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April 25, 2024

Housing need 2040: New data analysis shows hot spots for development

Housing need 2040: New data analysis shows hot spots for development

Ground-breaking data analysis by socio-economic experts at Marrons has revealed areas of opportunity for development across England and highlighted the positive impact of specialist and affordable homes as part of a functioning housing market, much of which can be facilitated through market-led development at scale. Utilising the latest ONS Census

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AG Announce £5.4m Investment to Meet Soaring Demand

AG Announce £5.4m Investment to Meet Soaring Demand

Leading paving and building products manufacturer, AG, has made a series of substantial investments totalling over £5.4 million to enhance its manufacturing facilities. The latest upgrades, exceeding £400k will boost production efficiency to help meet soaring demand for AG’s hard landscaping and building products while simultaneously reducing the company’s environmental

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Major recladding project taking shape at West Point in Leeds

Major recladding project taking shape at West Point in Leeds

Work to transform a 16-storey residential scheme at Wellington Street in central Leeds is progressing at pace, with Caddick Construction appointed to remove the cladding facade and commence reinstallation of regulatory compliant materials.  Delivered on behalf of Mainstay Residential and West Point Management, the £24.5 million project at West Point

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Stoke Gifford's Aldi Store Set for June Opening

Stoke Gifford’s Aldi Store Set for June Opening

Stoke Gifford’s new Aldi store, situated on a newly developed mixed-use site at Fox Den Road (behind Sainsbury’s), is due to open on Thursday 13th June 2024. The tentative opening date for the supermarket is currently being advertised on a number of vinyl banners on display at the site. The

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HS2 moves 1,100 tonne viaduct in weekend operation

HS2 moves 1,100 tonne viaduct in weekend operation

HS2 has released timelapse and drone footage showing contractors moving a 1,100 tonne composite viaduct into place over two M42/M6 link roads in North Warwickshire. The 158-metre-long structure was moved into place in 13 hours using a specialist push-pull jacking technique. The ‘East M42-M6 Link Viaduct’ is one of 13 viaducts

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Crest Nicholson acquires land at Branston Locks

Crest Nicholson acquires land at Branston Locks

Crest Nicholson has acquired land at Branston Locks in East Staffordshire. The housebuilder received reserved matters planning approval for the greenfield parcel, where it plans to build 284 new homes, in April of last year. The purchase marks the next step in the latest phase of a Sustainable Urban Extension

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Work starts on Manchester affordable scheme

Work starts on Manchester affordable scheme

Eric Wright Construction has commenced work on a new £20 million apartment scheme in Manchester city centre. The new nine-storey residential development, at Laystall Street just off Great Ancoats Street, is being delivered for client Great Places Housing Group and is part-funded by Homes England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

April 25, 2024

Bouygues UK Delivers 292 New Affordable and 50 Extra Care Fully Managed Homes in Canning Town

Bouygues UK Delivers 292 New Affordable and 50 Extra Care Fully Managed Homes in Canning Town

