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Scape selects Carillion for £1.5bn contract

Carillion

Carillion has been appointed by Scape Group as the sole provider for a new facilities management framework with a value of up to £1.5 billion over a six-year period.

Scape will offer a full suite of national frameworks and selected Carillion ahead of other competitors, because it offered the best quality and value for money.

This is the first framework of its kind, which is available to any public sector body in the UK, that offers a full suite of facilities management services.

Other services that are also available through the framework include, but are not limited to, car park management, Health and Safety advice, consultancy, grounds maintenance and the management of internal office mail and messaging services.

The framework is OJEU approved, which simplifies the procurement process so that users can develop and procure services within a four-week period.

Haydn Scarborough, bid director at Carillion, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Scape as their partner in delivering facilities management services to a variety of public sector bodies through this innovative framework.

Combining Carillion’s national FM coverage with Scape’s unique link to the Public Sector will offer clients a competitive option for the delivery of their services.”

Mark Robinson, group chief executive at the Scape Group, said: “Our priority is to offer clients a service which provides viable options in a sector which is increasingly under pressure to deliver more services in a shorter period of time with smaller budgets.

What makes this framework different to anything else is its universal accessibility – every public sector body throughout the UK will be able to use it and the services covered are extremely broad. By appointing Carillion as our partner, we are confident that these services will be of outstanding quality whilst offering unparalleled value.”

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Enough unused public sector land has been released to build over 103,000 new homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year.

Now, the government is calling on councils and developers to help turn it into housing as soon as possible, and is urging local authorities up and down the country to follow this example and sell their redundant sites and buildings.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “House building is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country.

This is part of wider efforts that have got Britain building again, leading to the delivery of 700,000 new homes since the end of 2009.

I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housing starts are at their highest annual total since 2007, but it’s clear we need to maintain this momentum and build the homes communities want and need.

That’s why for the last 4 years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly-used surplus public sector land for house building – meaning we have now exceeded our own target.”

Getting the country building again

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister in June 2011, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year. On top of this, there are plans to release land with capacity for 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020.

The government has already taken major steps to boost house building and get more people into a home of their own – simplifying the planning system, making it easier to convert empty buildings into new homes and prioritising development on brownfield land.

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Enough unused public sector land has been released to build over 103,000 new homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year.

Now, the government is calling on councils and developers to help turn it into housing as soon as possible, and is urging local authorities up and down the country to follow this example and sell their redundant sites and buildings.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “House building is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country.

This is part of wider efforts that have got Britain building again, leading to the delivery of 700,000 new homes since the end of 2009.

I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housing starts are at their highest annual total since 2007, but it’s clear we need to maintain this momentum and build the homes communities want and need.

That’s why for the last 4 years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly-used surplus public sector land for house building – meaning we have now exceeded our own target.”

Getting the country building again

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister in June 2011, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year. On top of this, there are plans to release land with capacity for 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020.

The government has already taken major steps to boost house building and get more people into a home of their own – simplifying the planning system, making it easier to convert empty buildings into new homes and prioritising development on brownfield land.

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Enough unused public sector land has been released to build over 103,000 new homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year.

Now, the government is calling on councils and developers to help turn it into housing as soon as possible, and is urging local authorities up and down the country to follow this example and sell their redundant sites and buildings.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “House building is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country.

This is part of wider efforts that have got Britain building again, leading to the delivery of 700,000 new homes since the end of 2009.

I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housing starts are at their highest annual total since 2007, but it’s clear we need to maintain this momentum and build the homes communities want and need.

That’s why for the last 4 years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly-used surplus public sector land for house building – meaning we have now exceeded our own target.”

Getting the country building again

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister in June 2011, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year. On top of this, there are plans to release land with capacity for 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020.

The government has already taken major steps to boost house building and get more people into a home of their own – simplifying the planning system, making it easier to convert empty buildings into new homes and prioritising development on brownfield land.

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Unused public sector land will build over 100,000 new homes

Enough unused public sector land has been released to build over 103,000 new homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year.

Now, the government is calling on councils and developers to help turn it into housing as soon as possible, and is urging local authorities up and down the country to follow this example and sell their redundant sites and buildings.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “House building is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country.

This is part of wider efforts that have got Britain building again, leading to the delivery of 700,000 new homes since the end of 2009.

I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housing starts are at their highest annual total since 2007, but it’s clear we need to maintain this momentum and build the homes communities want and need.

That’s why for the last 4 years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly-used surplus public sector land for house building – meaning we have now exceeded our own target.”

Getting the country building again

The amount of land sold by the government surpasses the original commitment set by the Prime Minister in June 2011, and is expected to rise again by the end of March this year. On top of this, there are plans to release land with capacity for 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020.

The government has already taken major steps to boost house building and get more people into a home of their own – simplifying the planning system, making it easier to convert empty buildings into new homes and prioritising development on brownfield land.

Government backs manufacturing with action plan

Government backs manufacturing with action plan and cash boost

Ministers have announced measures to boost British manufacturing with a £22 million grant to accelerate new house building technology and support growth in the supply chains.

The grant, part of a £104 million project led by construction and engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, will promote new pre-assembly techniques in house building.

Producing homes off-site will help increase productivity and reduce costs. The project will also deliver training in the latest digital engineering and installation skills.

Visiting a Laing O’Rourke construction site in London’s Elephant and Castle, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “To meet urgent demand for new affordable homes, the construction industry must embrace new technologies and techniques – and our support will help them do this more quickly.

This reflects the long-term commitment of our industrial strategy to modernising British manufacturing.

Working in partnership with industry, targeted investment from government is helping firms exploit new technologies, raise skills levels and improve productivity.”

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Backing Britain’s manufacturers has been front and centre of our long-term economic plan.

We know that our manufacturers can only really thrive when their UK suppliers are in the best shape and retain market share in long-established sectors, like automotive and aerospace, as well as strengthening supply chains in emerging sectors like nuclear, shale gas and advanced materials.”

Government backs manufacturing with action plan

Government backs manufacturing with action plan and cash boost

Ministers have announced measures to boost British manufacturing with a £22 million grant to accelerate new house building technology and support growth in the supply chains.

The grant, part of a £104 million project led by construction and engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, will promote new pre-assembly techniques in house building.

Producing homes off-site will help increase productivity and reduce costs. The project will also deliver training in the latest digital engineering and installation skills.

Visiting a Laing O’Rourke construction site in London’s Elephant and Castle, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “To meet urgent demand for new affordable homes, the construction industry must embrace new technologies and techniques – and our support will help them do this more quickly.

This reflects the long-term commitment of our industrial strategy to modernising British manufacturing.

Working in partnership with industry, targeted investment from government is helping firms exploit new technologies, raise skills levels and improve productivity.”

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Backing Britain’s manufacturers has been front and centre of our long-term economic plan.

We know that our manufacturers can only really thrive when their UK suppliers are in the best shape and retain market share in long-established sectors, like automotive and aerospace, as well as strengthening supply chains in emerging sectors like nuclear, shale gas and advanced materials.”

Laing O’Rourke confirmed for £440m Westgate centre

Work go-ahead for £440m Westgate Oxford centre

The Westgate Oxford Alliance has announced the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as the principal contractor for Westgate Oxford, with work due to start this spring.

Up to 1,000 construction workers will work on the highly anticipated development which, when complete, will create around 3,400 jobs in and around Oxford.

The £440 million development in the heart of Oxford city centre will transform the existing Westgate shopping centre into an 800,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure destination, due for completion in autumn 2017.

Laing O’Rourke’s 30 month contract is focused on the construction of the shell and core of the three-storey retail centre, together with a 1,000 space underground car park and 61 new residential properties.

Preparatory works at Westgate began in February following approval by Oxford City Council and leasing commitments from leading national and international retailers.

