Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration project

Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration project

Muse Developments has submitted planning applications for a major Brixton town centre redevelopment called ‘Your New Town Hall’.

The project will provide around 600 new jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.

The applications follow twelve months of design work and two stages of public consultation in summer and winter 2014.

The planning applications, for ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Olive Morris House’ sites facing onto Brixton Hill, are part of a project which will ultimately reduce Lambeth Council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5million a year.

Following a successful selection process, Muse signed an agreement with Lambeth Council in April 2014 to deliver the project.

Thomasin Renshaw, development director at Muse Developments, said: “The decision to dispose of ageing and expensive buildings the Council no longer needs, and use the proceeds to bring much-needed new homes and jobs to the borough demonstrates Lambeth’s common-sense approach to development.

The project includes an exciting refurbishment of the Town Hall to enable more community use, and new fit-for-purpose offices that will improve services for residents.”

Proposals are for the redevelopment of the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall to deliver 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing.

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-ahead

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-ahead

The Aylesbury estate regeneration has been given the go-ahead, building 3,500 homes and creating new jobs in the construction trades.

The regeneration of the Aylesbury estate took a huge step forward after planning permission was granted by Southwark Council this month.

Two separate applications were given the go-ahead, one for the first development site to the south-west of the estate, bordering Burgess Park, and one for the outline masterplan for the remainder.

Throughout the planning process, those who know the area best – the residents, Creation Trust and Southwark Council – have been instrumental in developing the plans.

Kate Davies, Chief Executive of Notting Hill Housing, said: “Everybody at Notting Hill housing is thrilled that we have been granted planning permission for the Aylesbury estate project.

The Council, local residents, the Creation Trust and our staff team on the ground have all worked terribly hard in order to get us to this milestone. It has taken a lot of trust, understanding, collaboration, and vision to get here. We are very excited that redevelopment can now commence.”

The first development site will see 830 homes built, including specialist housing for older people and homes for people with learning disabilities, as well as a community facility and extensive new public open space including two new parks.

Phases two, three and four of the regeneration come under the outline masterplan permission. This will see 2,745 homes built, as well as the creation of office space, retail units, a new public square with a health centre and early years care, and more public open space, such as pocket parks and playgrounds.

Of the new homes, 50 per cent will be affordable homes, of which 75 per cent will be available at target rents for the next 250 years. The remaining 25 per cent will be for shared ownership or shared equity.

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-ahead

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-ahead

The Aylesbury estate regeneration has been given the go-ahead, building 3,500 homes and creating new jobs in the construction trades.

The regeneration of the Aylesbury estate took a huge step forward after planning permission was granted by Southwark Council this month.

Two separate applications were given the go-ahead, one for the first development site to the south-west of the estate, bordering Burgess Park, and one for the outline masterplan for the remainder.

Throughout the planning process, those who know the area best – the residents, Creation Trust and Southwark Council – have been instrumental in developing the plans.

Kate Davies, Chief Executive of Notting Hill Housing, said: “Everybody at Notting Hill housing is thrilled that we have been granted planning permission for the Aylesbury estate project.

The Council, local residents, the Creation Trust and our staff team on the ground have all worked terribly hard in order to get us to this milestone. It has taken a lot of trust, understanding, collaboration, and vision to get here. We are very excited that redevelopment can now commence.”

The first development site will see 830 homes built, including specialist housing for older people and homes for people with learning disabilities, as well as a community facility and extensive new public open space including two new parks.

Phases two, three and four of the regeneration come under the outline masterplan permission. This will see 2,745 homes built, as well as the creation of office space, retail units, a new public square with a health centre and early years care, and more public open space, such as pocket parks and playgrounds.

Of the new homes, 50 per cent will be affordable homes, of which 75 per cent will be available at target rents for the next 250 years. The remaining 25 per cent will be for shared ownership or shared equity.

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners’ latest development

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners' latest development

Ronson Capital Partners has appointed Mace as principal contractor to develop a 15-storey building comprising 55 residential units in central London.

The development also comprises a townhouse at Chiltern Place, 66 Chiltern Street in Marylebone Village.

Set to be a high-quality residential development in a prominent and sought-after location near Marylebone High Street in Westminster, the elegant homes will feature panoramic views across the capital. The building is due for completion in 2017.

Ronson Capital Partners Chairman, Gerald Ronson, said “Following the success of Riverwalk, our scheme in SW1 where over 65 per cent of the apartments have now been sold, we are very pleased to start work on our next central London development.

Chiltern Place will offer outstanding homes right in the heart of one of London’s most desirable and central locations and we look forward to working with Mace to bring this exciting project to fruition.”

Executive Chairman at Mace, Stephen Pycroft, said “We are delighted that we have been selected by Ronson Capital Partners to work with them on this highly prestigious residential development in Marylebone.

Together with PLP architects, we look forward to successfully delivering another high profile, quality pro-ject.”

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners’ latest development

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners' latest development

Ronson Capital Partners has appointed Mace as principal contractor to develop a 15-storey building comprising 55 residential units in central London.

The development also comprises a townhouse at Chiltern Place, 66 Chiltern Street in Marylebone Village.

Set to be a high-quality residential development in a prominent and sought-after location near Marylebone High Street in Westminster, the elegant homes will feature panoramic views across the capital. The building is due for completion in 2017.

Ronson Capital Partners Chairman, Gerald Ronson, said “Following the success of Riverwalk, our scheme in SW1 where over 65 per cent of the apartments have now been sold, we are very pleased to start work on our next central London development.

Chiltern Place will offer outstanding homes right in the heart of one of London’s most desirable and central locations and we look forward to working with Mace to bring this exciting project to fruition.”

Executive Chairman at Mace, Stephen Pycroft, said “We are delighted that we have been selected by Ronson Capital Partners to work with them on this highly prestigious residential development in Marylebone.

Together with PLP architects, we look forward to successfully delivering another high profile, quality pro-ject.”

St Vincent picks Lovell for Lancashire homes scheme

St Vincent's picks Lovell for Lancashire homes scheme

St Vincent’s Housing Association has appointed housing developer Lovell to build a £2.6 million development of high-quality affordable apartments for older residents in Billington, Lancashire.

The new two-storey apartment block on land off Elker Lane will create 19 modern, self-contained two-bedroom homes, for shared ownership or affordable rent, for residents aged 55 and over.

The development is designed by Manchester-based architectural practice Jennings Design Associates incorporating the 10 ‘HAPPI’ (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) design principles.

Construction work is starting later this month (April) on the development which is due for completion in spring 2016.

Working in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, funding is being provided by the Department of Health, the Homes and Communities Agency and St Vincent’s Housing Association.

Rachel O’Connor, St Vincent’s development manager said: “Billington is a lovely area and will provide the backdrop to a stunning development of apartments for both affordable rent and shared ownership for those wanting a high-quality, easily managed home.This is a great opportunity for St Vincent’s to provide a first-class development for local people.”

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates comments: “We’re delighted to be working with St Vincent’s on this project creating much-needed high-quality modern homes for older residents.

The scheme will provide light and airy, well-designed private apartments complemented by high-quality communal facilities and attractive communal gardens.”

Residents will have access to shared facilities including a ground-floor communal lounge, communal garden and extensive landscaped grounds, including residents’ allotments. All homes will incorporate high levels of energy-efficiency meeting Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes measure for assessing environmental performance.

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates Living Space has been appointed by Circle Housing to deliver repairs and maintenance services for its housing stock in London and the West Midlands.

