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Use of geopolymer injection treatment earns shortlist

Geobear’s first use of technology on clay soil under a road asset wins nomination

The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has shortlisted global ground engineering contractor Geobear for the CIHT Technology and Innovation award. Geobear’s entry presented its work with Ringway Jacob for Surrey County Council to stabilise deep, shrinkable clay soil beneath the A323 road in the South East of England, using its tried and tested geopolymer injection treatment. The awards will be presented at 8 Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London on June 13, 2024.

Surrey County Council faced regular costly and disruptive road resurfacing due to the frequent shrink-swell cycle of clay soils. The apparent alternative was excavation and removal of hundreds of tonnes of clay, and replacement with a gravel sub-base. This too would have been expensive, carbon-intensive and would have caused closure of a main road for several weeks, disrupting the local community and likely forcing a school to shut.

The council approached Geobear to find a third way that would allow it to avoid these high costs and inconvenience. Shrinkable clay soil has a high plasticity index, expanding with water then compacting when dry. This expansion and contraction cycle underground sees the ground’s surface shift and damages overlying infrastructure or buildings.

Geobear, a ground settlement expert, uses an array of injectable geopolymers that expand underground to fill gaps and compress soil, in this case clay. This stabilises the asset long-term, significantly reducing the clay’s shrink-swell capacity and protecting the road surface.

“We developed this solution specifically for Surrey County Council,” explained Richard Holmes, infrastructure director at Geobear UK. “Our engineers assessed the site, specified the key points at which injection holes should be drilled and calculated the quantity of geopolymer needed. We stabilised the clay in situ by injecting our geopolymer at three metres depth. No excavation was needed and the daily lives of people in the area were virtually unaffected: the road reopened 30 minutes after treatment.

“The environmental impact of our projects is a big planning consideration for Geobear too. Not only do we avoid the physical disruption to the local ecosystem of digging up three metres of pavement for miles, our solution produces 62 per cent lower emissions than traditional excavation methods, as verified by Carbon Footprint Ltd.”

Our priority is delivering cost-effective solutions for the travelling public in Surrey that cause as little disruption as possible, which the Geobear solution provides,” said Amanda Richards, assistant director of highways at Surrey County Council and chair of the UK Roads Boards’ Road Condition Management Group.

“We approached Geobear because it ticked many boxes for us: its solution is swift, economical, low carbon, enhances workplace safety and preserves access to surrounding utilities.”

Other local authorities are now considering this innovative approach for similar applications across the UK. To find out how Geobear could solve your road stabilisation issues, read its technical report on lifecycle extension of concrete roads here: https://www.geobear.co.uk/technical-report-lifecycle-extension-of-concrete-roads-using-geopolymer/

Dudley’s Aluminium secures pioneering education campus project

WELSH fabricator Dudley’s Aluminium has secured a new project for a joint education campus in Fairwater.

Dudley’s is working in collaboration with ISG Construction Ltd on the multimillion-pound project which will facilitate the construction of three new build schools for Cantonian High School, Riverbank School and Woodlands High School, all situated on a single site.

The development will be Net Zero Carbon in line with Welsh Government standards and will set the standard for future Cardiff school projects. Each of the three schools will be highly energy efficient buildings powered by renewable energy sources.

The fabricator will install Metal Technology System doors, windows and capped curtain walling on the build.

Neil Jones, Contracts Director at Dudley’s Aluminium, said: “We are delighted to be taking on such an important project that will have such a positive impact on the local community, and to be working with ISG once again. The development of these schools will provide incredible benefits for its pupils, creating a positive environment for children to learn, develop and achieve their potential, and it is an honour to be involved.”

Since 1993, Dudley’s Aluminium has offered clients full in-house design and production facilities, completing many successful and prestigious projects within the education, health, commercial, retail, residential and defence sectors throughout the UK and Channel Islands.

