Estate management specialist Burleys has become one of the first companies in the UK to use a ground breaking environmentally friendly weedkiller which eliminates unwanted flora with super heated foam.
Royal warrant holder Burleys, part of the wider TCL Group which was recently named one of the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 companies to Inspire Europe, is anticipating strong demand for its services after a successful pilot project with Lewes District Council.
The award winning system, Foamstream, developed by environmentally friendly weed control experts Weedingtech, uses a combination of hot water, steam and natural foam to ‘cook’ weeds and kill them.
The near boiling point natural foam, approved by the Soil Association, acts as a thermal blanket, keeping heat on the weed long enough to kill it. It also contains a wetting agent which enables the thermal energy to penetrate the weeds’ waxy exterior walls, rupturing the cells, killing them quickly. Some die within minutes, with others taking a day or two. A second application can eliminate taproots.
An unexpected bonus is that the foam can also eliminate graffiti and remove chewing gum from pavements.
The biodegradable organic system is safe to use near watercourses and in children’s playgrounds, is carbon negative and can be used in inclement weather.
The foam is naturally derived from glucose and fat (otherwise known as alkyl polyglycoside), coconut, palm kernel and rapeseed oils from renewable sources, potato, wheat and maize.
Burleys contracts manager Mark Tavener explained: “Foamstream is great for weeds, small woody growth like ragwort and for killing moss in places like tennis courts and play areas - and is excellent value.”
Burleys has won a number of awards for its community mindedness and sustainability including Most Sustainable Business in the Sussex Business Awards and Green Business of the Year in the Lewes District Business Awards.
Houses at Little Aspley, a small development being built in the picturesque village of Broom, have been earmarked specifically for people with a close local connection to the area.
A recent open afternoon held at the village hall generated a good deal of interest, and two of the six properties available have already been reserved.
The remaining two, three and four bedroom open market homes built by Great Alne-based Linfoot Country Homes are, until early December, available exclusively to people who have a local connection to the village or to neighbouring Bidford, Marlcliff or Barton.
The 'locals only' window continues until December 1 and any homes unreserved after then will be available to the general public.
To qualify as a local, buyers need to have been born in the parish, have lived or worked there for the past 12 months, lived there previously for three years or during the last 12 months, worked there at least 16 hours a week for the past year or have had a parent, sibling or offspring who has lived there for the past three years.
Little Aspley is the latest village scheme to be created by Linfoot Country Homes Limited which specialises in high quality, small-scale, aesthetically sensitive developments in rural areas of the South Midlands. Promoted and supported by the local community it also includes five homes for rent through Warwickshire Rural Housing Association and one on a shared ownership basis.
Little Aspley, which takes its name from the abandoned, medieval settlement of Aspley-juxta-Wixford (meaning Aspley next to Wixford), nestles on the edge of open countryside close to the centre of Broom. It is a spacious development, and the mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, with either a mellow brick or render finish, overlook large, open, landscaped areas.
All homes are highly insulated and have eco features such as air source heat pumps, sustainable storm water drainage systems, A-rated fridge freezers and dishwashers, low energy lighting and rainwater butts.
It is one of a number of Linfoot Country Homes developments offered to people with a local connection before being launched on the market, providing both affordable and local market dwellings. A local choice scheme is also about to commence at Spernal Lane, Great Alne.
Linfoot Country Homes managing director Claire Linfoot McLean commented: “We are very keen to ensure villages continue to thrive. Many people born and brought up in rural areas are forced to move out to find work, send their children to school or afford a home of their own.
“By creating small, aesthetically pleasing pockets of new homes with locals given first choice to reserve them we are helping to ensure a balance of generations within rural areas and hopefully make it economically viable for village shops, pubs and schools to continue operating. When the homes are sold the same criteria apply – ensuring local people always have first choice.”
Linfoot Country Homes is a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which was set up to promote best practice in construction. At the end of 2016 it won its second National Company Gold Award and beat off competition from thousands of other construction companies nationwide to be named the most considerate company in the whole of the UK by the scheme.
