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May 4, 2023

Firethorn Trust hits milestone at South Yorkshire logistics development

Firethorn Trust hits milestone at Barnsley340 logistics development

Real estate developer, Firethorn Trust, has reached a significant milestone at Barnsley340, a 24-acre logistics development owned by Cain International, with structural steelwork now in place. Firethorn Trust is acting as asset and development manager for the South Yorkshire scheme on behalf of the privately held investment firm, Cain International.

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Baxi Parent Company BDR Thermea appoints new COO

Baxi Parent Company BDR Thermea appoints new COO

The parent company to Baxi and leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, BDR Thermea, has appointed Luigi La Morgia as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Luigi will join the Management Board and report directly to CEO Bertrand Schmitt. Luigi brings over 20 years of experience in general management, operations and

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Housebuilder appoints new West Midlands MD

Housebuilder appoints new West Midlands MD

Top 10 UK housebuilder Keepmoat, has announced the appointment of Amanda Bishop as Regional Managing Director for the West Midlands. Amanda’s role as Regional Managing Director focuses on implementing new strategies for the West Midlands region, supporting the land acquisition strategy and driving growth in key areas. With previous roles

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New video shows how HS2 is building Burton Green Tunnel in Warwickshire

New video shows how HS2 is building Burton Green Tunnel in Warwickshire

HS2’s main works civils contractor in the West Midlands, Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV), has completed the construction of the 200 metre porous portal of HS2’s Burton Green Tunnel. The portal is the southern entrance to the 700 metre green tunnel, which will carry HS2 trains through Burton Green. Once built, the tunnel will have green space created over the top, covered with trees and plants, providing a new landscape for the local community. Over 160 roof segments have been installed as part of the 200-metre long concrete porous portal, with each segment weighing over 20 tonnes. The porous portal features a series of vents in the roof which transition HS2 trains leaving and entering the tunnel. The pressured air wave produced by the ‘piston effect’ of the train moving through the tunnel will be channelled through the vents. Rupert Blake, Senior Project Manager at Balfour Beatty VINCI, said: “We’re making great progress with the construction of the Burton Green Tunnel, with the south portal now complete. The next phase of construction will be the section of the tunnel to the north, where a cutting is being excavated, diaphragm walls built, a concrete roof put on, before soil is backfilled over the top ready for planting. “A key feature is the realignment of the Kenilworth Greenway, which will follow the route of the tunnel and have large-scale planting around it. It will also provide connectivity to existing footpaths which will run across the top of the tunnel, providing green spaces for the local community to enjoy.” To avoid unnecessary HGV movements, the soil generated by the excavation will be used as part of the wider landscaping plans in the area, sensitively integrating the railway into the local area, reconnecting wildlife habitats and enhancing biodiversity. Once construction and landscape work is complete, the Greenway will be restored close to its original alignment, running across the top of the new tunnel, providing a link from Burton Green to Kenilworth and Berkswell for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. Large-scale planting of native trees and shrubs will provide biodiverse habitats for wildlife, shield the Greenway visibly from the new railway, and re-establish vegetated connections to Black Waste Wood and Little Poors Wood. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Firethorn Trust hits milestone at South Yorkshire logistics development

Firethorn Trust hits milestone at Barnsley340 logistics development

Real estate developer, Firethorn Trust, has reached a significant milestone at Barnsley340, a 24-acre logistics development owned by Cain International, with structural steelwork now in place. Firethorn Trust is acting as asset and development manager for the South Yorkshire scheme on behalf of the privately held investment firm, Cain International. This latest update marks a major milestone for the development, which will be ready for occupation in Q3 2023. Providing 340,000 sq. ft of prime industrial space, Barnsley340 is being delivered by Glencar Construction, which specialises in industrial, logistics, distribution and manufacturing. It marks Glencar’s third contract from Firethorn, following previous appointments to the developer’s logistics sites in Erith and Peterborough. With a sharp focus on sustainability, Barnsley340 will be constructed to net-zero, with BREEAM “Excellent” and EPC “A” ratings. A best-in-class specification, including 15% rooflight coverage, 32 EV parking points and full LED lighting, will create a modern logistics space, designed with the future in mind. Paul Martin, Development Director at Firethorn Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see such swift progress being made at Barnsley340, as we work to deliver an industry-leading scheme for the region. Barnsley is now recognised as an area of opportunity, boasting a strong record of inward investment and business growth that is expected to increase as part of ongoing regeneration. “With an excellent specification, Barnsley340 has been designed to put the occupier in prime position for future growth, with the benefit of a modern and flexible warehousing space that can meet their operational needs, now and in the future. It has been great to work with Glencar once again to create a successful logistics scheme that hits the Firethorn standard and delivers real impact for our occupiers and the wider region, whilst maintaining our commitment to sustainability.” Situated within the established Gateway36 development, Barnsley340 is located less than one mile from J36 of the M1 and provides excellent connectivity across the Yorkshire region, with direct motorway access to Leeds, Sheffield and Nottingham For more information, contact the scheme’s agents, Gent Visick and Knight Frank, or visit www.barnsley340.co.uk. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Glencar wins significant fit-out project to equip giant new warehouse development occupied by Maersk in Doncaster

