Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

from: David Sharpe

I am delighted to hear the news, announced by Insider Media of a proposed development of more than 1m square feet of landmark scheme which will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities, all sited at Whitebirk.

A public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.


By Richard Frost, Senior Digital Staff Writer

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Plans have been unveiled to create a major new employment site at Whitebirk, a suburb in the east of Blackburn, spanning more than 1 million sq ft.

The landmark scheme will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities.

The 89-acre Whitebirk site at Blackburn Road in Knuzen, which is located next to junction 6 of the M65, has been designated as a strategic regional employment site. Commercial property investor Praxis wants to establish a mixed-use development comprising 1.05 million sq ft of buildings.

In total, there would be 990,280 sq ft of advanced manufacturing, industrial and warehousing development across four development plots along with 49,514 sq ft of offices. There would also be a hotel and supporting food and leisure facilities.

The principle road access would be from the A678 Burnley Road roundabout with a secondary access from the A679 Blackburn Road.

Praxis’ proposals will be outlined in full during a drop-in public exhibition.

Gabriel McLaughlin, director and head of asset management at Praxis, said: “Against the backdrop of a tough economic environment, we are developing plans for a mixed-employment development site that will act as a major boost to the local economy with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs of significant benefit to the local community.

“We are keen to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to comment on the scheme to help develop something we’re all proud of and that fulfil our objectives of attracting inward investment and creating a range of jobs for the area.”

The public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.

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Client Blog: ESOS is approaching


ESOS is approaching

Don’t get caught out

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a legally mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings, including corporate groups. The scheme applies throughout the UK. ESOS applies to organisations that have either:

  • 250 or more employees in the UK
  • Fewer than 250 employees, but has an annual turnover exceeding €50m and a balance sheet exceeding €43m
  • Is part of a corporate group that includes an undertaking that meets the above criteria.

It excludes the public sector but does include charities. ESOS compliant energy assessments will be mandatory under law and subject to fines up to £50,000 for non-compliance.

How do I become compliant?

Applicable organisations must ensure that at least 90% of their total energy consumption is subject to:

  • An ESOS compliant energy audit
  • A certified ISO 50001* Energy Management System
  • A Display Energy Certificate
  • A Green Deal Assessment

*ISO 50001:2011 is the international management system standard for energy management.

How DIEM Ltd can help:

DIEM Ltd has a track record of implementing ISO 50001:2011 energy management systems with clients in the UK and overseas.

Building on this track record, we are already advising and supporting clients to measuring and monitoring energy use in order to comply with ESOS.

This is by preparing Clients for ESOS compliance by supporting implementation of an energy management system to the ISO 50001:2011 standard, conducting energy review audits and in 2015 delivering ESOS Assessments*.

*ESOS Assessments subject to registration

About DIEM Ltd

DIEM Ltd was established in October 2005 by David Inman FRICS CEnv and has delivered environmental and energy work to commercial and public sector Clients throughout the UK and worldwide.

DIEM Ltd has implemented ISO 14001 environmental management systems throughout the UK and ISO 50001 energy management systems worldwide.

This has been working for a range of Clients as varied as:

  • Crossrail
  • Channel Tunnel Rail Link
  • Some of the top 100 “UK Superbrands”
  • Construction main contractors
  • Leading universities
  • NHS
  • Local Authorities
  • International FM organisations
  • Specialist construction contractors
  • Small family-run businesses.


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Client Blog: Environmental Bulletin from DIEM Ltd

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Environmental Bulletin

From David Inman

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Repeal of Site Waste Management Plan (SMWP) legislation

The Government has announced, following a DEFRA consultation in June 2013 which DIEM Ltd was a part of, they will be repealing the Site Waste Management Plan Regulations 2008 on 1 December 2013.

The inflexible and unwieldy regulation on SWMPs was one of the reasons for the repeal, but the consultation discovered that the majority of respondents would continue to use SWMP in some form as they can help cost effective waste management.

Therefore, clients and main contractors are likely to still require the use of SWMP.

DIEM Ltd did support the repeal of the regulations with the reasoning that the cost of waste management would drive waste minimisation as shown in the Waste Hierarchy below:

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I recommend the continued use of SWMP to help cost waste management, identify opportunities for cost savings and track waste produced during construction, as they are a useful tool in effective waste management, but now without the unnecessary regulations.

The repeal of the SWMP regulations does not remove any other waste Duty of Care regulations and requirements.

For more information on waste management on your sites or an informal discussion on how DIEM Ltd can help your organization with environmental management, or any other environmental services, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 development or training, please contact me at the details below.

David Inman BSc (Hons) MRICS CEnv AIEMA TechIOA

Director DIEM Ltd

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