The new Westgate Oxford will include over 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema, roof top terrace dining and a wealth of new public spaces.

Steve Coleby, Leader for Laing O’Rourke UK construction business, said: “It is a privilege to work on a scheme of this magnitude that is set to deliver such an exceptional shopping and entertainment destination. As the latest major retail development in the UK, Westgate Oxford is an encouragingly strong indicator of economic recovery and returned consumer confidence in the UK.”

Bert Martin, Development Director for the Westgate Oxford Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for such a significant development.

Laing O’Rourke’s reputation and expertise, combined with high levels of interest from retailers and leisure operators, contributes to our confidence in Westgate Oxford and the positive impact it will have on this unique city.”

Laing O’Rourke confirmed for £440m Westgate centre

Work go-ahead for £440m Westgate Oxford centre

The Westgate Oxford Alliance has announced the appointment of Laing O’Rourke as the principal contractor for Westgate Oxford, with work due to start this spring.

Up to 1,000 construction workers will work on the highly anticipated development which, when complete, will create around 3,400 jobs in and around Oxford.

The £440 million development in the heart of Oxford city centre will transform the existing Westgate shopping centre into an 800,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure destination, due for completion in autumn 2017.

Laing O’Rourke’s 30 month contract is focused on the construction of the shell and core of the three-storey retail centre, together with a 1,000 space underground car park and 61 new residential properties.

Preparatory works at Westgate began in February following approval by Oxford City Council and leasing commitments from leading national and international retailers.

The new Westgate Oxford will include over 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema, roof top terrace dining and a wealth of new public spaces.

Steve Coleby, Leader for Laing O’Rourke UK construction business, said: “It is a privilege to work on a scheme of this magnitude that is set to deliver such an exceptional shopping and entertainment destination. As the latest major retail development in the UK, Westgate Oxford is an encouragingly strong indicator of economic recovery and returned consumer confidence in the UK.”

Bert Martin, Development Director for the Westgate Oxford Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for such a significant development.

Laing O’Rourke’s reputation and expertise, combined with high levels of interest from retailers and leisure operators, contributes to our confidence in Westgate Oxford and the positive impact it will have on this unique city.”

Winners named for £2.3bn London Super Sewer job

Thousands of jobs to be created as winners are named for £2.3bn London Super Sewer

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project has selected its preferred construction to drive three major tunnel sections of the London Super Sewer that will create thousands of jobs.

The project, which will be the biggest infrastructure project ever under taken by the UK water industry, will make London’s sewerage network fit for the 22nd century and will help prevent the millions of tonnes of sewage pollution that currently discharge into the tidal River Thames every year.

Andy Mitchell, Chief Executive at Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: “We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality.”

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project will create more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs, and another 5,000 jobs indirectly.

It will be offering hundreds of apprenticeships and work placements, is committed to employing local people, and will be creating a never-before seen surge in the river economy through marine employment opportunities.

The contractors which have been chosen as the preferred main works tenderers are: BMB JV (Joint Venture of BAM Nuttall Ltd, Morgan Sindall Plc and Balfour Beatty Group Limited) for the West contract, FLO JV (Joint Venture of Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd, Laing O’Rourke Construction) for the Central contract and CVB JV (Joint Venture of Costain Vinci Construction Grands Projects Bachy Soletanche) for the East contract.

Winners named for £2.3bn London Super Sewer job

Thousands of jobs to be created as winners are named for £2.3bn London Super Sewer

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project has selected its preferred construction to drive three major tunnel sections of the London Super Sewer that will create thousands of jobs.

The project, which will be the biggest infrastructure project ever under taken by the UK water industry, will make London’s sewerage network fit for the 22nd century and will help prevent the millions of tonnes of sewage pollution that currently discharge into the tidal River Thames every year.

Andy Mitchell, Chief Executive at Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: “We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality.”

The Thames Tideway Tunnel project will create more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs, and another 5,000 jobs indirectly.

It will be offering hundreds of apprenticeships and work placements, is committed to employing local people, and will be creating a never-before seen surge in the river economy through marine employment opportunities.

The contractors which have been chosen as the preferred main works tenderers are: BMB JV (Joint Venture of BAM Nuttall Ltd, Morgan Sindall Plc and Balfour Beatty Group Limited) for the West contract, FLO JV (Joint Venture of Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd, Laing O’Rourke Construction) for the Central contract and CVB JV (Joint Venture of Costain Vinci Construction Grands Projects Bachy Soletanche) for the East contract.

Balfour signs £400m Olympic Park homes scheme

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Balfour Beatty has signed a deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation to invest and build the new East Wick and Sweetwater housing development project.

Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business will deliver all construction, which is expected to generate approximately £400 million of revenue and create thousands of new jobs.

The transformational project at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London is being delivered in a 50:50 joint venture with Places for People (PfP). It will create two new neighbourhoods with up to 1,500 homes including 450 affordable homes, 530 homes for private sale and 500 private rented sector homes.

The development will be constructed in phases over eight years with Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business delivering all of the construction. Around 50 apprenticeships will be created along with 350 construction jobs at the peak of construction.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “This project marks our entry as an investor and developer into the UK’s regeneration and housing sector. This market is growing and offers significant opportunities for the Group in the coming years.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This is the most successful and fastest growing city anywhere in Europe, and it is absolutely vital we provide thousands of new houses to allow people to live close to their places of work.

I am thrilled to confirm we have now appointed high quality developers to help bring forward plans for these important new neighbourhoods on our iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a whopping six years ahead of target.”

Balfour signs £400m Olympic Park homes scheme

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Balfour Beatty has signed a deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation to invest and build the new East Wick and Sweetwater housing development project.

Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business will deliver all construction, which is expected to generate approximately £400 million of revenue and create thousands of new jobs.

The transformational project at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London is being delivered in a 50:50 joint venture with Places for People (PfP). It will create two new neighbourhoods with up to 1,500 homes including 450 affordable homes, 530 homes for private sale and 500 private rented sector homes.

The development will be constructed in phases over eight years with Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business delivering all of the construction. Around 50 apprenticeships will be created along with 350 construction jobs at the peak of construction.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “This project marks our entry as an investor and developer into the UK’s regeneration and housing sector. This market is growing and offers significant opportunities for the Group in the coming years.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This is the most successful and fastest growing city anywhere in Europe, and it is absolutely vital we provide thousands of new houses to allow people to live close to their places of work.

I am thrilled to confirm we have now appointed high quality developers to help bring forward plans for these important new neighbourhoods on our iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a whopping six years ahead of target.”

BAM signs the V&A Museum of Design contract

BAM signs the V&A Museum of Design Dundee contract

The project to build the V&A Museum of Design Dundee has taken a major step forward with the signing of the construction contract between Dundee City Council and BAM Construction.

Work on site will begin next month under the £80.11 million project, with the main building completed by the end of 2017 and opened to the public before June 2018.

Completion of V&A Dundee will help create hundreds of jobs and inject millions of pounds into the economy.

Dundee City Council administration leader Councillor, Ken Guild, said: “I am delighted that work to create a world-class museum and visitor centre will start soon at the heart of our central waterfront.

“This project will help to attract further investment into the city and we are already experiencing unprecedented levels of investor interest in Dundee.

“Construction of V&A Dundee will give our economy a significant boost and help to create hundreds of jobs. The building project itself will also bring considerable attention to Dundee as the vision of architect Kengo Kuma takes shape.”

Regional Director of BAM Construction in Scotland, Doug Keillor, said: “This is the most unique construction project that my team have ever been involved in, both in architectural vision and in the way it will be built. It’s challenging, but in a good way.

Watching it take shape over the next few years using a combination of local, national and international expertise, will be very satisfying.”

BAM signs the V&A Museum of Design contract

BAM signs the V&A Museum of Design Dundee contract

The project to build the V&A Museum of Design Dundee has taken a major step forward with the signing of the construction contract between Dundee City Council and BAM Construction.