Providing services to residents at Circle Housing Circle 33 and Circle Housing Mercian, Wates has already begun responding to emergency and out of hours work and is mobilising to deliver all services by the end of May.

The appointment forms part of Circle Housing’s strategy to improve the quality of its repairs and maintenance service and increase capacity.

Wates Living Space will be delivering emergency repairs and void refurbishment to 15,000 homes for Circle 33, in addition to 3,000 homes for Mercian. Delivery teams will be co-located with the client in local offices.

Circle Housing’s CEO, Mark Rogers, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step in our improvement plan to deliver a repairs service that our customers deserve. We’re pleased that Wates shares our social purpose and commitment to customer service and look forward to working in partnership with them.”

David Morgan, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space South Maintenance, commented: “Wates Living Space is extremely proud of its place as one of the UK’s leading affordable housing contractors and our appointment to deliver this vital responsive repairs service is testament to our expertise as a quality maintenance provider.

The needs of tenants are at the heart of what we do and our team is dedicated to ensuring that these are met in an efficient manner, with the utmost professionalism. Wates Living Space has a strong presence across the West Midlands and London and we look forward to growing this further by taking forward this important work on behalf of Circle Housing.”

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates Living Space has been appointed by Circle Housing to deliver repairs and maintenance services for its housing stock in London and the West Midlands.

Providing services to residents at Circle Housing Circle 33 and Circle Housing Mercian, Wates has already begun responding to emergency and out of hours work and is mobilising to deliver all services by the end of May.

The appointment forms part of Circle Housing’s strategy to improve the quality of its repairs and maintenance service and increase capacity.

Wates Living Space will be delivering emergency repairs and void refurbishment to 15,000 homes for Circle 33, in addition to 3,000 homes for Mercian. Delivery teams will be co-located with the client in local offices.

Circle Housing’s CEO, Mark Rogers, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step in our improvement plan to deliver a repairs service that our customers deserve. We’re pleased that Wates shares our social purpose and commitment to customer service and look forward to working in partnership with them.”

David Morgan, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space South Maintenance, commented: “Wates Living Space is extremely proud of its place as one of the UK’s leading affordable housing contractors and our appointment to deliver this vital responsive repairs service is testament to our expertise as a quality maintenance provider.

The needs of tenants are at the heart of what we do and our team is dedicated to ensuring that these are met in an efficient manner, with the utmost professionalism. Wates Living Space has a strong presence across the West Midlands and London and we look forward to growing this further by taking forward this important work on behalf of Circle Housing.”

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city development

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city development

Morgan Sindall has started building work this month on the mixed-use Marischal Square development in Aberdeen city centre that will create 300 construction jobs.

Appointed by developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments to construct the £107 million development, Morgan Sindall has moved on to site to deliver the two-year construction programme.

The development will create 300 jobs during the construction phase, with 1,500 jobs available when the development of offices, Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the restaurant space is fully completed and occupied in 2017.

That level of staffing in the development will also help sustain a significant number of jobs in the city centre area.

Marischal Square, which is fully funded by Aviva Investors, will deliver a vibrant new mixed-use quarter for the city and include Grade ‘A’ office space with associated car parking, a four-star hotel, cafés, restaurants and civic space, along with public access, landscaping and public realm improvements around a site once dominated by the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building St. Nicholas House.

Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “This is a key project for us and one which we are proud to be delivering in this unique city.

Our objective is to bring the vision of the developers and designers to reality in an efficient and safe manner and to ensure that the build programme minimises any disruption for the people using the city centre.”

Affinity Water gets Mace framework contract

Affinity Water gets  Mace framework contract

Affinity Water has selected Mace start work as its service provider as they move into AMP6, the upcoming regulatory period for the water industry this month.

Mace will provide programme and project management expertise, design and delivery services, commercial management and planning expertise to ensure successful delivery of Affinity Water’s asset investment portfolio.

Mace Chief Executive, Mark Reynolds, said: “Securing the Service Provider role is a significant milestone for Mace and allows us to continue the exciting journey to assist Affinity Water to become the leading community-focused water company in the UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how the collaboration can benefit both organisations and the communities we serve”.

Stephen Martin, Asset Management Director, Affinity Water Ltd, said: “Last year we developed a creative and ambitious business plan that sets new standards for the way we will deliver high quality water for our communities over the next five years.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mace as our partner to help us deliver this plan. We chose Mace because, with its balance of skills, expertise and behaviours, it has demonstrated the capability to enable us to be successful.

I look forward to building on this established relationship as we continue to work on achieving the commitments we have made to our communities”.

Affinity Water gets Mace framework contract

Affinity Water gets  Mace framework contract

Affinity Water has selected Mace start work as its service provider as they move into AMP6, the upcoming regulatory period for the water industry this month.

Mace will provide programme and project management expertise, design and delivery services, commercial management and planning expertise to ensure successful delivery of Affinity Water’s asset investment portfolio.

Mace Chief Executive, Mark Reynolds, said: “Securing the Service Provider role is a significant milestone for Mace and allows us to continue the exciting journey to assist Affinity Water to become the leading community-focused water company in the UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how the collaboration can benefit both organisations and the communities we serve”.

Stephen Martin, Asset Management Director, Affinity Water Ltd, said: “Last year we developed a creative and ambitious business plan that sets new standards for the way we will deliver high quality water for our communities over the next five years.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mace as our partner to help us deliver this plan. We chose Mace because, with its balance of skills, expertise and behaviours, it has demonstrated the capability to enable us to be successful.

I look forward to building on this established relationship as we continue to work on achieving the commitments we have made to our communities”.

Affinity Water gets Mace framework contract

Affinity Water gets  Mace framework contract

Affinity Water has selected Mace start work as its service provider as they move into AMP6, the upcoming regulatory period for the water industry this month.

Mace will provide programme and project management expertise, design and delivery services, commercial management and planning expertise to ensure successful delivery of Affinity Water’s asset investment portfolio.

Mace Chief Executive, Mark Reynolds, said: “Securing the Service Provider role is a significant milestone for Mace and allows us to continue the exciting journey to assist Affinity Water to become the leading community-focused water company in the UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how the collaboration can benefit both organisations and the communities we serve”.

Stephen Martin, Asset Management Director, Affinity Water Ltd, said: “Last year we developed a creative and ambitious business plan that sets new standards for the way we will deliver high quality water for our communities over the next five years.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mace as our partner to help us deliver this plan. We chose Mace because, with its balance of skills, expertise and behaviours, it has demonstrated the capability to enable us to be successful.

I look forward to building on this established relationship as we continue to work on achieving the commitments we have made to our communities”.

Affinity Water gets Mace framework contract

Affinity Water gets  Mace framework contract

Affinity Water has selected Mace start work as its service provider as they move into AMP6, the upcoming regulatory period for the water industry this month.

Mace will provide programme and project management expertise, design and delivery services, commercial management and planning expertise to ensure successful delivery of Affinity Water’s asset investment portfolio.

Mace Chief Executive, Mark Reynolds, said: “Securing the Service Provider role is a significant milestone for Mace and allows us to continue the exciting journey to assist Affinity Water to become the leading community-focused water company in the UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how the collaboration can benefit both organisations and the communities we serve”.

Stephen Martin, Asset Management Director, Affinity Water Ltd, said: “Last year we developed a creative and ambitious business plan that sets new standards for the way we will deliver high quality water for our communities over the next five years.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mace as our partner to help us deliver this plan. We chose Mace because, with its balance of skills, expertise and behaviours, it has demonstrated the capability to enable us to be successful.

