Available

Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) has created an online CPD – Seven Steps to FireSafety – focusing on the context of fire in relation to the built environment and the priorities for fire safety. Aimed at anyone interested in the design, construction and operation of buildings the CPD outlines the seven

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EPD Insulation Group Sponsor BMN Awards 2023

EPD Insulation Group Sponsor BMN Awards 2023

The Builders’ Merchants Awards are the longest running industry awards, recognising colleagues, companies and teams from across the United Kingdom. Over 700 colleagues will be gathering on 24th November at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, to celebrate achievement and to raise a glass to those who have excelled in

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Beard delivers major refurbishment and rebuild at Surrey school

Beard delivers major refurbishment and rebuild at Surrey school

Beard Construction’s Guildford office has delivered a key £6.3m refurbishment and rebuild project at St Andrew’s Catholic secondary school in Leatherhead. Started in March 2022 and handed over April, the work saw the comprehensive conversion of existing classrooms into science labs, ICT rooms, a drama studio and design and tech

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REHAU Celebrates Sale of Billionth Compression Sleeve

REHAU Celebrates Sale of Billionth Compression Sleeve

Polymer supplier REHAU is celebrating after hitting a landmark milestone in its Building Solutions division by selling its billionth Everloc™ compression sleeve worldwide. The timeless solution has been on the market for over 35 years for use with REHAU PE-Xa pipes, representing a major upgrade in connection technology since its

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Keith Woodlock Joins Senior Team at Rollalong

Keith Woodlock Joins Senior Team at Rollalong

Modular construction specialist Rollalong has recruited another experienced director to further strengthen its senior team. Keith Woodlock has been appointed as Project Director responsible for main contracts and major works, with a focus on the defence sector and MOD contracts. Keith has many years’ experience in both modular and traditional

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Second Birmingham luxury development launch by Manchester based Alliance Investments

Second Birmingham luxury development launch by Manchester based Alliance Investments

Manchester based Alliance Investments announce their second Birmingham development, Neighbourhood Heights, located in Edgbaston, only a few minutes away from the city centre. The growing Manchester based property investment company has launched the first available apartments within its latest luxury Birmingham development, Neighbourhood Heights – which will see the construction

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April 28, 2023

Paramount set for ‘exciting new era’ with expansion into construction sector

Paramount set for ‘exciting new era’ with expansion into construction sector

New leadership team will spearhead company’s core ‘Build’ service Design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist Paramount has strengthened its position in the property sector by adding construction to its set of core services. In a move that “signals the start of an exciting new era”, commercial and residential construction activity will propel Paramount towards the £40-million turnover mark. To drive forward the new ‘Build’ offering, which heralds a new phase in Paramount’s exceptional growth, the company’s leadership team has been boosted by key appointments. Paramount’s board of directors has been bolstered with Paul Thomas in a new post as Construction Director and in conjunction with Commercial Director Dimitri Tsakiris will focus on ‘Build’.  Paul Jones has moved into the newly-formed post of Projects Director, to support the ‘Build’ expansion, in addition to ongoing fit-out and refurbishment works carried out by Paramount. They now form part of a senior leadership team alongside Richard Jones, Helen Bartlett and Kevin Mashford. Richard Jones, Paramount Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our move into construction signals the start of an exciting new era for Paramount, as we pursue ambitious aspirations for our dynamic company. “After focusing on high-quality interiors comprising fit-out and refurbishment for more than 30 years, encouraged by our clients, Paramount is broadening horizons with a comprehensive construction service which represents natural progression for our company. “I’m proud of the enviable reputation Paramount has earned across the property market thanks to our brilliant leadership team and in-house expertise that will ensure we strengthen our position at the forefront of the construction sector, based on our commitment to quality and professionalism.” As part of the Cardiff-headquartered company’s new service, Paramount has underlined its ambitions by winning two major contracts, commencing construction work on a £18-million contract on the Tene Living project in Salford, Greater Manchester, and a £3-million social housing scheme in the South Wales town of Porthcawl. The Manchester project is in the middle of a total redevelopment, with Paramount converting former offices into 151 high-end luxury apartments, complete with communal roof terrace, BBQ area and plans for an outdoor cinema, expected to be completed this autumn. The Porthcawl project in mid-Glamorgan, which is expected to be complete in summer 2024, will create 20 EPC ‘A’ flats, with an emphasis placed on energy-efficiency with solar PV, EV charging points and will not contain gas. Paul Thomas, Paramount Construction Director, said: “Our leadership team has the ideal blend of experience and expertise to successfully expand our core offering and place the company on a higher growth trajectory. “That experience and expertise across the company will provide us with the versatility to undertake diverse projects, from complex refurbishments and regeneration schemes to new-build developments, which will see Paramount go from strength to strength.” Dimitri Tsakiris, Paramount Commercial Director (Construction), added: “We have hit the ground running in South Wales and Greater Manchester and all our build projects will be planned with precision, managed tightly and ultimately delivered in partnership with our clients. “We approach every project with the same openness and transparency that has been the cornerstone of Paramount’s success, aiming from day one to establish a collaborative relationship with clients and partners to deliver buildings that not only meet expectations but exceed them.” Paramount, whose turnover currently stands at £38.5 million, employs 61 people who still own a majority shareholding of the business – 51 per cent – following completion of an Employee Ownership Trust  (EOT) scheme, in May 2021, a deal which marked a major milestone for Paramount after a period of sustained growth.  The company is already well known across Wales and England where it has created high-quality inspirational space for a number of leading companies. These include former Wales and Real Madrid football star Gareth Bale’s Par 59 bars in Cardiff and Bristol, multi-million-pound redevelopment of Hodge House in Cardiff, refurbishment of the Development Bank of Wales HQ, transformation of the landmark 360 Bristol office complex and acclaimed office revamps in Bath for American software company SmartBear and financial services consultancy Altus.