Work on site will begin next month under the £80.11 million project, with the main building completed by the end of 2017 and opened to the public before June 2018.

Completion of V&A Dundee will help create hundreds of jobs and inject millions of pounds into the economy.

Dundee City Council administration leader Councillor, Ken Guild, said: “I am delighted that work to create a world-class museum and visitor centre will start soon at the heart of our central waterfront.

“This project will help to attract further investment into the city and we are already experiencing unprecedented levels of investor interest in Dundee.

“Construction of V&A Dundee will give our economy a significant boost and help to create hundreds of jobs. The building project itself will also bring considerable attention to Dundee as the vision of architect Kengo Kuma takes shape.”

Regional Director of BAM Construction in Scotland, Doug Keillor, said: “This is the most unique construction project that my team have ever been involved in, both in architectural vision and in the way it will be built. It’s challenging, but in a good way.

Watching it take shape over the next few years using a combination of local, national and international expertise, will be very satisfying.”

Jobs boost for Glasgow’s east end

The Scottish Government

More than 45 jobs will be relocated to Glasgow’s east end, when researchers working to address the city’s poor health, move into Bridgeton’s historic Olympia building.

A team of 15 covering five of the University of Glasgow’s schools and nine of its research centres will share the space with 30 staff from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH).

The latest move means almost 2,000 office workers have made Bridgeton or Dalmarnock their new home over the last three years.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil welcomed the new tenants on a visit to the Olympia, which was reopened by Clyde Gateway after a £10 million refurbishment.

He said: “Thanks to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and Clyde Gateway’s commitment to redeveloping the area, the east end of Glasgow has transformed beyond recognition over the last few years.

With the University and GCPH now moving east it’s clear that perceptions are changing and organisations now have the confidence to relocate to this vibrant, evolving area.

We’ve already seen how physical changes are improving the lives of the people and communities who live there, and these new 45 jobs will bring even more benefits to the local economy.

I’m excited to see how the tenants will continue their valuable research in these new surroundings, and establish how we can bridge the poverty gap and tackle inequalities in Glasgow.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “These are 45 jobs new to the east end of Glasgow and it means we are now getting close to almost 2000 office workers having made their new home in Bridgeton or Dalmarnock in the past three years alone. The spin-offs to the local economy from such numbers are enormous.

I’m very confident that many more forward-looking and innovative organisations will also be looking to make their presence felt here in the heart of Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration area.”

Jobs boost for Glasgow’s east end

The Scottish Government

More than 45 jobs will be relocated to Glasgow’s east end, when researchers working to address the city’s poor health, move into Bridgeton’s historic Olympia building.

A team of 15 covering five of the University of Glasgow’s schools and nine of its research centres will share the space with 30 staff from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH).

The latest move means almost 2,000 office workers have made Bridgeton or Dalmarnock their new home over the last three years.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil welcomed the new tenants on a visit to the Olympia, which was reopened by Clyde Gateway after a £10 million refurbishment.

He said: “Thanks to the legacy of the Commonwealth Games and Clyde Gateway’s commitment to redeveloping the area, the east end of Glasgow has transformed beyond recognition over the last few years.

With the University and GCPH now moving east it’s clear that perceptions are changing and organisations now have the confidence to relocate to this vibrant, evolving area.

We’ve already seen how physical changes are improving the lives of the people and communities who live there, and these new 45 jobs will bring even more benefits to the local economy.

I’m excited to see how the tenants will continue their valuable research in these new surroundings, and establish how we can bridge the poverty gap and tackle inequalities in Glasgow.”

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “These are 45 jobs new to the east end of Glasgow and it means we are now getting close to almost 2000 office workers having made their new home in Bridgeton or Dalmarnock in the past three years alone. The spin-offs to the local economy from such numbers are enormous.

I’m very confident that many more forward-looking and innovative organisations will also be looking to make their presence felt here in the heart of Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration area.”

O’Rourke housing factory gets £22m grant

Vince Cable MP, Jagjeet Singh Panesar and Ray O'Rourke
Vince Cable MP, Jagjeet Singh Panesar and Ray O’Rourke

The Government has today awarded a £22.1 million grant to a consortium led by construction company, Laing O’Rourke, that will create jobs and boost the building trades .

Administered by Finance Birmingham, the four year grant is towards a £104 million project for the advanced manufacturing of homes, buildings and infrastructure, supporting research and development, investment in new manufacturing facilities and training.

The project work streams will not only address research into modular design and manufacturing, but will also cover structured training initiatives, providing the existing workforce and new recruits with skills around digital engineering, the manufacturing process and installation.

This grant comes at a critical time for the construction and engineering sector and its supply chain,” says Stephen Harley, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Laing O’Rourke.

We estimate that it will create over 600 new, direct jobs and as many as 1,000 across the diverse supply chain. Our consortium of 22 partners integrates the design, manufacturing and assembly construction supply chain with leading research institutions to create a new platform for collaborative innovation.

The investment is potentially great news for our ability to help address the UK’s housing capacity gap of some 60,000 to 100,000 homes annually, with advanced off-site manufacturing and digital engineering speeding up the provision of affordable, high quality accommodation,” adds Stephen Trusler, Laing O’Rourke’s Accommodation Sector Leader.

It will also contribute to achieving the UK Government’s strategy for construction targets of 33% lower costs, 50% faster delivery, lower emissions and improvement in exports.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “To have any chance of meeting the demand for affordable homes, the industry must embrace the latest house building technologies and techniques. That’s why I’m delighted to grant £22.1 million worth of funding to help the sector do just that.

Whether through smart digital design or off-site manufacturing, it’s excellent to see firms like Laing O’Rourke leading by example and laying the foundations for growth.”

O’Rourke housing factory gets £22m grant

Vince Cable MP, Jagjeet Singh Panesar and Ray O'Rourke
Vince Cable MP, Jagjeet Singh Panesar and Ray O’Rourke

The Government has today awarded a £22.1 million grant to a consortium led by construction company, Laing O’Rourke, that will create jobs and boost the building trades .

Administered by Finance Birmingham, the four year grant is towards a £104 million project for the advanced manufacturing of homes, buildings and infrastructure, supporting research and development, investment in new manufacturing facilities and training.

The project work streams will not only address research into modular design and manufacturing, but will also cover structured training initiatives, providing the existing workforce and new recruits with skills around digital engineering, the manufacturing process and installation.

This grant comes at a critical time for the construction and engineering sector and its supply chain,” says Stephen Harley, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Laing O’Rourke.

We estimate that it will create over 600 new, direct jobs and as many as 1,000 across the diverse supply chain. Our consortium of 22 partners integrates the design, manufacturing and assembly construction supply chain with leading research institutions to create a new platform for collaborative innovation.

The investment is potentially great news for our ability to help address the UK’s housing capacity gap of some 60,000 to 100,000 homes annually, with advanced off-site manufacturing and digital engineering speeding up the provision of affordable, high quality accommodation,” adds Stephen Trusler, Laing O’Rourke’s Accommodation Sector Leader.

It will also contribute to achieving the UK Government’s strategy for construction targets of 33% lower costs, 50% faster delivery, lower emissions and improvement in exports.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “To have any chance of meeting the demand for affordable homes, the industry must embrace the latest house building technologies and techniques. That’s why I’m delighted to grant £22.1 million worth of funding to help the sector do just that.

Whether through smart digital design or off-site manufacturing, it’s excellent to see firms like Laing O’Rourke leading by example and laying the foundations for growth.”

Social housing sector remains attractive to investors

Social housing sector remains attractive to investors

The social housing sector remains attractive to lenders, with significant amounts of cash available for building work, according to the latest quarterly survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The regulator monitors and reports on the financial health of the sector as part of a robust approach to protecting social housing assets and helping ensure providers’ contribution to new housing supply.