The stringent assessment procedure saw each company marked on criteria such as the appearance of their sites, respect for the community, protection of the environment, safety and care of their workforce.
Asking prices for the four remaining properties, due for completion in the first three months of 2018, are between £245,000 and £495,000. For more information contact the selling agents Peter Clarke New Homes on 01789 852180.
Landscape services, estate management and play space specialist TCL Group has been named one of the most dynamic companies in Europe by the London Stock Exchange.
The accolade follows its inclusion three years ago in the first ever list of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain and is a celebration of some of the fastest growing, inspirational SMEs across the continent.
The second edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s landmark 1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe report, published this month, examines in detail the opportunities and challenges facing businesses and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of all 28 EU economies.
It also aims to make it easier for investors to find opportunities to channel funds into businesses which want to grow and compete in bigger markets.
Nominees had to demonstrate not only positive growth in revenue over the last three years, but also needed to outperform their country peers.
TCL Group has grown from a small regional business turning over £5.5 million in 2007 to a nationwide affair employing more than 800 colleagues and turning over around £60 million.
The Group, one of whose member companies holds a royal warrant, has an impressive track record in the residential, commercial and public sectors.
TCL Group Chief Executive Simon Cashmore added: “We are honoured to be included in this report. We are engaged in a strategic acquisition process in order to broaden our geographical reach and offer clients the whole scope of our expertise. We are also focused on increasing the volume of work we carry out on complex, multi-faceted large scale projects which involve many players, such as local authorities, housing developers and environmental organisations.”
The prime minister has praised the ‘Herculean’ efforts of engineers, including the Professional Concrete Pumping specialist team, who worked night and day to repair the storm-ravaged train line at Dawlish.
Officially reopening the rebuilt Devon rail line on Friday April 4, David Cameron called for ‘three cheers’ for the ‘heroic’ rail line emergency repair team and said they had shown ‘the best of British.’
“A team of engineers, including the Professional Concrete Pumping team, worked tirelessly on emergency repairs to the track. Cameron, during his speech, praised the so-called ‘orange army’ of engineers, operators and labourers saying: "You have shown the best of British here.”
He also thanked the people of Dawlish for their unfailing support of the workers.
The prime minister, who arrived by train, added: "It's a really important day for Dawlish, it’s a really important day for the south-west but it's also a really important day for the whole of the country. I know how cut off people felt in the south-west after that terrible storm.”
As the first trains began to travel along the Isambard Kingdom Brunel-designed line, Cameron declared the south-west open again for business describing it as, not only a hugely popular tourist destination but a ‘hub of creativity’ and a centre of industry.
The rail line was destroyed after the great storm on February 4, leaving Devon and Cornwall without a rail link to the rest of the UK. It is estimated that the region lost £20m a day in business whilst the line remained out of action, meaning the pressure was on to complete emergency repairs as fast as possible.
Cameron revealed the scale of the job to a delighted and relieved audience on Friday, pointing out that 10,000 tonnes of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel had been used in the £35m operation.
Emergency work included the rebuilding of the coast-hugging railway’s 11-foot deep concrete foundations and the creation of an artificial landslide to remove 25,000 tonnes of unstable cliff.
Technical specialists from Professional spent three weeks pumping 4,500 cubic metres of concrete into the first of the precarious sections of the sea defence wall to prevent further erosion.
They were initially prevented by dangerous weather from beginning emergency repairs and slept in their cars next to equipment whilst waiting for the second storm to abate.
The team used a Putzmeister 36m boom pump to deliver concrete across distances of up to 180 metres alongside two static pumps – one on duty and one on standby - with work carried out 24 hours a day by seven men working 12 hour shifts.
Professional Concrete Pumping commercial manager Tony Alders said: “The work was ongoing most days and most nights but was tide and weather dependent. Men were on standby 24/7, initially two men by day and two by night with two fitters taking it in turns, working three or four days in row. Then we moved to having three men every 12 hours plus a fitter because of the length of the pipeline. On some days we managed 400 metres and some only 100 metres.”
