Monday, 16 October 2017

Winners of the East Midlands fbe Awards 2017 announced

Overall winner of the East Midlands fbe Awards 2017
The refurbishment of the Engineering Building at the University of Leicester has been crowned the overall winner at the East Midlands fbe Awards 2017.
Nominated by Pulse Associates, who provided project management for the scheme, the work involved replacing 2,500 pieces of glass to the roof and façade of the Grade II listed, architecturally significant building and the creation of an internal environment fit for modern-day teaching needs.
Sponsored by building company DW Hicks, the award was the top accolade presented at the East Midlands fbe Chairman’s Dinner & Awards night, held at the City Rooms in Leicester, with the judges saying: This was a truly deserving winner, based on the high status and complexity of the project, and the overall effort, costs and risks involved in securing the retention of a highly valued building for future generations.”
The scheme had earlier won the Regeneration Award sponsored by insurance expert Arthur J Gallagher. The judges said: This was a highly complex retention and renovation of a listed, iconic and well-loved building. The intensive consultation and collaboration was to deliver improved performance and increased flexibility. 
“Considering the building’s unique detailing and considerable works, the judges were impressive that the building remained in use throughout the works.
“Architecturally significant in its originality, aesthetics and structural engineering solution, the judges had to acknowledge the time and commitment to restoring the structure and retaining the celebrated design.”
The winner of the Residential Award, sponsored by building solutions firm J Tomlinson, was a Rural Housing Exception scheme at High Street, Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire, nominated by architects Halsall Lloyd Partnership.
Judges said of the housing scheme: This development managed to achieve a high level of sustainability whilst not losing aesthetic appeal. The retention of existing site features and characteristics is admirable and shows a good understanding of its sense of place. The judges also noted its collaboration with the local community.”
The winner of the Non-Residential Award, sponsored by consultant development engineer M-EC, was Birkett House School, Wigston, Leicestershire, nominated by civil and structural engineer BSP Consulting and contractor Willmott Dixon Construction.
The judges said: With its range of bespoke learning facilities that challenge previous norms, Birkett House offers well-designed and executed specialist facilities that were not currently met in the area.
“The integration of sustainable design into the teaching and learning process gives a strong and comfortable sense of place. Birkett House has been further recognised for its extensive level of collaboration and involvement outside of the construction team, the build being carbon neutral as well as its use of local labour.”
The Rising Star Award – presented to a young person under the age of 30 working within the construction sector in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire who has shown outstanding achievements in their field and which was sponsored by business and tax advisor Duncan & Toplis – was presented to Joe Gent, a trainee M&E quantity surveyor at Nottingham-based J Tomlinson.
The judges said of Joe: “The Rising Star category is always the hardest to judge and this year the competition seemed to be particularly stiff. It’s fantastic to see there are so many young people in the region achieving great things.
“Joe Gent secured the accolade because of the level of his accomplishments in such a short period of time. His achievements are commendable and it is clear that he is both a highly valued and well-liked member of the J Tomlinson team. In both his practical and academic work, Joe has shown hard work and dedication and has excelled in both areas. With his ambition and can-do attitude as well as the ability to build professional relationships and secure contracts at a relatively young age, Joe has been awarded the FBE Rising Star 2017 award. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”
Around 130 professionals from the construction, property and development sector in the East Midlands attended the annual ceremony, which included a welcoming drinks reception sponsored by consulting engineer BSD.
Compèred by former England international rugby player and ex-Leicester Tiger player Peter Wheeler, the evening also raised £1,378 for the Wooden Spoon charity, an organisation dedicated to providing rugby coaching for disabled, or disadvantaged, children. The charity aims to positively transform the lives of young people across the UK and Ireland.
Eddie Mewies, regional chairman of the East Midlands fbe and MD of M-EC Consulting Development Engineers, said: “A huge congratulations to all the finalists and especially the winners of these awards, which highlight and reward the teams behind some of the best construction projects in the East Midlands and also shine a light on the young people who are showing outstanding achievements in their areas of work.
“The East Midlands fbe Awards give us the opportunity to recognise and highlight the great projects that are undertaken in this region, and I’d like to thank all the companies that nominated and took part this year.”
The fbe is a national organisation, with branches across the UK and is the longest established networking group for the property, development and construction industries. As well as running the annual awards scheme, the East Midlands branch also organises a number of social and other events. The East Midlands branch covers Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Photo caption left to right, Eddie Mewies, regional chairman of the East Midlands fbe, Nick Emmett from the University of Leicester, Ian Carey from Pulse Associates, Samuel Hicks, director at award sponsor DW Hicks, and Peter Wheeler, former England international rugby player and ex-Leicester Tiger player.

