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First St William site to build 839 homes

First St William site to build 839 homes

The London Borough of Wandsworth has granted planning permission for a new mixed-use development in Battersea by St William, the new joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group.

The project will bring £367 million of investment, create 370 jobs in construction and 123 permanent jobs on completion.

It marks the first St William scheme to secure a resolution to grant since the joint venture was launched in November 2014.

839 homes will be built on the five acre site of the former gasworks on Prince of Wales Drive, located between Battersea Park and Battersea Power Station.

The development will include 50,000 sq ft of new educational floor space, 201 affordable homes, a nursery, food retail unit, café and public realm improvements.

Alison Dowsett, Managing Director of St William, said: “We are delighted to secure a resolution to grant for the first St William site. This will open a former industrial site up for the first time in over 150 years and create a fantastic new place for the borough.”

Designed by award-winning architectural practice Squire and Partners, the master plan consists of 12 buildings ranging from two to 26 storeys in height and a new public square.

Phil Edwards, of National Grid Property and Director of St William, added: “This consent is another exciting step forward in the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank and we look forward to starting work to deliver the first St William development.”

Vacant possession is due in spring 2016 with construction scheduled to start on site soon after. First occupations are scheduled for 2019.

Go-ahead for 1,465 new homes at White City

Go-ahead for 1,465 new homes at White City

St James has secured a resolution to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham for a new development with up to 1,465 homes in White City.

The scheme will bring £615 million of investment, create 620 jobs in construction, 350 permanent jobs on completion, and deliver just over 30% affordable housing on and off site.

Currently occupied by a Marks & Spencer warehouse, the 4.2 hectare brownfield site will be transformed into a residential neighbourhood set in a new 4 acre public park White City Green.

This open space will be fully funded by St James and provide opportunities for a range of leisure and recreational activities and events.

The whole development aims to deliver up to 1,465 new homes, along with commercial, office, community and leisure space.

Award-winning architectural practice, Patel Taylor, was appointed as the architect, masterplanner and landscape architect to develop proposals for the site following a design competition.

The concept of “Living in the Park” will inform all the place-making, while the massing and architectural detail of the buildings creates a series of unique settings across the site.

A new bridge and pedestrian deck across the Central Line will improve connectivity from Wood Lane and provide direct access to Westfield London to the south. The pedestrian deck also provides an enhanced setting for BBC Television Centre.

The Marks and Spencer Warehouse is due to be vacated in July 2016 and construction is planned to start at the earliest opportunity. The scheme will be delivered in a number of phases over a 15 year period.

Government welcomes house building boost

Government welcomes house building boost

The latest housebuilding figures today show starts have more than doubled since those seen during the same period in 2009 – with both starts and completions rising over the past year.

The numbers of homes completed has also risen sharply, to their highest levels for nearly 6 years, paving the way for more jobs in the building construction trades.

Getting the country building

The 2008 economic crash devastated the housebuilding industry, leading to the loss of a quarter of a million construction jobs.

That’s why the government has made housebuilding an important part of its long-term economic plan, with a range of measures introduced to get the country building again.

In the year to March, work started on 140,500 homes – 5% higher than during the previous year.

Over 40,000 homes were started between January and March this year – 31% higher than the previous quarter, and 136% higher than the March quarter in 2009.

It means housing starts are at their highest level since 2007.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housebuilding is at the heart of our plan to ensure the recovery reaches all parts of our country. We’re turning around an industry that was devastated and getting the country building again.

Today’s figures show these efforts are reaping results, with housebuilding starts having more than doubled since 2009, and completions at their highest for nearly 6 years.

It is vital we maintain this momentum, getting workers back on sites and homes built – giving more people the chance to own their own home.”

The figures also show 125,110 homes completed between April 2014 and March this year – 11% higher than the previous year and their highest annual total since 2009.

Government welcomes house building boost

Government welcomes house building boost

The latest housebuilding figures today show starts have more than doubled since those seen during the same period in 2009 – with both starts and completions rising over the past year.

The numbers of homes completed has also risen sharply, to their highest levels for nearly 6 years, paving the way for more jobs in the building construction trades.

Getting the country building

The 2008 economic crash devastated the housebuilding industry, leading to the loss of a quarter of a million construction jobs.

That’s why the government has made housebuilding an important part of its long-term economic plan, with a range of measures introduced to get the country building again.

In the year to March, work started on 140,500 homes – 5% higher than during the previous year.

Over 40,000 homes were started between January and March this year – 31% higher than the previous quarter, and 136% higher than the March quarter in 2009.

It means housing starts are at their highest level since 2007.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housebuilding is at the heart of our plan to ensure the recovery reaches all parts of our country. We’re turning around an industry that was devastated and getting the country building again.

Today’s figures show these efforts are reaping results, with housebuilding starts having more than doubled since 2009, and completions at their highest for nearly 6 years.

It is vital we maintain this momentum, getting workers back on sites and homes built – giving more people the chance to own their own home.”

The figures also show 125,110 homes completed between April 2014 and March this year – 11% higher than the previous year and their highest annual total since 2009.

Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contract

Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contract

Eric Wright Rail (EWR) has been awarded a Principal Contractor Licence scheme by Network Rail that will pave the way for rail infrastructure projects and create new jobs.

The full Licence follows a lengthy process to achieve a provisional PCL, which enabled the company to bid for the Kent work.

Adrian Taylor, director of EWR, said: “Rail sector projects require specialist expertise and extremely high levels of health & safety due diligence so any contractor working in the industry must demonstrate that they have the technical and procedural requirements needed to meet Network Rail’s standards.

“PCL qualification is the formal process by which those requirements are first assessed for a provisional licence and then audited on a live site for a full PCL licence. We are delighted to have passed both steps with flying colours.”

The Kent project involved design development and installation of an electronic early warning system at a level crossing in Edenbridge, including all associated signalling, foundations and service ‘troughing’ works.

Network Rail’s licensing team attended the site to witness the works and interview the project team to ensure that EWR was adhering to its PCL systems and processes before awarding the full licence.

EWR will now be able to bid for further Netowrk Rail infrastructure schemes across the UK, building on the company’s track record in the rail sector, which includes numerous station car park upgrades and a number of minor works projects for various rail operators.

Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contract

Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contract

Eric Wright Rail (EWR) has been awarded a Principal Contractor Licence scheme by Network Rail that will pave the way for rail infrastructure projects and create new jobs.

The full Licence follows a lengthy process to achieve a provisional PCL, which enabled the company to bid for the Kent work.

Adrian Taylor, director of EWR, said: “Rail sector projects require specialist expertise and extremely high levels of health & safety due diligence so any contractor working in the industry must demonstrate that they have the technical and procedural requirements needed to meet Network Rail’s standards.

“PCL qualification is the formal process by which those requirements are first assessed for a provisional licence and then audited on a live site for a full PCL licence. We are delighted to have passed both steps with flying colours.”

The Kent project involved design development and installation of an electronic early warning system at a level crossing in Edenbridge, including all associated signalling, foundations and service ‘troughing’ works.

Network Rail’s licensing team attended the site to witness the works and interview the project team to ensure that EWR was adhering to its PCL systems and processes before awarding the full licence.

EWR will now be able to bid for further Netowrk Rail infrastructure schemes across the UK, building on the company’s track record in the rail sector, which includes numerous station car park upgrades and a number of minor works projects for various rail operators.

