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					BBLBnews / Issue 5 / Summer 2010

Vision / Commitment / skiLLs & expertise / DeLiVery

BreeAm exCeLLent
CommerCiAL BuiLDing
The first phase of Earlsdon Park masterplan in Coventry is now
complete, and has already earned a Built in Quality award

planning policy
 Key figures in Midlands’ residential
 sector discuss potential implications

Also inside:
 London Array Operations Building for E.ON
 Hemp - how can it be used in the construction industry?
 HealthTec, a new innovation for Walsall

focus on residential                                                                                             Carbon trust zooms in
                                                                                                                 on Local service Centre
Issues currently facing the Residential market                                                                   Stoke Local Council’s Local Services
                                                                                                                 Centre building secured a Carbon Trust
are stifling the sector’s ability to address pent up                                                             grant at design stage to help fund the
demand and drive the sector forward.                                                                             project and was part of the Low Carbon
                                                                                                                 Buildings Programme.
                                                                                                                   The Carbon Trust has produced a
                                                        as part of the Planning Consent. Thus, many              short film about the Local Service Centre
          terry BoLton, pArtner                         R.S.L’s had stopped, or severely reduced,
                                                                     which is featured on the Carbon Trust
                                                        their own building programmes. Following                 website.
                                                        the credit crunch with the virtual cessation of
                                                        private sector house building, it was inevitable
                                                        that affordable housing would also diminish to
In our experience underlying consumer
                                                        a trickle.
demand for new housing remains. However,
                                                           This has prompted many R.S.L’s to resurrect
despite price falls, it is obvious that increasingly
                                                        their building programmes. Of course there
restrictive borrowing criteria continue to stifle
                                                        is an inevitable time lag involved in getting
first time buyer access to the housing ladder
                                                        back up to speed and this is reinforced by the
and first time buyers are crucial to opening up
                                                        comparative shortage of available land and
the market. The banks and mortgage lenders
                                                        the expectation of land values of land owners             more informAtion AVAiLABLe At:
are impeded by the cost of their borrowing –
borrowing at short term rates to lend long term
                                                        (see earlier). The whole process is further     
                                                        exacerbated by the reduction of grant levels to
– there is a £300m ‘hole’ which until recently
                                                        R.S.L’s by the HCA. This has prompted R.S.L’s               BBLB architects worked closely
the government was plugging with ‘quantitate
                                                        to investigate alternative funding models to             with the City of Stoke on Trent and the
easing’. This has now ceased leaving lenders
                                                        bring forward development, including building            Carillion design team to help provide the
in a very difficult position.
                                                        private market sector housing, to use the profits        city with a sustainable environmentally
Land                                                    to part fund affordable provision. The question          friendly building that demonstrates the
The expected ‘fire sale’ of cheap land resulting        arises as to whether they have the expertise             use of low to zero carbon technology
from the credit crunch as has occurred in               and mechanisms in place to compete with the              and     considered     passive    design
previous recessions has not happened this               major private sector house builders.                     measures which have helped the LSC
time. Firstly, owner’s expectations of value                                                                     achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating
have not moved to reflect current reality. The
                                                        Housing Cost                                             from the BRE.
                                                        The cost of housing is being inexorably driven
banks have been reluctant to crystallise their
                                                        up as a result of a number of factors. The
debt when their borrowers have gone into
                                                        continuing issue of contributions, currently in
receivership/administration because of the
                                                        the form of S106 contributions, to be either             WeLCome to tHe summer issue of
impact on their balance sheet. Meanwhile the