The 2014 to 2015 Q3 survey reports that the sector’s borrowing facilities total £74.5 billion – of which 75% is bank loans – with £12.3 billion of undrawn facilities. The vast majority of providers anticipate that debt facilities are sufficient for more than 12 months.

Jonathan Walters, Deputy Director of Regulation at the HCA, said: “We continue to monitor the sector’s financial health, and that of individual providers, closely. Overall, the sector remains financially strong and the sector’s position on meeting mark-to-market exposures, for example, remains positive.

However, providers will be aware that economic conditions remain relatively favourable with low interest rates and increasing sales values, and should monitor their business plan assumptions accordingly. We have recently seen the swap curve fall below 2012 levels; a development that we will continue to monitor. Providers should do the same.

The regulator’s message remains that the sector is increasingly complex and providers must have a firm grip on the risks they face, with appropriate management strategies in place to mitigate those risks.”

Social housing sector remains attractive to investors

Social housing sector remains attractive to investors

The social housing sector remains attractive to lenders, with significant amounts of cash available for building work, according to the latest quarterly survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The regulator monitors and reports on the financial health of the sector as part of a robust approach to protecting social housing assets and helping ensure providers’ contribution to new housing supply.

The 2014 to 2015 Q3 survey reports that the sector’s borrowing facilities total £74.5 billion – of which 75% is bank loans – with £12.3 billion of undrawn facilities. The vast majority of providers anticipate that debt facilities are sufficient for more than 12 months.

Jonathan Walters, Deputy Director of Regulation at the HCA, said: “We continue to monitor the sector’s financial health, and that of individual providers, closely. Overall, the sector remains financially strong and the sector’s position on meeting mark-to-market exposures, for example, remains positive.

However, providers will be aware that economic conditions remain relatively favourable with low interest rates and increasing sales values, and should monitor their business plan assumptions accordingly. We have recently seen the swap curve fall below 2012 levels; a development that we will continue to monitor. Providers should do the same.

The regulator’s message remains that the sector is increasingly complex and providers must have a firm grip on the risks they face, with appropriate management strategies in place to mitigate those risks.”

Minister signs £330m North East Growth Deal

Minister signs £330m North East Growth Deal

Greg Clark, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, today visited Science Central in Newcastle to sign the North East Growth Deal, which will see nearly £330 million of government funding invested into the North East.

The minister joined Paul Woolston, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to sign the Growth Deal at Science Central. Over the lifetime of its deal (2015 to 2021) the LEP estimates that up to 5,000 new jobs will be created.

Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, said: “Growth Deals show just what can be achieved when businesses, local leaders and the government work together to build a long-term plan for the local economy.

The Growth Deal is a historic deal between central government and local leaders and businesses, by devolving powers and money from Whitehall to the North East so that local areas can lead their own growth.

The Growth Deal I am signing today builds on the region’s strengths – the projects to improve local transport infrastructure, boost skills and drive innovation will play an important part in the region’s growth in the future.”

An expansion of £40.6 million of government funding was announced on 29 January 2015, on top of £289.3 million when the Growth Deal was originally announced in July 2014.

Growth Deals are a £12 billion long-term programme to revitalise local economies. The deals are the latest and greatest example of the British economy being rebuilt from the bottom up, and sharing the benefits of the recovery around the country.

Local businesses and council leaders have been invited to open discussions immediately on the next set of projects to be funded, building on the momentum that has been established.

Morgan Sindall selected for £5.2m schools contract

Morgan Sindall selected for £5.2m schools contract

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to a £5.2 million contract to rebuild and expand John Ray Infant and Junior Schools in Essex.

The project for Essex County Council is already underway and will see the project team construct a new infant school after the original building suffered extensive fire damage just over a year ago.

The new building will allow the pupils to relocate from temporary class rooms, situated on the adjacent junior school site, to a new, purpose-built facility.

The project includes the construction of a new two-storey infant school with 12 spacious class rooms, a new assembly hall with an adjoining kitchen and a smaller hall.

This new facility will also include a state-of-the-art ICT room and a library. The project team will also construct four brand new class rooms for the junior school, extend the school hall and undertake some external landscaping with the creation of a new sports pitch.

The school building will use sustainable energy in the form of roof-mounted solar panels which will generate electricity for use within the building.

John Ray Infant School is an integral part of the local community, and, as with all Morgan Sindall projects, the construction works will reflect this, with the team sourcing suppliers and subcontractors locally.

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “The re-constructed John Ray Infant School will be a great asset to the local community, providing modernised facilities for the school’s pupils and staff.

The Morgan Sindall team is well versed in delivering education projects and we are looking forward to rebuilding the school for use by the local community.”

Morgan Sindall selected for £5.2m schools contract

Morgan Sindall selected for £5.2m schools contract

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to a £5.2 million contract to rebuild and expand John Ray Infant and Junior Schools in Essex.

The project for Essex County Council is already underway and will see the project team construct a new infant school after the original building suffered extensive fire damage just over a year ago.

The new building will allow the pupils to relocate from temporary class rooms, situated on the adjacent junior school site, to a new, purpose-built facility.

The project includes the construction of a new two-storey infant school with 12 spacious class rooms, a new assembly hall with an adjoining kitchen and a smaller hall.

This new facility will also include a state-of-the-art ICT room and a library. The project team will also construct four brand new class rooms for the junior school, extend the school hall and undertake some external landscaping with the creation of a new sports pitch.

The school building will use sustainable energy in the form of roof-mounted solar panels which will generate electricity for use within the building.

John Ray Infant School is an integral part of the local community, and, as with all Morgan Sindall projects, the construction works will reflect this, with the team sourcing suppliers and subcontractors locally.

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “The re-constructed John Ray Infant School will be a great asset to the local community, providing modernised facilities for the school’s pupils and staff.

The Morgan Sindall team is well versed in delivering education projects and we are looking forward to rebuilding the school for use by the local community.”

VINCI UK gets Yorkshire energy contract

VINCI UK gets Yorkshire energy contract

VINCI UK has been awarded a contract by AmeyCespa to design and build the energy from waste unit in Allerton, North Yorkshire.

Taylor Woodrow will be responsible for overall site development and the civil engineering element of the facility. VINCI Environnement will be responsible for designing and commissioning the processes.

Residual household waste received at Allerton Park will first be mechanically sorted. Some of the waste will then be anaerobically digested to recover energy in the form of biogas.

The remainder, about 320,000 tonnes per year, will be incinerated in two lines, each with a capacity of 20 tonnes per hour, to generate 25 MW of electricity for export to the grid.

The plant will thus be able to provide power from renewables for some 40,000 households located near the site.

To date, 55% of the 520,000 tonnes of waste produced each year by the 760,000 inhabitants of the County of North Yorkshire and the City of York is sent to landfill.

The locally set objective is to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill by 90% and to increase the recycling rate using sustainable waste treatment processes.

Making a significant contribution towards achieving this objective, the Allerton Waste Recovery Park will treat 50% of the household waste generated in the area by 2020.

VINCI UK gets Yorkshire energy contract

VINCI UK gets Yorkshire energy contract

VINCI UK has been awarded a contract by AmeyCespa to design and build the energy from waste unit in Allerton, North Yorkshire.

Taylor Woodrow will be responsible for overall site development and the civil engineering element of the facility. VINCI Environnement will be responsible for designing and commissioning the processes.

Residual household waste received at Allerton Park will first be mechanically sorted. Some of the waste will then be anaerobically digested to recover energy in the form of biogas.

The remainder, about 320,000 tonnes per year, will be incinerated in two lines, each with a capacity of 20 tonnes per hour, to generate 25 MW of electricity for export to the grid.

The plant will thus be able to provide power from renewables for some 40,000 households located near the site.