Bouygues UK, main contractor and developer for the Hallsville Quarter phase 3 development in Canning Town, London, has successfully completed the handover of two affordable residential blocks to One Housing, part of Riverside. Designed by Hawkins\Brown architects, these blocks provide homes for 235 shared ownership, 10 shared equity, 10 affordable rent, 50 extra care, and 37 social rent tenures. Each block has been designed to provide community podium and roof gardens, with convenient access to the Hallsville Quarter town centre facilities and local transport. The Hallsville Quarter scheme, valued at £240 million, is one of the largest regeneration projects in London. Phase 3 is the most significant phase at Hallsville Quarter, with 488 new homes handed over to date out of the 620 total, which is more than the previous two phases combined.  Having delivered 146 apartments to Grainger plc in July 2023, the development will be completed with an additional 132 apartments being handed over later this year in 2024, along with 2,000 square meters of health centre to be fitted out in 2025 under a joint venture between Newham Council and the NHS.  The scheme also delivers additional retail space to complete the high street. The residents and wider community have actively contributed to shaping the development, and the scheme is now showcasing its potential, providing a true community hub with its hotel, food store supermarket, cafes, restaurants and health and leisure facilities all occupied and servicing the community at large. Phillippa Prongué, Bouygues UK’s Managing Director for London and the South East, said, “We would like to express our thanks to One Housing for their collaborative partnership throughout this phase of the scheme. Together, we have created a remarkable development that provides high-quality, affordable homes and amenities that not only enrich the lives of residents but also create long-term benefits for the community. We are proud of the social value and employment opportunities that this scheme has generated so far for the people of Newham, and the collaboration with local residents and the wider community in shaping this project.” Nathan Gravesande, Riverside’s Development Director (London), added, “We are pleased to have worked in partnership again with Linkcity and Bouygues UK, to provide a total 342 brand new, affordable homes as part of our Hallsville Quarter community. This is a fantastic milestone and will help us build on the existing homes we have in Newham, one of our key London boroughs. As well as providing much needed affordable homes, the third phase of Hallsville Quarter delivers 50 Extra Care homes with support and personal care services to adults over 55 years old. Set in an outstanding London location, the new development has brilliant environmental credentials and an array of amenities. We are very excited to be welcoming customers to these new homes in the coming months”. Darren Mackin, Director of Community Wealth Building at Newham Council, said, “Hallsville Quarter is one of the defining schemes that Newham Council and partners are bringing forward as part of the wider regeneration of Canning Town to create a revitalised town centre with lasting impact on the local economy and communities. I am pleased to see that the latest phase to be delivered at Hallsville Quarter provides affordable options for a variety of existing and future Newham residents in this thriving new location and I look forward to seeing the homes completed later this year.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Housing need 2040: New data analysis shows hot spots for development

Housing need 2040: New data analysis shows hot spots for development

Ground-breaking data analysis by socio-economic experts at Marrons has revealed areas of opportunity for development across England and highlighted the positive impact of specialist and affordable homes as part of a functioning housing market, much of which can be facilitated through market-led development at scale. Utilising the latest ONS Census data (2021) and 2018-based population projections, planning, design and development consultancy Marrons has painted a clear picture of England’s housing need in 2040 in its latest report. Supplementing this is data from local authority housing registers, social housing stock records and extrapolated housing requirement figures using the government’s standard method. Dan Usher, economics director at Marrons, who specialises in housing need evidence, said: “England is poised for significant demographic change over the next two decades, bringing forth new challenges and opportunities in the housing sector. Already, the country has been named as the most difficult place to find a home in the developed world[i], and our ageing population and rising property prices will only exacerbate the problem. “We are nowhere near meeting the government’s minimum housing need of 300,000 properties a year – the average is 215,000 over the past decade – so parliament’s response to its own target is grossly inadequate. However, the obsession with the number is meaningless if hitting targets is prioritised over and above the needs of local populations. “A national housing policy – supported by a proper approach to regeneration, systematic review of green belt and an in-depth understanding of the socio-economic needs of a location – will highlight areas of opportunity and meaningful change. Without this, we will see no movement in the market or developments that do not serve the population’s needs, placing the housing crisis in gridlock.” Regionally, the South East leads the way in housing need outside of Greater London, with demand for more than 950,000 homes by 2040, according to the government’s minimum housing need, which is calculated using the standard method. In contrast, the North East demands the least, with a requirement of 112,388 properties. While the first-time buyer demographic (aged 25-44) is anticipated to decline nationally by 1.6%, this group will make up 30% of adults in England by 2040. Yorkshire and the Humber (10%), the West Midlands (7%) and the South West (1%) will buck the trend with positive growth among this age group. Dan said: “Despite a national decline in numbers, this demographic remains a hugely important segment of the housing market. The first-time buyers of 2040 are teenagers and young adults living with their parents today, so they will be completely new entrants to the housing market. “The consequences of not adequately providing for this segment of the housing market are considerable and will result in many young people moving back into the family home, with delays to household formation and fertility rates in younger adults directly impacted.” The latest figures show that only 16% of the 295,197 social rent[ii] properties owned by local authorities and registered providers that were sold or demolished nationally between 2015/16 and 2021/22 have been replaced. If this continues at its current level, it will result in a net loss of 385,887 homes by 2040. Dan said: “England is losing social housing much faster than it is being built and the losses are mounting up – in fact, according to housing and homelessness charity Shelter, social housebuilding in England being at its lowest rate in decades. Demand is continually outstripping supply, leaving the poorest households with no choice but to enter unaffordable private tenancies – putting them at risk of homelessness. “This deficit is at the heart of this country’s housing emergency, presenting an opportunity for developers and social housing providers to bring projects forward. Helping to build the case for the scheme’s need in order to influence and convince local authorities it needs to be approved is essential, and it is important decision-makers take the crisis seriously. “It is clear we need lots of market housing, but we also need to go beyond this and provide a mix of housing types of tenures. Specialist properties, such as affordable and later living, could be the key to unlocking issues for local authorities if we properly understand the local population now and in the future.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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AG Announce £5.4m Investment to Meet Soaring Demand