Dudley’s reputation for quality has been recognised with several industry-related accreditations. The company is CHAS accredited, Constructionline registered and BM Trada certified to manufacture enhanced security products to align with PAS24:2016 and BS 4873.

SNIPEF responds to High Court ruling on Government’s climate action plan

In response to a High Court ruling that mandates a revision of the UK government’s climate action plan, Stephanie Lowe, Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), has called for the urgent development of a more robust, fair, and actionable climate strategy.

“The High Court’s ruling, which requires the government to revisit its climate action plan, underscores the urgent need for realistic and achievable climate goals,” said Lowe. “This decision aligns with our longstanding call for government strategies that are ambitious yet grounded in the practical realities and expert insights from industries at the forefront of implementing these technologies.”

Lowe added, “Incorporating detailed, industry-informed pathways is crucial to ensure the targets set are not merely aspirational but truly achievable. It is essential that future climate policies adopt a balanced approach that includes all sectors and communities.”

The ruling highlights the challenges in current government plans, which have been criticised for their lack of detail on achieving proposed emission cuts. As noted by environmental groups and the recent judicial review, the plans require a more comprehensive framework that genuinely aligns with the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

“We urge the government to use this opportunity to engage more constructively with industry experts and stakeholders to craft a plan that is both comprehensive and feasible,” Lowe stated. “SNIPEF is committed to supporting a transition to low-carbon technologies and looks forward to participating in a dialogue that moves us closer to our shared environmental goals.”

Herringbone Is the First UK Kitchen Company to Ban the sale of High-Silica Quartz Following Disturbing Reports from America and Australia

Herringbone Is the First UK Kitchen Company to Ban the sale of High-Silica Quartz Following Disturbing Reports from America and Australia

In response to recent reports highlighting the health risks associated with high-silica quartz in engineered stone, Herringbone, the family run bespoke cabinet and furniture maker, is the first UK firm to announce it will be phasing out the sale of high-silica quartz worktops to its clients. This is the first company in the UK to take a stand against high-silica quartz, which is the dominant worktop material currently in the industry. While there appears to be no risks to clients or installers of this material, the risk comes when it is produced and cut by stonemasons. The decision comes in the wake of alarming findings from reputable sources, such as the report from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the announcement of Australia becoming the first country to ban high-silica engineered stone due to health concerns by July 2024.

The UCSF report sheds light on the health risks posed by the use of high-silica quartz in engineered stone, linking it to serious respiratory illnesses amongst workers in California. This revelation prompted widespread concern, leading to increased scrutiny of materials used in worktop surfaces globally. Similarly, Australia’s proactive decision to ban high-silica engineered stone by July 2024 underscores the urgency of addressing the potential risks associated with this material. Silica is naturally occurring in stone such as granite and marble at between 5-40%, however, in engineered quartz it can be as high as 97%.

Being a progressive industry leader in their field, Herringbone cannot sit back and watch – the company’s owners William Durrant and Elly Simmons want to act with immediate effect. This family run business, based out of Canterbury in Kent, recognise the responsibility to priorities the health of all stonemasons by taking immediate action against the use of high-silica quartz in its products.

William Durrant, owner Herringbone, said Our priority is to keep our staff, suppliers, and clients safe and so we will no longer be offering high-silica quartz options to new clients. Our stonemasons are confident that they have the strongest health and safety measures in place to protect their team and use water cutting to ensure this is safely done in their factory. However, for us these risks are not necessary when there are alternatives on the market. We apologise to our clients that this is quite a big change for us in a short period of time, however, we wanted to act quickly to prevent anyone from being harmed. We are the first company in the UK that we know of to ban the sale of high-silica quartz, but we hope that more companies follow suit in the coming months. We hope you can understand why we made this decision and can stand behind us in working to keep the industry safe and accountable.”

