Construction and Infrastructure

  • Construction firm sees opportunity in bringing 'difficult' buildings back to life for those who need them most

    Construction firm sees opportunity in bringing 'difficult' buildings back to life for those who need them most

    21-10-2020

    An independent construction and architectural firm from Gloucester has found its niche during the pandemic – with plans to bring a derelict city building back to life as accommodation for the ...

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  • £8.9m cash flows in to make Stonehouse and Stroud canal towns again after a 70 year break

    £8.9m cash flows in to make Stonehouse and Stroud canal towns again after a 70 year break

    20-10-2020

    Stroud and Stonehouse are set to become canal towns once againfollowing a £8.9 million grant to the Cotswold Canals Connected Project – expected to boost the economy by £5.5 millio...

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  • 'Long-lost' medieval friary uncovered on site of £85m development

    'Long-lost' medieval friary uncovered on site of £85m development

    16-10-2020

    The irony that it is only by building on top of something that you will find out what is beneath is perhaps best left buried. Without the will of those with the skills to pull together schemes ...

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  • Investment and rise in online shopping means firm will emerge from the pandemic 'thriving'

    Investment and rise in online shopping means firm will emerge from the pandemic 'thriving'

    15-10-2020

    A £1 million investment in IT over the last five years helped put a Gloucester-based business in the perfect position to be able to capitalise when opportunity arose through the pandemic. ...

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  • Speculative 27,940 sq ft 400-plus seater office space for Cheltenham

    Speculative 27,940 sq ft 400-plus seater office space for Cheltenham

    02-10-2020

    According to the company behind the bid to create desk space for 415 remote workers in the centre of Cheltenham the investment is to help cope with “post-COVID-19 demand” for a...

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  • Public to be consulted on plans for city centre campus to attract in 'digital companies with a global reach'

    Public to be consulted on plans for city centre campus to attract in 'digital companies with a global reach'

    29-09-2020

    It will be the London-headquartered developer’s first chance to get feedback from Gloucestrians on its plans for a ‘new social and digital campus’ it hopes will make up part of the...

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  • Turnover continues to build for Gloucestershire housing business with big ambitions

    Turnover continues to build for Gloucestershire housing business with big ambitions

    28-09-2020

    In a year punctuated by the big black dot of covid-19 at its end a Gloucestershire house-builder and landlord nevertheless managed to increase turnover from £25.5m to nearly £27m.  ...

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  • Mystery US investor helps secure £130m for Gloucestershire housebuilder

    Mystery US investor helps secure £130m for Gloucestershire housebuilder

    24-09-2020

    A Gloucestershire-based house-builder with a difference has revealed it has secured some £130 million to help it build more homes in the county.  Newent-headquartered Two Rivers Hous...

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  • Smashing news for development which could create almost 300 new jobs

    Smashing news for development which could create almost 300 new jobs

    22-09-2020

    A new hotel, restaurant and retail park on the edge of Gloucester will create as many as 295 jobs, according to the business behind the scheme.  City planners have now approved a vital sta...

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  • Secretary of State visits site of new multi-million pound investment in construction sector

    Secretary of State visits site of new multi-million pound investment in construction sector

    15-09-2020

    A visit by a senior Government minister to the site of what will become a new powerhouse of training for the construction sector was more than a mere photo opportunity.  It was KW Bell Gro...

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  • Family timber business still standing firm as it notches up quarter of a century

    Family timber business still standing firm as it notches up quarter of a century

    14-09-2020

    Started with a £2,500 loan from the Prince’s Trust this business – which carved out its niche before ethically sourced wood was even a thing – has since attracted a closer in...

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  • Quays' architect has designs on attracting investment and opportunity to Gloucestershire

    Quays' architect has designs on attracting investment and opportunity to Gloucestershire

    14-09-2020

    Chris Ryder has been named as the new Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gloucestershire chair elect to represent the county’s businesses.  Mr Ryder, whose day job is ...

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  • Welcome arrival at Gloucester Railway Station - £1.7m of investment

    Welcome arrival at Gloucester Railway Station - £1.7m of investment

    05-09-2020

    One of the most welcome arrivals at Gloucester Railway Station in some time has been hailed as the “missing piece in the jigsaw” to at last upgrade its facilities after years of waiting ...