AG Announce £5.4m Investment to Meet Soaring Demand

Leading paving and building products manufacturer, AG, has made a series of substantial investments totalling over £5.4 million to enhance its manufacturing facilities. The latest upgrades, exceeding £400k will boost production efficiency to help meet soaring demand for AG’s hard landscaping and building products while simultaneously reducing the company’s environmental footprint. Focused on modernising its factories, equipment, and technology with the construction of a new £3 million factory and £2 million wash plant revamp, the firm has announced their latest improvements which include the installation of two state-of-the-art crushers. Integral to both the production and quality of AG’s market leading products, the inclusion of crushers in its manufacturing process enables the company to harness locally sourced materials from both its Pomeroy plant and on-site quarry in Fivemiletown, ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply chain. In alignment with AG’s environmental commitment, which includes its Climate Action Pledge to decrease Scope 1 and 2 emissions by a minimum of 30% by 2030, the new crushers will optimise aggregate production across the company whilst reducing energy consumption. The cutting-edge machinery will match the output of its predecessors whilst consolidating the crushing circuits at the company’s Fivemiletown and Pomeroy sites, yielding significant carbon emission savings for AG. In addition, AG has introduced new product moulds, upgraded packaging machinery and new wrapping processes to improve performance efficiency and mitigate the company’s carbon impact across their four sites. “At AG, we are committed to delivering superior products while prioritising sustainability and innovation,” remarked Stephen Acheson, CEO. “Our latest investments underscore our proactive approach to create products that make construction better, faster and safer. By modernising our machinery infrastructure and embracing cutting-edge technologies, we are poised to meet the soaring demand the business is experiencing across commercial and domestic markets, while championing sustainable practices.” In tandem with its investment initiatives, AG has strengthened its workforce by creating new job opportunities, including the appointment of James Jack as GB Sales Director. This strategic expansion reinforces its commitment to driving sales across the UK & Ireland. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Major recladding project taking shape at West Point in Leeds

Major recladding project taking shape at West Point in Leeds

Work to transform a 16-storey residential scheme at Wellington Street in central Leeds is progressing at pace, with Caddick Construction appointed to remove the cladding facade and commence reinstallation of regulatory compliant materials.  Delivered on behalf of Mainstay Residential and West Point Management, the £24.5 million project at West Point residential complex, is one of the largest recladding contracts outside of London, with this scheme due for completion in May 2025, following a 121-week programme.  The building, which was not originally constructed by Caddick, has remained occupied throughout the project with Caddick working considerately to ensure residents’ safety and comfort throughout, with clear and direct lines of communication established.Paul Dodsworth, Caddick Construction Group Managing Director, comments: “As with any project in an occupied building – in a challenging city centre location and particularly one of scale – safety compliance, consideration, efficiency and communication are absolutely vital to the success of the job. Our carefully selected project team endeavours to ensure the safety and comfort of residents is upheld whilst building work is undertaken on-site. As such, we have partnered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme on this, and every development we undertake, with our recent on-site score coming back at an impressive 45. This enables Caddick to set and push the boundary when measured against our peers in the industry.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Construction workers name storms as top disruption to their work in past 12 months

Construction workers name storms as top disruption to their work in past 12 months