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Tasty new premium breads launched by Central Foods

KaterBake Beetroot and Pumpkin wraps from Central Foods.
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has unveiled a mouth-watering and eye-catching range of new breads for foodservice operators.
Both the KaterBake flavoured wraps and the KaterBake Premium Fine Dining Roll Selection provide operators with something special, as the appetite for innovative and artisanal breads continues to rise.
Suitable for a wide range of different meal occasions throughout the day, the KaterBake Pumpkin Wrap and the KaterBake Beetroot Wrap each contains one of the recommended five-a-day fruit and vegetable intake. Both are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, are dairy free and high in fibre, and are guaranteed to liven up a sandwich or snack display and add excitement to dining menus.
The 12-inch diameter colourful wraps are ideal for tapping into a number of current eating trends such as street food, healthier options and the next generation of breads. Plus, they provide a stunning carrier for tasty fillings.
Meanwhile the KaterBake Premium Fine Dining Roll Selection is the perfect way to bring a traditional bread basket up to date. Featuring a mix of premium sourdough bread rolls in multigrain square, fennel and caraway seed, white torpedo, and beetroot flavours, each roll has an artisan appearance, with the range of different shapes and colours providing a visually appealing variety.
Available from Central Foods.
The new KaterBake selection is also perfect for a number of current trends such as the next generation luxury breads, the premiumisation of commodity products and the striking colours and savoury ‘earth’ flavours that consumers love today.
“The genuine sourdough rolls are made from the bakery’s original 20-year-old ‘mother dough’, which captures yeast naturally present in the air, not just added to the dough like some other bakeries,” said Central Foods MD Gordon Lauder. “The ‘mother dough’ is replenished with flour and water every day, meaning that each and every roll contains a part of the original 20-year-old dough mix. It is this original ‘mother dough’ that defines the deliciousness of bread and creates a taste and texture that just cannot be replicated any other way, ensuring our rolls are not only artisan but also premium.”
High in fibre, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans, each roll is approximately 45g in size.
“Our new KaterBake ranges are perfect for many of the latest eating trends and are both stunning in looks and taste,” added Gordon. “Frozen breads are ideal for caterers, as they really deliver on the flavour and presentation front when as fresh as possible, so it makes sense for caterers to have breads to hand in frozen format. It means they have a constant supply of ‘fresh’ stock to ensure they give their customers great-tasting and attractive food.
“Frozen food is also very useful as a back-up, in case demand outstrips supply. And of course, being able to defrost and serve just what is required, for items like bread, is key to reducing waste. This helps cut unnecessary costs and avoid unnecessary wastage – something that we should all be striving to do, whatever the type of the catering operation.”
The new bread ranges complement the wide selection of sweet and savoury bakery products offered by Central Foods, which include naans, tortillas, flatbreads, pitta breads, chapattis, sub rolls, crumpets, doughnuts, American pancakes, crepes, scones and other items.
Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.
Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.
The company has steadily grown since it was founded 21 years ago, and recently was named for the first time in a report by Grant Thornton as being in the top 100 companies in Northamptonshire. The company was also a finalist in the Family Business United Family Business of the Year Awards 2017 for the Midlands.

For more details about Central Foods, visit www.centralfoods.co.uk
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Shortlist for East Midlands fbe Awards 2017 revealed


