Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) success continues

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) success continues

The results of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020/21 applications are in, and it’s a fantastic set of results for Eddisons.

Over £28m of CIF funding applications were secured, and despite the 3-month wait due to COVID-19, the team are delighted.

“The guys put in an amazing effort on the run up to Christmas 2019 to get these bids in,” said Ian Harrington, National Head of Building Consultancy. “It seems a long time ago now, but the late nights were worth it to produce results like this!”

Anthony Spencer, Managing Partner, also offered congratulations. “Our CIF funding success is a great news for pupils and teachers who will benefit from building improvements in schools across the UK. This result also reinforces Eddisons reputation as one of the leading advisors in the education sector, and reflects the skills and commitment of everyone in the building consultancy team.” he said.

The projects will commence very shortly and be delivered over the next few months and the team is working to develop plans to carry out the works within social distancing guidelines.

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Government announces 10 year transformative school rebuilding programme

Government announces 10 year transformative school rebuilding programme

Schools across England are set for a transformative ten-year rebuilding programme – and Eddisons plans to be at the heart of it.

Representing the first major rebuilding programme to be launched since 2014, today’s Government announcement means schools will benefit from substantial additional investment. Schools and colleges will also receive funding this year to refurbish buildings in order to continue raising standards across the country.

Investment will be targeted at school buildings in the worst condition across England – including substantial investment in the North and the Midlands – as part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up opportunity for all.

Over £1bn to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21. These projects will be confirmed in the autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.

£560m and £200m for repairs and upgrades to schools and FE colleges respectively will be made available this year, and prioritised on the basis of buildings’ condition. Rebuilding projects will be greener, helping meet the government’s net zero target, and will focus on modern construction methods to create highly skilled jobs and boost the construction sector.

Eddisons will be at the forefront of delivering this ambitious programme. Our building surveyors offer schools, academies and colleges a comprehensive range of consultancy services. Whether in project management, building surveying, or specialist advice, we can help.  Combining specialist knowledge with technical expertise, we provide integrated services across a building’s life cycle. From design, development monitoring and planned maintenance, to funding, technical surveys and dilapidations, we deliver a first class service.

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Double win at the Estates Gazette awards

Eddisons (incorporating Barker Storey Matthews) has bagged a brace of trophies at the Estates Gazette Cambridgeshire 2020 Awards.

The company was confirmed as winners of the region’s “Most Active Agent” award this week – a continuation of BSM’s winning the award for the past 6 years.

The firm’s Julian Welch also garnered the EG “Dealmaker of the Year” award, and was delighted with the outcome.

“These awards mean a great deal to us as a national business and help us to continue cementing Eddisons’ presence as market leaders across the East of England region,” he said.

“It’s great news and testament to the ongoing hard work of the whole team for continuing our winning streak.”

Also name in the awards were Cheffins in second place, with Bidwells in third, Carter Jonas in fourth and JLL in fifth.

Helping schools through the Covid-19 crisis

Helping schools through the Covid-19 crisis

 

The Government is offering additional funding to schools to support them in these very challenging times.

The funding will be available to all state-funded schools and will support costs relating to:

  • Free school meals provision
  • Keeping a school open in the holidays (for children of key workers)
  • Additional cleaning throughout the school to prevent the further spread of the virus

Eddisons can assist with the deep cleaning element. This is particularly important when reopening school premises, since heating and ventilation

systems can harbour the Legionella pathogen.

The funding limits for schools are as follows:

Mainstream schools

251 to 500 pupils: £30,000

501 to 1000 pupils: £50,000

>1000 pupils: £75,000

Special schools and alternative provision

All schools: £50,000

The full guidance document is available here. This sets out the procedure for claiming the costs back and gives further details on how to apply.

Please contact us if we can be of assistance – and in the meantime, please do stay safe.

 

Written by: Joseph Fitzsimmons on Monday 20/04/2020

 

 

COVID-19’s Legionella risk – are you prepared?

COVID-19’s Legionella risk – are you prepared?

 

As if the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t bad enough, there is an increased risk of Legionnaire’s Disease occurring as a result of the current UK-wide lockdown.