Businesses to drive up innovation investment

The Scottish Government

A shared vision on innovation will help Scotland become a world-leading entrepreneurial nation, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said today.

Meeting for the first time the newly appointed members of the Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum will be the leading force in creating greater levels of demand for, and investment in, business innovation for the benefit of the whole Scottish economy.

Following the publication of the Scottish Government‘s Scotland CAN DO framework, the Forum will stimulate demand for innovation from business and boost economic growth.

Speaking ahead of the first meeting at Edinburgh University Business School, Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum, Chair Mr Swinney said: “Scotland CAN DO is a platform for all sectors to further sharpen our focus on creating sustainable economic growth. Our vision is to make a Scotland as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.

This Government is focused on growing our economy and this new Forum will help to ensure that Scotland’s economy is one where growth is based on innovation, change and openness to new ways of doing things.

The sheer diversity of innovation that already exists in Scotland is something to be commended. Scottish EDGE already stands as an exemplar of this approach and shows what can happen when public, private and third sector partners work as one for the benefit of growth orientated entrepreneurs across our country.”

Businesses to drive up innovation investment

The Scottish Government

A shared vision on innovation will help Scotland become a world-leading entrepreneurial nation, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said today.

Meeting for the first time the newly appointed members of the Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum will be the leading force in creating greater levels of demand for, and investment in, business innovation for the benefit of the whole Scottish economy.

Following the publication of the Scottish Government‘s Scotland CAN DO framework, the Forum will stimulate demand for innovation from business and boost economic growth.

Speaking ahead of the first meeting at Edinburgh University Business School, Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum, Chair Mr Swinney said: “Scotland CAN DO is a platform for all sectors to further sharpen our focus on creating sustainable economic growth. Our vision is to make a Scotland as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.

This Government is focused on growing our economy and this new Forum will help to ensure that Scotland’s economy is one where growth is based on innovation, change and openness to new ways of doing things.

The sheer diversity of innovation that already exists in Scotland is something to be commended. Scottish EDGE already stands as an exemplar of this approach and shows what can happen when public, private and third sector partners work as one for the benefit of growth orientated entrepreneurs across our country.”

Tidal energy project to create new jobs in Wales

Tidal energy project to create new jobs in Wales

Swedish company Minesto will create 30 jobs and hundreds more in the long term in areas like manufacturing, offshore operations and new project development as part of an innovative Deep Green scheme.

The scheme will see the designing, manufacturing and testing of a low velocity device to produce electricity for thousands of homes from tidal and ocean currents.

The proposed installation site in the southern corner of Holyhead Deep has been chosen to maintain separation from shipping lanes and to minimise impact on other sea users.

The Welsh Government has been working with Minesto over a number of years on feasibility studies to help bring this investment to North Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones, said: “I am delighted that our investment has helped pave the way for Minesto to set up its UK headquarters in North Wales. It will create high quality jobs in what is a rapidly expanding and important sector for Wales.”

Weighing seven tonnes and operating at least 15 metres below the water surface, Deep Green’s underwater ‘kite’ technology can operate in waters where no other known technology can perform as cost-effectively due to its unique ability to run in low velocity areas.

Installation of the device will commence during the summer of 2017, and if successful the company will manufacture more ‘Deep Green’ devices from its assembly plant in Anglesey for export around the world, creating more jobs in the area.

Anders Jansson, CEO of Minesto said: “This is great news not only for us as a company, but also for Wales as a nation and the entire marine energy industry.”

Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt, said: “Over the next five years, £150 million of EU funds will be invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a particular focus on marine energy in West and North Wales. The investment demonstrates how vital EU funds are to creating jobs and economic growth across Wales.”

Tidal energy project to create new jobs in Wales

Tidal energy project to create new jobs in Wales

Swedish company Minesto will create 30 jobs and hundreds more in the long term in areas like manufacturing, offshore operations and new project development as part of an innovative Deep Green scheme.

The scheme will see the designing, manufacturing and testing of a low velocity device to produce electricity for thousands of homes from tidal and ocean currents.

The proposed installation site in the southern corner of Holyhead Deep has been chosen to maintain separation from shipping lanes and to minimise impact on other sea users.

The Welsh Government has been working with Minesto over a number of years on feasibility studies to help bring this investment to North Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones, said: “I am delighted that our investment has helped pave the way for Minesto to set up its UK headquarters in North Wales. It will create high quality jobs in what is a rapidly expanding and important sector for Wales.”

Weighing seven tonnes and operating at least 15 metres below the water surface, Deep Green’s underwater ‘kite’ technology can operate in waters where no other known technology can perform as cost-effectively due to its unique ability to run in low velocity areas.

Installation of the device will commence during the summer of 2017, and if successful the company will manufacture more ‘Deep Green’ devices from its assembly plant in Anglesey for export around the world, creating more jobs in the area.

Anders Jansson, CEO of Minesto said: “This is great news not only for us as a company, but also for Wales as a nation and the entire marine energy industry.”

Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt, said: “Over the next five years, £150 million of EU funds will be invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a particular focus on marine energy in West and North Wales. The investment demonstrates how vital EU funds are to creating jobs and economic growth across Wales.”

Balfour Beatty secures landmark care scheme in Ireland

Balfour Beatty secures landmark care scheme in Ireland

Balfour Beatty in a consortium with Prime and InfraRed Capital Partners has been selected as Preferred Tenderer to deliver 14 primary care centres across Ireland.

The project, with a combined capital value of circa €140 million, is the first programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland’s primary care market, boosting economic growth and helping the trades.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), which provides all of Ireland’s public health services, issued the tender through the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in response to the government’s health reform programme, which places a new emphasis on developing the role of primary care within a universal healthcare system.

The Prime led Consortium combines the considerable skills and resources of healthcare property company Prime, international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited a leading global investment manager focused on infrastructure and real estate.

Over the last five years Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed have successfully raised over €3 billion of senior debt funding to support projects across the PPP infrastructure and primary care markets.

As experienced providers in the PPP and primary care markets, Prime and Balfour Beatty have brought together a team of 500 professionals to deliver the project.

A key aspect of the bid was the strategic commitment to local procurement with companies such as Balfour Beatty Ireland, JJ Rhatigan & Company and Aramark Ireland forming part of the delivery team. Local subcontractors and suppliers will also feature strongly in each project.

Tzvetelina Bogoina, Balfour Beatty Bid Director, said: “Balfour Beatty is a trusted partner in the healthcare construction and maintenance sector having delivered over £2billion worth of hospitals and care centres over the past decade.

We look forward to working with the HSE and NDFA to deliver these primary care centres which will make a great, positive difference to local communities, not only in terms of health outcomes but in the positive impact it will have in creating local jobs.”

Will Bilbrough, Development Director at Prime plc, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed preferred tenderer and look forward to working with the HSE and NDFA to deliver this pivotal healthcare PPP for communities across Ireland.”

Go-ahead for £75m Salford PRS scheme

Go-ahead for £75m Salford PRS scheme

Salford City Council has approved Knight Knox and Fortis Developments‘ plans for a £75 million private rental scheme that will boost economic growth and build new homes.

Property investor Knight Knox is set to proceed with plans that will see the building of 580 apartments on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford.

