Peel Ports has announced it is investing £3 million to upgrade its existing steel terminal at the Port of Liverpool’s Gladstone dock. The improved facility will benefit from the latest-generation CareGo warehouse optimisation and crane automation technology, revolutionising the efficiency of the steel supply chain and transforming the port’s customer offering.

The Liverpool Steel Terminal will feature a fully automated warehouse and interactive customer web portal, which mean customers will have round-the-clock instant access to the ordering process. Real time stock availability, precision coil selection and a vehicle booking system will give customers best value for money by minimising paperwork, handling, and haulier turn-around time.

The terminal will also include an automatic weighing facility, and instant customer reporting means that customers will be able to track their order real-time from ship to door.

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Gary Hodgson, Managing Director of Peel Ports said: “This is a particularly exciting investment for Peel Ports because it puts us at the leading edge of steel storage and distribution. No other port in the UK is currently able to offer a comparable service.”

“Coupled with the Port of Liverpool’s advantageous location in terms of its proximity to UK manufacturing, we are confident that we are making a very important investment that will ultimately offer our customers substantial cost benefits.”

Coil capacity at the new terminal will be 350kt. Segregated storage and quarantine locations include the capacity for dehumidification and temperature controlled facilities. The Liverpool Steel Terminal will be open for business in April 2013.

The UCEA Academy built by Kier and designed by BDP is now open.

A world record attempt was made last week at the opening ceremony for the £25m school building in Ellesmere Port. 2,500 people made the largest human flower –  a giant poppy in recognition of Remembrance Day.

These photos are from Richard Line’s visit last night whilst playing for Tarporley Badminton Club.

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Virtual Planit have created CGI’s and an animation for this amazing new development in Ireby.

In a highly valued scenic area where it is virtually impossible to obtain planning permission for new dwellings, this site offers you the unrivalled opportunity to build a substantial and impressive contemporary home in one of the most scenically beautiful corners of England.

On a 6.5 acre site with impressive panoramic views, planning permission to build a 14,000 sq ft modern country house using the latest environmentally friendly technology. The proposed house would have 6 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms including a luxury master suite with bathroom, dressing room and large balcony, fabulous leisure suite with pool, gym and extensive garaging.

The site is currently for sale at 1.25m and can be found on Davis & Bowrings , and Savills website.

Virtual Planit have completed the visualisation for Haverhill Research Park in Suffolk.

Haverhill Research Park

Planning Application Approved for £100 Million Haverhill Research Park Project

Carisbrooke Investments has won planning consent for the £100 million Haverhill Research Park in Haverhill, Suffolk comprising 450,000 square foot of research and business space, 150 new homes, a hotel, restaurant and day nursery.

Planning consent was granted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council following the adoption of a masterplan and period of extensive public consultation earlier in the year.

Nic Rumsey, Director of Carisbrooke Investments, commented: “The planning consent marks an important milestone in the project and moves plans forward for this comprehensive development. We have worked closely with St Edmundsbury Borough Council who have been very supportive in backing our vision for the site and are delighted to see the application’s approved. We will, of course, continue to work closely with the council in order to bring the vision to reality.

“Ultimately, this plan will make a significant contribution to the long term growth of the local economy and provide Haverhill with a landmark office and research park home to talented businesses” added Rumsey. “The scheme will generate approximately 1,000 new jobs, attract inward investment into Haverhill and also help meet local housing needs.”

Haverhill Research Park is well located approximately 17 miles south of Cambridge. It is less than 10 miles from the A11 Cluster which incorporates Addenbrookes, Babraham Research Campus, Granta Park, Chesterford Research Park and the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. The park taps into the region’s excellent transport infrastructure with fast and easy access to Junction 9 of the M11 as well as the A11 and A14.

Initial site preparation works will start early in 2012. Details of the scheme can be found by visiting

The agents for the Haverhill Research Park are Cheffins and Carter Jonas.

This is the final video edit for Ince Park. The voiceover was recorded in studios in Stockport by Richard H, the artist is Fiona, the camerman was Mike, the pilot was Will, and the photographer was Eddy.

About Ince Park

With full outline consent and part detailed consent, the development will comprise an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility and Environmental Technologies Complex – a cluster of waste management and environmental technology facilities.

Located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, the 51ha (126 acre) multi modal site has excellent road and rail access and berthing onto the canal.
It offers the opportunity to create a leading concentration of waste management, recycling and reprocessing users in the North West.

The park will be run by Ince Park LLP in a joint venture partnership between Covanta Energy, a world leader in the development and operation of large scale EfW projects, and Peel Environmental, a subsidiary of The Peel Group, one of Britain’s leading infrastructure, transport and real estate companies. Phase one of the development will see Covanta, the world’s biggest operator of EfW facilities, building the 95MW EfW facility.

We have positions for freelance visualisers – immediate start.

There are projects that we want to get you involved in right now, so if you have the ability, please get in touch.

You should be experienced in architectural modelling. You need to be able to hit the ground running. This is not a position for inexperienced or junior artists, you need to be able to match, and ideally exceed the quality of work we show here, and you must have a very sound knowledge of 3D Studio Max with Vray – able to produce well lit stills, and efficiently set-up animations.

We have large spacious offices in South Manchester, a suite of high-end PC’s at your disposal, and a render farm. If you want to work at home that’s fine – we would prefer you to be local(ish) and to work in our offices if at all possible.

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BAM Construction scooped an £80m contract to design and build three new academy schools for Medway Council last year, and Virtual Planit were awarded the visualisation work for two of them – Brompton and Bishop of Rochester.

Les Wicks, Medway council’s children’s services councillor, said: “BAM’s scheme was chosen for the way it responded to the educational brief as well as the views raised by students during the design competition and their desire to deliver the building.”

Rod Stiles, construction director at BAM, added: “BAM is delighted to be working with Medway to deliver the new academies. We look forward to forging a great partnership that will deliver three outstanding academies for students and the surrounding communities.”

The video and images shown here formed part of the planning process.

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