Professional Concrete Pumping district manager John Pippet praised the entire team for coping in dreadful weather conditions during the entire operation.
“The whole project was more complex than originally anticipated. We needed to get enough concrete to one spot before the wall breached again. If we were to have put too much concrete in one go it would have put too much weight on and would have moved the shutters. So we had to do it in stages rather than as a mass fill so that each layer could go off before the sea got to it,” he said.
“As well as the work in the main area where the railway line was hanging out over the sea we also did some repairs at Dawlish Station, at Dawlish Warren and at other breaches at various points across coastline.”
Professional managing director Peter Liddle said: “Professional Concrete Pumping Ltd are delighted to have been instructed at very short notice to provide specialised mobile and static concrete pumping services in support of AMCO who were mobilised by Network Rail to restore the hole in the Dawlish sea wall below Riviera Terrace and the stabilising of the houses, some of which had their foundations ripped away by the power of the sea.
“We are all conscious of the importance of this railway to the South West, its economy and the people of Dawlish and we are proud to have been instrumental in assisting with these repairs.
“I wish to say a big thank you to all our pump operators and engineers who worked tirelessly 24/7 over many weeks to provide emergency restoration to the 90m breached section of the sea wall following this serious storm damage to the Great Western Mainline railway infrastructure.”
Professional is highly experienced in reacting swiftly to disasters, with a recent example being its handling, under its Pochins incarnation, of a tunnel collapse on the London Underground Jubilee Line after it flooded a few years ago. On that occasion, it broke a European concrete pumping record, achieving a distance of 3.5km.
Flood defences too are something to which Professional is no stranger, although most are part of a planned programme of work.
A few years ago the Professional (then Pochins) team spent almost a year working on the £30 million Defra-funded 2.2km Dymchurch sea defence scheme, a major component of the Environment Agency’s sea defence programme stretching from Folkestone to Rye on the Kent coast.
A new long distance trail which aims to attain the status of footpaths such as the Cotswold Way and the South West Coastal Path is due to open next year, opening up beautiful and diverse areas of the Midlands to keen and weekend walkers.
The trail will wind its way through some of the 200 square miles of the National Forest taking walkers 70 miles across diverse landscapes, with the chance to make detours onto smaller local routes enabling them to explore villages and attractions of interest along the way.
Core sponsor of the National Forest Way is Fisher German which has been working with the National Forest company since its formation in 1995, with funding going towards installing and repairing stiles and providing waymarking.
Simon Evans, director of operations at the National Forest Company explained the thinking behind the trail.
“We’re creating an experience. The trail tells the story of the forest as the walkers travel through the various landscapes. It covers six zones – two areas of ancient forest Needwood and Charnwood, the Trent Valley, productive farmland, former coalfields and woodland. It showcases what the National Forest is about. Ardent walkers may want to tackle the whole 70 miles in two days. Others may want to dip into it and take bites out of it. Local walks of between three and ten miles loop off the spine route offering access to villages and other places of interest which they may want to explore.
“It's a visitor attraction like our Discovery Centre at Conkers and our heritage and wildlife sites. It’s part of the outdoor experience.”
The precise route is still being finalised and discussions are continuing with landowners, but the walk will begin at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and finish in Leicestershire’s Charnwood Forest.
It trail will be officially launched in 2014 at the annual National Forest Walking Festival in May, which sees people take part in guided walks along 100 different routes across the area.
Fisher German’s long standing work with the National Forest Company is wide ranging, with its sponsorship really being an acknowledgment of the ambitious work being carried out by an organisation which is creating an area of environmental biodiversity and an attractive landscape for locals and visitors, as well as bringing economic benefits to the region.
One of its many roles involves identifying land for sale within the 200 square miles, or 50,000 ha, of National Forest.
“Fisher German are our eyes and ears in helping us with land acquisition. We own 220 ha at the moment and have the ability to own up to 300 ha at any one time,” explained Simon.
