BSP's £14m hospital project

Bondholder BSP Consulting has been selected for its civil and structural engineering services as part of the team which is building a new £14 million hospital.

The new 65-bed hospital in Kent adds to BSP's current portfolio for Cygnet Health Care includes a £9.8 million 56-bed mental health hospital in Coventry.

BSP Consulting engineers have undertaken the full civil and structural design for the scheme, which will feature three principal wards, plus eight individual step-down flats, together with therapeutic, clinical and recreational facilities, and ancillary/support accommodation. These will be set within a building floor plan totalling 5,300 square metres and constructed over three levels.

Director of BSP Consulting, Carl Hilton, said: "We are excited about being involved directly for the client on this hospital project as it is a sector in which we have significant strength and had indentified for expansion. The site is one of the first significant medical park developments to occur in the UK, and is therefore a high-profile development."

He continued: "It is the latest in a number of Cygnet healthcare projects that BSP has been involved in, and is an endorsement of the civil and structural engineering services that BSP provides."

Cathedral Court ready to go

Derby Property Summit sponsor Prosperity Capital Partners is set to deliver the 350-bed Cathedral Court on Cathedral Road in Derby's city centre to the University of Derby in August 2016.

Student development funding specialists, Prosperity, secured £20 million from Aviva Investors REaLM funds in June 2015. This followed planning consent being granted in March 2015, after a lengthy collaboration between developer London & UK Property, Marketing Derby and the Local Planning Authority.

As part of this agreement, the University of Derby will operate the building on a lease period of 30 years under their Derby Student Living brand.

Designed by GT Architects, the development consists of 350 units arranged in cluster flats with communal living areas, laundry and on-site management.

With the building nearing completion, Gavin Barry, CEO of Prosperity, confirmed that following the success of working in Derby on this project, his company is keen to follow it up with further city living developments in the student and Build to Rent sectors.

Prosperity Capital Partners is a Parter for the 2016 Derby Property Summit.

Armsons hires new associate director

Bondholder Armsons is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chartered Building Surveyor, Sally Lewis who joins the team as an Associate Director providing building surveying services, including asset management advice, condition surveys and reports, defects analysis, statutory compliance, feasibility studies, design and specification, contract administration and Landlord and Tenant services.

Sally has over 13 years working for a large multi-national consultancy and brings with her to Armsons a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. On joining Armsons Sally commented: “I am very pleased and excited to be joining a well-established local consultancy with a great reputation for the professional services that they provide both locally and nationally”.

Sally was RICS Matrics UK Chairman and RICS Governing Council member for 2014 – 2015 and has been active at a local and national level for over ten years. She has also acted as an RICS Awards judge for the East Midlands region ‘residential category’ in 2014 and 2016.

On a personal level Sally is a keen cyclist, having become a member of Derby Mercury Riding Club, partaking in the local Derby Cycle Sportives, completing the infamous Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca and is now cycling on the track at Derby Arena, with her next challenge being to complete the ‘Prudential London 100’ sportive at the end of July.

Construction progresses at Eagle Park

Eagle Park, a multi-million pound scheme to create new industrial units on the site of a former factory, is progressing fast after Bondholder Ivygrove Developments secured full planning permission last year.

Neighbouring firm Eggleston Steel is having a 16,000 sq ft building constructed on the site, with work almost completed. The £1.5m premises will house the company's state-of-the-art cutting machines which are currently situated on the other side of Derby.

A second nearby business, Pope Machinery Ltd, is to purchase two units - 2,500 sq ft and 3,500 sq ft - for over £500,000. The company will initially rent out the space until it needs it for a future project. The building work started in March and is due for completion by the end of the month.

John Blount, Chairman of Ivygrove Developments, said: "I was pleased to work with Eggleston Steel and Pope Machinery to accommodate their needs. Arrangements like these work work ways. Ivygrove benefit with continuous construction works and Eggleston, for example, can now expand their existing premises and bring all the production together."

It is expected that up to 500 people could end up working on the site once it is fully occupied.

Hodgkinson takes to Westminster

Owner of Bondholder Hodgkinsons Builders, Ian Hodgkinson, will today be showcasing his apprentices to MPs in Westminster and the UK's leading house-builders on the future of Britain's construction industry.

The event, called Building Britain's Future, will showcase bricklaying skills by apprentices building a wall in front of Big Ben. The culmination of the event will be a reception in Westminster that will be addressed by both Amanda Solloway MP and Ian Hodgkinson. The reception will also include speeches from Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP and Minister for Apprenticeships, Nick Boles MP.

Ian, who set up his own brickwork academy, is going to expand on this with a National Construction Academy (NCA) - a standalone academy that will be rolled out across Britain to help build the 250,000 houses that are badly needed.

Ian said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to Westminster and would like to thank Amanda Solloway MP for having the vision to help get my message out that bricklaying is the career of choice and with my new National Construction Academy and opportunities such as this, we are absolutely confident that we can show young people how rewarding a career in bricklaying can be."

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, commented: "This is such a fantastic opportunity to promote bricklaying as a genuine and credible choice for young people to undertake as a career. There certainly needs to be more effort in encouraging the uptake of bricklaying from apprenticeship level and that begins with altering and improving the perception of the industry."

Castleward builds a good reputation

Phase one of Bondholder Compendium Living's Castleward urban village project has been highly commended in the "New Build" category of the Brighter City of Derby awards by fellow Bondholder Derby Civic Society.

The Mayor of Derby presented a certificate to Compendium Living project manager Ian Woodland. Managing Director Dave Bullock said: "We are delighted that Derby Civic Society has awarded Castleward highly commended in this category. We had a fantastic year in 2015 and have been delighted with the response we've had so far from local people to our high quality homes."

