Archive for February 8, 2012

Largest Norwegian Timber Housing Scheme Built In Redditch

An eco home based on a design by a 10-year-old schoolgirl is to be built in Redditch as part of the largest Norwegian timber frame housing development in the UK.
Redditch Co-operative Homes, part of the Accord Group of housing associations, will build 58 houses and 21 apartments in the Church Hill area, in partnership with Mansell, after they secured a £1.8 million grant from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Building work has just started on the site of the former Marfield Primary School off Redstone Close and the whole development, which will be built using timber panels imported from Norway, is expected to be completed by December 2013.
As well as featuring two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, the £8 million site will also include two houses based on a design by Rugby schoolgirl Jennifer Brook.

Jennifer was just 10 years old in 2008 when she beat more than 70 other pupils from across the region to win a competition to come up with an ‘eco home for the future’.
Now, the former Cawston Grange Primary School pupil will see her design become a reality when it is built alongside another two homes which will be constructed from 80 per cent recycled materials.
Alan Yates, Group Director of Regeneration for the Accord Group, said: “The investment from the Homes and Communities Agency is a real boost for us and we have signed contracts to enable the works to start on site.
“With a shortage of affordable housing across the region, this development will create much-needed homes that are cheaper to run than traditional properties and generate fewer carbon emissions because of their unique environmental credentials.
“It’s also fantastic that by working closely with our specialist in-house design team and residents of Redditch Co-operative Homes, we are finally able to make Jennifer’s eco home design a reality.”
Jennifer, now aged 14, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the house I designed with pen and paper being turned into reality. I think it’s amazing how my 2D drawing can have life breathed into it. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.”
As well as featuring high-quality and affordable homes, the development will also include other features such as allotments for residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Each of the 79 homes, which will be built by Mansell, will meet tough environmental standards and codes, including two homes that will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 – the highest environmental standard that can be achieved in the UK.

The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England Manager.
This follows a meeting involving FA Chairman David Bernstein, FA General Secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.
The discussions focused on The FA Board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview.
In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England Manager with immediate effect.
David Bernstein said: “I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England Manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner. We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”
A media conference with David Bernstein and the Club England Management team will take place at Wembley on Thursday at 12 noon.
The FA will not be making any further comment until the media conference.

Diamond Jubilee visits around the UK, 8 February 2012
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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will mark the year of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a series of regional visits throughout the United Kingdom.

Touring the country by road, rail, air and sea, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel widely across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The following list is a breakdown, by city and town (or London borough), of Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Diamond Jubilee Tour.

These visits will give Her Majesty the opportunity to express her thanks to people throughout the country for their continued support and loyalty.

8th March  – City Day Leicester.

23rd March – City Day Manchester and Salford.

29th March – North London Redbridge, Walthamstow, Harrow.

26th -27th April – Wales Cardiff, Margam, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberfan, Ebbw Vale, Glanusk Park.

1st -2nd May – South West England Sherborne, Salisbury, Crewkerne, Yeovil, Exeter.

15th May – South London Bromley, Merton, Richmond.

16th -17th May – North West England Burnley, Accrington, Warrington, Chester, Liverpool.

13th -14th June – East Midlands Nottingham, Burghley, Corby, Stevenage, Hatfield.
25th June – South East England Henley-on-Thames.

2nd – 6th July – Scotland (Holyrood Week) Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Perth.

11th – 12th July – West Midlands Hereford, Worcester, Birmingham, Shropshire.

18th -19th July – North East England Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham City , Stockton-on- Tees, Leeds.

25th July – South East England Cowes, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Hampshire.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will make use of car, the Royal Train,  aircraft and the ship Leander as they tour the United Kingdom.

Details can be found here