The three-block scheme of 450,000 sq ft development to be known Adelphi Wharf will include an onsite gymnasium and provide underground parking for residents.

Local partner Fortis Developments will deliver the project in three phases with its letting arm managing the blocks.

Director of Fortis, Kieran Moore, said: “Fortis Developments has worked closely with Salford City Council and Urban Vision to ensure that the design and visual impact of Adelphi Wharf complements the area, while incorporating modern architecture along the city’s water front.

2015 is set to be a very exciting year for Salford, due to significant investment into the city’s regeneration. We’re thrilled to be providing the area with high quality residential property and valuable investment opportunities.

Adelphi Wharf is an exciting project, which we expect the whole area to benefit from, enhancing the city’s growing reputation and breathing new life into this currently vacant site.”

Go-ahead for £75m Salford PRS scheme

Go-ahead for £75m Salford PRS scheme

Salford City Council has approved Knight Knox and Fortis Developments‘ plans for a £75 million private rental scheme that will boost economic growth and build new homes.

Property investor Knight Knox is set to proceed with plans that will see the building of 580 apartments on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford.

The three-block scheme of 450,000 sq ft development to be known Adelphi Wharf will include an onsite gymnasium and provide underground parking for residents.

Local partner Fortis Developments will deliver the project in three phases with its letting arm managing the blocks.

Director of Fortis, Kieran Moore, said: “Fortis Developments has worked closely with Salford City Council and Urban Vision to ensure that the design and visual impact of Adelphi Wharf complements the area, while incorporating modern architecture along the city’s water front.

2015 is set to be a very exciting year for Salford, due to significant investment into the city’s regeneration. We’re thrilled to be providing the area with high quality residential property and valuable investment opportunities.

Adelphi Wharf is an exciting project, which we expect the whole area to benefit from, enhancing the city’s growing reputation and breathing new life into this currently vacant site.”

Interserve extends contract with Debenhams

Interserve extends contract with Debenhams

Interserve has been awarded a five-year contract extension worth £10 million per year with Debenhams – the multinational retailer – to deliver services across its UK stores and offices.

The contract runs to 2018 with a 2 year extension option and now covers 124 stores along with Debenhams head office in London.

Glenn Brooks, Debenhams Account Director at Interserve, said: “We have been working with Debenhams for the past 25 years, with a dedicated operations team on site since 2008.

By focusing our service delivery on customer needs, we have achieved significant process improvements for Debenhams. For instance, introducing a flexible service delivery model that has improved productivity and enhanced efficiencies across the estate.

We look forward to continuing to support Debenhams in achieving its business goals, and building on this strong partnership.”

Keith Evans, store facilities manager at Debenhams, said: “Our strong relationship with Interserve has built confidence that it will continue to deliver quality services while supporting our business goals. We are pleased to be extending our relationship with Interserve.”

Interserve extends contract with Debenhams

Interserve extends contract with Debenhams

Interserve has been awarded a five-year contract extension worth £10 million per year with Debenhams – the multinational retailer – to deliver services across its UK stores and offices.

The contract runs to 2018 with a 2 year extension option and now covers 124 stores along with Debenhams head office in London.

Glenn Brooks, Debenhams Account Director at Interserve, said: “We have been working with Debenhams for the past 25 years, with a dedicated operations team on site since 2008.

By focusing our service delivery on customer needs, we have achieved significant process improvements for Debenhams. For instance, introducing a flexible service delivery model that has improved productivity and enhanced efficiencies across the estate.

We look forward to continuing to support Debenhams in achieving its business goals, and building on this strong partnership.”

Keith Evans, store facilities manager at Debenhams, said: “Our strong relationship with Interserve has built confidence that it will continue to deliver quality services while supporting our business goals. We are pleased to be extending our relationship with Interserve.”

Bouygues gets Canterbury riverside scheme

Bouygues gets Canterbury riverside scheme

Canterbury City Council has selected Bouygues as its preferred contractor to build a major leisure scheme in Kingsmead area of the city that will boost the local economy.

A multiplex cinema, restaurants and other indoor leisure outlets are on their way following the selection Bouygues Development as the city council’s preferred builder.

The project, which is on the site of the former coach park, current Serco depot and other parcels of land, will also include student accommodation and other residential development. There will be a mix of national and local occupiers.

In addition, Bouygues Development has designed a public area that is intended to become the heart of the leisure aspect of the scheme, hosting a variety of events including markets, an outdoor skating rink at Christmas and local theatre productions.

Canterbury City Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael, said: “The standard of all the bids was very high, and we’re delighted to have selected such an experienced company as our partner for this exciting regeneration project for Canterbury.

Bouygues Development has an excellent track record of developing large-scale, complex mixed-use regeneration projects such as the one we envisage for Kingsmead.”

Axel Boutrolle, Regional Director at Bouygues Development, said: “We were delighted to be selected as the council’s preferred development partner. After eight months of hard work, we are confident that we have designed a viable scheme which keeps to the council’s project scope and respects the surrounding area.

We have put together a very competent professional team and we look forward to realising this important strategic site for Canterbury.”

Bouygues gets Canterbury riverside scheme

Bouygues gets Canterbury riverside scheme

Canterbury City Council has selected Bouygues as its preferred contractor to build a major leisure scheme in Kingsmead area of the city that will boost the local economy.

A multiplex cinema, restaurants and other indoor leisure outlets are on their way following the selection Bouygues Development as the city council’s preferred builder.

The project, which is on the site of the former coach park, current Serco depot and other parcels of land, will also include student accommodation and other residential development. There will be a mix of national and local occupiers.

In addition, Bouygues Development has designed a public area that is intended to become the heart of the leisure aspect of the scheme, hosting a variety of events including markets, an outdoor skating rink at Christmas and local theatre productions.

Canterbury City Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Carmichael, said: “The standard of all the bids was very high, and we’re delighted to have selected such an experienced company as our partner for this exciting regeneration project for Canterbury.

Bouygues Development has an excellent track record of developing large-scale, complex mixed-use regeneration projects such as the one we envisage for Kingsmead.”

Axel Boutrolle, Regional Director at Bouygues Development, said: “We were delighted to be selected as the council’s preferred development partner. After eight months of hard work, we are confident that we have designed a viable scheme which keeps to the council’s project scope and respects the surrounding area.

We have put together a very competent professional team and we look forward to realising this important strategic site for Canterbury.”

First new Crossrail tracks laid in South East London

First new Crossrail tracks laid in South East London

Work to install a new two-mile section of track between the Crossrail tunnel portal at Plumstead and Abbey Wood station is now underway.

More than a mile of new track has been laid by Network Rail so far, representing the first section of dedicated Crossrail track to be installed anywhere along the route.

Work has included the re-alignment of the existing North Kent line, which serves trains between London and Kent, and the replacement of the Church Manor Way footbridge.

Ahead of Crossrail services beginning in 2018, the tracks will now be used to support the fit-out of the new tunnels to create a fully functioning railway beneath the streets of London.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, providing a step change in public transport and encouraging investment and development in the local area.

At peak time, 12 Crossrail trains an hour will make it significantly quicker and easier to get to range of destinations across London and the South East.”

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “Completing this section of track on time is important because it means that Crossrail can get on with the job of fitting out the new tunnels.

