New freedoms for Wales to build new homes

The Welsh Government

Eleven local authorities in Wales which have retained their social housing stock, will exit the UK Government’s Housing Revenue Account Subsidy (HRAS) system and become self-financing.

Councils will be given more powers over their housing stock which will enable them to keep all the rental income they receive from tenants and build new homes.

Councils will have control over their housing assets which are forecast to generate around £18 billion of rental income over the next 30 years.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Many hours of complex negotiations and a great deal of hard work has gone into securing this agreement, which will have a very positive impact on Wales’ council housing stock.

Each council will be better off every year and will enjoy new freedoms which will provide them with the incentive, flexibility and control to invest further in their housing stock.

The increase in councils’ housing revenue as a result of this deal will allow them to improve their existing properties and build new council houses.

Today’s historic deal will, therefore, also have a direct impact on tenants who will benefit from living in more comfortable, higher quality homes.”

New freedoms for Wales to build new homes

The Welsh Government

Eleven local authorities in Wales which have retained their social housing stock, will exit the UK Government’s Housing Revenue Account Subsidy (HRAS) system and become self-financing.

Councils will be given more powers over their housing stock which will enable them to keep all the rental income they receive from tenants and build new homes.

Councils will have control over their housing assets which are forecast to generate around £18 billion of rental income over the next 30 years.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Many hours of complex negotiations and a great deal of hard work has gone into securing this agreement, which will have a very positive impact on Wales’ council housing stock.

Each council will be better off every year and will enjoy new freedoms which will provide them with the incentive, flexibility and control to invest further in their housing stock.

The increase in councils’ housing revenue as a result of this deal will allow them to improve their existing properties and build new council houses.

Today’s historic deal will, therefore, also have a direct impact on tenants who will benefit from living in more comfortable, higher quality homes.”

Galliford Try gets £69m Wandsworth development

GallifordTry

Galliford Try has reached agreement with Frasers Property on the next phases of the Riverside Quarter residential development in Wandsworth that will see the building of new homes.

Frasers has appointed Galliford Try to construct the next three phases of the project, worth £69 million in total to the business.

Phases 5C and 5D consist of two new blocks, which will include 99 apartments for sale and an additional 50 affordable homes.

Phase 6A will create a new 13 storey block providing 51 new apartments for sale and 36 affordable homes together with additional commercial units and extensive landscaping, in a much sought after residential area in South West London.

Galliford Try Executive Chairman Greg Fitzgerald said: “Long-term relationships with valued clients are a key part of our construction strategy and we are delighted to have been able to reach agreement with Frasers to continue our partnership on such a prestigious residential development in a prime London location.”

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Work on a major new development at the heart of London’s Docklands is set to get underway thanks to £200 million government funding to Canary Wharf Group, Eric Pickles announced.

The new phase of Canary Wharf development will deliver 3,500 homes as well as offices, shops leisure facilities and create new jobs in the building trades.

The scheme has been planned for more than a decade – but this government funding boost will enable work to finally get started.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “London’s Docklands have been completely transformed in the last 20 years into an exciting place to live and work.

Today’s £200 million deal will ensure this continues long into the future with the development of Wood Wharf, delivering thousands of homes as well as job opportunities.”

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:“This funding will help to accelerate the regeneration of a ‎currently derelict brownfield site into a brand new community.”

Under the terms of today’s deal, the Canary Wharf Group will receive a £200 million loan from the government to provide the infrastructure needed to unlock the site to the east of the existing Canary Wharf estate, including the relocation and upgrading of utilities for the site.

The funding will also make it an attractive place to live and work by funding a network of parks and public squares, as well as improved road and pedestrian access.

It will mean work can then get started on delivering 3,500 homes, including 607 affordable homes, as well as 2.8 million square feet of offices, shops and community facilities.

These proposals have already got planning permission, so work will be able to start within months.

Andy Rose, chief executive at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The £200 million contribution to this project will accelerate the infrastructure needed to boost this vital centre for business activity by unlocking land to establish Canary Wharf as a residential location, building the homes that London needs to supply viable housing developments.”

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Work on a major new development at the heart of London’s Docklands is set to get underway thanks to £200 million government funding to Canary Wharf Group, Eric Pickles announced.

The new phase of Canary Wharf development will deliver 3,500 homes as well as offices, shops leisure facilities and create new jobs in the building trades.

The scheme has been planned for more than a decade – but this government funding boost will enable work to finally get started.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “London’s Docklands have been completely transformed in the last 20 years into an exciting place to live and work.

Today’s £200 million deal will ensure this continues long into the future with the development of Wood Wharf, delivering thousands of homes as well as job opportunities.”

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:“This funding will help to accelerate the regeneration of a ‎currently derelict brownfield site into a brand new community.”

Under the terms of today’s deal, the Canary Wharf Group will receive a £200 million loan from the government to provide the infrastructure needed to unlock the site to the east of the existing Canary Wharf estate, including the relocation and upgrading of utilities for the site.

The funding will also make it an attractive place to live and work by funding a network of parks and public squares, as well as improved road and pedestrian access.

It will mean work can then get started on delivering 3,500 homes, including 607 affordable homes, as well as 2.8 million square feet of offices, shops and community facilities.

These proposals have already got planning permission, so work will be able to start within months.

Andy Rose, chief executive at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The £200 million contribution to this project will accelerate the infrastructure needed to boost this vital centre for business activity by unlocking land to establish Canary Wharf as a residential location, building the homes that London needs to supply viable housing developments.”

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Work on a major new development at the heart of London’s Docklands is set to get underway thanks to £200 million government funding to Canary Wharf Group, Eric Pickles announced.

The new phase of Canary Wharf development will deliver 3,500 homes as well as offices, shops leisure facilities and create new jobs in the building trades.

The scheme has been planned for more than a decade – but this government funding boost will enable work to finally get started.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “London’s Docklands have been completely transformed in the last 20 years into an exciting place to live and work.

Today’s £200 million deal will ensure this continues long into the future with the development of Wood Wharf, delivering thousands of homes as well as job opportunities.”

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:“This funding will help to accelerate the regeneration of a ‎currently derelict brownfield site into a brand new community.”

Under the terms of today’s deal, the Canary Wharf Group will receive a £200 million loan from the government to provide the infrastructure needed to unlock the site to the east of the existing Canary Wharf estate, including the relocation and upgrading of utilities for the site.

The funding will also make it an attractive place to live and work by funding a network of parks and public squares, as well as improved road and pedestrian access.

It will mean work can then get started on delivering 3,500 homes, including 607 affordable homes, as well as 2.8 million square feet of offices, shops and community facilities.

These proposals have already got planning permission, so work will be able to start within months.

Andy Rose, chief executive at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The £200 million contribution to this project will accelerate the infrastructure needed to boost this vital centre for business activity by unlocking land to establish Canary Wharf as a residential location, building the homes that London needs to supply viable housing developments.”

New measures set to boost housebuilding

Housebuilding

New measures will deliver new homes across the country, help aspiring homeowners onto the property ladder and offer greater support to those renting privately.

Housebuilding is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan, expected to create thousands of new jobs and boost the construction trades.