I look forward to building on this established relationship as we continue to work on achieving the commitments we have made to our communities”.

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Scottish Water has announced the preferred bidder for a major part of its new £3.5 billion investment programme that will create new jobs in the building trades.

ESD (Efficient Service Delivery), a joint venture between Galliford Try, MWH Treatment and Black and Veatch, is the preferred bidder for a contract worth around £560 million over the next six years.

ESD will oversee the delivery of projects including work on reservoirs, water treatment works and pumping stations, which will help build on the significant improvements made to water services for the benefit of Scottish Water customers in recent years.

A further announcement of local contractors around Scotland to support the alliances in helping to deliver the overall programme is expected to be made later this spring, supporting employment in Scottish SMEs and helping to sustain local economies.

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water said: “This is our third alliance appointment and the benefits for communities of Scotland across Scotland will be felt through all of these partnerships.

“Through the commitment of our alliance partners, 90 modern apprentice and 55 graduate roles will be created as a result of our investment programme in the three alliances. This reflects the commitment of Scottish Water to developing the next generation of people to take forward the future of the industry.

“As well as being good news for the economy, our investment programme will enable us to build on improvements to customer service around Scotland, while protecting and enhancing the environment.”

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Scottish Water has announced the preferred bidder for a major part of its new £3.5 billion investment programme that will create new jobs in the building trades.

ESD (Efficient Service Delivery), a joint venture between Galliford Try, MWH Treatment and Black and Veatch, is the preferred bidder for a contract worth around £560 million over the next six years.

ESD will oversee the delivery of projects including work on reservoirs, water treatment works and pumping stations, which will help build on the significant improvements made to water services for the benefit of Scottish Water customers in recent years.

A further announcement of local contractors around Scotland to support the alliances in helping to deliver the overall programme is expected to be made later this spring, supporting employment in Scottish SMEs and helping to sustain local economies.

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water said: “This is our third alliance appointment and the benefits for communities of Scotland across Scotland will be felt through all of these partnerships.

“Through the commitment of our alliance partners, 90 modern apprentice and 55 graduate roles will be created as a result of our investment programme in the three alliances. This reflects the commitment of Scottish Water to developing the next generation of people to take forward the future of the industry.

“As well as being good news for the economy, our investment programme will enable us to build on improvements to customer service around Scotland, while protecting and enhancing the environment.”

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Scottish Water has announced the preferred bidder for a major part of its new £3.5 billion investment programme that will create new jobs in the building trades.

ESD (Efficient Service Delivery), a joint venture between Galliford Try, MWH Treatment and Black and Veatch, is the preferred bidder for a contract worth around £560 million over the next six years.

ESD will oversee the delivery of projects including work on reservoirs, water treatment works and pumping stations, which will help build on the significant improvements made to water services for the benefit of Scottish Water customers in recent years.

A further announcement of local contractors around Scotland to support the alliances in helping to deliver the overall programme is expected to be made later this spring, supporting employment in Scottish SMEs and helping to sustain local economies.

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water said: “This is our third alliance appointment and the benefits for communities of Scotland across Scotland will be felt through all of these partnerships.

“Through the commitment of our alliance partners, 90 modern apprentice and 55 graduate roles will be created as a result of our investment programme in the three alliances. This reflects the commitment of Scottish Water to developing the next generation of people to take forward the future of the industry.

“As well as being good news for the economy, our investment programme will enable us to build on improvements to customer service around Scotland, while protecting and enhancing the environment.”

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier is set to deliver a £170 million first phase of The Ram Quarter, its major flagship regeneration scheme in Wandsworth, London.

The Ram Quarter will be delivered in three phases, with a total value of around £600 million that will create new construction jobs and boost the building trades.

Working with project managers Gardiner & Theobald, architects EPR and engineers WSP Group, Kier will deliver 411,000sq ft of new build housing and retail space, laid out across nine blocks of between four and ten storeys.

To provide the necessary infrastructure, 105,000sq ft of basement space will be constructed for car parking, as well as an energy centre to service the entire development’s electricity needs.

Phase one will also see the development realign 230m of flood defences along the River Wandle in order to open up the space and provide public access along a new riverside walk.

Kier managing director for major projects, Colin Lamb, said: “We are very pleased to be working with The Greenland Group on the £170m first phase of The Ram Quarter project. It is a landmark development that will deliver substantial economic and social benefit for the community of Wandsworth and the wider region, as it regenerates this historical site.”

In addition, the first phase of the project also includes the 56,000sq ft refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II listed brewery complex, transforming it into high quality restaurants, boutique shops, cafés and bars, a micro-brewery, a brewery museum and an additional 14 residential units – taking the total number of homes delivered in phase one to 338.

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier is set to deliver a £170 million first phase of The Ram Quarter, its major flagship regeneration scheme in Wandsworth, London.

The Ram Quarter will be delivered in three phases, with a total value of around £600 million that will create new construction jobs and boost the building trades.

Working with project managers Gardiner & Theobald, architects EPR and engineers WSP Group, Kier will deliver 411,000sq ft of new build housing and retail space, laid out across nine blocks of between four and ten storeys.

To provide the necessary infrastructure, 105,000sq ft of basement space will be constructed for car parking, as well as an energy centre to service the entire development’s electricity needs.

Phase one will also see the development realign 230m of flood defences along the River Wandle in order to open up the space and provide public access along a new riverside walk.

Kier managing director for major projects, Colin Lamb, said: “We are very pleased to be working with The Greenland Group on the £170m first phase of The Ram Quarter project. It is a landmark development that will deliver substantial economic and social benefit for the community of Wandsworth and the wider region, as it regenerates this historical site.”

In addition, the first phase of the project also includes the 56,000sq ft refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II listed brewery complex, transforming it into high quality restaurants, boutique shops, cafés and bars, a micro-brewery, a brewery museum and an additional 14 residential units – taking the total number of homes delivered in phase one to 338.

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon has been given a £14 million job to convert the Matrix building in Aldgate into the new upper scale Dorsett City, London, hotel.

The contract is Willmott Dixon’s first project for Dorsett Hospitality International, which operates 22 hotels around the world, including eight in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UK, providing over 8,600 rooms in total.

This will be Dorsett’s second hotel in London and sees Willmott Dixon start on site in May to build the 13 storey complex which will be located on Aldgate High Street next to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church.

When complete in December 2016, it will provide 270 bedrooms along with restaurant, fitness centre and 1,600 sq ft of meeting areas for the business community.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director at Willmott Dixon’s Cobham office said, “This is a really interesting office to hotel conversion right in the heart of The City of London, providing new capacity in this fast growing part of London. Importantly, it plays to our strengths and know-how of working on tight, constrained sites in urban locations, as well as our record for working in historic parts of London on landmark buildings.”

Dorsett Hospitality International’s first hotel, Dorsett Shepherds Bush, opened in 2014 and when complete in 2016, Dorsett City, London, will further underline the company’s vision to expand its hotel portfolio in selected strategic regions in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon has been given a £14 million job to convert the Matrix building in Aldgate into the new upper scale Dorsett City, London, hotel.

The contract is Willmott Dixon’s first project for Dorsett Hospitality International, which operates 22 hotels around the world, including eight in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UK, providing over 8,600 rooms in total.

This will be Dorsett’s second hotel in London and sees Willmott Dixon start on site in May to build the 13 storey complex which will be located on Aldgate High Street next to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church.

