Nationwide to start building its first housing development

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Nationwide to start building its first housing development previous nextLand & New HomesNationwide to start building its first housing developmentThe building society says it is to build 239 houses for sale and rent near its headquarters in Swindon.Nigel Lewis15th July 20190783 Views The Nationwide building society is to begin constructing its first housing development after gaining planning permission for a site in Swindon, close to its headquarters.Some 239 houses and apartments are now to be built at Oakfield Campus both for sale and to rent all on a not-for-profit basis and with the aim of creating a more neighbourly community, the building society says.It’s the latest move by Nationwide to go ‘back to the future’ and re-embrace the organisation’s roots as a backer of good quality, affordable homes.The £50 million development will be mostly two, three and four-bedroom terraced houses and maisonettes but the site will also include a block of apartments and each will come with at least one parking space, and either a garden or access to a communal green space.Building work is to begin later this year and the first properties will be available for sale and to rent from Spring 2021 onwards.They have been designed in partnership with award-winning housing specialist Igloo Regeneration, which has also been sub-contracted to build the properties.“We’re delighted to receive approval to deliver a long-lasting, high quality development in collaboration with local residents and Swindon Borough Council,” says Joe Garner, Nationwide’s Chief Executive (left).“As a building society we were founded to help improve housing, rather than maximising profit and shareholder return. Helping create these new homes and a thriving community is a great example of how we are guided by our purpose of building society, nationwide.”Read more about Nationwide.Joe Garner Swindon Nationwide July 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

OUCA accuses Student Union of “political bias” over Freshers’ Fair

first_imgOxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) have become embroiled in a dispute with the Oxford University Student Union over an incident at last week’s Freshers’ Fair.OUCA accused the Student Union of “political bias” after they were repeatedly asked to move a Union Jack flag that they were displaying behind their stall over the three day fair. The Student Union became concerned about “health and safety issues”. The Stallholder Regulations provided by OUSU for clubs and societies wishing to recruit at the Freshers’ Fair said, “You must not create any obstruction across floors, or projecting from under or over tables.” It continues, “This applies to both the vicinity of your stall and to gangways/doors. No obstructive exhibits are allowed.”Chris Allan, OUSU’s Vice-President (Finance) said, “I spoke to the organisers and they informed me that the flag was adjusted for health and safety reasons.”OUSU President Emma Norris, said, “During setup of the freshers’ fair OUSU organisers asked them to move their flag up because people were tripping up over it.”A press release issued by OUCA claimed that the Student Union’s treatment was unfair and that they felt aggrieved that neighbouring stands, which they claim also had low-hanging banners, were not made to adjust them.OUCA Publicity Officer, Charlie Steel, said, “OUCA is very disappointed with OUSU’s clear political affiliations during Freshers’ Fair.”He continued, “The Labour Club stand was directly behind us; its banner was allowed to be a lot lower than ours.”Martin McCluskey, Chair of Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), whose stand was adjacent to OUCA’s, said, “Their flag did drape onto the floor and over the floor space where our activists were standing.”He said that their flag had been “half the size and secured by sturdy poles.” He added, “Their flag was supported by bamboo canes tied together with electrical tape – I don’t call that safe.”Christopher Ware, OUCA President, said, “I was surprised at the OUSU officials’ sustained obstructive and abusive attitude towards the OUCA stand.”Ware maintains that the OUCA Union Jack did not impose on neighbouring stands, saying, “We used masking tape, we used bamboo shoots; emphatically there was no way that it could have intruded on anyone.”One member of OUCA, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “The flag is an emblem of OUCA and cost over £400 to purchase.” He continued, “The flag is always present at every social event worth its salt, and I was disappointed that freshers were not able to see it in its displayed in its full glory.” Another member said, “Let us hope that this dispute has not spoilt the esteemed political reputation of the organisation, of which we are all proud to be members.”ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