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Train to Gain – future-proofing the construction industry

Train to Gain – future-proofing the construction industry

Investment in infrastructure is a key growth priority for many European governments, but how can this be reconciled with the current skills crisis facing the construction sector? According to the latest EURES report on labour shortages and surpluses, 38 per cent of European countries who ranked building construction labourer shortages noted the issue as ‘high magnitude’[1]. A combination of macroeconomic influences ranging from an aging workforce preparing to retire, to labour market shifts caused by Brexit and war in Ukraine are all having an impact on skilled worker availability in Europe. This is further complicated by retraining needs caused by continuous advancements in sector technology, tools and products which begs the question – how can we better future-proof the construction workforce? Skills and competence are critical for the future of the construction industry, and various factors have accelerated the sector’s skills shortage to a crisis point. There is no silver bullet when it comes to tackling the skills crisis within the construction industry, particularly given the number of external forces at play. However, if we want to meet growing construction demand then we must grow the available workforce to make this a reality – creating an imperative for companies to incentivize and invest in diversifying the skillset of their current workforce rather than relying solely on technology. Through Victaulic’s work and customer engagement, we have identified and responded to the need for more specialised and accredited training programs in both a hands-on and virtual format to facilitate greater upskilling. Whilst seemingly obvious, such programs have been scarce since the Covid-19 pandemic with existing staff unable to refine their skills with new technologies and entrants losing out on the opportunity to formally learn the basics with new tools and products. By bridging the training gap, construction professionals across all sectors and experience-levels can gain greater confidence in their proficiency, whilst companies receive the critical assurances that their projects are up to code. This is particularly the case for the fire protection industry. As an industry which is constantly evolving and premised on the delivery of safe and efficient fire protection systems, it is crucial that training is both readily available and regularly updated to ensure that engineers and contractors have the requisite knowledge for their reliable installation and comply with regulations. At a broader scale, investing in training is also crucial for a company’s reputation building. Comprehensive training ensures industry professionals are getting the most from every application, whilst upholding and protecting standards. Victaulic’s increase in customer demand for training is a testament to this, with a recent in-person fire protection workshop attracting nearly 100 participants. With an age range of between 17-65+ and job titles spanning construction managers, design managers and subcontractors – there is a clear desire from customers and their employees to upskill and refresh their knowledge through in-person training. The workshop with construction engineering company, Mercury, provided an introduction to Victaulic fire protection products such as the VicFlexTM Flexible Sprinkler Fittings series and FirelockTM couplings, their applications in fire protection systems, and requirements for maintenance in accordance with applicable codes and standards. The value of this in-person training at their facility in Ireland could not be overstated, with Mercury implementing the bespoke demo rig at their facility to enable regular refreshers for their employees. The training did not stop there, with additional e-learning services provided through our Victaulic University platform. What was historically a portal used exclusively by our internal teams, Victaulic University training has become a mainstay for e-learning for our clients. One of the key benefits of our e-learning training is that is offers a range of options to suit different levels of expertise. For instance, beginner-level fire protection training covers the basics of fire protection system design and installation, whilst advance courses delve into the details of system testing and maintenance. Additionally, participants can work through the training programs at their own pace, providing the flexibility to manage their workloads while still acquiring essential skills. For the Mercury training alone, we saw 80 participants join online for 20 hours’ worth of training prior to the hands on workshop. With every worker who completes our training receiving a certification, our courses not only support with our customer’s credibility within the fire protection industry but also grant assurance that they have been equipped with the knowledge to properly install our products. Ciaran Carrick, Operations Manager, Mercury: “Given the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic, training for our employees has been scarce. This was why we were so appreciative of the practical in-person Fire Protection Customer Training provided by Victaulic – giving us an opportunity to see first-hand how the Victaulic valve-sets work and refresh our skills with the on-site demo rig.” “The Victaulic experts provided our 80+ team with comprehensive product knowledge and technical detail which will help us better deliver fire protection systems for our clients.” Whilst upskilling cannot entirely remedy the skills crisis that Europe is currently facing, what is clear is that there are simple, cost effective means to attract and retain a greater body of talent already at our fingertips. Training is only one piece of the puzzle, but the reputational benefits offered at a company level along with the empowerment derived at an employee level are vital steppingstones to future-proofing the construction industry. [1] https://www.ela.europa.eu/sites/default/files/2023-03/eures-labour-shortages-report-2022.pdf Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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IMA’s Seven Steps to Fire Safety Online CPD Now Available