                                                        replaced or supplemented by CIL’s. There is
major house builders have painfully written
                                                        talk now of the imposition of minimum sizes for
down the value of their land banks and thus are
                                                        houses – no doubt a good thing but still with
not willing to pay pre crunch (high) land values.
                                                        cost implications.
This however, brings us back full circle to land                                                                    We hope that you will enjoy reading
                                                           And of course, we have the imposition by the
owners’ now inflated land value expectations.                                                                    this issue of BBLB News.
                                                        previous Government of criteria to deliver zero
                                                                                                                    In addition to pieces about BBLB
private sector Housing                                  carbon dwellings by 2016, together with the
                                                                                                                 and our projects we have also included
We are seeing the major players slowly                  requirement by many Local Authorities for the
                                                                                                                 articles about topical subjects which we
returning, and the sector is starting to pick           provision of on site renewables (the ‘Merton’
                                                                                                                 hope will be of interest to you. If anyone
up. Understandably but perhaps somewhat                 rule).
                                                                                                                 else in your organisation would like to
disappointingly, their aspirations are a little timid      All of these carry cost penalties. The
                                                                                                                 receive a copy please let us know.
and conservative, with very few 3 storey houses,        previous government’s own figures suggest an
                                                                                                                    If there is anything you would like more
or flats and nothing particularly contemporary,         additional £25,000-£30,000 build cost to achieve
                                                                                                                 details on, or you are interested to find
reverting back to traditional 2 storey design           Sustainable Homes Code 6 for a two bedroom
                                                                                                                 out more about how BBLB could assist
and 2/3 bed terrace or semi detached houses             house. Therefore, if the cost of building and
                                                                                                                 you with current or upcoming projects,
and 4/5 bed detached. In fairness this probably         enhancement of standards of houses is to
                                                                                                                 please call Debbie Ward on telephone:
more closely reflects peoples (buyers)                  increase and the desire to keep down the sales
                                                                                                                 01384 880550.
aspirations. However, it is unfortunate that the        value of housing remains, the only element
opportunity has not been taken to be more               providing flexibility to achieve these aims is the
adventurous, after all the numerous television          cost of land. Is, then, the further reduction in
housing programmes have surely identified a             land values at the necessary level of availability
strong demand for contemporary design.                  to meet demand realistic or achievable?

Affordable Housing                                      In summary: the flickering pulse of the recovering               The Old Library, Hagley Road
                                                        housing market needs every encouragement.                   Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1QH
Affordable (social) housing pre crash had
                                                                                                                       Telephone: +44 (0)1384 880 550
largely ended up being delivered to R.S.L’s             Are we optimistic, in light of the issues discussed
by private house builders as part of S106               here, that such encouragement prevails?                
agreements with levels of provision stipulated                                                                

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Award winning home for
government department
The BREEAM Excellent offices at Earlsdon Park in Coventry
are now complete, with the scheme winning a Built in Quality
Award in the Commercial Category.
   The QCDA Headquarters building forms           formed between these two buildings linking
part of the first phase of BBLB architect’s       the public frontage of the Butts Road through
masterplan for Earlsdon Park in Coventry -        to a landscaped courtyard beyond.
and at the recent Celebrating Construction           Within the building the ground floor retail
awards evening the BBLB/Sisk team won a           element of the scheme engages with this new
Built in Quality Award for the delivery of this   street, and a double height colonnade provides
BREEAM Excellent office scheme.                   a sense of enclosure, definition and shelter.
   Earlsdon Park is a high quality mixed use         Internally the office space wraps around a
development located near to the city centre       central atrium which allows natural light and
fronting the Butts Road. It is a 10-storey        ventilation deep into the building.
commercial building providing approx                 The atrium also facilitates heat recovery
84,000sqft office space, 8,400sqft ground floor   and helps to heat or cool the building as
retail/café space and a 500 space multistorey     necessary. This key feature forms an integral
carpark which forms a podium acting as            part of the sustainable strategy which lies at
external terrace for the office floors above.     the centre of the design and has contributed
   The building sits adjacent to the locally      to the building’s BREEAM Excellent rating.
listed 1930’s former Technical College which      Other sustainable features include a ground
still houses an art deco two storey 650 seat      source heat pump, night time purging and
theatre. A new pedestrian street has been         rainwater harvesting.