Once fully open in 2018, the new tracks will link Abbey Wood to the rest of London like never before, providing local people with a dramatically improved rail service.”

Crossrail represents the single biggest addition to the local rail network since the North Kent line was built in 1849. From 2018, a train every five minutes during the peak will allow residents to travel right through the capital without having to change trains.

The journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street will be around 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut around 40 minutes off their journey.

First new Crossrail tracks laid in South East London

First new Crossrail tracks laid in South East London

Work to install a new two-mile section of track between the Crossrail tunnel portal at Plumstead and Abbey Wood station is now underway.

More than a mile of new track has been laid by Network Rail so far, representing the first section of dedicated Crossrail track to be installed anywhere along the route.

Work has included the re-alignment of the existing North Kent line, which serves trains between London and Kent, and the replacement of the Church Manor Way footbridge.

Ahead of Crossrail services beginning in 2018, the tracks will now be used to support the fit-out of the new tunnels to create a fully functioning railway beneath the streets of London.

Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “Crossrail will help to transform Abbey Wood, providing a step change in public transport and encouraging investment and development in the local area.

At peak time, 12 Crossrail trains an hour will make it significantly quicker and easier to get to range of destinations across London and the South East.”

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “Completing this section of track on time is important because it means that Crossrail can get on with the job of fitting out the new tunnels.

Once fully open in 2018, the new tracks will link Abbey Wood to the rest of London like never before, providing local people with a dramatically improved rail service.”

Crossrail represents the single biggest addition to the local rail network since the North Kent line was built in 1849. From 2018, a train every five minutes during the peak will allow residents to travel right through the capital without having to change trains.

The journey from Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf and Bond Street will be around 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut around 40 minutes off their journey.

Sunderland Wear Crossing gets go-ahead

Sunderland Wear Crossing gets go-ahead

Sunderland City Council has been given the go-ahead from Government to build the Wear Crossing road bridge that will bring more investment to the city.

The council has also confirmed that the £117 million project will be a Farrans and Victor Buyck joint venture.

Sunderland’s new bridge and its approach roads will link the strategic transport corridor from the Port of Sunderland, through the city centre, past key riverside regeneration sites and out to the A19.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The bridge and its approach roads are going to open up regeneration and development sites along the River Wear and bring more investment into Sunderland.

“As a piece of infrastructure, it is one of the region’s biggest civil engineering projects and an investment that is going to help create more jobs and more economic growth.

“By improving links between the A19, the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, a new bridge has always been a key part of Sunderland’s ongoing regeneration.

“This announcement is great news for Sunderland and the wider region. There has been talk for a long, long time that Sunderland has needed a major new road crossing over the River Wear and it’s an issue that has not gone away.

“We have now secured a development that is going to further the regeneration of our city.

“The bridge and its approach roads are about bringing significant economic, regeneration and transport benefits to our city and the wider North East region.”

Sunderland Wear Crossing gets go-ahead

Sunderland Wear Crossing gets go-ahead

Sunderland City Council has been given the go-ahead from Government to build the Wear Crossing road bridge that will bring more investment to the city.

The council has also confirmed that the £117 million project will be a Farrans and Victor Buyck joint venture.

Sunderland’s new bridge and its approach roads will link the strategic transport corridor from the Port of Sunderland, through the city centre, past key riverside regeneration sites and out to the A19.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The bridge and its approach roads are going to open up regeneration and development sites along the River Wear and bring more investment into Sunderland.

“As a piece of infrastructure, it is one of the region’s biggest civil engineering projects and an investment that is going to help create more jobs and more economic growth.

“By improving links between the A19, the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, a new bridge has always been a key part of Sunderland’s ongoing regeneration.

“This announcement is great news for Sunderland and the wider region. There has been talk for a long, long time that Sunderland has needed a major new road crossing over the River Wear and it’s an issue that has not gone away.

“We have now secured a development that is going to further the regeneration of our city.

“The bridge and its approach roads are about bringing significant economic, regeneration and transport benefits to our city and the wider North East region.”

Sewell Construction wins £30m Hull Uni contract

Sewell Construction wins £30m Hull Uni contract

Local Hull contractor Sewell Construction has been given the go-ahead to build a £30 million student accommodation complex for the city’s university.

A series of five storey blocks will provide rooms for 560 students while boosting economic growth and helping create new jobs in the building trades.

The project represents the latest investment in the University’s campus master plan, following the £28m refurbishment of the Brynmor Jones Library, completed last year, and the current redevelopment of the Middleton Hall theatre and conference space.

Professor Pistorius said: “Improving the campus – including the provision of more accommodation – is pivotal to the University’s future. In order to be competitive in higher education and be well placed to attract quality students and staff from the UK and around the world, we must ensure that the estate meets our academic and business needs.

Students are at the heart of everything we do here at the University and this new accommodation demonstrates our commitment to providing an outstanding student experience.”

Paul Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell Group said: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to be carrying out such a significant and prestigious project for our own University, in our own city. The benefit of the completed project to the University will match the benefit to the local economy.”

The project has been designed in partnership with GSS Architecture.

Sewell Construction wins £30m Hull Uni contract

Sewell Construction wins £30m Hull Uni contract

Local Hull contractor Sewell Construction has been given the go-ahead to build a £30 million student accommodation complex for the city’s university.

A series of five storey blocks will provide rooms for 560 students while boosting economic growth and helping create new jobs in the building trades.

The project represents the latest investment in the University’s campus master plan, following the £28m refurbishment of the Brynmor Jones Library, completed last year, and the current redevelopment of the Middleton Hall theatre and conference space.

Professor Pistorius said: “Improving the campus – including the provision of more accommodation – is pivotal to the University’s future. In order to be competitive in higher education and be well placed to attract quality students and staff from the UK and around the world, we must ensure that the estate meets our academic and business needs.

Students are at the heart of everything we do here at the University and this new accommodation demonstrates our commitment to providing an outstanding student experience.”

Paul Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell Group said: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to be carrying out such a significant and prestigious project for our own University, in our own city. The benefit of the completed project to the University will match the benefit to the local economy.”

The project has been designed in partnership with GSS Architecture.

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council job

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council job

Amey has been selected to deliver a £235 million contract to provide Environmental and Infrastructure Services for Trafford Council.

The contract will run for 15 years, with a potential extension of eight years, and will deliver major savings for the council through innovative service delivery, including a £2.25 million saving in 2015/16.

Amey will deliver a wide range of environmental and infrastructure services including commercial and domestic waste collections, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, highways services, bridges, road safety, street lighting and furniture, drainage and property services from July 2015.

Mel Ewell, Amey’s Chief Executive, said: “Trafford Council is taking a pioneering approach to the way services are provided and we are delighted to be working with them on this contract. Combining these services allows us to support Trafford Council with efficiency savings whilst ensuring a high quality service is delivered to local residents.”

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Amey and I am confident that, following the 12-month tender process, they are the right contractor to fulfil this brief.

“I was impressed with their tender response which demonstrated a great approach to partnership working which will be of benefit to both the residents and the Council as well as satisfying a whole range of requirements which will ensure the continued high-quality maintenance of the borough.

“Our priority has always been to protect jobs and maintain a high-level of service and I am confident that Amey is the right partner to be working with to achieve this aim.”