This stone is currently one of the dominant products in the market in the UK. While this product is not currently being considered for a ban in the UK, it will be banned in Australia from July 2024 and other countries are considering similar bans. Importantly, there are no risks to clients once this product is installed or installers of this material on-site, however the risk comes when it is produced and cut by stonemasons and dust is created. For us, these risks are just a little too close to home and not necessary when there are alternatives on the market.

Herringbone is staying true to their ethos of using sustainable materials ethically sourced by asking their clients to pay slightly more for a worktop that is safer for stonemasons. 

QUEST takes expertise to the next level

Electrical contractor and facilities management provider QUEST Ltd has taken its offer to the next level with a major investment in staff training and qualifications.

QUEST engineers are now all CompEx qualified, CompEx is the international scheme for the competency and certification of personnel who work in explosive atmospheres.

The qualifications mean that QUEST engineers can now operate efficiently and effectively in any of their customers’ facilities.

Dominic Miller, Technical Director at QUEST, said: “Our customers were telling us how time-consuming and expensive it was sourcing specialist engineers and we decided that this was an opportunity to demonstrate that QUEST offers a genuine one-stop-shop.

“We always focus on meeting the needs of our customers and on improving the skills and career opportunities for our colleagues and investing in this training was a great opportunity to do both.”

The CompEx certification ensures that engineers are qualified to adhere to DSEAR and  Atex regulations.

DSEAR, which stands for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, aims to prevent, or limit the harmful effects of fire, explosion, and similar energy-releasing events, as well as corrosion to metals.

DSEAR requires that employers must identify which dangerous substances are present in their workplace and the associated risks. Control measures must be put in place to either remove those risks or, where not possible to control them, furthermore, to identify and classify areas of the workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur and to avoid ignition sources (from unprotected equipment, for example) in those areas. 

ATEX is an initialism of the term ATmosphères EXplosibles (French for “explosive atmospheres”). ATEX is a European directive that in part regulates the equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. ATEX zones are areas in which there is a risk of explosion due to the presence of flammable gases, vapours, or dust. 

Demand for these services has grown in recent years and many manufacturing and large food production facilities require these qualifications.

QUEST is already accredited by NICEIC, CompEx and SafeContractor.

For more information, please visit https://electrical-contracting.co.uk

CMA investigation identifies ‘fundamental concerns’ in UK housebuilding market – FMB Comments

The Competition Markets Authority CMA has concluded its housebuilding market study in England, Scotland, and Wales and has reported it has fundamental concerns about the housebuilding market.

The regulator raised concerns that the complex and unpredictable planning system, together with the limitations of speculative private development, is responsible for the persistent under delivery of new homes.

The study also found substantial concerns about estate management charges – with homeowners often facing high and unclear charges for the management of facilities such as roads, drainage, and green spaces. Concerns have been found, too, with the quality of some new housing after the number of owners reporting snagging issues increased over the last 10 years.

Sarah Cardell, Chief Executive of the CMA, said:

“Housebuilding in Great Britain needs significant intervention so that enough good quality homes are delivered in the places that people need them.

“Our report – which follows a year-long study – is recommending a streamlining of the planning system and increased consumer protections. If implemented, we would expect to see many more homes built each year, helping make homes more affordable. We would also expect to see fewer people paying estate management charges on new estates and the quality of new homes to increase. But even then, further action may be required to deliver the number of homes Great Britain needs in the places it needs them.

“The CMA has also today opened a new investigation into the suspected sharing of commercially sensitive information by housebuilders which could be influencing the build-out of sites and the prices of new homes. While this issue is not one of the main drivers of the problems we’ve highlighted in our report, it is important we tackle anti-competitive behaviour if we find it.”

Housebuilding in Great Britain

The CMA said it found persistent shortfalls in the number of homes built across England, Scotland, and Wales, with less than 250,000 built last year across Great Britain – well below the 300,000-target for England alone.

The report identified a wide range of different types of housebuilders operating in the market: around two-fifths of the homes built between 2021 to 2022 were delivered by the largest, national housebuilders while more than 50,000 homes were delivered by thousands of smaller, regional builders.