A day in the life of…

first_imgJohn Watts works as senior technologist at ingredients supplier to the baking industry, National Starch Food Innovation. He formerly worked as process manager for British Bakels. Now, clearly relishing his new role, he takes us through a typical day.6amMost people won’t believe me when I say this, but I actually look forward to waking up every morning. The reason? My breakfast.Having a girlfriend who teaches catering is handy. She’s always keen to know what’s going on in the ingredients world. I sometimes bring back samples of our resistant starch for her to try out new recipes. She repays the favour by baking trays of muffins for me to share around the office.The usual morning routine ensues: an hour in the gym to activate my mind and body and then a half-hour drive to work, with the radio blaring. It’s the morning after the night before and I need to get the lowdown on the rugby scores.8.30amWith the whole week ahead, there’s a lot of preparation to do: samples to make, meetings to organise and problems to solve. A hectic schedule seems to be an intrinsic part of life in the baking industry.Today I’m in the lab, baking-off products with our resistant starch Hi-maize. Muffins and cookies are firm consumer favourites. In the past, these have suffered a less-than-healthy reputation, causing more and more people to turn their backs on baked goods. But Hi-maize can help to reverse this trend.The nutritional benefits of Hi-maize in baked goods are easy to explain: it increases fibre without changing taste or texture; can help keep your digestive system healthy and much more. But, it’s one thing telling customers about its product attributes, and another being able to demonstrate them. We usually add between 15-40% to replace flour, depending on the application and claims required. Often, we make up a selection of samples – some baked with Hi-maize, some without. We then open up the texture debate, asking customers to guess which ones contain the resistant starch and which don’t. Invariably they can’t decide.Work is a true passion for me. You could say it’s in my genes. My mother and grandmother both worked in the catering industry, so I’ve been involved all my life. As a result, for me, taste, texture and mouthfeel are all important.1pmThe morning flies by and I’m glad when lunchtime arrives – time for a well-earned break and a chat about last night’s game.I return to the office and pick up some messages – a sample request and a customer re-scheduling a meeting. I settle at my desk to return calls and respond to my e-mails. With administration over, I gather my things and set off to see a customer. On the way, I call the team back in Manchester to check everything’s running smoothly in the lab.2.30pmTravelling is part and parcel of my job and I’ve grown to enjoy it in the last few months. Face-to-face contact with customers is key. It’s the best way to really get to know their business and highlight how we can help them.We don’t just meet development teams though. We’ve come to realise that communication with the marketing team is equally important. They need to know what resistant starch is all about and how, with its multiple benefits, it can enrich a product’s marketing strategy.The ’potential’ customer I’m visiting today, a major player in the baking industry, wants to know more about resistant starch, its role and how it can add value to the firm’s bakery products. I talk them through possible positioning strategies, emphasising the main features and benefits.3.30pmBack on the road to see another customer. Earlier today we received a call from a baker with formulation issues. He had incorporated Hi-maize at the same rate as wheat flour and added too much water to the mix, creating problems for the dough rheology. My role, as senior technologist, is to come up with a solution tailored to the customer’s needs. Technical support is a large part of the package that National Starch Food Innovation offers and covers ingredient selection, formulations advice, product trials, legislative guidance and labelling.5pmCustomer visits over, I’m usually back at the office writing up a report of the day’s activity and planning for tomorrow. I flick through the small pile of magazines in my in-tray to keep abreast of developments in the food industry. Then I answer a few more e-mails, catch up with the other ’techies’ and finally shut down my computer.6pmOn my way out, I put a sponsorship form in everyone’s in-tray. Together with some colleagues, I’m doing a sponsored diet for Francis House Children’s Hospice, a Manchester-based charity offering families of sick children respite from their role as carers. National Starch Food Innovation has generously agreed to contribute one pound for every pound we collectively lose.On the way home I get a call requesting my attendance at the local pub quiz. When I arrive, there’s a pint waiting for me – not altogether in keeping with my new diet, but still a welcome and relaxing end to a hectic day. nlast_img read more

