HQ development delivers major boost for trade body

A national trade body has doubled the size of its headquarters as part of plans to further expand its fast-growing training programme.


A national trade body has doubled the size of its headquarters as part of plans to further expand its fast-growing training programme.

The professional development portfolio operated by the Property Care Association (PCA) has increased significantly in recent years and now features more than 30 training courses and exams, alongside a specialist apprenticeship programme.

To provide the capacity needed to support this level of training and additional staff members – as well as new courses scheduled for 2017 and beyond – the trade body has extended premises next door to its existing headquarters.

The new office sees the PCA now operate from a single office unit, with a total floor space of 4,500 square metres.

It reinforces the PCA’s position as a premier supplier of training for professionals and technicians working within, or associated with, the flood protection sector as well as the structural repair, structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp-proofing and invasive weed control industries.

This latest development also builds on a five-figure investment undertaken in 2015, which saw the PCA create a new purpose-built training facility, offering a mix of practical areas and classroom environments, which is located close to its headquarters.

Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “We’ve been growing as an organisation for a number years and, with further developments on the way, this is a move which makes sense on many levels.

“Our training provision for professionals in a variety of sectors has increased considerably and our apprenticeship scheme on damp and timber is stronger than ever.

“With new courses planned for 2017, we feel extending our headquarters will give us the additional capacity we need both now and in the future.

“It will enable us to enhance the availability of our current training, both in terms of the frequency of courses and the numbers we can accommodate, and will give us much-needed office space for staff and member engagement.

“The new space will also support the appointment of an associate for our Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, which will include a researcher working with us and the university to carry out a comprehensive study into the problem of excess moisture in the built environment.”

Training and development is a central pillar of the PCA’s work and supports its role in providing technical expertise to the wider industry.

Other initiatives run by the PCA include a bursary scheme, a CPD programme and an awards ceremony held annually which recognises best practice across the industry.