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Stoke Gifford Busy Bees rated ‘outstanding’

Posted on Friday 31st March 2017 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and children at Busy Bees Nursery in Stoke Gifford.

Busy Bees nursery in Stoke Gifford is celebrating after receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Staff at the nursery, which is located in Simmonds View, say they are especially proud because fewer than one in ten ‘early years’ settings in the UK hold this rating.

The nursery received its exceptional ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools, after attaining a perfect score in all four areas of inspection, namely: quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for children; and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

Ofsted praised the nursery’s quality of teaching, noting that: “Staff are highly committed to providing exciting and stimulating activities to promote all areas of learning. They use every opportunity to provide children with essential language and mathematical skills.”

Child development was given a special mention as Ofsted recognised that: “Children make exceptional progress from their starting points and are encouraged to become thoughtful, kind and extremely confident children who care about each other.”

Continuing their praise, within the ‘leadership and management’ assessment category, Ofsted said: “Managers are rigorous in their evaluation of the setting and are skilled in identifying priorities for improvement.”

More: Nursery managers "immensely humbled" »

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Work gets under way on new £100m office development behind Parkway Station

Posted on Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Amanda Deeks (chief executive of South Gloucestershire Council) and James Digby (director of Ashfield Land) mark the formal start of site clearance and demolition at The Approach, Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Work has started on a new £100m, 160,000 sq ft corporate office development on Hunts Ground Road, opposite the park and ride site at the rear of Parkway Station.

Developer Ashfield Land was granted planning permission for the scheme (now being marketed as ‘The Approach‘) by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in June last year.

Contractor ISG is carrying out the site clearance and demolition on behalf of Ashfield Land. As well as being the demolition contractor, ISG previously occupied the former office buildings on the site for more than 40 years (having originally moved there in 1974).

Amanda Deeks, chief executive of the council, joined Ashfield Land director James Digby to mark the formal start of site clearance and demolition.

James Digby said:

“Today is about bringing The Approach another step closer and readying the site for redevelopment. It’s a major milestone and means we have real momentum as we look to move forward into construction and, ultimately, providing a top quality occupier with a new home here in Bristol.”

Cllr Colin Hunt, lead member for planning at SGC, added:

“We’re delighted to see this key development site coming forward. Situated next to Parkway Station, The Approach will be an ideal location for bringing new business to South Gloucestershire and creating hundreds of new jobs.”

JLL, which is marketing the building, anticipates The Approach will appeal to a number of national and international businesses, not least because it offers such attractive connectivity and quality while having lower occupational costs than comparable office space in London, the South East and even Bristol City Centre.

More: Development will benefit from the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass »

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Hitachi to create 150 jobs at new train depot in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an Hitachi Intercity Express (ICE) train inside the Stoke Gifford service depot.

Japanese firm Hitachi is creating 150 jobs at its newly built train service depot in Stoke Gifford.

The £80m facility, near Bristol Parkway Station, will maintain the new Intercity Express (ICE) trains which will run on the Great Western route.

Recruitment for the 150 jobs is starting now to ensure the facility is ready ahead of arrival of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year.

Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains.

The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology.

The first wave of the new trains to be introduced on passenger services is being built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE’s) UK train manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The new roles are permanent and require people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. As part of bringing new skills and talents into the industry, steps are being taken to attract people who have not previously worked in rail. HRE is looking to recruit from a variety of sectors such as aviation, automotive, and the military, as well as those groups often under-represented in rail such as women and young people. HRE will provide extensive training to ensure new employees meet the high standards long associated with the Hitachi brand.

More: Depot will recruit four new apprentices every year »

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Drop-in event to reveal latest plans for railway work around Parkway Station

Posted on Monday 13th March 2017 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Local residents have been invited to attend a second drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work in and around Parkway Station, as part of the project to electrify the Great Western Mainline between London and South Wales.

The event takes place on Tuesday 14th March at The Old School Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PD, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Network Rail says the next phase of the work will include:

  • Stabilising the railway embankment next to the Filton line, known as the Filton East Curve
  • Setting up a compound at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road
  • Carrying out repairs and track work at Hatchet Road bridge

Poster advertising a drop-in event about railway upgrade work at Bristol Parkway Station.

The embankment work is due to start in April 2017 and finish in August 2017. Most of the work will take place during the daytime between 8am and 7pm. However, due to the constraints of the location, some work will need to be carried out at night.

The main compound for the electrification work in the area will be at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road, which will be used to store materials, and provide parking and welfare facilities for staff. Network Rail is currently setting up the compound, which is expected to be in use until February 2018.

The workforce will be taken by bus from Hunts Ground Road to another compound on New Road, from where they will access the railway.

More: Road closures required for work on Hatchet Road bridge »

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