“When we have bought land they will tell us how best to manage it, arrange farming tenancies and licences for grassland management. They will give us advice on practical ways to look after it.
“They also advise us on agricultural issues. There is often time lag between land purchase and creating habitats, paths and woodland, and we may phase development over three years or more. We look to create farm business tenancies to help manage the land until its ready to be planted up.”
“Usually we buy sites, develop them and then sell them on to the Forestry Commission, Woodlands Trust or local authority and now Fisher German is looking into the possibility of leasing sites out as well.”
Head of Forestry, Matthew Brocklehurst, added: “Our original remit was to link the ancient hunting forests of Needwood and Charnwood and ancient woodland in Melbourne. We’re creating a forest environment and landscape for visitors, restoring degraded landscapes, which have been excavated for clay and coal, and improving wildlife habitats. A lot of work is involved in restoring former collieries and mineral sites to improve public access and enjoyment for everybody.”
So far eight million trees have been planted to create 400 woodlands across the 50,000 ha forest – increasing forest cover from 6% in 1995 to its current level of 19%.
The NFC is funded predominantly by DEFRA, with additional support from the Lottery Fund and local authorities. It also generates revenue by a number of enterprising means – accepting legacy bequests, through corporate sponsorship from companies wanting to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility role and via a plant a tree gift scheme to individuals.
In turn, a chunk of the DEFRA funded is given out in grants to landowners in exchange for improving the forest’s habitat.
While the idea and execution of the three different grant schemes is very much Matthew’s baby, Fisher German plays a role in identifying potential recipients for the money, which is available only for land falling within the National Forest boundary.
The Changing Landscapes Scheme offers 100% funding to owners of more than a hectare to create new woodlands and associated habitats including parkland, meadows, unimproved grassland, orchards, hedgerows and wetlands and its management for 10 years.
The Freewoods Scheme is aimed at those with less than a hectare interested in creating a small woodland to fit in around continued farming activity and other land uses.
And the Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme is aimed at town parks or large gardens of between 0.25 and five hectares and supports more sparse planting of trees in an urban or paddock settings.
Matthew is also the driver behind a new website created to promote wood products and services across the National Forest area – to help landowners and local wood related businesses and to enable members of the public to source local services and products with the aim of stimulating the woodland economy.
“We also need to be aware of the ever present reality of pests and diseases, which are currently hitting the headlines. This is something we are monitoring and we are mapping outbreaks as they occur and providing guidance and information to landowners.”
“Fisher German play a very important role in our work, offering us guidance and support in many intertwined ways. They are very positive, productive and supportive,” added Matthew.
A 1940s semi which has become only the second building in the UK to be certified to the Passivhaus retrofit standard is in line to win a national award for low carbon engineering consultancy Encraft.
Encraft was appointed by housing association Orbit House of England to retrofit one of its 14,000 homes as part of a pilot scheme to see how adapting existing properties to Passivhaus and other low carbon standards will help slash tenants’ energy bills.
The semi in Elliott Drive Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, is expected to see heating consumption drop by around 85% as a result of the £100k project.
Not only is it the second building in the UK to achieve EnerPHit (Passivhaus retrofit) certification – it is also the first Wimpey no fines (sand free concrete) construction house in the world to achieve the standard.
Encraft is aiming for top prize in the retrofit category of the Passivhaus Institute’s UK Passivhaus Awards, which are aimed at highlighting that the standard can be applied to any kind of building to achieve a dramatic reduction in heating bills.
The Elliott Drive house was one of a number of speedily built properties built to tackle the post war demand for new housing whose construction is well known for creating condensation, providing poor insulation and thus generating high heating bills.
A 70 sq m house of this type would typically costs around £1,100 a year to heat, and Encraft estimates the transformed building should now cost just a couple of hundred to run.
The Passivhaus principle is to construct or retrofit a house to minimise its need for heating and cooling by maintaining a constant temperature through effective insulation, airtightness, triple glazed windows and the installation of a mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) system.
Constructing a property from scratch is more cost effective than retrofitting, and can cost only 5 – 10% more than traditional build, as its position and shape have a major impact on the property’s energy efficiency.
