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HS2 to create 25,000 construction jobs

HS2 talks business to boost the trades

The Government has deposited a proposed set of changes to the High Speed 2 railway that will boost phase one of the project between London and the West Midlands.

Government experts are predicting the High Speed 2 railway connecting London with Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester will create 25,000 construction jobs.

Procurement has already started on the scheme with building work set to get under way in 2017.

Transport secretary Robert Goodwill said: “We are starting the procurement process by preparing the contracts that will be signed as soon as the bill has passed; some of the largest value contracts in UK construction history.

Generating tens of thousands of opportunities, sixty percent of which we expect to be awarded to small- and medium-sized businesses.

We need everything from architects to aggregates, steel and surveyors, to engineers and environmental consultants.

We estimate that HS2 will create 25,000 jobs during construction and 3,000 jobs when in operation.”

Thousands of new jobs expected in Enterprise Areas by 2020

The Scottish Government

Scotland’s latest proposed Enterprise Area – the Biocity industrial tech incubator – could see employment boosted by another 180 new jobs in the next five years.

And based on growth rates already seen across the existing 15 Enterprise Areas (EAs) across Scotland, a potential 1800 jobs could be supported by the extension of the EA status until 2020.

First Minister announced plans to designate Biocity as an Enterprise Area in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government earlier this month, together with the extension of existing Enterprise Areas to 2020.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney toured the site today as part of a visit to neighbouring Coatbridge for the latest in the Scottish Government’s series of travelling Cabinets.

Ms Sturgeon said:“Enterprise Areas in Scotland at sites like Irvine and Edinburgh’s Bioquarter are already doing a terrific job creating new economic opportunities, new partnerships with education and – most importantly – new jobs across the country.

Based on patterns of growth already seen at these existing sites, we expect potentially 1800 new jobs in Scotland’s Enterprise Areas between now and 2020.

Here at Biocity we expect to see up to 180 new jobs – highly skilled and high-value jobs in an area where we are continuing to work hard with partners to make sure the benefits of economic growth are felt across the board.”

New gas power station in Lincolnshire given the go-ahead

New gas power station in Lincolnshire given the go-ahead

EDF Energy has today been granted planning consent to construct a new gas power plant in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne approved the development, which during construction will bring around 1,500 jobs to the area, with around 50 permanent positions once operational.

The station will produce up to 1800MW of electricity and will be capable of operating continuously throughout the year for up to 35 years.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said:“We are working to deliver clean, affordable and secure energy supplies for hardworking families and businesses.

Continued investment in this vital industry – such as this new power plant – creates jobs but also helps keep the lights on as we move towards a cleaner energy future.”

Willmott Dixon wins Network Rail work

Willmott Dixon wins Network Rail work

Willmott Dixon Interiors wins £20 million contract for offices near Blackfriars Station

Willmott Dixon Interiors has followed its recent contract win to fit-out the Design Museum’s new home in Kensington by with a key role at Network Rail’s offices near Blackfriars Station.

Willmott Dixon’s interiors specialists will refurbish the six storey building at 1 Puddle Dock to create a new home in central London for nearly 400 Network Rail staff.

The 100,000 sq ft modernisation and refit includes Cat A fit-out for space to sub-let and fit-out of Network Rail’s office areas to Cat B standard along with new M&E installations, lift installations, windows and external doors.

Working with Willmott Dixon Interiors are Scott Brownrigg, EPR Architects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Watermans as structural engineer and Sweett Group, who provided quantity surveying, project management, CDM-Designer and sustainability services. The project is set for completion in summer 2016.

Willmott Dixon Interiors chief operating officer Mike Hart:“We’re delighted to have been chosen by Network Rail to fit out their new central London offices.

The location and fast-track nature of the project further highlights our expertise in delivering large-scale office refurbishment in busy urban sites that provide modern space for a variety of uses.”

It’s another major project in 2015 for the company that fits-out over 500,000ft² of space each year in key sectors such as commercial, hotels, health, leisure and education.

Mace to deliver LSE’s Centre Buildings Redevelopment Project

Mace appointed to deliver LSE's Centre Buildings Redevelopment Project

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has appointed Mace as Design and Build contractor to deliver its new state-of-the-art Centre Buildings Redevelopment.

The £123 million project, which is set to be completed by November 2018, will be LSE’s largest ever redevelopment and will provide a world class teaching and learning environment for students and staff.

The redevelopment is in the heart of the School’s Aldwych campus and involves the construction of connected thirteen storey and six storey towers, incorporating lecture theatres, study areas, academic staff offices, a café/learning commons and a series of landscaped roof terraces.

A central feature of the redevelopment, designed by renowned architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, is the creation of a new central plaza, enhancing public as well as academic space.

A focus on sustainability will be a key element of the design with an aspiration to achieving an outstanding BREEAM rating. Levels 2-13 of the new buildings will rely on natural ventilation and cooling through a complex external façade, solar shading and the use of exposed pre-cast soffits.

In addition, the new towers will include bi-fuel CHP, photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting and a useable roof top green space.

The redevelopment will require demolition of four existing buildings, a process which started in June 2015. Following the demolition, construction is expected to start in July 2016.

Julian Robinson, Director of LSE Estates, said: “The construction of the CBR is the tallest, largest and most expensive project for LSE, which will dramatically enhance the learning environment for our staff and students.

Undertaking a complex project of this size and scale requires a significant degree of technical expertise which is why we are pleased to have appointed Mace to deliver this exciting new development.”

Business Unit Director for Public Sector at Mace, Terry Spraggett said: “We are delighted to be working with LSE to deliver not only their biggest ever development but also a project which will positively shape the learning environment for students for years to come.”

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of Leeds

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of Leeds

Galliford Try has signed a deal with the University of Leeds on two new contracts worth a total value of £37.8 million.

Firstly, Galliford Try has been contracted to refurbish the Engineering Building at the University’s main Woodhouse campus.

The £22.5 million project will involve refurbishing levels three, four and five of the 1960s building, as well as completing the maintenance backlog on the remainder of the building.

Secondly, Galliford Try will undertake the £15.3 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library.

The scheme, which encompasses all six floors of the 1970s building, includes fully refurbishing the study areas and replacing the engineering systems and roof.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try sad: “We are delighted to have been able to maintain the strong ties that our Yorkshire office has with the University of Leeds with these successes.

The strategy for our construction business is based on long-term relationships with respected clients and these two contracts are an excellent example of that approach.”

Bouygues UK gets major London regeneration scheme

Bouygues UK

The first construction contract for an ambitious regeneration project in Barking, being jointly delivered by East Thames and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD), has been awarded to Bouygues UK.

East Thames and LBBD are renewing the eastern end of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, with shared responsibility for funding, design, construction and maintenance.

Bouygues UK has been appointed to deliver the first 190 homes as part of Phase One of the project, as well as the construction of an energy centre. Altogether, the contract represents a value of approximately £41.5 million.

The beginning of this first phase represents a major milestone in the overall Gascoigne East Masterplan which will create 1,575 new homes, a secondary and primary school, green spaces and community centre over the next nine years.

East Thames Director of Development, Trevor Burns, said: “Bouygues UK has a wealth of experience in delivering large scale regeneration projects and we’re confident that they will support us to deliver a very high quality product for Gascoigne East.

We’re delighted that the first phase of the masterplan has already won an award for its innovative design. The project is a testimony to successful partnership working and we’re looking forward to delivering it hand in hand with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.”

Commenting on the new contract, Bouygues UK Managing Director for Housing London, John Campion, said: “We have a strong presence in Barking and Dagenham through our existing relationship with the council, which has also seen us working on the mixed-use scheme on London Road and the Creative Ice House Quarter development at Abbey Road.

