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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 26 Oct, 2017
A ground-breaking ceremony was recently held today at Gloucester Business Park to mark the start of construction of a new 100,000 sq ft, state-of-art built-to-suit manufacturing facility for TBS Engineering, a world leader in automation for the battery industry.

The ceremony was attended by the project teams from Arlington, owners of Gloucester Business Park and TBS, together with Winvic the contractors on the development, to officially mark the commencement of construction.

The facility, includes 80,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space together with 20,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018. When completed it will serve as TBS’s new global headquarters, and provide employment for 170 people.

Dan Williams, Development Director of Arlington said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with TBS on the development of this exciting new HQ and look forward to working with them for years to come. This development comes hot on the heels of us completing the new HQ office for Horizon Nuclear Power and is testament to the skills of our delivery team and the opportunity at Gloucester Business Park to deliver new business space for all sorts of companies. It is also the first major announcement for Arlington following its corporate acquisition by TPG, and demonstrates the new owner’s commitment to the strategy of developing out the significant landbank held by the business.”

Also commenting, David Longney, TBS Engineering Group Managing Director said “Our investment in the new facility, is testament to the expertise, talent and engineering capabilities available to us in Gloucestershire. It is this local resource that has enabled us to stay at the forefront of our industry. Over the last fifty years TBS has led the world in the manufacture of lead acid battery equipment. At the heart of this growth, is our commitment to innovation and engineering and this new facility will support our continued expansion, research and development and position as a global leader.

Gloucester Business Park is home to a large business community of over 70 companies, includes extensive onsite amenities and is located at Junction 11a of the M5 and A417 dual carriageway. TBS Engineering were represented by Cushman & Wakefield and Arlington by Alder King and Strutt & Parker.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 25 Oct, 2017
RIBA Gloucestershire welcomed award-winning architect, broadcaster and academic, Piers Taylor to Gloucester.

Piers who has recently been filming the BBC Two’s ‘World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’ second series, flew in from Switzerland on the same day as giving a tantalizing lecture to guests at Gloucester Blackfriars.

Piers provided an insight into his working life, describing his first projects as a young architect, to today where he is an award-winning architect and director at his practice Invisible Studio based in Bath. His built work has been published extensively and internationally, and typical pushes boundaries in terms of cost, technique and process. Piers presented the ‘Studio in the Woods’, a ‘making’ workshop that his practice established in 2006, and the RIBA award winning project Wolfson Tree Management Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum, to name a few.

Alongside presenting his work, he touched on our plummeting natural resources and how the way we use cities is drastically changing due to the huge increase in population in the period of less than 50 years. Piers’ talk was, as anticipated, extremely relevant and critical of architecture today.

Tom Bell, RIBA Gloucestershire Chair said “Piers’ resourceful approach to each project is inspirational and commendable. His critique of the increase in population and the detrimental impact this has had on natural resources raises a valid point for discussion about how we use cities, and the future increased densification of these spaces”.

Thank you to Ibstock and the RIBA Local Initiative Fund for sponsoring the event, Gloucester Blackfriars and Cotswold Chic for hosting and catering for the event, Jon Watkins and his team at the RIBA South West for their continued support, and Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio for joining us in Gloucester.                  

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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 25 Oct, 2017
Planning permission has been granted for eight new properties close to Cheltenham train station. Located on a disused site, the new properties are another step forward for the regeneration taking place in the area, which already benefits from a vibrant community of restaurants, shops, homes and a popular gym.

Planning was secured for the development by Gloucestershire architect, coombes:everitt, who were also behind the design of the nearby Queens Rd mixed use development which includes the Tesco metro, 14 flats and the much loved Green Coffee Machine.

John Everitt, Director, coombes:everitt commented on the planning success “This planning success is really positive for the continued regeneration of this area. It is the second development we have undertaken here. It’s a really great location with lovely local shops and cafes, not to mention the great travel links or the fact that is only a stone’s throw from Montpellier.”

“Our design brings six flats and two houses into a location which was previously an unattractive part of the area. It is an underused brownfield site sat across from the train station and for new visitors to Cheltenham it wasn’t a great first impression. The new building will help to act as a transition between the differing neighbouring buildings. It will be an attractive building which we hope will provide much needed housing, bring in more clientele for the local shops and cafes and help to improve the visual aspect of the area”.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 25 Oct, 2017
Written by Jon Close, a construction lawyer by profession, this publication seeks to de-mystify some of the art of drafting contracts to make the task seem less daunting and looks to help people draft better contracts to avoid uncertainty and help mitigate, what are all too often, unnecessary disputes down the line.

