MAJOR NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION SCHEME IN NOTTINGHAM HOPES TO GET THE GREEN LIGHT

A planning application has been submitted to build a major new student accommodation scheme on Traffic Street, in Nottingham’s Southside Regeneration Area, and within easy reach of the city’s universities. The scheme will be developed by Urban Developments (York) Ltd’s Engage student brand, which are both part of York based Urban Group (York) Ltd, and it has been designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects. The development will span five and six storeys in height and will offer 297 bedrooms, across a mix of cluster apartments and studios, with a wide range of amenities and facilities including study rooms, a […]
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Construction nears completion at sold-out housing development in Cawston

A new housing development in Cawston, Rugby, is nearly complete after three years of construction, with all the properties now sold. Ashberry Homes has built a total of 257 homes at Tilia Park, off Coventry Road, including a mix of three, four and five-bedroom properties for private sale and 103 affordable homes available for local people through shared ownership or rent. The final families are due to move into their new homes in the summer when construction on site comes to an end. Heidi Higgins, Sales Manager for Ashberry Homes East Midlands, said: “All the homes at Tilia Park have […]
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ENSEK Launches International District Heating Solution

Nottingham, UK, May 6th 2021 – ENSEK, the leading global retail energy SaaS provider is today announcing the launch of its new product offering for the District Heating market. ENSEK’s District Heating Solution enables District and Communal Heating suppliers (UK and Europe) to fully service the domestic and commercial customer journey. The new cloud based, SaaS platform from ENSEK will support energy suppliers in registering and servicing multiple households on heat networks. From registering and onboarding, to billing and complaint management, suppliers are able to provide an enhanced end to end customer experience, whilst reducing time consuming administrative tasks such […]
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EkkoSense secures MEIF funding to accelerate global expansion

Nottingham based advanced software provider embarks on international expansion following further funding from MEIF EkkoSense Limited (“EkkoSense”), an advanced software and technology provider, has received a seven-figure cash injection from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”), East & South East Midlands Debt Finance fund managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”). EkkoSense will use the funding to support its rapid international expansion across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa. To aid this new level of growth, the business is adding a high number of resources to its sales, development and operational departments. Based at the University of Nottingham […]
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Derbyshire Property Expert Urges Reluctant Landlords to Let, Let, Let Following Local Rental Boom

A leading East Midlands Lettings and Estate agency is experiencing an unprecedented rental boom and is urging local landlords to help service the demand by bringing new rental properties to market. As the impact of Covid-19 continues to take its toll on the supply of rentals, Castle Donington-based Marble Property Services has seen numerous properties being rented out within 24 hours. And in light of the growing disparity between supply and demand, they are urging local landlords to recognise that good yields and quick lets are now not just possible but virtually guaranteed. Felicity Gordon, senior lettings and property manager at Marble Property Services, said: “The local property market has become incredibly fast paced.  Because of what’s been happening with the pandemic, there are […]
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HALF of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work 

Bricklayers (73%) are the most likely tradespeople to experience work-related stress Finances are the most common cause of stress IronmongeryDirect is working with mental health charity, Mind, to raise awareness of the issue Nearly half (49%) of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study1 has found. The research, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once a week. Money worries cause the most stress, […]
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Nottingham Architect Reveals 'Grand Designs' for Expansion

A booming Nottingham architectural practice has become so successful that after just four years at its current offices, it’s had to buy the building next door.  Acres Architects moved into its offices at Nottingham Science Park, opposite Nottingham University campus, in 2017, only eight years after founder and managing director Edward Acres launched the company from a laptop in his parents’ spare bedroom. Now, the firm has purchased the office next door in order to house its ever-expanding team, which saw its most successful year in 2020, with this year expected to be even better. Acres Architects, which specialises in […]
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22 years in the making and Rugby Services is now open with help from Andrew Granger & Co

Andrew Granger & Co’s professional team went from managing 25 acres of farmland adjacent to the M6 to facilitating the sale of a leasehold for the site, for the creation of a brand-new motorway service area. Rugby Services M6 J1 in Churchover, Rugby, Warwickshire was the brainchild of the Leicestershire based property firm and professional services director, Andrew Robinson, who has worked for 22 years to bring it to fruition on behalf of charity client, Wyggeston’s Hospital. As managing agent for the client and project, Andrew Granger & Co’s team has been advising, co-ordinating and overseeing the various stages including […]
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LEADING DEVELOPER LENDS A HELPING HAND TO LEICESTERSHIRE BUYERS WITH JARGON BUSTER

Barratt Homes is helping Leicestershire house hunters make a smooth move with its new online jargon buster. Buying a house can be daunting when you’re a first time buyer and even second steppers can find it hard to keep up with the ever changing terminology when looking to purchase a house, so this new tool should keep buyers in the loop. Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “Buying a home is a very exciting process, but it can also be overwhelming as buying a property is one of the biggest decisions that individuals will make in […]
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Derbion to welcome premium fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger

Derby’s best-loved shopping destination, Derbion, has announced that premium fashion and lifestyle brand Tommy Hilfiger is set to open a new store in the centre.  Offering the latest in contemporary men’s and women’s fashion, shoes and accessories, the new 3,000 sq ft store will be located on Level 2. Work to transform the space will begin in early May and the store plans to open its doors for the first time in June. The store will showcase Tommy Hilfiger’s spring/summer 2021 clothing, accessories, footwear and underwear collections for men and women, which tap into the pioneering spirit of modern America, […]
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Nottinghamshire furniture designer secures £500,000 MEIF funding package