The organisers of an awards ceremony that recognises some of the best construction projects in the East Midlands and some of the industry’s brightest young stars have unveiled the list of finalists.
Among the shortlisted projects for the East Midlands fbe Awards 2017 are a number of university and school developments, as well as a museum and a renovated 18th Century hall.
“We’re delighted to reveal the finalists for our 2017 awards ceremony, and look forward to announcing the winners at the East Midlands fbe Chairman’s Dinner & Awards night, held at the City Rooms in Leicester on 12th October,” said Eddie Mewies, regional chairman of the East Midlands fbe and MD of M-EC Consulting Development Engineers.
“The event is an excellent opportunity to highlight the great work that goes on in the construction and development sector in the East Midlands and to network and catch up with acquaintances and meet new contacts. We would urge anyone who is keen to attend to snap up a ticket, as in previous years the event has sold out in advance.”
Around 150 professionals from the construction, development and property sector in the region are expected to attend the awards evening, which is being compèred by former England international rugby player and ex-Leicester Tiger player Peter Wheeler.
The shortlisted projects are:
Residential:
·       A Rural Housing Exception Scheme located on the edge of the village of Brant Broughton in Lincolnshire, providing affordable housing consisting of affordable rent and shared ownership tenures to meet an identified local need, nominated by architects Halsall Lloyd Partnership
·       A scheme to regenerate a once disused and overgrown 13.2 acres of land off Heathcott Road, Saffron Lane, Leicester, into a £7m community of 68 eco-homes that have been built to Passivhaus standard - one of the biggest Passivhaus affordable housing scheme in the country - nominated by architects rg+p
·       Six and seven-storey student accommodation development in London Road, Leicester, creating 132 bed spaces for Abode, incorporating a Fusion panel system – an offsite light gauge superstructure – which has brought a range of benefits to the scheme, including swift and efficient build time. Nominated by civil and structural engineer BSP Consulting
Non-residential:
·       Birkett House SEN School, Wigston, Leicestershire, a co-educational special school for 175 pupils aged four to 19, with a range of learning needs. This new facility - secured via Scape Procure - facilitated a collaborative approach from the start of the scheme. The new build consisted of additional support facilities to adjacent education campus, including hydrotherapy pool, new tennis courts and part refurbishment of the existing Academy. Built for Leicestershire County Council, it was nominated jointly by civil and structural engineer BSP Consulting and Willmott Dixon Construction
·       The £3 million redevelopment of Constance Stewart Hall at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln consisted of: phase 1 – the conversion of the existing catering facility into state-of-the-art teaching rooms, and phase 2 – a striking contemporary addition built over the existing building. It was nominated by architects LK2
·       Loughborough University STEMLab - a gateway development in a highly prominent position on the Loughborough University campus. It is the cornerstone of a £25m ‘student Learning Zone’ that will transform the West side of the campus. The £12m scheme involved the construction of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths facility. It was nominated by Henry Brothers Midlands Ltd
Regeneration:
       The £2.3 million refurbishment and renovation of the Grade II listed Bridgford Hall, West Bridgford, near Nottingham, to create a luxury aparthotel and a civil wedding venue. Situated in West Bridgford’s heart, overlooking Bridgford Park, the former mansion had most recently been used as council offices and needed renovating, having been vacant since 2014. The scheme, which has breathed new life into this iconic building, was nominated by civil and structural engineer BSP Consulting and Robert Woodhead Ltd
       The Engineering Building at the University of Leicester, which in 2016 to 2017 underwent major work to replace the 2500 pieces of glass to the roof and façade and create an internal environment fit for modern-day teaching needs. One of the most architecturally important buildings of its era, the Engineering Building is utterly distinctive and the scheme was nominated by Pulse Associates Ltd
       New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, which has received a grand new entrance following a six-month programme which encompassed the redevelopment of the ground and first floor and also included the foyer to the Grade II listed building. It was nominated by consulting engineer BSD.
The finalists in the Rising Star category, which recognises individuals working within the construction sector in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire who are under 30 years of age and who have shown outstanding achievements in their field, whether that be in construction, design or associated professional or support services for the industry, are:
Civil engineering technician Jake Poulton, from M-EC, trainee M&E quantity surveyor Joe Gent and bid manager Tom Sowerby, both from J Tomlinson, and senior consultant and chartered surveyor Tom Spink from Pulse Associates Ltd.
Sponsors for the evening include the main sponsor, building company DW Hicks, consulting engineer BSD, which is sponsoring the drinks reception, consulting development engineer M-EC, which is sponsoring the Non-Residential Award, insurance expert Arthur J Gallagher, which is sponsoring the Regeneration Award, integrated building solutions firm J Tomlinson, which is sponsoring the Residential Award and accountants, business and tax advisor Duncan & Toplis, which is sponsoring the Rising Star Award.

This year, for the first time, the ceremony will be supporting the Wooden Spoon charity, an organisation dedicated to providing rugby coaching for disabled, or disadvantaged, children. The charity aims to positively transform the lives of young people across the UK and Ireland.

For the remaining few tickets for the awards evening and more details, visit http://www.fbeonline.co.uk/derby/events/fbe-east-midlands-chairmans-dinner-and-awards-2017.htm or contact Mary Daw on 07883 033552.

The fbe is a national organisation, with branches across the UK and is the longest established networking group for the property, development and construction industries. As well as running the annual awards scheme, the East Midlands branch also organises a number of social and other events. The East Midlands branch covers Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Press release issued by Nottingham PR company Perfect 10 PR www.perfect10pr.co.uk