Construction workers in the UK say the nation’s unpredictable weather is preventing them from doing their jobs properly, prompting calls for employers to provide extra support. A survey by global technology company SafetyCulture has singled out stormy weather as the biggest disruption in the past 12 months. Four of the top five disruptions to UK construction workers are weather-related, with travel disruption on the roads, heat, icy weather, and floods also being identified. These external factors impact productivity with more than half (55%) of workers unable to leave home due to disruptions at some point last year, meaning they couldn’t do their jobs at all. Another half (49%) have had to leave site early at some point due to factors like bad weather. This frequent disruption contributes to the UK’s construction operatives feeling stretched and stressed. Six out of ten (59%) admit cutting corners on health and safety at work, potentially creating risk to themselves or colleagues. Respondents to SafetyCulture’s survey said they cut corners because they were under pressure to meet deadlines, understaffed, and poorly equipped. The findings come ahead of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Sunday 28th April, which is run annually by the UN’s International Labour Organisation. Alex Brooks-Sykes, SafetyCulture’s lead for UK & Ireland, said: “The British have a reputation for grumbling about the weather, but for construction workers, it can stop a good day’s work and even impact their safety. “Clearly on-site workers are heavily impacted by weather conditions, and storms are a particular drain on productivity and cause of downtime. Staff absences and disruption are also bad for businesses forced to continually juggle resources and fluctuating costs. It all adds up to another drag on the sector’s productivity.” SafetyCulture’s workplace operations platform is used by more than 18,000 UK businesses, including construction industry players like AECOM, ArcelorMittal, and Mobile Mini. Founded in Australia in 2004, the company aims to reach over 100 million deskless workers globally by 2032. Its survey highlights the plight of people who must physically show up for their jobs and work outside the comforts of air-conditioned offices. It is estimated that frontline workers represent 80% of the global workforce.1 With the Met Office forecasting an increase in the number and intensity of storms in Britain, SafetyCulture suggests employers can do more to support construction workers. Alex added: “Communication is key. Accepting that we can’t change the weather, employers should maintain an open dialogue with frontline workers and ensure reports from the ground are taken seriously. Managers with office comforts can be hundreds of miles from site, but the technology exists to react in real-time, minimise disruption and keep workers safe by ensuring they’ve got the right equipment and training to handle every climate. They’re simple principles, but they can make a big impact.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Stoke Gifford's Aldi Store Set for June Opening

Stoke Gifford’s Aldi Store Set for June Opening

Stoke Gifford’s new Aldi store, situated on a newly developed mixed-use site at Fox Den Road (behind Sainsbury’s), is due to open on Thursday 13th June 2024. The tentative opening date for the supermarket is currently being advertised on a number of vinyl banners on display at the site. The Stoke Gifford store is one of 35 that Aldi plans to open across the UK this year. Jonathan Neale, managing director of national real estate at Aldi UK, said: “After attracting more new customers than any other supermarket in the last 12 months*, we’re more determined than ever to expand our presence across the country.” “We want to make high-quality food accessible to all, and shoppers know they’ll always get more for their money when shopping at Aldi.” A Costa drive-through became the first unit on the site to begin trading when it opened its doors in early April. Other businesses on the development that will be opening soon are a Premier Inn and a Beefeater restaurant. The hotel is already being marketed – as the ‘Premier Inn Bristol Parkway (M32)’ – although at the time of writing bookings are not yet open. Signage at the site suggests that the Beefeater restaurant will be known as ‘The Gifford’, although the venue is yet to be listed on the firm’s website. Numerous job vacancies at Aldi, Premier Inn and Beefeater are currently being advertised. Links to the relevant recruitment websites may be found on the Jobs page of the Stoke Gifford Journal website. No opening dates for the hotel and restaurant have been released by the owning company, Whitbread, however it is noted that recruitment adverts are headed: “Starting 23rd May 2024“. Elsewhere on the site, a row of electric vehicle charging points has been installed, with ten associated parking bays, although these are not yet in use at the time of writing. Vehicular access to the development is via a single entrance/exit point on the access road into Sainsbury’s. There are five pedestrian access points, the main one being off Great Stoke Way, close to the roundabout near Aviva. Planning permission for the mixed-use development at Fox Den Road was granted in April 2021 and preparatory work, including the felling of trees around the 4-acre site, took place in January 2022. Beard Construction was responsible for the construction of the complex on behalf of the developer, Baylis Estates. A statement on the Baylis Estates websites describes the development as having been “completed in Q1 2024”, adding that it has been “forward sold”. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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HS2 moves 1,100 tonne viaduct in weekend operation