An entry level guide for anyone involved with the drafting of specific construction or engineering contracts, this book looks to provide the busy professional with a road-map of how to get from desired cost, quality and time outcomes through using the most appropriate procurement route and the most appropriate contractual options available within three of the most well-known standard form construction and engineering contracts (JCT, NEC and FIDIC).

A useful aide-memoire for engineers, quantity surveyors, commercial directors, owner-managed businesses and fellow solicitors alike, the book seeks to compare and contrast the standard contractual options to inform commercial decision-making which can then be accurately translated into the final draft of the contract.


Jon Close is a well-known Solicitor with over 12 years' experience specialising in construction & engineering law, bringing particular contractual expertise in the procurement of energy, infrastructure, precision engineering and cyber security installations. He works daily with standard form contracts (JCT, NEC, ICC, FIDIC, IChemE, IET MF, ACA) plus a myriad of bespoke forms including funder-led EPC and EPCM for energy usage both nationally and internationally. In addition to this, Jon is a seasoned construction litigator and an accredited commercial mediator, which he firmly believes helps inform how he deals practically with risk when drafting contracts. A former head of department and partner at a regional law firm in the South West for 9 years, Jon joined new law firm pioneer, Keystone Law, in March 2016 where he continues to act for a number of well-known clients, predominantly in the UK construction market. Married with a young son, Jon lives and works from his native Gloucestershire whenever professional commitments permit him to do so

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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 25 Oct, 2017
The new accommodation, named Wood Hall after WCG’s Chair Stephen Wood, and he officially opened the halls with Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington. Invited guests enjoyed a tour of the facilities.

The new accommodation consists of 98 ensuite rooms with shared kitchens and a warden flat. Students and apprentices have already moved into the accommodation which was built by Deeley Construction.

The new £4.5 million development came about when WCG was in discussion with Deeley Properties, the development division of the Deeley Group, on its need for more student residences. The company came up with an innovative way of funding the scheme by inviting a pension fund to invest in the development, allowing Deeley Properties to take care of the design, build, finance and land package.

Stephen Wood, Chair of the WCG Governing Body said, “I was absolutely delighted to officially open Wood Hall today. The new accommodation is fantastic for our students and apprentices, especially being on the college site, and it shows we are committed to investing in the best facilities for the benefit of our students and the local area.”

John Vickery, Director of Estates for WCG said, “The demand is high for student accommodation, so it has been great to work with Deeley and their contractors on this project. I’d like to thank them and all of the college staff from the estates and accommodation teams who have been involved and delivered the project on time.”

Matt Western, MP said, “It was great to visit the Leamington campus of Warwickshire College Group and view first-hand the impressive new residential blocks. The new student accommodation is spacious, high quality and is a welcome addition in encouraging students from further afield to come and study at one of the UK’s best FE colleges. I congratulate Deeley Construction and WCG on this exemplar development.”

Peter Deeley, Managing Director, Deeley Group said, “The way this development evolved has shown how we, as a Group, can offer much more than construction alone. By working with WCG, we helped to secure funding and then drew up a scheme that fitted its needs the best. “On the construction side, we’ve worked with WCG before and it is always a great testament to us to win repeat business with a client in this way.”

The Deeley Group also donated 99 branded mugs to the new residents and encouraged them to ‘share a brew with their neighbour’.

For more information about accommodation at WCG, go to
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 25 Oct, 2017
Stretch Fabric Linings Ltd, , has expanded their business by buying an additional building comprising some 2,770 sq. ft. at Unit 1, Swan Industrial Estate, on the edge of Banbury Town Centre.

Stretch Fabric Linings, with over 30 years’ experience and expertise in the event and marquee industry, is one of the leading custom-made interior lining specialists in the UK, providing high quality bespoke fabric linings and hard wall panelling schemes to the event industry throughout the UK and Europe.

Stretch Fabric Linings Director, Harry Gijsbers, says “The building will provide much needed additional warehousing and distribution accommodation for our growing business and in particular extra storage facilities for our hard-wall panelling schemes which is an expanding part of our business. The facility will operate alongside our current site in Banbury at Overthorpe Road.”

Chris White, Managing Director of White Commercial, says “Stretch’s expansion signifies and confirms a continuing trend for many companies along the M40 who are experiencing positive trading and a requirement for additional operating facilities. The northern part of the London to Birmingham M40 – undergoing both existing and planned significant commercial and residential growth supported by excellent road and rail communications - has both a supporting public economic and development sector.”
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