We’re very happy to be working with East Thames and LBBD as part of the overall masterplan to regenerate Gascoigne Estate, as well as increasing our contribution to the wider regeneration of the borough as a whole.”

Knight Dragon Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved

Knight Dragon Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved

Developer Knight Dragon has been given the go-ahead for London’s Greenwich Peninsula that will see the building of 13,000 new homes and create 12,000 jobs.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Board has approved a landmark planning application for one of the largest new developments in London.

Developer Knight Dragon already has nearly 3,000 homes under construction, paving the way for new jobs in the building industry and boosting the construction trades.

The £8.4 billion plan has upped the height of several building to around 40 storeys and will include two schools, shops, bars and restaurants.

The new vision for the residential-led development has been designed by London-based architects Allies & Morrison and expands the originally consented 2004 scheme which had stalled for many years.

Sammy Lee, Vice Chairman of Knight Dragon said: “It’s a huge project and a huge responsibility

Something like this only happens once in a generation in London. We have big plans for the Peninsula and the team, the determination and the finance to deliver them.”

Also included in the plans are two schools, a health centre, a visitor attraction, public open space, highway and transport works, a new ferry jetty terminal and a 5 km running track across the site.

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revamp

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revamp

Interserve has been awarded a £12.3 million contract by Leeds City Council to improve and refurbish the historic Kirkgate Market in Leeds City Centre.

The Market is located in the heart of the city, attracting more than 35,000 shoppers per week. The building works are expected to last until Autumn 2016.

John Gittins, Divisional Director of Interserve, said: “Presently, approximately 1,750 people are employed at the Leeds Kirkgate Market and this project will create a number of additional local jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for regeneration, transport and planning said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Interserve to complete one of the most exciting developments happening in Leeds today.

By working together we will create a highly successful, profitable and sustainable destination market, which is a centre of excellence for independent retailers and entrepreneurs.

Kirkgate Market is a prime retail location with a major historical and cultural significance for Leeds, so it is only right that we invest in its future now to make it a sustainable and ‘go to’ destination for generations to come.”

Balfour to build £350m Manchester campus

Balfour to build £350m Manchester campus

The University of Manchester has today announced its £350 million investment to create a new engineering campus, through the University’s Construction Partnering Framework.

Balfour Beatty was appointed as one of three framework partners to the eight-year programme in June.

The University of Manchester has also announced the beginning of its engagement process with Balfour Beatty as its construction partner on the scheme with a full construction contract award expected in Spring 2016.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is the University’s flagship project in its capital programme to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow.

MECD will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom – and will transform the way the University educates future engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy.

Once complete, MECD will become home to four of the University’s engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University, said: “This outstanding new campus development will build upon our proud heritage of innovation and discovery across engineering and science that began with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824.

MECD will inspire engineers to continue our pioneering spirit and to apply their knowledge and help modern industry overcome global challenges, such as climate change, finite natural resources and changing world markets.”

Help to Buy scheme boosts house building

Help to Buy scheme boosts house building

Help to Buy, has helped nearly 120,000 people achieve their aspiration of buying a new home while boosting the house building industry, latest figures have revealed.

Since the launch of the Help to Buy equity loan and mortgage guarantee schemes 80% of scheme completions have been made by first-time buyers, with more expected when the government’s Help to Buy ISA launches in December

The scheme was created in 2013 to ensure that working people who were doing the right thing and saving for a deposit could achieve their aspiration of buying their own home through government support.

Together with the government’s Help to Buy: NewBuy scheme – which offered 95% mortgages for those buying new-build properties – the number of new home owners has reached over 118,000.

Getting Britain building

Help to Buy is also supporting the country’s economy by getting Britain building again. Half of homes bought under the scheme were new-build properties, contributing to the sharpest rise in house building orders since 2003.
Both annual housing starts and planning approvals are at a seven year high, with more than 606,000 new homes being built since 2010.

Helping people across the UK

Help to Buy is helping people throughout the UK achieve their dream of owning a new or bigger home.

With almost all completions outside London, the highest number of homes have been through the mortgage guarantee scheme in the North West region. The equity loan – a scheme for new build properties – is particularly high in the South East region.

Land sale paves way for £100m development

Land sale paves way for £100m development

Contracts have been completed between the Welsh Government and leading Cardiff Property Developer JR Smart, paving the way for a £100 million building scheme.

The potential 250,000sq.ft. development named John Street – Callaghan Square is set to create around 100 jobs during the construction phase with the capacity to create up to 1000 plus jobs when completed.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart described it as an exciting new addition for the Enterprise Zone.

Mrs Hart said: “I am delighted to see the private sector is maintaining the momentum and continuing to invest in the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone to ensure it delivers new jobs, attracts new investment and provides a great environment for business growth.

JR Smart has made significant investment in the Enterprise Zone which is making a major contribution towards creating one of the UK’s premier locations for business, with a specific focus on the financial and professional services sector.

Their plans for a mixed use development are very welcome and will enhance the overall offering for business, creating new high quality office accommodation while the hotel and residential elements will contribute to the overall vibrancy of the Business District.”

John Smart, Chairman of JR Smart said: “The John Street site represents a key part of the Enterprise Zone and City Centre and we are currently working up some exciting plans for a mixed use scheme. We are aligned with the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council in ensuring that the growth and success of this key part of Cardiff continues to move forward.”

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station is being redeveloped to create a modern transport hub providing high-speed rail services from London to the Midlands, the north and Scotland.

There will be 11 new platforms for HS2, along with new public spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes. The plans could also allow for wider regeneration of the surrounding area.

To reduce disruption to passengers and the community and ensure that existing services can continue to operate, the project will be delivered in two stages, with the current station retaining 18 platforms until HS2 phase one is operational.

Stage one of the plan will see six new platforms and a concourse built to the west of the station. This will support the opening of HS2 phase one, London to the Midlands, in 2026.

Five further high-speed platforms and a concourse will be constructed in the second stage to support phase two, Leeds/Manchester to London – which is due to open in 2033 – leaving 13 conventional platforms.

The plans also allow for potential redevelopment of the remaining existing station platforms and concourses, subject to future funding and approvals.

Rupert Walker, Euston development director for HS2 and Network Rail said:”Euston needs to become a station that both the nation and local community can be proud of – and share.

It will be the best connected station in London: a crossroads between the north and the south, quickly and easily accessible from all parts of the capital and, with HS2, the country.”

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station is being redeveloped to create a modern transport hub providing high-speed rail services from London to the Midlands, the north and Scotland.

There will be 11 new platforms for HS2, along with new public spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes. The plans could also allow for wider regeneration of the surrounding area.

To reduce disruption to passengers and the community and ensure that existing services can continue to operate, the project will be delivered in two stages, with the current station retaining 18 platforms until HS2 phase one is operational.

Stage one of the plan will see six new platforms and a concourse built to the west of the station. This will support the opening of HS2 phase one, London to the Midlands, in 2026.

Five further high-speed platforms and a concourse will be constructed in the second stage to support phase two, Leeds/Manchester to London – which is due to open in 2033 – leaving 13 conventional platforms.

The plans also allow for potential redevelopment of the remaining existing station platforms and concourses, subject to future funding and approvals.

Rupert Walker, Euston development director for HS2 and Network Rail said:”Euston needs to become a station that both the nation and local community can be proud of – and share.

It will be the best connected station in London: a crossroads between the north and the south, quickly and easily accessible from all parts of the capital and, with HS2, the country.”

Affordable housing in Scotland on track to exceed target

The Scottish Government

The number of new homes built in Scotland has risen by nine per cent in the last year.