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Hemp - A miracle Crop?
Hemp is one of the fastest growing biomasses - Hemp lime is
a composite construction material that is becoming financially
viable as a low impact, carbon-negative, sustainable form of

Hemp’s high percentage of cellulose makes it
the number one producer of biomass on earth.
Wood from most trees registers less cellulose
and takes much longer to mature. Hemp can
grow from germination to maturity in 3 to 4
months and produces up to 25 tonnes of dry
matter per hectare per year.
   Hemp grows best in warm, humid areas but
only requires a bare minimum of 10 inches of
rain and a temperate climate which means it         adjustment. Having a low impact, carbon-            (www.limetechnology. and Lhoist UK
can be grown on vast portions of the earth’s        negative, sustainable form of construction          ( to promote a proprietary
land surfaces. For a crop, hemp is relatively       that can be used in volume house building or        brand (Tradical) for what they have called
environmentally friendly as it requires few         even multi-storey office blocks, factories and      ‘hemcrete’ construction. Lime Technology Ltd
pesticides and no herbicides. And we can            warehouses is an exciting development that          has set up a factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire,
keep growing it every year.                         provides a genuine solution to demands for          where the Tradical lime binder is being
                                                    zero-carbon construction.                           manufactured.
  ƒ With so many different uses and the ability
                                                       The most typical form of hemp lime                  This means that these companies can offer the
    to replenish vital nutrients to the soil
                                                    construction uses conventional timber frames        supply of UK manufactured materials whereas
    rather than strip them, hemp could make
                                                    with panels constructed of timber studs, and        previously the technology and materials were
    the difference between bankruptcy and
                                                    the hemp lime cast around the frame to create       imported from France. Lime Technology Ltd
    prosperity to farmers in many countries.
                                                    a solid wall. There is often no need to use         uses the registered name Hemcrete® but the
  ƒ Hemp could have a major impact in
                                                    timber sheathing boards, breather membranes,        hemp shiv aggregate and the lime binder are
    our growing construction industry by
                                                    internal finishes like plasterboard and external    now referred to as Tradical products.
    replacing or supplementing everything
                                                    cladding which can make normal timber frame            The Renewable House built by Linford
    from fibreboard to concrete.
                                                    construction rather complicated.                    Construction at the BRE Innovation Park has
  ƒ Hemp could be part of the answer to
                                                                                                        been created to demonstrate that mainstream
    petroleum dependance for everything
                                                                                                        affordable homes can be constructed from
    from plastics to fuel
                                                                                                        renewable materials, meeting both housing
  ƒ Using hemp would also reduce our
                                                                                                        demands and environmental targets. A key
    consumption of cotton. Cotton uses a
                                                                                                        building material was Hemcrete®.
    large proportion of the U.S.’s pesticides,
                                                                                                           Hemcrete® is an established walling material
    damages the soil, uses over twice as much
                                                                                                        for carbon negative highly thermally efficient
    water to grow and produces less than half
                                                                                                        walls which has the following advantages over
    the crop of hemp equivalent.
                                                                                                        traditional building materials:
  ƒ Hemp has great value as a source of
    nutrition for humans and an even greater                                                              ƒ Hemcrete® absorbs CO2 in its manufacture
    potential as feed for animals.                                                                          and so has a negative embodied CO2.
                                                       The hemp lime provides a solid wall,
                                                                                                            For a typical wall section Hemcrete® will
Each of these uses could easily be enough to        acoustic and thermal insulation, and even an
                                                                                                            have an eCO2 of 130kg CO2/m2 less than
make hemp a valuable crop. Combined they            internal finish. Weather protection of the hemp
                                                                                                            traditional brick and block.
make it impossible to ignore, yet it seems that     lime is needed to shed precipitation and this
                                                                                                          ƒ Hemcrete® is highly insulating resulting in
to date we are pretty much doing just that.         can be provided by different finishes, including
                                                                                                            thin walls with a very low U value ideal for
                                                    lime render, lapped timber boards, shingles,
                                                                                                            meeting the higher levels of the Code for
Hemp in the Construction industry                   rainscreen tiles or lime-mortared brickwork.
                                                                                                            Sustainable Homes.
Hemp lime is a composite construction               This uncomplicated method can reduce labour
                                                                                                          ƒ Unlike other insulators Hemcrete® also
material that can be used for walls, insulation     costs, speed up construction and simplify the
                                                                                                            has thermal inertia similar to thermal mass
of roofs and floors and as part of timber-framed    building process.
                                                                                                            and so houses built of Hemcrete® change
buildings. It provides very good thermal and           The carbon sequestration and storage
                                                                                                            temperature very slowly reducing heating
acoustic performance, and offers a genuinely        capacity of hemp lime is a significant benefit of
                                                                                                            loads significantly below lighter weight
zero-carbon contribution to sustainable             the material. As government policy becomes
                                                                                                            buildings with the same U value.
construction. Hemp masonry is breathable and        increasingly concerned with reducing carbon
is able to absorb and emit moisture, leading to     emissions and finding more efficient ways
                                                                                                         Source for much of this article is: Hemp lime
much healthier buildings.                           of meeting current targets, hemp lime can            construction - A guide to building with hemp lime
   Hemp lime provides a form of construction        make a major contribution to this, offering          composites by Rachel Bevan and Tom Woolley.
that can be built onsite quickly and efficiently    a genuinely zero-carbon contribution                 Published by IHS BRE Press and available from:
or prefabricated offsite, allowing conventional     to    sustainable     construction      policies.

