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Plan to boost delivery of new housing

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plan to boost delivery of new housing

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go-ahead for £1.7 bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Go-ahead for £1.7 bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Building of new and affordable homes gets under way

Building of new and affordable homes gets under way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jobs Growth Wales to go-ahead, confirms Deputy Minister

Welsh Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jobs Growth Wales to go-ahead, confirms Deputy Minister

Welsh Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

Somerset Council signs maintenance deal with Skanska

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corriegarth Wind Farm gets the go-ahead

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corriegarth Wind Farm gets the go-ahead

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

Willmott Dixon to build 650 homes in Barking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social housing improvements for Scotland

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social housing improvements for Scotland

The Scottish Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

Willmott Dixon gets £27m housing job

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Work to start on £2bn New Covent Garden scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

Helping people onto the property ladder

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

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

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

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

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

Helping people onto the property ladder

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

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

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

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

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

Helping people onto the property ladder

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

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

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

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

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

New fund will help more tenants to become homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

Helping people onto the property ladder

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

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

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

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

Interserve to build seven new UK schools

Interserve to build seven new UK schools

Interserve and its joint venture partner Kajima have reached financial close on the project to design and build seven secondary schools across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading.

This is one of the first batch of schools to be funded using the Government’s new PF2 private finance model that will also boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The scheme, which was procured under the Priority School Building Programme, has a capital value in excess of £135 million. .

Interserve Kajima, which was appointed preferred bidder by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in April 2014, will be responsible for the design and construction of the schools as well as all maintenance services over 25-years.

Dougie Sutherland, Executive Director at Interserve said: “This is the 20th privately-financed education project in which the Group has invested and underlines our support for the Government’s investment in education.

As well as providing some 900 new schools places for students in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading, we will commit to take on more than 50 young people to work on the projects under NVQs, apprenticeships and work placements.”

The secondary schools included in this tranche are Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Hatfield; Goffs School, near Cheshunt; Kings Langley School, Kings Langley; Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead; Reading Girls’ School, Reading; Stopsley High School, Luton; and Westfield Academy, Watford.

Construction started on all the schemes last month with the first due for completion in August 2016. All of the new schools will be open by November 2016.

Interserve to build seven new UK schools

Interserve to build seven new UK schools

Interserve and its joint venture partner Kajima have reached financial close on the project to design and build seven secondary schools across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading.

This is one of the first batch of schools to be funded using the Government’s new PF2 private finance model that will also boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The scheme, which was procured under the Priority School Building Programme, has a capital value in excess of £135 million. .

Interserve Kajima, which was appointed preferred bidder by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in April 2014, will be responsible for the design and construction of the schools as well as all maintenance services over 25-years.

Dougie Sutherland, Executive Director at Interserve said: “This is the 20th privately-financed education project in which the Group has invested and underlines our support for the Government’s investment in education.

As well as providing some 900 new schools places for students in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading, we will commit to take on more than 50 young people to work on the projects under NVQs, apprenticeships and work placements.”

The secondary schools included in this tranche are Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Hatfield; Goffs School, near Cheshunt; Kings Langley School, Kings Langley; Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead; Reading Girls’ School, Reading; Stopsley High School, Luton; and Westfield Academy, Watford.

Construction started on all the schemes last month with the first due for completion in August 2016. All of the new schools will be open by November 2016.

Ardmore lands £48m residential deal in Lewisham

Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham

Family Mosaic has selected Ardmore to deliver Phase 4 of its Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme under a £48 million contract in South London.

The award means that Ardmore will have worked on three consecutive phases of the regeneration project, following the successful completion of Phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of Phase 3.

Ardmore will build 236 new homes as part of the new phase alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes, which will be available for private sale, affordable rent and shared ownership.

Construction on the latest phase will start in summer 2015, and is scheduled to conclude in spring 2017.

Ardmore’s development director, Chris Langdon, said: “We are delighted Ardmore has been appointed main contractor on the latest phase of this significant regeneration scheme.

We have been able to develop excellent ties with the local community over the past five years, and we are looking forward to building further on these, especially in making use of the skills and expertise of our local supply chain to boost regeneration in the area.”

Rob Warwick, Regeneration Manager at Family Mosaic, commented: “Family Mosaic is delighted to continue our partnership with Ardmore at this flagship regeneration project.

Ardmore is extremely experienced in the delivery of complex estate regeneration projects, and we are excited that the next phase of regenerating this area of Lewisham will soon get underway.”

Heathside and Lethbridge is one of London’s biggest estate regeneration programmes, and is planned to be carried out over six phases.

The regeneration works being undertaken by Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Lewisham are transforming the estates into an attractive mixed tenure development, with over 1200 high-quality private and affordable homes.