Latest housing statistics show the number of new homes completed across the private and social sector rose nine per cent to 16,281 between April 2014 and March 2015, compared to the same period in 2013-14.

In addition, the overall supply of housing, which covers new builds, refurbishments and conversions, increased six per cent to 17,149 in 2014-15 compared to the previous year.

The Scottish Government is also well on track to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

Figures to the end of June 2015, show that a total of 28,048 affordable homes have now been delivered –93 per cent of the 30,000 target – including 19,205 homes for social rent.

This is 96 per cent of the 20,000 social rent target, and within that 4,956 council homes – 99 per cent of the council homes target.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to good-quality, affordable housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country. These figures support this commitment and show we are on track to exceed our five year target of delivering 30,000 new homes by 2016.

We will continue to work closely with the housing sector to support the construction of new homes across all tenures, supporting jobs in the construction industry and wider economy, and helping to strengthen communities, promote social justice and tackle inequality.”

Wates Living Space to support ambitious growth

Wates Living Space to support ambitious growth

Wates Living Space has announced a new national scheme to support ambitious growth plans over the next four years that will create new jobs.

The structure sees the creation of two separate divisions under the Living Space brand; a Maintenance division and a Homes division.

Each is supported by a dedicated management team focused on securing further growth opportunities within these two different sectors.

The Homes division of Wates Living Space will be led by Managing Director, Jo Jamieson who will be accountable for the division’s new build and partnership housing activities across all regions and will report to Wates Living Space Managing Director, Andy Hobart.

This announcement reaffirms Wates Living Space’s long-term commitment to deliver more and better homes across the UK, helping to tackle the nation’s urgent need for housing.

In support of this aim, the business plans to grow both divisions to create a sustainable £500 million Maintenance division and a £250 million Homes division.

The two divisions will offer Wates Living Space’s housing association and local authority clients a full range of services; Maintenance will offer planned and responsive maintenance programmes, void and energy services while Homes will provide contracting and development services.

Wates Living Space’s sustainable growth strategy enabled the business to report a turnover of £391m in 2014 and has been further supported by a number of strategic acquisitions in recent years.

This includes the integration of Linbrook Services into South Maintenance in 2011 and the more recent acquisition of G Purchase in 2014, expanding Wates Living Space’s national offer to customers and growing its responsive maintenance capability in the Midlands and North.

Morgan Sindall gets £1.4m job for UEA accommodation scheme

Morgan Sindall gets £1.4m job for UEA accommodation scheme

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to a £1.4 million contract to update 425 student bedrooms for the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The project is already underway, and will comprise the modernisation of bedrooms and some kitchen areas in four accommodation blocks across the University campus.

Rooms in Paston House, Orwell Close and Wolfson Close halls will be updated with new carpets and redecoration, while in The Village 26 of the 101 kitchens will be rejuvenated, refreshing the accommodation on offer to students.

Linda Shepherd, deputy dean of students at UEA, said: “The University is committed to a programme of continual improvement and updating of its student accommodation. Working with Morgan Sindall to deliver the latest stage of our refurbishment plans has been a very positive experience.”

Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The project at UEA will give a new lease of life to the accommodation available for students as they complete their degrees at the University of East Anglia.”

The refurbishment of the student accommodation follows the completion of the Enterprise Centre on the university campus. The £11.6 million project at the Enterprise Centre is the UK’s greenest commercial building, and achieved both Passivhaus and a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Willmott Dixon lands Brighton extra care housing

Willmott Dixon lands Brighton extra care housing

Willmott Dixon is set to build a £12 million care apartments scheme in Brighton for people over 55.

Brighton and Hove City Council selected Willmott Dixon as a prefered bidder for the multi-million contract that will see the building of 45 extra care homes.

The company was chosen through Scape Group’s Major Works framework to deliver the Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing development in Albion Street, Brighton.

The scheme is on the site of a former council owned sheltered housing scheme which will be demolished to make way for apartments primarily targeted at people with low to moderate dementia.

The investment in Brooke Mead is part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s commitment to developing housing solutions for those in housing need, including vulnerable older people.

The Brooke Mead scheme will provide independence and dignity by enabling people to live in their own home for longer in a supported environment.

Willmott Dixon’s managing director for residential construction in the Southern Counties David Issott : “We already have a presence in Brighton where our interiors company is delivering a £20 million upgrade to the university’s Cockcroft building.

We are delighted to add to this with our residential capabilities to create new modern homes for local people who want to live independently while also having access to facilities for care and assistance when needed.

This will be a high quality extra care scheme that offers older people a dignified environment which enhances their quality of life when complete in 2017.”

Willmott Dixon lands Brighton extra care housing

Willmott Dixon lands Brighton extra care housing

Willmott Dixon is set to build a £12 million care apartments scheme in Brighton for people over 55.

Brighton and Hove City Council selected Willmott Dixon as a prefered bidder for the multi-million contract that will see the building of 45 extra care homes.

The company was chosen through Scape Group’s Major Works framework to deliver the Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing development in Albion Street, Brighton.

The scheme is on the site of a former council owned sheltered housing scheme which will be demolished to make way for apartments primarily targeted at people with low to moderate dementia.

The investment in Brooke Mead is part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s commitment to developing housing solutions for those in housing need, including vulnerable older people.

The Brooke Mead scheme will provide independence and dignity by enabling people to live in their own home for longer in a supported environment.

Willmott Dixon’s managing director for residential construction in the Southern Counties David Issott : “We already have a presence in Brighton where our interiors company is delivering a £20 million upgrade to the university’s Cockcroft building.

We are delighted to add to this with our residential capabilities to create new modern homes for local people who want to live independently while also having access to facilities for care and assistance when needed.

This will be a high quality extra care scheme that offers older people a dignified environment which enhances their quality of life when complete in 2017.”

Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved

Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved

A landmark £250 million regeneration scheme for Maidenhead town centre was given the go ahead last night in a unanimous Council vote.

The decision paves the way for over 600,000 sq ft of new offices, retail and homes to be delivered in the Thames Valley town in time for the arrival of Crossrail services in 2019.

The Landing‘ was approved by councillors at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in a major step forward for a development just 100m from the future Crossrail station.

The regeneration of the 3.3 acre ‘Broadway’ site in Maidenhead town centre is being brought forward by Ryger Maidenhead Ltd, through London & Aberdeen Group.

Designed by Studio Egret West and Allies & Morrison, The Landing aims to deliver a new gateway for the town, providing 260,000 sq ft (net) of Grade A office accommodation and setting a new high standard for major HQ office buildings in Maidenhead.

The scheme also provides up to 225 new residential units of one, two and three bedrooms and 48,000 sq ft (net) of retail, set around an expansive central plaza.

Doug Higgins, Managing Director at London & Aberdeen Group, said: “This is a major step forward for Maidenhead and our vision will help reinvigorate the town centre and capitalise on Maidenhead’s status as a future Crossrail destination.

The Landing will occupy a prime site between the station and high street and set a new standard for urban design in the Thames Valley, providing office accommodation suitable for major HQs, as well as homes and high-quality shops and restaurants.

“Local representatives have been at the heart of the design process for The Landing. The scheme has a clear role to play in helping Maidenhead maintain its place as a preeminent destination in the Thames Valley, creating a spectacular meeting place, new jobs, economic activity and a hub linking all parts of the town centre together.”

Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved

Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved

A landmark £250 million regeneration scheme for Maidenhead town centre was given the go ahead last night in a unanimous Council vote.

The decision paves the way for over 600,000 sq ft of new offices, retail and homes to be delivered in the Thames Valley town in time for the arrival of Crossrail services in 2019.

The Landing‘ was approved by councillors at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in a major step forward for a development just 100m from the future Crossrail station.