mainstream builders to incorporate the              Hemcore ( have been                Images reproduced with courtesy of Lime
materials into their normal practices with little   working closely with Lime Technology Ltd             Technology:

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London Array - Dong Energy,
E.ON and Masdar
This Operations and Maintenance building, designed by BBLB
architects will provide an operational facility for the London Array                                         LONDON ARRAY WILL
Offshore Wind Farm.                                                                                          MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL
   The new building, designed to BREEAM               measures. The maintenance building and offices         TO THE UK
Excellent, will provide a facility for the control,   take advantage of natural light and incorporate
operation and maintenance of the wind farm.           MMC, extensive grass roof and CHP   .                  GOVERNMENT’S
   London Array will be constructed in two               When fully operational London Array will            TARGET OF
phases. The first 630MW phase will consist            make a substantial contribution to the UK
                                                                                                             PROVIDING 15.4%
of 175 turbines, generating up to 630MW of            Government’s target of providing 15.4% of all
electricity. This is enough to meet the electricity   electricity supply from renewable sources by           OF ALL ELECTRICITY
needs of over 470,000 homes – two thirds of           2015. It will also avoid the emission of millions      SUPPLY FROM
the homes in Kent.                                    of tonnes of carbon dioxide over its life.
   The distinct architectural concept has been           The new Operations and Maintenance base
designed specifically around the exposed marine       will be located in the Port of Ramsgate.               SOURCES BY 2015.
conditions and driven by positive sustainable

COMMUNITY & LEISURE                                            Dorrington’s Horseshoes
                                                                  The Horseshoes Inn is an 18th Century        The re-planning of the interior, to make
                                                               Grade II Listed Coaching Inn located in      more efficient use of the space and exploit
                                                               Dorrington, Shropshire. The refurbishment    the siting, included reorientation of the
                                                               and extension of the pub was completed       lounge and bar areas to overlook and
                                                               in April and reopened to the public on St    integrate with a newly created landscaped
                                                               Georges Day, 23rd April 2010.                courtyard and garden with views out
                                                                  The property comprised a collection       towards the Shropshire Hills. The rooms on
                                                               of 18th and 19th century buildings which     the first floor were completely refurbished
                                                               have evolved and extended in a piecemeal     to provide five double bedrooms, each
                                                               way throughout its 200 year history. Our     with an en-suite. Staff accommodation
                                                               challenge was to enhance the setting of      was provided on the second floor.
                                                               the building, re-plan and refurbish the         The Village Post Office was relocated
                                                               interior spaces and extend the lounge and    from an outbuilding to the rear and placed
                                                               bar areas in order to meet the aspirations   within the main building fronting onto the
                                                               of our client, Village Green Inns Ltd.       main road.

