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Former factory site to be transformed into new homes

Plans to regenerate a former factory site into the building of affordable housing and a social care home have been submitted to Leeds City Council.

Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers for social housing, is planning to build more than 50 new homes and a 64-bed care home in the Armley area of the city on Theaker Lane.

The site sits on a former tannery and soft drinks factory which hasn’t been used for a number of years and is now run down and overgrown. The building work will be carried out by Mansell and LNT Construction.

The £10 million regeneration scheme has been partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency. It is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the building sector and boost the trades.

Home Group’s head of development, Teresa Snaith, said: “The current site is overgrown and hasn’t been used for a number of years. At a consultation event we held with local residents they have said that they are keen to see the area regenerated and put to good use.

“We hope to build 51 homes which will be available for affordable rent and our partners Ideal Care Homes will also build a 64-bed care home specialising in residential and dementia care if the planning is approved.”

Craig Houston, Regional Director for Mansell’s Yorkshire Business Unit commented “We are excited to be involved with this major regeneration scheme, hopefully one of the first of many site-led opportunities to come to fruition in the coming months.”

Student Accommodation Scheme to Create New Jobs

A multimillion accommodation scheme at the University of Stirling has been granted to a large construction firm which will see will the creation of 788 contemporary bedrooms and bring new jobs during its three year redevelopment period.

The £11 million contract will enable Stirling to compete with universities and colleges around the world whist creating employment opportunities for people in the trades and directly benefiting the local economy.

Building construction work, which is due to start this year, will improve current student accommodation with newly-designed study bedrooms, spacious kitchens with dining space, and increased social spaces.

Director of Estates & Campus Services, Karen Plouviez, described the scheduled redevelopment as the largest capital project the University has undertaken since it was created in the late 1960s.

Ms Plouviez said “We are looking forward to working in partnership with GRAHAM Construction to deliver this transformational project and to sensitively enhancing what is already an exceptional landscape and architectural setting.”

Regional Director for Graham Construction said: “Graham has a policy of being a responsible neighbour to the communities we operate in and we will be seeking to build relationships with the local construction industry and its supply chain.”

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The Nine Elms Regeneration Scheme to Build 3,000 New Homes

Wandsworth Council has granted planning permission to two major development schemes in London’s biggest regeneration zone, Nine Elms, which will see built almost 3,000 new homes.

The Nine Elms scheme will include replacing the existing 1970’s tower block on the corner of Warnsworth Road with two new 58 and 43-storey buildings, Wandsworth Council confirmed yesterday.

More than 1,000 new homes are currently under construction at the 195 hectares acres site in Nine Elms and another 12, 000 new homes are expected to come through the planning pipeline.

It has been estimated the building delivery programme at Nine Elms could support up to 24, 000 jobs in the building construction industry as well as contributing towards major infrastructure upgrades including the Northern Line Extension.

Wandsworth Council’s planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: “We’re making tremendous progress in Nine Elms. Each new development will create new homes, new open spaces and new job opportunities for local people.

Commenting on the approved New Covent Garden Market scheme to modernise 40 years old market facilities in the area which could provide over 2, 000 new homes, Mr Cuff said: “The modernisation of New Covent Garden Market is designed to safeguard the future of 2,500 jobs and comes with a contribution of around £63 million towards the Northern Line Extension.

“One Nine Elms would see an outdated office block replaced with two glass towers and around half of the site would become a new public square lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.”

Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils said they were securing apprenticeship places and local employment opportunities as a condition of each scheme’s planning consent.

Once the construction process is complete the new Nine Elms will provide an additional 25,000 new permanent jobs for London as well as 16,000 new homes.

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Building Work to Start on £90 Million Student Accommodation Scheme

Building work to develop two student accommodation schemes in London and Cambridge is to go ahead this year, providing a total of 770 bed spaces and boosting the building industry, Construction Enquirer reported today.

