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April 23, 2024

Farrans completes 20-storey student accommodation in Leeds

Farrans completes 20-storey student accommodation in Leeds

Leading building and civil engineering contractor, Farrans Construction, has completed and handed over a luxury 20-storey student residential scheme in Leeds city centre for client Infinity Construction Enterprise Limited, part of the YPP Group. A total of 212 studio apartments have been provided in the Live Oasis St Albans Place

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Glencar announces completion of urban, multi-level industrial development for St George and SEGRO in Park Royal

Glencar announces completion of urban, multi-level industrial development for St George and SEGRO in Park Royal

The development provides 134,500 sq ft of flexible light industrial space over six storeys and sets a new benchmark for modern industrial space for innovative businesses. Glencar, a leading UK construction company that was recently ranked amongst Europe’s fastest growing businesses, yesterday announced the completion of a new urban, multi-level

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ESS EXPO launches webinar to raise awareness of green skills gap

ESS EXPO launches webinar to raise awareness of green skills gap

Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS), the world-leading event for the environmental services industry, has announced the launch of a webinar aimed LONDON at addressing critical skills shortages in the environmental sector. With demand currently outstripping supply, the online event entitled ‘ESS 2050: Green Skills’ will focus on how employers

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Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill

Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill

Housing association Aster Group and developer Thakeham have announced plans to deliver dozens of net zero carbon homes through a new joint venture partnership in Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill, Mid Sussex. With an estimated value of £58 million, the agreement will see 120

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A sign of things to come: construction begins at Broadnook, Leicestershire’s first garden village

A sign of things to come: construction begins at Broadnook, Leicestershire’s first garden village

Broadnook Garden Village, Leicestershire’s newest and most exciting community building project, has marked the start of construction with the erection of a landmark sign that’s guaranteed to put Leicestershire’s first Garden Village on the map! Broadnook developers have proudly announced the launch of construction, unveiling a new roadside billboard as

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Expert Tips for Selecting Skilled Measurement Surveyors for Measured Building Surveys

Expert Tips for Selecting Skilled Measurement Surveyors for Measured Building Surveys

Accuracy is paramount in construction and development. Achieving precision in measurements lays the foundation for successful projects, ensuring that designs align with reality. Measured building surveys are instrumental in providing detailed data on existing structures. However, the efficacy of such surveys hinges significantly on the proficiency of the measurement surveyors

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

April 23, 2024

Farrans completes 20-storey student accommodation in Leeds

Farrans completes 20-storey student accommodation in Leeds

Leading building and civil engineering contractor, Farrans Construction, has completed and handed over a luxury 20-storey student residential scheme in Leeds city centre for client Infinity Construction Enterprise Limited, part of the YPP Group. A total of 212 studio apartments have been provided in the Live Oasis St Albans Place development, featuring kitchens, bedrooms, en-suites, storage and living facilities. The range of communal spaces includes a gym, communal lounge, kitchen, study spaces, wellbeing lounge and eighth floor roof terrace. The property is aligned to the existing Live Oasis brand and maintains the client’s reputation for high-quality studio-based student accommodation, with a luxurious interior design and enhanced amenity space. Farrans continues to build on its presence in the region having recently been appointed as the main contractor for the Phase 1 terminal extension as part of a £100m regeneration project at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). The company has also secured a spot on a major works framework covering highways and transportation projects in Yorkshire. Alongside the alliance partners, Farrans will deliver projects valued over £7m. The framework firms will be used by Leeds Council and the wider Yorkshire Highways Alliance, which also includes the councils of Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees Council, York and Calderdale. It will also be available to any local authorities or contracting authorities who are a wholly owned subsidiary of the local authorities within the Yorkshire and Humber region. Cathal Montague, regional director for Farrans Construction, said: “Live Oasis St Albans Place has been an exciting and challenging project in the heart of a busy city centre location and we are proud to have delivered an unrivalled luxury student experience which matched our client’s expectations. We had an excellent project team on the ground who worked collaboratively with our client, architects, the management company YPP and our supply chain to minimise disruption while remaining on target and on programme. “Our experience of constructing student accommodation and high-rise properties using sustainable approaches means that we were well placed to deliver a cutting-edge design which relied exclusively on precast construction from the first floor upwards with a façade design and high-quality material palette. We have been able to optimise the speed of construction using innovative technology without compromising on the luxury finish. The precast panels offer a more sustainable approach to construction delivery as well as working well in a tight site footprint. We are looking forward to continuing our construction and civil engineering work in this region while also building on the relationships we have made so far.” The development is managed by YPP Student and Professional Lettings, which currently manages over 2,000 beds and 50 properties across seven cities with plans to expand further.  Harry Granger, Head of Marketing & Business Change at YPP, said: “When we were planning St Albans Place in Leeds we wanted to achieve a new level of luxury for the student accommodation market. Our completed building provides the ultimate all-inclusive experience in the heart of Leeds city centre, an easy walk from cafes, restaurants, shops and a thriving student community. The bespoke apartments are spaces made for high-quality living while studying. We selected Farrans based on their experience in the student accommodation sector and also because they have delivered multi-room, tall buildings. We are pleased to have partnered with them on this project and we are delighted with the top quality finishes that have been achieved.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Winvic and Greenbox Celebrate Groundbreaking for Net Zero Carbon Development in Darlington