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potential planning policy
Changes, what would it mean
for the residential sector?
Britain’s housing market is failing to meet the nation’s needs,                                             rg: (Galij was equally concerned that
                                                                                                            development activity would be sharply
so a panel of experts were asked to judge if the Conservatives’                                             curtailed, by the ‘localism‘ approach.) The
planning reforms offer solutions. Alun Thorne of the Birmingham                                             Green Paper proposals are far too radical.
                                                                                                            We all want less red tape, but you do need
Post hosted the Round Table which was organised as a result of
                                                                                                            a formal planning structure within which
BBLB’s concerns of the effect of draft policies being issued by                                             everyone can operate.
the Conservatives.                                                                                          tB: Exactly. We need a ‘looser’ system, but
                                                                                                            it has to be hung upon a national framework,
                                                                                                            otherwise you‘ll end up arm-wrestling with
                                                                                                            planning officers on issues of aesthetics.
                                                                                                            eC: We are already seeing how planning
                                                                                                            staff, who are there to provide objectivity and
                                                                                                            balance, trying to become so inclusive that
                                                                                                            they end up with fifteen different views on an
                                                                                                            Jt: Everyone pays lip service to the need for
                                                                                                            affordable housing in rural areas, but already
                                                                                                            we can see that in one district people fully
                                                                                                            support development, but in the next village,
                                                                                                            there is equally strong opposition to the
                                                                                                            building of homes.
                                                                                                            tB: Will the Green Paper become reality
                                                                                                            though, or is it simply an inspirational
                                                                                                            document which will be forgotten...?
The debate veered from criticisms of the Green         rg: The government is obsessed by tinkering
                                                                                                            JA: I think they (the Conservatives) now realise
Paper, to a critique of the present planning           with the planning system. It tries to be too
                                                                                                            there is an awful lot of stuff here which will never
system, and back again.                                inclusive, and makes too many revisions of
                                                                                                            work. I suspect they now see this as a starting
                                                       earlier legislation
sL: I suspect the idea of localism has drawn on                                                             point. They want to change from top-down to
the experiences of Germany and Switzerland,            JA: The Green Paper talks of consensus, but          bottom-up, whereas they should be looking
where a local approach has worked.                     that is an ideal which will never be achieved.       for a blend. At the moment, they have lots of
                                                       The idea that applicants could ’buy off‘ their       ideas, but it’s like a jigsaw with pieces which
JA: The Tories are promising more than they
                                                       neighbours is equally odd, and a nightmare           don’t fit together. Whatever system they adopt
can deliver, because their ideas don’t take
                                                       waiting to happen.                                   it will need some element of central control,
account of local authority planning boundaries,
and we don‘t know how many houses we need.             rg: Under those circumstances, I think a             above the new local structure, to make it work.
We know what assumptions Gordon Brown                  developer’s tool-kit would have to include shelves   As so often, politicians see a weakness, but
made to calculate housing growth, but we have          of brown envelopes. If everything in the Green       attack the process, not the product.
no idea what assumptions the Tories will use.          Paper was implemented, nothing would be built.       rg: I believe they are now starting to describe
If you don’t have five-year land plans, how do         We would move from a planning landscape              the Green Paper as a ‘conversation’, as
you know what you are trying to achieve?               dominated by NIMBYs, to a BANANA republic            opposed to a strategic blueprint. Let’s hope it
                                                       (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Me).         is a conversation in which we, and the rest of
Jt: There is also an assumption that all people
want to buy their own homes, which certainly           JA: I think the paper’s core problem is that its     the property community, can play a full part.
isn’t the case.                                        authors assume planning is black and white,
                                                       whereas it is many shades of grey. Planning
JB: We can see why the Tories want to
                                                       is about opinions, and interpretations, and
introduce planning reform, because the current
                                                       weighing up the pros and cons. When you               sL: Simon Linford, Founder of C-Zero
system is too bureaucratic, stifles development
                                                       are involved in community engagement, you             JA: John Acres, Planning Director, Catesby
and is far too complex.                                                                                          Property Group
                                                       can never get full agreement - apart from
eC: It’s about development control, not                                                                      Jt: Jean Teichmann, Head of Development,
                                                       the basics, that grass is green and the sky is
                                                                                                                 Wrekin Housing Trust
about delivery, at the moment. There should            blue. These proposals have been devised by            JB: John Bradshaw, Partner at BBLB architects
be a presumption in favour of planning                 focus groups to appeal to voters in the South-        eC: Elle Cass, Partner, King Sturge
proposals, unless they are demonstrated to             East, they are simply hunches about what will         rg: Robert Galij, Planning Director at Barratt
be unacceptable, at least that is what you are                                                                   Homes
                                                       appeal. If the Green Paper was implemented,
taught in college. Unfortunately, in the real world,                                                         tB: Terry Bolton, Partner at BBLB architects
                                                       local politicians would have incredible powers,
many local authorities have a presumption              and I think it’s quite possible that councillors      A longer version of this article was published in
against development, even though that is what                                                                the Birmingham Post in March 2010. Thanks go
                                                       would refuse applications, because of the level
                                                                                                             to Alun Thorne for allowing use of this text.
drives our economy.                                    of local opposition, knowing the plans would
                                                       be approved on appeal.