A new Urban Development Corporation will help deliver the first Garden City for 100 years at Ebbsfleet, with up to 15,000 new homes.

Overlapping and unnecessary building standards, that increase the cost of construction for house builders, are scrapped making it easier and less expensive to build.

There will be new support from councils for aspiring self- and custom builders in their area to find suitable plots of land to get their projects off the drawing board.

There will also be help for aspiring homeowners and tenants in the private rented sector, with more people qualifying for the Right to Buy, measures to prevent so-called retaliatory evictions and requirements on letting agents to publish full details of the fees they charge to tenants.

And homeowners in London looking to rent out their homes on a short-term basis will now be able to do so without seeking planning permission from their council – putting the Capital’s rules in line with those already in place for the rest of the country.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’re working across all parts of the housing industry to get the country building again and it’s working, with housebuilding levels at their highest since 2007 and planning permission granted on 253,000 homes in the last year alone.”

Carillion wins UK construction contracts worth £124m

Carillion logo

Carillion has been awarded a £91 million contract by Helical Bar to deliver Phase 1 of its Bart’s Square development in the City of London.

The first phase of this development includes residential, offices and mixed use facilities on a 2.3 acre site that includes the area formerly occupied by Barts Hospital.

Phase 1 demolition is underway and construction will commence in the Summer of 2015 with completion scheduled for the Summer of 2017.

Carillion has also won a £33 million contract for residential developer St George Central London to build 177 new apartments at the award winning Beaufort Park development in North London.

This will be Phase 10 of the Beaufort Park project, which is being built for the Notting Hill Housing Association to provide affordable homes. Work on the site has started and completion is scheduled for Autumn 2016.

Commenting, Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “Winning these prestigious contracts builds on the strong, high-quality order book we have in our UK construction services business.

We are delighted to be working with Helical Bar and St George on these projects and share their vision of not simply constructing buildings, but helping to create communities in which people enjoy living.

We also remain committed to working with local suppliers and to creating jobs through these projects, by recruiting local people wherever possible and we will also be offering opportunities for young people who are training as apprentices with Carillion.”

Carillion wins UK construction contracts worth £124m

Carillion logo

Carillion has been awarded a £91 million contract by Helical Bar to deliver Phase 1 of its Bart’s Square development in the City of London.

The first phase of this development includes residential, offices and mixed use facilities on a 2.3 acre site that includes the area formerly occupied by Barts Hospital.

Phase 1 demolition is underway and construction will commence in the Summer of 2015 with completion scheduled for the Summer of 2017.

Carillion has also won a £33 million contract for residential developer St George Central London to build 177 new apartments at the award winning Beaufort Park development in North London.

This will be Phase 10 of the Beaufort Park project, which is being built for the Notting Hill Housing Association to provide affordable homes. Work on the site has started and completion is scheduled for Autumn 2016.

Commenting, Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “Winning these prestigious contracts builds on the strong, high-quality order book we have in our UK construction services business.

We are delighted to be working with Helical Bar and St George on these projects and share their vision of not simply constructing buildings, but helping to create communities in which people enjoy living.

We also remain committed to working with local suppliers and to creating jobs through these projects, by recruiting local people wherever possible and we will also be offering opportunities for young people who are training as apprentices with Carillion.”

Government cash boost for East Devon

Government funding boost for East Devon

A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is to receive a cash boost from the government’s multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund that will help create new jobs.

The government is committed to helping seaside towns create vibrant economies as part of the long-term economic plan to boost jobs, infrastructure and businesses around the country.

Seaton Jurassic in East Devon will receive £200,000 to carry out excavation work for a new visitor centre which will welcome more than 66,000 visitors, create £4 million of local economic growth, and create 103 jobs.

And the Youth Hostel Association will receive £150,000 for the renovation of 2 new hostels, one in Brighton and the other in Yorkshire, which will boost tourism.

The projects will provide new and improved holiday accommodation, create a new café in Brighton and bring about 76 jobs.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.”

The £116 million Coastal Communities Fund is supporting 212 projects across the UK which are creating almost 12,400 jobs and providing more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.

The fund was launched in 2012 to help seaside towns reduce unemployment, create new opportunities for young people and help each area achieve its full economic potential.

Government cash boost for East Devon

Government funding boost for East Devon

A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is to receive a cash boost from the government’s multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund that will help create new jobs.

The government is committed to helping seaside towns create vibrant economies as part of the long-term economic plan to boost jobs, infrastructure and businesses around the country.

Seaton Jurassic in East Devon will receive £200,000 to carry out excavation work for a new visitor centre which will welcome more than 66,000 visitors, create £4 million of local economic growth, and create 103 jobs.

And the Youth Hostel Association will receive £150,000 for the renovation of 2 new hostels, one in Brighton and the other in Yorkshire, which will boost tourism.

The projects will provide new and improved holiday accommodation, create a new café in Brighton and bring about 76 jobs.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.”

The £116 million Coastal Communities Fund is supporting 212 projects across the UK which are creating almost 12,400 jobs and providing more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.

The fund was launched in 2012 to help seaside towns reduce unemployment, create new opportunities for young people and help each area achieve its full economic potential.

Government cash boost for East Devon

Government funding boost for East Devon

A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is to receive a cash boost from the government’s multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund that will help create new jobs.

The government is committed to helping seaside towns create vibrant economies as part of the long-term economic plan to boost jobs, infrastructure and businesses around the country.

Seaton Jurassic in East Devon will receive £200,000 to carry out excavation work for a new visitor centre which will welcome more than 66,000 visitors, create £4 million of local economic growth, and create 103 jobs.

And the Youth Hostel Association will receive £150,000 for the renovation of 2 new hostels, one in Brighton and the other in Yorkshire, which will boost tourism.

The projects will provide new and improved holiday accommodation, create a new café in Brighton and bring about 76 jobs.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.”

The £116 million Coastal Communities Fund is supporting 212 projects across the UK which are creating almost 12,400 jobs and providing more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.

The fund was launched in 2012 to help seaside towns reduce unemployment, create new opportunities for young people and help each area achieve its full economic potential.

Government cash boost for East Devon

Government funding boost for East Devon

A new Jurassic visitor centre in East Devon is to receive a cash boost from the government’s multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund that will help create new jobs.

The government is committed to helping seaside towns create vibrant economies as part of the long-term economic plan to boost jobs, infrastructure and businesses around the country.

Seaton Jurassic in East Devon will receive £200,000 to carry out excavation work for a new visitor centre which will welcome more than 66,000 visitors, create £4 million of local economic growth, and create 103 jobs.

And the Youth Hostel Association will receive £150,000 for the renovation of 2 new hostels, one in Brighton and the other in Yorkshire, which will boost tourism.

The projects will provide new and improved holiday accommodation, create a new café in Brighton and bring about 76 jobs.

Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.”

The £116 million Coastal Communities Fund is supporting 212 projects across the UK which are creating almost 12,400 jobs and providing more than 6,000 training places and apprenticeships.

The fund was launched in 2012 to help seaside towns reduce unemployment, create new opportunities for young people and help each area achieve its full economic potential.

