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Building Products March 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | EDUCATION PRODUCTS Crosslane Student Developments secures planning consent for student accommodation scheme in Coventry Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Property Group, has secured planning consent to deliver a 266-bed, ‘sensitivelydesigned’, purpose-built student accommodation development on Harper Road, Coventry. Completion of the scheme is reportedly due in time for the 2019/20 academic year. Students living at the new property will enjoy a range of communal facilities including a large common room with views of the River Sherbourne, a study-hub and meeting space, gym and bike storage, as well as superfast 100MB WiFi throughout the building. The design of the building follows a U-shape, which wraps around a central courtyard and has been sensitively designed using materials which are in keeping with G F Tomlinson scores hat trick with third framework win Construction company, G F Tomlinson, says it has a strong pipeline of work after being appointed to three major public sector frameworks. G F Tomlinson has been selected for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Construction Framework. The appointment will see the firm deliver projects with values between £4.5m and £12m in the West Midlands and between £1m and £4.5m in the East Midlands, helping to meet increasing demand for local primary and secondary school places. This is the second time G F Tomlinson has been appointed to this specialist education framework, having previously delivered more than £38m of projects, creating more than 2,700 new school places in the east of England. The new framework Witley Jones put AkzoNobel top of the class Bromsgrove School reportedly has a reputation of only using suppliers who can always deliver fit-forpurpose quality products and meet its ‘exacting’ standards every time. Witley Jones design and manufacture furniture, producing ranges of classroom, library, common room and accommodation furniture. In producing these products, Witley Jones says it wanted to ensure that its initial manufacturing methods would be free of formaldehyde in any of the lacquering processes, to safeguard both its own workers and the end user. To meet these demands, Witley Jones turned to Blackburnbased coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel to supply its highperforming Duracid FF range. Clive Dove, technical service manager for wood finishes and adhesives from AkzoNobel Wood Coatings, said: “The advanced the surrounding architecture. The front of the building is stepped back from the pavement creating a more open and green environment, along with garden landscaping within the courtyard. In addition, ‘living’ sedum roofs have been chosen as a more sustainable and environmentallyconscious option, also providing the benefit of a more natural appearance. Coventry is home to the ‘fastest growing university’ by student enrolment in the UK, with 24,600 full-time students in the city. Having already achieved planning permission for its Friars’ Road scheme in Coventry, Crosslane will be delivering a total of 880 new student beds in the city, which will be ready for occupation for the 2019/20 academic year. Crosslane says these developments will go some way towards satisfying student demand for purpose-built chemistry of our formaldehyde-free coatings is a good technology for this market, and it’s always a privilege to work with other specialist firms like Witley Jones who take safeguarding the school environment seriously. “There is a real synergy between the formaldehyde-free coatings we can offer and the school furniture and fittings they manufacture, and this move is one that we at AkzoNobel wholly commend and support. Providing the right product for the right application with our Duracid FF range is actively helping companies like Witley Jones to meet a host of stringent demands.” www.sikkens-wood-coatings.co.uk will provide public sector organisations and local authorities with high quality and costeffective services from approved contractors. The Regional Construction framework replaces the empa framework which saw G F Tomlinson deliver more than 340 projects over eight years. Andy Sewards, managing director at G F Tomlinson, said: “We’re proud to have been appointed to these three prestigious frameworks, which will see us maintain relationships in the East Midlands whilst expanding our reach into the West Midlands and beyond. “Our successful appointments on the three frameworks is testament to the high standard of work we deliver and our commitment to deliver real social value to local communities.” www.gftomlinson.co.uk BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH accommodation, as well as helping the university meet its five-year growth ambitions, while also freeing up more housing for local families and young professionals to rent. Mike Moran, development manager of Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is pleased to have secured planning consent successfully for its new purpose-built student accommodation development on Harper Road, Coventry, following extensive engagement with the local planning authority on the design and a public consultation process with local residents. “Following the recent successful planning application for its scheme at Friars Road in Coventry, Crosslane is looking forward to investing further in this fantastic student city and supporting the University’s growth ambitions as well as helping to ease the wider housing shortage, by building and managing high-quality, centrally located student accommodation.” www.crosslanegroup.com Harper Road, Coventry


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