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  • GFirst LEP board makes funding decision on multi-million pound development

    GFirst LEP board makes funding decision on multi-million pound development

    03-09-2020

    Before you start thinking this could be bad news for the much-mooted innovation centre pencilled-in for the centre of Cheltenham, think again.   A decision by planning officers at Cheltenh...

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  • Multi-million pound rooftop restaurant and office development gets official blessing

    Multi-million pound rooftop restaurant and office development gets official blessing

    28-08-2020

    A family run construction firm charged with the multi-million pound refurbishment of Cheltenham’s landmark Quadrangle building has staged a rooftop topping-out ceremony to mark progress at the...

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  • Crucial meeting ahead for multi-million pound Cheltenham innovation centre

    Crucial meeting ahead for multi-million pound Cheltenham innovation centre

    26-08-2020

    Celebrations rang out this month when the much-mooted multi-million-pound mixed-use innovation centre for Cheltenham cleared its planning hurdle – but were they raising the champagne glasses p...

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  • Approval for £5.2 million innovation centre and Growth Hub

    Approval for £5.2 million innovation centre and Growth Hub

    25-08-2020

    The GFirst LEP-backed £5.2 million innovation hub for Cheltenham town centre has been given the go ahead by planners, part of five projects expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs. When comp...

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  • Video: Driverless car is one thing - but what about a driverless digger?

    Video: Driverless car is one thing - but what about a driverless digger?

    20-08-2020

    Anyone listening to yesterday’s news will have heard that driverless cars being considered for the nation’s roads, but they might not have heard of a driverless digger.  At lea...

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  • Happy Days: Gloucestershire Airport – from unwanted child to hero of the hour

    Happy Days: Gloucestershire Airport – from unwanted child to hero of the hour

    19-08-2020

    It is valued at £24 million, guaranteed to cause a good political argument in Gloucestershire, but amidst the storm clouds of covid-19 it is about to become a beacon of hope.   ...

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  • Airport aims high with new business park which could create more than 1,700 jobs

    Airport aims high with new business park which could create more than 1,700 jobs

    19-08-2020

    A new business park understood to be a represent a multi–million-pound development is expected to create 1,750 new jobs in Gloucestershire.  Gloucestershire Airport has made the gran...

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  • New innovation centre will create 20 jobs and be home to 50 start-up businesses

    New innovation centre will create 20 jobs and be home to 50 start-up businesses

    14-08-2020

    A £1 million award will help create a new work space for businesses, generate 20 jobs and support up to 50 start-up businesses over a five year period.  This is the grand vision unve...

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  • Is £44m of spending money the panacea to Gloucestershire hospital’s woes?

    Is £44m of spending money the panacea to Gloucestershire hospital’s woes?

    14-08-2020

    A day after Gloucestershire Hospital A&E lurched into critical measures, gets battered by a freak rain storm (and media coverage), news is emerging it might be sitting on a very happy secret?&nb...

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  • Former receptionist wins permission to build 12 new homes in Cheltenham

    Former receptionist wins permission to build 12 new homes in Cheltenham

    14-08-2020

    If anyone who has just received their exam results is pondering an apprenticeship as a route to work the story of Ella Hammond – a former pupil at Pittville School – is worth following.&...

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  • The green, green grass of home... Congratulations to Gloucester City AFC

    The green, green grass of home... Congratulations to Gloucester City AFC

    12-08-2020

    In what must rank as the footballing come back to beat all comebacks, the team banished from its stadium by the floods of 2007 surviving without its own pitch ever since now has one.  In i...

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  • Housing developer sees surge in demand for affordable housing post-lockdown

    Housing developer sees surge in demand for affordable housing post-lockdown

    10-08-2020

    A Gloucestershire-based housing association and developer said it had seen a surge in demand for affordable homes across the county since lockdown restrictions eased earlier this year.  Th...

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  • The family firm spearheading Gloucestershire’s new £2m-plus construction skills centre

    The family firm spearheading Gloucestershire’s new £2m-plus construction skills centre

    06-08-2020

    When GFirst LEP revealed this week it had helped secure the county £11.3 million to be split between five investment projects to create nearly 1,000 jobs there was plenty of celebrating. ...

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  • Could a 260-home plan open the door to 1,000s more near Cheltenham?

    Could a 260-home plan open the door to 1,000s more near Cheltenham?