Around 60% of all houses built in 2021 to 2022 were delivered by speculative private development, which is when builders obtain land, secure planning permission, and construct homes without knowing in advance who will buy them or for how much. This way of building homes has given builders flexibility to respond to changes in the market. However, the country’s reliance on this model has seen the gap widen considerably between what the market will deliver and what communities need.

CMA Findings

The report found that this speculative approach to building, coupled with complex and unpredictable planning rules across the three nations, has been responsible for the persistent under delivery of homes and highlighted several areas of concern:

Planning Rules: the planning systems in England, Scotland and Wales are producing unpredictable results and often take a protracted amount of time for builders to navigate before construction can start. The report highlights that many planning departments are under resourced, some do not have up to date local plans, and don’t have clear targets or strong incentives to deliver the numbers of homes needed in their area. They are also required to consult with a wide range of statutory stakeholders – these groups often holding up projects by submitting holding responses or late feedback to consultations on proposed developments.

Speculative Private Development: the report found another significant reason behind under delivery of homes are the limitations of private speculative development. The evidence shows that private developers produce houses at a rate at which they can be sold without needing to reduce their prices, rather than diversifying the types and numbers of homes they build to meet the needs of different communities (for example providing more affordable housing).

Land Banks: the CMA assessed over a million plots of land held by housebuilders and found the practice of banking land was more a symptom of the issues identified with the complex planning system and speculative private development, rather than it being a primary reason for the shortage of new homes.

Private Estate Management: the CMA found a growing trend by developers to build estates with privately managed public amenities – with 80% of new homes sold by the eleven biggest builders in 2021 to 2022 subject to estate management charges. These charges are often high and unclear to homeowners. Whilst the average charge was £350 – one-off, unplanned charges for significant repair work can cost thousands of pounds and cause considerable stress to homeowners. The report highlights concerns that many homeowners are unable to switch estate management providers, receive inadequate information upfront, have to deal with shoddy work or unsatisfactory maintenance, and face unclear administration or management charges which can often make up 50% or more of the total bill.

Quality: housebuilders don’t have strong incentives to compete on quality and consumers have unclear routes of redress. Analysis also suggests that a growing number of homeowners are reporting a higher number of snagging issues (at least 16). The CMA’s consumer research and other evidence revealed that a substantial minority also experienced particularly serious problems with their new homes, such as collapsing staircases and ceilings.

Information Sharing

The CMA found evidence during the study which indicated some housebuilders may be sharing commercially sensitive information with their competitors, which could be influencing the build-out of sites and the prices of new homes. While the CMA does not consider such sharing of information to be one of the main factors in the persistent under-delivery of homes, the CMA is concerned that it may weaken competition in the market.

The CMA has therefore launched an investigation under the Competition Act 1998 into Barratt, Bellway, Berkeley, Bloor Homes, Persimmon, Redrow, Taylor Wimpey, and Vistry. The CMA has not reached any conclusions at this stage as to whether or not competition law has been infringed.

More information can be found via the CMA’s housebuilding investigation case page.

Next Steps

The CMA believes a substantial intervention in the housebuilding market is necessary to address the issues its market study has identified, and called for changes to ensure delivery of:

  • more homes overall, and particularly in the areas of highest demand, in turn reducing pressure on affordability;
  • consistently better outcomes on new-build quality, with consumers having an effective route to redress; and
  • reduced detriment to consumers arising from the private management of public amenities on new-build estates.

The CMA made the following recommendations to governments in those areas where it sees opportunities to improve market outcomes without significant trade-offs with other policy objectives. These include:

  • requiring councils to adopt amenities on all new housing estates.
  • introducing enhanced consumer protections for homeowners on existing privately managed estates – including making it easier for homeowners to switch to a more competitive management company.
  • establishing a New Homes Ombudsman as soon as possible and setting a single mandatory consumer code so homeowners can better pursue homebuilders over any quality issues they face.

