lowerfalingeCasey has been awarded an exciting project to construct a new development on the Lower Falinge Estate in Rochdale.

At the time of its original construction in the 1970s, the estate reflected the aspirations at the time for improving council housing in the UK.  However, in practice this approach was found to be wanting and Lower Falinge became an isolated neighbourhood with increased crime rates.

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing is commited to providing modern, energy efficient homes on this estate, and this site has been chosen specifically for the large unused areas of bitmac and concrete that form most of the site.  The project is an opportunity to deal with many of the negative perceptions of the estate to both the people who live there and the wider Rochdale population.

The regeneration works will comprise the demolition of two of the maisonette blocks and a public house, with the construction of 30 new dwellings.  The new homes will form a mix of two-, three- and four-bed affordable houses and two- and three-bed single story homes to Lifetime Homes standard.  These are arranged in 11 blocks around a landscaped / home zone area.  Each of the dwellings will have its own enclosed private garden to the rear.

HIghfield Pavilion at Stamford Park, Ashton-Under-Lyne, has won the RIBA North West Regional Award.

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This is what the judges had to say:

"OMI Architects have done a rare thing - they have managed to design a building that takes a back seat.  By allowing the existing Bowling Pavilion to remain centre stage, by allowing the landscape to dominate and by semi-burying their new visitors centre into the natural topography, their modestly composed new building gains its stature by doing everything right; quietly rather than imposing its will on its majestic location."

 

The works at Stamford Park were carried out by Casey for Tameside Borough Council.  You can read more about the range of works carried out here. 

Smallbridge developmentRochdale Borough Council has granted planning permission for the development of Smallbridge Business Park to extend warehouse and office space.  

Rochdale based Casey Group has plans to develop approximately 150,000sq ft of industrial property and will enter into a Local Labour Agreement (LLA) with Rochdale Borough Council to hire local people for the construction work.  Councillor, Peter Williams, cabinet member for economic development and customer services , said he was delighted with the prospect of this investment to bring employment to the area when full and part-time jobs were much needed. “I am delighted that The Casey Group has agreed to enter into a Local Labour Agreement which will secure vital jobs and training opportunities for local people.  It represents another example of private sector investment in the borough which is certain to bring about huge economic benefits for the town.”

gold medal award 2013 smallCasey has had its consistently excellent approach to occupational safety and health recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The Gold Medal (5 consecutive Golds) award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013 will be presented in a ceremony in May.

Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK.  It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.  The scheme not only looks at accident records, but also entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including such practices as leadership and workforce involvement.

british safety council distinction 2013Paul Turner, Casey Health and Safety Director, said, "This award is special for us as the Gold Medal represents a sustained and successful period of health and safety performance.  It is a real Team award and one on which our managerss and employees should be congratulated, for working well together."

The outstanding approach taken by Casey to Health and Safety is further endorsed by the British Safety Council's International Safety Award 2013, which Casey has won with Distinction, for the second year running.

This award will also be presented in May.

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This month, Peter Casey announced that his son, Chris, will step up as Group Managing Director of The Casey Group Ltd, effective 8th April.

In a statement that re-iterated how difficult trading conditions had been over recent years, and how Casey must remain competitive whilst still delivering the high standards on which its reputation is built, Peter Casey said, “In a total re-appraisal of our present management structure we have assessed who would be best placed to take the business forward to the next dimension, and I am pleased to say that we are to appoint my son Christopher as the new Group Managing Director.”

To make way for Chris, Tony Chell has moved to the position of CEO to concentrate on strategy and special projects.