The project saw Encraft oversee the installation of improved insulation in the walls, roof and floor which involved digging out the floor to install 200mm of under concrete insulation and 200mm of insulation around the foundations to minimize thermal bridging. It also required raising the roof level to accommodate thicker insulation, installing new triple glazed windows and doors, attaching airtight rubber grommets around soil, gas and water pipes, installing Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery and a small gas heating system. Although they were not a requirement of Passivhaus, the project also involved installing a new kitchen and bathroom, It also involved installing a new kitchen and bathroom and fitting solar PV tiles.
Energy reduction is being monitored by Coventry University and the savings are being compared with those achieved by the other half of the pair of semi detached houses which Encraft also retrofitted but in a less extensive, more affordable manner.
Orbit is one of a growing number of housing associations keen to explore the benefits of Passivhaus construction and retrofit to enable tenants to reduce their heating costs and avoid or escape fuel poverty.
Orbit is also working with Encraft on a newbuild site in Coventry where it is building one house to Passivhaus standards and another to code level 6 on an infill plot donated by Coventry City Council and comparing the costs and savings of the two approaches.
Encraft Passivhaus consultant Helen Brown explained: “This project marks a turning point in the UK Passivhaus and EnerPHit sector. Not only is it the second EnerPHit project, and the first to be certified by a UK-based certifier, it has also achieved higher air tightness results than those required by Passivhaus standards, thus dramatically reducing energy bills for tenants.
“58 Elliott Drive was the first Wimpey no-fine house in the world to be retrofitted to this standard. It shows what can be achieved with this kind of building and how it can be applied to the rest of the UK housing stock.
This gives us hope that in these times of austerity and fuel poverty, we can really make a difference to thousands of families on a limited income, in a cost-effective way and with respect for the environment.
“Because the triple glazed windows remain at 17 degrees even if it is below zero outside there is no need for traditional heating such as radiators under the windows. The temperature remains constant and additional heat can be delivered via the MVHR system which has ducts to every room. Background heating can be fitted as an additional source of warmth but a 100 sq m house only needs a 1kw boiler compared with a 12 to 20 kw model required in a traditionally constructed home.”
Gioconda, the developer of the world’s first high definition desktop signal sighting technology, has won £600,000 worth of new contracts with Network Rail, Amey and Atkins.
Around a dozen projects will see the company combine HD video footage of hundreds of miles of track covering more than 500 signals in England and Wales for Signal Sighting and Driver briefing requirements.
The projects, to be carried out between now and 2014, include providing signal sighting software for Network Rail, which is working on WMSR (Western Mainline Signalling Renewals) to be delivered between May and September this year.
The appointment follows successful ongoing work with Network Rail on the National Electrification Programme and Amey & Atkins on EGIP.
Gioconda director Simon Crittenden explained: “The desktop signal sighting method is infinitely safer that sending a team trackside and this general approach allows for more time to consider options and much higher throughput of signal per committee meeting. The technology’s pinpoint accuracy ensures signals are placed in exactly the right location."
“As we use real HD film footage of the track and overlay that with 3D technology usually associated with Hollywood movies it gives a precise picture of all obstructions and factors which need to be taken into account. All data is recorded for easy and instant discussion by the signal sighting committee.”
Network Rail has commissioned a driver briefing programme to help its drivers handle the changes following phases 1 to 5 of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals programme. The programme, due to be delivered between June this year and 2014, will incorporate a combination of virtual reality 3D modelling and HD video.
A joint project with the Welsh Government, Network Rail and Department for Transport, the £200m Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals programme follows demand for 900 to 1200 more seats per hour at peak times, faster journey times and more frequent services, which in turn require replacement of the current signalling system and the track to cope with the extra demand and faster trains.
A similar exercise has been commissioned by Amey for drivers following the Harrogate Area Signalling renewals programme in July. The work follows Amey’s work on renewing the life expired signalling equipment across the Leeds-York-Harrogate line between Harrogate and Burley Park to increase passenger capacity and improve system reliability.