Given the wider policy trade-offs and complexities that are inherent in the design and operation of the planning system, the CMA said it does not consider it appropriate to make specific recommendations to governments in this report about how those trade-offs should be made.

However, given the vital role that the planning systems play in shaping market outcomes, the report sets out proposed options for consideration. These include:

  • ensuring local authorities put in place local plans and are guided by clear, consistent targets that reflect the need for new homes in their area.
  • streamlining the planning systems to significantly increase the ability of housebuilders to begin work on new projects sooner – while not watering down protections such as for the local environment.
  • Measures to improve the capacity of council planning departments would also enable them to process more applications.
  • introducing measures to increase the build-out of housing sites by incentivising builders to diversify the tenures and types of homes delivered.

While the CMA believe these recommendations and options above will significantly improve outcomes for homeowners and the housebuilding market, the evidence shows that the market may still not deliver the quantity of homes that meets Great Britain’s housing need.

A spokesman said:

“It is open to policymakers to deliver change through more fundamental interventions, often with fiscal and policy implications, that go beyond the way in which the market itself works but would have a significant impact on the quality and affordability of new homes being built. While it is not for the CMA to offer recommendations or specific policy proposals in this space now, the report sets out areas of potential intervention.

“These interventions would include a significant increase in non-speculative house building that has previously been led by local councils and housing associations.

More information – including the full final report – can be found via the CMA’s housebuilding market study case page.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) welcomed many of the findings, but raised concerns that the voice of micro-house builders had been lost in the investigation, saying: “The Competition Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the state of housebuilding is right to highlight the planning system as a problem slowing down delivery of new homes.

“Resources are desperately needed by planning authorities to help small builders through the planning system. The CMA findings are a step forward, especially with an acknowledgement that SMEs are disproportionally affected by the planning system. These findings will hopefully give the Government renewed impetus to resolve these long-standing issues which the FMB has been highlighting for many years.”

Berry concluded: “It is concerning, however, that the report does not provide enough nuance in such a complex market. The report has a very broad definition of SMEs with very little definition given to the range of house builders within the SME market, such as micro developers, custom house builders and new entrants. There are also few international comparisons and where they are included, the findings are fairly tepid, with little realisation for the potential of areas such as custom build, which could be an area of growth for UK builders. In similar countries, such as Germany, they are much further ahead on custom build properties accounting for a much higher percentage of overall housing delivery, which means less reliance on a small group of major housing developers and more diversity of design.”

Ensuring Worker Welfare in Construction Projects

Introduction: In the construction industry, prioritizing worker welfare is essential to promoting a safe, healthy, and productive work environment. Construction projects often involve challenging and potentially hazardous conditions, making it crucial for employers to implement robust measures to safeguard the well-being of their workforce. This article explores various strategies and initiatives to ensure worker welfare in construction projects, focusing on the UK context.

Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations:

Adhering to health and safety regulations is fundamental to protecting the welfare of construction workers. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets out stringent guidelines and standards for workplace safety in the construction sector. Employers are required to conduct risk assessments, provide appropriate training, and implement control measures to mitigate hazards such as falls, electrocution, and exposure to hazardous substances. Regular inspections and audits help ensure compliance with regulations and identify areas for improvement in workplace safety practices.

Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for safeguarding construction workers from potential hazards on-site. This includes items such as hard hats, high-visibility clothing, safety goggles, gloves, and protective footwear. Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers have access to the necessary PPE and are trained in its proper use and maintenance. Regular inspections of PPE and replacement of damaged or worn-out equipment are essential to maintaining worker safety and welfare.