To date, 55% of the 520,000 tonnes of waste produced each year by the 760,000 inhabitants of the County of North Yorkshire and the City of York is sent to landfill.

The locally set objective is to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill by 90% and to increase the recycling rate using sustainable waste treatment processes.

Making a significant contribution towards achieving this objective, the Allerton Waste Recovery Park will treat 50% of the household waste generated in the area by 2020.

Right to Buy scheme helps build thousands of new homes

Right to Buy scheme helps build thousands of new homes

More than 33,000 new homeowners have been created through the reinvigorated Right to Buy since 2012, paving the way for jobs in the construction industry.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the news as a further sign of how government action is helping people get on and move up the housing ladder.

He announced that Right to Buy discounts will increase again in April 2015, so more people have the chance to buy their home. Right to Buy eligibility is also being extended through a new law before Parliament.

Council house building starts are now at a 23 year high and almost twice as many council homes have been built in the last 4 years than from 1997 to 2009. Previously, councils were not encouraged to build new homes from sales receipts and only 1 new council home was built for every 170 Right to Buy sales completed.

Since the Right to Buy was reinvigorated, £730 million in sales receipts is being re-invested in house building; levering a further £1.7 billion of investment over the next 2 years. This means that in total, over £2.4 billion will be raised to invest in affordable house building as a result of the as a result of Right to Buy.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Right to Buy gives something back to families who worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules.

It allows them to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden – without getting permission from the council. It gives people a sense of pride and ownership not just in their home, but in their street and neighbourhood.

Thanks to this government’s long-term economic plan, we have created over 33,000 homeowners through the Right to Buy, which has generated £2.4 billion of additional investment in new affordable housing.”

Right to Buy scheme helps build thousands of new homes

Right to Buy scheme helps build thousands of new homes

More than 33,000 new homeowners have been created through the reinvigorated Right to Buy since 2012, paving the way for jobs in the construction industry.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the news as a further sign of how government action is helping people get on and move up the housing ladder.

He announced that Right to Buy discounts will increase again in April 2015, so more people have the chance to buy their home. Right to Buy eligibility is also being extended through a new law before Parliament.

Council house building starts are now at a 23 year high and almost twice as many council homes have been built in the last 4 years than from 1997 to 2009. Previously, councils were not encouraged to build new homes from sales receipts and only 1 new council home was built for every 170 Right to Buy sales completed.

Since the Right to Buy was reinvigorated, £730 million in sales receipts is being re-invested in house building; levering a further £1.7 billion of investment over the next 2 years. This means that in total, over £2.4 billion will be raised to invest in affordable house building as a result of the as a result of Right to Buy.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Right to Buy gives something back to families who worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules.

It allows them to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden – without getting permission from the council. It gives people a sense of pride and ownership not just in their home, but in their street and neighbourhood.

Thanks to this government’s long-term economic plan, we have created over 33,000 homeowners through the Right to Buy, which has generated £2.4 billion of additional investment in new affordable housing.”

Willmott Dixon to deliver £25m Lincoln Transport Hub

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver the £25 million transport hub in Lincoln which was recently announced by the City of Lincoln Council.

The company is already building a new University Technical College in the city and will further increase its presence when it starts work on the hub, which will improve the city’s transport infrastructure and modernise the city-scape.

The project will see Willmott Dixon construct a new bus station, improve the current train station, create a dual-purpose footbridge to link St Mary’s Street and Tentercroft Street and deliver a space multi-storey car park.

Nick Heath, operations director for the East Midlands at Willmott Dixon said: “This is another significant project for Lincoln that we are pleased to be delivering.

The transport hub is a crucial aspect to the city centre’s regeneration, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors – and importantly help to prepare the growing city for further development.”

Willmott Dixon will deliver the hub through the Scape National framework, and one key focus will be using local labour throughout the project, with materials also sourced locally whenever possible.

A site team of approximately 80 will deliver the project, including the demolition of existing structures surrounding the bus and rail stations.

This includes removing the current pedestrian footbridge and platform footbridge over the railway – both currently unfit for purpose – in preparation for construction of the transport hub’s dual purpose footbridge.

Willmott Dixon to deliver £25m Lincoln Transport Hub

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver the £25 million transport hub in Lincoln which was recently announced by the City of Lincoln Council.

The company is already building a new University Technical College in the city and will further increase its presence when it starts work on the hub, which will improve the city’s transport infrastructure and modernise the city-scape.

The project will see Willmott Dixon construct a new bus station, improve the current train station, create a dual-purpose footbridge to link St Mary’s Street and Tentercroft Street and deliver a space multi-storey car park.

Nick Heath, operations director for the East Midlands at Willmott Dixon said: “This is another significant project for Lincoln that we are pleased to be delivering.

The transport hub is a crucial aspect to the city centre’s regeneration, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors – and importantly help to prepare the growing city for further development.”

Willmott Dixon will deliver the hub through the Scape National framework, and one key focus will be using local labour throughout the project, with materials also sourced locally whenever possible.

A site team of approximately 80 will deliver the project, including the demolition of existing structures surrounding the bus and rail stations.

This includes removing the current pedestrian footbridge and platform footbridge over the railway – both currently unfit for purpose – in preparation for construction of the transport hub’s dual purpose footbridge.

15,500 jobs created across enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise zones are playing a vital role in delivering greater prosperity to the UK economy and have now created more than 15,500 jobs, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

Figures released today show the government’s 24 enterprise zones have created thousands of jobs, attracted over 480 businesses and more than £2.1 billion in private investment.

There is now activity on all enterprise zones, whether it is continued growth on established sites or former derelict sites being brought back to life thanks to the government’s vision and funding.

The growth has also provided a significant boost to the UK’s construction sector and wider supply chain.

The Communities Secretary heard first-hand how the sites are creating highly skilled jobs during a visit to Cosworth’s brand new £22 million advanced manufacturing centre at Northampton’s Enterprise Zone last week.

The facility will allow the company to fulfil £75 million of new contracts to produce high end machine components for high performance road vehicles, creating an additional 70 jobs and apprentices.

The enterprise zone is building a deserved reputation as a centre for automotive and manufacturing excellence with more than 130 businesses on site.

The University of Northampton is also embarking upon an ambitious £330 million move to the business park, creating a modern, purpose-build campus for more than 14,000 students.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Enterprise zones are now picking up the pace and really starting to deliver for the economy. We’re seeing activity across the country from established sites attracting some of the biggest names in business to derelict sites being brought back to life. That’s because our long-term economic plan is giving businesses the confidence to invest.

They know that enterprise zones work and are making the most of the top-class incentives and world-class infrastructure on offer. And that’s great news for local economies and communities because it’s these kinds of businesses that have the vision to grow, creating thousands more jobs for hard-working people.”

15,500 jobs created across enterprise zones

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise zones are playing a vital role in delivering greater prosperity to the UK economy and have now created more than 15,500 jobs, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

Figures released today show the government’s 24 enterprise zones have created thousands of jobs, attracted over 480 businesses and more than £2.1 billion in private investment.

There is now activity on all enterprise zones, whether it is continued growth on established sites or former derelict sites being brought back to life thanks to the government’s vision and funding.

The growth has also provided a significant boost to the UK’s construction sector and wider supply chain.

The Communities Secretary heard first-hand how the sites are creating highly skilled jobs during a visit to Cosworth’s brand new £22 million advanced manufacturing centre at Northampton’s Enterprise Zone last week.

The facility will allow the company to fulfil £75 million of new contracts to produce high end machine components for high performance road vehicles, creating an additional 70 jobs and apprentices.

The enterprise zone is building a deserved reputation as a centre for automotive and manufacturing excellence with more than 130 businesses on site.