Ardmore lands £48m residential deal in Lewisham

Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham

Family Mosaic has selected Ardmore to deliver Phase 4 of its Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme under a £48 million contract in South London.

The award means that Ardmore will have worked on three consecutive phases of the regeneration project, following the successful completion of Phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of Phase 3.

Ardmore will build 236 new homes as part of the new phase alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes, which will be available for private sale, affordable rent and shared ownership.

Construction on the latest phase will start in summer 2015, and is scheduled to conclude in spring 2017.

Ardmore’s development director, Chris Langdon, said: “We are delighted Ardmore has been appointed main contractor on the latest phase of this significant regeneration scheme.

We have been able to develop excellent ties with the local community over the past five years, and we are looking forward to building further on these, especially in making use of the skills and expertise of our local supply chain to boost regeneration in the area.”

Rob Warwick, Regeneration Manager at Family Mosaic, commented: “Family Mosaic is delighted to continue our partnership with Ardmore at this flagship regeneration project.

Ardmore is extremely experienced in the delivery of complex estate regeneration projects, and we are excited that the next phase of regenerating this area of Lewisham will soon get underway.”

Heathside and Lethbridge is one of London’s biggest estate regeneration programmes, and is planned to be carried out over six phases.

The regeneration works being undertaken by Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Lewisham are transforming the estates into an attractive mixed tenure development, with over 1200 high-quality private and affordable homes.

Ardmore lands £48m residential deal in Lewisham

Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham

Family Mosaic has selected Ardmore to deliver Phase 4 of its Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme under a £48 million contract in South London.

The award means that Ardmore will have worked on three consecutive phases of the regeneration project, following the successful completion of Phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of Phase 3.

Ardmore will build 236 new homes as part of the new phase alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes, which will be available for private sale, affordable rent and shared ownership.

Construction on the latest phase will start in summer 2015, and is scheduled to conclude in spring 2017.

Ardmore’s development director, Chris Langdon, said: “We are delighted Ardmore has been appointed main contractor on the latest phase of this significant regeneration scheme.

We have been able to develop excellent ties with the local community over the past five years, and we are looking forward to building further on these, especially in making use of the skills and expertise of our local supply chain to boost regeneration in the area.”

Rob Warwick, Regeneration Manager at Family Mosaic, commented: “Family Mosaic is delighted to continue our partnership with Ardmore at this flagship regeneration project.

Ardmore is extremely experienced in the delivery of complex estate regeneration projects, and we are excited that the next phase of regenerating this area of Lewisham will soon get underway.”

Heathside and Lethbridge is one of London’s biggest estate regeneration programmes, and is planned to be carried out over six phases.

The regeneration works being undertaken by Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Lewisham are transforming the estates into an attractive mixed tenure development, with over 1200 high-quality private and affordable homes.

Ardmore lands £48m residential deal in Lewisham

Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham

Family Mosaic has selected Ardmore to deliver Phase 4 of its Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme under a £48 million contract in South London.

The award means that Ardmore will have worked on three consecutive phases of the regeneration project, following the successful completion of Phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of Phase 3.

Ardmore will build 236 new homes as part of the new phase alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes, which will be available for private sale, affordable rent and shared ownership.

Construction on the latest phase will start in summer 2015, and is scheduled to conclude in spring 2017.

Ardmore’s development director, Chris Langdon, said: “We are delighted Ardmore has been appointed main contractor on the latest phase of this significant regeneration scheme.

We have been able to develop excellent ties with the local community over the past five years, and we are looking forward to building further on these, especially in making use of the skills and expertise of our local supply chain to boost regeneration in the area.”

Rob Warwick, Regeneration Manager at Family Mosaic, commented: “Family Mosaic is delighted to continue our partnership with Ardmore at this flagship regeneration project.

Ardmore is extremely experienced in the delivery of complex estate regeneration projects, and we are excited that the next phase of regenerating this area of Lewisham will soon get underway.”

Heathside and Lethbridge is one of London’s biggest estate regeneration programmes, and is planned to be carried out over six phases.

The regeneration works being undertaken by Family Mosaic and the London Borough of Lewisham are transforming the estates into an attractive mixed tenure development, with over 1200 high-quality private and affordable homes.

Balfour Beatty awarded £80m University of Warwick job

Balfour Beatty awarded £80m University of Warwick job

Balfour Beatty has been awarded an £80 million contract to construct the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) in Coventry for the University of Warwick.

At the height of construction the project will employ over 750 people and will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and graduate and work experience placements.

The 33,000 square metre development on the existing main campus of the University of Warwick site involves the construction of a four-storey ‘L’ shaped building that will house state-of-the-art facilities.

Balfour Beatty will also carry out the significant mechanical and electrical installation works.