Willmott Dixon gets £20m Trafford transformation

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m Trafford scheme

Trafford Housing Trust has appointed Willmott Dixon for a £20 million contract to transform Shrewsbury Street in Old Trafford that will pave the way for new jobs and boost economic growth.

In one of the region’s biggest schemes, Willmott Dixon will deliver a mixed-use development that includes community centre, bistro café, pharmacy, health care facilities and 80 extra-care apartments.

The extra-care apartments are an important addition to provide people over 55 with high quality accommodation with an emphasis on independent living.

In addition, St Bride’s Church is being demolished and rebuilt as part of the redevelopment which will also see a public library, a multi-function activity hall, a day nursery and sports changing rooms.

The Shrewsbury Street project is an integral part of the wider Old Trafford Master Plan being led and delivered by Trafford Housing Trust in partnership with Trafford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The development will complete in summer 2017 and be a catalyst for wider social cohesion and economic growth in Old Trafford.

Matthew Gardiner, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Trafford Housing Trust is ten years old this year and the transformation of Shrewsbury Street is a great example of the investment, vision and commitment we continue to bring to the borough.

The scheme will bring a real sense of identity and place to Shrewsbury Street and adjacent neighbourhoods, and the new facilities and amenities will form the centrepiece of the Trust’s long-term masterplan for the wider Old Trafford area.”

Executive Member for Economic Growth and Planning, Councillor Michael Hyman, said: “The Council is delighted that it has been able to play its part in getting this project off the ground with the provision of the land on which to build the development, which itself is a great example of partners working together.

We and the Trust are bringing facilities to promote health and wellbeing, as well as improved accommodation, and potentially employment and training opportunities.”

Willmott Dixon gets £20m Trafford transformation

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m Trafford scheme

Trafford Housing Trust has appointed Willmott Dixon for a £20 million contract to transform Shrewsbury Street in Old Trafford that will pave the way for new jobs and boost economic growth.

In one of the region’s biggest schemes, Willmott Dixon will deliver a mixed-use development that includes community centre, bistro café, pharmacy, health care facilities and 80 extra-care apartments.

The extra-care apartments are an important addition to provide people over 55 with high quality accommodation with an emphasis on independent living.

In addition, St Bride’s Church is being demolished and rebuilt as part of the redevelopment which will also see a public library, a multi-function activity hall, a day nursery and sports changing rooms.

The Shrewsbury Street project is an integral part of the wider Old Trafford Master Plan being led and delivered by Trafford Housing Trust in partnership with Trafford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The development will complete in summer 2017 and be a catalyst for wider social cohesion and economic growth in Old Trafford.

Matthew Gardiner, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Trafford Housing Trust is ten years old this year and the transformation of Shrewsbury Street is a great example of the investment, vision and commitment we continue to bring to the borough.

The scheme will bring a real sense of identity and place to Shrewsbury Street and adjacent neighbourhoods, and the new facilities and amenities will form the centrepiece of the Trust’s long-term masterplan for the wider Old Trafford area.”

Executive Member for Economic Growth and Planning, Councillor Michael Hyman, said: “The Council is delighted that it has been able to play its part in getting this project off the ground with the provision of the land on which to build the development, which itself is a great example of partners working together.

We and the Trust are bringing facilities to promote health and wellbeing, as well as improved accommodation, and potentially employment and training opportunities.”

Skanska to carry out upgrade of UK’s busiest railway

Skanska to carry out upgrade of UK's busiest railway

Skanska has been appointed, as part of a team of contractors, to deliver the largest investment for decades on the UK’s busiest railway, including London’s Waterloo station.

The railway from London Waterloo is the UK’s busiest, carrying more than half a million passengers every day and more than 222 million every year, an increase of more than 100% in just 20 years.

London Waterloo is the UK’s busiest station, with 98 million passengers in 2013/14 and a train arriving or departing virtually every minute during peak times.

In order to boost capacity and prepare for future growth, the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance will invest hundreds of millions of pounds over the next four years. Plans include the reopening of the former international terminal at Waterloo for use by regular commuter services.

Christian Roth, Fleet Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: “This is an important step forward in our commitment to boost peak time capacity by 30 per cent by 2018.

A huge amount of work has already been carried out to improve services and increase capacity but we know we need do to much more. The unique alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail allows a project of this size to be delivered efficiently and it will have a real impact on passengers’ journeys.”

James Richardson, speaking on behalf of the consortium of contractors, said: “An investment of this size is excellent news for rail passengers in the region and, of course, an exciting opportunity for our team.

Working through a unique collaboration model, we will be able to combine and integrate the skills and expertise of a strong supply chain to deliver this challenging programme.”

The consortium will now work with the Alliance to scope out detailed plans, which will then be submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation and Department for Transport.

Skanska to carry out upgrade of UK’s busiest railway

Skanska to carry out upgrade of UK's busiest railway

Skanska has been appointed, as part of a team of contractors, to deliver the largest investment for decades on the UK’s busiest railway, including London’s Waterloo station.

The railway from London Waterloo is the UK’s busiest, carrying more than half a million passengers every day and more than 222 million every year, an increase of more than 100% in just 20 years.

London Waterloo is the UK’s busiest station, with 98 million passengers in 2013/14 and a train arriving or departing virtually every minute during peak times.

In order to boost capacity and prepare for future growth, the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance will invest hundreds of millions of pounds over the next four years. Plans include the reopening of the former international terminal at Waterloo for use by regular commuter services.

Christian Roth, Fleet Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: “This is an important step forward in our commitment to boost peak time capacity by 30 per cent by 2018.

A huge amount of work has already been carried out to improve services and increase capacity but we know we need do to much more. The unique alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail allows a project of this size to be delivered efficiently and it will have a real impact on passengers’ journeys.”

James Richardson, speaking on behalf of the consortium of contractors, said: “An investment of this size is excellent news for rail passengers in the region and, of course, an exciting opportunity for our team.

Working through a unique collaboration model, we will be able to combine and integrate the skills and expertise of a strong supply chain to deliver this challenging programme.”

The consortium will now work with the Alliance to scope out detailed plans, which will then be submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation and Department for Transport.

New regeneration projects for Wales

£2m for regeneration projects across Wales

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister for Wales, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £1,997,000 for six regeneration projects across Wales that will create jobs and boost economic growth.

The Vibrant and Viable places funding will be used to help tackle poverty, increase housing supply and improve community facilities.

The £2 million will be shared between Newport, Neath Port Talbot, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham councils to fund key regeneration projects.

These include £485,000 that will bring empty properties back into use on Commercial Street in Newport. A £500,000 investment will help for the purchase a piece of land in the heart of Pontypridd Town Centre to be developed into shops and new homes

Another £500,000 will be invested towards the major redevelopment of Burrows Yard, a 4 acre piece of land just outside Port Talbot town centre

Lesley Griffiths said: “This substantial additional funding is further evidence of how the Welsh Government is committed to regenerating Welsh towns and cities and providing opportunities for the people of Wales.

“These projects will make a real difference to their communities. Many of the projects focus on the regeneration of town centres, which is about a lot more than filling empty shops.