The regeneration of the 3.3 acre ‘Broadway’ site in Maidenhead town centre is being brought forward by Ryger Maidenhead Ltd, through London & Aberdeen Group.

Designed by Studio Egret West and Allies & Morrison, The Landing aims to deliver a new gateway for the town, providing 260,000 sq ft (net) of Grade A office accommodation and setting a new high standard for major HQ office buildings in Maidenhead.

The scheme also provides up to 225 new residential units of one, two and three bedrooms and 48,000 sq ft (net) of retail, set around an expansive central plaza.

Doug Higgins, Managing Director at London & Aberdeen Group, said: “This is a major step forward for Maidenhead and our vision will help reinvigorate the town centre and capitalise on Maidenhead’s status as a future Crossrail destination.

The Landing will occupy a prime site between the station and high street and set a new standard for urban design in the Thames Valley, providing office accommodation suitable for major HQs, as well as homes and high-quality shops and restaurants.

“Local representatives have been at the heart of the design process for The Landing. The scheme has a clear role to play in helping Maidenhead maintain its place as a preeminent destination in the Thames Valley, creating a spectacular meeting place, new jobs, economic activity and a hub linking all parts of the town centre together.”

Go-ahead for Morgan Sindall Lambeth revamp

Go-ahead for Morgan Sindall Lambeth revamp

Muse Developments has been given the go-ahead for its ‘Your New Town Hall’ project in Lambeth that will see the building of 194 new homes.

It is expected that work can commence later this year, following the completion of the relevant legal agreements with Lambeth Council.

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

The ‘Your New Town Hall’ project will also preserve the historic town hall while reducing the council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving at least £4.5 million a year.

Thomasin Renshaw, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the ‘Your New Town Hall’ project.

These plans will deliver a modern, energy-efficient civic office for Lambeth, and regenerate the current town hall and surrounding properties for new civic and community spaces.

As well as saving the Council at least £4.5 million in running costs by consolidating scattered services into of the heart of Brixton, the project will also deliver 194 new homes, of which 40% will be affordable. We are looking forward to making a start on site in the coming months.”

The approved redevelopment proposals, which cover the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall, will deliver:

A preserved and enhanced Grade II listed Town Hall, more open and accessible to residents
• Quality office/ meeting spaces for local enterprise, start-ups and the community – twice the size of the Impact Hub project that is already based in the Town Hall – to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
• A new, 120,000 sq ft, energy efficient civic building with much improved customer centre and council offices
• 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing
• A car-free development (where parking permits will not be allowed) except for basement parking for wheelchair residents within the Olive Morris House development
• New landscaped public areas
• A new cycle hub with changing/ shower facilities and a cafe

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m University of Warwick hub

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m University of Warwick hub

Willmott Dixon will see the expantion of University of Warwick through its new £20 million contract which was secured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.

The job is one of six schemes offered by Scape, the new Teaching and Learning Building is the start of a comprehensive redevelopment of the university’s central campus and is being delivered to mark its 50th anniversary this year.

It’s the latest major project for Willmott Dixon in the higher education sector, following similar facilities for universities that include Kent, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton with a combined value of over £250 million.

The Teaching and Learning Building will see Willmott Dixon provide the University of Warwick with a facility that has 250 and 500 seat lecture theatres (see below) alongside new teaching and seminar space plus social and network areas – all accessible by faculties across the university.

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: “Our recent experience in higher education includes the new Curzon Building at Birmingham City University and we’ll be using our experience of working in live environments to ensure we create a centrepiece for Warwick that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.”

Willmott Dixon is working with Berman Guedes Stretton, architect, and Pick Everard, as project manager. Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard, said: “Under the Scape framework, we will deliver project management, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordination services for what is going to be a hugely important addition to the University of Warwick Campus”

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m University of Warwick hub

Willmott Dixon appointed for £20m University of Warwick hub

Willmott Dixon will see the expantion of University of Warwick through its new £20 million contract which was secured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.

The job is one of six schemes offered by Scape, the new Teaching and Learning Building is the start of a comprehensive redevelopment of the university’s central campus and is being delivered to mark its 50th anniversary this year.

It’s the latest major project for Willmott Dixon in the higher education sector, following similar facilities for universities that include Kent, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton with a combined value of over £250 million.

The Teaching and Learning Building will see Willmott Dixon provide the University of Warwick with a facility that has 250 and 500 seat lecture theatres (see below) alongside new teaching and seminar space plus social and network areas – all accessible by faculties across the university.

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: “Our recent experience in higher education includes the new Curzon Building at Birmingham City University and we’ll be using our experience of working in live environments to ensure we create a centrepiece for Warwick that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.”

Willmott Dixon is working with Berman Guedes Stretton, architect, and Pick Everard, as project manager. Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard, said: “Under the Scape framework, we will deliver project management, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordination services for what is going to be a hugely important addition to the University of Warwick Campus”

New scheme to focus on building new homes

The Scottish Government will invest £195 million over the next three years on a new shared equity scheme that will see the building of thousands of new homes.

The successor to the existing Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will focus on affordable homes, with eligible buyers receiving an equity loan towards the purchase price of a new-build home.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said: “This considerable investment means that through Help to Buy and its successor, the Scottish Government will have invested around half a billion pounds over six years, providing the private sector and construction industry with a huge boost.”

The Scottish Government will work with the house-building industry and lenders to agree on how the new scheme will operate. Further details will be announced following the UK Government’s spending review in November.

Regeneration firm Urban Union Ltd, a joint venture between construction firms McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group (Holdings), has been appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council to build more than 700 affordable and private homes in Pennywell.

Graeme Nicol, Managing Director, Urban Union Ltd said: “We welcome the news that Help to Buy is continuing through a new shared equity scheme.

Help to Buy has been incredibly popular – the majority of buyers at our developments at Pennywell in Edinburgh and Laurieston in Glasgow received funding through this scheme.

Urban Union is committed to delivering affordable homes and the continuation of support, focusing on the affordable housing market, is a much needed and welcome boost for people who need it most.”

City of Edinburgh Council Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to help more people buy affordable, energy efficient homes.

Increasing housing costs in Edinburgh have priced many people out of the private ownership market, making it impossible for them to get on the property ladder.

I hope that today’s announcement means more people in Edinburgh will benefit from the Help to Buy scheme and also means that we will be able to take forward more projects like Pennywell, which has played a vital role in regeneration of the local area.”

New scheme to focus on building new homes

The Scottish Government will invest £195 million over the next three years on a new shared equity scheme that will see the building of thousands of new homes.

The successor to the existing Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme will focus on affordable homes, with eligible buyers receiving an equity loan towards the purchase price of a new-build home.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said: “This considerable investment means that through Help to Buy and its successor, the Scottish Government will have invested around half a billion pounds over six years, providing the private sector and construction industry with a huge boost.”

The Scottish Government will work with the house-building industry and lenders to agree on how the new scheme will operate. Further details will be announced following the UK Government’s spending review in November.

Regeneration firm Urban Union Ltd, a joint venture between construction firms McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group (Holdings), has been appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council to build more than 700 affordable and private homes in Pennywell.

Graeme Nicol, Managing Director, Urban Union Ltd said: “We welcome the news that Help to Buy is continuing through a new shared equity scheme.

Help to Buy has been incredibly popular – the majority of buyers at our developments at Pennywell in Edinburgh and Laurieston in Glasgow received funding through this scheme.

Urban Union is committed to delivering affordable homes and the continuation of support, focusing on the affordable housing market, is a much needed and welcome boost for people who need it most.”

City of Edinburgh Council Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to help more people buy affordable, energy efficient homes.