IMA’s Seven Steps to Fire Safety Online CPD Now Available

Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) has created an online CPD – Seven Steps to FireSafety – focusing on the context of fire in relation to the built environment and the priorities for fire safety. Aimed at anyone interested in the design, construction and operation of buildings the CPD outlines the seven steps to fire safety that will protect people and buildings, and how each step is an integral part of the building design. Certified by CPD UK and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the CPD – Seven Steps to Fire Safety – will enable viewers to reach an understanding of material science, product testing, product classifications and how this relates to regulations and standards.  It will provide insight into the seven steps to fire safety and how each step is critical to the fire performance of a building. “The way we build and the importance of fire safety cannot be understated,” commented Simon Storer, Chief Executive of the IMA. “Whilst fire safety is a fundamental expectation of the modern built environment, it is important that fire safety is not compromised in order to deliver other performance standards. This CPD presentation will help construction professionals gain a better understanding of the priorities for fire safety, the importance of taking a holistic approach and how each of the seven steps to fire safety plays a key part in ensuring buildings are designed and built to the required standards.” To view the online CPD module, please click on the following link IMA CPD – Seven Steps to Fire Safety For more information about IMA visit www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk                                 Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Female site worker in Dorset addresses three myths for women working in construction in latest video

Female site worker in Dorset addresses three myths for women working in construction in latest video