It is about creating diverse and vibrant town centres which are an attractive place to live, creating jobs and helping to build a strong local economy.”

New regeneration projects for Wales

£2m for regeneration projects across Wales

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister for Wales, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £1,997,000 for six regeneration projects across Wales that will create jobs and boost economic growth.

The Vibrant and Viable places funding will be used to help tackle poverty, increase housing supply and improve community facilities.

The £2 million will be shared between Newport, Neath Port Talbot, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham councils to fund key regeneration projects.

These include £485,000 that will bring empty properties back into use on Commercial Street in Newport. A £500,000 investment will help for the purchase a piece of land in the heart of Pontypridd Town Centre to be developed into shops and new homes

Another £500,000 will be invested towards the major redevelopment of Burrows Yard, a 4 acre piece of land just outside Port Talbot town centre

Lesley Griffiths said: “This substantial additional funding is further evidence of how the Welsh Government is committed to regenerating Welsh towns and cities and providing opportunities for the people of Wales.

“These projects will make a real difference to their communities. Many of the projects focus on the regeneration of town centres, which is about a lot more than filling empty shops.

It is about creating diverse and vibrant town centres which are an attractive place to live, creating jobs and helping to build a strong local economy.”

Morgan Sindall set to build first phase of £5.5m job

Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Melton Borough Council to build the first phase of a £5.5 million livestock market in Melton Mowbray.

Phase one of the project will involve the replacement and relocation of cow sheds which will safeguard the livestock market on the current site for the next 20 years.

Christine Marshall Strategic Director and Cattle market project sponsor said: “We are delighted that central government has approved the funding for Melton Livestock Market and shown its support for the local rural economy.

The project is expected to bring additional benefits at the market by providing an enhanced division between livestock and visitors, resulting in better safety and improved flows across and into the site; and enhanced traffic flows in and around the site.”

The existing facilities, especially those for auctioning cattle, are in a poor condition and no longer fit for purpose.

Replacement pens are required to ensure that the Melton Livestock Market remains safe, competitive and continues to comply with increasingly stringent DEFRA requirements.

Morgan Sindall’s area director, Richard Fielding, said: “The cattle market in Melton Mowbray will make a significant difference to the local economy and we are pleased to support this project.

The market will provide a safer and more welcoming environment for the local farming community with modern livestock facilities.”

The company was awarded this project through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) framework and is due to start work on the livestock market in April 2016.

Two new London Housing Zones to create thousands of jobs

London Mayor Boris Johnson

Two major Housing Zones launched in Waltham Forest and Wembley will see the building of thousands of homes that will create 12,000 new jobs and boost the construction trades.

The Waltham Forest Housing Zone will enable the housing led regeneration of the Blackhorse Lane and Northern Olympic areas, creating two new villages connected by the Lea Valley regional Park. The Zone will receive £41,985,000 towards 2,477 new homes, with 596 affordable properties.

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Waltham Forest Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is great news for Waltham Forest residents looking to continue to live in the borough.

It will allow us to accelerate the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and create 1,000 new jobs. With over £200million of investment secured from developers we now have the opportunity to enhance the diverse character of this unique location.”

In Wembley there will be five phases of development along the east of Wembley High Road and towards the Stadium. The Zone will receive £8,000,000 and create at least 2,380 homes, 894 affordable properties.

The two new Zones take the total number of current Zones in the capital to eleven, with the Mayor announcing the first nine last month. The Zones are part of the Mayor’s commitment to double house building as London’s population continues to boom.

The current Zones will collectively create 32,810 homes, thousands of construction jobs, major station upgrades; new schools; new bridges, and over 38,000 homes, (more than a third will be affordable) and 66,000 construction jobs.

Two new London Housing Zones to create thousands of jobs

London Mayor Boris Johnson

Two major Housing Zones launched in Waltham Forest and Wembley will see the building of thousands of homes that will create 12,000 new jobs and boost the construction trades.

The Waltham Forest Housing Zone will enable the housing led regeneration of the Blackhorse Lane and Northern Olympic areas, creating two new villages connected by the Lea Valley regional Park. The Zone will receive £41,985,000 towards 2,477 new homes, with 596 affordable properties.

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Waltham Forest Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is great news for Waltham Forest residents looking to continue to live in the borough.

It will allow us to accelerate the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and create 1,000 new jobs. With over £200million of investment secured from developers we now have the opportunity to enhance the diverse character of this unique location.”

In Wembley there will be five phases of development along the east of Wembley High Road and towards the Stadium. The Zone will receive £8,000,000 and create at least 2,380 homes, 894 affordable properties.

The two new Zones take the total number of current Zones in the capital to eleven, with the Mayor announcing the first nine last month. The Zones are part of the Mayor’s commitment to double house building as London’s population continues to boom.

The current Zones will collectively create 32,810 homes, thousands of construction jobs, major station upgrades; new schools; new bridges, and over 38,000 homes, (more than a third will be affordable) and 66,000 construction jobs.

Two new London Housing Zones to create thousands of jobs

London Mayor Boris Johnson

Two major Housing Zones launched in Waltham Forest and Wembley will see the building of thousands of homes that will create 12,000 new jobs and boost the construction trades.

The Waltham Forest Housing Zone will enable the housing led regeneration of the Blackhorse Lane and Northern Olympic areas, creating two new villages connected by the Lea Valley regional Park. The Zone will receive £41,985,000 towards 2,477 new homes, with 596 affordable properties.

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Waltham Forest Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is great news for Waltham Forest residents looking to continue to live in the borough.

It will allow us to accelerate the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and create 1,000 new jobs. With over £200million of investment secured from developers we now have the opportunity to enhance the diverse character of this unique location.”

In Wembley there will be five phases of development along the east of Wembley High Road and towards the Stadium. The Zone will receive £8,000,000 and create at least 2,380 homes, 894 affordable properties.

The two new Zones take the total number of current Zones in the capital to eleven, with the Mayor announcing the first nine last month. The Zones are part of the Mayor’s commitment to double house building as London’s population continues to boom.

The current Zones will collectively create 32,810 homes, thousands of construction jobs, major station upgrades; new schools; new bridges, and over 38,000 homes, (more than a third will be affordable) and 66,000 construction jobs.

Building work gets underway on Sheffield leisure project

Building work gets underway on Sheffield leisure project

Bam Construction is set to transform Graves leisure centre in Sheffield under a £16 million building contract with Sheffield City Council.

In what is the biggest investment in leisure facilities in the city in the last 20 years, two new state-of-the-art leisure venues are now under construction both at Graves and also at Thorncliffe in High Green.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “After construction began on the North Active leisure centre in High Green last week, I am very pleased to see that work is now beginning on this even bigger project in the south of the city.

Both of these exciting developments will not just be traditional sports centres, but will bring swimming pools, gyms, sports facilities and health services together.

It is especially pleasing that, in this time of austerity, our partnership working with organisations such as Sport England, the NCSEM, the Lawn Tennis Association and British Gymnastics is enabling Sheffield City Council to drive these important developments forward and invest in the health of our future generations.”

BAM senior design manager Noel Banfield said: “We are very much looking forward to beginning on this important project, which will contribute to health and wellbeing in Sheffield and beyond.