Increasing housing costs in Edinburgh have priced many people out of the private ownership market, making it impossible for them to get on the property ladder.

I hope that today’s announcement means more people in Edinburgh will benefit from the Help to Buy scheme and also means that we will be able to take forward more projects like Pennywell, which has played a vital role in regeneration of the local area.”

Plans for £150m Aberdeen health campus expansion

Plans for £150m Aberdeen health campus expansion

More than £150 million will be invested in building new facilities at NHS Grampian’s Foresterhill Campus in Aberdeen over the next 5 years.

The health board took the first step in the formal process towards creating at least 10 new facilities on the site by lodging a pre-application notification with Aberdeen City Council on Wednesday.

The plans include a state of the art Baird Family Hospital, the ANCHOR Centre, a patient hotel, a multi-storey car park and a new life sciences centre which will shared with Aberdeen University.

The plans are an overall vision for Foresterhill over the next 5 years and also include the creation of a new Foresterhill Health Centre and a replacement for the existing mortuary.

A ‘Green Exercise’ area and extensive landscaping work on the site come in addition to ongoing work to create a therapeutic roof garden at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The latest announcement is in addition to other ongoing development work being carried out to modernise and enhance existing buildings on the site which has already resulted in a new £13.6 million Radiotherapy Department opening its doors this year.

Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive at NHS Grampian, said: “We’ve been delivering excellent care to the north east at Foresterhill since the early part of the 20th century and, while it has served us well, it is important that we keep looking forward. These new facilities will help us provide modern, specialist care right in the heart of the North East for years to come.

“We have worked closely with patients, the public and staff on the redevelopment plans and they have been very clear about what they want to see. We’ve listened to that feedback and today’s announcement will be welcome news.”

Firms wanted for £836m northern housing framework

Firms wanted for £836m northern housing framework

Efficiency North is now calling for contractors to deliver new build social housing projects in Yorkshire and Humber that will create new jobs and boost growth.

Three lots of work are already up for tender, forming part of an £836 million New Build framework operated by Re:allies, a strategic collaboration of housing consortia, of which Efficiency North is a founding member.

For the first lot, valued at £62 million, Efficiency North is seeking up to 30 contractors to complete multiple schemes solely in Yorkshire and Humber, up to the value of £2 million each.

Up to another 30 contractors are required for the second £394 million lot of larger schemes and up to a further 10 for £70 million of projects throughout the North of England.

Lee Parkinson, chief executive officer, explained: “The new framework presents a huge opportunity for us to create much needed high quality homes to help alleviate the current social housing crisis and regenerate local communities across our region.”

A simple single-stage procurement process is being used by the consortium, with just one questionnaire for contractors to complete, instead of a traditional Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. This method streamlines the tender stage and ensures the most appropriate contractors are chosen for the work available.

Lee concluded: “By opening up the bidding to as many firms as possible, we can ensure we find the best partners for the needs of each project, which will not only deliver value for money, but will also make sure we provide the highest quality homes for local communities in Yorkshire and Humber.”

A Bidders’ Day, which will provide a chance to meet the Efficiency North team, will be hosted on Monday 14th September 2015 from 10:00 to 15:00 at Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0SZ to give prospective contractors an opportunity to learn more about the framework and how they can best meet the tender criteria.

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans has recently been awarded three major windfarm contracts worth a total of £59 million that will boost the renewable industry and the trades.

The appointment to undertake the £4.4 million Sisters Windfarm, the £12.7 million Goole Fields II and the £42.1 million Kilgallioch windfarms marks another major step for Farrans within the clean energy market.

It is a market with which Farrans has particularly long-standing ties. Back in the 1990s, Farrans carried out the very first onshore windfarm in Northern Ireland, constructing 30 turbines at Carbeg, Rigged Hill and Elliots Hill.

Since then, Farrans has completed a range of windfarm contracts throughout the UK for major clients such as ScottishPower Renewables and RWE Npower Renewables.

And with the contracts for all three windfarms now signed, Farrans’ trademark colour will soon be visible in Goole, where 17 turbines are to be erected, as well as Widdrington in Northumberland where work will get underway on the 4-turbine Sisters Windfarm.

The construction of Kilgallioch Windfarm, which will include 96 Wind Turbine Generators, also marks a significant milestone. By its planned completion in June 2017, Farrans will have built 3 of the 10 largest windfarms in the UK.

On completion of the current projects, the total MW of power generated by Farrans on windfarm projects will stand at over 688MW, consolidating our position as one of the leading onshore windfarm construction contractors in the UK.

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans has recently been awarded three major windfarm contracts worth a total of £59 million that will boost the renewable industry and the trades.

The appointment to undertake the £4.4 million Sisters Windfarm, the £12.7 million Goole Fields II and the £42.1 million Kilgallioch windfarms marks another major step for Farrans within the clean energy market.

It is a market with which Farrans has particularly long-standing ties. Back in the 1990s, Farrans carried out the very first onshore windfarm in Northern Ireland, constructing 30 turbines at Carbeg, Rigged Hill and Elliots Hill.

Since then, Farrans has completed a range of windfarm contracts throughout the UK for major clients such as ScottishPower Renewables and RWE Npower Renewables.

And with the contracts for all three windfarms now signed, Farrans’ trademark colour will soon be visible in Goole, where 17 turbines are to be erected, as well as Widdrington in Northumberland where work will get underway on the 4-turbine Sisters Windfarm.

The construction of Kilgallioch Windfarm, which will include 96 Wind Turbine Generators, also marks a significant milestone. By its planned completion in June 2017, Farrans will have built 3 of the 10 largest windfarms in the UK.

On completion of the current projects, the total MW of power generated by Farrans on windfarm projects will stand at over 688MW, consolidating our position as one of the leading onshore windfarm construction contractors in the UK.

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans has recently been awarded three major windfarm contracts worth a total of £59 million that will boost the renewable industry and the trades.

The appointment to undertake the £4.4 million Sisters Windfarm, the £12.7 million Goole Fields II and the £42.1 million Kilgallioch windfarms marks another major step for Farrans within the clean energy market.

It is a market with which Farrans has particularly long-standing ties. Back in the 1990s, Farrans carried out the very first onshore windfarm in Northern Ireland, constructing 30 turbines at Carbeg, Rigged Hill and Elliots Hill.

Since then, Farrans has completed a range of windfarm contracts throughout the UK for major clients such as ScottishPower Renewables and RWE Npower Renewables.

And with the contracts for all three windfarms now signed, Farrans’ trademark colour will soon be visible in Goole, where 17 turbines are to be erected, as well as Widdrington in Northumberland where work will get underway on the 4-turbine Sisters Windfarm.

The construction of Kilgallioch Windfarm, which will include 96 Wind Turbine Generators, also marks a significant milestone. By its planned completion in June 2017, Farrans will have built 3 of the 10 largest windfarms in the UK.

On completion of the current projects, the total MW of power generated by Farrans on windfarm projects will stand at over 688MW, consolidating our position as one of the leading onshore windfarm construction contractors in the UK.

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans keep wind in the sails of the UK renewable industry

Farrans has recently been awarded three major windfarm contracts worth a total of £59 million that will boost the renewable industry and the trades.

The appointment to undertake the £4.4 million Sisters Windfarm, the £12.7 million Goole Fields II and the £42.1 million Kilgallioch windfarms marks another major step for Farrans within the clean energy market.

It is a market with which Farrans has particularly long-standing ties. Back in the 1990s, Farrans carried out the very first onshore windfarm in Northern Ireland, constructing 30 turbines at Carbeg, Rigged Hill and Elliots Hill.

Since then, Farrans has completed a range of windfarm contracts throughout the UK for major clients such as ScottishPower Renewables and RWE Npower Renewables.

