All aboard! New Chairman for Avon Navigation Trust

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WYCHAVON and Malvern District Councils’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Jack Hegarty has taken the helm of the innovative charity Avon Navigation Trust (ANT).

Jack has become Chairman of the Board of Trustees and former General Manager Clive Matthews has been promoted into the role of Chief Executive, as the Wyre Piddle-based Trust powers up for the next thrust forward.

“We are delighted to welcome Jack on board. His wide-ranging experience in Local Government, partnership working, the Droitwich Canals project and the Canal & River Trust (CRT) will be invaluable to us as we continue to evolve to ensure the Avon becomes even more of a magnet for boaters, local people and businesses,” says Clive.

“We are immensely grateful to former Chairman John Tomsett, after his three and a half year term in the lead role. 

“John has done such a lot of powerful good for the Trust, particularly for its professional image and public engagement.”

ANT has made a big splash in the last decade, making the Avon one of the most expertly managed and well-maintained rivers in the country. 

Innovations include the unique webcam network River Watch, to inform and protect boaters, and numerous partnership projects.

“Through Clive’s leadership the Trust has done a grand job building the Avon’s reputation. I am looking forward to working with Clive and helping the team move onwards and upwards,” says Jack, who lives in Harvington, near Evesham.

As well as his day job Jack, who has 31 years local government experience, is also Chairman of a number of organisations. They include Worcestershire Safer Communities Board, South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, The Malvern Hills Science Park and, until recently, CRT’s South Wales and Severn Waterways Partnership. But he couldn’t resist the chance to lead ANT too.

“I enjoy new challenges and these are exciting times for ANT,” he explains.

“There is a great potential to grow the Avon’s undoubted importance to our area, our local economy and the world of UK Waterways.”

All aboard. Avon Navigation Trust Chairman Jack Hegarty (right) and Chief Executive Clive Matthews.

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Greswolde Construction on fast track for speedy successful Rubery build

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A fast-track £3 million Birmingham development looks set to be built in record time by Solihull-based Greswolde Construction.

Only the day after planning permission was obtained for a manufacturing facility at Hollymoor Point in Rubery, Greswolde was on site and hard at work.

Challenging construction deadlines meant around four months had to be shaved off the usual timetable for a design and build project.

Greswolde has risen to the challenge for developers Hortons’ Estate Developments and Trebor Developments LLP:

“This was a tall order but we are very pleased Greswolde has been able to pull out all the stops and help to make this happen,” says Greswolde Director Chris Harrison.

“We are delighted to be on site assisting in bringing this important project to fruition for our long-standing client Hortons, who we have worked with successfully in the past on projects with tight deadlines,” he adds.

Development partners Trebor Developments LLP, praised Greswold’s speedy response to the deadline set by the end users of the site, Kings Norton based manufacturers Aquapak Polymers.

Trebor’s Managing Partner Bob Tattrie says: “The package was targeted to achieve the requirements of Aquapak Polymers, which meant overlapping design, planning and procurement elements, cutting some four months off the usual lead in time.

“Hortons already has an existing working relationship with Greswolde through work being carried out on The Grand Hotel in Central Birmingham, and we are very pleased Greswolde was able to move so quickly in line with our plans and those of the end user.”

The 55,000 square foot facility which is part of Aquapak Polymer’s ongoing expansion plans, is on target for a December handover.

PICTURE BELOW: Marking the first day on site are (from left) Bob Tattrie (Trebor Developments LLP) Paul Northover (Aquapak Polymers), Richard Norgrove (Hortons' Estate Developments), Mike Everard (Aquapak Polymers) Greswolde's Chris Harrison and Malcolm Priest and Alan Lusty (Adi Group)

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Greswolde Construction's top class transformation project

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SCHOOL’S out for summer but work goes on at one Solihull primary where Greswolde Construction is busy with a project which looks set to transform facilities.

A £2.4 million project to build two new classroom blocks and carry out major refurbishment work will almost double the size of Greswold Primary School.

Deputy Head Teacher Matt Hornsey welcomed the work which will allow the school to increase pupil numbers from 500 to 700.

"This will have a very positive effect on the school and surrounding community for many years to come, giving us more flexible accommodation which will bring the school much closer together," he explains.

"The design of the new buildings will allow opportunities for us to enhance the curriculum in so many different ways and really complement the ethos of the school."

The striking project is the work of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's Building Design Group.

"The new design provides the school with an entirely new Foundation stage facility with a prominent entrance façade," explains Architect Sarah Newitt.

Greswolde will also carry out internal refurbishment and alterations. These include converting an existing nursery into a classroom, creating a new staff room, working on the roof and windows as well as providing a new soft playground and car parking.

Greswolde operates a strict building with care ethos in order to minimise any disruption and is working closely with teachers and parents to cause minimum impact to the running of the school.

"We have an excellent working relationship with Greswolde, who have been extremely accommodating and even plan to help children learn something about construction by carrying out guided tours later in the build," Matt adds.

Gunnebo UK's GP-X system scoops top industry award

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A WINNING ATM protection product, which has already foiled two explosive gas attacks, has now scooped a top industry award.

Gunnebo UK and Safe & Vault Company's Gas Attack Protection (GP-X) system took the honours for Combined Security and Fire Solution of the Year at the 2015 IFSEC Security Excellence Awards.

Designed and manufactured by Leeds-based Safe & Vault Company team, with fire partners Nobel Fire Systems of Heywood in Lancashire, the clever product is being rolled out to major high street banks by Gunnebo UK.

The Wolverhampton-based national security solutions company installed the first GP-X system in December 2014. A protected ATM thwarted a gas attack in May this year and other would-be raiders also sped away empty handed from another attempt in October.

“The success means interest has rocketed. A second major financial institution has signed up for the GP-X and there are more in the pipeline. This award will underline its success as a protection against rising numbers of gas attacks,” says Gunnebo UK Sales Director Nathan Anstee.

The Safe & Vault Company Directors Saul Danby and Anthony Shaun Walker welcomed the IFSEC Security Excellence Award.

“We are very proud of this achievement and the whole Safe and Vault Company team, our fire partners Nobel Fire Systems and our security partners Gunnebo UK for making the GP-X the very best system available for protecting ATMs.”

Ian Bartle, Managing Director of Nobel Fire Systems added: “It has been a great team effort from our Industry experts with unique knowledge combined into one Award-winning solution.”

Gunnebo UK and the Safe & Vault Company have also launched the ATM Strongarm protection against ram-raiders and pull out attacks.

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All smiles after comedian Jimmy Carr presents Ian Bartle of Nobel Fire Systems (left) and Adam Greenaway of Safe and Vault Company with the IFSEC and FIREXCombined Security & Fire Solution of the Year for the GP-X Gas Attack Protection System. Far right is Brian Good, Director of one of the Awards sponsors, Bolster Systems.