Building and testing swimming pools in particular is very technical and complex, so we are delighted to be bringing across much of the management and wider team from the Huddersfield scheme. This will bring huge efficiency benefits to the project to extend these facilities.”

Building work gets underway on Sheffield leisure project

Building work gets underway on Sheffield leisure project

Bam Construction is set to transform Graves leisure centre in Sheffield under a £16 million building contract with Sheffield City Council.

In what is the biggest investment in leisure facilities in the city in the last 20 years, two new state-of-the-art leisure venues are now under construction both at Graves and also at Thorncliffe in High Green.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “After construction began on the North Active leisure centre in High Green last week, I am very pleased to see that work is now beginning on this even bigger project in the south of the city.

Both of these exciting developments will not just be traditional sports centres, but will bring swimming pools, gyms, sports facilities and health services together.

It is especially pleasing that, in this time of austerity, our partnership working with organisations such as Sport England, the NCSEM, the Lawn Tennis Association and British Gymnastics is enabling Sheffield City Council to drive these important developments forward and invest in the health of our future generations.”

BAM senior design manager Noel Banfield said: “We are very much looking forward to beginning on this important project, which will contribute to health and wellbeing in Sheffield and beyond.

Building and testing swimming pools in particular is very technical and complex, so we are delighted to be bringing across much of the management and wider team from the Huddersfield scheme. This will bring huge efficiency benefits to the project to extend these facilities.”

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million regeneration contract hat will boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s.

The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation.

This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.”

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million regeneration contract hat will boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s.

The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation.

This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.”

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million regeneration contract hat will boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s.

The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation.

This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.”

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million regeneration contract hat will boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s.

The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation.

This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.”

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon increases Liverpool workload

Willmott Dixon is expanding its presence in Liverpool with a £8 million regeneration contract hat will boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The company has been appointed by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) to overhaul the 15 storey Marwood Tower and transform it into 81 modern apartments for over 55s.

The local landmark is situated between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road and its revamp is part of the wider Project Jennifer development along Great Homer Street.

The Marwood Tower scheme, designed by John McCall Architects, forms part of the new Liverpool Housing Partnership forged between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Redrow Homes and Willmott Dixon to deliver 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use across the city.

A new arc around the base of the tower will be built that includes a courtyard garden and a community consultation exercise is taking place to decide the designs and features. The old and new buildings will be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard.

Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Liverpool City Council, said: “This is an exciting scheme which will completely transform the tower block and create much-needed good quality accommodation.

This is another example of where we are working with partners and being creative in finding new ways of re-using existing buildings and sites to meet our commitment to build 5,000 new homes and bring another 1,000 back into use.”

Boost for business as government backs new enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Businesses across the country have been given a major boost after the government outlined plans to launch 2 new enterprise zones that will create thousands of jobs.

Under measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, both Blackpool and Plymouth are in line to become the latest places to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that enterprise zones bring to their local economies and communities.

The government is also looking to extend the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Kent, while extensions have been rubber-stamped for Motor Industry Research Association Technology Park in the Midlands, Tees, Humber, Leeds, Mersey Waters, Manchester and Oxford.

The enterprise zones estimate that over their 25-year lifespan these measures could deliver at least an extra 3.3 million square metres of state-of-the-art workspace – the equivalent of more than 460 Wembley football pitches – and provide space for thousands of more jobs.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Enterprise zones are driving forward our economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of pounds in private investment.

Extending the programme as part of our long-term economic plan means we can build on that success, allowing hundreds more companies to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that these thriving business hubs offer.

It will mean thousands more jobs for hard-working people and a real boost to local business.”

Enterprise zones have already provided a major boost to the UK economy, creating more than 15,500 jobs, attracting over 480 companies and drawing down £2 billion in private investment.

Boost for business as government backs new enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Businesses across the country have been given a major boost after the government outlined plans to launch 2 new enterprise zones that will create thousands of jobs.

Under measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, both Blackpool and Plymouth are in line to become the latest places to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that enterprise zones bring to their local economies and communities.

The government is also looking to extend the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Kent, while extensions have been rubber-stamped for Motor Industry Research Association Technology Park in the Midlands, Tees, Humber, Leeds, Mersey Waters, Manchester and Oxford.

The enterprise zones estimate that over their 25-year lifespan these measures could deliver at least an extra 3.3 million square metres of state-of-the-art workspace – the equivalent of more than 460 Wembley football pitches – and provide space for thousands of more jobs.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Enterprise zones are driving forward our economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of pounds in private investment.

Extending the programme as part of our long-term economic plan means we can build on that success, allowing hundreds more companies to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that these thriving business hubs offer.

It will mean thousands more jobs for hard-working people and a real boost to local business.”

Enterprise zones have already provided a major boost to the UK economy, creating more than 15,500 jobs, attracting over 480 companies and drawing down £2 billion in private investment.

Boost for business as government backs new enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Businesses across the country have been given a major boost after the government outlined plans to launch 2 new enterprise zones that will create thousands of jobs.

Under measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, both Blackpool and Plymouth are in line to become the latest places to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that enterprise zones bring to their local economies and communities.

The government is also looking to extend the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Kent, while extensions have been rubber-stamped for Motor Industry Research Association Technology Park in the Midlands, Tees, Humber, Leeds, Mersey Waters, Manchester and Oxford.

The enterprise zones estimate that over their 25-year lifespan these measures could deliver at least an extra 3.3 million square metres of state-of-the-art workspace – the equivalent of more than 460 Wembley football pitches – and provide space for thousands of more jobs.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Enterprise zones are driving forward our economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of pounds in private investment.

Extending the programme as part of our long-term economic plan means we can build on that success, allowing hundreds more companies to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that these thriving business hubs offer.

It will mean thousands more jobs for hard-working people and a real boost to local business.”

Enterprise zones have already provided a major boost to the UK economy, creating more than 15,500 jobs, attracting over 480 companies and drawing down £2 billion in private investment.

Boost for business as government backs new enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Businesses across the country have been given a major boost after the government outlined plans to launch 2 new enterprise zones that will create thousands of jobs.

Under measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, both Blackpool and Plymouth are in line to become the latest places to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that enterprise zones bring to their local economies and communities.

The government is also looking to extend the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Kent, while extensions have been rubber-stamped for Motor Industry Research Association Technology Park in the Midlands, Tees, Humber, Leeds, Mersey Waters, Manchester and Oxford.

The enterprise zones estimate that over their 25-year lifespan these measures could deliver at least an extra 3.3 million square metres of state-of-the-art workspace – the equivalent of more than 460 Wembley football pitches – and provide space for thousands of more jobs.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Enterprise zones are driving forward our economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of pounds in private investment.

Extending the programme as part of our long-term economic plan means we can build on that success, allowing hundreds more companies to benefit from the top-class business incentives and world-class infrastructure that these thriving business hubs offer.

It will mean thousands more jobs for hard-working people and a real boost to local business.”

Enterprise zones have already provided a major boost to the UK economy, creating more than 15,500 jobs, attracting over 480 companies and drawing down £2 billion in private investment.