When complete in December 2016, it will provide 270 bedrooms along with restaurant, fitness centre and 1,600 sq ft of meeting areas for the business community.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director at Willmott Dixon’s Cobham office said, “This is a really interesting office to hotel conversion right in the heart of The City of London, providing new capacity in this fast growing part of London. Importantly, it plays to our strengths and know-how of working on tight, constrained sites in urban locations, as well as our record for working in historic parts of London on landmark buildings.”

Dorsett Hospitality International’s first hotel, Dorsett Shepherds Bush, opened in 2014 and when complete in 2016, Dorsett City, London, will further underline the company’s vision to expand its hotel portfolio in selected strategic regions in the United Kingdom and Europe.

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin‘s joint venture with consultant CH2M has secured a £43m design and build water treatment works upgrade in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The scheme will enhance the existing Oswestry water treatment facility, which currently treats water from Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales via the Llanforda open reservoir.

Darren Hynes, framework director for C2V+ said: “After being named as one of four Construction Delivery Partners for the AMP6 framework in 2014, we are delighted to be appointed for this scheme at this early stage of the framework.

It demonstrates the collaborative approach between C2V+ and United Utilities whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities for the local economy by creating over 50 jobs over the next two years.”

Works on site will commence in spring 2015 with an overall construction period of two years.

Due to the composition of the raw water and the condition of the existing plant, the works are required to improve the capacity and quality of water produced at this facility, which currently supplies water to customers in 39 distribution zones in Liverpool and parts of Cheshire.

This innovative solution has been successfully used in North America and Europe and is an energy neutral process which will provide significant savings to United Utilities through the installation of hydroelectric turbines that feed surplus energy back into the grid.

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin‘s joint venture with consultant CH2M has secured a £43m design and build water treatment works upgrade in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The scheme will enhance the existing Oswestry water treatment facility, which currently treats water from Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales via the Llanforda open reservoir.

Darren Hynes, framework director for C2V+ said: “After being named as one of four Construction Delivery Partners for the AMP6 framework in 2014, we are delighted to be appointed for this scheme at this early stage of the framework.

It demonstrates the collaborative approach between C2V+ and United Utilities whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities for the local economy by creating over 50 jobs over the next two years.”

Works on site will commence in spring 2015 with an overall construction period of two years.

Due to the composition of the raw water and the condition of the existing plant, the works are required to improve the capacity and quality of water produced at this facility, which currently supplies water to customers in 39 distribution zones in Liverpool and parts of Cheshire.

This innovative solution has been successfully used in North America and Europe and is an energy neutral process which will provide significant savings to United Utilities through the installation of hydroelectric turbines that feed surplus energy back into the grid.

Cognicity Challenge to start smart city tech accelerator

Twelve companies have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the Cognicity Challenge, competing in the Connected Home and Virtual Design & Construction streams of Canary Wharf Group‘ s smart city accelerator challenge.

The finalists will benefit from a twelve-week programme located within ‘High Growth Space:24′, the expansion space of Level39‘s tech company incubator, in Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square.

This cohort has been specifically chosen to address the future development of the Canary Wharf estate – including the new phase, previously known as Wood Wharf – which will include residential properties for the first time.

The first phase of this development will be completed by 2020 and innovative Virtual Design & Construction technology will help inform the design and development of this stage in Canary Wharf’s progress towards becoming a truly smart and integrated city.

Innovators in the Connected Home stream will help create differentiators for the residential buildings on the estate, creating the next generation of live-work development at Canary Wharf.

During the twelve-week programme, each of the finalist companies will gain access to world-leading specialists including an expert group of Canary Wharf executives.

At the end of the accelerator programme the finalists will deliver a business plan and pitch to Canary Wharf Group executives and expert judges, with the winners of each stream receiving £50,000 and the chance to pilot their technologies on the estate.

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 and Managing Director of ENTIQ, said: “The Cognicity Challenge offers these innovative companies a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of their future city technologies and pilot them within the Canary Wharf estate, helping take smart, sustainable cities from concept to reality whilst offering Canary Wharf Group a procurement methodology and pipeline that de-risks the uptake of innovation, both in the existing buildings and the new phase of the estate.”

West Country businesses to improve the region’s landmark buildings

West Country businesses to improve the region landmark buildings

Dozens of firms across the West Country and South Wales have been consulted by one of the UK’s largest contractors, in a major engagement exercise to help deliver landmark buildings for the region.

BAM Construction drew together its key subcontractors and suppliers this week to involve them closely in how the company delivers a growing workload.

Nick Goff, BAM’s Regional Director said: “Successful construction is about good partnerships. Everybody says they do it, but for BAM, this is not words, it is carefully focused actions.

Our supply chain is critical to our ability to deliver the quality we are known for with the non-confrontational, problem solving approach and social responsibility that are our hallmark.

“They also need to trade efficiently and profitably. This event was about finding ways to involve them in tenders and on site that enables us to be more competitive together, leaner in management, and raise the bar on performance for our clients.”

The company has provided demolition and asbestos removal services for BAM and worked on several of its sites such as Winterbourne Academy in Bristol, Penrose special needs school in Bridgwater and Exeter University’s Living Systems Building. It previously worked with BAM on Bristol’s Imperial Tobacco HQ.

Plan to boost delivery of new housing

The Scottish Government

Planning statistics for Scotland published this month show the number of local housing developments was at the highest for the past 11 quarters.

Planning applications were processed more quickly than ever, while the average time to process major housing developments remains the same.

Communities Secretary Alex Neil said: “Scotland’s planning system must facilitate much needed new infrastructure and create high quality, sustainable places to live and work. That’s crucial to promoting strong, sustainable economic growth.

There is good work in authorities across the country and I am encouraged to see that local housing applications are not only increasing, but that decisions are being made on them more quickly than ever.

I am however concerned that a small number of major housing applications are still taking far too long and that this is distorting the overall average figures.

I recognise there is still more that can be done to support delivery which is why we are working across Government and closely with planners, house builders and other partners to develop a five year Joint Delivery Plan for Housing.

The Plan will be published shortly and will set out our joint priorities for action to support new housing.”

Plan to boost delivery of new housing

The Scottish Government

Planning statistics for Scotland published this month show the number of local housing developments was at the highest for the past 11 quarters.

Planning applications were processed more quickly than ever, while the average time to process major housing developments remains the same.

Communities Secretary Alex Neil said: “Scotland’s planning system must facilitate much needed new infrastructure and create high quality, sustainable places to live and work. That’s crucial to promoting strong, sustainable economic growth.

There is good work in authorities across the country and I am encouraged to see that local housing applications are not only increasing, but that decisions are being made on them more quickly than ever.

I am however concerned that a small number of major housing applications are still taking far too long and that this is distorting the overall average figures.

I recognise there is still more that can be done to support delivery which is why we are working across Government and closely with planners, house builders and other partners to develop a five year Joint Delivery Plan for Housing.

The Plan will be published shortly and will set out our joint priorities for action to support new housing.”

Wates gets £5.6m job to build new homes in Coventry

Wates gets £5.6m job to build new homes in Coventry

The development of affordable housing in Coventry is to be given a substantial boost, with Wates Living Space to build 50 high quality new homes.

Wates Living Space has been awarded the £5.6 million contract to build a range of contemporary two to six-bedroom homes across three sites in the city.