Training and Education:

Ensuring construction workers are adequately trained and educated is paramount to their ability to execute tasks safely and proficiently. In the United Kingdom, training programs within the construction industry encompass a wide array of subjects, spanning from health and safety protocols to manual handling techniques, working at heights, and the proper operation of machinery and equipment. Employers bear the responsibility of offering comprehensive training to all personnel, irrespective of their tenure or temporary status. Additionally, it is crucial to regularly refresh and update training materials to align with evolving regulations and industry best practices.

Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being:

Recognizing the importance of mental health and well-being in the construction industry is critical to supporting the overall welfare of workers. Construction projects can be physically demanding and mentally taxing, leading to stress, anxiety, and burnout among workers. Proper accommodation for contractors should be found for long-term projects to ensure employees are well-rested and comfortable away from site. Employers should prioritize mental health awareness and provide access to support services such as counselling, employee assistance programs, and stress management resources. Creating a supportive work culture that encourages open communication, peer support, and work-life balance can help mitigate mental health issues and promote overall well-being among construction workers.

Fair Wages and Working Conditions:

Ensuring fair wages and working conditions is essential for promoting the welfare of construction workers and upholding their rights as employees. In the UK, construction industry employers are required to comply with legislation governing wages, working hours, and employment rights, including the National Minimum Wage Act and the Working Time Regulations. Employers should provide competitive wages, reasonable working hours, and adequate rest breaks to prevent fatigue and promote work-life balance. Additionally, offering benefits such as holiday pay, sick leave, and pension contributions demonstrates a commitment to supporting the welfare of construction workers.

Conclusion:

Ensuring worker welfare in construction projects is a responsibility that requires collaboration between employers, workers, regulators, and industry stakeholders. By prioritizing health and safety compliance, providing PPE, investing in training and education, promoting mental health and well-being, and offering fair wages and working conditions, employers can create a safer, healthier, and more supportive work environment for construction workers in the UK. By upholding high standards of worker welfare, the construction industry can protect the rights and dignity of its workforce and enhance productivity, morale, and overall project success.

The Green Buildings Guide 2024

~ IT firm releases comprehensive guide to green, healthy, and cyber secure buildings ~

OryxAlign, a leading IT cyber security and networking company, has released its latest guide, The Green Buildings Guide, 2024: Achieving Green, Healthy & Cyber Secure Buildings. Tailored for construction professionals, facilities managers and commercial real estate managers, the guide navigates the complexities of green certifications, offering insights into creating sustainable, healthy and secure building environments.

The new guide from OryxAlign highlights how the global focus on sustainable construction and refurbishment is driving green and healthy building certification. The top five countries globally that use the three most popular certifications, including LEED, BREEAM and WELL, are the US, UK, China, Canada and Mexico. These countries have a combined total of over 190,000 green-certified buildings, with the most popular in the UK being BREEAM certification.

Organisations are recognising the impact of green certification on market value, operational costs and occupant health, as well as on environmental goals such as energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor air quality. According to a recent YouGov survey commissioned by OryxAlign for the guide, 86 per cent of senior executives at tenant companies in the UK consider environmental accreditation important when selecting new premises.

The guide examines popular rating schemes such as LEED, BREEAM and WELL, analysing their pros and cons. Notably, LEED has seen a 330 per cent increase since 2014, BREEAM’s market share rose from six per cent in 2013 to 30 per cent in 2023 and WELL certification experienced a remarkable 1,061 per cent increase between 2017 and 2021. However, the survey reveals a concerning lack of experience in building to these specifications among construction companies, with 38 per cent having no clear understanding.

“Green building certifications are pivotal for businesses seeking sustainable growth,” explained Greg Richards, account director at OryxAlign. “In this latest guide, we dissect the advantages of certifications like BREEAM and WELL and shed light on the crucial intersection of green and healthy buildings with cyber security.”

Despite the benefits of green and healthy buildings, the guide underlines growing concerns about cyber security risks. With an 86 per cent increase in IoT attacks from 2021 to 2022, better connectivity through the Internet of Things (IoT) and operational technology (OT) presents significant risks. The guide provides insights into potential threats and cyber security challenges, offering best practices aligned with the UK’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the US Center for Internet Security (CIS).