Winvic and Greenbox Celebrate Groundbreaking for Net Zero Carbon Development in Darlington

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of private and public construction and civil engineering projects has been awarded a contract to construct Greenbox’s latest development in Darlington.  Greenbox is a joint venture between Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients, and Citivale, a specialist logistics developer and operator, to provide Grade A industrial units with market-leading environmental credentials. Winvic will be delivering the 36-week project as Net Zero Carbon in Construction and the companies have celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony. Works on the 24-acre Greenbox Darlington site – comprising three speculative industrial facilities totalling 402,000 sq ft and including all associated earthworks, drainage and service installations and hard and soft landscaping – will be complete by the end of the year. The three units will utilise air source heat pumps, will be rooftop PV-ready and will achieve leading sustainability credentials including BREEAM Excellent and EPC A. 10 per cent of the car parking will be constructed for electric vehicles (EV).  The location on the A66, close to three junctions on the A1(M), is a proven manufacturing hub and ‘last mile’ location to the major urban areas of the North East. Danny Nelson, Winvic’s Head of Industrial, Distribution and Logistics, commented: “It seems that as we hand over one project with sustainability at its heart, we’re contracted for the next and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Greenbox for the first time. Thank you to Partners Group and Citivale for putting their trust in our forward-thinking ESG expertise, making Greenbox Darlington Winvic’s twenty-seventh Net Zero Carbon project. Our team is looking forward to a fast start and will deliver the three industrial units before the end of 2024.” Alex Reynolds, Development Director at Citivale, said: “We are delighted to be working with Winvic on our Greenbox Darlington development. Their ESG commitments and expertise are perfectly aligned with our goal for the Greenbox platform, to create a lasting, positive impact on a local, national and global level and to lead wherever possible in this regard. Having acquired this planning-ready site at the end of 2023, in a thriving industrial and manufacturing area of the North East, it’s great to have been able to move so quickly to this first milestone in the development and we look forward to working closely with the team to make Greenbox Darlington available for occupation at the very start of next year.” For more information on Citvale and Greenbox Darlington, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit: www.citivale.com and www.greenbox-darlington.co.uk – and LinkedIn. For more information on Winvic, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit www.winvic.co.uk. Join Winvic on social media – visit X (formerly Twitter) @WinvicLtd – and LinkedIn Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Johnson Controls reports solid progress toward Sustainability Targets in 2024 Sustainability Report

Johnson Controls reports solid progress toward Sustainability Targets in 2024 Sustainability Report

