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Adapting to a Changing Landscape

The UK construction industry could be facing its most challenging period since the financial crisis, as the national housing market is forced to adapt to influential events both at home and abroad.

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.

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Where there’s a skill there’s a way – Construction News Feature

Paul Rigby, head of people at contractor Forrest, explains the business’s new approach to training and skills development.

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appraisal process in place – as this can lead to situations where the view of skills across the business is months out of date and incredibly unbalanced.

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The Biomass Debate – reFURB Feature

Doctor Daniel Strosnider, business development manager for the energy division at contractor Forrest, discusses the role of renewable energy in futureproofing social housing stock

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.

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Forrest Appointed to £1.5 Billion Energy Efficiency Scheme

Contractor Forrest has been awarded a place on a four-year framework, as part of a programme which aims to deliver up to £1.5 billion of upgrades and improvements to UK public sector organisations’ property estates.

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.

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Forrest Wins Development Framework

The Procurement Hub, part of the Places for People Group, has introduced its latest OJEU-compliant framework for development contractors, offering housing and public sector organisations efficient connection to skills and advice, to help speed up building projects.

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.

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Forrest Appointed to Develop £12.6m Residential Scheme

Contractor Forrest has been appointed to deliver M-One Central, a £12.6 million new build high rise development in the heart of Manchester, for Factory Estates Limited.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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