Other new contracts include providing driver briefing packages for phase 2 of the Newport Area Signalling Renewal, East Suffolk Line, Stalybridge Relock and Recontrol and Fareham Life Extension for Network Rail, and Stourbridge to Hartlebury Area Resignalling for Atkins.
And Gioconda has just completed a full signal sighting service including driver briefing and providing the SSC chair for Network Rail’s Battersea Journey Time Improvements project.
* Gioconda directors Simon Crittenden and Simon Gardiner celebrate £600,000 of new wins
Last week’s shock interest rate cut has been welcomed by estate agents in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Clive James, director of Brian Holt, which has offices in Leamington, Kenilworth, Earlsdon and Coventry city centre, says the news is a very unexpected, encouraging step in the right direction.
And he says if the reductions are passed on to mortgage holders it will be a catalyst to restimulating the housing market.
“This is a bold move and one which will go some way toward improving confidence among the home buying public. This, coupled with the increase in stamp duty threshold earlier in the autumn, which is helping first time buyers who are a vital cog in the home buying and selling process, will give the market a decent leg up.
“We expect this latest positive move will reignite interest among people worried about buying and selling during the current climate and spark a rise in sales and the number of homes coming onto the market.
“We have to bear in mind that that even in a buoyant market sales slow between mid November and mid January either side of Christmas. So it is likely to be the beginning of next year when we see a real, marked difference. This should create more fluidity and we will see a steady market with prices levelling out..
“It would also help to increase the stamp duty threshold to £250,000 and to suspend the pointless Home Information Packs which are an enormous and useless waste of £300 or £400.
“The rate cut won’t be an answer to all the ills the economy is currently experiencing but will go a considerable way towards unblocking the worsening situation. At last the Bank of England has taken some much needed decisive action.”
• Clive James, director of Brian Holt estate agency, says last week’s shock rate cut will go some way towards unsticking the market.
Boutique project management company Concept has unveiled ambitious plans to expand over the next five years.
The announcement, which comes amid news of job losses and falling profits for many firms in the property and construction industry, aims to double its turnover by 2013 and increase its staff to tackle its expanding portfolio of work.
The plans, announced this week, follow the arrival of new MD Jon Digweed, who has a solid background in helping small companies achieve impressive growth and results.
A new office in Leeds – to add to those in Nottingham, Birmingham and Milton Keynes – will help meet the company’s expansion plans, with a fifth office on the cards for the future.
The company, which specialises exclusively in project management without supermarket style add on services, aims to achieve a large part of its growth through its expanding appointments in the public sector.
It was recently appointed to the project management framework for the Learning and Skills Council to work with FE colleges in northern England.
Concept beat off competition for the coveted role from some of the UK’s biggest names – and was selected partly on the strength of its bespoke approach and the gravitas of its staff.
The new appointment is expected to generate further appointments within other sectors of the education industry – namely HE and the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
A clutch of major new contracts for the firm including projects with a total value in the region of £70 million for two Midlands FE Colleges and three contracts with Primary Care and NHS Trusts, underline Concept’s growing reputation within the education and health sectors.
Recent high profile contracts include a £20 million building to house the faculty of business and law at Leicester’s de Montfort University and the £38 million relocation of South Leicestershire College in Wigston, both of which are programmed to be open for business in the autumn of 2008.
It also plans to build on successes within the hotel, leisure and motors industry.
Key clients here include Audi for whom Concept has project managed the development of the world’s largest Audi centre – a £30 million creation on London’s Great West Road, along with a further £15 million of work for the brand across the UK.
It has also been involved in developing £38 million worth of Ramada Encore Hotels for Carillion. formerly Alfred McAlpine, in Haydock, Crewe and Barnsley including the £20 million conversion of the NEC’s former HQ in Birmingham.