Amey’s new contract with Trafford Council adds to the company’s presence in the North West, where it delivers utilities services for a number of areas, street lighting services for neighbouring Manchester City Council, as well as being home to one of the company’s principal Consultancy Hubs for Rail, Highway Design and Asset Solutions.

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council job

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council job

Amey has been selected to deliver a £235 million contract to provide Environmental and Infrastructure Services for Trafford Council.

The contract will run for 15 years, with a potential extension of eight years, and will deliver major savings for the council through innovative service delivery, including a £2.25 million saving in 2015/16.

Amey will deliver a wide range of environmental and infrastructure services including commercial and domestic waste collections, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, highways services, bridges, road safety, street lighting and furniture, drainage and property services from July 2015.

Mel Ewell, Amey’s Chief Executive, said: “Trafford Council is taking a pioneering approach to the way services are provided and we are delighted to be working with them on this contract. Combining these services allows us to support Trafford Council with efficiency savings whilst ensuring a high quality service is delivered to local residents.”

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Amey and I am confident that, following the 12-month tender process, they are the right contractor to fulfil this brief.

“I was impressed with their tender response which demonstrated a great approach to partnership working which will be of benefit to both the residents and the Council as well as satisfying a whole range of requirements which will ensure the continued high-quality maintenance of the borough.

“Our priority has always been to protect jobs and maintain a high-level of service and I am confident that Amey is the right partner to be working with to achieve this aim.”

Amey’s new contract with Trafford Council adds to the company’s presence in the North West, where it delivers utilities services for a number of areas, street lighting services for neighbouring Manchester City Council, as well as being home to one of the company’s principal Consultancy Hubs for Rail, Highway Design and Asset Solutions.

Shepherd Group transfers housing assets to Galliford Try

Shepherd transfers housing assets to Galliford Try

Shepherd Group has agreed to sell its Shepherd Homes business to Galliford Try in order to take advantage of future trading opportunities that will boost the housing sector.

Shepherd Group and Galliford Try have exchanged contracts and expect to complete the sale of Shepherd Homes’ assets, comprising six current sites and five sites in planning, at the end of May.

Shepherd Homes employs around 60 people who are expected to transfer to Linden Homes once the deal is completed.

Shepherd Group chairman David Williams said: “This was not an easy decision for the Group Board, particularly given the recent strong performance of Shepherd Homes, but this transaction represents an exciting opportunity for both the business and its employees for the long-term. Galliford Try, through Linden Homes, is exceptionally well placed to build on Shepherd Homes’ considerable progress and achievements.

Growth and continuing success in the homes market demands ongoing large-scale capital investment which it was felt would be better achieved with a Group which has significant scale in the housing sector as well as a desire to grow its presence in the North.

Galliford Try was a natural partner for Shepherd Homes and the Group Board considers that this decision will prove beneficial for Shepherd Homes and its employees while enabling the wider Shepherd Group to continue to pursue its strategy of focusing future investment on distinct areas of the Group, including the development and further expansion of our successful Portakabin business.”

Shepherd Group transfers housing assets to Galliford Try

Shepherd transfers housing assets to Galliford Try

Shepherd Group has agreed to sell its Shepherd Homes business to Galliford Try in order to take advantage of future trading opportunities that will boost the housing sector.

Shepherd Group and Galliford Try have exchanged contracts and expect to complete the sale of Shepherd Homes’ assets, comprising six current sites and five sites in planning, at the end of May.

Shepherd Homes employs around 60 people who are expected to transfer to Linden Homes once the deal is completed.

Shepherd Group chairman David Williams said: “This was not an easy decision for the Group Board, particularly given the recent strong performance of Shepherd Homes, but this transaction represents an exciting opportunity for both the business and its employees for the long-term. Galliford Try, through Linden Homes, is exceptionally well placed to build on Shepherd Homes’ considerable progress and achievements.

Growth and continuing success in the homes market demands ongoing large-scale capital investment which it was felt would be better achieved with a Group which has significant scale in the housing sector as well as a desire to grow its presence in the North.

Galliford Try was a natural partner for Shepherd Homes and the Group Board considers that this decision will prove beneficial for Shepherd Homes and its employees while enabling the wider Shepherd Group to continue to pursue its strategy of focusing future investment on distinct areas of the Group, including the development and further expansion of our successful Portakabin business.”

BAM Construction gets £73m Manchester job

BAM Construction gets £73m Manchester job

Developer Allied London has appointed BAM Construction to deliver its £73 million design and build contract for No.1 Spinningfields, Quay Street, in Manchester.

Set within the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s premium business district, the impressive 24 storey building is set to deliver a world-class business environment and will be the finest and highest specified building in Manchester.

Designed with true flexibility, amenity and choice in mind, the office development has over 260,000 sq ft of space and floor plates of up to 25,000 sq ft.

The Grade A office accommodation includes ground floor and mezzanine reception areas, which will provide space for restaurants, cafés and a business lounge.

The roof-top restaurant of 6,738 sq ft will open onto a garden terrace. The two basement levels have parking for 115 cars, 10 motorcycles and secure storage for 120 bicycles with showers and lockers provided.

Chief Executive of Allied London, Michael Ingall said: “Spinningfields is now established as the heart of Manchester’s business district, and with new developments under construction, we aim to bring more high profile businesses to the city.

No.1 Spinningfields takes the amenity available for occupiers and visitors to another level whilst providing an iconic backdrop to the popular Hardman Square. We are looking forward to delivering this landmark building with BAM and completing our Spinningfields masterplan.”

This striking glazed façade building will be constructed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The development comprises a podium that dramatically cantilevers over Quay Street and Byrom Street, with a smaller cantilever over the Hardman Square entrance, which further enhances the public realm aspect.

BAM Construction gets £73m Manchester job

BAM Construction gets £73m Manchester job

Developer Allied London has appointed BAM Construction to deliver its £73 million design and build contract for No.1 Spinningfields, Quay Street, in Manchester.

Set within the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s premium business district, the impressive 24 storey building is set to deliver a world-class business environment and will be the finest and highest specified building in Manchester.

Designed with true flexibility, amenity and choice in mind, the office development has over 260,000 sq ft of space and floor plates of up to 25,000 sq ft.

The Grade A office accommodation includes ground floor and mezzanine reception areas, which will provide space for restaurants, cafés and a business lounge.

The roof-top restaurant of 6,738 sq ft will open onto a garden terrace. The two basement levels have parking for 115 cars, 10 motorcycles and secure storage for 120 bicycles with showers and lockers provided.

Chief Executive of Allied London, Michael Ingall said: “Spinningfields is now established as the heart of Manchester’s business district, and with new developments under construction, we aim to bring more high profile businesses to the city.

No.1 Spinningfields takes the amenity available for occupiers and visitors to another level whilst providing an iconic backdrop to the popular Hardman Square. We are looking forward to delivering this landmark building with BAM and completing our Spinningfields masterplan.”

This striking glazed façade building will be constructed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The development comprises a podium that dramatically cantilevers over Quay Street and Byrom Street, with a smaller cantilever over the Hardman Square entrance, which further enhances the public realm aspect.

Lovell to build new affordable homes

Lovell to build new affordable homes

Building work is set to start on a £2.2 million development at Window Lane and Island Road South in Garston that will see the building of new affordable homes.