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, today released its 2024 Sustainability Report, marking significant progress and unwavering focus on decarbonising the built environment. Notably, the company reduced absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 43.8% since 2017, putting it ahead of schedule in achieving its 2030 science-based target of a 55% reduction. The company also reported a 27.1% reduction in Scope 3 emissions derived from the use of its products, exceeding its 2030 science-based target of achieving 16% reduction in use of sold products by 2030. “At Johnson Controls, our focus on sustainability is a force multiplier accelerating our strategy, cutting our operating costs, and helping us attract and retain the best and brightest talent in the industry,” said George Oliver, chairman and CEO. “Putting our operating technology and OpenBlue digital platform to work achieving our own ambitious decarbonisation goals enables us to be a trusted partner to our customers, accelerating their climate progress and success. I am proud of the progress we have made and am excited by the many initiatives we have underway that make the promise of sustainable buildings a reality.” Buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions and buildings represent some of the fastest—if not the fastest—paths to meeting global climate targets. Throughout the report, Johnson Controls highlights key innovations and initiatives that deliver energy efficiency and decarbonisation in buildings. This includes the solutions and services that form the smart building trifecta: energy-efficient equipment, clean electrification and digitalisation. These solutions are making a difference in buildings like Children’s of Alabama medical centre, where OpenBlue and heat pump technologies are delivering $450,000 in annual savings and reducing the use of natural gas by 69%. In Norway, OpenBlue is helping create the largest net energy-positive building in the northern hemisphere. In Dubai Silicon Oasis, Johnson Controls chillers and AI-driven solutions are reducing carbon by 30% and delivering guaranteed energy savings of 4.2 million kWh per year. In 2023, OpenBlue Enterprise Manager and OpenBlue Central Utility Plant helped our customers avoid an estimated 70,000 metric tons CO2e, more than four times the avoided emissions of 2020. “We have very purposefully created a company that is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of customers at every level—creating the products, installing and servicing them, investing in advanced technologies like AI, and creating the financing structure to support net zero journeys end-to-end,” said Katie McGinty, vice president and chief sustainability and external relations officer at Johnson Controls. “The numbers show we are having tremendous impact in cutting energy, emissions, and cost in our own operations and for our customers. We are moving the needle on net zero buildings fast and we realise every day that decarbonising buildings is a winner for the climate and for smart, cutting-edge organisations that are determined to be best in class.” Against the backdrop of the hottest year on record, Johnson Controls remains committed to innovation, investing 90% of new product R&D into climate-related technologies. The company is also addressing hard-to-abate steel production and embodied carbon with more than 80% of steel purchases in the United States and 50% globally produced from recycled scrap materials using low-carbon, electric arc furnace steel-making technology.  Johnson Controls is also helping customers overcome financing challenges with innovative structures like “Net Zero Buildings as a Service,” which establishes outcome-based, net zero financing. It redefines risk by guaranteeing energy savings and paying project costs out of the savings. The company also offers performance-contracting projects, with guaranteed energy and operational savings realised over time. Since January 2000, Johnson Controls performance-contracting projects have helped partners and customers avoid over 39 million metric tons of emissions and they are set to save partners over $8.4 billion in energy and operational costs over their project terms. At NRG Park in Harris County, Texas, a 20-year energy savings performance contract is expected to generate more than $54 million in savings that will fund the entire cost of the complex-wide upgrades, while also providing surplus savings that will be reinvested back into the Harris County community. The project spans much of the complex, including upgrades to HVAC equipment, building automation systems, water conservation, life safety systems and lighting, as well as high-efficiency chiller upgrades and the integration of Johnson Controls OpenBlue Central Utility Plant. Johnson Controls attributes its global sustainability leadership to its global workforce. In 2023, Johnson Controls employees volunteered over 61,000 hours, the most volunteer hours recorded in one year since 2017, with more than 82% of the volunteer hours supporting one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The company is also investing in the rising generation of diverse, sustainable leaders through a wide range of scholarship, training, and community engagement programs. Recent Johnson Controls Recognition: To read the full 2024 Sustainability Report, please visit: johnsoncontrols.com/2024Sustainability. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Glencar announces completion of urban, multi-level industrial development for St George and SEGRO in Park Royal

Glencar announces completion of urban, multi-level industrial development for St George and SEGRO in Park Royal

