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CH2M Hill to create 500 new jobs and invest £65m into UK operations

CH2M Hill has announced to create 500 new trade jobs in a wide range of high-skilled engineering roles and boost the construction industry.

The new jobs will be created across CH2M Hill’s infrastructure divisions including nuclear; transportation, tunneling and earth engineering; water; environmental services and Industrial & Advanced Technology.

Alongside these new jobs, CH2M Hill will also be creating 40 graduate level positions, as well as offering 30 paid internships, bringing its total investment for the UK for 2013 to £65 million.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The creation of 500 new jobs is a considerable investment into the UK market and is a great vote of confidence for the highly skilled engineers here in Britain.

“Building on our strengths in areas like manufacturing, including engineering, will be crucial to our economic success in the years ahead. Today’s announcement supports our aim of ensuring that the UK can compete with other economies at the highest level by raising the numbers of skilled engineers.”

The company is working on some of the most innovative and challenging infrastructure programmes in the UK including, High Speed 2, Crossrail, Thames Tideway Improvements and the decommissioning of Dounreay, the former fast reactor research centre.

Commenting on its UK investment plans, Lee McIntire, Chairman of CH2M Hill said: “Following the acquisition of Halcrow and its integration in to CH2M Hill over the last year, I am delighted to be able to announce this significant investment into the UK’s labour market with the creation of 500 new jobs this year across a range of high skilled engineering and technical roles.

“I am especially proud that we will be playing such a major role developing future British engineering talent with our graduate, apprenticeship and internship programmes.
The UK remains an attractive place to do business and today’s announcement reflects our commitment to the UK. With the British Government’s clear commitment to deliver new infrastructure and renew aging infrastructure, I am hopeful we will be able to build on this investment today in the years ahead.”

AstraZeneca to build £330 million Cambridge centre

AstraZeneca to build £330 million Cambridge centre

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has announced plans to build £330 million research centre and corporate HQ in Cambridge that will pave the way for new jobs in the construction industry.

The move is part of the company’s proposals to create strategic global R&D centres in the UK, US and Sweden to improve pipeline productivity and to establish AstraZeneca as a global leader in biopharmaceutical innovation.

Focusing on the company’s UK-based activities at the new centre in Cambridge, the pharmaceutical giant will build on AstraZeneca’s world-leading protein engineering capabilities already based in the city, expanding its operations and boosting employment across a range of industries in the area.

Chief executive of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, said: “Our proposed investment is a clear signal of AstraZeneca’s long-term commitment to the UK and highlights the important role Cambridge plays internationally in bioscience research.

“The Government’s Life Sciences Strategy and the meaningful policies they have put in place in recent years to encourage investment help make Britain an attractive location for biopharmaceutical research and development.

“Cambridge, which boasts strong links with London-based research institutions, is a world-renowned bioscience hotspot that rivals the likes of San Francisco and Boston.

“In a world where partnerships and collaborations drive medical progress, becoming an integral part of the Cambridge ecosystem offers compelling advantages for AstraZeneca, giving us easier access to leading-edge academic and industry networks, scientific talent and valuable partnering opportunities.

“I believe that the investment we are announcing today greatly increases the chances that the next generation of innovative medicines will be invented and manufactured in Britain.”

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Housebuilding set to start on Ebbsfleet residential scheme

Land Securities Group

Land Securities has exchanged contracts with Ward Homes for the sale of 150 residential plots in Ebbsfleet Valley that will kick-start the building of 6,250 homes.

The infrastructure work is set to commence in the summer with the housing construction due to begin in autumn 2013, paving the way for new jobs in the building industry and boosting the trades.

The development will be made up of family houses, located with easy access to Ebbsfleet International Station , which offers high speed domestic services to destinations including Kings Cross St Pancras and Stratford, as well as Eurostar services to Europe.

Emma Cariaga, Development Director at Land Securities, said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts with Ward Homes which enables the first stage of our redevelopment in the area.

“This marks the start of an exciting regeneration of the area, which will bring new homes and businesses to the Ebbsfleet Valley region. This represents a significant step forward in relation to the Government’s desire to see economic growth and housing delivery in Kent Thameside”.

Mark Bailey, Managing Director at Ward Homes, said: “Ward Homes is proud to be associated with this unique landmark development and pleased that our local Kent brand was selected as the most appropriate to launch this prestigious site.

“We look forward to working closely with Land Securities and are committed to delivering a quality residential scheme that we are confident will be a highly desirable place to live”.

Imperial College unveils plans for new London campus

Imperial launches major new research and translation campus

Imperial College London has revealed further details of its plan to build a £150 million campus in White City that will create around 3,200 new jobs and boost the trades.

The centrepiece of the 7-acre new Imperial West campus is the multi-million Research and Translation Hub for academics and business partners that will see the building of new homes, publicly accessible green space, pedestrian subways and leisure and retail facilities.

Imperial West is set to become a major new research quarter for London, reinforcing the capital’s position as a catalyst for scientific development and economic growth

Imperial bought the land for the new campus from the BBC in 2009. The first new building, which provides accommodation for over 600 postgraduates and early career researchers, has been occupied since September 2012.

Terms of the planning permission for the rest of the site were agreed with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in December 2012

Design work on the Hub, which is funded by investor Voreda and from the College’s own resources, is underway. The College plans to complete the construction in 2015.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is home to some of the world’s leading universities and sharpest business minds.

