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Yearly Archives : 2019

Gulfstream Appoints UK Firms For New £38m Airport Facility

Tate Consulting has been appointed by the world’s leading business jet manufacturer to design mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for a new purpose-built, £38m maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at TAG Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

The new Gulfstream MRO is projected to be approximately 16,720 to 20,440 square meters, to include office space, customer areas, shop space and a hangar that can accommodate up to 13 large-cabin aircraft. Significant ramp space will also be included, along with a car parking area.

After a competitive selection process with Gulfstream USA we were selected to provide Electrical, Mechanical, Sprinklers, BREEAM and BIM services. Other partners on the project include main contractors Volker Fitzpatric, GeblerTooth architects, Hydrock engineers and CBRE and KAM as project consultants.

Work has already started and is expected to be completed by July 2020 in time for the Farnborough International Airshow, a trade exhibition of civilian and military aircraft.

Ray Cavanagh, Director at Tate Consulting, said: “This is a very prestigious project to be part of and is an invaluable addition to our aviation industry portfolio, having previously worked on L3 aviation centre at Gatwick.

“The new facility provides an incredibly hi-spec building, with eye catching features, such as curved roof and cantilevered glazed office.”

Adding: “The collaboration of all the different partners and teams and mutual respect and ethos to get the job done to the highest possible standards is the best I have ever experienced and one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on.”

TAG Farnborough is Europe’s leading business aviation airport as London has the highest volume of Gulfstream traffic in Europe. With its headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, USA, Gulfstream are the world leader in

Bisnow BTR Conference London

We had a great time at Bisnow London where our MD Jeff Bearcroft took to the stage to host the panel of speakers talking about how to build ‘a killer BTR team’ along with Tracy Peacock, Director of BTR Native, Jennifer Smith Managing Director of Greystar, Jeremy Fletcher, COO of Tipi and Matt Halfpenny, MD of Property Recruitment.

Sir David Higgins, who was knighted in 2011 for his services to regeneration kicked off the day’s proceedings, which included various tours in and around Wembley Park. Also demonstrating the incredible £600m regeneration work being done by Sisk Contractors for developers Quintain, including the Arena, Hilton Hotel, 7000 new homes and 7-acre park.

Topics covered new trends in development, fit-out, delivery and design, property optimisation, lessons learned from data and tech to make better BTR decisions and much more.

Lunch was at Boxpark Wembley, with a great selection from 20 delicious street food stalls and also a really cool space to bring the community together. During lunch there were a series of Ted-style talks from Roger Wade, CEO of Boxpark, Charles Armstrong, Founder of Trampery creative workspace and housing and mark Kellet, Group CEO, Velocity1.

Jeff Bearcroft said: “This was our first year exhibiting at Bisnow London and we found it to be really beneficial in meeting new industry contacts as well as it being a very informative about the current state and future of the BTR market.

“What’s been really interesting for me is in seeing the scale and speed of development that is taking place in the BTR sector and how the relentless focus on great customer service is leading the way in making it a success.”

Read more about what Jeff had to say to Bisnow about the future of BTR and sustainability;


Harrogate Property and Construction Lunch

Tate Group sponsored the Harrogate Property and Construction Lunch with guest speakers from Harrogate Borough Council Planning Department – which made for a very interesting afternoon!

We had a great turn out with 85 industry leaders, including estate agents, architects, legal firms and service providers, at the event held at the Majestic Hotel on May 14th.

Following lunch, Trevor Watson, Director of Economy & Culture and Linda Marfitt Executive Officer of Housing Delivery and Strategic Sites provided insight in to their ‘step change’ for the delivery of 13,377 new homes, approximately 637 each year, up until 2035.

Our guest speaker Bruce Allan, Partner and Head of Commercial Valuations in the North at Carter Jonas Estate Agents, shared the current position of the retail and commercial market and how these are affected by planning.