Designed by Oakley Architects, 45 of the homes will be built across two sites on Whitworth Avenue in Stoke Aldermoor. The remaining five will be built on Kele Road following the demolition of a former health clinic that currently lies vacant on the site.

To meet Coventry City Council‘s 10 per cent renewable energy target for all major new developments, the homes will comply with Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Lee Sale, Regional Director for Wates Living Space, said: “This development will bring a significant boost to the local economy, by providing opportunities for local businesses to join our supply chain whilst also creating employment and training opportunities for local people.

The new homes feature attractive and thermally efficient designs that will ensure a secure and cost-effective place to live for generations to come. We are pleased to be providing our expertise on this exciting development and look forward to delivering further projects in the Coventry.”

Kevin Willetts, Executive Director of Development at WM Housing Group commented: “This project has come about as a result of partnership working with Coventry City Council and is funded in part by a Social Housing Grant from the Homes & Communities Agency.

We are delighted that Wates will be delivering much needed new affordable housing for Whitefriars in Coventry through this project.”

Wates Living Space is also currently delivering Gateway, a £6 million homeless centre for Whitefriars Housing in Coventry. This is due to open in spring 2015.

Wates gets £5.6m job to build new homes in Coventry

Wates gets £5.6m job to build new homes in Coventry

The development of affordable housing in Coventry is to be given a substantial boost, with Wates Living Space to build 50 high quality new homes.

Wates Living Space has been awarded the £5.6 million contract to build a range of contemporary two to six-bedroom homes across three sites in the city.

Designed by Oakley Architects, 45 of the homes will be built across two sites on Whitworth Avenue in Stoke Aldermoor. The remaining five will be built on Kele Road following the demolition of a former health clinic that currently lies vacant on the site.

To meet Coventry City Council‘s 10 per cent renewable energy target for all major new developments, the homes will comply with Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Lee Sale, Regional Director for Wates Living Space, said: “This development will bring a significant boost to the local economy, by providing opportunities for local businesses to join our supply chain whilst also creating employment and training opportunities for local people.

The new homes feature attractive and thermally efficient designs that will ensure a secure and cost-effective place to live for generations to come. We are pleased to be providing our expertise on this exciting development and look forward to delivering further projects in the Coventry.”

Kevin Willetts, Executive Director of Development at WM Housing Group commented: “This project has come about as a result of partnership working with Coventry City Council and is funded in part by a Social Housing Grant from the Homes & Communities Agency.

We are delighted that Wates will be delivering much needed new affordable housing for Whitefriars in Coventry through this project.”

Wates Living Space is also currently delivering Gateway, a £6 million homeless centre for Whitefriars Housing in Coventry. This is due to open in spring 2015.

Go-ahead for £1.7 bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Go-ahead for £1.7 bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

The creation of the £1.7 billion London’s next business district that will create thousands of jobs has today moved a significant step closer.

The Greater London Authority has given the go-ahead in the process towards full planning approval to ABP for the 4.7 million sq ft development at Royal Albert Dock.

This follows the decision by Newham Council last year to grant planning permission subject to the response from the GLA.

ABP is expected to be able to begin work on the 35 acre site later this year and build what is being described as London’s next financial business district following the City of London and Canary Wharf. The first phase will be completed in 2018.

UK planning regulations are complex and it is understood it took months of negotiations between ABP and the planning authorities involving London Borough of Newham, Transport for London, and the Greater London Authority before agreement was finally reached.

The final stage is for UK Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who is responsible for planning within the UK Central Government, to formally allow ABP to progress and Newham have already sent the documents to his office for ratification.

ABP’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, John Miu, said: “Obviously we are delighted by how the whole planning process has progressed and we are looking forward to getting underway and completing our first phase in just 3 years.

There is tremendous interest from across Asia from companies wanting to locate in the Royal Albert Dock business district development and we look forward to making further exciting announcements in the months ahead.”

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “This decision means that we are a step closer to realising the vision of Newham as an international location for business.

The ABP development will bring further investment in to east London, including thousands of jobs and opportunities for Newham residents within high-tech businesses as well as construction industries from at home and abroad.

ABP is a significant part of the Royal Docks transformation which will see the revival of the waterfront and reinstate the docks as the heart of London’s industry.”

Building of new and affordable homes gets under way

Building of new and affordable homes gets under way

Kier North Tyneside has begun work on a development of 41 new and affordable homes for North Tyneside Council in the heart of Wallsend town.

The scheme will create new jobs and help in the regeneration of the area while providing residents with much-needed homes.

Located on the site of the former Wallsend Police Station and family centre on High Street East, the development is due to be completed in spring 2016.

All the ground floor apartments and houses have been designed to achieve Life Time Home standards—a design code enabling conversion of the home in the future.

The work is part of North Tyneside Council’s ten-year drive to create 3,000 extra affordable homes across the borough and will also contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Wallsend town centre.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is a milestone project for affordable housing and the regeneration of Wallsend, and we’ve worked closely with the local community to plan this development.

“As demand for housing continues to rise in North Tyneside and many of our residents struggle to secure suitable homes, we are determined to do all we can – by working with our partners and in innovative ways – to create the homes that local people need and want.”

Kier operations director, Jon Rukin, said: “We are proud to be working with North Tyneside on this exciting development; it offers an excellent opportunity to use our expertise from across Kier’s divisions to deliver much-needed new affordable homes in the Wallsend district.

We have worked closely with the Council to develop high quality, thermally efficient designs, which recreate the traditional terraces of Wallsend and will provide secure and economical places to live for residents.

We are also looking forward to delivering further projects within the borough as part of the Council’s long-term housing programme.”

There are at least 5,000 individuals or families currently on North Tyneside Council’s housing waiting list, and the authority predicts that it will need to create around 500 new homes each year to keep up with increasing demands.

North Tyneside Council’s drive to create more affordable homes will focus on providing the types of homes that are most in demand, particularly one-bed properties, bungalows and family homes; the work will particularly support those who haven’t got the means to buy or rent a home on the open market.

Jobs Growth Wales to go-ahead, confirms Deputy Minister

Welsh Government

Deputy Minister for Skills, Julie James has confirmed to start of the Jobs Growth Wales programme and revealed for the successor programme to be in place by next month.

The original Jobs Growth Wales programme was launched in 2012 with a target of creating and filling 12,000 jobs.

The programme has exceeded its targets in every year of operation and has now helped almost 15,000 young people aged 16 – 24 into a job opportunity. This has meant a significant reduction in youth unemployment across Wales.

The Deputy Minister said: “Jobs Growth Wales has been hugely successful, resulting in almost 15,000 young people finding a meaningful job opportunity.

One of the reasons we have been able to invest so much in the Jobs Growth Wales programme is because it is partly funded by the European union and as such is delivered as a project with a planned start and end date.

The current EU funded project came to its planned end date on 31st March for new entrants only and we are now in a transition phase.

We will launch the successor programme next month and I look forward to helping many more young people from across Wales to find meaningful and sustainable employment with the help of Jobs Growth Wales.”

The Welsh Government is currently working with WEFO to progress an application for additional funds for the successor Jobs Growth Wales project under the new European programmes.

The programme has also helped businesses to grow and expand. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 of the jobs created by Jobs Growth Wales have been created in the Private Sector.

Jobs Growth Wales to go-ahead, confirms Deputy Minister

Welsh Government

Deputy Minister for Skills, Julie James has confirmed to start of the Jobs Growth Wales programme and revealed for the successor programme to be in place by next month.