The NAIC will provide a national focus for expertise in automotive research and development. It will accommodate over 1,000 technologists, academics, designers, students and engineers, fostering collaboration to develop and utilise new breakthrough vehicle technology.

The facility will also help to address the current shortage of skilled research and development staff in the automotive supply chain.

Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer for Construction UK, said: “This award adds to Balfour Beatty’s significant portfolio of university projects across the UK.

Our commitment to apprenticeship, graduate and work placements, throughout project delivery will ensure Balfour Beatty’s contribution goes beyond the construction phase.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), said: “The National Automotive Innovation Centre will link people, research and world-leading infrastructure to create and develop novel technologies.

NAIC will be an ‘engine’ for economic growth, with wide economic benefit, and sustained growth from the creation of world-leading technologies.

Building will commence soon and through Balfour Beatty the construction of such a significant facility will bring equally significant economic and employment benefits to the local construction sector.”

Work will commence this spring with completion in spring 2017.

Balfour Beatty awarded £80m University of Warwick job

Balfour Beatty awarded £80m University of Warwick job

Balfour Beatty has been awarded an £80 million contract to construct the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) in Coventry for the University of Warwick.

At the height of construction the project will employ over 750 people and will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and graduate and work experience placements.

The 33,000 square metre development on the existing main campus of the University of Warwick site involves the construction of a four-storey ‘L’ shaped building that will house state-of-the-art facilities.

Balfour Beatty will also carry out the significant mechanical and electrical installation works.

The NAIC will provide a national focus for expertise in automotive research and development. It will accommodate over 1,000 technologists, academics, designers, students and engineers, fostering collaboration to develop and utilise new breakthrough vehicle technology.

The facility will also help to address the current shortage of skilled research and development staff in the automotive supply chain.

Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer for Construction UK, said: “This award adds to Balfour Beatty’s significant portfolio of university projects across the UK.

Our commitment to apprenticeship, graduate and work placements, throughout project delivery will ensure Balfour Beatty’s contribution goes beyond the construction phase.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), said: “The National Automotive Innovation Centre will link people, research and world-leading infrastructure to create and develop novel technologies.

NAIC will be an ‘engine’ for economic growth, with wide economic benefit, and sustained growth from the creation of world-leading technologies.

Building will commence soon and through Balfour Beatty the construction of such a significant facility will bring equally significant economic and employment benefits to the local construction sector.”

Work will commence this spring with completion in spring 2017.

Mayor launches Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

London Mayor Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) that will build up to 24,000 homes and create 55,000 jobs.

The Corporation will lead the regeneration of Old Oak Common in West London. A High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026.

The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

The OPDC will work to maximise the regeneration potential of the new stations. The Corporation has the support of Government and full planning powers across the entire site straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak Common, the Corporation will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC will take on various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions. It will also charge a Community Infrastructure Levy (once it has in place the necessary charging schedule).

Mayor launches Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

London Mayor Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) that will build up to 24,000 homes and create 55,000 jobs.

The Corporation will lead the regeneration of Old Oak Common in West London. A High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026.

The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

The OPDC will work to maximise the regeneration potential of the new stations. The Corporation has the support of Government and full planning powers across the entire site straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak Common, the Corporation will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC will take on various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions. It will also charge a Community Infrastructure Levy (once it has in place the necessary charging schedule).

ISG gets £50m job for Uni campus scheme

ISG gets £50m job for Uni campus scheme

ISG has been appointed on a £50 million project to create a striking new home for the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England.

The landmark building is a key element of the University’s development masterplan at Frenchay Campus, occupying a strategic site in the central heart zone, adjacent to the currently under construction student union and plaza facilities.

UWE Bristol is a leading advocate of advanced building methodologies to drive efficiencies during the construction process and beyond into occupancy.

ISG will deliver the project to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 maturity, with all design information shared between project stakeholders to create a computer-based model of the building that can be viewed, interrogated and updated by key project stakeholders.

The scheme also incorporates a Soft Landings approach from the outset, which sees the entire project team working closely with UWE Bristol to maximise efficiencies and enhance performance during the design, construction, commissioning and final occupation phases.

Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director, said: “UWE Bristol has significant built environment expertise as the university of choice for students looking to pursue a career in the industry.

Working in partnership on this landmark building is an exciting proposition, providing the opportunity to implement many of the most advanced methodologies used in modern construction.

The project team will foster strong links with the student community, with a wealth of training and work experience opportunities for UWE Bristol students. The Faculty of Business and Law is a true legacy project, proving an outstanding addition to the Frenchay Campus and an invaluable learning resource for the university.”

Government support for Solent Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zones

Businesses moving to the Solent Enterprise Zone are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art workshops thanks to Government funding that will create hundreds of new jobs.