    06-08-2020

    If a housebuilding already prolific in Gloucestershire plans 260 homes in a suburb of Cheltenham to be the thin end of the wedge of a major development, it faces stiff opposition.  Persimm...

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  • How £3.3m will help build two new job-creating innovation centres

    How £3.3m will help build two new job-creating innovation centres

    05-08-2020

    Yesterday GFirst LEP dropped the happy news that £11.3 million of investment had been won to kickstart projects across Gloucestershire creating 1,000 jobs and driving the economy.   ...

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  • £11m plus of investment for Gloucestershire will create almost 1,000 jobs

    £11m plus of investment for Gloucestershire will create almost 1,000 jobs

    04-08-2020

    Here is why the leader of GFirst LEP got so excited on Twitter today – the organisation he helps lead has secured £11.3 million to help Gloucestershire recover from the Coronavirus pande...

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  • Pandemic has not torpedoed A417 Missing Link project

    Pandemic has not torpedoed A417 Missing Link project

    03-08-2020

    Perhaps the hardest-won major infrastructure project predicted to widelybenefit the economy of Gloucestershire will still go ahead, despite the impact of covid-19 on Government coffers.  ...

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  • Nearly 100 homes could be built near Gloucester

    Nearly 100 homes could be built near Gloucester

    30-07-2020

    An eco-friendly estate of nearly 100 homes could be built on land just south of Gloucester.  It is small-fry compared to the proposals for the site to next door – where a 1,750 home ...

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  • Sports facilities and gym made possible by housing developer

    Sports facilities and gym made possible by housing developer

    30-07-2020

    With the Government pushing us all to tackle issues of weight and diet news that new sports and exercise facilities have been opened near Cheltenham could not be better timed.  The ne...

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  • Shortlist of development partners drawn up for £400m Golden Valley project

    Shortlist of development partners drawn up for £400m Golden Valley project

    28-07-2020

    Six businesses have been shortlisted as development partners for what is being billed as Cheltenham’s £400m Golden Valley Development.  According to Cheltenham Borough Council, whi...

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  • Major fashion retailer confirmed as new name for Gloucester city centre superstore

    Major fashion retailer confirmed as new name for Gloucester city centre superstore

    27-07-2020

    If ever there were any doubt as to which business – if any – would ever move into the long-vacated former BHS store in Gloucester city centre the evidence is now as clear as a rather arg...

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  • Two new-build sites totalling 140 homes blocked

    Two new-build sites totalling 140 homes blocked

    22-07-2020

    Plans to build 100 homes just north of Gloucester and another 40-plus nearby have refused.  Members of Tewkesbury Borough Council's planning committee were unanimous in their decision abou...

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  • Councillors click yes for transformative £400m cyber park and 1,000 homes

    Councillors click yes for transformative £400m cyber park and 1,000 homes

    22-07-2020

    It was a case of one small step closer to one giant leap forward for Gloucestershire after possibly the most dramatic development plans for the county in recent years cleared the first allbeit ...

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  • Ever intrepid family business sees turnover pass £25 million

    Ever intrepid family business sees turnover pass £25 million

    20-07-2020

    Innovative, ingenious, intrepid – we could go on. Listing everything the McGurk Group is involved in and capable of would take too long, but it continues to grow and forge ahead.  Fa...

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  • 20 Questions: The managing director of planning and property consultancy Evans Jones Ltd takes on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    20 Questions: The managing director of planning and property consultancy Evans Jones Ltd takes on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    18-07-2020

    If he could start over and choose anything to do, he would be found skippering a yacht around the world.  His interest in adventure would see an intrepid Antarctic explorer as one of the three...

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  • £1.5 million building project (and video) will put a spring in your step

    £1.5 million building project (and video) will put a spring in your step

    17-07-2020

    At a cool £1.5 million this is a building project aiming to take the children who will benefit from it on a giant leap forward – which probably explains why it has the backing of one Edd...

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  • Plans for 250 houses revealed for Cheltenham

    Plans for 250 houses revealed for Cheltenham

    16-07-2020

    Probably Gloucestershire’s biggest developer has its sights set on building 250 homes on land to the East of Cheltenham town centre.  Boddington-based Robert Hitchens Ltd, the business c...

