We had some great news yesterday evening when Investors in the Environment contacted us say that Globe has been awarded their top GREEN level award following an official auditing process which took place at the end of the summer.
Globe has always tried to operate in as sustainable way as possible so we decided that it was about time that we got our efforts properly assessed and accredited. In January we therefore decided to step up to the mark and sign up to the Investors in the Environment scheme, going straight for the highest level Green Award, aiming to skip both the Bronze and Silver levels.
Throughout this year we have been documenting our past and recent efforts to improve our environmental impact. That mix of strong historic evidence along with a well planned forward strategy took us through the Investors In The Environment audit process with no non-conformances and an unqualified audit.
Investors in the Environment ended their audit report saying – “This has been a strong showing for Globe Consultants Ltd who have shown that they already have environmental impact minimisation as a core value which is deeply embedded into the organisation. We look forward to working with them in the future.”
A big thank you and well done to the team for their efforts, and in particular to our Business Manager Lizzy, who pulled my research and proposals together into a format that suited the audit process, as well as to Vikram and his colleagues at IiE for their advice and encouragement.
We are now looking forward to the awards ceremony which is being held at the Kingsgate Conference Centre, Peterborough on the 27th November. www.iie.uk.com
Globe has a strong portfolio of work involving listed building and conservation area consents, feasibility studies, and business plans for historic and/or listed buildings, including Grade I and II* properties and our spectacular neighbour Lincoln Cathedral. We are therefore delighted that Conservation Planner Julie-Anne Middleditch has agreed to join our team as an Affiliate allowing us to offer clients even more support in this complex aspect of planning and development.
Julie-Anne will be working with Globe from the beginning of November and brings to our team her dual qualifications as a Chartered Town Planner MRTPI and Historic Building Surveyor RICS along with over 25 years experience in planning and conservation led regeneration.
Like the rest of Globe’s core team Julie-Anne is Lincolnshire based but has undertaken a wide range of projects with a particular focus within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Globe is now able to offer the following range of specialist conservation services:
We recently finished one of our more unusual business plans, this time for the restoration of the octagonal, Grade 1 listed Sneath’s Mill at Long Sutton. The mill, which still contains its original timber cogs and workings is being restored by Sneath’s Mill Trust who acquired the freehold in 2008. Read more →
Globe’s client Roy Sanderson has been working on the delivery of the Countryside Business Park and the promotion of the Skegness Eastern Growth Corridor and relief road for more years than he cares to remember – the major stumbling block being the cost of creating a large roundabout access to the site with the potential of providing future access to a relief road and growth corridor – but Roy’s determination has now paid off with the approval of a £4m grant that Globe played an important role in helping to secure.
Globe’s brief started in early 2013 with the development of an advocacy document setting out a vision for Skegness. The result was a glossy and highly visual document underpinned by local data which set out seven future visions for the town, each addressing characteristics present in 2013 and accompanied by brief statements about delivery and expected outcomes.
The Vision was also able to draw on detailed transport work commissioned by Roy from AECOM that looked in detail at the potential of the relief road and its overall impact on Skegness.
The Vision played a useful role as a rallying point for the business, political and community efforts to encourage regeneration in the town, attracting press, radio and TV coverage that coincided with strenuous efforts particularly by the County Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Holder and the East Lincolnshire Destination Management Organisation to make the case for development and growth in the town.
The next stage of our work was to narrow the focus of activity onto the deliverability of the Business Park and the Growth Corridor. Working in partnership with the County Council’s Regeneration Economy and Culture team, John Chappell of Insight for Knowledge and of course our clients Roy and Neil Sanderson of Croftmarsh; work started in earnest to move from advocacy to a robust business case to justify a joint private public sector approach to delivering the infrastructure necessary to open up the business park with a roundabout access to the A52.
The most recent phase of work has been focused on successfully getting the Business Park project into the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Plan and then responding to the increasingly raised bar as projects were whittled down at a regional level and then assessed nationally level as part of the Government’s Single Local Growth Fund grant process.
The outcome of lots of responses to very short deadlines (which always seemed to be communicated on Fridays) and quite intense work by the whole team was the news on Monday that the Skegness bid had been approved in full for a £4m grant.
Once the infrastructure is in place the business park delivers 27 ha of employment land. By year five it is expected to produce income of £15m to the economy and create jobs rising to a planned 500 full time posts.
We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done to help secure the SLGF grant. It has been a genuine team effort, an excellent result for our client Croftmarsh; for Lincolnshire County Council; and the GLLEP but hopefully the real winners will be the residents and future employees in Skegness.
