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Forrest appointed to Coal Authority’s Solar PV Framework

Contractor Forrest has secured a place on the Coal Authority’s four year framework to install solar panels across some of its portfolio of land and properties.

Forrest’s specialist in-house energy team will undertake the design and installation of roof and ground mounted solar PV systems alongside two other contractors HBS New Energies and Campbell & Kennedy.

The Coal Authority, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, was established to manage the effects of Britain’s complex coal mining legacy, including mine water pollution.

It is responsible for 75 mine water treatment plants across Britain, which prevents some 4,000 tonnes of iron solids from entering water courses and drinking water each year. Out of the 75 schemes, 43 require some form of at-depth pumping. The consequence of this is an annual power cost of £2 million for the Coal Authority and is why it began to explore various ways to not only offset the demand for electricity on each site but also minimise its climate change impact.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “We have a strong reputation for delivering rooftop, ground-mounted and even floating solar systems in both the public and commercial sectors and are thrilled to be appointed by the Coal Authority to this new Framework. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Authority to deliver energy technologies to resolve the impact of mining, and establishing innovative and creative solutions to assist in providing a sustainable future”.

Phil Broughton, Innovation Project Manager for the Coal Authority said: We are pleased to be working with Forrest as they will play a part in our aim to significantly reduce the operational costs of some of our treatment schemes across the country. We believe solar arrays are an innovative way to support our overall sustainability goals”.

This latest win comes shortly after Forrest’s appointment to Southern Water’s solar PV framework.


Ninth Consecutive Gold for Forrest

Forrest is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017.

The Health and Safety department achieved the Gold Medal (nine consecutive Golds) award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

They were presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Emma Bolton, Health & Safety Advisor at Forrest, said: “Winning our ninth consecutive RoSPA gold is an exceptional achievement for the whole business. It demonstrates a thorough commitment by all employees in ensuring our construction sites are safe, for all operatives and members of the public”.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.


A move into Extra Care for Forrest

Forrest has been appointed to deliver a £10.8m extra care scheme for the ForViva Group.

The Withens, designed by JDA, is an extra care and dementia scheme to be built on open ground in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley. The scheme comprises a 64 unit extra care scheme, as well as 26 bungalows. It will also include a dementia lounge, multi-functional room and restaurant.

This facility will provide a lifeline for an increasing number of people and their families, bridging the gap between health, social care and housing services, allowing residents to enjoy a good quality of life for longer whilst living independently in their own home.

The scheme will start on site in September with completion earmarked for February 2019.

Ted Macdougal, Divisional Director at Forrest, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by ForViva to deliver this exciting project into the heart of the Stockbridge Village community. This will be a transformational investment by ForViva and we are pleased to have the opportunity to deliver these wonderfully designed new homes which will improve the lives of so many”.

Nigel Sedman, Director of Investment and Regeneration at ForViva said “We are proud to be bringing forward the first development in Stockbridge Village in nearly a decade, and delivering the kind of high quality supported housing that offers a scarce and much needed lifeline for vulnerable people living in the community who want to continue to live independent lives”.


Forrest appointed to £28.2M Northern Quarter Residential Development

Forrest has been appointed to deliver a £28.2m residential development in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, known as ‘CituNQ’ on behalf of Tibst Ltd, a joint venture between Factory Estates Ltd and Salboy Ltd.

Designed by architects IDP and project managed by Artal, the nine storey development will consist of 183 one and two bedroom apartments with luxury penthouses. The scheme will also feature ground-floor commercial units, rooftop gardens, internal courtyard and 24/7 concierge service.

The site of CituNQ is the former NCP level car park bounded by Tib Street, Church Street, Joiner Street and Bridgewater Place. Planning approval was received in February and Forrest will start on site imminently.

The scheme follows Forrest’s work in delivering M-One Central for Factory Estates, a new build high rise development on Great Ancoats Street, which is scheduled to complete this autumn.

Allan Smith, Project Director at Forrest said, “This exclusive development, sat within the Smithfield conservation area, will sensitively continue the regeneration of the vibrant Northern Quarter.”

Chris Bowman, Managing Director at Factory Estates Ltd said, “We are delighted to be starting work on this prominent prime residential development site in the heart of the Northern Quarter. The final scheme, due in early 2019, will be an exciting new addition to this part of the City including over 14500sqft of retail and leisure premises and 183 luxury apartments”.


Forrest starts on site at New Mills

Contractor Forrest has started on site to deliver 37 new homes in New Mills, Derbyshire for The Guinness Partnership.

The £4.2million scheme will be known as ‘Marsh Mills’ and will provide homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. 62% of the new properties are affordable, more than twice the policy requirement, which will help address the need for affordable homes in New Mills


Forrest wins Birmingham Schools Energy Solutions Contract

Contractor Forrest has secured a contract with Birmingham City Council to provide energy generation and efficiency solutions across the Council’s portfolio of schools.

The contract is the first to come out of the four-year RE:FIT framework, which will deliver up to £1.5 billion of improvements to UK public sector organisations’ property estates, following Forrest’s appointment last year.


National Awards for Considerate Constructor Forrest

Forrest has picked up a gold and silver award for two of its projects in an annual ranking of the best managed and most community aware building sites in the country.

The contractor was acknowledged at the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Awards 2017 for the high standard of its work delivered across sites in Bristol and Barnsley.


Forrest completes London residential conversion project

Forrest has completed a £2.5 million private rented residential conversion project, Fonthill Mews, in Finsbury Park for LPC Living.

Work on the firm’s first residential scheme in the capital, included the conversion of an existing commercial building to provide 22 residential properties within a mews setting. The development also included the addition of single storey contemporary extensions, complete with roof top terraces to 11 properties.


Forrest Appointed to Southern Water’s Renewable Energy Framework

Southern Water has appointed contractor Forrest as sole contractor to a five year renewable energy framework to install solar panels across their portfolio of sites.

Forrest’s specialist Energy division will undertake the design, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of ground and roof mounted solar PV systems. This is part of Southern Water’s wider plan to increase the amount of renewable energy it produces.


Forrest completes energy generation system for University of Bradford

Contractor Forrest has completed the design and installation of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system for the University of Bradford.

Work under the collaborative project included the installation of two 140kW engines in the University’s JB Priestley Library and Phoenix North East building, work to the existing boiler flue, flue support systems and multiple building roofs.