“Cyber breaches that give criminals unauthorised access to a building can allow them to sabotage surveillance systems, tamper with climate controls and capture sensitive data collected by smart devices, such as occupancy patterns,” added Richards. “What’s more, the interconnected nature of these systems means that a breach in one can compromise the building’s entire network.”

The survey was carried out by YouGov and included 300 UK respondents made up of senior decision makers at tenant organisations, construction companies or IT departments, across sectors including manufacturing, construction, financial services, IT and telecoms, medical and health services, and education. 44 per cent of respondents came from companies with more than 1,000 employees.

For a copy of The Green Buildings Guide, 2024: Achieving Green, Healthy & Cyber Secure Buildings, visit OryxAlign’s website.

Boost for Shropshire Business as premier commercial business park gets underway

Morris Property has been granted planning permission at its landmark 28-acre site on Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, adjacent to Shrewsbury Town Football Club, creating highly sought-after commercial space available for purchase or rent at this prime location from Summer 2024.

As a long-awaited allocated employment land release on this side of Shrewsbury town centre, the development will help fuel the local economy providing speculative and bespoke units ranging from distribution warehousing to offices, with environmental benefits and infrastructure to meet the demands of the 21st century occupier.

 

Chris Morris, Director, Morris Property commented: “Despite keen demand for business units on this side of the town, we are aware that economic times remain tough, so we have designed our units to be cost and energy-efficient.  We are providing flexible commercial space ranging from 1,850 ft² to 175,000 ft² underpinned by Morris Property’s assurance of quality build and service.

He continued: “We have been working closely with Shropshire Council as supporters of inward investment serving Shropshire and Mid Wales and, in partnership with the WMCA and Frontier Development Capital (FDC), we are excited to be transforming this site into a vibrant commercial centre.”

 

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair, said: “It’s been a challenging couple of years for the West Midlands region but throughout that time the WMCA has continued to invest in schemes such as Stadium Point to help drive economic growth.

“These investments are providing new commercial spaces for our job-creating businesses so it’s great to see this latest scheme getting underway. Once completed we expect upwards of 350 jobs based on the site, which is great news for local people and the town’s economy.”

 

Stadium Point, with its build-to-suit opportunities, has excellent welfare amenities with good public transport links to the site and cycle and EV parking. There is a footpath network through the scheme with landscaped break-out areas providing ideal environments for business occupiers and staff to enjoy. Supermarket Lidl sits adjacent to Stadium Point with Meole Brace Retail Park a short walk away, offering a range of facilities including Marks & Spencer Food Store, Sainsbury’s, Next and Boots.

 

Kieren Turner-Owen, Associate Director, FDC commented: “FDC are privileged to be working alongside Morris again after our successful funding of Paragon Point, Telford. The loan facility being provided for the speculative industrial development at Stadium Point is a prime example of how the WMCA funding* can be deployed, accelerating job creation in the region. Stadium Point highlights Shrewsbury and the wider West Midlands’ excellent industrial offerings and we very much look forward to seeing the progress over the coming months.”

The premier destination is highly accessible for transport with its easy access to the A5 Shrewsbury By Pass, connectivity to Telford and the motorway network to the West Midlands and beyond.

“We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach and are pleased to already be working with a number of regional companies developing plans to build their businesses with us at Stadium Point” Chris Morris, Morris Property added.

 

Morris Property has a track record of delivering high spec, successful business and trade parks and their 20-acre fully occupied Vanguard Park at Battlefield, North Shrewsbury has been hailed a major success providing 240,000 ft² businesses including Volkswagen Inchcape Dealership, Toolstation, Howdens and Euro Car Parts.

Morris Property is part of a fifth-generation family-run property group which has been building, restoring and leasing property for over 100 years.

*The Commercial Investment Fund is provided by the WMCA and administered by FDC.