Building work completes on new multi-million care home

Wates Construction

Wates Construction has handed over the keys to Signature Senior Lifestyle‘s newest luxury senior living community on Pegs Lane in Hertford.

Work on Bentley House began in 2013 and has seen Wates create a five-storey, 5,000 sq m registered care home featuring 85 private studio apartments and one-bedroom suites.

Now open to residents, Bentley House also includes 18 specialist dementia suites, shared lounge areas and spa bathrooms on each floor. Additional facilities include a cinema room, hair salon and private dining areas.

Set in courtyard-style grounds, the new development also includes potting gardens, raised beds and a greenhouse for residents’ recreational use, all of which create a comfortable, friendly and home-like environment.

Throughout the project, Wates and Signature have fulfilled a joint pledge to ensure that the development work brings with it a benefit to the regional economy, including the appointment of £600k worth of supplier and sub-contractor packages to local SMEs.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented: “The Wates team has spent the past year breathing new life into a former office building to create a nurturing care home that offers comfort and luxury. Signature’s ambition is to provide senior living communities that enhance quality of life and we are very proud to have been the contractor entrusted to deliver on this vision at Bentley House.”

Wayne Pryce, Director of Development and Construction for Signature Senior Lifestyle, added: “Wates has helped Signature provide what we think is the best care home in the area. This has not been a straightforward project but with Wates’ support, the office conversion has exceeded our expectations. Our new home is filling quickly and our residents are now enjoying the best care in an amazing environment.”

Building work completes on new multi-million care home

Wates Construction

Wates Construction has handed over the keys to Signature Senior Lifestyle‘s newest luxury senior living community on Pegs Lane in Hertford.

Work on Bentley House began in 2013 and has seen Wates create a five-storey, 5,000 sq m registered care home featuring 85 private studio apartments and one-bedroom suites.

Now open to residents, Bentley House also includes 18 specialist dementia suites, shared lounge areas and spa bathrooms on each floor. Additional facilities include a cinema room, hair salon and private dining areas.

Set in courtyard-style grounds, the new development also includes potting gardens, raised beds and a greenhouse for residents’ recreational use, all of which create a comfortable, friendly and home-like environment.

Throughout the project, Wates and Signature have fulfilled a joint pledge to ensure that the development work brings with it a benefit to the regional economy, including the appointment of £600k worth of supplier and sub-contractor packages to local SMEs.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented: “The Wates team has spent the past year breathing new life into a former office building to create a nurturing care home that offers comfort and luxury. Signature’s ambition is to provide senior living communities that enhance quality of life and we are very proud to have been the contractor entrusted to deliver on this vision at Bentley House.”

Wayne Pryce, Director of Development and Construction for Signature Senior Lifestyle, added: “Wates has helped Signature provide what we think is the best care home in the area. This has not been a straightforward project but with Wates’ support, the office conversion has exceeded our expectations. Our new home is filling quickly and our residents are now enjoying the best care in an amazing environment.”

Building work completes on new multi-million care home

Wates Construction

Wates Construction has handed over the keys to Signature Senior Lifestyle‘s newest luxury senior living community on Pegs Lane in Hertford.

Work on Bentley House began in 2013 and has seen Wates create a five-storey, 5,000 sq m registered care home featuring 85 private studio apartments and one-bedroom suites.

Now open to residents, Bentley House also includes 18 specialist dementia suites, shared lounge areas and spa bathrooms on each floor. Additional facilities include a cinema room, hair salon and private dining areas.

Set in courtyard-style grounds, the new development also includes potting gardens, raised beds and a greenhouse for residents’ recreational use, all of which create a comfortable, friendly and home-like environment.

Throughout the project, Wates and Signature have fulfilled a joint pledge to ensure that the development work brings with it a benefit to the regional economy, including the appointment of £600k worth of supplier and sub-contractor packages to local SMEs.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented: “The Wates team has spent the past year breathing new life into a former office building to create a nurturing care home that offers comfort and luxury. Signature’s ambition is to provide senior living communities that enhance quality of life and we are very proud to have been the contractor entrusted to deliver on this vision at Bentley House.”

Wayne Pryce, Director of Development and Construction for Signature Senior Lifestyle, added: “Wates has helped Signature provide what we think is the best care home in the area. This has not been a straightforward project but with Wates’ support, the office conversion has exceeded our expectations. Our new home is filling quickly and our residents are now enjoying the best care in an amazing environment.”

Building work completes on new multi-million care home

Wates Construction

Wates Construction has handed over the keys to Signature Senior Lifestyle‘s newest luxury senior living community on Pegs Lane in Hertford.

Work on Bentley House began in 2013 and has seen Wates create a five-storey, 5,000 sq m registered care home featuring 85 private studio apartments and one-bedroom suites.

Now open to residents, Bentley House also includes 18 specialist dementia suites, shared lounge areas and spa bathrooms on each floor. Additional facilities include a cinema room, hair salon and private dining areas.

Set in courtyard-style grounds, the new development also includes potting gardens, raised beds and a greenhouse for residents’ recreational use, all of which create a comfortable, friendly and home-like environment.

Throughout the project, Wates and Signature have fulfilled a joint pledge to ensure that the development work brings with it a benefit to the regional economy, including the appointment of £600k worth of supplier and sub-contractor packages to local SMEs.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented: “The Wates team has spent the past year breathing new life into a former office building to create a nurturing care home that offers comfort and luxury. Signature’s ambition is to provide senior living communities that enhance quality of life and we are very proud to have been the contractor entrusted to deliver on this vision at Bentley House.”

Wayne Pryce, Director of Development and Construction for Signature Senior Lifestyle, added: “Wates has helped Signature provide what we think is the best care home in the area. This has not been a straightforward project but with Wates’ support, the office conversion has exceeded our expectations. Our new home is filling quickly and our residents are now enjoying the best care in an amazing environment.”

Travis Perkins to create 4,000 new jobs

Travis Perkins to create 4,000 new jobs - Chancellor welcomes plans

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited the site of Travis Perkins in Tilbury to welcome their announcement to create 4,000 new jobs in the UK over the next four years.

The decision, following the Chancellor’s Budget this week in which further support for the housing/construction sector was announced, will see the company invest £150 – £200 million per annum over the next 4 years.

Travis Perkins is the UK’s largest distributor of building materials to trade and retail customers and employs 24,000 people across almost 2,000 branches in the UK.

The firm operates in fragmented markets and plans to open branches across Travis Perkins, Wickes, Toolstation, Benchmarx and in its Plumbing & Heating and Contracts divisions.

As part of the visit the Chancellor met with the company’s management team before touring the site.

The visit formed the first of the Chancellor’s regional tours aimed at highlighting the policies announced in Budget 2015.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said: “Our long term economic plan is all about backing successful British businesses like Travis Perkins. Their decision to create 4,000 new jobs and make significant investments is a vote of confidence in the UK.

The government is committed to providing continued support to the construction sector which is why in the Budget I announced a new Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers to help them save for their first home.”

John Carter, Travis Perkins plc’s Chief Executive, said: “Travis Perkins’ ability to create 4,000 new jobs reflects confidence in our businesses, the markets we operate in and the UK economy as whole.

