Twenty Three of the Country’s biggest contractors, including Kier Group (based near Stevenage) and Wilmott Dixon (based near Welwyn Garden City), have put their names to a new campaign: “Creating Britain’s Future”. They want the Government to speed up the decision making process and find new ways to help finance construction projects.
The initiative has kicked off with a letter published in the Daily Telegraph setting out the industry’s ability to stimulate growth, and the official launch today at London’s Centre Point tower to an audience including representatives from the CBI.
Manchester Surveyors – 600 villagers in Knutsford, Cheshire have received £1500 each, alongside further compensation for six local schools, following claims that noise and fumes from Manchester’s second runway had wiped thousands off the value of their homes.
After the runway’s construction in 2001, airport management had to pay out £9m in compensation, but refused to pay those that had not submitted claims before the 2010 legal deadline. Regardless, following a campaign by the residents backed by local MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, a goodwill figure of £1m was agreed despite the lateness of application.
Bath Surveyors – A crescent of beautiful Grade I listed homes in Bath that would easily be at home on one of London’s premier streets has been put up for sale. The selling of the crescent properties, totalling 9 five-storey houses and 20 apartments, will be the first of its kind in Bath for 200 years.
Some of the houses are already on the market for £2m each, and the whole £60 redevelopment programme should be complete in 2014.
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Brighton Surveyors – To curb the localities ‘voracious’ appetite for resources which many believe is unsustainable for both the community and the planet at large, Brighton and Hove have taken on the One Planet Living Framework with ten guiding principles to creating a pleasant, sustainable and ‘green’ environment.
The result has been a new community f 172 flats within Brighton, next to the railway station, which were completed in 2010. They have been constructed in local, high performance materials and the energy is generated via a biomass boiler, solar panels and a contract to fill the remaining requirement with guaranteeed green energy from the One Brighton Energy Services Company.
Birmingham Surveyors – Birmingham Council has become the third local authority, and the first outside of London, to sign on to the Communities and Local Government’s £1.8bn affordable housing scheme.
The council will receive £6.7m in funding to help them deliver 305 affordable homes for rent. That equates to a substantial subsidy of almost £22,000 per home. In total, the plan hopes to create 80,000 new homes by 2015.
Nottingham Surveyors – A Gospel church in Nottingham has been fined hundreds of pounds and forced to pay legal costs following persistent ‘noise torture’ that generated numerous complaints.
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York Surveyors – The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is looking for a developer to build up to 130 homes in Derwenthorpe,York. The development will consist of private and affordable housing which will be purchased and managed by the trust, and a requirement will be in place for the additional construction of major infrastructure works.
Chester Surveyors – Opportunists have been taking advantage of careless students, with reports of numerous doors unlocked, and some wide open, on walkarounds by local police. The high proportion of electrical goods in such houses has been a big draw to criminals, with a high re-sale value for items like laptops, ipads and phones.
If your child is off to uni this September, make sure they appreciate the danger and lock their homes.
Exeter Surveyors – One of the largest surveying companies in the country has recently added a waterfront specialist to their Exeter team.
It has been commented that the experienced surveyor brings contacts and knowledge of buyers from the capital, who form a key market for the sale of prime properties in the region.
The company has reported that sales are already up this year, with a 17 per cent increase in new instructions that might indicate a slow, but steady nationwide housing recovery.
Bristol Surveyors – Works at Kingswood Community Hospital in Bristol are still ongoing, delaying the grand opening of the 105 year old building to November this year. The hope was to start serving patients in October after the £19m redevelopment was completed.
Even this date is far beyond what was originally anticipated, with the first plans predicting a completion date in early 2012, but the discovery of an historic mine shaft on the site set back plans to the autumn.