The University of Northampton is also embarking upon an ambitious £330 million move to the business park, creating a modern, purpose-build campus for more than 14,000 students.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Enterprise zones are now picking up the pace and really starting to deliver for the economy. We’re seeing activity across the country from established sites attracting some of the biggest names in business to derelict sites being brought back to life. That’s because our long-term economic plan is giving businesses the confidence to invest.

They know that enterprise zones work and are making the most of the top-class incentives and world-class infrastructure on offer. And that’s great news for local economies and communities because it’s these kinds of businesses that have the vision to grow, creating thousands more jobs for hard-working people.”

Hundreds of jobs to be created by a major wind farm

Hundreds of jobs to be created by a major wind farm

An offshore wind project has today been given the go-ahead by the Government and is expected to support up to 900 green jobs in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B wind project will include up to 400 wind turbines, around 130km off the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire. With a maximum capacity of 2400MW it will generate enough electricity to power almost 2 million homes once built.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “This is another great boost for Yorkshire and Humberside. This development has the potential to support hundreds of green jobs and power up to 2 million homes.

Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is creating jobs and businesses in the UK, getting the best deal for consumers and reducing our reliance on foreign imports. Wind power is vital to this plan, with £14.5 billion invested since 2010 into an industry which supports 35,400 jobs.”

Almost half of the costs associated with building and operating a wind farm are spent buying services and products from UK businesses. This translates into real jobs, particularly in areas like Yorkshire which is becoming an energy hub.

Siemens and ABP announced a combined investment of £310 million to develop new wind turbine production and installation facilities in Hull last year, creating over 1,000 new jobs.

This is one of the largest investments in the Humberside area in the last 50 years and clearly demonstrates that the UK is the leading market for the sector.

Mayor names London’s first Housing Zones

London Mayor Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today named London’s first Housing Zones that will pave the way for thousands of new jobs in the construction industry.

In nine boroughs, the new Zones will bring forward enormous regeneration and transform key areas of the capital, with £260 million of new investment to deliver 28,000 much needed new homes across the capital.

London’s first Housing Zones will unlock the redevelopment of 1897.42 hectares of brownfield land across the capital, the equivalent of 2,656 football pitches.

The special status has been awarded to areas identified by London boroughs as key opportunity sites, to maximise development, fast track homes and deliver much needed infrastructure to boost development. The Housing Zone status will remain until 2025.

Part of the Mayor’s commitment to double housebuilding as London’s population continues to boom, the first of the new Zones will create more than 56,000 construction jobs on 52 schemes across the capital.

Creating first class new neighbourhoods, measures agreed within the Zones include: 5 station upgrades; 5 new schools; 4 new bridges, 2 new civic centres; a new park, a new ‘3G’ football pitch, shops, restaurants, and libraries. They will also include more than 9,000 low cost homes, for some of the capital’s most essential workers.

The Mayor’s announcement comes on the day he and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, outlined a package of measures to boost the city’s economy and support infrastructure including housing.

London’s first Housing Zones will be in the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Ealing, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Lewisham, Wandsworth. More across London are currently being considered with around 20 expected to be designated by later his year. Together they will provide over 50,000 new homes across London.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “As London’s population continues to boom, already at its highest since records began and with more growth predicted, housing is a huge challenge. We need to double housebuilding and provide a million more homes by 2025.

These innovative new Housing Zones, the first of their kind in the UK, will trigger regeneration and turbo boost the transformation of the capital’s brownfield sites, creating tens of thousands of new homes for hard working Londoner in first class new neighbourhoods.”

House building continues to climb

House building continues to climb

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has welcomed new figures showing a rise in the numbers of homes being built across the country.

The latest house building figures show starts on new homes in 2014 totalled 137,010 – 10% higher than in 2013 and at their highest annual total since 2007.

New figures show that overall 700,000 new homes have been delivered since the end of 2009 – and over 200,000 of which have been since the launch of the Help to Buy scheme.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We inherited a broken housing market in which builders couldn’t build, lenders wouldn’t lend and buyers couldn’t buy. We’ve done a lot to help get the housing industry back on its legs, but there’s more to do.

Today’s figures show we’re on track and turning this around. Now, house building levels are at their highest annual total since 2007, and first-time buyers are getting on the property ladder in record numbers.

This is thanks to our long-term economic plan and efforts to tackle the deficit we inherited, which are keeping interest rates at their record low and mean now is the best time on record to take out a mortgage.”

Homes built across the country

Croydon, where starts increased by 251% from 593 in 2013 to 2084 last year

Cornwall, where starts increased by 58% from 2,465 in 2013 to 3,892 last year

Leeds, where starts increased by 84% from 1,349 in 2013 to 2,480 last year

Bradford, where starts increased by 171% from 523 in 2013 to 1,417 last year

Selby, where starts increased by 296% from 279 in 2013 to 1,106 last year

Morgan Sindall to build new Wirral Met College

Morgan Sindall to build new Wirral Met College

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Peel Group as the principal contractor of the new Wirral Met College Campus in Birkenhead that will create jobs and boost the trades.

The new campus will be dedicated to delivering training and education for construction and the built environment, embracing renewable energy and training the future workforce that will create the transformational Wirral Waters.

Richard Mawdsley, project director at Peel, said: “We’re delighted to be working with an experienced contractor with local Wirral connections. This is the first of a number of building projects we are progressing under the Wirral Waters umbrella.

This project aligns with our skills agenda, to create a place with local jobs for local people.”

Wirral Waters is a 30 year vision by Peel Group to transform 500 acres of Birkenhead dockland, and is one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone. When completed in September 2015, the Wirral Met College will be the first key landmark in the Wirral Waters scheme. It will also provide a Skills and Enterprise Centre for local employers.

Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall said: “We are proud to be working with Peel Group on this fantastic new campus for the college at Wirral Waters. This is my home town and the college has enhanced the prospects of Wirralians for generations and it is gratifying to help them continue their work. We hope to leave a long-term legacy by introducing local economic benefits and opportunities for local people at the college.”

Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met, said: “This project will create life changing opportunities for thousands of people, as we establish a Centre of Excellence for Enterprise and the Built Environment. We will provide a pipeline of skills for employers who will be investing in Wirral by locating into the new Enterprise Zone.”

Morgan Sindall to build new Wirral Met College

Morgan Sindall to build new Wirral Met College

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Peel Group as the principal contractor of the new Wirral Met College Campus in Birkenhead that will create jobs and boost the trades.

The new campus will be dedicated to delivering training and education for construction and the built environment, embracing renewable energy and training the future workforce that will create the transformational Wirral Waters.

Richard Mawdsley, project director at Peel, said: “We’re delighted to be working with an experienced contractor with local Wirral connections. This is the first of a number of building projects we are progressing under the Wirral Waters umbrella.

This project aligns with our skills agenda, to create a place with local jobs for local people.”

Wirral Waters is a 30 year vision by Peel Group to transform 500 acres of Birkenhead dockland, and is one half of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone. When completed in September 2015, the Wirral Met College will be the first key landmark in the Wirral Waters scheme. It will also provide a Skills and Enterprise Centre for local employers.

Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall said: “We are proud to be working with Peel Group on this fantastic new campus for the college at Wirral Waters. This is my home town and the college has enhanced the prospects of Wirralians for generations and it is gratifying to help them continue their work. We hope to leave a long-term legacy by introducing local economic benefits and opportunities for local people at the college.”

Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met, said: “This project will create life changing opportunities for thousands of people, as we establish a Centre of Excellence for Enterprise and the Built Environment. We will provide a pipeline of skills for employers who will be investing in Wirral by locating into the new Enterprise Zone.”

Major school rebuild gets underway

Major school rebuild gets underway

Construction work at Mesne Lea Primary School in Salford has started, paving the way for 39 more schools in the North West to be rebuilt under the government’s priority school building programme (PSBP).

The school is 1 of worth £2.4 billion, which will address the needs of 260 of the schools in England in the worst condition.