Glencar wins significant fit-out project to equip giant new GLP warehouse development

The unit which totals 602,000 sq ft was built by leading logistics developer GLP and is the largest and most sustainable logistics building in the North of England. 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 Maersk, the Danish shipping and logistics company to undertake comprehensive fit-out works at Mammoth 602, a 602,000 sq ft warehouse development situated at GLP’s G-Park Doncaster development that it has recently occupied. The £12M project will comprise of the fit out of the existing office areas to category A standard, Warehouse high level services and minor external works alterations. Warehouse area fit-out includes lighting, sprinklers including works associated, frost protection, fire alarm and small power. Works started at the beginning of February are expected to be complete at end of the September 2023. G-Park Doncaster is situated in the logistics capital of the North, just 6 miles from the centre of Doncaster, providing easy access to all parts of the UK and mainland Europe via its central position, along with a vast skilled workforce. Commenting on the appointment Tom Kersley, Glencar Commercial Director said: “Mammoth 602 is an incredible development and the largest such fit-out project Glencar have been awarded to date since establishing our new special projects division so we are suitably delighted. The specialist knowledge and expertise we have built our name on within the Industrial & Logistics lends itself perfectly to support the needs of a growing number of occupiers requiring specialist fit-out and enabling works.  We look forward to expanding our offering in the face of increasing demand. We also look forward to working with the team at Maersk and delivering to their exacting needs”. Mammoth 602 is a strong example of GLP’s commitment to sustainability across its developments. It is GLP’s third building to be net zero carbon for construction, in line with the UKGBC framework, and is part of the Planet Mark accreditation scheme which helps to further reduce the carbon footprint for the occupier. The development benefits from best-in-class specification that is built for logistics, including two 50m service yards, 20m clear internal height, 60 dock levellers, 16 large dock levellers, 24 level access and 4 van level access doors with visibility from the M18. There is also 28,762 SQ FT of office space within the building, 217 HGV parking spaces, and 372 car park spaces. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Baxi Parent Company BDR Thermea appoints new COO

Baxi Parent Company BDR Thermea appoints new COO

The parent company to Baxi and leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, BDR Thermea, has appointed Luigi La Morgia as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Luigi will join the Management Board and report directly to CEO Bertrand Schmitt. Luigi brings over 20 years of experience in general management, operations and supply chain in large multinationals, including at Ducati, Fiat Powertrain, and most recently Whirlpool, where he served as Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain EMEA. In this time, Luigi has been involved in successful company integration processes, supply chain turnaround and world class manufacturing development. In his position as COO, Luigi will be responsible for group-wide procurement, supply chain and manufacturing, to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of BDR Thermea Group’s operations for its customers. This includes the UK-based customers served by Baxi and its brands, both in the residential and commercial sectors. “I am thrilled to join a company whose values I so strongly identify with,” says Luigi. “As part of its ‘sustainable future’ value, BDR Thermea Group has ambitious plans to lead the energy transition in residential and office buildings. And in line with the Group’s ‘customer focus’ value, I’m looking forward to developing the efficient and effective operations needed to deliver on changing customer demand. I’m a firm believer in ‘one team’, BDR Thermea’s third value. This is how we get things done, showing that teamwork truly makes the difference.” Welcoming Luigi to the Management Board, CEO Bertrand Schmitt says: “To match the robustness of our ambitions, we need strong leadership to guide us in the right direction. We feel very fortunate to have Luigi joining us in the new role of COO, with his wealth of experience helping us to further develop our future-ready operations for the exciting times that lie ahead.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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82% of UK SME leaders recognise importance of achieving net zero...

