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Forrest Shines at Regional Energy Efficiency Awards

Contractor Forrest has been named as the North West ‘Solar PV Installer of the Year’ at the Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Regional Awards 2016.

The company’s specialist energy team was given the industry accolade for its work delivering large-scale commercial solar power projects over the past 12 months.

In particular, Forrest was highly commended for the installation of the UK’s first floating solar power array – and the second largest in Europe – on Godley reservoir in Greater Manchester for United Utilities.


Tackling the Skills Shortage – North West Business Insider Feature

Paul Rigby, head of people services at contractor Forrest, explains how the ongoing skills shortage has changed the culture around learning and development.

“Given the ongoing skills shortage, developing our own talent is crucial and we wanted to find a more flexible way of doing this. The changing nature of the construction sector means that learning and development strategies in the industry need to be more dynamic.


Solar isn’t over – Construction News Feature

Paul McCarren, energy services director at contractor Forrest, explains why there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the UK’s domestic solar market.

“It’s easy to see why many in the sector haven’t held out much hope for the future of domestic solar installation. In addition to the reduction of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) subsidies earlier this year, criticsm of the Green Deal was recently compounded in a roasting by the National Audit Office. Over the past year it’s become clear that public sector investment is drying up.


National Awards for Considerate Constructor Forrest

Contractor, Forrest, has picked up gold awards for two of its regeneration projects in Greater Manchester 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 2016 for the high standard of its work delivered across sites for North West-based social housing provider and ForViva group member, City West Housing Trust.


Queens Court wins LABC Award

Although a year since its completion, Queens Court affordable housing scheme in Widnes is still picking up industry awards. Last Friday evening the project was selected for an LABC Award at the North West event held at the Macron Stadium.

The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards celebrates outstanding technical innovation, technical issues or difficult sites and finding creative solutions. Queens Court was recognised in the ‘Best New Housing Development’ category in Merseyside for its high sustainability, energy savings standards and community engagement.


Forrest wins place on two Fusion21 frameworks

Contractor, Forrest, has recently been successful on two Fusion21 frameworks.

Forrest has secured a place on the national Planned Maintenance Framework, worth up to £200 million across four years and successful on all four lots including; kitchen replacements; bathroom replacements; windows and doors and communal door installations.


Solar Power Portal – Forrest floating solar feature

Paul McCarren, energy director at contractor Forrest, discusses why floating solar is a light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.

Floating solar represents a significant opportunity for the UK renewables sector. Not only can it overcome the planning challenges of ground mount arrays, floating solar actually makes panels more efficient and can help preserve water.


Chris Green MP to help Forrest celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

A packed calendar of events has been organised by contractor Forrest to celebrate the skills of its apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week, culminating in a visit by Chris Green, MP for Bolton West.

A highlight of the week, which takes place 14 – 18 March, will be the return of the Forrest Back to the Floor Challenge, which this year will see operational director, Mark Parker, pick up the tools for the day under the close supervision of apprentice electricians, Lewis Pollock and Brendan Fisher on a sheltered housing refurbishment programme in Bolton.


Housing Innovation Awards 2016 Winner

The BGreen project, a partnership between First Choice Homes Oldham, Oldham Council, British Gas, Savills and Forrest was successful at the recent Housing Innovation Awards 2016.

The Awards, now in its fifth year, is all about celebrating that pioneering spirit and highlighting examples of inventive and original schemes and services. The project, which involved installing energy efficiency improvements to approx 1,400 homes in Oldham, won ‘Most Innovative Regeneration Scheme’ and was also highly commended for ‘Most Innovative Retrofit Scheme’. 


Forrest Construction Ambassadors Tackle Skills Gap

Forrest has launched an initiative to promote the diverse range of training and development opportunities available to young people in the construction industry.

Forrest’s Construction Ambassadors – employed from across the business – will engage with the local community and attend a range of careers events in schools to showcase the variety of construction opportunities on offer.