The development provides 134,500 sq ft of flexible light industrial space over six storeys and sets a new benchmark for modern industrial space for innovative businesses. Glencar, a leading UK construction company that was recently ranked amongst Europe’s fastest growing businesses, yesterday announced the completion of a new urban, multi-level development for SEGRO and St George at , SEGRO V-Park Grand Union, in Park Royal. The project, one of its kind in the UK, offers 134,500 sq. ft. of flexible light industrial space over six storeys, presenting an innovative concept for delivering multi-storey light industrial property. With a unique design, it aims to maximise employment space and accessibility on the 1.7-acre plot, supporting up to 500 jobs and apprenticeships during construction. This initiative forms part of Grand Union, a new canal-side destination developed by St George. Grand Union boasts 10.2 acres of publicly accessible landscaped gardens, achieving a net biodiversity gain of 240%. The development also includes a community centre, health centre, local supermarket, and a variety of on-site amenities. The ground and first floors of the development feature over 100 parking spaces, along with incorporated electric vehicle charging points. The flexible industrial space spans four upper levels, offering individual units of various sizes ranging from 1,712 to 32,250 sq. ft. These spaces are complemented by shared meeting rooms, breakout areas, and wellness spaces, including a green roof terrace. Speaking about the project Glencar CEO Eddie McGillycuddy said: “As we stand here today against the backdrop of this incredible new building, it is with an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment that we can admire what Glencar and our exceptional team have delivered. Being the first multi-storey urban logistics building of its kind to be developed in the UK, Glencar is honoured to have been entrusted by esteemed clients St George and SEGRO to successfully deliver this project. As we continue to engage with an increasing number of urban logistics developments and last-mile projects in London and the Southwest, we are leveraging our exceptional skillset to maintain our position at the forefront of Industrial & Logistics construction in the UK. This building sets a new benchmark for modern industrial space, catering to innovative businesses. Its construction quality, sustainability measures, and flexible design are pioneering, maximising collaboration across multiple levels and featuring contemporary amenities. We eagerly anticipate seeing the building in action, and I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the exceptional team who worked tirelessly to deliver this outstanding outcome.” To read more about SEGRO V-Park Grand Union and access media visit https://www.segro.com/countries-repository/united-kingdom/segro-v-park-grand-union Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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ESS EXPO launches webinar to raise awareness of green skills gap

ESS EXPO launches webinar to raise awareness of green skills gap

Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS), the world-leading event for the environmental services industry, has announced the launch of a webinar aimed LONDON at addressing critical skills shortages in the environmental sector. With demand currently outstripping supply, the online event entitled ‘ESS 2050: Green Skills’ will focus on how employers can bridge the gap in green jobs across the nation. Taking place on Friday 26 April from 12:00-14:00, the webinar will feature presentations and discussions on government initiatives, apprenticeship schemes, regional differences, and collaborations between UK universities and the industry. It will also offer businesses practical steps to train the next generation, strategies to make the sector more attractive to the younger generations, and collaborative solutions to address green skills shortages.   The webinar will be co-hosted by Groundwork, the official charity partner of ESS Expo, and chaired by Adam Read, Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer of SUEZ and member of the Green Jobs Delivery Group. Joining the session will be leading industry voices Melissa Vogeley, Team Leader – Green Jobs & Skills for Net Zero at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and Aashya Zina, Department for Education, providing an update on the Green Jobs Delivery Group. Sally Hayns, CEO of The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) will address Barriers to Nature-based Green Jobs, while Beth Whittaker, Chief Human Resources Officer of Veolia Northern Europe Zone, will deliver a case study on Future Talent to Deliver GreenUp. The former will look at overcoming certain challenges to support the expansion of a committed, engaged workforce, while the latter will explore future talent including graduates, apprentices, and internships, as well as green skills planning for future roles and over 50s talent. Venetia Knight, Head of Employment and Enterprise at charity, Groundwork, will present on Increasing the Attractiveness of Sector to young people, followed by a joint session from Dr. Aris Alexoulis, Senior Lecturer in Mechatronics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Steve Jones, Connected Curriculum Lead at Siemens, on the Connected Curriculum: How Academia and Industry can Collaborate on Education. The Siemens Connected Curriculum is a collaborative partnership that equips member universities with an extensive portfolio of technology learning materials and real-world industrial case studies covering all aspects of the product lifecycle. Commenting on the webinar, Rob Mowat, Managing Director of ESS Expo, said: “We are excited to be launching the first in our new series of webinars. ESS 2050: Green Skills is a unique opportunity for operators, local authorities, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and stakeholders from education and development to engage in a conversation crucial for shaping the future of the environmental workforce. We have already received a remarkable amount of interest in this opportunity and are looking forward to sharing the debate with all those involved in the sector on 26 April.” To sign up to join the ESS 2050: Green Skills webinar on Friday 26th April, visit the website here.To register your interest to attend ESS Expo 2024 from 11-12 September at the NEC Birmingham, visit the website here. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill

Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill

Housing association Aster Group and developer Thakeham have announced plans to deliver dozens of net zero carbon homes through a new joint venture partnership in Work starts on new net zero carbon homes in Burgess Hill, Mid Sussex. With an estimated value of £58 million, the agreement will see 120 new homes delivered across a circa 19-acre site in Burgess Hill. Named Templegate, the development is expected to be the first net zero carbon scheme of its size in Mid Sussex. All homes will be built with a sustainable specification that includes timber frames, solar PV panels and air source heat pumps, wastewater heat recovery systems, alongside more energy efficient windows and doors and increased floor and roof insulation. This combination of renewable energy and efficiency mean that carbon emissions from operating the homes are zero or below and will leave no carbon footprint. Construction is already under way with completion expected in spring 2026. Once complete, the development will comprise properties ranging in size, from one-bed apartments to four-bed houses. Of the 120 homes, 27 will be affordable while a further nine will be available through the government’s First Homes scheme. The first joint venture between the organisations, this latest collaboration builds on an existing partnership that includes the delivery of 34 new affordable homes in Petworth, West Sussex, which are currently under construction. Amanda Williams, Chief Investment Officer at Aster Group, said: “Having previously established a strong working relationship with Thakeham, we’re proud to be coming together again, this time through this joint venture, to deliver an exciting net zero carbon scheme in Mid Sussex. “I strongly believe that adopting a collaborative and targeted approach to housebuilding is crucial given the acute housing shortage, as we continue on our mission to deliver the quality, sustainable homes our communities so desperately need.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Miller Homes and Citra Living join forces to deliver new Private Rented Sector homes

Miller Homes and Citra Living join forces to deliver new Private Rented Sector homes

Miller Homes and Citra Living, which is part of Lloyds Banking Group, have joined forces to deliver 100 Private Rented Sector homes at Miller Homes’ Roman Croft development in Priorslee, Telford. Working together they will provide much needed additional new homes for open market rent which will help to meet the significant demand for high-quality rental properties. The 100 homes for Citra at Roman Croft are being developed with environmental sustainability in mind. Every house is entirely gas-free, using an air source heat pump for heating, and is equipped with an electric vehicle charger. They will be delivered in two phases, with 46 in the first phase and 54 in the second, and handover of the homes is expected to be completed by July 2026. Danny O’Connor, Divisional Managing Director at Miller Homes, said: “We are pleased to have agreed a deal with Citra Living to deliver 100 homes for the private rented sector in Priorslee, and hope this forms the foundation for many more in the future. “Miller Homes’ Roman Croft development offers residents a blend of thriving town life and picturesque countryside living, with easy access to both Wolverhampton and Birmingham, and the Shropshire Hills on the doorstep.” Matthew Bench, Group Managing Director – Partnerships at Miller Homes, said: “Building Private Rented Sector homes as part of our business model, like these for Citra Living, allows us to continue diversifying our portfolio, while creating new opportunities for land acquisition and supporting our overall growth ambitions to 6,500 homes per year.” Andy Hutchinson, CEO of Citra Living, said: “Working with Miller Homes to deliver these more energy efficient new homes supports the delivery our goal to help more people live in the place they want and in the kind of modern home they want to live.  “By teaming up with experienced, forward-thinking housebuilders, like Miller, we can bring more, better quality homes in great locations to the market more quickly.” Roman Croft, and the neighbouring Earl’s Grange development, both at Priorslee, offer easy access to the A5 and M54 motorway and are just 5 minutes from Telford town centre. Fantastic local amenities including Telford Central Rail Station and Priorslee Lake are on the doorstep. The wider Priorslee site covers over 75 acres which will provide 1,100 homes. The community will benefit from new amenities including a new community building, a primary school, a local retail centre, a retirement village and land made available for a new GP surgery, as well as football pitches and a skate park. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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A sign of things to come: construction begins at Broadnook, Leicestershire’s first garden village