Kingsmill continues drive to cut carbon emissions

first_imgKingsmill is to continuing in its bid to reduce carbon emissions with the introduction of new eco-friendly delivery trucks to its fleet.The brand has introduced 23 ‘Tear Drop’ and two EcoStream delivery trucks. The curve of the Tear Drop trucks’ shape resembles that of an actual teardrop, significantly reducing fuel consumption by achieving optimum aerodynamic efficiency.The EcoStream trucks have lightweight bodies and improved aerodynamics to further aid the drive by Kingsmill to reduce carbon emissions.“As a socially responsible company, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and specifically looking for new ways to minimise our carbon footprint,” commented Allied Bakeries CEO Mark Fairweather.“We have identified deliveries as an area we can improve on and the new eco-friendly delivery trucks will help us to continue our journey to reduce our carbon emissions.” Kingsmill became the first bread manufacturer to use the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in 2009. It is displayed on three best-selling sub-brands, Kingsmill’s Great Everyday White, Kingsmill Tasty Wholemeal and Kingsmill 50/50.>>Kingsmill achieves first with Carbon Trust labellast_img read more

Inside The First-Ever Allman Brothers Band Jam Session, On This Day In ’69

first_imgOn March 26th, 1969, the Allman Brothers Band played together for the first time. The six men united from all different directions in life to pave their way through music-making history. Ultimately, they would become pioneers of southern rock. After the early days’ irreplaceable losses of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, the band has since welcomed a revolving cast of characters to continue the spirit of their timeless music, but eventually closed the book in 2014. Despite not being together today, a true brotherhood was born and its roots continue to flourish every time their songs are played. The road, indeed, goes on forever.It all started in the mid-1960s, when brothers Duane and Gregg Allman started playing music growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida. They formed their first band, The Escorts, which eventually became the Allman Joys. The Allmans’ musical palettes expanded when they were introduced to R&B and soul, which eventually became huge cornerstones in the influence of their southern sound. Producers began to notice the brothers’ talent and moved them out west to pursue a career, consequently cutting two unsuccessful albums for Liberty Records under the name, Hour Glass.Duane’s guitar-playing was escalating quickly and so he moved back east to focus on a career as a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, while Gregg stayed in Hollywood to pursue a solo career. The brothers reunited a year later in Miami where they produced an album-length demo with the 31st of February, which included the drummer, the late Butch Trucks.Back at FAME Studios, Duane was making a name for himself as the primary session guitarist, recording with artists like Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, and Wilson Pickett. It’s safe to say that his time spent in the studio perfected his musical imagination and became an incubator for his inspiration. It was during these successful recordings, that he got the idea to start a new band, something “different.” His vision was clear; he wanted two lead guitarists and two drummers.Butch Trucks Talks Duane Allman, The Evolution of “You Don’t Love Me” with King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade,” Releases A&R Studio Track via Peach RecordsHe recruited Jaimoe (Johanny Johanson) after hearing his drumming on a demo of Jackie Avery and the two immediately moved into his home on the Tennessee River. Berry Oakley came to mind next, after he and Duane became friends in a club in Jacksonville, Florida months prior.By this point, Phil Walden, and Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records were starting to take interest in whatever Duane was working on next. They ultimately ended up purchasing demo tracks for $10,000 from FAME owner Hall, who became frustrated with the group’s recording methods, with the intention of introducing the band with Walden’s new label, Capricorn Records.Read More About The Allman Brothers Band’s Eat A Peach Studio AlbumDuane stepped away from FAME and relocated to Jacksonville with Jaimoe, where jamming became the primary concentration. Anyone who wanted to join was invited, thus bringing Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and Reese Wynans. They started playing around Jacksonville with an evolving cast of characters, until Duane was finally able to get his brother Gregg back to the scene to sing and play keys, eliminating Wynan’s membership from the unnamed band.The six united for the first time on March 26, 1969. The first song that they played together was Muddy Waters‘ “Trouble No More.” Within a few days, they decided on a name: the Allman Brothers Band. Their careers would go on to become legendarily successful, though turbulent times would ultimately define the band with a series of untimely deaths and breakups.Forty-five years later, on October 28, 2014, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe played their last show as the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. In true ABB fashion, the show went well past midnight, seeping into the anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. After giving their farewell speeches, the band played one more song, and it was “Trouble No More,” which you can watch below:Happy Birthday to one of the greatest rock bands of all time!last_img read more

