Monthly Archives: November 2016


The UK economy held up well in the run up to the Brexit vote but the Pound has suffered since then when compared to all major economies.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) revised the estimate for the second quarter up to 0.7% growth, from the original figure of 0.6% following strong results in July and August.

The value of Sterling continued to fall after the referendum and is the worst performing major currency as markets reacted to the possibility of the UK leaving the single market.

While the construction sector has seen a fall since the referendum result it is not all doom and gloom as the sector shows resilience in difficult times.

Comparing August output levels with the same period in 2015, an increase of 0.2% was seen and while most sectors in construction saw a decrease, private commercial work increased by 1.5%. Infrastructure and public housing output saw the largest declines of 5.1% and 6.3% respectively.

Barbour ABI

Mainer Associates are delighted to announce that we are now fully signed up to Barbour ABI for all regions and all sectors within England Wales and Scotland.

In a move to develop our marketing capabilities, we decided that the services provided by Barbour ABI are ideal for marketing a business like ours to our current and potential client base.

Barbour ABI is a leading provider of construction intelligence services. With a team of in-house research specialists and a dedicated lead economist, it provides commercially relevant insight and unique analysis of trends and developments within the building and construction industry. Barbour ABI is the chosen provider of industry data and indicators for Government bodies including the Office for National Statistics and the UK Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipeline, which outlines future construction and infrastructure projects where public funding is agreed. Barbour ABI also provides data for independent organisations, such as the Construction Products Association.

We look forward to working closely with Barbour ABI to ensure we get the most out of their services.

Firbeck Revival Scheme

Firbeck Revival Scheme dwellings awarded Code Level 3 certificates

Mainer Associates have undertaken a Code for Sustainable Homes assessment on West Lancashire Borough Council’s new revival scheme. The £8 million development includes 42 new dwellings, all of which were awarded a Code Level 3 certificate.

Dwellings at Firbeck will provide local families with everything they need. All houses and flats proved to be energy efficient, demonstrating significant improvement in fabric energy efficiency. They are equipped with smart meters that not only monitor energy consumption, but let users know what the costs of their habits are, therefore encouraging further savings.

The houses are suitable for start-ups in need of an office. All dwellings were provided with a home office with required services (telephone points, sockets, internet connection). Dwellings have also been designed to ensure that plenty of daylight can provide users with a healthy environment while working from home.

Houses are equipped with appropriate general and recycling waste bins. Home users receive support from West Lancashire Borough Council who look after their needs and ensure that all waste types are appropriately segregated and picked up, thus reducing the impact of the development on the environment. Compost bins have also been provided in private gardens. Organic waste can get taken away, or can be used by those with a green finger.

Keepmoat was contracted to carry out the construction of the dwellings. They successfully ensured that construction waste was kept to a minimum, and ecology surrounding the dwellings was left undisturbed.

The Revival Scheme serves communities in Skelmersdale with the town undergoing significant regeneration works, where there is aim to transform it into an area of thriving business.

Asda Sutton

ASDA Sutton – BREEAM Very Good

Mainer Associates is pleased to announce that the new ASDA store in Sutton has been awarded a BREEAM Very Good rating at the Post Construction Stage.

Mainer Associates have been working on the development from the planning stages compiling Energy Statements to demonstrate compliance with the stringent energy performance standards set by the Local Authority.

From the point at which planning permission was granted, Mainer Associates worked collaboratively with the project team in order to ensure that the design stage BREEAM assessment was achieved in a timely manner given the pre-start conditions set by the Local Authority.

Once this was achieved the project was able to start on site and due to the short development programme, Mainer Associates were required to work at a fast pace in order to ensure credits were not lost during the construction of the store.

Our staff have been delighted to continue the working relationship with Lateral Property Group, DLA Architecture and GMI Construction and we hope to work with the team again in the future.

Development achieves a BREEAM Excellent rating!

We are delighted to confirm that the 5 Wellington Place development has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Working for Wates Construction and MEPC, Mainer Associates are BREEAM Assessors, BREEAM AP and Acousticians on the project.

Following the successful completion of 10 and 6 Wellington Place, building 5 is located at the gateway to this exciting new business district in the heart of Leeds city centre. Providing over 60,000sqft of commercial office space, the development is the latest building to be completed as part of this prestigious site.

5 Wellington Place - BREEAM Excellence

Certified to BREEAM Excellent, the building and its surrounds completed in early 2016 showcase MEPC’s commitment to Sustainable Development, meeting the needs for economic development while minimising impact on the environment.

Our team were appointed by MEPC for the pre-contract works at a very early stage so that we were able to influence the evolving design at RIBA Stages 1 and 2. Our appointment as assessors was then taken on by Wates Construction to deliver design and post construction stages of the assessment.

Mainer Associates supporting Age of Hope

At Mainer Associates we aim to support our chosen charity, The Seashell Trust, with both our time and donations throughout the year. Every year we participate in cycling events, help out at sports days, and provide assistance where we can.

Additionally, we also like to support our staff with any charity donations and work they wish to carry out.

To this end, Mainer Associates is supporting children in need of help to get a good start in the new school year.

We will be providing school supplies to Age of Hope, a charity established in 2010 in Central Europe with the aim to help disadvantaged children and those living in extreme poverty.

Other than the basics needed by any pupils, staff at Mainer Associates have sent old school bags which we are sure will find good homes.

Age of Hope charityAge of Hope frequently organises collections for people in need and receive donations from companies and individuals as well. Other than aiming to provide people in need with food and clothes, the charity has a strong focus on giving valuable memories to children by taking them travelling and camping.

We congratulate Melinda, one of our consultants, for taking the initiative and supporting a charity of her own choosing and we look forward to assisting Melinda in this way in the future.