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Bikes targeted in Filton shed burglaries

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 10:02 am by SH (Editor)

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Police in Filton are urging local residents to review the security of outbuildings following a spate of shed break-ins.

Since the beginning of February, push bikes have been stolen from three sheds in Filton, with a further eight incidents in which sheds were entered but nothing stolen and another in which beer was taken.

Most of the incidents have happened in the area around the A4174 Station Road, in the evenings after 5pm or overnight. Locks were forced or windows smashed in order to get into the sheds.

Anyone with information which could help officers track down those responsible is asked to get in touch online or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217025338. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Neighbourhood PC Matt Griffin said:

“I’d ask people living in Filton to be aware of this issue and keep an eye out for anyone behaving suspiciously around sheds and garages. Call 999 immediately if you think someone is breaking in, or for any other suspicious activity ring us on 101 straight away.”

“Please review the security of your outbuildings. As most of these break-ins have happened during the hours of darkness, it’s worth installing motion-sensing security lights, but the most important thing is to make sure your shed is sturdy with a good quality lock.”

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Two key deals signed for East Works site

Posted on Sunday 5th February 2017 at 6:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of the proposed Selco trade centre on the Horizon 38 development in Filton, Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have announced the signing of two key deals with prospective tenants at Horizon 38, the new mixed used development that is starting to take shape on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

In the first deal, detailed planning consent has been granted by South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 35,000 sq ft trade centre for Selco, a chain of trade-only builders merchants. The deal will see Selco take a 15-year lease at an undisclosed rent. Building work is set to begin in March and be completed by October 2017.

Chris Cunliffe, CEO of Selco, commented:

“Selco are pleased to confirm our deal with St Francis Group and iSec which will us open our second branch in Bristol. This is a great opportunity for Selco as we continue our expansion in the UK and strengthen our position in the Bristol marketplace. This opportunity will see more than 50 jobs created to support the local community and will also offer genuine career opportunities.”

In the second deal, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed a deal with Village Urban Resorts for the development of a new 153-bedroom hotel occupying the prominent plot on the corner of the A38 and Gipsy Patch Lane. Work on the hotel is due to commence in August 2017, following completion of the internal site infrastructure works and estate road construction. The hotel is expected to be open by summer 2018.

The new Village Hotel Club will deliver a business class hotel with a business and events HUB and a state-of-the-art health and fitness club including swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The new Village Hotel Club – which will create 100 new jobs – will act as a catalyst for the wider Horizon 38 scheme and represents an investment of £21m.

Iain Stackhouse, head of property at Village Hotel Club, said:

“We’re growing the Village Hotel Club network by investing into quality new locations and Horizon 38 will be our 30th site. With plans to double the size of our portfolio within the next 5 years, we’re targeting premier locations like this and building outstanding facilities with a premium business and leisure offer. Here we’ll be ideally placed to serve a significant and expanding catchment and play a key role in the successful build out of the Horizon 38 scheme.”

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Building under way at former East Works site

Posted on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of the proposed Horizon38 industrial/distribution and commercial development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site in north Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed the completion of ground works and the formal start of unit construction at Horizon 38, a major new mixed use development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

Buckingham Group have been appointed contractors on the development and moved onto site to begin work on the first phase of building works. It is expected that in this first phase of development a range of new industrial and distribution units will be ready and available for occupation by as early as July next year. They form part of a new 1 million sq ft mixed use development offering opportunities for industrial, warehousing, trade, office, hotel and car showroom development.

Speaking about the announcement, Gareth Williams, Development Director at St Francis Group, said:

“This is an exciting phase of development. With the entire site now cleared and levelled you can clearly see the scale of development proposed at Horizon 38. It is the first major employment scheme to come out of the ground in north Bristol for 20 years.”

“We’ve engaged with the local business community and look forward to working with them to satisfy their requirements for high quality new industrial and distribution accommodation and to welcoming new businesses into the area. For a long time, local occupiers have struggled with little or no available stock. That’s all about to change now with the development at Horizon 38”.

The development of 580,000 sq ft of industrial employment space is being built in four phases and funded by the BP Pension Fund. Horizon 38 will consist of 27 units, with the first delivery of completed logistics and manufacturing space coming on stream in the summer of 2017 with later phases completed in 2018.

In addition to the industrial and distribution opportunities available, a 25-acre commercial park is being developed fronting onto the A38 anchored by a Village Urban Resorts hotel together with a range of car showrooms, self-storage and other trade counter users.

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Knightstone celebrates the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane

Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of Knightstone Housing Association's new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton. L-r: Cllr Ben Stokes (South Gloucestershire Council), Jack Lopresti (MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke), Nick Medhurst (chair of the board at Knightstone) and Steve Roberts (contracts manager at Speller Metcalfe).

Knightstone Housing and South Gloucestershire Council have celebrated the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton.

Developed in partnership with the council, and with contractors Speller Metcalfe, the scheme provides 13 new homes for affordable rent, as well as nine homes for shared ownership.

Knightstone own 1,381 properties within South Gloucestershire (as at August 2016) and has invested over £21 million in the local authority area over the past four years developing new affordable homes.

The official opening was conducted by Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, Cllr Ben Stokes of South Gloucestershire Council and local MP Jack Lopresti.

Representatives from Speller Metcalfe, Noma Architects and Randall Simmonds were amongst the guests celebrating the opening.

Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, said:

“At Knightstone we’re committed to building much needed affordable homes and investing in communities. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, we’ve jointly been able to deliver this outstanding development offering a mix of affordable rented accommodation and shared ownership homes.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with the council to provide many more new homes in South Gloucestershire.”

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