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  • New waterside restaurant will retain historic heritage

    New waterside restaurant will retain historic heritage

    13-07-2020

    A new waterfront terraced restaurant could be built as part of a multi-million-pound redevelopment plan for some of Gloucestershire's most historic buildings.  We are talking about redevel...

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  • Impact of Covid-19 on construction firm confirmed as administration

    Impact of Covid-19 on construction firm confirmed as administration

    10-07-2020

    We can now conform one of Gloucestershire’s most innovative firms serving the construction sector has indeed entered administration.  It is still not clear-cut exactly what the bigge...

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  • Marketing in a pandemic - dodging the arrows: Jo Bruce, marketing manager at Evans Jones

    Marketing in a pandemic - dodging the arrows: Jo Bruce, marketing manager at Evans Jones

    10-07-2020

    I, like most other marketing managers started 2020 armed with a brand-new marketing plan, a new set of objectives, a fresh budget and a renewed enthusiasm for the new year ahead.Everyone has heard of ...

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  • No official confirmation yet on fate of construction and building services firm

    No official confirmation yet on fate of construction and building services firm

    09-07-2020

    There has been no official confirmation yet of what has happened to one of Gloucestershire’s premier buildings services firm, but the worst is feared.  Some staff have posted on soci...

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  • Gloucester and Shakespeare connection revealed by housebuilder

    Gloucester and Shakespeare connection revealed by housebuilder

    07-07-2020

    A £5.7 million housing development with a difference has completed at Hunts Grove in Gloucester.  Platform Housing Group’s 30-unit scheme near Kingsway is a mix of two and three-be...

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  • Gloucester City AFC is in a great place - but should we expect changes at the very top?

    Gloucester City AFC is in a great place - but should we expect changes at the very top?

    06-07-2020

    Debt-free, a new ground nearing completion, mounting excitement for the new season - you can think of a few other clubs who would trade places to be Gloucester City AFC currently. But as the club gea...

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  • Almost 900 jobs saved as manufacturer rescued from administration

    Almost 900 jobs saved as manufacturer rescued from administration

    01-07-2020

    One of Gloucestershire’s biggest employers has been saved from collapse and given a new future in a last-minute deal.  European Private Equity fund Nimbus, together with its financin...

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  • Secretary of State gives go-ahead for new £30m Gloucestershire school

    Secretary of State gives go-ahead for new £30m Gloucestershire school

    01-07-2020

    Planning experts Evans Jones is celebrating after a decision by the Secretary of State has given the go ahead for a new school in the county.  The announcement from the Ministry of Housing...

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  • Rapid demand sees door and window specialist let in £700,000 of investment

    Rapid demand sees door and window specialist let in £700,000 of investment

    30-06-2020

    An investment of close to three quarters of a million pounds has been made by well-known Gloucestershire firm Glevum as it positions itself to take advantage post lockdown.  According to t...

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  • Gold Investors in People award for housing firm

    Gold Investors in People award for housing firm

    30-06-2020

    A Gloucestershire-based house-builder and housing manager has been awarded the ‘We invest in people gold accreditation’ from Investors in People (IIP).  Two Rivers Housing, whi...

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  • Club sheds light on new football stadium build

    Club sheds light on new football stadium build

    29-06-2020

    While many of us have been hunkered down at home work has continued apace on a new football stadium in Gloucestershire.  Seats are now in at the new Gloucester City AFC Meadown Park ground...

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  • With the post now standing at £8.5m phase two of Cheltenham transport scheme is go

    With the post now standing at £8.5m phase two of Cheltenham transport scheme is go

    29-06-2020

    Almost £8.5 million has now been awarded by Gloucestershire’s most powerful business group to a transport scheme in Cheltenham.  The county council has just revealed a further ...

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  • New Gloucestershire school development underway

    New Gloucestershire school development underway

    25-06-2020

    Sod-cutting for what will be Gloucestershire’s newest school when it opens in September next year has begun, giving both a county-based architect and developer cause to celebrate.  W...

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  • Drivers nominated for keeping essential goods moving through the pandemic

    Drivers nominated for keeping essential goods moving through the pandemic

    25-06-2020

    Two drivers from a Gloucestershire family-run haulage firm have been nominated for the the Road Haulage Association’s (RHA) HGV Heroes campaign.  The campaign aims to celebrate hauli...