The new homes are set to be completed in March 2016, supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that will boost the trades.

The scheme, designed by John McCall Arichtects, will transform vacant brownfield sites by creating 11 two-bedroom houses at Window Lane and 12 two-bedroom houses at Island Road South, all for affordable rent.

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our strong working partnership with South Liverpool Homes and excited to be starting construction on this important scheme which will help answer the demand for high-quality new homes for rent locally, providing modern and attractive properties within easy reach of Liverpool South Parkway and only about five miles from Liverpool city centre.”

South Liverpool Homes deputy chief executive Wayne Gales said: “This exciting development is great news for the local community. It will provide much needed homes for people on our waiting list as well as existing tenants who want to downsize.

The homes will be built to a high standard of both design and environmental sustainability, making them cost effective to run and maintain.”

The contract awarding the scheme to Lovell was negotiated following Lovell’s successful delivery of the Church Fields housing development at Garston under the Bridge which created homes for sale by Lovell and 91 houses and apartments for South Liverpool Homes.

Lovell to build new affordable homes

Lovell to build new affordable homes

Building work is set to start on a £2.2 million development at Window Lane and Island Road South in Garston that will see the building of new affordable homes.

The new homes are set to be completed in March 2016, supported by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that will boost the trades.

The scheme, designed by John McCall Arichtects, will transform vacant brownfield sites by creating 11 two-bedroom houses at Window Lane and 12 two-bedroom houses at Island Road South, all for affordable rent.

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our strong working partnership with South Liverpool Homes and excited to be starting construction on this important scheme which will help answer the demand for high-quality new homes for rent locally, providing modern and attractive properties within easy reach of Liverpool South Parkway and only about five miles from Liverpool city centre.”

South Liverpool Homes deputy chief executive Wayne Gales said: “This exciting development is great news for the local community. It will provide much needed homes for people on our waiting list as well as existing tenants who want to downsize.

The homes will be built to a high standard of both design and environmental sustainability, making them cost effective to run and maintain.”

The contract awarding the scheme to Lovell was negotiated following Lovell’s successful delivery of the Church Fields housing development at Garston under the Bridge which created homes for sale by Lovell and 91 houses and apartments for South Liverpool Homes.

Government commitment to extend Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone

Government commitment to extend Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone

The Government is planning to extend the Birmipngham city centre Enterrise Zone to cover the whole of the development zone around the HS2 scheme.

The extension would be a huge boost for the region and a key enabler of the plan to further drive local growth, create new jobs and boost economic prosperity.

Since the launch of the national Enterprise Zone (EZ) initiative in 2011, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has been pioneering approaches to unlocking development, stimulating investment and delivering jobs.

This proactive approach to enabling development has seen 938 jobs, 60,700 sq metres of floorspace and £203m of private sector investment attracted to the EZ since 2011.

A further 2,000 jobs and 70,000 sq metres of floorspace will come forward in 2015/16. Major long term development schemes are also being boosted as a direct result of the EZ with work on the £500m Paradise development, which will see 10,000 jobs and 170,000 sq metres of floorspace, commencing in 2015.

Public transport improvements are also being targeted as part of the EZ Investment Plan, with the £37.95m extension of the Midland Metro tram system to Centenary Square and the £30m city centre public realm improvement programme.

With the EZ extension in place exciting new regeneration and development schemes will be triggered. The location of the EZ extension, to include the Birmingham Curzon development zone, will provide a catalyst to unlocking development, attracting significant inward investment and generating additional jobs.

By extending the EZ to cover the Birmingham Curzon area, further commitments will be made to delivering major investments in local infrastructure which could see more than 50,000 jobs and £1.7bn of private investment attracted to the region.

Liz Peace CBE, chair of the Birmingham Curzon Regeneration Company Shadow Board, said: “The extension of the Enterprise Zone in terms of both time and geographical coverage will be hugely valuable for us in enabling investment in infrastructure and unlocking growth in the Curzon area.

We will be able to make long term plans that will support further local investment across a much wider area – and that will be really important as we seek to maximise the local economic benefits from High Speed 2.”

Government commitment to extend Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone

Government commitment to extend Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone

The Government is planning to extend the Birmipngham city centre Enterrise Zone to cover the whole of the development zone around the HS2 scheme.

The extension would be a huge boost for the region and a key enabler of the plan to further drive local growth, create new jobs and boost economic prosperity.

Since the launch of the national Enterprise Zone (EZ) initiative in 2011, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has been pioneering approaches to unlocking development, stimulating investment and delivering jobs.

This proactive approach to enabling development has seen 938 jobs, 60,700 sq metres of floorspace and £203m of private sector investment attracted to the EZ since 2011.

A further 2,000 jobs and 70,000 sq metres of floorspace will come forward in 2015/16. Major long term development schemes are also being boosted as a direct result of the EZ with work on the £500m Paradise development, which will see 10,000 jobs and 170,000 sq metres of floorspace, commencing in 2015.

Public transport improvements are also being targeted as part of the EZ Investment Plan, with the £37.95m extension of the Midland Metro tram system to Centenary Square and the £30m city centre public realm improvement programme.

With the EZ extension in place exciting new regeneration and development schemes will be triggered. The location of the EZ extension, to include the Birmingham Curzon development zone, will provide a catalyst to unlocking development, attracting significant inward investment and generating additional jobs.

By extending the EZ to cover the Birmingham Curzon area, further commitments will be made to delivering major investments in local infrastructure which could see more than 50,000 jobs and £1.7bn of private investment attracted to the region.

Liz Peace CBE, chair of the Birmingham Curzon Regeneration Company Shadow Board, said: “The extension of the Enterprise Zone in terms of both time and geographical coverage will be hugely valuable for us in enabling investment in infrastructure and unlocking growth in the Curzon area.

We will be able to make long term plans that will support further local investment across a much wider area – and that will be really important as we seek to maximise the local economic benefits from High Speed 2.”

Patrizia unveils first 500-home UK project

Patrizia unveils first 500-home UK project

Property developer Patrizia has revealed plans for a private rental scheme in Manchester’s First Street regeneration area that will create new jobs and boost economic growth.

The site has capacity for the development of up to 1 million sq ft of office space and approximately 500 new apartments.

The development will be a Grade A BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building with a Weighted Average Lease Term of nine years and is let to high quality occupiers such as Ford, Auto Trader and Jacobs Engineering.

A key cultural, sporting and business hub, Manchester is one of the most sought-after cities in the UK for property investment.

There is particular appetite for PRS development, driven by a lack of good quality private rental accommodation, a thriving employment market, and a city council focused on the benefits of regeneration.

James Muir, Managing Director of Patrizia UK, said: “We have been carefully implementing our strategy of investing in high-growth locations across the UK.

With this investment, our property assets under management in the UK now amount to more than a billion pounds. Driven by attractive economic and demographic fundamentals in Manchester, and the growing trend for urbanisation, we are anticipating strong demand for this centrally located, high-quality accommodation which will be tailored to the private rental sector.

Together with the new commercial buildings we expect to create an attractive investment opportunity for institutional investors. We see this project as an ideal first investment for our planned Patrizia UK PRS Fund.”

Patrizia unveils first 500-home UK project

Patrizia unveils first 500-home UK project

Property developer Patrizia has revealed plans for a private rental scheme in Manchester’s First Street regeneration area that will create new jobs and boost economic growth.