And with the contracts for all three windfarms now signed, Farrans’ trademark colour will soon be visible in Goole, where 17 turbines are to be erected, as well as Widdrington in Northumberland where work will get underway on the 4-turbine Sisters Windfarm.

The construction of Kilgallioch Windfarm, which will include 96 Wind Turbine Generators, also marks a significant milestone. By its planned completion in June 2017, Farrans will have built 3 of the 10 largest windfarms in the UK.

On completion of the current projects, the total MW of power generated by Farrans on windfarm projects will stand at over 688MW, consolidating our position as one of the leading onshore windfarm construction contractors in the UK.

Enterprise Zones boom with thousands of new jobs

Enterprise Zones boom with thousands of new jobs

Enterprise zones are playing a vital role in growing the local and national economy, delivering greater prosperity to the UK economy and creating more than 19,000 jobs, latest figures show.

The 24 zones report that they have now attracted £2.2 billion of private investment and more than 500 new businesses across a range of key industries including the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and renewable energy industry sectors.

Along with boosting the number of jobs the zones are proving popular with colleges seeking to set-up facilities and training opportunities to fill gaps in the local skills market.

Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said: “We are seeing enterprise zones across the country create thousands of jobs and billions of pounds of investment, boosting the local and national economy. This is testament to the hard work of local people making the most of opportunities the zones bring for attracting firms.

Having 19,000 new jobs on zones is a significant milestone and one which we will continue to build as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to rebalance the economy.”

The government launched enterprise zones in April 2012 as part of the long-term economic plan to rebalance the economy so all parts of the country have the tools to thrive. The Chancellor announced the further expansion of the programme as part of his summer Budget.

The zones, which are delivering a multi-billion boost to local economies, offer a number of benefits including tax incentives, simplified planning and superfast broadband for firms.

Enterprise Zones boom with thousands of new jobs

Enterprise Zones boom with thousands of new jobs

Enterprise zones are playing a vital role in growing the local and national economy, delivering greater prosperity to the UK economy and creating more than 19,000 jobs, latest figures show.

The 24 zones report that they have now attracted £2.2 billion of private investment and more than 500 new businesses across a range of key industries including the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and renewable energy industry sectors.

Along with boosting the number of jobs the zones are proving popular with colleges seeking to set-up facilities and training opportunities to fill gaps in the local skills market.

Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said: “We are seeing enterprise zones across the country create thousands of jobs and billions of pounds of investment, boosting the local and national economy. This is testament to the hard work of local people making the most of opportunities the zones bring for attracting firms.

Having 19,000 new jobs on zones is a significant milestone and one which we will continue to build as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to rebalance the economy.”

The government launched enterprise zones in April 2012 as part of the long-term economic plan to rebalance the economy so all parts of the country have the tools to thrive. The Chancellor announced the further expansion of the programme as part of his summer Budget.

The zones, which are delivering a multi-billion boost to local economies, offer a number of benefits including tax incentives, simplified planning and superfast broadband for firms.

Work gets underway on £90m Morpeth housing scheme

Work gets underway on £90m Morpeth housing scheme

Work has begun on a £90 million development project which will revive a former hospital site, creating a mixed tenure community in a green, woodland setting.

A partnership comprising the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Galliford Try and Home Group will transform the disused and derelict St. George’s Hospital, just half a mile from the centre of Northumberland’s County Town, Morpeth.

The project will deliver a mixture of 374 high quality properties from two bedroomed apartments to five bedroomed executive homes, for sale and affordable rent.

All will be designed and built by Linden Homes – Galliford Try’s house building division – and will be exclusive to this site. The developer’s track record of sympathetic design was a key factor in it being selected by the HCA.

Stephen McCoy, Managing Director with Galliford Try said: “The aim is to create a high quality housing development, integrated into the surrounding area by linking to and enhancing existing natural features – including the adjacent Bluebell and Howburn Woods,”

The regeneration project will also provide significant public open space that will produce a development that is very different to anything else available in the area.”

Work on the 374 properties will take place in phases. The first will see 121 homes built, of which 36 will be affordable with 22 available for rent and 14 for shared ownership.

The proposal was given approval by Northumberland County Council’s planning committee in March following public consultation – the feedback from which was used to inform the design of the scheme.

Investment for town centre regenerations

The Scottish Government

Social Justice Secretary for Scotland, Alex Neil, has announced £1.7 million of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland and boost growth.

The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community organisations to support capital projects which will make real and lasting improvements to town centres.

Mr Neil made the funding announcement while on a visit to the Beith Development Trust in North Ayrshire, he said: “Scotland’s town centres need to be fit for the 21st century, offering a diverse range of businesses, services and activities that meet local demand.

There are already a few examples of communities getting involved in their town centres, introducing innovation and helping to reclaim them as vibrant social spaces.

By enabling and supporting enterprising community organisations to take action, we can help make town centres attractive and accessible places that are the thriving civic spaces we know they can be.”

Jane Lamont, Development Manager at Beith Development Trust, said: “We believe in making things happen in town centres and in communities incrementally building up to bigger projects that can then help to transform the community.

As well as our sports offer, we are now based on the High street in Beith which enables more people to connect with the different services that the trust offers. Being visible and joined up is key to the success of any community based organisation.”

BAM to build new leisure centre

BAM to build new leisure centre

BAM have been selected to deliver a new £22 million leisure centre on the banks of the Clyde for West Dunbartonshire Council as a key part of the regeneration strategy for the area.

Work has already started on the state of the art four-storey building and once completed in early 2017, the new facility will replace the ageing Play Drome on Abbotsford Road.

Designed by architects Kennedy FitzGerald Associates, the new leisure centre will feature a 25-metre swimming pool, teaching pool, leisure pool with waves and flume; changing facilities, a café, multi-purpose sports hall with retractable seating, fitness suite and a dance studio.

Doug Keillor, Regional Director, BAM Construction said: “This is something of a return visit for us as we are sitting on the doorstep of Clydebank College which we completed in 2007 and which really started the regeneration of this area.

We were selected for our strong track record in delivering this type of project but this is a challenging site as we are virtually in the river and it’s a complex and futuristic design, so we won’t be resting on our laurels”.

Martin Rooney Council Leader said: “Clydebank has a proud sporting history and this centre is going to hone the next generation of sporting talent.

It marks the start of a new chapter for Queen’s Quay and I think we are all excited to welcome the first of our residents to the new centre in 2017.”

BAM to build new leisure centre

BAM to build new leisure centre

BAM have been selected to deliver a new £22 million leisure centre on the banks of the Clyde for West Dunbartonshire Council as a key part of the regeneration strategy for the area.

Work has already started on the state of the art four-storey building and once completed in early 2017, the new facility will replace the ageing Play Drome on Abbotsford Road.

Designed by architects Kennedy FitzGerald Associates, the new leisure centre will feature a 25-metre swimming pool, teaching pool, leisure pool with waves and flume; changing facilities, a café, multi-purpose sports hall with retractable seating, fitness suite and a dance studio.

Doug Keillor, Regional Director, BAM Construction said: “This is something of a return visit for us as we are sitting on the doorstep of Clydebank College which we completed in 2007 and which really started the regeneration of this area.

We were selected for our strong track record in delivering this type of project but this is a challenging site as we are virtually in the river and it’s a complex and futuristic design, so we won’t be resting on our laurels”.

Martin Rooney Council Leader said: “Clydebank has a proud sporting history and this centre is going to hone the next generation of sporting talent.

It marks the start of a new chapter for Queen’s Quay and I think we are all excited to welcome the first of our residents to the new centre in 2017.”