The first few days of living with the pair of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs that we collected on Saturday from Charles Warner in Lincoln have already started to show the potential of the electric rechargeable hybrids. Running around at the weekend gave me an average of over 70 MPG and after a bit of time reading the handbook and thinking about how the system works my 18 mile commute to work on Monday was 90% electric with about half charge left for the rest of the day. It’s already pretty clear however that I’m going to need a way of recharging near the office to get the maximum benefit out of the car.
Driving the car is just like driving any other automatic except for the SILENCE – it feels a bit strange starting up and moving off with no engine noise or feel and first thing Monday morning, trying to manoeuvre on our drive, my brain was momentarily struggling with the concept as I switched on the power and drove towards the side of my wife’s car (missed it).
So far, the driving experience has been very good, although the car’s weight made itself known a couple of times on Saturday – probably more due to my driving style not having adapted quickly enough from rear wheel drive cars than anything else – but as the motoring press have commented the batteries lower the centre of gravity so there is no issue with body role and the ride is better than I had expected.
There have been a couple of glitches on the charging side. The main problem for both Phil and I is that the Outlander is a big car and the Polar charging units that have been installed at our houses through the British Gas scheme just don’t have a long enough cable to easily connect up. I’m managing at the moment by doing some judicious reversing very close to the house and then running the cable under the garage door but I’ll have to get the charging unit relocated and a longer cable installed as soon as possible. Phil is having similar problems and is having to get so close that he can’t open the charging flap fully.
The other very surprising thing is that the flap covering the charging point on the car opens like a fuel cover – it hinges forward against the wing so that while the car is charging it is sticking out at 90 degrees – I think it’s only a matter of time before someone walks into it and damages the rear wing, particularly if it is charging in a public area. The obvious solution would seem to be a top hinged cover which would have rested on the charging plug when in use.
We will be monitoring the MPG and business use over the coming year and reporting our experiences with the PHEVs as part of our commitment to “Investors In The Environment” but today I managed to drive to the office, visit both Hodgson Elkington and Duncan Toplis and almost got back to 26 Westgate again running 100% electric. Fairly steady driving but 60 mph on the commute in and 70 mph on the dual carriageway so it’s looking good so far.
Over the next few months we will be working with Peterborough Environment City Trust team who are helping to guide our application for the Investors In The Environment Green Award, which we hope to achieve this autumn.
It’s less than 24 hours before Globe goes electric with two new Outlander PHEVs to move Phil and I around – silently.
We’ve been delaying car leasing for some time but the new PHEVs will we hope will give us financial and practical benefits without damaging the business’ green credentials at a time when we are looking to achieve the Investors in the Environment Green Award later this year.
When we were kids we thought we’d be in flying cars by now but at least this takes us one step closer to the Jetsons, so watch out for a Black PHEV (Phil’s) and a Grey PHEV (mine) visiting a development site near you.
Building on our excellent relationship with local developer and land owner James Kirby, a formal joint venture agreement has been established with James’ company, Leafbridge to bring forward about 30 acres of ‘brownfield’ land adjacent to North Hykeham Station car park. The joint venture will be delivered as a partnership between Globe Land & Developments Limited and Delta Simons Environmental Consultants Limited.
The JV will see James temporarily step back from the site to focus on his other development interests while Globe Land & Developments and Delta Simons work in partnership to achieve an outline planning permission on what was previously part of the Lincoln Castings site. The Leafbridge development site has potential for a range of uses and has already been the subject of preliminary investigations by Delta Simons.
The JV agreement excludes the existing fishing lakes, at the front of the site, which will continue to be used by the fishing club.
Globe and Delta Simons have already assembled a specialist development team around them to provide the mix of skills necessary to create a first class development in this interesting and highly sustainable location.
BWB Consulting and Globe Consultants have joined forces to provide initial free advice on a range of development matters relating to planning policy and the various technical information required to successfully navigate the statutory planning processes. The event will be a simple drop-in session where those with development ideas and aspirations can call in for an initial consultation.
Toby Forbes-Turner from the City of Lincoln Council will also be joining us between 10 am and Noon to answer questions about the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan which is currently in preparation.
This event is to take place on Wednesday 25th June at the Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, Lincoln between 8 am and 2pm. Please feel free to pop in for a coffee and a discussion. Take a look at the leaflet here: BWB and Globe joint event and meet our team of advisors here: Meet our Team of Advisors
You can read more about BWE here: http://www.bwbconsulting.com/news/06-2014/lincolnshire-development-planning-drop-in-surgery-25th-june-2014
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