This confidence is supported by a number of actions taken by the government over the past 2 years, including the new Help to Buy ISA announced yesterday, that are continuing to support construction activity and improvements in consumer confidence.”

Major infrastructure projects get underway

The Scottish Government

Almost 70 projects totalling around £7 billion will be under construction in 2015, the Scottish Government has announced.

Major schemes such as the new Acute District General Hospital in Dumfries and Galloway, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and the A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route have recently commenced construction and many more projects are expected to follow this year.

The findings are outlined in the Scottish Government’s six monthly Infrastructure Investment Plan project pipeline published today, which provides an update on progress of projects set out in the IIP through to 2030.

The Government also published its annual IIP progress report which records those projects that were completed in 2014.

Overall investment by the Scottish Government in infrastructure projects will exceed 8 billion between 2014-15 to 2015-16 and represents one of the key areas of support for Scotland’s Economic Strategy.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said: “I am encouraged by the amount of progress being achieved to deliver some of our major projects in Scotland.

The reports published today show the wide range of projects that have been delivered over the past twelve months and are ready for use, the significant projects that we can expect to see completed this year, and the scale of our current overall investment activity across Scotland.

The steps we are taking demonstrate not just what is being achieved now, but also what more could be done if the UK Government were willing to change its course on public spending in order to provide further support for infrastructure, skills and education to boost the economy.

This Government is determined to invest in Scotland’s infrastructure both to stimulate growth and to lay the foundations for long term success. That is good news for our economy and good news for the people of Scotland.”

Major infrastructure projects get underway

The Scottish Government

Almost 70 projects totalling around £7 billion will be under construction in 2015, the Scottish Government has announced.

Major schemes such as the new Acute District General Hospital in Dumfries and Galloway, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and the A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route have recently commenced construction and many more projects are expected to follow this year.

The findings are outlined in the Scottish Government’s six monthly Infrastructure Investment Plan project pipeline published today, which provides an update on progress of projects set out in the IIP through to 2030.

The Government also published its annual IIP progress report which records those projects that were completed in 2014.

Overall investment by the Scottish Government in infrastructure projects will exceed 8 billion between 2014-15 to 2015-16 and represents one of the key areas of support for Scotland’s Economic Strategy.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said: “I am encouraged by the amount of progress being achieved to deliver some of our major projects in Scotland.

The reports published today show the wide range of projects that have been delivered over the past twelve months and are ready for use, the significant projects that we can expect to see completed this year, and the scale of our current overall investment activity across Scotland.

The steps we are taking demonstrate not just what is being achieved now, but also what more could be done if the UK Government were willing to change its course on public spending in order to provide further support for infrastructure, skills and education to boost the economy.

This Government is determined to invest in Scotland’s infrastructure both to stimulate growth and to lay the foundations for long term success. That is good news for our economy and good news for the people of Scotland.”

Boost for Essex economy as Chelmer Viaduct starts construction

Boost for Essex economy as Chelmer Viaduct starts construction

A £28 million investment will see the construction of new viaduct , building three lanes of carriageway, a shared footway, cycleway and a new footpath.

Once completed in winter 2016, this Highways Agency project will reduce congestion and make the route safer while helping economic growth in the local area.

Highways Agency East Regional Director, Catherine Brookes, said: “Building a new viaduct and demolishing the old one demonstrates our commitment to improving our road network and helping to stimulate growth.

We have worked hard with our contractor to plan the work carefully to minimise disruption and are engaging with those affected to ensure they’re aware of the work.”

Alan Bill, Managing Director of GRAHAM Construction, said: “GRAHAM are delighted to be working with the Highways Agency to safeguard the A138 as a strategic highway link.

Throughout the duration of this project we, as we do on all of our contracts, will work with the local supply chain and use subcontractors and suppliers from across the region as well as engaging with the local community to ensure there is minimal disruption during the course of this project.”

Boost for Essex economy as Chelmer Viaduct starts construction

Boost for Essex economy as Chelmer Viaduct starts construction

A £28 million investment will see the construction of new viaduct , building three lanes of carriageway, a shared footway, cycleway and a new footpath.

Once completed in winter 2016, this Highways Agency project will reduce congestion and make the route safer while helping economic growth in the local area.

Highways Agency East Regional Director, Catherine Brookes, said: “Building a new viaduct and demolishing the old one demonstrates our commitment to improving our road network and helping to stimulate growth.

We have worked hard with our contractor to plan the work carefully to minimise disruption and are engaging with those affected to ensure they’re aware of the work.”

Alan Bill, Managing Director of GRAHAM Construction, said: “GRAHAM are delighted to be working with the Highways Agency to safeguard the A138 as a strategic highway link.

Throughout the duration of this project we, as we do on all of our contracts, will work with the local supply chain and use subcontractors and suppliers from across the region as well as engaging with the local community to ensure there is minimal disruption during the course of this project.”

£4bn Southern construction scheme gets underway

£4bn Southern construction scheme gets underway

Kier has been awarded places on all three lots of the Southern Construction Framework, one of the largest regional construction frameworks in the UK.

The four-year framework, with an expected value of more than £4 billion, will include a pipeline of multiple contracts valued at £1 million upwards.

The Southern Construction Framework brings together three existing frameworks; Construction Framework South West (CFSW), the iESE framework (SE) and the London Construction Programme (LCP), creating a new framework for London and the south, to meet the procurement needs of a wide range of public sector organisations.

The framework will be operational from summer 2015 and will include new build and refurbishment opportunities across the public sector, and can be based on green field, brown field or complex inner city sites. It may also be used by some private sector organisations.

Contractors can also be called on to provide additional services such as feasibility studies, project management services, construction management services and advice for both pre-construction and construction phases, design support and post-handover support and advice.

Neil Pates, Kier managing director of Strategic Framework Alliances, said: “We have been working for many years on the CFSW and SE frameworks, which have provided us with a large number of regional projects.

So we are delighted to be awarded a place on a framework that combines these and more, as it is an excellent way to build on our success, with the potential to substantially expand our work with the public sector in London and the south.”

£4bn Southern construction scheme gets underway

£4bn Southern construction scheme gets underway

Kier has been awarded places on all three lots of the Southern Construction Framework, one of the largest regional construction frameworks in the UK.

The four-year framework, with an expected value of more than £4 billion, will include a pipeline of multiple contracts valued at £1 million upwards.

The Southern Construction Framework brings together three existing frameworks; Construction Framework South West (CFSW), the iESE framework (SE) and the London Construction Programme (LCP), creating a new framework for London and the south, to meet the procurement needs of a wide range of public sector organisations.

The framework will be operational from summer 2015 and will include new build and refurbishment opportunities across the public sector, and can be based on green field, brown field or complex inner city sites. It may also be used by some private sector organisations.

Contractors can also be called on to provide additional services such as feasibility studies, project management services, construction management services and advice for both pre-construction and construction phases, design support and post-handover support and advice.

Neil Pates, Kier managing director of Strategic Framework Alliances, said: “We have been working for many years on the CFSW and SE frameworks, which have provided us with a large number of regional projects.