The expansion has seen a number of promotions and appointments, with more on the way. Peter Brough, currently regional director for Nottingham, is now regional director and LSC framework manager in Leeds and Birmingham regional director Keith Park, who will now have wider responsibilities across the business has been given a seat on the board. Senior project manager Ian Fryer has been appointed to work alongside Peter in Leeds.
A new estate agency set up to help developers tap into the area’s economic renewal and homehunters looking for brand new properties in Coventry and North Warwickshire is launched this week – by two of the area’s longest established property sales specialists.
Fine New Homes, which will deal exclusively with brand new properties, has been created by directors of Leamington-based residential and commercial agents Evans Hardy Bromwich and city based residential agency Robin Jones.
The company, based in New Union Street, aims to provide developers with a specialised outlet from which to sell their schemes, home hunters with a dedicated new homes search service and landowners with expert advice on selling land for development.
“Coventry is benefiting from an immense amount of inward investment and EU funding. We are expecting to see nearly 9,000 new homes built in the city over the next four years,” explained Fine New Homes and Robin Jones director Max Jones.
Fine New Homes and EHB director Edward Bromwich added: “With the closure of places like Peugeot and the Browns Lane jaguar site many large brownfield sites are becoming available for residential, industrial and mixed use schemes. There are relatively vast tracts of land ripe for development particularly to the north of the city. From an economic and social point of view this is excellent news for the city.”
The company launches with a number of projects in the pipeline, including Beech Tree Court on the old Lino’s restaurant site in Brinklow Road, which offers 18 two bedroom apartments in three buildings which will be available off plan in October. Bishopsgate, in Aldbourne Road next to Coventry Canal is a stunning secure gated development of 18 two bedroom apartments and six two and three bedroom penthouses due to be launched with a show suite in October.
Gemma Flanagan from EHB has been appointed to run the office.
For more information call 02476 500080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Fine New Homes manager Gemma Flanagan and director Edward Bromwich launch the city’s new specialist estate agency at Bishopsgate next to Coventry Canal.
Peter Clarke & Company Land and New Homes has been appointed by Bryant Homes to sell an unusual concept in new housing developments in Barford.
The contract is the latest in a series of appointments for Peter Clarke with big name developers and specialist upmarket firms across South Warwickshire including a number for Bryant homes.
It will see the agency marketing all 36 open market properties on the 60 home Barford Burrows development on the former Oldham’s Transport depot – but until last week only to people who live in Barford, Sherbourne or Wasperton or who have parents living in the villages.
The opening of the marketing suite at the weekend has seen the doors thrown open to people from outside the area – and 14 of the homes have already been reserved. Properties range from one bedroom apartments to small four bedroom houses, with prices ranging from £150,000 to £300,000.
Peter Clarke & Company already has an impressive track record with Bryant Homes, for whom it is already marketing a wide range of homes at Chase Meadow, South West Warwick and large detached houses at Westwood Heath, Coventry.
Andrew Clarke, managing partner at Peter Clarke & Company, explained: “Although we are a local independent firm we have developed an excellent reputation over the past few years with a number of well respected developers including high profile national builders such as Bryant Homes.
“To date we have sold over 400 homes for Bryant alone in the last three years in Stratford, Warwick and Coventry. It’s the combination of personal service, our ability to market from our three offices in Stratford, Wellesbourne and Leamington, our professional new homes staff and our often innovative approach to marketing which means they come back to us again and again.
“We’re very strong in the new homes market and have stolen a march on other agents in this area both with national developers and small select local firms. As well as marketing sites which have already received planning permission we are able to help small landowners find novel ways of using their plots for development– despite the current planning moratoria in the Warwick and Stratford districts.
“Our expertise on planning issues, our connections with other property professionals and our track record in the new home industry means we are very well placed to advise them on the best ways of maximising their land or existing buildings.”
For more information on land and marketing new homes through Peter Clarke & Company contact Andrew Clarke on 01789 415444.
• Andrew Clarke managing partner at Peter Clarke & Company and Julia Chapman, sales manager for Bryant Homes, celebrate Peter Clarke & Co’s latest appointment with a big name housebuilder to market a novel concept in housing developments in Barford.