Forrest’s appointment to the Innovation Chain North West framework, valued at £500 million, will involve construction of residential-led developments across the north for a number of housing groups including Great Places. Forrest is one of eight contractors appointed to all three lots and contracts are expected to be in excess of £1.5m each.
Bolton Council has appointed Forrest to install solar panels across four community buildings, including three care homes, in a move to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
The photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed by the Bolton-based contractor at Winifred Kettle Community Care Centre in Westhoughton, Wilfred Geere House in Farnworth, Laburnum Lodge Care Home and Leverhulme Sports Centre. The buildings, all energy intensive facilities with high levels of electricity consumption, were selected following an energy review of Bolton Council corporate properties by Forrest.
In partnership with LPC Living, Salford City Council, Salford College and Benchmark Building Supplies we are giving young people from Salford an insight into the construction industry.
The initiative, called ‘Build Ordsall’, commenced earlier this month with initial taster sessions which saw two of our apprentices assist and share their experience and career progression. The candidates actively learnt more about the wide range of roles within the industry and completed mini tasks from bricklaying to cabinet making.
Forrest has been successful, once again, in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016.
The company, based in Bolton, achieved its eight consecutive Gold Medal award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Domestically the gradual emergence from recession, coupled with the impact of continuing austerity measures, is placing increasing strain on project delivery – while further afield, economic volatility in Eastern Europe and Asia threatens to stifle crucial investment.
Like most businesses in the sector, developing our own talent has become more crucial than ever. Not only is there a deficit in the number of professionals in construction, the level of skill each professional needs is increasing as work becomes more varied and new technology more prevalent.
Construction’s changing nature means that learning and development strategies need to be more dynamic. It doesn’t always make sense for contractors to have an annual appraisal process in place – as this can lead to situations where the view of skills across the business is months out of date and incredibly unbalanced.
According to the Government’s most recent estimate, there are four million social and affordable rented properties owned by housing associations and other local authority bodies in England.
The new framework, which is part of RE:FIT, the public buildings energy efficiency retrofit programme , is jointly owned and managed by the Greater London Authority and Local Partnerships. Through the framework and three teams providing expert support, RE:FIT enables public sector organisations across England and Wales to reduce energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions in public sector buildings such as schools and hospitals.
With housing associations and Local Authorities under increasing pressure to build more homes and improve service provision in an era of reduced funding, the free-to-join Development Contractors Framework will allow public sector members to directly appoint a first ranked contractor – saving time and financial resources – or complete further competition for contracts.
The Great Ancoats Street scheme will comprise 119 one and two-bedroom apartments over 12 storeys, in addition to communal spaces including a roof-level terrace, a ground-floor gym for residents and a new landscaped public square.