“The retail market is polarised and we continue to experience significant change. Undoubtedly some properties are being affected by decreasing rents, empty rates liability and tenants’ ‘preying’ on landlord’s holding cost vulnerability. This will inevitably lead to a change and consolidation in certain locations; this may lead to alternative use opportunities for residential or other businesses.”

Shane Tate, Managing Director of Tate Group said: “It was a really well attended event and great to see so many companies here with a vested interest in the future of Harrogate from a residential and commercial perspective.

“It was very interesting to hear about Harrogate’s forward-looking strategic plan to tackle the alligator jaws situation, a term used to describe the gap between residential planning consents and getting developments starting on site.

“My bigger concerns are, what is Harrogate doing to bring forward sites that support economic growth in the town, particularly in the town centre where something needs to be done to support the ailing retail and highly populated hospitality sectors.

“We need to increase the dwell time and one way to do that would be to put some high quality commercial and residential development in town so that people can live and work in the town centre.”

Greg Smallwood, Land and Development Consultant for Linley and Simpson, said: “It’s been an extremely informative event and nice to hear what the council have to say. However, we live in an over-populated island with an archaic planning system!”

Attendees included, William Birch & Sons Ltd, Planning Potential, Rider Levett Bucknall, Triton Construction Ltd, QUATTRO PROPERTY GROUP Indigo Planning, AECOM Ltd, Align Property Partners, V&A, Homes Ltd, CEG, WSP, LCF Law, Coles Solicitors Ltd, SYSTRA, 186 Property Solutions, Faithful+Gould, Coda Planning Limited, SMR Architects Ltd, CPC Project Services, Linley & Simpson, GHM Partnership, nj-ARCHITECTS, Absolute Commercial Interiors, I D Planning, Harrogate Steel, BWB Consulting Limited, Sir Robert McAlpine, Geoffrey Robinson Limited, Arlington Contract Furniture, Farrell & Clark LLP, Lindum Group, Turner & Townsend, VINCI CONSTRUCTION UK, WYG, Berwins, Dragonfly Consulting, V&A Property Group Ltd, Engie Regeneration Ltd, Darnton B3 Limited and Align Property Partners.

Thanks to everyone for coming from Tate Group, Tate Estates, Tate Consulting and Harris CM Ltd

Harrogate Property and Construction Event

We’ve partnered with The Met Club and sponsoring this year’s Harrogate Property and Construction Lunch on May 14 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. Speakers from Harrogate Borough Council are; Kathryn Daly, Head of Place Shaping and Economic Growth and Trevor Watson, Director of Economy & Culture. For more information and to book tickets go to; www.themetclub.co.uk

“The Parliamentary Review is delighted to be working with Tate Consulting”

We’re really proud and honoured to have been selected as one of just 10-15 national industry representatives to be part of this year’s Parliamentary Review that demonstrates how organisations have become leaders in their field and aims to raise industry standards.

As part of the Review we have to submit a 1000-word article on the challenges within our industry, sharing best practice as a template for reform. Later in the year, the Review will be sent out to over half a million individuals, including MPs, Peers at the House of Lords, Chief Executives, Vice Presidents, Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology and Procurement Officers. Over the last few years, George Osborne, Theresa May, David Cameron and Philip Hammond have all written exclusively for the Review, along with many of the nation’s most established business leaders and talented entrepreneurs.

Our MD, Jeff Bearcroft, said:

“We feel very honoured and privileged to represent our industry sector in this year’s Parliamentary Review. It also gives us a platform as industry thought leaders to discuss the challenges we all face and how key policy makers can help implement the changes required.”

A spokesperson for the Parliamentary Review said:

“The Parliamentary Review is delighted to be working with Tate Consulting on this year’s upcoming publication. Tate Consulting work with many major players across Britain, their contribution will be a highlight for industry leaders and policymakers alike.”

The Review will be published in September and we’ll also be attending the prestigious Gala, hosted by co-chairmen Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, where we’ll get to meet senior politicians from Westminster, leading executives from a range of industries, notable figures from the world of sport and entertainment. And in the past has included Tony Blair, Sir Nick Clegg, George Osborne and England Rugby Coach Eddie Jones.