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  • Construction firms win permission for new homes on former nursery site

    Construction firms win permission for new homes on former nursery site

    22-06-2020

    A construction firm from Gloucester and a Cotswold-based housing company has won permission for a new housing development in a county market town.  The firms have won permission to build 3...

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  • Multi-million-pound business park transformation to go ahead

    Multi-million-pound business park transformation to go ahead

    18-06-2020

    Excitement reined when news broke a £20million-plus deal had gone down which meant a change of ownership of one of Cheltenham’s biggest industrial estates.  It was the summer o...

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  • Turnover and profits up at major county construction firm – but the spectre of covid hovers

    Turnover and profits up at major county construction firm – but the spectre of covid hovers

    18-06-2020

    Turnover rose to more than £26 million at one of Gloucestershire’s biggest family businesses and electrical contractors – with the firm declaring it is well-positioned to ride-out ...

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  • Aircraft developer lifts off lid on plans for £40m investment near M5

    Aircraft developer lifts off lid on plans for £40m investment near M5

    17-06-2020

    Tewkesbury’s biggest employer and a major name in aerospace has revealed one of the “biggest deals of the year in manufacturing” and pledged its commitment to Gloucestershire. Alread...

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  • Date set for Cole Avenue resurfacing work

    Date set for Cole Avenue resurfacing work

    14-06-2020

    A date has been set for the resurfacing of busy the A38 Cole Avenue in Gloucester. According to the highways department the 1,889 metres long road's "upgrade will mean a quicker, smoother and altoget...

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  • Gloucester Quays developer sets out new £30 million scheme

    Gloucester Quays developer sets out new £30 million scheme

    08-06-2020

    Developers behind the Bakers Quay regeneration scheme in Gloucester have set out their plans for the next phase of the development - a £30 million restoration of still more historic buildings....

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  • Contracts exchanged on new £4.9m Stroud town centre development

    Contracts exchanged on new £4.9m Stroud town centre development

    05-06-2020

    Work on a new medical centre in Stroud town centre could get underway later in the year following the exchange of contracts between two GP surgeries and the developer.   The new surge...

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  • 20 Questions: The MD of one of Gloucestershire's best known companies takes on theraikesjournal.co.uk’s 20 questions

    20 Questions: The MD of one of Gloucestershire's best known companies takes on theraikesjournal.co.uk’s 20 questions

    05-06-2020

    He admits (tongue in cheek?) his ‘chances of captaining Gloucester to domestic and European glory are gone’, but business (and rugby) still excite him.  His hero was his uncle,...

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  • Family firm serving the construction industry returns to work

    Family firm serving the construction industry returns to work

    22-05-2020

    A family firm whose trucks were a familiar site on the roads of Gloucestershire pre-lockdown has begun a phased return to work.  Ahead of the re-opening of others parts of the Cullimore Gr...

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  • Search starts for investment partner in £400m cyber park project

    Search starts for investment partner in £400m cyber park project

    15-05-2020

    When your 'to do list' contains plans to develop 200 hectares of Gloucestershire countryside into a £400 million you can be forgiven for making a big thing out of the launch.  This i...

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  • Student wows construction industry with low carbon housing ideas

    Student wows construction industry with low carbon housing ideas

    28-04-2020

    A student from Gloucestershire has wowed judges with a unique environmentally friendly housing design at a national competition.  University of Gloucestershire student, Kat Cooke...

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  • Plans for Olympic standard climbing centre left hanging by coronavirus

    Plans for Olympic standard climbing centre left hanging by coronavirus

    28-04-2020

    Plans for a new Olympic standard climbing and high ropes centre between Gloucester and Cheltenham are in among those in a holding position due to the coronavirus pandemic.  How precarious ...

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  • £22m restaurant, hotel and pub development deal completed

    £22m restaurant, hotel and pub development deal completed

    27-04-2020

    A specialist commercial property team with a penchant for property deals hasbeen revealed as the advisors which helped secure progress on a £22 million scheme.  Cheltenham law firm L...

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  • Architects of NHS face masks revealed as Gloucester firm

    Architects of NHS face masks revealed as Gloucester firm

    21-04-2020

    A firm usually more at home designing buildings has been revealed as one of the businesses now helping provide vital protective clothing for NHS staff fighting the effects of COVID-19.  No...

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