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Significant progress at Ashford International Truckstop development

Since the official ground-breaking in Q3 2018, the estimated £150m project at Ashford International Truckstop is making significant progress, with Mick George Ltd set to commence the first phase of Soil Stabilisation works imminently, on behalf of GSE Civil Engineering Ltd.

The Waterbrook development will see the 140-acre site, near junction 10 of the M20, double HGV parking capacity to 600, providing secure daytime and overnight parking that will overcome long-standing issues surrounding illegal parking in residential areas around the borough.

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Teamwork award for Liverpool partnership

A successful partnership to transform a derelict Liverpool church into 16 affordable homes has been rewarded with a prestigious housing industry accolade.

Onward Homes and Housing People Building Communities (HPBC) have won the Best Partnership category in the National Housing Awards 2019.

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Swap body containers – a streamlined solution for the logistics market

In today’s world, consumers require packages instantly – putting added pressure on distributors and logistics services, such as Amazon and DHL, to provide a seamless service and quick turnaround.

Thurston Group, a leading provider of high-quality modular and portable building solutions, believes that in order to meet market demand, the logistics and transportation market must invest in offsite construction solutions – including swap body containers. Managing director Matthew Goff shares the key benefits.

The primary use for swap body containers is to ship goods around the country. When transporting using these containers, goods can be loaded both from the side and the top, enabling drivers to load component parts from one unit to another with ease. This is extremely beneficial when a driver has been on the road for a long period of time and the next driver needs to load the unit onto another vehicle quickly.

One container can also carry multiple units, therefore minimising waiting times and streamlining productivity.

Economical Compared to standard shipping containers, swap body containers are lighter as they have been designed to minimise empty weight. In turn, this reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions, providing a cost-effective solution for businesses.

The containers also reduce life cycle costs as they are made from high-quality and durable materials that are built to last and can even withstand harsh weather conditions.

Time-saving Swap bodies can also be used as a mobile storage module. When the container is fully loaded, the vehicle can transport it straight away, reducing loading time. On average, it only takes five minutes to replace a swap body with another container, making it one of the most efficient ways to transport goods.

Versatile Whether it’s transporting by rail, road or sea, these containers provide a versatile solution regardless of the type of journey ahead. Most containers can be individually customised to suit the needs of the market – an ideal solution for shipping and logistics companies that require certain specifications and sizes.

• To find out more about Thurston Group and its products, including the SwapCon body container call 0333 577 0883 or visit the website at www.thurstongroup.co.uk

Flagship customers feel the benefit of renewable heating by Finn Geotherm

Residents of Quayside Court in Lakenheath, Suffolk, are enjoying warm homes with significantly lower heating bills, thanks to a new communal ground source heat pump. In partnership with East Anglia’s largest heating company, Gasway Services, part of Flagship Group, Norfolk-based renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm has completed yet another district heating system.

Owned and managed by housing association Flagship, the 21 bungalows in Quayside Court were built during 1970s. Heating was provided by individual electric storage heaters and a shared oil boiler, which were inefficient and expensive to run. Having completed an award-winning district heating scheme for Flagship in 2017 for 30 flats in Watton, Finn Geotherm were appointed to design and install a similar solution.

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Unlock Rigid Planning System to spark MMC Housing Revolution

Key Reforms Needed

A new report by Arup outlines the key reforms needed to the UK's planning system to facilitate the widescale use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to help deliver the large number of new homes the country needs.

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