The site has capacity for the development of up to 1 million sq ft of office space and approximately 500 new apartments.

The development will be a Grade A BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building with a Weighted Average Lease Term of nine years and is let to high quality occupiers such as Ford, Auto Trader and Jacobs Engineering.

A key cultural, sporting and business hub, Manchester is one of the most sought-after cities in the UK for property investment.

There is particular appetite for PRS development, driven by a lack of good quality private rental accommodation, a thriving employment market, and a city council focused on the benefits of regeneration.

James Muir, Managing Director of Patrizia UK, said: “We have been carefully implementing our strategy of investing in high-growth locations across the UK.

With this investment, our property assets under management in the UK now amount to more than a billion pounds. Driven by attractive economic and demographic fundamentals in Manchester, and the growing trend for urbanisation, we are anticipating strong demand for this centrally located, high-quality accommodation which will be tailored to the private rental sector.

Together with the new commercial buildings we expect to create an attractive investment opportunity for institutional investors. We see this project as an ideal first investment for our planned Patrizia UK PRS Fund.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Building work to start on Durham University job

Building work to start on Durham University job

Construction work is due to start next month on a new £11.5 million research centre for Durham University, designed by the architect behind the redevelopment of New York’s World Trade Center.

The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics will house two research institutes that are world leaders in their field – the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP).

It is a top priority because of the Institutes’ rapid growth and academic success, enabling them to maintain their leading global positions in the decades ahead.

Durham University selected the renowned international architect, Daniel Libeskind, of Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL), who produced the master plan for Ground Zero, New York, to design the building.

The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £3.35 million from The Ogden Trust, whose Chairman is Durham Physics alumnus and entrepreneur Sir Peter Ogden, and a further £1.5 million from the Wolfson Foundation.

The new centre will be built next to the University’s Department of Physics. Work will begin in early June and the building is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Professor Tom Ward, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “The University is excited to be embarking upon the next phase of this project to develop an iconic new building that reflects the high international standing of the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

The new centre will enable both institutes to remain at the forefront of research as they seek to advance our understanding of particle physics and the structure and evolution of the Universe.

Its unique design will also make an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the University and Durham City.”

Government’s green record under the Coalition

Government's green record in the last 5 years

As the election results are paving the way for the newly elected Government, we present you with the verdict from Willmott Dixon‘s Energy Managing Director, Rob Lambe, on the Coalitions ‘green’ record in the last 5 years.

1. Rate the Coalition government’s record on sustainability out of 10, and explain why you’ve chosen this number.

I’d give this Government a 5/10 on the basis that progress has been hampered by a lack of joined up policy and mixed messages to the markets preventing investment.

2. What do you think was the Coalition’s single biggest achievement in sustainability, and what single thing has it failed to do?

The coalition deserves credit for continuing to support the Climate Change Act and tackling the UK’s emissions target. The biggest disappointment was cutting the Energy Company Obligation. It was a populist move designed to address concerns about rising energy prices, but actually it just resulted in many more people continuing to live in fuel poverty, and making the market for home energy efficiency significantly less attractive.

3. What green initiatives would you like to see kept or revived by the new government?

I’d be keen to see the new government retain departmental carbon budgets – it’s an important way of ensuring that climate change is kept front of mind for all central government departments, and is playing a significant role in helping us meet our emissions targets.

4. What would you hope to see from the next government on sustainability?

Simple – make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority. Improving the existing housing stock would yield £1.27 in tax revenue, increase GDP by around £3.20 for every £1 invested and create around 108,000 new jobs – and that’s not to mention the social benefits.

5. What would you like to see from the construction industry to improve its sustainability record?

I think our industry needs to engage better with clients. We often hear them say sustainability isn’t a priority – but if you start talking about reduced energy bills or lower running costs, then of course they’re interested. We just need to frame the issues differently.

First Base plans £70m London residential scheme

First Base plans £70m south London resi scheme

First Base has today announced it will partner with Cordea Savills to deliver a £70 million residential-led development in Earlsfield, South West London.

First Base and Cordea Savills, on behalf of its second London Residential Development Fund, are working up plans to transform the Haslemere Industrial Estate, located minutes from Earlsfield station and overlooking the River Wandle, into a mix of apartments, family homes and employment space.

The partnership has acquired the freehold interest in the site. First Base will lead on the development, with a planning application expected to be submitted to Merton Council later this year.

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, said: “This project is an opportunity for us to apply our design and place-making principles in a more suburban setting, outside of Zone 2.

The London landscape is constantly evolving, with employment growth the biggest driver in where people are choosing to live.

The re-emergence of South Bank as a business location and the scale of commercial development proposed at Waterloo makes Earlsfield, just a 12 minute train journey away, an attractive location for us. We have been looking for the right project to partner with Cordea Savills and are excited to have been able to secure this strategic site.”

James Whidborne, Cordea Savills, said: “This transaction highlights our ability to identify robust investment opportunities in areas of strong growth potential and with high calibre partners such as First Base.

There is already a shortage of new housing supply in Earlsfield and this is expected to continue. This transaction is perfectly placed to take advantage of that market dynamic”

Mace secures place on Southern Construction Framework

Mace secures place on Southern Construction Framework

Mace has been appointed to two of the £5 million + regional lots of the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), each worth between an estimated £1.5-2.5bn which will boost the trades and create new jobs.

The tender process was led by Hampshire County Council in association with the London Borough of Haringey and Devon County Council.

The new generation framework is available to any council, university, hospital, cultural institution and the emergency services to procure construction services over the next four years.

Mace was previously appointed to the iESE framework and the SECE framework, which the Southern Construction Framework now replaces, continuing an eight year relationship through the frameworks.

Business Unit Director at Mace, Terry Spraggett, said: “I am delighted that we have been appointed to the new Southern Construction Framework. Mace has a strong track record of delivery through the previous generations of the framework and the team will be able to bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the new projects.”

Mace has been appointed to Lot 2, which covers the seven South East councils of Surrey, Sussex, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Medway and Brighton and Hove, with an anticipated turnover of £1.5-2bn.

The other appointment is to Lot 3, which covers all London boroughs with an anticipated turnover over the next four years of £2-2.5bn. All work through the Southern Construction Framework will be procured under a 2-stage open book collaborative approach.

Chair of the Southern Construction Framework Board, David Corcoran, said: “The authorities in our partnership have considerable experience in construction frameworks, and the design of the SCF brings all our previous successes together.

The new framework goes beyond its predecessors, with a faster contractor selection process, and other new features – for example, standard primary and secondary school products will be priced by all contractors, ensuring competitive pricing.

I’m very pleased to have found the 11 contractors who fit best with our ambitions – we’re all committed to making public sector construction projects more beneficial to our local economy, faster, and more cost-efficient for taxpayers. The SCF is on track to do just that.”

Morgan Sindall tops out £10m Norwich student accommodation scheme

Morgan Sindall tops out £10m Norwich student accommodation scheme

Morgan Sindall has marked a key stage in the construction of a landmark student accommodation development, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) Halls – All Saints Green, with a traditional topping out ceremony.

The scheme is set to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of Very Good, with aspirations for Excellent, and is due to complete in summer 2015.

