BBP Regeneration has been appointed by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to undertake a ‘critical friend’ role helping the Trust to prepare a new business plan. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to supporting coalfield communities to become sustainable to a point where they prosper, are viable, and are cohesive without support. The Government has committed funding for the period 2011 – 2015 on the understanding that a business plan is agreed that will build on the Trust’s current investment activities, deliver new initiatives and also develop a business model that will enable the Trust to become a self funded body post 2015.
Jointly with Shared Intelligence, BBP Regeneration has been providing advice to a number of LEPs who are developing Enterprise Zone proposals.The Black Country was identified as a Wave 1 location for an Enterprise Zone and we have been working with the LEP to develop their proposal. This has involved a detailed assessment of potential sites to consider economic impacts (jobs and new businesses), deliverability, ‘cost’ in terms of business rate relief and strategic fit with LEP priorities.
BBP and Si have also been working with the East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock LEP to independently appraise a number of sites proposed as potential Enterprise Zones. This work has enabled us to develop a strong understanding of both evolving Government thinking relating to Enterprise Zones and how this interfaces with practical issues ‘on the ground’.
BBP Regeneration has been commissioned by Eco-Bos, the developers of the ecotown in St Austell, Cornwall to undertake a review of the viability of a cable car. Initial plans are based on a route of up to 10km linking a number of destinations and settlements including the Eden Project. The cable car offers a sustainable and innovative form of transportation and a significant tourism attraction which can boost employment and growth in this part of Cornwall. Initially BBP will be undertaking a project review to consider demand, financial performance and risks. The purpose is to help Eco-Bos and its local partners consider whether there is a deliverable project and to identify the next steps leading to the preparation of a business plan.
BBP Regeneration is sponsoring Sustainable Communities 2010, Building the Big Society Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 11th November 2010. The conference, organised by GovToday, will examine the priorities for the Big Society agenda, with speakers from the forefront of public policy and best practice case studies from across the UK.
Earlier this year BBP and partners were awarded funding through the Retrofit for the Future initiative to retrofit two properties owned by Amicus Horizon in Queenborough and Rushenden on the Isle of Sheppey. Retrofit for the Future is an initiative supported by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, kick-starting the retrofit market and associated UK businesses.Construction is underway to implement a range of measures that will deliver up to 80% carbon reductions for each property on an annual basis. The first property has been completed and contains a number of measures including extensive insulation to walls, floor and roof, micro-CHP, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, as well as an innovative building control system supplied by Wattbox. The second property, now nearing completion, has many of the same technologies but the heat is supplied through the introduction of a wood pellet stove and boiler located in the living room.
The properties will be measured for performance before, during and after the retrofit for a period of 2 years to establish the precise performance of all the technologies introduced. The project will provide valuable data and information as well as practical lessons for the wider Queenborough and Rushenden sustainable retrofit programme and for places elsewhere across the UK.
BBP Regeneration has acted as project manager throughout the works and is now working with a range of partners to take forward a comprehensive approach to developing more resource efficient environments. For more information please contact Shannon Kelley on 0207 307 7000