A female assistant site manager from Dorset has addressed three myths associated with working in construction as a way of encouraging more women into the industry. Victoria Grinnall, 27, works at Barratt Homes’ Quarter Jack Park development in Wimborne. Before joining the leading housebuilder in 2021, she came up against many misconceptions about working in the industry, which she hopes to dispel so that women can see how attractive a career in construction can be. As someone who formerly served in the armed forces as a Royal Engineer, being the first female to drive armoured vehicles before going on to work for a youth engagement programme for schools about careers in the army, Victoria is passionate about encouraging the next generation of construction workers. In her latest video about Women in Construction, Victoria talks to Barratt Homes about what it’s like working in the industry and covers these three myths: Myth 1 – construction is still dominated and run by men “Some roles are still dominated by men, but that’s because there still aren’t enough females – yet,” says Victoria. “My experience of working in construction is feeling supported, valued, and trusted. At Barratt, we have yearly subcontractor meetings, where teams are told by directors in the business how to treat and respect others, as part of the Diversity and Inclusion programme. “Women can bring so much to the role, and I’d encourage them to do as much research as they can if construction is an industry they are interested in. It’s nice to see that Barratt want to bring more women into the business – and it shows.”  Myth 2 – there’s a massive stigma around women working in construction “I don’t think there is enough of us just yet to say there isn’t a stigma, but it isn’t as big as it used to be – and I certainly rarely come across it,” Victoria continues. “If anything, I find people to be open minded and curious. They enjoy learning more about what I do – and I am happy to tell them all about the role I love! “There are so many avenues for women in the construction industry and there is a huge variety of career choices, whether that is office-based or site-based. Barratt will help women wanting to get into the industry and you’ll have a really supportive team around you – so I hope one day that stigma wont exist.” Myth 3 – my family won’t approve of my career choice “I think my family knew better than I did that this was the right career path for me!” Victoria said. “I like being outside, I’ve always liked being active, and I have never been someone to sit behind a desk. They often tell me this is what I was made to do! “For those who are worried about how a role in construction may be perceived by friends and family, you might be surprised that their reaction isn’t what you think it’ll be.” Barratt Homes’ Diversity and Inclusion programme officially recognises and celebrates differences across the whole organisation. The Programme was established in 2022 to help challenge behaviours and address specific or unique needs and perspective of all employees, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. James Dunne, Barratt Homes Managing Director, Southampton Division, said: “Our Diversity and Inclusion programme is an important step in addressing the needs of our workforces and helps us assess the way we work as a company. “Encouraging diversity is key to building a strong business, as we can attract more people who will want to stay in roles where they feel comfortable and can be themselves. “Victoria is a great advocate for women working in construction and has inspired many women into joining the industry – we’re pleased to support her all the way.” The full Women in Construction video is available on Barratt Homes’ YouTube channel here: Barratt Homes is building new homes across the region. For more information on new developments in Dorset, visit: Quarter Jack Park, Compass Point. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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EPD Insulation Group Sponsor BMN Awards 2023

EPD Insulation Group Sponsor BMN Awards 2023

The Builders’ Merchants Awards are the longest running industry awards, recognising colleagues, companies and teams from across the United Kingdom. Over 700 colleagues will be gathering on 24th November at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, to celebrate achievement and to raise a glass to those who have excelled in the industry. As suppliers to Independent Builders Merchants from Manchester down to Southampton, EPD Insulation Group have stepped up their national marketing with sponsorship of the ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ award. This award celebrates builders’ merchant who have gone the extra mile to give back to their local community since October 2022. The judges will be looking for merchants that have helped to improve their local community through sponsorship, by raising money, donating materials, or by otherwise helping those in need. The reason EPD has chosen this particular award is that local community has always been at the heart of the business. Since the start of the business in 2011, MD, Steve Boon, has gone out of his way to help young people with sports sponsorship opportunities as well as helping other local causes, so the ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ award just made sense. Marketing Director Neil Farrow said “This sponsorship, together with our new website, is just the start of our new marketing agenda. Our aim is to challenge the big players by offering seamless service and communication throughout the ordering and supply chain, standing by our mantra of Trust; Integrity; Service.” If you’re a Builders Merchant that helps its local community get in touch here https://www.merchants-awards.co.uk/ You’ve got to be in it to win it! Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Beard delivers major refurbishment and rebuild at Surrey school