A sign of things to come: construction begins at Broadnook, Leicestershire’s first garden village

Broadnook Garden Village, Leicestershire’s newest and most exciting community building project, has marked the start of construction with the erection of a landmark sign that’s guaranteed to put Leicestershire’s first Garden Village on the map! Broadnook developers have proudly announced the launch of construction, unveiling a new roadside billboard as well as the installation of Hollywood-style 9ft lettering made from corten steel. The lettering will turn a beautiful burnt orange with age and is a symbol of a grand beginning for this new village location at the heart of Charnwood. In recognition of Broadnook Garden Village’s commitment to the local community and businesses, bottles of locally grown Rothley sparkling wine were uncorked in celebration of construction launching in earnest. Raising a glass from the neighbouring Rothley Vineyard was the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz, alongside James Wilson, Managing Director of Davidsons Homes, and Steve Keenan, Construction Director at Cora Homes. The creation of this new Garden Village represents a fresh era in community building, with plans that include car-free zones, cycle paths, village square, community nursery and primary school, enterprise zones, allotments and open green spaces that will connect residents to the local landscape. The project is backed by an investment of £32.6 million – of which over £17 million is being invested into local schools – creating more than 1900 homes. The village will offer beautiful homes ranging from one to five bedrooms, all part of the developers’ vision for a bespoke modern community that encapsulates the best of town and countryside. Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz said: “The launch of Broadnook Garden Village is a defining moment for the Borough of Charnwood as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. This thoughtful, innovative design offers a sense of ‘place’, encapsulating the heritage of the surrounding area but considers the long-term future for the new community as it develops. “I recall the many consultation meetings and I am genuinely delighted and privileged to be part of this special occasion, which will prove to be an investment that provides more than simply houses.” James Wilson, Managing Director of Davidsons Homes said: “It is a privilege to be here, today, to officially launch the construction of Broadnook Garden Village – Leicestershire’s first Garden Village. Broadnook aims to bring the very best elements from all your favourite Charnwood villages into one purpose-built community.”  Luke Simmons, Managing Director of Cora Homes added: “We’re proud to be co-creating Broadnook Garden Village and in doing so establishing a modern, connected community that will offer residents exceptional homes set among landscaped green areas with open walkways to exercise and immerse in nature. Broadnook will create local infrastructure, enterprise zones, community hubs and flexible working spaces – designed to meet the long-term needs of homeowners from today into the future. At Cora, we call it Creating Amazing Places.” Broadnook’s chief architects have carefully designed the Garden Village to enhance this beautiful and highly desirable part of Charnwood. Residents will be able to enjoy being part of a modern community that subscribes to the ethos of connecting neighbourhoods with their natural surroundings. Taking its name from a local ancient spinney that runs through the site, Broadnook promises leafy tree lined walks – akin to Leicester’s New Walk – parks, allotments, wildflower meadows, play areas, beautiful, landscaped garden spaces and sports pitches. More than 50 per cent of Broadnook Garden Village will be devoted to green spaces, with future residents also able to enjoy car-free zones to allow them to move freely and safely – another nod to the Garden Village ethos.  Iain Pickering, Design Director at Davidsons Homes – and mastermind behind the reinvention of the Broadnook Garden Village concept – said: “We are creating Broadnook Garden Village without losing sight of how we all want to live: as part of a thriving community that feels modern and connected, yet firmly rooted in the beautiful nature that we are lucky enough to enjoy in Charnwood.  As a local  resident myself, it was important that we not only took inspiration from the history of Charnwood’s villages, but also looked to the future.” He adds: “We have taken many of our design cues from the local Leicestershire landscape: our street signs take inspiration from our neighbours at Great Central Railway; our architecture takes careful reference from the beautiful, period house styles seen in Rothley, Quorn and Barrow upon Soar.  Our tree lined walk, which is an integral element of our design, passes a nod to Leicester’s historic New Walk. Broadnook is firmly – and proudly – Leicestershire born and bred.”    The Broadnook lettering is made of corten steel that will rust to a beautiful burnt orange with time and exposure to the elements Broadnook Garden Village will be far from being style over substance; it will offer outstanding modern amenities that any thriving village community needs, including plans for a community primary school, retail shops, care facilities and a new GP surgery making every day living at Broadnook easy and enjoyable.  The village centre and amenities will, it is hoped, minimise the need for unnecessary use of a car within the Broadnook village.   For longer journeys, Broadnook Garden Village is exceptionally situated for transport links, with fast, easy access to nearby towns and cities. Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham are reached swiftly by road and bus, and excellent train links bring London to your doorstep in around 70 minutes. East Midlands Airport is also just a short ride away by car, or the speedy 24-hour, skylink shuttle bus service.  Broadnook is, of course, on the cusp of the historic National Forest of Charnwood offering gorgeous woodland and breathtaking landscapes that can be enjoyed on foot or bicycle.  While landscaping has been in process for a while, today is a celebration of the new homes and sales office now underway at Broadnook. It is expected that the Garden Village’s first residents will be welcomed in autumn 2024. For more information, visit Broadnook.co.uk and follow @BroadnookGardenVillage on socials for more information, updates and