Sylvan Enterprises (“Sylvan”) has received a £500,000 loan through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”) ESEM Debt Finance fund and backed by the  Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”). The furniture design business, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, will use the funding package to support its growth capital needs as well as expanding into new markets, with plans to enter the social care and education sectors. Sylvan specialises in the manufacturing of contract furniture where it coordinates with a range of interior designers, architects and specifiers throughout the design and manufacturing process. Sylvan has been […]
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Derbyshire School Enhances IT Provision with New IT Support Contract

As the majority of children return to the classroom following the second national lockdown, William Gilbert Endowed Primary School and Nursery in Duffield have taken further steps to enhance their IT provision having appointed Link ICT as their new provider of IT support. William Gilbert is a Church of England Primary School located in Duffield, Belper and is part of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust. There are 243 pupils in school, aged between 4 and 11, plus a 52 place nursery. Commenting on the appointment, Mark Fryers from Link ICT said, “We are thrilled to have been appointed as William […]
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Russell Roof Tiles Strengthens Northern Sales Team

Pioneering Burton on Trent based pitched roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, has expanded its Northern sales team to meet unprecedented growth and support customer demand across the North of England. Joining the leading pitched roofing manufacturer with more than 15 years’ experience, John Dervey has already gained invaluable sector knowledge whilst at the UK’s largest service roofing contractor, as Business Development Manager. John’s appointment as Sales Executive comes at a significant time for Russell Roof Tiles, which currently employs 140 staff across its three sites (two in Burton on Trent) and in Lochmaben, Scotland. His specialist knowledge of the […]
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HEDGEHOG AWARENESS WEEK: HOMEBUILDERS HEDGEHOG HOME DONATION TO HELP WITH PRICKLY PURSUIT

Milton Keynes housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes has donated a range of hedgehog homes for Hedgehog Awareness Week (2nd – 8th May) to a support a rescue plan near to its Fairfields development in the local area. The donation is in partnership with Great Linford Parish Council, which is encouraging everyone in the area to search for hedgehog nests and relocate and rehome them nearby. The Hedgehog Rescue Plan began as Milton Keynes Council is reducing bushes that potentially have hedgehogs hibernating in. After seeing the project, the housebuilder has donated a number of hedgehog homes so any hogs […]
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Charterpoint secures planning permission for Leicestershire care home

Senior living specialist Charterpoint has secured planning permission for a 73-bed residential care home in Thurnby, Leicestershire. The scheme features a range of care accommodation arranged over three floors, including resident lounges, dining and relaxation areas, a cinema room, hair and nails studio, café and private dining, along with terraces and gardens. Harborough District Council has approved the development on the 0.48-hectare site in Uppingham Road, which will also feature car parking, including electric charging points. Charterpoint Senior Living director Giles Nursey said: “We are very pleased to have secured planning permission for this site in Thurnby in Leicestershire. The […]
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Plans revealed for new mixed-use regeneration development in Brighton

Following the recent planning approval of a new mixed-use student accommodation development in central Brighton, developer McLaren Property reveals what the local community can expect from the scheme. Located on London Road, within Brighton’s regeneration area, the development will see an outdated building being replaced with new sustainable retail units and student apartments. McLaren Property is working alongside Morgan Carn Architects and engineering consultancy Howard Ward Associates (HWA) to deliver the five-storey build, which will feature 156 student bedrooms with a reception area and communal interior and exterior spaces. New retail units will make up the ground floor of the […]
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Works complete on new £7.5m West Midlands mixed-use scheme

Construction works on a new multi-million-pound neighbourhood centre have now completed at Blythe Valley Park (BVP) in Solihull, and the finished scheme was marked with a socially distanced handover ceremony on 16 April. The £7.5million project, which was led by Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson on behalf of client IM Properties, involved the construction of four mixed-use, high quality apartment buildings to act as a new hub for BVP. The 1.2million sq. ft. park employs 3,500 people and is occupied by more than 25 businesses, including a range of high-profile brands such as Gymshark, Lounge, Cooper Parry, Siemens and Zenith. […]
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Works underway on £6.5m expansion of Coventry secondary school

Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson has commenced works at Barr’s Hill School in Coventry to expand and remodel existing buildings and create a new teaching block for year seven pupils. The school, which has some of the strongest academic results in the midlands and was rated ‘Good’ in its most recent Ofsted report, currently offers 655 places for children aged 11-16, plus sixth form students, and has an expansion plan to ensure it provides a total of 900 places in five years’ time. G F Tomlinson is delivering the £6.5million scheme on behalf of Coventry City Council, which comprises the […]
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Caddick Construction help the homeless with IT donation

Caddick Construction, currently working on the £300m SOYO neighbourhood scheme in Leeds city’s cultural quarter, has teamed up with St George’s Crypt to support The Growing Room rehabilitation programme. The Growing Room programme was set up by the Leeds-based charity which offers support to the homeless, vulnerable and those recovering from substance abuse. Caddick has donated 19 Lenovo tablets to be used by St George’s clients to help them learn new IT skills and join a digital age where everything from banking to shopping and job applications has moved online. The tech donation came on the back of the Caddick […]
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Spotlight turns on nightclub exhibition project managed by Focus

Museum exhibition project management specialist Focus is celebrating the opening of the Night Fever: Designing Club Culture exhibition at V&A Dundee which unveiled on 1st May. Developed by Vitra Design Museum in Germany and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum – the exhibition is the first to explore the relationship between club culture from the 1960s to today and V&A Dundee will be the only UK venue for this unique exhibition. Nottingham-based Focus was the project manager, employer’s agent, and quantity surveyor for the exhibition, which charts how nightclub design has changed and developed. Appointed just before the pandemic struck, Focus […]
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