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Progressive mental health care and rehabilitation centre, Chilwell House in Ilkeston, is to open its doors to visitors to showcase its newly extended facilities and to thank staff, patients and their families, for their support whilst major building works were underway to double the unit’s capacity.

Chilwell House is the brainchild of former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist Dr.Ivan Bakaltchev, whose frustrations with the limited resources within the health service led him to establish Aspire Mental Healthcare and open the specialist facility just over two years ago. The success of the project, together with rising demand for the service have been the driving forces behind ambitious plans to open further supported living schemes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Birmingham over the coming twelve months.

“Continued budget cuts to resources for mental health care have been very much in the news recently. Young people in particular are failing to receive the support and care they need at a time when mental health problems are on the rise,” Dr. Bakaltchev explains.

“Chilwell House has proved a great success in helping people to recover from illness, rebuild their lives and return to the community. Since we first opened the facility, we have added a ‘step down’ unit which offers residents of Chilwell House the opportunity to live more independently, although still in a supportive environment, to prepare them for discharge. Now we have doubled our capacity at Chilwell House and will be introducing further services to provide a comprehensive pathway of care back to health.”

The Mayor of Erewash, Mr Kewal  Athwal, will be attending the celebrations along with residents, their families and invited health professionals. According to Dr.Bakaltchev, all are welcome to visit and find out more about Chilwell House and the services offered by Aspire Mental Healthcare.

BanaBay’s reputation as a producer and distributor of premium quality tropical fruit together with the company’s responsive business style, has helped secure its first major contract in Turkey.

From this month, Veriso Ltd. Sti (Turkey) is taking weekly deliveries of a significant quantity of BanaBay’s premium Ecuadorian bananas, for an initial period of one year.

With operations in several locations including Mersin and Istanbul, Veriso is chiefly a citrus producer with more than 28 years experience marketing its own ranges. Bananas account for 20% of its fruit portfolio and are prepared for market in the onsite ripening facility.

Commenting on the new contract, BanaBay MD Mark O’Sullivan said:

“We are pleased to have secured this contract with one of Turkey’s oldest and biggest importers; like BanaBay they are committed to ensure the finest quality of fruit for customers through overseeing the ripening process and there are many other synergies that make us strong partners.  Turkey is a new country for the BanaBay brand and represents further growth in the Middle East. We are making strong headway in this region and are very excited about working closely with our new partner in our joint development plans.”

For Veriso Ltd, the decision to choose BanaBay as a partner was made on the basis of the quality of the fruit and flexibility of the service according to company President, Mr. Hakan Bilal Kutlualp:

“There is high demand for bananas in Turkey and we need to offer our customers a reliable and efficient service.  We were very impressed with the way BanaBay responded to our initial enquiry and met with us personally.  We look forward to working in close partnership to develop our market share going forward”.

The construction industry is improving with many commentators reporting that the sector is booming but national property and construction consultants Wakemans has warned that severe material shortages could slow down the pace of the recovery.

 

According to Wakemans director Adrian Aston, it is the residential sector that is growing fastest and this is creating demand for vital materials leading to shortages in other sectors.

 

“When the recession has been as long and hard as the one we have just experienced, it takes time for the industry to have the necessary resources in place to fuel the recovery.  Many manufacturers laid off staff and reduced production in the downturn and are now unable to meet the needs of the burgeoning housing sector.

 

“Essentials such as bricks are now on lead time of up to eighteen weeks, four times as much as would normally be expected.  Whilst other materials such as steel are easier to come by, the nature of the building process is such that delays are still being experienced to the overall project.

 

“In addition to the delays, shortages are causing prices to rise for materials and labour. Rates charged by subcontractors have been rising all summer and prices paid for construction materials are also increasing sharply.”

 

“Sectors other than housing are not so buoyant and these issue are having a further negative impact.  Commercial construction is increasing year on year across the UK but the rate of increase is small and the rise is coming from the South East with the regions falling. Developers are more confident as the economy improves but there are many factors hampering a full recovery, with lack of finance still a major barrier.”

 

“Latest statistics for construction output are actually reporting a slowdown in growth and this could be the first signs that the recovery is still very fragile,” warns Aston.

 

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in August reported that there was no growth between Q1 2014 and the second quarter, although when compared to the same quarter in 2013 output had risen by 4.8%.   New housing grew by 3.5% when comparing Q1 with Q2 in 2014, reaching its highest level since the final quarter of 2007.

 

“The general election next year may help as the government will want to ensure that the housing bubble does not burst and manage the growth at a reasonable level.  There are also a number of major infrastructure projects, such as HS2 that should provide more confidence for a wider range of developments to follow.

 

 

 

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“However, we also have new legislation, Part L of the building regulations, which came into force in April this year.  All new non-domestic buildings now have to be 9% more efficient in terms of their carbon emissions, and it is too early to tell if this will push up prices.
“Our advice to those that are building is to take care to ensure that the tender documentation is as complete and as comprehensive as possible, with adequate periods allocated so that tenders receive the necessary attention and the appraisal can be properly carried out.

”The most common reason for tenders to be returned over budget is because of lack of clarity in some areas, resulting in the contractor pushing up prices to cover risk.  Reducing uncertainty and increasing accuracy will mitigate this risk and help to avoid any further delays.”


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