HS2 moves 1,100 tonne viaduct in weekend operation

HS2 has released timelapse and drone footage showing contractors moving a 1,100 tonne composite viaduct into place over two M42/M6 link roads in North Warwickshire. The 158-metre-long structure was moved into place in 13 hours using a specialist push-pull jacking technique. The ‘East M42-M6 Link Viaduct’ is one of 13 viaducts which make up HS2’s triangular Delta Junction. This section of the railway enables high speed trains to travel between London, Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Curzon Street Station. The operation was completed 10 hours ahead of schedule during a weekend road closure, enabling the motorway link roads to be opened earlier than planned. It was delivered by a team of 25 people from specialist steelwork company Victor Buyck Steel Construction (VBSC), working on behalf of HS2’s main works contractor Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV). HS2 Ltd, BBV and National Highways collaborated to minimise disruption for people using the roads and enabling this engineering feat to take place. This was the second ‘launch’ of this structure to move it into its final position over both westbound and eastbound motorway link roads. In February, the first launch took the first 84 metre section of the viaduct to its halfway position over the westbound link road. Since then, three further steel girders were welded to the back of the first section and 38 precast concrete slabs were installed to complete the 158-metre-long structure. By installing the slabs prior to launch, the number of highway closures required to finish the composite deck has been significantly reduced helping to keep future closures of the link road to a minimum. Over the summer, a similar two-stage operation will move the identical ‘West M42-M6 Link Viaduct’ which runs parallel to the East Link Viaduct. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Crest Nicholson acquires land at Branston Locks

Crest Nicholson acquires land at Branston Locks

Crest Nicholson has acquired land at Branston Locks in East Staffordshire. The housebuilder received reserved matters planning approval for the greenfield parcel, where it plans to build 284 new homes, in April of last year. The purchase marks the next step in the latest phase of a Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) at Branston Locks, Burton-on-Trent. Sitting within a larger development site being delivered by multiple developers, Crest Nicholson will provide a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes which will contribute towards the 2,500 homes being delivered by the wider scheme. The homes will include several of Crest Nicholson’s house types such as the three-bedroom Hadleigh and four-bedroom Yorkley, with 22 homes available as affordable Shared Ownership properties. Proposals for the site also include public open spaces including a play area and walking and cycling routes. In addition, residents will benefit from a range of commercial, educational and leisure facilities on the wider development, including a primary school, pub, care home and hotel of up to 80 rooms. Tim Brickley, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson Midlands, said: “We’re excited to have completed the purchase of land at Branston Locks and look forward to delivering high-quality homes. The Branston Locks development will create a vibrant, sustainable community in a great location while providing much-needed homes within the area and we’re thrilled to be part of this wonderful development.” The SUE will also include vehicular access connections from Branston Road and Shobnall Road, green infrastructure comprising public open space, structural landscaping, sustainable urban drainage basins and associated drainage, as well as sports and recreation facilities. Staffordshire offers residents access to a range of fun activities with the likes of Alton Towers and Peak District in close proximity. The town is centrally located, with great commuter links to major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. The M6 runs through the centre of the county and connects it to the rest of the UK by road, while there are several train stations in Stoke, Stafford, Lichfield Trent Valley and Rugeley Trent Valley running high-speed, nationwide services. For those looking to travel internationally, Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester airports are within easy reach. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Work starts on Manchester affordable scheme