The original Jobs Growth Wales programme was launched in 2012 with a target of creating and filling 12,000 jobs.

The programme has exceeded its targets in every year of operation and has now helped almost 15,000 young people aged 16 – 24 into a job opportunity. This has meant a significant reduction in youth unemployment across Wales.

The Deputy Minister said: “Jobs Growth Wales has been hugely successful, resulting in almost 15,000 young people finding a meaningful job opportunity.

One of the reasons we have been able to invest so much in the Jobs Growth Wales programme is because it is partly funded by the European union and as such is delivered as a project with a planned start and end date.

The current EU funded project came to its planned end date on 31st March for new entrants only and we are now in a transition phase.

We will launch the successor programme next month and I look forward to helping many more young people from across Wales to find meaningful and sustainable employment with the help of Jobs Growth Wales.”

The Welsh Government is currently working with WEFO to progress an application for additional funds for the successor Jobs Growth Wales project under the new European programmes.

The programme has also helped businesses to grow and expand. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 of the jobs created by Jobs Growth Wales have been created in the Private Sector.

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

The appointment builds on the successful long-term partnership Somerset County Council and Skanska have developed in roads improvement and maintenance operations.

Under the deal, Skanska will be responsible for hard FM (facilities management) services across 500 sites, ranging from council offices, libraries and children’s centres to schools and farms.

It includes mechanical and electrical works, general building maintenance and repairs and minor projects.

The contract started on 1 April. The initial term is two years, with a two year optional extension.

Skanska will work closely with Somerset County Council and their retained management partner, Southwest One, working out of County Hall in Taunton.

The contract will build on Skanska’s presence in Somerset, where it has a team of 150 delivering roads improvements and maintenance work across three separate highways projects.

Katy Dowding, Managing Director of Skanska’s facilities services business, said: “Our presence in Somerset spans almost two decades. Our people live and work here, which provides us with a unique insight to what residents need and the unique demands of the county.

This understanding, combined with our engineering excellence, quality of service and aligned values will enable us to deliver successfully from day one.

We are committed to working collaboratively with Somerset County Council and South West One, while using small and medium sized enterprises for at least 25 per cent of our work, helping to support the local economy.

The contract will lead to the consolidation of hard FM services which will drive consistency and savings, a transition we have successfully delivered on other high-profile projects.”

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

The appointment builds on the successful long-term partnership Somerset County Council and Skanska have developed in roads improvement and maintenance operations.

Under the deal, Skanska will be responsible for hard FM (facilities management) services across 500 sites, ranging from council offices, libraries and children’s centres to schools and farms.

It includes mechanical and electrical works, general building maintenance and repairs and minor projects.

The contract started on 1 April. The initial term is two years, with a two year optional extension.

Skanska will work closely with Somerset County Council and their retained management partner, Southwest One, working out of County Hall in Taunton.

The contract will build on Skanska’s presence in Somerset, where it has a team of 150 delivering roads improvements and maintenance work across three separate highways projects.

Katy Dowding, Managing Director of Skanska’s facilities services business, said: “Our presence in Somerset spans almost two decades. Our people live and work here, which provides us with a unique insight to what residents need and the unique demands of the county.

This understanding, combined with our engineering excellence, quality of service and aligned values will enable us to deliver successfully from day one.

We are committed to working collaboratively with Somerset County Council and South West One, while using small and medium sized enterprises for at least 25 per cent of our work, helping to support the local economy.

The contract will lead to the consolidation of hard FM services which will drive consistency and savings, a transition we have successfully delivered on other high-profile projects.”

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Developer Canary Wharf Group has been granted full planning permission for 1 Bank Street and outline planning permission for 1 Park Place at Canary Wharf by Tower Hamlets Strategic Planning Committee.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), 1 Bank Street will be a striking new 700,000 sq ft building with 27 storeys including three levels of state of the art trading floors, a retail unit at ground level, a free-standing retail kiosk on South Dock Promenade.

There will also be public access to a new promenade along the South Dock. Site enabling works commenced earlier this year and construction will begin later in 2015.

Société Générale, one of Europe’s most important banking institutions, has already agreed a lease for 280,000 sq ft of 1 Bank Street.

It will occupy the ground and first to seventh floors on a 25 year lease at a rent of £47.50 per sq ft and 36 months’ rent free commencing from the summer of 2019.

Following a resolution to grant at Strategic Development Committee in 2014, outline planning permission has been granted at 1 Park Place. Consent has been given for an office building comprised of up to just over 1 million sq ft of floorspace.

The Council will now determine a reserved matters application for this office building which is designed by Squires & Partners but there are no immediate plans to develop this site.

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Developer Canary Wharf Group has been granted full planning permission for 1 Bank Street and outline planning permission for 1 Park Place at Canary Wharf by Tower Hamlets Strategic Planning Committee.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), 1 Bank Street will be a striking new 700,000 sq ft building with 27 storeys including three levels of state of the art trading floors, a retail unit at ground level, a free-standing retail kiosk on South Dock Promenade.

There will also be public access to a new promenade along the South Dock. Site enabling works commenced earlier this year and construction will begin later in 2015.

Société Générale, one of Europe’s most important banking institutions, has already agreed a lease for 280,000 sq ft of 1 Bank Street.

It will occupy the ground and first to seventh floors on a 25 year lease at a rent of £47.50 per sq ft and 36 months’ rent free commencing from the summer of 2019.

Following a resolution to grant at Strategic Development Committee in 2014, outline planning permission has been granted at 1 Park Place. Consent has been given for an office building comprised of up to just over 1 million sq ft of floorspace.

The Council will now determine a reserved matters application for this office building which is designed by Squires & Partners but there are no immediate plans to develop this site.

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Developer Canary Wharf Group has been granted full planning permission for 1 Bank Street and outline planning permission for 1 Park Place at Canary Wharf by Tower Hamlets Strategic Planning Committee.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), 1 Bank Street will be a striking new 700,000 sq ft building with 27 storeys including three levels of state of the art trading floors, a retail unit at ground level, a free-standing retail kiosk on South Dock Promenade.

There will also be public access to a new promenade along the South Dock. Site enabling works commenced earlier this year and construction will begin later in 2015.

Société Générale, one of Europe’s most important banking institutions, has already agreed a lease for 280,000 sq ft of 1 Bank Street.

It will occupy the ground and first to seventh floors on a 25 year lease at a rent of £47.50 per sq ft and 36 months’ rent free commencing from the summer of 2019.

Following a resolution to grant at Strategic Development Committee in 2014, outline planning permission has been granted at 1 Park Place. Consent has been given for an office building comprised of up to just over 1 million sq ft of floorspace.

The Council will now determine a reserved matters application for this office building which is designed by Squires & Partners but there are no immediate plans to develop this site.

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Developer Canary Wharf Group has been granted full planning permission for 1 Bank Street and outline planning permission for 1 Park Place at Canary Wharf by Tower Hamlets Strategic Planning Committee.

Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), 1 Bank Street will be a striking new 700,000 sq ft building with 27 storeys including three levels of state of the art trading floors, a retail unit at ground level, a free-standing retail kiosk on South Dock Promenade.

There will also be public access to a new promenade along the South Dock. Site enabling works commenced earlier this year and construction will begin later in 2015.

Société Générale, one of Europe’s most important banking institutions, has already agreed a lease for 280,000 sq ft of 1 Bank Street.

It will occupy the ground and first to seventh floors on a 25 year lease at a rent of £47.50 per sq ft and 36 months’ rent free commencing from the summer of 2019.