Willmott Dixon gets £10m landmark UTC South Durham

Willmott Dixon gets £10m landmark UTC South Durham

Willmott Dixon is set to start work on a University Technical College (UTC) in Durham that will provide new facilities and boost economic growth in the trades.

The new £10 million University Technical College South Durham on the Aycliffe Business Park will see close collaboration with engineers at Hitachi Rail Europe’s new plant nearby, along with Gestamp Tallent and the University of Sunderland, the UTC’s lead partner.

The UTC’s creation is a huge boost to the region’s manufacturing capability, providing key industry collaboration to encourage a new generation of skills into the thriving sector that will also support more inward investment by companies like Hitachi.

Willmott Dixon was appointed through the Scape Major Works Framework and is working with Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture to deliver the three-storey facility that will be packed with general and specialist engineering equipment such as computer-aided design, science laboratories, workshops and a teaching block for studying GSCE and A level subjects.

Managing director in the North East Anthony Dillon: “We have a highly skilled local team that is really excited to be responsible for this excellent new UTC. As with all our work, we will try whenever possible to use local companies during the project.”

Willmott Dixon gets £10m landmark UTC South Durham

Willmott Dixon gets £10m landmark UTC South Durham

Willmott Dixon is set to start work on a University Technical College (UTC) in Durham that will provide new facilities and boost economic growth in the trades.

The new £10 million University Technical College South Durham on the Aycliffe Business Park will see close collaboration with engineers at Hitachi Rail Europe’s new plant nearby, along with Gestamp Tallent and the University of Sunderland, the UTC’s lead partner.

The UTC’s creation is a huge boost to the region’s manufacturing capability, providing key industry collaboration to encourage a new generation of skills into the thriving sector that will also support more inward investment by companies like Hitachi.

Willmott Dixon was appointed through the Scape Major Works Framework and is working with Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture to deliver the three-storey facility that will be packed with general and specialist engineering equipment such as computer-aided design, science laboratories, workshops and a teaching block for studying GSCE and A level subjects.

Managing director in the North East Anthony Dillon: “We have a highly skilled local team that is really excited to be responsible for this excellent new UTC. As with all our work, we will try whenever possible to use local companies during the project.”

ISG to deliver RIBA’s first regional HQ

ISG to deliver RIBA's first regional HQ

ISG has been awarded a fit out scheme for Royal Institute of British Architects‘ (RIBA) first office and exhibition space outside London at Liverpool’s Mann Island.

The new architecture centre is the latest win for ISG on the renowned Liverpool waterfront, with the contractor currently delivering the final elements of the £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

Commencing on site in September, RIBA’s new northern base is set to become a key destination for everyone inspired by the built environment. The visitor experience will showcase RIBA’s world-class collections and become a focal point for those interested in the development plans of Liverpool and beyond.

ISG will undertake significant alterations to the existing internal layout of the striking Building Two structure at Neptune Development’s Mann Island site, and create a new dedicated entrance for RIBA staff and visitors.

Occupying two floors of the building, which sits within a Unesco World Heritage Site, the contractor will install a new passenger lift and feature staircase to link the ground floor and first floor mezzanine level, which will also be extended to provide additional office space.

In addition to the creation of museum standard exhibition space, ISG will deliver a City Gallery, which will become the permanent home for the Liverpool City model and a venue showcasing development plans for the region.

The facility also includes lecture and conferencing facilities, majority open plan office accommodation and a retail outlet.

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, commented: “It is fitting that RIBA has chosen such an iconic location for its first architecture centre outside London.

As a business, we have a strong pedigree creating innovative spaces that encompass multiple activities, and just like The Crystal in London’s docklands, RIBA’s Mann Island base will perform perfectly as an office, leisure destination and location for public engagement.”

ISG to deliver RIBA’s first regional HQ

ISG to deliver RIBA's first regional HQ

ISG has been awarded a fit out scheme for Royal Institute of British Architects‘ (RIBA) first office and exhibition space outside London at Liverpool’s Mann Island.

The new architecture centre is the latest win for ISG on the renowned Liverpool waterfront, with the contractor currently delivering the final elements of the £66+ million Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

Commencing on site in September, RIBA’s new northern base is set to become a key destination for everyone inspired by the built environment. The visitor experience will showcase RIBA’s world-class collections and become a focal point for those interested in the development plans of Liverpool and beyond.

ISG will undertake significant alterations to the existing internal layout of the striking Building Two structure at Neptune Development’s Mann Island site, and create a new dedicated entrance for RIBA staff and visitors.

Occupying two floors of the building, which sits within a Unesco World Heritage Site, the contractor will install a new passenger lift and feature staircase to link the ground floor and first floor mezzanine level, which will also be extended to provide additional office space.

In addition to the creation of museum standard exhibition space, ISG will deliver a City Gallery, which will become the permanent home for the Liverpool City model and a venue showcasing development plans for the region.

The facility also includes lecture and conferencing facilities, majority open plan office accommodation and a retail outlet.

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, commented: “It is fitting that RIBA has chosen such an iconic location for its first architecture centre outside London.

As a business, we have a strong pedigree creating innovative spaces that encompass multiple activities, and just like The Crystal in London’s docklands, RIBA’s Mann Island base will perform perfectly as an office, leisure destination and location for public engagement.”

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contract

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contract

Kier has been awarded a £34.5m contract with Royal London Asset Management for improvement works at Parnell House, a mixed-use development on Wilton Road in Victoria, London.

The works will take place as part of the large-scale regeneration projects currently being undertaken to develop and modernise Victoria as one of central London’s most desirable locations.

Kier Construction will undertake the redevelopment of Parnell House, which involves the infilling of the central atriums at the first six levels, to deliver additional office floor area, and the construction of an additional three floors, to provide space for 14 high-end residential units.

To enable the new residential units to be built, the existing post-tensioned roof slab will be replaced by a substantial reinforced concrete transfer structure to carry the residential column layout above.

Cliff Thomas, managing director of Kier Construction in London, said: “The redevelopment of Parnell House is a key phase in the overall redevelopment of Victoria. We will deliver a high-end mixed-use scheme while maintaining continuity of service for the existing tenant, J D Wetherspoon, who will occupy the ground floor of the building throughout the construction period.

“We are also mindful of party wall considerations with the Grade II listed Apollo Theatre and Neathouse Place office block, and will bring our wealth of redevelopment experience to ensure a high quality finish.”

Works have started on site and are expected to complete in spring 2017.

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contract

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contract

Kier has been awarded a £34.5m contract with Royal London Asset Management for improvement works at Parnell House, a mixed-use development on Wilton Road in Victoria, London.

The works will take place as part of the large-scale regeneration projects currently being undertaken to develop and modernise Victoria as one of central London’s most desirable locations.

Kier Construction will undertake the redevelopment of Parnell House, which involves the infilling of the central atriums at the first six levels, to deliver additional office floor area, and the construction of an additional three floors, to provide space for 14 high-end residential units.

To enable the new residential units to be built, the existing post-tensioned roof slab will be replaced by a substantial reinforced concrete transfer structure to carry the residential column layout above.

Cliff Thomas, managing director of Kier Construction in London, said: “The redevelopment of Parnell House is a key phase in the overall redevelopment of Victoria. We will deliver a high-end mixed-use scheme while maintaining continuity of service for the existing tenant, J D Wetherspoon, who will occupy the ground floor of the building throughout the construction period.

“We are also mindful of party wall considerations with the Grade II listed Apollo Theatre and Neathouse Place office block, and will bring our wealth of redevelopment experience to ensure a high quality finish.”

Works have started on site and are expected to complete in spring 2017.

Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer’ job

Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer' job

Balfour Beatty and its joint venture with Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall has been awarded a £416 million contract to construct part of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Mobilisation work for the ‘West’ tunnel will begin in September this year, creating more than 9,000 direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will ensure the capital’s sewerage system is fit to support its projected population for at least the next 100 years, and will tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage that currently enter the River Thames on a regular basis.

Balfour Beatty’s three-way equal joint venture is which is known as BMB is scheuled for completion in 2022.

BMB’s ‘West’ section will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London and will incorporate seven separate work sites along the route.

Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance for a two to five year period following construction completion.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “Balfour Beatty’s expert teams have for many years helped to make the London landscape – both visible and invisible – what it is today, ensuring it can to continue to grow as one of the world’s leading capital cities.

The award of this unique infrastructure project, which is part of the largest ever undertaken by the UK water industry, is another example of the part we are playing in 21st Century engineering.

At the same time, together with our joint venture partners, we are committed to delivering tangible benefits for our local communities and their economy – through sensitive construction, engaging local businesses and SMEs into our supply chain and providing local job opportunities, including 50 new apprenticeships.”

Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer’ job

Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer' job

Balfour Beatty and its joint venture with Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall has been awarded a £416 million contract to construct part of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Mobilisation work for the ‘West’ tunnel will begin in September this year, creating more than 9,000 direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will ensure the capital’s sewerage system is fit to support its projected population for at least the next 100 years, and will tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage that currently enter the River Thames on a regular basis.

Balfour Beatty’s three-way equal joint venture is which is known as BMB is scheuled for completion in 2022.

BMB’s ‘West’ section will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London and will incorporate seven separate work sites along the route.

Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance for a two to five year period following construction completion.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “Balfour Beatty’s expert teams have for many years helped to make the London landscape – both visible and invisible – what it is today, ensuring it can to continue to grow as one of the world’s leading capital cities.

The award of this unique infrastructure project, which is part of the largest ever undertaken by the UK water industry, is another example of the part we are playing in 21st Century engineering.

At the same time, together with our joint venture partners, we are committed to delivering tangible benefits for our local communities and their economy – through sensitive construction, engaging local businesses and SMEs into our supply chain and providing local job opportunities, including 50 new apprenticeships.”

Go-ahead for £55m Kingston University building

Go-ahead for £55m Kingston University building

Kingston University has received the go-ahead for a new £55 million building and landscaping scheme at its Penrhyn Road campus that will boost local growth and create jobs.

Councillors on the Royal Borough of Kingston‘s development control committee unanimously approved the application at its meeting on 11 August and heard there was strong support for the plans from the local community.

Construction work is due to start in summer 2016, with the new building and landscaping scheduled to be complete in late 2018.

The project include a modern learning resources centre over several floors, a 300-seat multi-media auditorium and three new public landscaped areas.

The University will also be working with the Council to see how its Mini-Holland cycling proposals can be accommodated into the design of the landscaping.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg is delighted with the strength of support for the Town House project: “Many students, staff and local residents have been inspired about how the development will benefit both the University and the borough. It has something for everyone and will help to put the University firmly on the map.

We can now be justly proud and excited about being able to deliver a sympathetically-designed, yet remarkable, landmark building that will transform the learning experience at the University.”

Kingston University’s Director of Estates Sean Woulfe said: “Local people and heritage groups have responded very warmly to this project. The design reflects the University’s intention to engage with the public and open up learning opportunities for everyone.

The colonnade draws people in, and the lively landscaped terraces showcase the University’s learning activities to everyone passing by, on this key gateway to the town centre.”

New figures show a rise in number of homes built

New figures show a rise in number of homes built

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today welcomed new figures showing a rise in the number of homes being delivered across the UK.

The latest housebuilding figures show that there were over 131,000 completions in the last 12 months, 15% higher than in the previous 12 months and at their highest annual total since June 2009.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Our One Nation government has got the country building again with today’s figures showing that 131,060 extra homes have been built in the past year.

This has provided a real boost to the UK’s construction industry and is delivering the homes that hard-working people rightly deserve.

We’re also determined to support those who aspire to own their own home, which is why we’re making up to £10 million available to bring forward brownfield sites to build new Starter Homes which will be available to young first-time buyers at a 20% discount.”

Housebuilding is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that output in the construction industry increased by 2.7% in June compared to the same month last year. Work on private new housing between April and June rose by nearly 3.9% on the previous quarter.

The government has also given local people the powers they need to drive forward housing development with the number of homes in locally led plans up by a quarter.

Before March 2012 the average number of homes planned for by local authorities stood at 573 per year. But radical reforms put Local Plans and housing delivery at the heart of the planning system.

This has helped expand the housing pipeline with those Local Plans published after the reforms containing on average 717 homes per year.

The government is also helping hard-working people achieve their dream of home ownership with more than 200,000 households helped to buy property through government-backed schemes since 2010.

New figures show a rise in number of homes built

New figures show a rise in number of homes built

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis today welcomed new figures showing a rise in the number of homes being delivered across the UK.

The latest housebuilding figures show that there were over 131,000 completions in the last 12 months, 15% higher than in the previous 12 months and at their highest annual total since June 2009.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Our One Nation government has got the country building again with today’s figures showing that 131,060 extra homes have been built in the past year.

This has provided a real boost to the UK’s construction industry and is delivering the homes that hard-working people rightly deserve.

We’re also determined to support those who aspire to own their own home, which is why we’re making up to £10 million available to bring forward brownfield sites to build new Starter Homes which will be available to young first-time buyers at a 20% discount.”

Housebuilding is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that output in the construction industry increased by 2.7% in June compared to the same month last year. Work on private new housing between April and June rose by nearly 3.9% on the previous quarter.

The government has also given local people the powers they need to drive forward housing development with the number of homes in locally led plans up by a quarter.

Before March 2012 the average number of homes planned for by local authorities stood at 573 per year. But radical reforms put Local Plans and housing delivery at the heart of the planning system.

This has helped expand the housing pipeline with those Local Plans published after the reforms containing on average 717 homes per year.

The government is also helping hard-working people achieve their dream of home ownership with more than 200,000 households helped to buy property through government-backed schemes since 2010.

Hinkley Point to power the future and create new jobs

Hinkley Point to power the future and create new jobs

Balfour Beatty announced that its joint venture with NG Bailey has been selected for the £460 million Hinkley Point C power station electrical package, for EDF Energy.

The 50:50 Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey joint venture – Balfour Beatty Bailey – will work across both proposed Hinkley Point C units to deliver the critical infrastructure that will power the station and its operations, creating 1,000 jobs including many specialist engineers.

Works will include design and installation of circa 76,000 cables totalling over 3,000km in length; over 180km of cable containment support systems; fire and environmental sealing; design and installation of earthing systems, and specialist packages associated with data acquisition and plant control.

Balfour Beatty Bailey will deliver a lasting local legacy with a significant proportion of the new workforce recruited locally, 60 local apprenticeships and training commitments and partnerships with local colleges.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said:“This project enables Balfour Beatty to deploy its extensive experience and knowledge of the nuclear sector as the UK takes its next significant step forward in low-carbon energy.

The new nuclear programme demands a scale of resources and expertise that only the most capable and trusted partners can deliver. Equally significant, the project requires us to draw on the local community and its people in building what will be a highly specialist workforce.

I am particularly pleased to see Balfour Beatty combining its tradition of delivering essential infrastructure with the creation of new skills and employment in this country.”

Balfour Beatty Bailey’s six year project is expected to commence in 2016 with design work and the construction phase in 2017. The joint venture’s full contract award is scheduled for 2016, subject to the Hinkley Point C final investment decision.

Hinkley Point C, which will be located on the North Somerset coast, will be the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for 20 years. The two new nuclear reactors that form the proposed Hinkley Point C will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand.

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