Read more in Building Design and Construction Magazine

Five Challenges We’re Facing Within Engineering

1) Developments in Technology

Whilst new digital technology like BIM is changing the way we operate, the speed of innovation and implementation can be slow within teams that aren’t used to the idiosyncrasies of drawing in 3D compared with traditional 2D methods. And as the industry makes greater use of offsite construction methods such as pod bathrooms, offsite manufactured services cupboards and whole building offsite methods, there can be difficulties in front loading design processes to accommodate these techniques at an early stage. The use of smart technology is constantly evolving and therefore our knowledge and implementation needs to keep up. Smart Buildings can present real opportunities for the client to optimise the planning, usage and help them to manage the building more intelligently in order to make it more efficient, better maintained, improve living, working and leisure environments and to create a unique building experience tailored to individual needs. But technology developments within our sector are still largely a new and unfamiliar inclusion to the majority of contractors, so there is a requirement for educating contractors and clients of the benefits, disadvantages and realistic limitations of smart technology systems. Also, managing expectations is still difficult as some clients are generally unaware of exactly what they want to achieve and require detailed guidance on the best use of available technology. The key to successfully implementing smart technology is to discuss and understand the client’s needs and help to educate them on how this can be achieved. It’s important to remember that innovation and technology won’t succeed if they don’t fulfil the clients’ needs, smart technology is only a means to an end and while initial interest in a new product may initially peek the client’s interest, it will soon become a fad if they are stuck with a white elephant which offers little in the way of return.

2) Offsite Construction

There are often difficulties in adopting offsite construction methods although they are shown to be quicker for the contractor with less waste and associated carbon emissions compared with traditional building techniques. However, for the greatest value and cost efficiency to be achieved, buildings need to be designed from an early stage for offsite construction rather than late in the process after main contractor appointment.

3) Payment Terms

Another on-going problem within our industry is payment in terms of subcontractors. Most people will have seen the recent news headlines and social media posts that went viral after a mini-digger operator was filmed destroying the entrance to a new hotel in Liverpool – on the day it was due to be completed – allegedly because he had not been paid. This is not a scenario anyone within the industry wants to see but also not really a surprising one as it’s often the smaller firms and individuals who suffer. A good example of this was the demise of Carillion last year. Lessons need to be learnt from these mistakes by enforcing fair payment policy and legislation.

4) Regulatory Changes

The new revisions to The BS 7671 wiring regulations and the new BREEAM standards are now in effect, and whilst the changes are generally not too dramatic at these early stages there is still a lot of grey areas around their interpretation which will need clarifying and amending over the coming years. With the restructure of the BREEAM New Construction in particular we are now having to target a number of key criteria earlier in the project, which puts more onus on the client to involve a BREEAM advisor/consultant at the early stages of development. This is to prevent credits being missed and the need to then chase more difficult/costly credits later in the project. Also, as these amendments are new it is yet to be seen how the audit process will interpret the changes in evidence requirements. Therefore, assessors will have to be stricter whilst they get used to what will and won’t be accepted.

5) Staff retention and shortage

One of the major challenges within engineering is staff shortage and disappointingly it’s still much more a male-orientated role with just 12% of engineers being women, something the industry needs to actively help change. More needs to be done to educate young people on the marketability and benefits of a career in engineering, but for real change to happen this problem needs to be tackled within early education to push science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries. Retaining staff within construction and engineering is a constant headache and as a younger new breed enters our industry we need to acknowledge that we need to adapt a new approach in welcoming them and offering the same benefits and perks they’d receive within other industry sectors. This is an area we at Tate Consulting want to improve on in 2019 and are actively looking to recruit new people to join our team in Leeds and expand our London office by offering substantial career incentives as well as a very competitive salary package.

Read more in Planning, BIM and Construction Today