Student accommodation specialist Downing has confirmed it will build an 80,000 sq. ft. building which will feature 184 student apartments in Acton, West London. Building construction work is scheduled to start this month and it will continue till September 2013, when the £25 million 7-storey towers are completed.

The building firm confirmed it will build more student accommodation in Cambridge that will provide 586 student beds across three new buildings. Downing will also build a mixture of studio flats across the 182,279 sq. ft. development.

Downing Development Director, Paul Houghton, welcomed the new announcements and said that both buildings will be built sustainably which will improve energy efficiency.

Mr Houghton commented: “These acquisitions mark a significant milestone in our strategy to bring the Downing brand of superior, sustainable and energy-efficient buildings to the UK’s major student centres.

“The new funding environment and growing demand for higher quality living spaces with more amenities and better locations means that student accommodation is playing an increasingly important role in how universities attract fee-paying students.”

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Council Contractors to Create New Building and Construction Jobs

Stevenage Borough Council has signed a £26 million housing redevelopment scheme to modernise and improve thousands of council houses in the town by the end of 2015. Building work will begin in June this year, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.

Appointed contractors, Keepmoat and Wates, have pledged to employ local tradespeople and provide training opportunities for those who want to take part in the project.

The Council has invested a total of £33 million on home improvements. This will make homes more modern and energy efficient. As a result of the scheme, more than 2,200 bathrooms and 3,400 kitchens will be fitted by the end of the investment programme.

Major heating and electrical work will also take place. Some 2,620 heating and 1,918 electrical systems will be updated, creating more employment opportunities for those in the heating and plumbing industry.

Stevenage Borough Council has agreed with both contractors, that as part of the scheme they will invest in similar projects that will benefit the local community.

The Council has also achieved a cash saving of nearly 10%, compared to previous contracts. The money saved will be reinvested in improving more properties to a higher standard than the national average.

Portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Ann Webb, shared a great deal of optimism about the project which will bring real benefits to the whole area by creating new jobs and helping the local community.

Chief Executive of Keepmoat, Ian Sutcliffe, said: “We are delighted to be given an opportunity to work in Stevenage. We have a strong reputation of delivering on our promises to customers. Whilst working in tenants homes we will maintain our excellent customer focus to make sure that they are satisfied with our work.”

Business Director of Wates, Cliff Parsons, said: “We look forward to meeting the local residents and working together to make a beneficial difference to the local community including employment opportunities and training.”

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Building Work for London 2012 Olympic Games Complete on Time

Building and Construction work for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been completed on time and within budget – chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), Dennis Hone, told Sky News.

Building the stage for the London 2012 Game has given people in the building industry across the UK unprecedented access to new jobs and career opportunities.  Building work towards completion of the Olympic Park, in the heart of East London, has helped thousands of people in the building engineering sector to get employed and improve their current skills.

Mr Hone said: “We are in fine form ahead of the Games, having built the venues and main infrastructure on time and within budget.”

Even though building work has been officially completed and the venues handed over to organisers, there is still a lot post-building work to be done. All the sports equipment plus timing and scoring equipment as well as other temporary features are to be installed in the next month in the run up to the Olympics.

The building of a 100,000 sq ft of retail space for the Games including a 40,000 sq ft London 2012 mega store will be built before 16th July, the peak day for Olympic athlete arrival.

In addition to the existing facilities, another 11 areas sponsor showcase will be built, 362 toilet blocks, and 165 concession stands will be installed.

More than 1,000 picnic benches, installing ticket box offices, information booths and programme sale points, plus 4,000 waste bins will be installed in the next couple of months.

Heathrow Airport has announced today that it is planning to build a new terminal for the London Olympic Games. The newly built Olympic terminal will ease the high volume of extra passengers expecting to arrive for London 2012.

Building work at London Heathrow will create new jobs, transport networks and regenerate 6th runway in Heathrow Airport, which expects nearly 50% more passengers arriving on July 26, the day before the opening ceremony.

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