Beard delivers major refurbishment and rebuild at Surrey school

Beard Construction’s Guildford office has delivered a key £6.3m refurbishment and rebuild project at St Andrew’s Catholic secondary school in Leatherhead. Started in March 2022 and handed over April, the work saw the comprehensive conversion of existing classrooms into science labs, ICT rooms, a drama studio and design and tech classrooms, the construction of a two-storey extension to create new classrooms and offices and the construction of a new two-storey building to house food technology, ICT, business studies work rooms and a new drama studio. Phases one and two of the work at the 1500 pupil school were carried out to a tight deadline during the summer holidays and saw existing 1950s classrooms stripped back and converted to a suite of state-of-the-art and pupil-ready science laboratories, ICT classrooms, music and drama studio. The finished labs included gas infrastructure and mobile fume-cupboards, while the new drama studio incorporated a new system of lighting rigs and speakers. Phase three saw a standalone classroom block converted to provide new construction, design and technology teaching spaces. For phase four, a new-build extension added two 400m2 floors consisting of nine new English and History classrooms, two offices and two new sets of toilets to the school’s existing Earl Building. Finished in black and gold brickwork, the classrooms are flooded with light by new five-metre windows. Finally, phase five of the project saw the demolition of the school’s Woodlands Building and the construction of a new two-storey block, faced with Bath stone blocks and zinc cladding – which continues upwards to form a zinc roof. The ground floor of this new 1000m2 building houses two huge food technology teaching and preparations areas, alongside a massive drama studio with a 6m-high ceiling including lighting and speaker rigs. Upstairs, the building provides four fully fitted ICT/business studies teaching rooms.  The building also includes office spaces and two sets of toilets. All the new and refurbished classrooms include interactive whiteboards. Apart from the initial refurbishment, all of the work has been carried out while pupils used the rest of the school. Beard traffic marshalls and banksmen ensured the safe delivery of materials across a specially constructed track-matting road on the school playing field. Beard Guildford director Pat Hughes said: “Beard has special expertise in the education sector and we are more than aware of the importance of creating spaces which both inspire pupils to learn as well as being great places for teachers to work. This project has transformed the learning experience for the pupils and staff at St Andrew’s School.” St Andrew’s headteacher Alan Mitchell said: “The ambition at St Andrew’s is simple – to be the best school in the country. We set the highest goals and expectations for every pupil and these new classrooms and teaching facilities provide the infrastructure to help us deliver on that ethos. “Not only has the Beard team delivered a quality product on time, but it has done so with no disruption to the school’s day-to-day operation. ” Beard worked in close collaboration throughout the project with architect Hamson Barron Smith. This is the third school project in as many years where the two companies have collaborated – having previously worked together at Chart Wood School, now called Unified Academy, in Dorking and St Paul’s Catholic college in Sunbury-on-Thames.    Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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REHAU Celebrates Sale of Billionth Compression Sleeve

REHAU Celebrates Sale of Billionth Compression Sleeve

Polymer supplier REHAU is celebrating after hitting a landmark milestone in its Building Solutions division by selling its billionth Everloc™ compression sleeve worldwide. The timeless solution has been on the market for over 35 years for use with REHAU PE-Xa pipes, representing a major upgrade in connection technology since its introduction in 1987. It has since been used in over 60 countries globally, with the system being known for its reliability, fast installation and overall durability across multiple REHAU product ranges. “We first introduced the compression sleeve jointing technology at a trade fair in the 80s,” explains Colin Pearson, Sales & Marketing Director for REHAU Building Solutions UK. “While it was seen as a gamechanger then, it continues to be a highly effective solution for contractors to this day. Whether used for heating and plumbing, underfloor heating systems or district heat networks, its robust and watertight configuration has allowed the system to remain highly effective across multiple vital applications.” The Everloc™ connection technology uses the compression sleeve to create a permanently tight connection between the pipe and the fitting, with no O-rings or other sealants, producing an independently certified cavity-free joint. As the pipe itself is the sealant, the installation is immediately ready for pressure testing and a simple visual inspection is sufficient to know if the connection meets professional standards. “Robust, reliable and swift installations remain huge priorities for contractors worldwide,” concludes Colin. “The enduring popularity of the compression sleeve, especially in areas such as ensuring drinking water quality, is therefore very understandable. “Yet even given its trailblazing design and effectiveness, it’s still heartening to know that the technology remains a go-to solution globally and has passed this landmark. Fittings are a key element in drinking water and heating installations, among others. The function of the compression sleeve is largely responsible for its quality, and we will continue to improve the system to ensure its reliability for the next 35 years.” To find out more about REHAU’s compression sleeve and its applications, click here for plumbing and here for district heating. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Keith Woodlock Joins Senior Team at Rollalong