Work starts on Manchester affordable scheme

Eric Wright Construction has commenced work on a new £20 million apartment scheme in Manchester city centre. The new nine-storey residential development, at Laystall Street just off Great Ancoats Street, is being delivered for client Great Places Housing Group and is part-funded by Homes England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Brownfield Housing Fund. The new scheme will provide 89 one and two-bed apartments available for Rent to Buy and Social Rent. The development is the second project to commence work at the site following Manchester-based developer, McCauls’ transformation of the Grade II-listed Armitage Showroom into 5,000 sq. ft of high-quality office space. McCauls are also planning to create a small residential element adjacent designed by OMI Architects, on the corner of Laystall Street and Pigeon Street. Nick Gornall, Director of Development at Great Places, said: “We’re delighted to be starting work at Laystall Street which will provide much-needed affordable accommodation in central Manchester.” “Laystall Street is an excellent location, and we look forward to working together again with Eric Wright to deliver its transformation. The project will breathe new life into this part of the city centre and reinforces our continued commitment to the delivery of affordable homes across Manchester.” Jeremy Hartley, Chief Executive Officer at Eric Wright Group, added: “Our Laystall Street project with Great Places builds on our successful collaboration at Ancoats Dispensary and we are looking forward to partnering with them again. Our construction team is committed to delivering excellence, and we look forward to seeing this development bring more high quality, affordable housing to the community in this part of Manchester. “As with Ancoats Dispensary, we will again be creating jobs, working with the local supply chain and offering work experience opportunities and apprenticeships.” Work is expected to be completed in early 2026. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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UK's first Smart Innovation Superhub Opens in Southampton

UK’s First Smart Innovation Superhub opens in Silicon Beach Tech Supercluster

PROCODE BOSS PLEDGES TO FINISH BRITAIN’S SMART ROLLOUT The UK’s first Smart Innovation Superhub has opened in the heart of the UK’s Silicon Beach, ready to fast-track the smart rollout through to completion with long-awaited and life-changing innovation. Procode is Great Britain’s first Smart Innovation Superhub which brings together a team of 300+ developers – many with two decades of experience in this space – to deliver smart enhancements and solutions designed to improve the standard of living for UK citizens and cut public spending. The Smart Superhub’s innovations are expected to benefit at least a third of smart-enabled households by the end of next year. Ian Burgess, Managing Director of Procode, is the leading innovator in the smart space, being the driving force behind the UK’s first ever specialist Smart Pay As You Go (PAYG) supplier, Utilita. More recently, Ian and his team have created the UK’s first smart data communications adapter to rectify the inefficiencies and connectivity black spots consumers have been forced to endure by the national smart network operator. He comments on the launch: “The government’s 2013 smart rollout began with the intention of smart-enabling every home and business in the UK. It failed because it was back to front – a bit like giving every household a car, but a decade before roads had been invented. The features and benefits associated with becoming smart-enabled just weren’t there, and as a result only half of the UK’s households accepted one and a large cohort refused to accept one. “For more than two decades our agile team has been pushing smart experimentation barriers to identify solutions and technologies that can provide a better standard of living for each individual household, and more holistically, for us all as a nation moving towards net zero. Our innovations have provided evidence that smart connectivity is the solution to many of the UK’s biggest challenges.” Examples of Procode’s Pioneering Innovations Bill Bullen is founder and CEO of the Luxion Group, parent brand of Procode, Utilita Energy, and Canary Care Smart Independent Living. He comments: “Innovating socially responsible and financially beneficial features to make smart meters a must-have is a far more economical way to complete the rollout. We have created a 300-strong team to deliver innovations that will give the smart rollout the shot in the arm that it so desperately needs. “As the CEO and founder of the ninth largest domestic energy supplier, we have successfully smart-enabled 95% of our households and we have done so by innovating the smart PAYG offering so that it’s too good to miss out on. The launch of Procode is an extension of that – adding indisputable value to the lives of those who choose to have a smart meter.” The UK’s slow-moving smart rollout journey Smart Energy Great Britain is a not-for-profit company which is fully funded by the UK’s domestic energy suppliers as per the Conditions of Electricity & Gas Supply, Electricity Distribution and Gas Transporter Licences.[1] After missing its original 2019 target to complete the rollout, the government adjusted its deadlines a further three times and reduced its target installation levels for smart meters from “all homes and small businesses” in 2019, to its current target of 74.5% of homes and nearly 69% of small businesses to have smart meters by the end of 2025. At the end of March 2023, more than a decade after the rollout started, only 57% of all electricity and gas meters were smart.[2] The UK’s own ‘Silicon Beach’ Procode’s Smart Innovation Superhub is based in Eastleigh, Southampton – the heart of the UK’s thriving Silicon Beach – ranked by CBRE as the European tech sector’s fifth largest supercluster.[3] Procode joins major technology innovators such as Starling Bank, Amazon, IBM’s R&D Hub and startups such as Aquark and Audioscenic. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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