It is estimated that around 3,500 jobs will be created within the Enterprise Zone over the life of the business hub, turning the area into a destination of choice for advanced manufacturing and technology businesses.

The £5.3 million Fareham Innovation Centre will provide space for companies working in the marine, aviation and aerospace fields when it opens its doors next month.

The Innovation Centre has been funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is working with local partners to bring thousands of new jobs and investment to the Enterprise Zone.

Companies are already moving into the building, which was officially handed over to Fareham Borough Council today.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “The Solent Enterprise Zone is going from strength to strength and the opening of the Fareham Innovation Centre is the latest part of that success story. It really is a state-of-the-art facility and I’m not surprised that tenants are already moving in.

These companies know that Enterprise Zones are great places to do business and that we are committed to supporting growth through our long-term economic plan.

It’s why we’ve invested more than £5 million to get this Innovation Centre off the ground, giving local businesses the facilities they need to create jobs for hard-working people.”

Government support for Solent Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zones

Businesses moving to the Solent Enterprise Zone are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art workshops thanks to Government funding that will create hundreds of new jobs.

It is estimated that around 3,500 jobs will be created within the Enterprise Zone over the life of the business hub, turning the area into a destination of choice for advanced manufacturing and technology businesses.

The £5.3 million Fareham Innovation Centre will provide space for companies working in the marine, aviation and aerospace fields when it opens its doors next month.

The Innovation Centre has been funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is working with local partners to bring thousands of new jobs and investment to the Enterprise Zone.

Companies are already moving into the building, which was officially handed over to Fareham Borough Council today.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “The Solent Enterprise Zone is going from strength to strength and the opening of the Fareham Innovation Centre is the latest part of that success story. It really is a state-of-the-art facility and I’m not surprised that tenants are already moving in.

These companies know that Enterprise Zones are great places to do business and that we are committed to supporting growth through our long-term economic plan.

It’s why we’ve invested more than £5 million to get this Innovation Centre off the ground, giving local businesses the facilities they need to create jobs for hard-working people.”

Government support for Solent Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zones

Businesses moving to the Solent Enterprise Zone are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art workshops thanks to Government funding that will create hundreds of new jobs.

It is estimated that around 3,500 jobs will be created within the Enterprise Zone over the life of the business hub, turning the area into a destination of choice for advanced manufacturing and technology businesses.

The £5.3 million Fareham Innovation Centre will provide space for companies working in the marine, aviation and aerospace fields when it opens its doors next month.

The Innovation Centre has been funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is working with local partners to bring thousands of new jobs and investment to the Enterprise Zone.

Companies are already moving into the building, which was officially handed over to Fareham Borough Council today.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “The Solent Enterprise Zone is going from strength to strength and the opening of the Fareham Innovation Centre is the latest part of that success story. It really is a state-of-the-art facility and I’m not surprised that tenants are already moving in.

These companies know that Enterprise Zones are great places to do business and that we are committed to supporting growth through our long-term economic plan.

It’s why we’ve invested more than £5 million to get this Innovation Centre off the ground, giving local businesses the facilities they need to create jobs for hard-working people.”

Government support for Solent Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zones

Businesses moving to the Solent Enterprise Zone are set to benefit from new state-of-the-art workshops thanks to Government funding that will create hundreds of new jobs.

It is estimated that around 3,500 jobs will be created within the Enterprise Zone over the life of the business hub, turning the area into a destination of choice for advanced manufacturing and technology businesses.

The £5.3 million Fareham Innovation Centre will provide space for companies working in the marine, aviation and aerospace fields when it opens its doors next month.

The Innovation Centre has been funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which is working with local partners to bring thousands of new jobs and investment to the Enterprise Zone.

Companies are already moving into the building, which was officially handed over to Fareham Borough Council today.

Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “The Solent Enterprise Zone is going from strength to strength and the opening of the Fareham Innovation Centre is the latest part of that success story. It really is a state-of-the-art facility and I’m not surprised that tenants are already moving in.

These companies know that Enterprise Zones are great places to do business and that we are committed to supporting growth through our long-term economic plan.

It’s why we’ve invested more than £5 million to get this Innovation Centre off the ground, giving local businesses the facilities they need to create jobs for hard-working people.”

New freedoms for Wales to build new homes

The Welsh Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New freedoms for Wales to build new homes

The Welsh Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galliford Try gets £69m Wandsworth development

GallifordTry

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

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

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

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

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

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

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

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

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

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

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

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

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

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

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

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

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

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

Docklands deal will deliver 3,500 new London homes

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

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

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

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

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

Delivering homes and jobs in the capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

New measures set to boost housebuilding

Housebuilding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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