Keith Woodlock Joins Senior Team at Rollalong

Modular construction specialist Rollalong has recruited another experienced director to further strengthen its senior team. Keith Woodlock has been appointed as Project Director responsible for main contracts and major works, with a focus on the defence sector and MOD contracts. Keith has many years’ experience in both modular and traditional builds and has worked on major projects including the Wave Hotel at Butlins Bognor Regis, 5 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, and Orchard Plaza in Poole. He has worked in main contracting for large PLCs helping to deliver landmark buildings, offsite solutions and refurbishment schemes nationwide. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Buildings and the Association of Project Managers and is a certified member of the Certified Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (CIWFM). “I wanted to join Rollalong because they are increasing their turnkey operations, and my skills and experience will help the company to achieve growth in that area,” said Keith. “My role is all about quality and delivery – ensuring that quality is high and continuing to deliver projects on time and on budgets – while providing the rest of the board with information to help the company grow and be successful. “I’ve loved it so far and the wider team are brilliant. I’m really enjoying working with the MD Steve Chivers, who has given me the autonomy to use my initiative and make sure I deliver what’s required in line with Rollalong’s vision and values.” Steve Chivers commented: “We are delighted to welcome Keith, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. “We’ve recruited Keith to help us ensure that Rollalong’s major works projects are delivered effectively, on time and under budget, for our valued clients, and we’re confident that he will make an important contribution to our business.”Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Industry comes together to develop first national occupational standard for hydrogen

Industry comes together to develop first national occupational standard for hydrogen

Standard will help maintain safety and performance amid shift to net-zero Stakeholders from across industry have collaborated to develop the UK’s first-ever national occupational standard (NOS) for the production, storage and transportation of hydrogen. As industry strives towards ambitious net-zero targets, hydrogen is set to play a crucial role in decreasing carbon emissions and the transition to greener, more sustainable forms of energy. In its role as leading skills specialist for the science and technology sector, Cogent Skills has supported employers by facilitating the development of the NOS. The steering group which developed the standard was chaired by the Tank Storage Association and included representatives from Cadent Gas, XPO Logistics, Downstream Oil Distribution Forum and Progressive Energy. The NOS has potential applications in a range of professions in industries including – but not limited to – the energy sector. It can form the foundation for qualifications used in apprenticeship frameworks, job descriptions for new roles, training and appraisals for existing staff – and help prospective staff when searching for jobs which match their skills and experience, among other uses. The hydrogen NOS has been approved by relevant authorities across the UK and will be developed further into qualification and apprenticeships. Executive Director of the Tank Storage Association, Peter Davidson, said: “Hydrogen will play a critical role in helping the UK achieve its net-zero ambitions by 2050. New infrastructure – from production and storage to import and processing facilities for hydrogen carriers – will be required to meet the future predicted demand. “A competent workforce will be key to the successful and safe operation of these facilities. The Tank Storage Association fully supports the development of National Occupational Standards in this area to ensure that those competency demands are met.” Chief Executive of Cogent Skills, Justine Fosh, said: “Cogent Skills is proud to have played its part in developing this important new standard. The hydrogen NOS will support new apprenticeships across the UK in a field which is set to becoming increasingly important as we all work together to reduce our carbon emissions and tackle the climate crisis.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Second Birmingham luxury development launch by Manchester based Alliance Investments

Second Birmingham luxury development launch by Manchester based Alliance Investments

Manchester based Alliance Investments announce their second Birmingham development, Neighbourhood Heights, located in Edgbaston, only a few minutes away from the city centre. The growing Manchester based property investment company has launched the first available apartments within its latest luxury Birmingham development, Neighbourhood Heights – which will see the construction of 81 one-and two-bedroom apartments, beginning in Q2 2023. Designed by architects with vast experience in the city, Neighbourhood Heights is exactly what Birmingham needs and is set to be the ideal home for young professionals, families and first-time buyers. With a forecasted completion date of Q2 2025, and a GDV of £20.5m, Neighbourhood Heights will deliver a mix of comfort, connectivity and stylish interior design combined, to create homes that exceed expectations. In addition to the first-class homes on offer, residents can also enjoy roof gardens, a communal lounge and work from home spaces, a community manager and a dedicated residents’ app which can be used to create clubs and forums, promote local businesses, manage tenancies and more. Located in the Ladywood area of Edgbaston, one of Birmingham’s most well-known and popular areas. It is also a part of the city that is changing fast thanks to the huge amount of investment underway. All apartments at Neighbourhood Heights will be available for sale through Alliance Investments from 24th April 2023, with properties available from £203,496. Ronald Garrett, Managing Director of Alliance Investments states: “Our team are delighted to be launching the sales of our second development project in Birmingham.” “We have a proven track record of the area due to our previous sell out of Park Gate, and are confident of another successful project within Birmingham, due to a 27% house price increase for the city forecast by 2026” To find out more about investing in Birmingham or purchasing a home within Neighbourhood Heights, please contact Alliance Investments here: https://www.alliance-investments.com/nbhd-heights Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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