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            BBLB INHOUSE                                                                                    staff Profiles


                                                                                                            rebecca Hall
                                                                                                            ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN

                                                                                                            favourite piece of Architecture
                                                                                                            Frank Gehry’s works make my heart

   etone College, Nuneaton                                                                                  race, in their built form but also on 2d
                                                                                                            plan, I love how the Bilbao Guggenheim
      A new Post 16 Centre at Etone Technology         be flexible and be built to reflect the              looks like a flower.
   Language Applied Learning College is on site        strong family and community ethos of the
   in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The scheme is            college. The exemplar facilities will include        Why i joined the industry
   being built on the college grounds and will         Technology studios, Performance Arts suite,          I had finished my A levels and been
   enable the delivery of a variety of Post 16         cutting edge Business facilities and ICT             offered a place at art college, with a
   courses, for learners in North Warwickshire.        suites with Media Production capabilities.           few more weeks of ‘freedom’ before the
   The £6.1m development has beendesigned to              Thomas Vale has now been appointed as             course commenced they sent us some
   high sustainable environmental standards            contractor by the school and BBLB has been           homework in the post. So that was
   with a view to achieving BREEAM Excellent           novated across to complete the working               it, with my youthful wisdom I thought
   and will have the capacity to accommodate           drawings. The project has recently started           employment would be easier than doing
   250 students with the possibility of future         on site and following further analysis of            a bit of homework! So I got a job as a
   expansion.                                          initial framework choice, steelwork options          draftsperson in a timber frame design
      The school’s brief included wanting “a           are being coordinated as an alternative to           office and set out upon a journey that
   brand new, state of the art facility, which         a concrete frame. The project is due to be           has brought me to BBLB.
   will respond to the educational, social and         completed by late April 2011 and be ready
   economic challenges of the 21st Century”.           to accept students from September 2011.
   The centre will embrace new technology,


                                                                                                            richard Bailey

                                                                                                            favourite piece of Architecture
                                                                                                            I am torn on this one but have narrowed
                                                                                                            it down to two. As a student I was lucky
                                                                                                            enough to get a tour of the Lloyds
myplace, Walsall                                                                                            Building in London which was a fantastic
                                                                                                            experience. The attention to detail is
   Walsall Council has appointed BBLB to assist        flexible design aims to inspire young people to      fantastic. Rogers even designed the lift
them in delivering a ‘World Class’ youth facility      get involved with the centre, and be an integral     controls to fit with the whole building
under the Government’s ‘myplace’ initiative, on        part of the activities and create its own unique     aesthetic. A great example of macro to
a site at Joseph Lecke. It is currently subject to     community identity.                                  micro design.
confirmation of £1.287m of BIG lottery funding.           The new scheme will deliver an attractive and        A few years ago I visited Barcelona and
   The new building is a two-storey stand alone        safe place for young people to go in their leisure   was totally bowled over by the temple of
building located immediately adjacent to a new         time where they can get involved in a wide           Sagrada Familia, the as yet unfinished
school. It will provide flexible spaces for training   range of exciting activities and enable more         pinnacle of the career of Antoni Gaudi.
and a variety of activities as well as a health        young people, particularly those from the most       Even as a building site the scale and
clinic. Local young people have been consulted         disadvantaged backgrounds, to participate in         symbolism combined with intricate
on the scheme, indeed many of the facilities           positive activities that support their personal      detailing was amazing. We plan to return
have been proposed by them. The creative and           and social development.                              in 2012 when it is due for completion.

