LOCAL NEWS - April 2017


The expansion of gin establishments continues apace with the opening of The Distillery in Portobello Road, a new "gin hotel". The venue provides four different elements split over multiple floors. The basement houses The Ginstitute, a modern visitor centre, and guests can see Portobello Road Gin being produced. The next floors have a pub called The Resting Room, and a Basque-inspired tapas restaurant called GinTonica, while the top floor offers The Boardroom, a private dining room, and three letting bedrooms.


The popular seaside town of Bognor Regis looks set for a major leisure-led regeneration, with members of the district council supporting a mixed-use scheme worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Initial concepts visualise an expansive linear park connecting a car park near the train station to Regis Centre. The focal point of the development, themed 'Gardens by the Sea', will be a 3,000m² Winter Garden integrated with a new theatre, a rooftop garden and performance space.


Tom Simmons, a former star of MasterChef: The Professionals, is set to launch a Welsh restaurant at the One Tower Bridge development in London. Scheduled to open in late April, it will be the first of several new restaurant openings at the scheme in 2017, including The Ivy, Rosa's Thai Café, and The Coal Shed, a Brighton-based steak house.


A sustainable distillery has opened near Sevenoaks. Greensand Ridge Distillery aims to use local crops and the surplus/waste produce from supermarkets to make a range of premium alcoholic drinks. Its first bottling will be a London dry gin, which includes eight botanicals that grow within a mile of the distillery, including cobnuts, gorse flowers and oak moss. It will also release a limited edition of the UK's only raspberry eau-de-vie, made from surplus berries grown by a local farmer.


A government planning inspector has given the go-ahead for London's first underground hotel to be built, overturning a decision by Camden Council to reject the plans. The scheme converts an underground car park on the corner of Great Russell Street and Adeline Place into a 166-bedroom hotel located four and five levels beneath the existing St Giles Hotel.




Winner Winner Chicken Dinner


The 18th Pinders Healthcare Design Awards were adeptly hosted by Jon Chapman in London last month. The Awards recognise excellence in the design of care homes and retirement housing and are regarded as one of the most enjoyable events in the healthcare sector. The 650 guests were superbly entertained by star ventriloquist Nina Conti, aided by her friend Monkey.




Best New Care Home – Elderly

Cuffley Manor, Potters Bar (TLC Care)

Best Independent Living Scheme

Priory View, Dunstable (Central Bedfordshire Council)

Best Care Facility – Younger Adults

Phoenix House, Manor Park, London (Precious Homes)

Best New Care Home – Elderly

Abbeyfield Winnersh, Winnersh, Wokingham (Abbeyfield Society)

Best Independent Living Scheme

Greenfields, Leighton Buzzard (Aldwyck Housing Group)

Best Regeneration Project

Lindsey Hall Nursing Home, Cleethorpes (Yorkare Homes)


If you or your clients are involved in an exciting healthcare/retirement housing project, details of how to enter for the 2018 Awards are on our website.


On The Bounce


The fastest growing area of the leisure sector is indoor trampoline parks. Numbers in England and Wales rose from six parks in 2014 to 98 in 2016.


In addition, the world's biggest trampoline park opens in Glasgow in late April. It will have 63,000ft² of trampolines, including a 'Ninja Warrior' course. There will be ten party rooms, a café and sports bar


By Easter 2017 the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) estimates that there will be 150 parks in the UK with at least 15 million visitors per annum.


However, to date, the industry has been unregulated and there has been considerable press publicity about the frequency and seriousness of accidents.


As a result, the IATP has just launched a new standard, PAS 5000-2017, which came into effect on 31 March 2017, and provides guidance for the construction of fixed indoor trampoline parks as well as operating and maintenance requirements. Parks must still comply with other legal obligations such as the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.


The IATP is also asking customers, when choosing which trampoline park to visit, to be aware of factors such as attention to safety, staffing levels, cleanliness and maintenance, etc.


Legal Limit


The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS), introduced to tackle alcohol fraud, came into effect on 1 April 2017. Trade buyers of alcohol products should check that whoever they buy from has registered with HMRC and has an AWRS Unique Reference Number (URN). There is an online facility for checking suppliers' registration. Traders buying alcohol from a non-registered wholesaler may be liable to a criminal or civil penalty, as well as having the alcohol seized.


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Come and see us at Stand A100 at the NEC Dentistry Show on 12th-13th May. Test your valuation skills in our competition, where you could win a £100 voucher towards a Red Letter Day Experience!


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