The project team includes project managers DBK Group, architect Carson & Partners, structural engineer Conisbee, services engineer Silock Dawson & Partners, and CDM Co-ordinator Trevor Christmas.

The event, which was held on the ninth floor of the building on Thursday 30 April, heralded the start of the final stage of work on the £10 million design and build project that Morgan Sindall is delivering for Alumno Developments.

The scheme involves the construction of a new nine-storey building next to Norwich bus station. The project also comprises the refurbishment and renovation of the adjacent building, 50 All Saints Green, which is Grade II listed.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments, said: “Alumno is delighted to be working in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts and Morgan Sindall, in delivering this significant and major new development in the city.”

Gavin Napper, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “It’s great to be joining Alumno, our guests and our project team to mark this key milestone in the construction of this significant development.

There is a pressing need for quality student accommodation in Norwich and this is a well thought out scheme which will revitalise the surrounding area and help to address this need. We look forward to delivering a great building in time for the start of the academic year.”

Welsh Government investment to boost the building trades

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government announced today almost £6 million investment boost for the Cylch Caron project in Tregaron – with construction work expected to continue until 2018.

The funding will enable the £8 million project to move to the full business case stage and enable the partners involved to engage a registered social landlord to take part in the final design stage of the development.

The project is being lead by Ceredigion Local Service Board and the plans for Cylch Caron include a range of services, from a GP surgery, community pharmacy, outpatient clinics, community nursing services to long-term nursing care and day care.

Plans include 34 flats for people who require extra care and support to remain in their own homes and six integrated health and social care places for people who no longer need to stay in hospital but require more support before they return home.

The Cylch Caron development, which will bring together health, housing and social services, will replace the existing Tregaron Community Hospital, Bryntirion nursing home and GP surgery.

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Cylch Caron will bring health, social care and housing services together under one roof, closer to the people who need them. All these services will be focused on helping people to stay well and live independently and will be flexible to the needs of people locally.

“We know that the population of Wales is getting older and many people, especially older people, will rely on these services.

“Working together, these services will put prevention and early intervention at the heart of everything they do – preventing dependence and helping people to retain their independence. Cylch Caron will offer a new way of providing these services to people who live in Ceredigion.”

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, said:“I am delighted the Welsh Government has invested almost £6m in this excellent facility, which will enable tenants to lead active, independent lives, while receiving all the help and support they need.

“As people across Wales live healthier, longer lives, housing and other preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health service. Facilities such as this one, alongside the work of our Care & Repair agencies and our Supporting People programme help ease the demand on social care. I am keen to see this good work continue.”

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula scheme

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula

Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver a £76 million apartment scheme at Greenwich Peninsula on behalf of Knight Dragon.

The building, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners, will comprise a 32-storey tower with a seven-storey podium at its base containing 269 private and affordable social apartments. It is due for completion in spring 2017.

Located on plot 104, the new apartments form part of phase two of a major programme of works to deliver 10,000 new residential units on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

The appointment sees Wates build on its role in the ambitious development, which currently includes plots 114 and 115 – 201 and 144 apartments respectively. Wates also reached completion of the Greenwich Peninsula marketing hub in September 2014.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction, London Residential, said: “We’re pleased to announce our appointment to this latest stage of construction work on the Greenwich Peninsula and our continued partnership with developer, Knight Dragon.

This contract marks another milestone reached in this ambitious regeneration scheme and demonstrates our ability to deliver large-scale high-rise residential projects that add to the changing landscape of the capital.”

Richard Margree, Chief Executive of Knight Dragon, added: “This is a vital site for London to provide homes for people who want to live and work in the capital. Knight Dragon has invested £500m so far and is committed to delivering a vibrant and viable development.

We already have 1,300 homes under construction, with 500 to be completed in the next few months.”

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula scheme

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula

Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver a £76 million apartment scheme at Greenwich Peninsula on behalf of Knight Dragon.

The building, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners, will comprise a 32-storey tower with a seven-storey podium at its base containing 269 private and affordable social apartments. It is due for completion in spring 2017.

Located on plot 104, the new apartments form part of phase two of a major programme of works to deliver 10,000 new residential units on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

The appointment sees Wates build on its role in the ambitious development, which currently includes plots 114 and 115 – 201 and 144 apartments respectively. Wates also reached completion of the Greenwich Peninsula marketing hub in September 2014.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction, London Residential, said: “We’re pleased to announce our appointment to this latest stage of construction work on the Greenwich Peninsula and our continued partnership with developer, Knight Dragon.

This contract marks another milestone reached in this ambitious regeneration scheme and demonstrates our ability to deliver large-scale high-rise residential projects that add to the changing landscape of the capital.”

Richard Margree, Chief Executive of Knight Dragon, added: “This is a vital site for London to provide homes for people who want to live and work in the capital. Knight Dragon has invested £500m so far and is committed to delivering a vibrant and viable development.

We already have 1,300 homes under construction, with 500 to be completed in the next few months.”

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula scheme

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula

Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver a £76 million apartment scheme at Greenwich Peninsula on behalf of Knight Dragon.

The building, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners, will comprise a 32-storey tower with a seven-storey podium at its base containing 269 private and affordable social apartments. It is due for completion in spring 2017.

Located on plot 104, the new apartments form part of phase two of a major programme of works to deliver 10,000 new residential units on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

The appointment sees Wates build on its role in the ambitious development, which currently includes plots 114 and 115 – 201 and 144 apartments respectively. Wates also reached completion of the Greenwich Peninsula marketing hub in September 2014.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction, London Residential, said: “We’re pleased to announce our appointment to this latest stage of construction work on the Greenwich Peninsula and our continued partnership with developer, Knight Dragon.

This contract marks another milestone reached in this ambitious regeneration scheme and demonstrates our ability to deliver large-scale high-rise residential projects that add to the changing landscape of the capital.”

Richard Margree, Chief Executive of Knight Dragon, added: “This is a vital site for London to provide homes for people who want to live and work in the capital. Knight Dragon has invested £500m so far and is committed to delivering a vibrant and viable development.

We already have 1,300 homes under construction, with 500 to be completed in the next few months.”

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula scheme

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula

Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver a £76 million apartment scheme at Greenwich Peninsula on behalf of Knight Dragon.

The building, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners, will comprise a 32-storey tower with a seven-storey podium at its base containing 269 private and affordable social apartments. It is due for completion in spring 2017.

Located on plot 104, the new apartments form part of phase two of a major programme of works to deliver 10,000 new residential units on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

The appointment sees Wates build on its role in the ambitious development, which currently includes plots 114 and 115 – 201 and 144 apartments respectively. Wates also reached completion of the Greenwich Peninsula marketing hub in September 2014.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction, London Residential, said: “We’re pleased to announce our appointment to this latest stage of construction work on the Greenwich Peninsula and our continued partnership with developer, Knight Dragon.

This contract marks another milestone reached in this ambitious regeneration scheme and demonstrates our ability to deliver large-scale high-rise residential projects that add to the changing landscape of the capital.”

Richard Margree, Chief Executive of Knight Dragon, added: “This is a vital site for London to provide homes for people who want to live and work in the capital. Knight Dragon has invested £500m so far and is committed to delivering a vibrant and viable development.

We already have 1,300 homes under construction, with 500 to be completed in the next few months.”

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