So we are delighted to be awarded a place on a framework that combines these and more, as it is an excellent way to build on our success, with the potential to substantially expand our work with the public sector in London and the south.”

British Land bags £50m refurbishment contract

British Land gets £50m refurbishment contract

British Land has announced that Meadowhall, Yorkshire’s premier shopping destination, will be marking a substantial £50 million internal refurbishment that will help economic growth.

The refurbishment is set to commence in autumn 2015 and will be completed by the end of 2017.

The extensive works will create distinct districts within the centre, each with a different finish including wood and punctured metal.

The works will also enable a number of retailers to install double height shop fronts.

The refurbishment includes new way finding, mall seating and lighting as well as the installation of dramatic lighting artwork.

The works will largely be completed out of hours to enable all retail and leisure operators to trade throughout the period.

The refurbishment will help reposition Meadowhall ensuring it remains a modern shopping environment which is locally preferred by both retailers and consumers.

Claire Barber, Head of Shopping Centre Asset Management for British Land, said: “Across the retail portfolio, we are investing in our assets to ensure they reflect the way people shop today.

The refurbishment of Meadowhall will reposition the centre to appeal to premium and lifestyle retailers as well as a broader range of customers. We are very excited about the future for Meadowhall and the experience this investment will create for both our customers and retailers.”

Scarborough gets go-ahead for two new office buildings in Sheffield

Scarborough gets go-ahead for two new office buildings in Sheffield

The Scarborough Group has been granted detailed planning consent, by Sheffield City Council, for the development of two new office buildings, totalling just under 130,000 sq ft.

The new development is located on the Sheffield Digital Campus, in the Sheffield city centre, on Sheaf Street, adjacent to the main railway station.

The buildings are:‘Acero Works’, which will provide nearly 80,000 sq ft over six floors; and, ‘Vidrio House’, which will provide over 50,000 sq ft across eight floors.

The development will have an end value in excess of £40 million to help economic growth as well as boost the construction trades.

Scarborough has appointed Yorkshire based GMI Group as contractor for the scheme, with construction of Acero House, the first phase, commencing in autumn 2015 with completion expected in spring 2017.

GMI was also contractor for the development of the existing office buildings on the Sheffield Digital Campus, Ventana House and Electric Works.

Scarborough’s team in securing the planning permission included planning advisers Zerum Consult, and architects CJCT Studios.

Mark Jackson, Consultant to Scarborough, said: “Sheffield is becoming increasingly attractive as a headquarters location for major organisations and the Digital Campus is particularly well located being adjacent to the main railway station.

We developed both Ventana House and Electric Works on the adjacent site attracting occupiers including Sky, Kennedy’s Solicitors, Michael Page, and Coal Board Pension Trustees all of whom recognised not just the benefits of the location, but also the quality of the accommodation.”

Scarborough gets go-ahead for two new office buildings in Sheffield

Scarborough gets go-ahead for two new office buildings in Sheffield

The Scarborough Group has been granted detailed planning consent, by Sheffield City Council, for the development of two new office buildings, totalling just under 130,000 sq ft.

The new development is located on the Sheffield Digital Campus, in the Sheffield city centre, on Sheaf Street, adjacent to the main railway station.

The buildings are:‘Acero Works’, which will provide nearly 80,000 sq ft over six floors; and, ‘Vidrio House’, which will provide over 50,000 sq ft across eight floors.

The development will have an end value in excess of £40 million to help economic growth as well as boost the construction trades.

Scarborough has appointed Yorkshire based GMI Group as contractor for the scheme, with construction of Acero House, the first phase, commencing in autumn 2015 with completion expected in spring 2017.

GMI was also contractor for the development of the existing office buildings on the Sheffield Digital Campus, Ventana House and Electric Works.

Scarborough’s team in securing the planning permission included planning advisers Zerum Consult, and architects CJCT Studios.

Mark Jackson, Consultant to Scarborough, said: “Sheffield is becoming increasingly attractive as a headquarters location for major organisations and the Digital Campus is particularly well located being adjacent to the main railway station.

We developed both Ventana House and Electric Works on the adjacent site attracting occupiers including Sky, Kennedy’s Solicitors, Michael Page, and Coal Board Pension Trustees all of whom recognised not just the benefits of the location, but also the quality of the accommodation.”

Kier wins £130m job at King’s Cross

Kier wins £130m job at King's Cross

Kier has been named as preferred bidder for two new contracts totalling £130 million at King’s Cross, London.

The two projects, currently badged R7 and R8, are the latest schemes to come to fruition at the 67-acre King’s Cross Central Development and will provide a mixture of housing, retail, leisure and commercial office space.

The R7 scheme is a new development of 150,000 sq ft. Its West tower will have 13 storeys of offices above a cinema and retail units while the East tower will hold 11 storeys of offices above retail space at ground level.

R8 is a 200,000 sq ft scheme to construct a mixture of private and affordable housing together with office accommodation and retail space.

These contracts are the latest in a long line of projects that Kier is involved in at King’s Cross. Kier is currently redeveloping the Grade II listed Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy for supermarket chain Waitrose with offices above for the Guardian Media Group.

Kier recently completed both the £42 million ArtHouse scheme, a housing development providing 143 homes for the area; and 5 Pancras Square, the £65 million public services hub for Camden Council, heralded as one of the greenest public buildings in the UK.

Haydn Mursell, Kier chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be awarded two substantial new contracts at King’s Cross with Argent. Across this development, Kier is demonstrating its broad range of capabilities and we are proud to be part of the team revitalising this exciting area of London.”

As the London market grows at pace, we are establishing ourselves as a delivery partner of choice on major projects, regeneration schemes and in high-rise development. We look forward to continuing to increase our presence in the market.”

HS2 appoints Atkins to provide BIM support

HS2

Atkins has won a four year contract to provide services to HS2 Ltd, the company behind Britain’s new north-south rail link that will create 40, 000 new jobs.

The contract will include professional support covering the planning and delivery of a range of activities including BIM educational and assessment tools for the supply chain, and working to help drive long-term efficiency and durability into asset management.

Last year HS2 Ltd published the findings of a study looking at BIM readiness within the supply chain.

Since the publication, work has been underway to develop an approach together with the BIM Taskforce, to help build digital skills and know-how across thousands of suppliers to the UK’s design, construction and civil engineering industries.

BIM Level 2 – which aims to create a common data environment throughout the supply chain – will be mandated on all major government projects by 2016.

Jon Kerbey, HS2 Director of BIM, said: “I am very pleased that Atkins are on board to help us achieve our vision of delivering a world-class implementation of BIM. HS2 is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe and a fantastic opportunity to embed BIM right from day one, delivering real value to the project – and to the industry as a whole.

Mark Roberts, Director of Atkins, said: “Adoption of BIM will revolutionise programmes like High Speed 2, materially improving delivery efficiency and success, and embedding an approach that looks beyond design and construction into the requirements and benefits for the whole operational life of the railway.

We are delighted to have been chosen to work alongside our HS2 and supply chain colleagues to implement a BIM approach that we believe will be ground breaking, deliver great success and ultimately help support the UK’s economic prosperity.”

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