The outbreak has meant that many buildings are being left with minimal or even no occupancy at the moment. This can lead to the threat of Legionella bacteria building up in stagnant water in those buildings.

Legionnaire’s Disease, which is caused by the bacteria, is a very serious disease which, like the coronavirus, can cause pneumonia. It’s therefore essential that your properties are well prepared.

Building owners, manager and landlords must meet their legal obligations around Legionella. This can be by:

  • Reviewing the Legionella risk assessment and written control scheme, bearing the current circumstances in mind
  • Identifying low use water outlets and setting up a flushing regime
  • Identify if occupants or visitors may be more susceptible to Legionella and control the risk
  • Flushing low or zero use outlets on a regular basis and recording this
  • Ensuring routine water temperature testing records are maintained
  • Ensuring that water systems which have been left stagnant are re-commissioned as if new (i.e. sterilising, microbiological testing)

You should also note that:

  • Draining down mothballed systems does not always eliminate the Legionella risk
  • Water systems must be made safe prior to occupation
  • The greatest risk for potential Legionella exposure will be when the buildings are re-occupied
  • Flushing systems with water must be done very carefully as the stagnant water can form aerosols (ie the bacteria can become airborne)
  • A specialist water treatment company should be consulted to reduce the risks when recommissioning

The HSE has further guidelines around Legionella here.

If we can help you further in regard to Legionella or re-commissioning your buildings, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are operating as closely as possible to “business as usual” at the moment – and if we can assist in these unprecedented times, we will.

Stay safe!

 

Written by: Ian Harrington on Wednesday 08/04/2020

 

 

Everything you need to know about deep cleaning

Everything you need to know about deep cleaning

COVID-19 has meant that it’s essential that every workplace has effective measures in place to protect people. Every employer will now need to ensure employees are safe and healthy by using infectious disease controls.

We know the way we respond to this crisis is paramount, and that we need to work at speed using all our knowledge, expertise and determination. This will be key to our success in dealing with the virus.

Many companies, products and new technologies are seeking to eliminate areas of risk, so it’s important to understand which method deliver fast,

  • effective results
  • protect our environment
  • are efficient and safe

Here, we take a look at a number of methods.

DEEP ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING (DEC)
DEC involves using electrostatic spray surface cleaning. This is now being supplied by many cleaning companies to healthcare facilities, schools, academies, researching institutes and labs. The highly effective method removes infectious diseases and contamination from areas that require specialist sanitation

The process involves spraying an electronically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. The positively charged particles then naturally coat contaminated areas. Hard to reach areas and objects can be covered and once sprayed, the sanitizing agent disinfects surfaces for up to 72 hours protection, eliminating the dangers of overusing. DEC equipment is easily transported and manoeuvrable and has a 70% faster delivery time than traditional methods. This means a faster and more secure response.

FOGGING
Fogging is an older technology which involves using a machine that disperses a “fog” of microscopic droplets of chemicals. It’s reasonably effective, but less reliable than DEC as it doesn’t cover everything in the same way as electrostatic

DISINFECTING
Disinfecting involves literally wiping down surfaces manually with bleach / disinfectant and a cloth, which is limited in its effectiveness. Many areas are not affected, including all fabrics.

Whichever method is chosen, it is vital that as many surfaces and materials are targeted to help eliminate the risk of the coronavirus.

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Written by: Jenny Fram on Friday 27/03/2020

COVID19 – What we’re doing

COVID19 – What we’re doing

Eddisons has been established for over 175 years and our customers, colleagues and communities are at the heart of what we do.

Many of our teams are now working from home in line with government advice. We have also provided appropriate guidance for our remaining colleagues in our offices and carrying out site visits. This includes emphasising the need for washing of hands regularly and promoting social distancing.

Through remote access to all our systems and conference/video calling, our clients can be assured of the same high quality service across all our divisions.

We will continue to respond to the evolving government advice and all our staff contact details can be found here should you need us.

 

The Eddisons 2020 Budget summary – Unleashing Britain’s Potential

The Eddisons 2020 Budget summary – Unleashing Britain’s Potential

The Chancellor’s budget promises spending unprecedented in well over two decades.

In addition to markedly increased funding for the NHS, £30bn to tackle COVID-19, and many other notable moves away from austerity, some measures will certainly affect the UK property market.