Following a resolution to grant at Strategic Development Committee in 2014, outline planning permission has been granted at 1 Park Place. Consent has been given for an office building comprised of up to just over 1 million sq ft of floorspace.

The Council will now determine a reserved matters application for this office building which is designed by Squires & Partners but there are no immediate plans to develop this site.

Corriegarth Wind Farm gets the go-ahead

The Scottish Government

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent to Corriegarth Wind Farm, in Highland Council Area that will power 33,000 homes.

The development, applied for by NBW Wind Energy Ltd, will have 23 turbines and have a generating capacity of up to 70MW, and effectively replaces the existing planning permission granted by Highland Council for a 50MW, 20 turbine Wind Farm on the same site.

During the construction period, it is envisaged that local and national employers will be encouraged to compete for contracts for the manufacture and supply of turbines, as well as contracts for construction, operation and maintenance work on the wind farm.

Stone for the construction of turbine bases would be locally sourced, creating indirect economic benefit to the local area.

The developer has estimated it will create 245 jobs during the construction phase. During the operational phase, the applicant estimates four to five full time jobs could be created to undertake regular maintenance work.

NBW Wind Energy Ltd has indicated that the community benefit fund will provide approximately £100,000 per annum to support local projects.

Commenting on the granting of consent Mr Ewing said:“The Corriegarth Wind Farm will create a number of jobs, as well as generating power for many thousands of homes and provide considerable benefits to the local community.”

Corriegarth Wind Farm gets the go-ahead

The Scottish Government

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent to Corriegarth Wind Farm, in Highland Council Area that will power 33,000 homes.

The development, applied for by NBW Wind Energy Ltd, will have 23 turbines and have a generating capacity of up to 70MW, and effectively replaces the existing planning permission granted by Highland Council for a 50MW, 20 turbine Wind Farm on the same site.

During the construction period, it is envisaged that local and national employers will be encouraged to compete for contracts for the manufacture and supply of turbines, as well as contracts for construction, operation and maintenance work on the wind farm.

Stone for the construction of turbine bases would be locally sourced, creating indirect economic benefit to the local area.

The developer has estimated it will create 245 jobs during the construction phase. During the operational phase, the applicant estimates four to five full time jobs could be created to undertake regular maintenance work.

NBW Wind Energy Ltd has indicated that the community benefit fund will provide approximately £100,000 per annum to support local projects.

Commenting on the granting of consent Mr Ewing said:“The Corriegarth Wind Farm will create a number of jobs, as well as generating power for many thousands of homes and provide considerable benefits to the local community.”

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon‘s private rental company be:here has taken its pipeline of work further to build 650 homes in Barking that will help economic growth and create new jobs.

be:here has agreed to acquire 3.88 acres of the approximately 9 acre Abbey Retail Park site from Estates & Agency Group to develop and manage the purpose built private rented homes, subject to obtaining the relevant planning consent.

The site is located in the heart of Barking on Abbey Road, situated a short walk to Barking’s mainline and London Underground station.

The regeneration of the entire site will create a vibrant new community in Barking and become a key part of the area’s transformation as a place that attracts a new generation of people.

John Rosefield, Estates & Agency Group Chairman, said: “The agreement with be:here is the next stage of realising the vision for the site’s regeneration. Over the next few years there will be transformational change in this area of Barking, creating hundreds of new homes and jobs.”

This latest deal for be:here comes as the first of its 158 purpose-built homes in East India are about to become available for private renters at the Aberfeldy Village development, with over 500 registrations of interest already.

The online letting and management platform that be:here will use as its key interface with tenants, an industry first for the UK PRS market, will go live in the next month.

Each of these developments is tailored at the ever growing number of young professionals who want to live in convenient locations close to central London but are frustrated with the poor quality of service that renters are getting from much of the buy-to-let stock available.

Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Willmott Dixon’s development division, says: “Barking is a key milestone in be:here’s plans to create vibrant rental communities at scale across London and other major cities.

What’s unique for us is that we will be the long-term operator of the apartments first and foremost, so our presence over many years means we have a keen interest in the success and growth of the wider community in central Barking.”

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon‘s private rental company be:here has taken its pipeline of work further to build 650 homes in Barking that will help economic growth and create new jobs.

be:here has agreed to acquire 3.88 acres of the approximately 9 acre Abbey Retail Park site from Estates & Agency Group to develop and manage the purpose built private rented homes, subject to obtaining the relevant planning consent.

The site is located in the heart of Barking on Abbey Road, situated a short walk to Barking’s mainline and London Underground station.

The regeneration of the entire site will create a vibrant new community in Barking and become a key part of the area’s transformation as a place that attracts a new generation of people.

John Rosefield, Estates & Agency Group Chairman, said: “The agreement with be:here is the next stage of realising the vision for the site’s regeneration. Over the next few years there will be transformational change in this area of Barking, creating hundreds of new homes and jobs.”

This latest deal for be:here comes as the first of its 158 purpose-built homes in East India are about to become available for private renters at the Aberfeldy Village development, with over 500 registrations of interest already.

The online letting and management platform that be:here will use as its key interface with tenants, an industry first for the UK PRS market, will go live in the next month.

Each of these developments is tailored at the ever growing number of young professionals who want to live in convenient locations close to central London but are frustrated with the poor quality of service that renters are getting from much of the buy-to-let stock available.

Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Willmott Dixon’s development division, says: “Barking is a key milestone in be:here’s plans to create vibrant rental communities at scale across London and other major cities.

What’s unique for us is that we will be the long-term operator of the apartments first and foremost, so our presence over many years means we have a keen interest in the success and growth of the wider community in central Barking.”

Social housing improvements for Scotland

The Scottish Government

Social landlords in Scotland will be required to make sure their properties meet high quality energy efficiency and health and safety standards.

Introduced in 2004, the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) now becomes a requirement rather than a target, with social landlords expected to ensure tenants’ homes are energy efficient, free from serious disrepair, have good condition kitchens and bathrooms and meet health and safety guidelines.

Between 2007 and 2015 social landlords invested £3.3 billion in improving housing stock. It is projected that 94 per cent of properties will comply with the Standard by today, with just a small number reporting difficulties in meeting the new requirements.

The Scottish Housing Regulator is responsible for monitoring social landlords’ performance against the Standard through the Charter data collection and taking action where it thinks is necessary.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess welcomed the news on a visit to meet tenants living in Melville Housing Association properties in Dalkeith. She said: “Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to good quality housing is a vital part of the Scottish Government’s drive to secure economic growth, social justice and tackle inequality.

Over the last 10 years social landlords have invested heavily to improve the conditions of houses with social tenants now living in better quality homes with modern facilities, heating systems and safety features. These achievements show the benefits of a standards-led approach to improving the quality and energy efficiency of social housing.

Social landlords should be congratulated for this significant progress with homes across Scotland now meeting these conditions, and I am confident this new requirement will ensure even more people are able to live in warmer, safer and drier homes.”

Melville Housing currently owns and manages nearly 2,000 homes and in 2014 invested £1.06 million into meeting the SHQS.

David Bookbinder, Director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, said: “The very high rate of SHQS compliance is a huge credit to Scottish housing associations and councils, who’ve ensured that social housing stands above all other tenures in terms of standards of property and service.”

Social housing improvements for Scotland

The Scottish Government

Social landlords in Scotland will be required to make sure their properties meet high quality energy efficiency and health and safety standards.

