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Drone captures Southern Water’s project to reduce its carbon footprint with solar power

This eye in the sky captures thousands of solar panels that have been installed at Southern Water sites to help it reduce its carbon footprint.

Working with their solar energy partner Forrest, Southern Water has installed a total capacity of 4.2 MWpk at three sites – enough energy to provide electricity for between 1,000 and 1,400 UK homes every year.

The generation of this additional solar powered energy is helping Southern Water generate 17% of its total energy needs from renewable sources to run the business across Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.

Around 3,200 solar panels have now been installed at Hardham in West Sussex, 5,700 free-standing solar panels have been installed next to our site in Otterbourne, Winchester and more than 7,300 panels are in place and ready to go at Testwood in Totton. The drone footage has captured images of the Testwood and Otterbourne sites.

Forrest designed and installed the panels. The project across the three sites has been managed by Arcadis.

Energy Manager at Southern Water, Martin Ross, said: “The use of renewable energy helps Southern Water reduce its reliance on fossil fuel derived energy, lessening the impact on the environment and helps to cut operating costs. We are excited about the prospect of developing further schemes that maximise energy generation from renewable sources and energy from waste.”

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest, commented: “These are the first projects successfully delivered as part of the renewable energy framework in partnership with Southern Water. The three sites are ideal for solar PV in terms of ground conditions and climate and, by using this space which would otherwise stand empty, our client is reducing their carbon footprint and enabling the best value out of their land.

“These installs continue our strategy in working alongside water utility organisations across the UK to reduce energy costs and carbon across very energy intensive sites.”

To view drone footage of the solar panel sites at Testwood and Otterbourne, please follow the link:


New CEO Joins Forrest

Forrest announces the appointment of its new CEO, Mark Nicholson.

The Board is pleased to confirm that it has selected Mark to be the new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation to strengthen the existing management team. He will commence the role on 9 October 2017.

Mark joins from his previous position as Managing Director – Building (Scotland, North, Midlands/South West) at Carillion plc which he held for the past 10 years. Prior to that he held positions as regional Managing Director roles for both Bovis Lend Lease (UK) Ltd and Jarvis Construction (UK) Ltd. Mark is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.

During his time at Carillion, Mark has been instrumental in the construction of a series of major UK, and in particular North West projects, including Greater Manchester Police HQ, the BCO award winning 1 St Peter’s Square, the new main stand at Anfield and the major redevelopment of First Street in Manchester. Mark’s success has been based on an ethos of working very closely with his clients and ensuring that for every project there is high quality client service and project delivery.

Bob Holt, Chairman at Forrest, said: “Mark is a leading name with a distinguished reputation within the industry. His leadership ability, combined with his focus on client service, will drive the next chapter at Forrest. This is a truly exciting time for the business and we welcome him onboard.”

On being selected for the role, Mark said: “My new appointment at Forrest is a fantastic opportunity in my career. Forrest has a major order book in construction, an established brand in refurbishment and an exciting energy service offering, a combination which is unique and offers a really exciting future for the Company. Forrest has recently completed a major turnaround and I look forward to leading the business, supported by the Board and the new management team, into the next stage of its growth and development.”


Pioneering science park smart-microgrid scheme moves a step closer with key appointment

Forrest selected by Britain’s Energy Coast to develop Energy Masterplan to bring energy independence to Cumbrian science park


Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has appointed Forrest as their chosen partner to develop the Westlakes Science Park Low Carbon Energy Masterplan.

The appointment is a critical step for BEC, the owners and operators of Westlakes Science and Technology Park in Cumbria, as it looks to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to develop energy resilience and minimise the carbon footprint of the site.

Securing this unique project by competing against 17 other organisations during the open tender process, Forrest was selected for the scheme near Whitehaven in Cumbria based on technical expertise in addition to their approach to partnering and social value.

Over the coming months Forrest will be developing the masterplan, based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies, to develop a bespoke route map for the two square mile site. Efficiencies of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. This may include distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, energy efficiency measures and demand side response.

With low carbon energy ambitions being key to the delivery of BEC’s business focus and corporate strategy, their ambition for the site is for it to become grid independent for power and heat. Energy storage and demand management will be part of the mix.

Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said “Being selected for this pioneering scheme demonstrates our commitment to working with innovative clients to drive their low carbon objectives. BEC has some really exciting ideas for future energy activity and we’ll be critical in supporting at strategic level to achieve these and recommend new opportunities which have not yet been considered”.

BEC CEO, Michael Pemberton, commented: “Following our change in strategic direction last year we have been committed to leading the way in sustainable building and low carbon property issues. We went out to an open market for this project to ensure we brought the best thinking to our doorstep. Forrest’s track record in bringing pioneering projects to fruition, together with our shared values as organisations, made them a great fit. With the property industry responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, the intersection between property and energy has never been under more scrutiny, we want to lead positive industry change with this scheme.”

Joe Martin, Head of Funding & Energy at BEC added: “This is a really exciting first step for us – our ambition for Westlakes Science & Technology Park is to become self-sufficient with renewable energy. This will benefit our customers on the Park and provide resiliency against rising energy prices while reducing our carbon footprint. The Park is at the centre of the Energy Coast and our aim is to ensure that it continues to support the growth and development of the UK’s low carbon energy sector.”

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Forrest Wins Fourth Major Project with X1

Forrest has been appointed to deliver another major Salford development for developer X1, named X1 The Landmark.

Designed by DK Architects, the development will consist of 191 one, two and three bedroom apartments, together with two, three and four bedroom townhouses. It will also feature a double-height gym, residents lounge, courtyard garden, concierge and secure parking.

The £31.2m scheme is the fourth contract Forrest has been awarded by X1. The business completed phase one of X1 Eastbank project last year, and is currently onsite at X1 The Plaza and also X1 The Gateway.

Tim Waters, senior project manager at Forrest said: “Building on our successes on similar projects for X1, our appointment to this scheme further strengthens our presence in delivering high-quality city centre living. The scheme will act as the gateway leading into the Middlewood Locks development in Salford so it’s a key scheme for the improvement of the wider area”.

Melissa Green, regional operations director at X1 said “We are hugely excited to see this project starting on site, and to continue building on our strong relationship with Forrest.

This will be a fantastic development with a really interesting array of apartments and townhouses and the level of finish, such as the 2.4m high windows to all apartments, will lift the bar for quality in the area.

Demand has been great, and we have already sold most of the apartments.”

Apartments in X1 The Landmark were released for sale earlier this year by property consultancy Knight Knox.

Andy Phillips, commercial director at Knight Knox commented: “X1 The Landmark is a superb development in an enviable location close to Manchester city centre – it is no surprise that it has already proven to be so popular! Potential buyers are urged to contact Knight Knox sooner rather than later to avoid missing out on this outstanding development.”

For any sales enquiries, contact Knight Knox on 0161 772 1730.


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.