Here’s our summary of the highlights for businesses & property owners.

Economy
  • £30bn fiscal stimulus package to counter coronavirus
  • £1bn lending via a government-backed loan scheme
  • Government backing 80% of losses on bank lending
  • Business rates suspended for a year for firms with rateable value <£51k
Housing
  • Affordable Homes Programme extended: – £12bn multi-year settlement
  • Interest rates cut on lending to local authorities for social housing by 1%
  • £1bn+ discounted local infrastructure loans for 70k new homes
  • £1bn Grenfell safety fund to help remove tall residential buildings cladding
  • £650m funding to help rough sleepers into accommodation
Infrastructure
  • £600bn to be spent on for roads, rail, broadband and housing by mid-2025
  • Regional infrastructure investment
Local Authorities
  • £500m “hardship fund”  for local authorities to help vulnerable people
  • Social Housing interest rate cut
  • New mayor for W Yorks & other mayors to share £4.2bn for transport investment
NHS
  • Government restates aim to hire 50,000 nurses
  • Government restates aim to build 40 new hospitals.
Government
  • Major government re location initiatives
  • New Hub for Treasury means 750+ Treasury staff to relocate to north of England
  • 22,000+ civil servant roles to ultimately move outside central London
Climate Emergency
  • £800m+ for 2+ carbon capture clusters by 2030,  in N England and Scotland
  • 30,000 hectares of trees will be planted; 35,000 hectares of peatland restored
  • Investment in flood defences to double
Education
  • £1.5bn made available for Further Education funding, including estate budgets

Eddisons, together with our parent company BTG Group, are well placed to help you understand the effects of these changes.

Whether you’re an occupier, investor or landowner, if you’d like to understand how you can benefit from these new announcement, please contact Javid Patel, Head of Public Sector.

Eddisons hires from Atlas One

Eddisons hires from Atlas One

The chartered surveyor has hired four senior members of staff to its valuation team, all of whom formerly worked at Atlas One.

Atlas One was a Wilmslow-based company which ceased trading in September. At Eddisons, each person has been hired into an equivalent role. Matt Silas and James Stavely who headed Atlas One are directors, Dan Sidlow is an associate director and Thomas Sztejer is a senior surveyor.

The four will join the Manchester-based valuation department and work with lenders and property across the North of England.

Phil Deakin, who heads Eddisons’ northern valuation division, said: “Atlas One have built an excellent reputation, particularly for real estate valuation services, over the course of the last 10 years. We are delighted to welcome the team on board and there are a number of synergies to be capitalised upon and clients in common.

“These four new appointments bring Eddisons’ team of dedicated senior valuation surveyors across the North of England to more than 20 and we are able to offer clients unparalleled expertise and geographic coverage across a broad range of property sectors.

“This latest recruitment continues our growth over the last four years, which has seen the business expand through strategic acquisitions and hires of key senior staff. We look forward to developing further opportunities over the coming months.”

Eddisons acquires business transfer agent

Eddisons acquires business transfer agent

Eddisons has announced the acquisition of Ernest Wilson, a market leading business transfer agent.

Based in West Yorkshire and operating across the UK, Ernest Wilson was established in 1956 and has been owned for the past 50 years by Robert Williamson and more recently managed by his son Paul. The business has 24 employees and is led by an experienced and well-regarded management team, who will join Eddisons and be responsible for the ongoing management and development of the business.

In the last financial year Ernest Wilson sold 370 businesses ranging from food outlets and convenience stores to care homes, restaurants and hotels.

Anthony Spencer, Managing Partner at Eddisons, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Ernest Wilson team to Eddisons. The acquisition strengthens our offering to clients and enables us uniquely to support commercial clients in sales of businesses, property and assets on a national basis. This is the third acquisition for Eddisons in the current year and complements the organic growth we have seen in recent years.”

Paul Williamson, Managing Director at Ernest Wilson, commented: “Through our team of talented people who place our clients’ interests at the forefront of everything we do, Ernest Wilson has developed a market leading reputation for selling a wide range of businesses. We are excited to be joining the Eddisons team and we look forward to developing the business as part of the broader Eddisons group.”

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