Phase one of the Castleward project, the Boulevard, is nearing completion. It includes 164 homes, coffee shops, retail outlets and a convenience store.

Derby Civic Society secretary David Ling said the Castleward scheme deserved to be recognised: "The development has been constructed with bright modern buildings respecting the 19th century street layout, but including a brand new square, which is the central feature of the site. This is the first phase in the important step towards re-introducing residential development to the city centre."


Rock Fall UK forges partnership with Academy

Bondholder Rock Fall UK has forged a partnership with Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy (a joint venture between Bondholders Hodgkinson Brickwork and Derby College) to ensure all students are learning safely and comfortably.

The Academy, which sets out to bridge the construction skills gap, will now be able to provide all its students with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots.

Last week, Ian Hodgkinson, Managing Director of Hodgkinson Brickwork, sent three of his apprentices to Rock Fall's head office just outside of Derby to learn more about making the right choice in safety footwear.

Paul Wilson, Partnership Manager at Rock Fall UK, said: "We were so impressed by the drive of these young men that we've committed to issuing every trainee with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots in a colour of their choice - a style widely used by major UK construction companies."

To learn more about the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy, visit the website.

Carrie steps up at BSP

Bondholder BSP Consulting - award-winning civil and structural engineering firm - has appointed Carrie Booth as its new Business Development Coodinator.

Carrie’s commitment to business development has shone through
— Carrie Booth, Business Development Coodinator at BSP Consulting

Carrie originally joined the firm back in 2004 as an administration assistant but then progressed throughout the years to accounts assistant and then office manager. Carrie begins her new role this month where she'll be supporting business development across the company's four offices in the region.

Jef Todd, Business Development Director, commented: "Carrie's commitment to business development has shone through and we are delighted to now have her as a full-time member of the business development team, at a time when BSP is growing."

Carrie is a member of Women in Construction and also attends various business events including those held by Marketing Derby.

Carrie said: "I'm really looking forward to building on business development opportunities for BSP and supporting the company's expansion plans across the Midlands and the UK."

BSP Consulting is an award-winning business and operates in all major sectors including health, education, residential, leisure, retail, rail and industrial.

Ten years of BEC Consulting

Bondholder Built Environment Consulting (BEC) is celebrating a decade in business, attributing its personal relationships and long-term recruitment philosophy as key to growth in the service sector.

The building services consultancy can call upon a staff of 20, including engineers, specialised CAD operators using both 2D and 3D CAD (Revit) packages, which has placed the firm in an ideal position to provide design services for a large portfolio of varied clients and projects.

The firm has a long history of working with contractors, which it still considers as a significant market place and one it will continue to value and operate in.

Carl Ackers, Director of Built Environment Consulting, said: "Our aim is to employ high calibre staff to help ensure that our service is the best we are able to provide. We will always try and avoid being a 'bums on seats' type of employer and we will always strive to offer the best service to both our existing and future clients. After ten years in the industry we have managed to successfully adopt and implement this philosophy in to our recruitment strategy."

Through focusing on customers' needs and requirements, careful recruiment, strategic management and investment in software and hardware, the firm is positioned to offer a range of services to the market place, including mechanical and electrical engineering, BIM services to level II, thermal modelling providing SBEM's, EPC and SAP calculations, BREEAM support and specialist lighting design.

Carl added: "We've had a fantastic ten years in business, and through careful recruitment and training we feel that we are in a strong position to target bigger projects and establish new clients."

New city scheme gains approval

The proposed designs for the Agard Court development (right) standing next to the existing One Friar Gate Square development (left) now leased to the University of Derby.

The proposed development for 244 student apartments which complements the University of Derby's recent 33-year lease of One Friar Gate Square has gained planning permission by council planners at Derby City Council's planning earlier this week (Thursday 26th November).

The project, known as Agard Court, will stand from three to nine storeys tall and comprise of 244 one-bedroom en-suite rooms arranged in groups of four and six units.

The proposal also includes a new stairway to Friar Gate Bridge, a new courtyard and associated landscaping.

Whilst local residents previously claimed the building could negatively impact the appearance of the nearby Grade I listed building, letters supporting the scheme claim it will have 'significant economic benefits' for the area. 


YMD Boon moves to Pride Park

Architectural and construction consultant YMD Boon has moved into Derby with the help of Bondholder FHP Property Consultants who acted as agents for the expansion, letting an office in Pride Park. Fellow Bondholder Rigby & Co also advised the tenants during their search.

The architectural and construction company, headquartered in Market Harborough, has also joined Marketing Derby as Bondholders after looking to reinforce their presence in Derbyshire for some time. The appointment of local Architect Sharareh Setayesh provided the company with the opportunity to open an office in the perfect location. 

The directors are delighted to be opening an office in Derby. The location is excellent and local services are first class.
— David Yates, Director at YMD Boon

The company will have a start-up team of six staff, and will provide architecture and building surveying services to the education (primary, secondary, further and higher), industrial, retail and residential sectors. 

Some of YMD Boon’s clients include Bondholders Derby College and Derby City Council as well as GF Tomlinson. 

David Yates, Director of YMD Boon, said: “The directors are delighted to be opening an office Derby. The location is excellent and local services are first class. The launch of our new offices has been timed to coincide with our proud announcement that Shari (Sharareh) has become a full Director of the Company and heads up the Pride Park office. Shari’s appointment reinforces the Company’s drive to provide outstanding services to our Clients in Derbyshire. “