Thanks to the PSBP, pupils and teachers attending the school are set to benefit from a £3.9 million, fit-for-purpose rebuild that will improve the existing outdated facilities.

The new 2-storey primary school will include a large multi-purpose hall, and a shared teaching space between reception and nursery for combined groups.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “The start of construction work at Mesne Lea Primary School marks a key milestone for the priority school building programme in the North West and an exciting phase in the development of the school.

Delivering great new schools will help to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that every young person across the region can get on in life.

Vital building work is taking place at schools in the worst state across the country. We are making good progress with 16 school buildings now open – 55 are under construction and the remaining projects are well into the development or planning stages.”.

Major school rebuild gets underway

Major school rebuild gets underway

Construction work at Mesne Lea Primary School in Salford has started, paving the way for 39 more schools in the North West to be rebuilt under the government’s priority school building programme (PSBP).

The school is 1 of worth £2.4 billion, which will address the needs of 260 of the schools in England in the worst condition.

Thanks to the PSBP, pupils and teachers attending the school are set to benefit from a £3.9 million, fit-for-purpose rebuild that will improve the existing outdated facilities.

The new 2-storey primary school will include a large multi-purpose hall, and a shared teaching space between reception and nursery for combined groups.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “The start of construction work at Mesne Lea Primary School marks a key milestone for the priority school building programme in the North West and an exciting phase in the development of the school.

Delivering great new schools will help to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that every young person across the region can get on in life.

Vital building work is taking place at schools in the worst state across the country. We are making good progress with 16 school buildings now open – 55 are under construction and the remaining projects are well into the development or planning stages.”.

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

MIRA Technology Park will be able to attract even more world-class businesses to the West Midlands after the Government gave the go-ahead to extend its flagship Enterprise Zone.

The move will pave the way for an additional 250,000 square foot of work space for cutting-edge research and development with the potential to create hundreds of new jobs and draw down millions of pounds in private-sector investment.

MIRA is home to some of the biggest names in the automotive business and is central to the Government’s Enterprise Zone programme that is playing a vital role in driving forward our economy.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “MIRA is leading the charge for Enterprise Zones. It’s a fantastic set-up and that’s why world-class companies like GKN, Continental and Goodyear and Haldex are moving there.

This extension will cement its place as the number one site for automotive research and development in the UK. It also has the potential to create up to 300 new jobs and draw down an extra £50 million in private sector investment that will have knock-on benefits for the local economy and community.”

GKN, Continental and Goodyear will move into the recently completed 27,500 square foot Technology Centre that includes secures workshops and office space.

The Government has also invested £12.9m from its Local Infrastructure Fund to support growth of the Enterprise Zone.

The Government opened the Enterprise Zones in April 2012 as part of a 25-year project to rebalance the economy, offering tax incentives, simplified planning and super fast broadband to companies. Latest figures show they have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated over £2 billion worth of private investment since opening for business

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

MIRA Technology Park will be able to attract even more world-class businesses to the West Midlands after the Government gave the go-ahead to extend its flagship Enterprise Zone.

The move will pave the way for an additional 250,000 square foot of work space for cutting-edge research and development with the potential to create hundreds of new jobs and draw down millions of pounds in private-sector investment.

MIRA is home to some of the biggest names in the automotive business and is central to the Government’s Enterprise Zone programme that is playing a vital role in driving forward our economy.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “MIRA is leading the charge for Enterprise Zones. It’s a fantastic set-up and that’s why world-class companies like GKN, Continental and Goodyear and Haldex are moving there.

This extension will cement its place as the number one site for automotive research and development in the UK. It also has the potential to create up to 300 new jobs and draw down an extra £50 million in private sector investment that will have knock-on benefits for the local economy and community.”

GKN, Continental and Goodyear will move into the recently completed 27,500 square foot Technology Centre that includes secures workshops and office space.

The Government has also invested £12.9m from its Local Infrastructure Fund to support growth of the Enterprise Zone.

The Government opened the Enterprise Zones in April 2012 as part of a 25-year project to rebalance the economy, offering tax incentives, simplified planning and super fast broadband to companies. Latest figures show they have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated over £2 billion worth of private investment since opening for business

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

MIRA Technology Park will be able to attract even more world-class businesses to the West Midlands after the Government gave the go-ahead to extend its flagship Enterprise Zone.

The move will pave the way for an additional 250,000 square foot of work space for cutting-edge research and development with the potential to create hundreds of new jobs and draw down millions of pounds in private-sector investment.

MIRA is home to some of the biggest names in the automotive business and is central to the Government’s Enterprise Zone programme that is playing a vital role in driving forward our economy.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “MIRA is leading the charge for Enterprise Zones. It’s a fantastic set-up and that’s why world-class companies like GKN, Continental and Goodyear and Haldex are moving there.

This extension will cement its place as the number one site for automotive research and development in the UK. It also has the potential to create up to 300 new jobs and draw down an extra £50 million in private sector investment that will have knock-on benefits for the local economy and community.”

GKN, Continental and Goodyear will move into the recently completed 27,500 square foot Technology Centre that includes secures workshops and office space.

The Government has also invested £12.9m from its Local Infrastructure Fund to support growth of the Enterprise Zone.

The Government opened the Enterprise Zones in April 2012 as part of a 25-year project to rebalance the economy, offering tax incentives, simplified planning and super fast broadband to companies. Latest figures show they have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated over £2 billion worth of private investment since opening for business

Travelodge to create 3,000 new jobs and boost the trades

Travelodge to create 3,000 new jobs and boost the trades

Hotel chain Travelodge has revealed an eight-year plan to 3, 000 jobs across the UK with the opening of 150 new hotels that will boost the construction trades.

The new hotels include four London locations, cementing Travelodge’s position as the capital’s biggest hotel brand; a new central Glasgow property and key regional locations including the Thames Valley tech corridor, Southampton and Bristol.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne visited Birmingham Airport Travelodge had welcomed news that Travelodge is set to create more than 3,000 jobs across the UK as it looks to boost its estate by opening more than 150 new hotels over the next eight years.

George Osborne said: “Our long-term economic plan for the Midlands is to make the area an Engine for Growth by backing business and supporting growth. The expansion of a great British brand like Travelodge within a growing hotel and leisure industry in the UK, is fantastic news.”

“Travelodge’s expansion is not just reliant however on tourists as increased demand from business customers and families have also boosted growth.”

Peter Gowers, Travelodge Chief Executive said: “We are well underway with our plans to build new Travelodge. We’re investing more than £100m in modernising our hotels for our customers and we now have 87% of guest rooms upgraded to our new look. In 2015 we are opening 15 new hotels, creating 400 new jobs and extending our network still further.

“With our modernised hotels and unbeatable value, we are well placed to serve the rapidly growing demand for low-cost travel. We see the potential for more than 150 further hotels across the UK and look forward to creating more great places to stay and thousands more jobs over the years ahead.”

New investment in Welsh housing sector

Welsh Government

The Government is investing a further £20 million to improve the Welsh housing stock and bring thousands of derelict and inhabitable properties back into use.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, launched the Home Improvement Loans scheme, which will offer loans to home owners and landlords to improve poor quality housing across Wales.

Funding of £10 million will be provided over two years to offer interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per property, which will be recycled by local authorities and provided to homeowners across Wales to maximise the funding and improve the standard of Welsh housing.

The Minister also announced a further £10 million for the Houses into Homes scheme, bringing the total investment in the programme to £30 million.

The additional funding will expand the programme which provides re-usable, interest-free loans to owners of empty run-down properties, to bring them back into use for sale or rent.

To date, 4471 empty and run-down properties have been turned into homes so far this Assembly term, only 529 short of the Welsh Government’s ambitious 5,000 target for the whole term.

Lesley Griffiths said: “The success of our flagship Houses into Homes scheme must also be acknowledged. As well as bringing 4471 properties back into use, the scheme is also creating jobs in our construction industry.”