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                                                                                                              new Project Wins

                                                                                                              In addition to the walsall myplace project
                                                                                                              we have also recently won the Leicester
                                                                                                              myplace scheme with Miller Construction.
                                                                                                                 The myplace scheme will revitalise
                                                                                                              the Haymarket Theatre in the centre of
                                                                                                              Leicester with a grant of £5m from the BIG
                                                                                                              lottery and a further £1.5M from Leicester
                                                                                                              City Council.
                                                                                                                 Leicester City Youth Hub will consist of
   Healthtec, Walsall                                                                                         six themed zones, each offering different
                                                                                                              activities and spaces where young people
      walsall HealthTec will be a 14-19 centre           to be provided would support other curriculum        can meet. Activities on
   specialising in Health and social wellbeing           activities in the secondary, primary and special     offer are anticipated to
   diplomas. whilst the HealthTec idea exists in         sectors.                                             include a climbing wall,
   other locations this will be the first purpose           The HealthTec in walsall will offer learners of   roller-skating, sports area,
   built facility in the country. The project is a       all ages and abilities opportunities to develop      performing arts space,
   £5.5M, 20,000sq ft scheme, that is being              enterprise, IT, personal, learning and thinking      recording studio, dance
   built using the sCAPe framework with                  skills through ‘Hands on Health’ experiences,        and aerobics rooms and a youth disco.
   willmott Dixon as Contractor.                         - vivid simulations which replicate real life           The project, led by Leicester City
      The brief to BBLB is to produce an                 situations in health and social care. It provides    Council, aims to bring young people aged
   award winning, sustainable building that is           opportunities to enhance the curriculum offer        13-19 together from diverse backgrounds,
   BReeAM excellent and in particular focuses            in science, personal, social and relationships       including those facing challenges such as
   on maximising carbon reduction.                       education as well as new 14-19 qualifications        lack of confidence and self-esteem, social
      The new HealthTec scheme is to be built on         including diplomas in society Health and             isolation and discrimination.
   a section of the Alumwell Business & enterprise       Development, Public services, Business
   College site. The skills Centre will provide          Administration and Finance, Hospitality,
   facilities for use by all schools in walsall and it   sport and Active Leisure and Information             eco Hybrid &
   is expected that the range of accommodation           Technology.
                                                                                                              industrial units
                                                                                                              BBLB are part of the Miller Construction
                                                                                                              team that Hinckley & Bosworth Borough
                                                                                                              Council has commissioned for the Design
EDUCATION                                                                                                                            and Construction
                                                                                                                                     of six Hybrid Units
                                                                                                                                     comprising ground
                                                                                                                                     floor    warehouse
                                                                                                                                     space and first floor
                                                                                                                                     office space and
                                                                                                                                     16 industrial units
                                                                                                              (total GIFA approx 40,000 square feet) at
                                                                                                              Greenfields Business Park. The project is
                                                                                                              currently on site.
                                                                                                                   The units will have the following key
                                                                                                              sustainable features: Timber Cladding,

Church stretton school &                                                                                      sedum Roofs, Renewable energy
                                                                                                              including roof mounted wind turbines
Community sports facilities                                                                                   (hybrid units only), Passive Ventilation
                                                                                                              and Permeable Paving. The scheme is
  The new Church stretton Leisure Centre                 linked internally to the existing swimming pool      targeted to achieve BReeAM ratings of
provides a wide range of modern, state-of-               area by an exhibition space where local artists      “excellent” for the Hybrid Units and “very
the-art facilities including a multi-purpose,            will have the opportunity to display their work.     good” for the Industrial Units. william
four-court sports hall, a fitness suite and dance           The scheme combines the needs of the              saunders is the employer’s Agent on the
studio and associated dry-side and community             school and the town of Church stretton with the      project.
changing areas.                                          intention that both the indoor and outdoor sports
  The outdoor facilities include five school/            facilities will primarily be used by the school
county grade tennis courts and a new MUGA,
40m x 30m with floodlighting.
                                                         during school hours but would be available for
                                                         use by the local community at other times.
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                                                                                                                we will be updating our website
  The school has a new main entrance with                   Additionally the existing caretaker’s bungalow
                                                                                                                in July - please take a look, we
reception and associated staff offices, and              has been converted and refurbished for the
                                                                                                                would welcome any comments and
a general purpose meeting room that will                 Busy Bee‘s nursery, with re-siting of the existing
be available for various courses and also                nursery building to the east of the caretaker’s
community hire. These new facilities are all             bungalow for use as a children’s centre.      

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