82% of UK SME leaders recognise importance of achieving net zero…

Consumers keen to see progress, with 73% willing to spend more with greener organisations Progress towards a sustainable world risks being held back as UK businesses grapple with increasing costs and a lack of clarity around a credible path to net zero, despite a tripling of awareness of the importance of reducing emissions and the potential commercial opportunity amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to research published by BSI. BSI, the UK National Standards Body, today publishes the third annual Net Zero Barometer. The research, drawn from interviews, a survey of 1,000 senior decision makers at UK SMEs and another of 1,000 UK consumers, finds that awareness of the importance of achieving net zero targets has almost tripled to 82% in two years[1], highlighting the opportunity for organizations to partner across their supply chains to accelerate progress. With many SMEs now also identifying the resulting cost benefits as a major reason to increase efforts in this area, it also suggests there’s a competitive edge to be gained by those that collaborate to pursue their net zero goals. Currently, only a third of SMEs are extremely confident[2] as to how to reach net zero, suggesting more clarity about doing so is needed. The report recommends that SMEs: While many SMEs have already delivered on ‘quick wins’, such as reducing waste (44%) or switching to LED bulbs (38%), the research finds there is more to be done on strategic thinking. 52% of those questioned had a net zero policy, while 17% – some 929,900 organizations[3] – have still to take key actions on becoming more sustainable, meaning they may risk falling short of  realizing their ambitions without further action. SMEs contribute over £2 trillion to the UK economy, giving them a critical role in progressing its net zero transition. Yet while Covid-19 pressures have somewhat subsided, the current geopolitical context means cost remains a vital obstacle. Nearly two thirds (63%) cited the cost-of-living crisis as the biggest inhibiting factor, followed by the energy crisis (50%). Many are calling for extra financial support: Over half believe that clean energy subsidies (56%) and government grants for new projects (52%) would help them meet targets. The barriers to progress come despite a separate survey showing that three quarters (73%) of consumers would pay more for an item or service from a company with good environmental credentials and a real commitment to hit net zero, with 93% of those in Gen Z[4] likely to be loyal to a climate friendly brand. Although value for money and factoring in inflation came top, in the same survey 48% of people noted environmental concerns as a consideration when they purchase goods or services. Notably, SMEs are increasingly recognizing the financial value of accelerating progress towards net zero. Two fifths cited the prospect of reduced costs as one of the main benefits, while 31% believed that doing so would be positive because it would enhance their image and reputation. Equally, with organizations looking at not only their own emissions but Scope 3 emissions in their supply chain, the report notes that for those organizations who supply others, transparency and clarity of carbon accounting is set to become an asset in winning contracts and growing the bottom line. The research emphasizes the importance of verifying environmental claims, with 94% of consumers saying that proper verification was important to them. Two-thirds of these said verification mattered because it demonstrates organizations aren’t just greenwashing, while 32% said verifying against best practice standards can provide a benchmark by which they can compare one business with another. The 2023 Net Zero Barometer also found that: Scott Steedman, Director-General, Standards at BSI said: “This year’s barometer gives me cause for optimism. With 82% of business leaders telling us that sustainability and achieving net zero is important to their business practice, we are seeing a growing commitment to decarbonizing by 2050, along with confidence that it is meaningful to turn long term ambition into immediate action. “At a time where the attention of many SME leaders is being diverted by economic pressures, they want help to navigate a path that is both credible and realistic. SMEs want to understand both where they are on this journey, and what that transition means for them and their stakeholders. They can benefit from having a clear roadmap  to how they’re going to achieve net zero, not only in their own operations, but also in their supply chains. Our research shows that with the right guidance – including the use of standards – SMEs are more than able to rise to this moment.” “Small businesses contribute more than £2 trillion in turnover to the UK economy. The collective impact they can have if they pull together and collaborate to meet net zero goals and ultimately accelerate progress to a sustainable world is significant.” [1] 82% of business leaders told us that sustainability and net zero was important, up from three in ten who believed their business had a responsibility to remove or reduce direct carbon emissions in 2021 [2] Question asked whether leaders were confident or extremely confident [3] Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2022, Gov.UK [4] Those born between the late 1990s and the late 2010s Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Housebuilder appoints new West Midlands MD

Housebuilder appoints new West Midlands MD

Top 10 UK housebuilder Keepmoat, has announced the appointment of Amanda Bishop as Regional Managing Director for the West Midlands. Amanda’s role as Regional Managing Director focuses on implementing new strategies for the West Midlands region, supporting the land acquisition strategy and driving growth in key areas. With previous roles at a number of national homebuilders including Crest Nicholson, Amanda brings over 30 years’ experience in the new homes industry to the role. Commenting on her appointment, Amanda said: “Over the past few years the West Midlands has seen significant successes and has grown to become one of Keepmoat’s flagship regions. I am looking forward to bringing my expertise from my time as Keepmoat’s Group Sales Director to the role, and supporting the region with further growth and new opportunities.” Keepmoat West Midlands has seven live developments operating from Staffordshire down to the South West. Flagship partnerships are ongoing with Homes England, Citizen, and Walsall Housing Group. Amanda continues: “These key partnerships have improved access to the property market for families on lower incomes and we’re particularly proud that we have the ability to build and sell new homes utilising the strength of these partnerships and relationships built locally.” The region has secured 1,350 plots over 90 acres of new land to support future developments that drive investment across the region. The West Midlands is active in the land market and is looking to acquire sites for a further 1,000 plots to feed the immediate pipeline. Tim Beale, Group CEO at Keepmoat, added: “I’m delighted that Amanda has been promoted to the role of Regional Managing Director for our West Midlands business, having joined Keepmoat as Sales Director in 2019 and playing a pivotal role in helping to deliver our growth in the region to date. As we look to further expand our presence in the West Midlands, I am confident that Amanda will continue to build on this success, working closely with our public and private sector partners to actively source new opportunities.” Keepmoat is a top 10 UK partnership housebuilder with a track-record of delivering quality homes in regions across the UK. To date, Keepmoat has built over 35,000 homes, transforming brownfield sites into thriving new communities. With around 70% of Keepmoat’s homes being affordable, the housebuilder is working to deliver high-quality, multi-tenure, new homes nationally. Keepmoat has achieved five star builder status in the National Home Builders Federation Award, receiving a rating of at least 90% in the National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professional

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