New investment in Welsh housing sector

Welsh Government

The Government is investing a further £20 million to improve the Welsh housing stock and bring thousands of derelict and inhabitable properties back into use.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, launched the Home Improvement Loans scheme, which will offer loans to home owners and landlords to improve poor quality housing across Wales.

Funding of £10 million will be provided over two years to offer interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per property, which will be recycled by local authorities and provided to homeowners across Wales to maximise the funding and improve the standard of Welsh housing.

The Minister also announced a further £10 million for the Houses into Homes scheme, bringing the total investment in the programme to £30 million.

The additional funding will expand the programme which provides re-usable, interest-free loans to owners of empty run-down properties, to bring them back into use for sale or rent.

To date, 4471 empty and run-down properties have been turned into homes so far this Assembly term, only 529 short of the Welsh Government’s ambitious 5,000 target for the whole term.

Lesley Griffiths said: “The success of our flagship Houses into Homes scheme must also be acknowledged. As well as bringing 4471 properties back into use, the scheme is also creating jobs in our construction industry.”

New investment in Welsh housing sector

Welsh Government

The Government is investing a further £20 million to improve the Welsh housing stock and bring thousands of derelict and inhabitable properties back into use.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, launched the Home Improvement Loans scheme, which will offer loans to home owners and landlords to improve poor quality housing across Wales.

Funding of £10 million will be provided over two years to offer interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per property, which will be recycled by local authorities and provided to homeowners across Wales to maximise the funding and improve the standard of Welsh housing.

The Minister also announced a further £10 million for the Houses into Homes scheme, bringing the total investment in the programme to £30 million.

The additional funding will expand the programme which provides re-usable, interest-free loans to owners of empty run-down properties, to bring them back into use for sale or rent.

To date, 4471 empty and run-down properties have been turned into homes so far this Assembly term, only 529 short of the Welsh Government’s ambitious 5,000 target for the whole term.

Lesley Griffiths said: “The success of our flagship Houses into Homes scheme must also be acknowledged. As well as bringing 4471 properties back into use, the scheme is also creating jobs in our construction industry.”

New investment in Welsh housing sector

Welsh Government

The Government is investing a further £20 million to improve the Welsh housing stock and bring thousands of derelict and inhabitable properties back into use.

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, launched the Home Improvement Loans scheme, which will offer loans to home owners and landlords to improve poor quality housing across Wales.

Funding of £10 million will be provided over two years to offer interest-free loans of up to £25,000 per property, which will be recycled by local authorities and provided to homeowners across Wales to maximise the funding and improve the standard of Welsh housing.

The Minister also announced a further £10 million for the Houses into Homes scheme, bringing the total investment in the programme to £30 million.

The additional funding will expand the programme which provides re-usable, interest-free loans to owners of empty run-down properties, to bring them back into use for sale or rent.

To date, 4471 empty and run-down properties have been turned into homes so far this Assembly term, only 529 short of the Welsh Government’s ambitious 5,000 target for the whole term.

Lesley Griffiths said: “The success of our flagship Houses into Homes scheme must also be acknowledged. As well as bringing 4471 properties back into use, the scheme is also creating jobs in our construction industry.”

Kier gets five-year contract extension with Barnsley Council

Kier 2

Kier has extended its repairs and maintenance contract with Barnsley Council for another five years with Berneslai Homes Construction Services.

The extension, which was approved by Barnsley Council’s cabinet members, has a value to Kier of £55 million over the five years.

PRIP carries out all repairs and maintenance works to 19,000 homes on behalf of Barnsley Council and since it was established in 2010, tenant satisfaction with repairs and maintenance has increased to 98%.

The contract extension follows a robust review by Barnsley Council, where performance and value for money were some of the key subjects, and also included members of the Barnsley Federation of Tenants and Residents.

As part of the new contract, Kier has committed to further developing its Employment and Skills Training Programme, which will increase the number of apprentices employed by the programme by 25%. This adds to the partnership’s existing policy of investing heavily in the training and development of local people.

It currently employs 21 apprentices and holds over 4,000 training events per year for staff engaging with local communities to deliver training and education programmes. Of the 366 people directly employed by PRIP, 80% of them live within the borough, which brings an estimated £7.4m into the local economy each year.

Phil Oades, Kier operations director, said: “It is extremely rewarding to secure this extension with Barnsley Council, following the past five years of successfully working together. The extension means we can further deepen and develop our partnership with Berneslai Homes and the Council to deliver an even more efficient service to tenants across Barnsley.”

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “Barnsley Council is delighted to continue its partnership with Kier and Berneslai. They have delivered an excellent service to our customers over the past four years and are committed to improving both the economic prosperity of this town, and its residents, by using local labour and supplies wherever possible.”

Kier gets five-year contract extension with Barnsley Council

Kier 2

Kier has extended its repairs and maintenance contract with Barnsley Council for another five years with Berneslai Homes Construction Services.

The extension, which was approved by Barnsley Council’s cabinet members, has a value to Kier of £55 million over the five years.

PRIP carries out all repairs and maintenance works to 19,000 homes on behalf of Barnsley Council and since it was established in 2010, tenant satisfaction with repairs and maintenance has increased to 98%.

The contract extension follows a robust review by Barnsley Council, where performance and value for money were some of the key subjects, and also included members of the Barnsley Federation of Tenants and Residents.

As part of the new contract, Kier has committed to further developing its Employment and Skills Training Programme, which will increase the number of apprentices employed by the programme by 25%. This adds to the partnership’s existing policy of investing heavily in the training and development of local people.

It currently employs 21 apprentices and holds over 4,000 training events per year for staff engaging with local communities to deliver training and education programmes. Of the 366 people directly employed by PRIP, 80% of them live within the borough, which brings an estimated £7.4m into the local economy each year.

Phil Oades, Kier operations director, said: “It is extremely rewarding to secure this extension with Barnsley Council, following the past five years of successfully working together. The extension means we can further deepen and develop our partnership with Berneslai Homes and the Council to deliver an even more efficient service to tenants across Barnsley.”

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “Barnsley Council is delighted to continue its partnership with Kier and Berneslai. They have delivered an excellent service to our customers over the past four years and are committed to improving both the economic prosperity of this town, and its residents, by using local labour and supplies wherever possible.”

ISG secures £10m Cambridge Community Centre

ISG secures £10m Cambridge Community Centre

ISG has secured a £10 million project to build a multi-use community facility at the new Clay Farm development that will boost the local economy and create new jobs.

Positioned at the heart of Cambridge’s Southern Fringe growth area, the centre will ultimately serve a community of around 4,000 homes, with a new secondary school and two primary schools.

The five-storey, mixed-use building will provide a comprehensive range of public services for local residents, including a medical centre, library, community rooms and 20 flats.

At ground floor level of the concrete frame structure, ISG will create a spacious and light reception area, leading into the lower level of the two-storey library, a café and social space.

A large double-height multi-use hall and a smaller community room are also located on this level, along with offices and a secure internal bicycle storage area.

Liam Duffy, ISG’s regional director – East, said: “The extension of Cambridge’s guided busway and the creation of public realm space at Clay Farm has paved the way for this next stage in the development of the city’s Southern Fringe growth area.

This new facility is a signature building and a major investment by the council in the creation of a vibrant and sustainable new community and we are delighted to be playing a key role in the realisation of this exciting vision for Cambridge’s future.”

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Community, Arts and Recreation at Cambridge City Council, said: “The Clay Farm multi-use community facility is an ambitious project that will be the jewel in the crown of the new Southern Fringe development, bringing together a new neighbourhood under one roof.

Cambridge City Council is proud to take a leading role in the development, investing in a facility that will be sustainable and of very high quality – and will deliver a long-lasting benefit to the community and the city of Cambridge at large.”

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