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Expert Tips for Selecting Skilled Measurement Surveyors for Measured Building Surveys

Expert Tips for Selecting Skilled Measurement Surveyors for Measured Building Surveys

Accuracy is paramount in construction and development. Achieving precision in measurements lays the foundation for successful projects, ensuring that designs align with reality. Measured building surveys are instrumental in providing detailed data on existing structures. However, the efficacy of such surveys hinges significantly on the proficiency of the measurement surveyors undertaking them. This article will present expert tips for selecting skilled measurement surveyors for these building surveys. 1. Assess Qualifications and Accreditation The first step in choosing these experts is evaluating their qualifications and accreditation. Look for professionals with relevant degrees or certifications in surveying or related fields. Accreditation from recognised institutions indicates adherence to industry standards and best practices. Additionally, inquire about their experience, as this specialised skill set is essential for accurate data collection and interpretation. 2. Evaluate Technological Proficiency Technological proficiency is a prerequisite for effective measurement surveys. Seek experts who utilise advanced tools and techniques like laser scanning and Building Information Modeling (BIM). These technologies enhance measurement accuracy and streamline the surveying process, saving time and resources. 3. Consider Industry Experience Experience breeds expertise, particularly in the field of measurement surveys. When choosing professionals for such endeavours, give precedence to those with a documented history of achievements in analogous projects. Seasoned practitioners possess the understanding to tackle obstacles, foresee potential complications, and furnish exhaustive survey reports tailored to satisfy the requirements of clients and stakeholders. 4. Review Portfolio A surveyor’s portfolio offers valuable insights into their capabilities and approach. Review past projects to gauge their scope, complexity, and quality. Pay attention to the level of detail in survey reports, the accuracy of measurements, and the ability to address client requirements. A diverse portfolio demonstrating proficiency across different structures indicates a well-rounded surveyor. 5. Seek Client References Client references provide firsthand feedback on the performance and reliability of measurement surveyors. Reach out to past clients to inquire about their encounters collaborating with the surveyor. Inquire about the calibre of service provided, adherence to designated timelines, proficiency in communication, and overall contentment with the surveying proceedings. Favourable endorsements from contented clients are tangible evidence of the surveyor’s adeptness and professionalism. 6. Emphasize Communication and Collaboration Effective communication is essential for successful surveys. Choose surveyors who prioritise clear and transparent communication throughout the project lifecycle. They should be responsive to client queries, provide regular updates on survey progress, and collaborate closely with other stakeholders involved in the project. Strong interpersonal skills foster collaboration and ensure the surveying process is smooth and efficient. 7. Consider Cost and Value While cost is important in selecting measurement surveyors, it should not be the sole determining factor. Instead, focus on each surveyor’s value proposition. Consider factors such as the comprehensiveness of survey services, level of expertise, quality of deliverables, and potential long-term benefits for the project. A higher upfront investment in skilled surveyors may yield greater accuracy and efficiency, ultimately saving costs in the long run. The selection of skilled surveyors is crucial for the success of measured building surveys. By following these expert tips, stakeholders can identify surveyors to deliver accurate and reliable data. Investing time and effort in selecting the right surveyor can significantly enhance the quality and outcome of construction and development projects.

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