It’s Never A Bad Time To Watch Prince Get Down To “No Diggity”

first_imgFor fans of Prince, don’t miss the Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince featuring members of The Main Squeeze, Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone & More at the Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th during Jazz Fest. For more info click here, and to purchase tickets click here. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here. On August 13th, 2004, Prince brought his Musicology Live 2004ever tour to Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center. The band lineup for the tour featured drummer John Blackwell, bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith, guitarist Mike Scott, keyboardists Renato Neto and Chance Howard, a horn section comprised of Greg Boyer, Maceo Parker, and Candy Dulfer and, of course, Prince, who did a bit of everything–from vocals to guitar to bass to keys to drums.Midway through the show, the Purple One passed off the frontman duties to the talented Mr. Howard, who handled lead vocals as the delivered a cover of 1996 Blackstreet classic “No Diggity.” After beckoning the crowd to join him in cutting a rug (“D.C, D.C., I need somebody, I need somebody to dance with me!”), he bounced excitedly around the stage, beat-boxing, boogying, jumping, engaging with the crowd, and generally enjoying the shit out of his funky-ass band. That all culminated in Prince and the crowd alike basking in the glow of a ripping Mike Scott guitar solo. Thankfully, pro-shot footage of the performance is pretty easy to find online, so you can enjoy this infectious performance whenever you’d like. After all, there’s never a bad time Prince get down, Good Lord…Watch the band’s performance of “No Diggity” from 8/13/04 at MCI Centere below courtesy of  YouTube user tonyringo7:[Video: tonyringo7]last_img read more

Grand central

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Finally going home: Wuhan evacuees in Natuna to be released from quarantine on Saturday

first_imgThe government evacuated 238 Indonesian citizens from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei on Feb. 2 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. They were immediately airlifted to Natuna Island after landing at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam for quarantine.The ministry’s public health improvement coordination undersecretary Agus Suprapto said a total of 47 officers and health workers in the quarantine area would also be sent back to their respective hometowns in 29 provinces across the country.“Most of the evacuees are from East Java,” Agus said. “What needs to be asserted is all of them are in good health.”Read also: Govt looks for free flights to transport quarantined citizens from Natuna to home towns In response to calls for the observation period to be extended to 24 days, BNPB head Doni Monardo said he would continue to coordinate with the Health Ministry, which is coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO).Many have argued a 24-day quarantine would be more reliable than 14 days.“As for now, the WHO still maintains there is a 14-day incubation period [for COVID-19]. However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of changing the policy if there are other dynamics. We will continue coordinating with various agencies, including the BNPB, the health ministry and the military,” Doni said.The former military general added that the Indonesian Military (TNI) would prepare four airplanes to depart from Natuna for Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.The BNPB has booked commercial plane tickets for the evacuees to return to their hometowns.“The government will also assist those who want to remain overnight in Jakarta by providing accommodation and transportation. This way, they will not face much trouble getting back home,” Doni said.Read also: Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health MinistryThe Executive Office of the President confirmed the observation period would end on Saturday.“There will be no formal event upon the release of the evacuees,” the office’s undersecretary for political information and communication, Juri Ardiantoro, said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the evacuees’ relatives would also be allowed to pick them up in Natuna.TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis visited residents of Kampung Tua Penagi and Kampung Pering Bandarsyah in Natuna on Thursday.Apart from inspecting health posts in the area, they also provided basic aid to residents living around the quarantine area on the island. Hadi said residents near the quarantine area, located at the hangar of the Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna, were in good health.“We’d also like to motivate soldiers working on the humanitarian mission,” Hadi said. (hol)Topics : The government has said the 238 Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei province, China, will be able to leave the quarantine area in Natuna, Riau Islands, if they remain healthy until the end the of the 14-day observation period on Saturday.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Thursday the ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had finalized plans to release the evacuees once the observation period ended.“Following the two-week observation period, we will return them [to their respective hometowns] as they remain healthy,” Muhadjir said in a statement.last_img read more

