Changing market conditions and volatility in the energy sector are currently affecting the operational costs of all organisations, both private and public. For those that use a consistently high level of energy, including care facility providers, the pain can be even more acute – particularly given strained budgets.
The Bolton based contractor is one of the four partners to undertake projects with a value of £1m to £4m over the four year framework. The works called off in individual contracts will cover refurbishment and new build schemes for buildings in the University estate, including teaching spaces, public buildings and student accommodation.
The eight-storey building, directly off Great Ancoats street, features 111 buy-to-let high-specification one, two and three bed apartments, which have been sold entirely off-plan.
Forrest’s completion of phase one at X1 Eastbank is the first of three schemes the business will deliver for X1, in contracts totalling £55.5 million.
After winning the project following a competitive tender in May, Forrest has now completed an internal refurbishment of the University’s Liberty Building, which houses the Faculty of Law and Head of School’s office.
The company’s team of 12 construction specialists, including chief executive Lee McCarren, will fly out to Johannesburg for a week long programme of works on the 1st October.
The company, based in Bolton, constructed 24 two and three bedroom family homes and bungalows on the site of a disused library, and will provide good-quality low cost homes in a popular area.
The development, X1 The Gateway, will consist of 191 luxury one and two bedroom apartments, with views overlooking the Quays and Manchester city centre from its location on Trafford Road.
As the North West winner, they will be entered into the national final to compete against winners in other regions, set to be announced on 8th December.
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.