Introduced in 2004, the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) now becomes a requirement rather than a target, with social landlords expected to ensure tenants’ homes are energy efficient, free from serious disrepair, have good condition kitchens and bathrooms and meet health and safety guidelines.

Between 2007 and 2015 social landlords invested £3.3 billion in improving housing stock. It is projected that 94 per cent of properties will comply with the Standard by today, with just a small number reporting difficulties in meeting the new requirements.

The Scottish Housing Regulator is responsible for monitoring social landlords’ performance against the Standard through the Charter data collection and taking action where it thinks is necessary.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess welcomed the news on a visit to meet tenants living in Melville Housing Association properties in Dalkeith. She said: “Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to good quality housing is a vital part of the Scottish Government’s drive to secure economic growth, social justice and tackle inequality.

Over the last 10 years social landlords have invested heavily to improve the conditions of houses with social tenants now living in better quality homes with modern facilities, heating systems and safety features. These achievements show the benefits of a standards-led approach to improving the quality and energy efficiency of social housing.

Social landlords should be congratulated for this significant progress with homes across Scotland now meeting these conditions, and I am confident this new requirement will ensure even more people are able to live in warmer, safer and drier homes.”

Melville Housing currently owns and manages nearly 2,000 homes and in 2014 invested £1.06 million into meeting the SHQS.

David Bookbinder, Director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, said: “The very high rate of SHQS compliance is a huge credit to Scottish housing associations and councils, who’ve ensured that social housing stands above all other tenures in terms of standards of property and service.”

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Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build three separate projects worth £27 million that will create 209 new homes in Atherstone, Leamington Spa and Swindon.

In a clear sign of the growing trend to develop bespoke homes for the retirement community, 161 of the 209 homes will be exclusively for people over 55, further enhancing Willmott Dixon‘s track record as one of the country’s largest builders of retirement and care accommodation.

The largest contract is an £11 million project for Warwick District Council for 81 homes in Leamington Spa that comprise of a 76 unit block and five bungalows for people over 55.

The company will also create a further 80 retirement homes for Housing & Care 21 in Atherstone in a contract worth £9 million, further extending Willmott Dixon’s long-term relationship with the UK’s largest non-profit care provider.

Another local authority building homes is Swindon Borough Council, which has appointed Willmott Dixon for a £7 million contract to build 48 affordable homes comprising of 12 apartments and 36 houses. Work on this will be complete in March 2017.

Simon Leadbeater, managing director of Willmott Dixon’s residential construction business in the Midlands, which will deliver the three projects, said: “This is a good sign that local authorities and care providers are continuing to invest significantly in quality new homes that their local communities need.

Our role alongside the construction expertise we provide is to ensure we involve the local community as much as possible so that they benefit economically from construction work, something we believe in very strongly.”

The housing projects for Warwick District Council and Swindon Borough Council were secured through Scape Group’s Major Works framework.

To work on these and other residential projects, visit here.

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build three separate projects worth £27 million that will create 209 new homes in Atherstone, Leamington Spa and Swindon.

In a clear sign of the growing trend to develop bespoke homes for the retirement community, 161 of the 209 homes will be exclusively for people over 55, further enhancing Willmott Dixon‘s track record as one of the country’s largest builders of retirement and care accommodation.

The largest contract is an £11 million project for Warwick District Council for 81 homes in Leamington Spa that comprise of a 76 unit block and five bungalows for people over 55.

The company will also create a further 80 retirement homes for Housing & Care 21 in Atherstone in a contract worth £9 million, further extending Willmott Dixon’s long-term relationship with the UK’s largest non-profit care provider.

Another local authority building homes is Swindon Borough Council, which has appointed Willmott Dixon for a £7 million contract to build 48 affordable homes comprising of 12 apartments and 36 houses. Work on this will be complete in March 2017.

Simon Leadbeater, managing director of Willmott Dixon’s residential construction business in the Midlands, which will deliver the three projects, said: “This is a good sign that local authorities and care providers are continuing to invest significantly in quality new homes that their local communities need.

Our role alongside the construction expertise we provide is to ensure we involve the local community as much as possible so that they benefit economically from construction work, something we believe in very strongly.”

The housing projects for Warwick District Council and Swindon Borough Council were secured through Scape Group’s Major Works framework.

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Work to start on £2bn New Covent Garden scheme

Work to get underway on £2bn New Covent Garden scheme

Plans for a £2bn New Covent Garden Market site in central London, that will see the delivery of new homes and jobs, have now gone unconditional.

Joint venture development partners Vinci and St Modwen will now start the main construction enabling works this summer.

Work will involve transformation of the 57-acre site situated next to Vauxhall Cross in the Nine Elms regeneration zone.

The 10 year project will see the delivery of over 500,000 sq ft of new state-of-the-art market facilities across a 37 acre site which will house the 200 market businesses currently employing around 2,500 people.

The remaining 20 acres of land will contain three high quality residential neighbourhoods of 3,000 new homes, 135,000 sq ft of office space and 100,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and new community facilities, including shops, cafés and restaurants.

Bill Oliver, Chief Executive, St. Modwen and director of VSM, said: “This latest milestone enables the start on site of this major transformational project which is central to the Nine Elms Regeneration area.

It will deliver a substantial positive economic impact in terms of employment, housing, and investment for London.”

Bruno Dupety, Chairman and Chief Executive of VINCI PLC and director of VSM, said: “We are looking forward to starting on site to get this exciting project underway.

It will transform this area of central London for those who live and work there, in particular the market facilities.”

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

Council tenants unable to take up their Right to Buy will have the support they need to become homeowners under plans announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.

The Housing Minister announced that 42 councils will each receive a share of nearly £20 million to help tenants with the Right to Buy to buy their own home on the open market.

The Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund will particularly help those looking to move for work, to be nearer to family, or those whose properties are difficult to mortgage.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Right to Buy offers a helping hand to thousands of council tenants across the country to become homeowners – but some remain trapped in their own homes, unable to take up this opportunity.

The Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund changes, and offers people the chance to get on the property ladder and buy a home that best suits their needs.”

Helping people onto the property ladder

Housebuilding, and supporting aspiring homeowners, are key parts of the government’s long-term economic plan.

The government reinvigorated the Right to Buy in 2012, increasing discounts so they currently stand at £77,000 outside of London and £102,700 in the capital.

Since then, more than 33,000 households have taken up their Right to Buy, with nearly £730 million in sales receipts being reinvested in affordable housebuilding.

Overall, council housing starts are at a 23-year high.

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

Council tenants unable to take up their Right to Buy will have the support they need to become homeowners under plans announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.

The Housing Minister announced that 42 councils will each receive a share of nearly £20 million to help tenants with the Right to Buy to buy their own home on the open market.

The Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund will particularly help those looking to move for work, to be nearer to family, or those whose properties are difficult to mortgage.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Right to Buy offers a helping hand to thousands of council tenants across the country to become homeowners – but some remain trapped in their own homes, unable to take up this opportunity.

The Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund changes, and offers people the chance to get on the property ladder and buy a home that best suits their needs.”

Helping people onto the property ladder

Housebuilding, and supporting aspiring homeowners, are key parts of the government’s long-term economic plan.

The government reinvigorated the Right to Buy in 2012, increasing discounts so they currently stand at £77,000 outside of London and £102,700 in the capital.

Since then, more than 33,000 households have taken up their Right to Buy, with nearly £730 million in sales receipts being reinvested in affordable housebuilding.

Overall, council housing starts are at a 23-year high.

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