Brunel seeks head of private markets for £28bn LGPS asset pool

first_imgBPP is interested in taking more direct and efficient approaches to private markets, such as co-investment, bespoke funds and joint ventures. After the initial focus on direct funds, the head of private markets will be expected to investigate and develop the latter investment options, according to the job advert.The successful candidate will report to Mark Mansley, BPP’s chief investment officer. Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) is looking to hire a head of private markets as the collaboration of UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) tackles the next stage and a core part of its business development.The role will cover real estate, infrastructure and private equity and debt.The appointee will have overall responsibility for investing assets that are expected to exceed £5bn (€5.48bn), representing 20%-25% of the asset pool’s approximate £28bn of assets. This is based on the 10* underlying pension funds’ existing allocations or intentions.The Bristol-based investment management company is looking to move away from a fund-of-funds approach to private markets, and the successful candidate’s initial focus will be on identifying and investing in a range of direct funds on the best terms possible. Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, where BPP is basedHe said private markets were a key area for Brunel.“By raising our game in private markets we feel we can save the LGPS funds quite a bit of money and hopefully do a better job for them,” he told IPE.The partnership is keen to take a leadership role in responsible investment in private markets and take a genuine long-term approach to these markets, according to Mansley.“Obviously some of our clients are very interested in this subject,” he said.The Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) is one of BPP’s founding members and is recognised as a leader in responsible investment. Mansley is the EAPF’s former CIO.He noted that substantial progress on responsible investment in private markets had been made, citing as an example the work done in real estate by GRESB, a Dutch company that tracks the environmental, social and governance performance of real assets.Infrastructure was a slightly more complex area when it comes to responsible investment, but the hope was that BPP’s future head of private markets would “get their teeth into it”, he added.BPP was formally incorporated on 18 July.*LGPS funds for Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.last_img read more

​Folksam’s foreign cull pays off, new chief warns of challenges ahead

first_imgSwedish pensions and insurance group Folksam says the halving of its foreign equities portfolio – an exercise the firm carried out last year to lower its carbon footprint – has been more effective than anticipated, and has cut carbon by 30%.Separately, in its 2019 results announcement, the firm’s new chief executive officer warned that there were challenges facing the company in the near future, in spite of the set of strong investment results it reported, with assets under management rising to SEK455bn (€43bn) from SEK404bn in 2018.Folksam said it had expected the decision – announced in May last year – to cull its SEK84bn foreign equities portfolio in order to achieve a 20% reduction in carbon emissions, but the move had in fact shrunk its carbon footprint by 30%.At the same time, the portfolio had beaten global stock markets, it said. Michael Kjeller, Folksam’s head of asset management and sustainability, said: “We are very pleased that the actual outcome has exceeded our expectations.”In the nine months of 2019 that the new portfolio had been in operation, its return surpassed that of global stock exchanges by between 1.3 and 1.5 percentage points, he said, adding that this positive outperformance trend had continued in early 2020.Reporting annual results, Ylva Wessén, Folksam group CEO, said: “In a changing environment, a higher rate of change is required in the business.”She highlighted three new areas of focus for the firm in the near future: an increase in digitisation; the need for increased pressure on companies to lower their carbon footprints in order to achieve net zero by 2050; and changing working methods and office structures within the company as a means of cutting operating costs to SEK5.3bn by 2022.Folksam reported total group premiums in 2019 rose by SEK1.7bn from the year before, to SEK56bn.Folksam Life, the life and pensions division, produced a 10.4% return in the year, up from 1.5% in 2018, with solvency increasing to 169% from 163%.Meanwhile, Folksam’s municipal pensions subsidiary KPA Pension reported a total investment return of 11.2%, up from 2018’s 0.5%, and a solvency ratio of 171%, increasing from 165% last year.Wessén was appointed in December as the permanent successor to the Folksam’s previous CEO Jens Henriksson, having been running the pensions and insurance group on a temporary basis since his departure at the end of last summer.last_img read more

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