“This fantastic venture will bring the best of both these worlds together turning brilliant ideas into jobs and economic growth and further bolster our reputation as the must-come destination for research and development.”

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, said: “Imperial is one of our country’s great universities and the new Imperial West campus is a really exciting development. It will focus on translational work – on applying the excellent research that Imperial does to bring benefit to the wider world.

“The government strongly supports the vision and plans for the new campus and we look forward to seeing it grow and prosper in the future.”

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£1bn University Olympic Park Set to Create New Jobs

University College London has been given the go-ahead to build a £1 billion campus next to the Olympic site in east London that would create 3,300 new jobs and boost the trades.

The decision means that Newham Council will now enter into detailed negotiations with the University regarding the proposed redevelopment of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood, a 23-acre site in Stratford set to create and sustain thousands of trade jobs.

UCL’s proposals for the site include academic and research facilities as well as new residential accommodation for students.

The decision by Newham Council enables UCL to start construction work on the Stratford site in 2016, paving the way for new jobs in the construction industry.

The £1 billion investment is forecast to lead to significant capital investment into the borough with new employment, and a permanent major boost to the local economy.
The proposed development would also provide world class architecture, public spaces and an academic gateway to the Olympic Park complementing the existing higher education offer in Newham.

This development would play a major part in delivering real improvements in the quality of life for Newham’s residents and opening up opportunities for future generations.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “This important scheme will also inspire our youngsters to look at what prospects are available to them as well as creating fantastic long term economic benefits for residents and creating jobs and opportunities for years to come.”

John Burton, Director of Development at Westfield said: “We are delighted that UCL plans to establish its new university campus in Stratford. This announcement demonstrates that Stratford’s regeneration is accelerating – with over 10,000 new jobs already and many thousands more set to come with UCL Stratford and further development both in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford town centre.

“We are seeing an astonishing transformation take place, and bringing one of the world’s top universities to Stratford will only strengthen its offer as one of the best connected and exciting development areas anywhere in Europe.”

Boris gives the go-ahead for London jobs boost

Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to redevelop a historic building in East London which will create 2,300 new jobs and boost the trades.  

The plans will see the demolition of the London Fruit and Wool Exchange which will make the way for a six-storey building for office and retail use to be build.

The Mayor believes the site and its location are vital to the prosperity of this fast developing part of the capital and to London’s wider economy.

Mayor Johnson used powers granted to him in 2008 to support the application, which had previously been refused planning permission by Tower Hamlets Council.

He said: “The historic London Fruit and Wool Exchange, in the heart of London’s East End, is a former commercial epicentre to which producers and buyers flocked from miles around to do business.

“These plans will not only restore the façade to its former glory, but regenerate the Spitalfields area with thousands of new jobs, and brand new commercial opportunities.

“It will also make a vital contribution to the wider London economy and have a significant impact not just on Tower Hamlets but on surrounding boroughs as well.

“I can find no reason to refuse permission and am of the firm view that this ambitious and important redevelopment should go ahead.”

Clean Energy of Northern Seas to Boost the Renewable Industry

Over forty organisations have today joined forces to set out a long-term vision for the development of offshore wind in the northern seas that will boost the green economy and create new jobs.

The new network, called Norstec, includes world leading manufacturers, cutting-edge developers, supply chain firms as well as industry bodies representing the trades.

Its mission is to maximise the energy potential generated across the northern sea region which will benefit businesses in the renewable industry and boost the trades.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who first introduced Norstec at the Clean Energy Ministerial in April, emphasised on the benefits offered by the production of clean energy and encouraged the use of renewable resources.

Mr Cameron said: “I continue to be strongly supportive of the UK offshore renewables sector and am delighted to see Norstec rising from the waves.

“As I said, when I launched this network last April, we are on the cusp of a second, clean energy revolution in the North Sea. Close collaboration between industry and government will be critical to making this happen.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey, said: “The offshore wind industry represents a massive growth opportunity for the UK and our neighbours around the northern seas, bringing jobs and re-energising once thriving industrial heartlands on the East Coast and beyond.

Mr Davey said that the Government is determined to work closely with businesses in order to make the most from offshore renewable resources.

He said: “Norstec will help the offshore wind industry in the northern seas to grow and create a new industrial revolution, driving economic growth across this part of Europe. I’m delighted to see the potential for offshore wind deployment in the northern seas set out so clearly and vividly.”

 

Major transformation in St James’s area to create new jobs

The Crown Estate has submitted four planning applications as part of a £450 million redevelopment plan that will transform the St James’s area in central London and create new jobs.

A major part of St James’s will be rebuilt to create nearly 340,000 sq ft of mixed-use accommodation between Regent Street and Haymarket.

The lead scheme, known as St James’s Market, will see the building of a commercial redevelopment which will create offices, retail and restaurant space behind preserved historic facades in central London.

The proposals mark the next stage of the Crown Estate investment programme for St James which comprises nearly 50 per cent of the buildings in the area.

James Cooksey, Head of St James’s Portfolio said: “Our investment in St James’s builds on the area’s status by providing a first rate destination amenity space for those living, working and visiting the area.

“Together with our Gateway scheme and investment in Trafalgar House and British Columbia House, it demonstrates the major progress we’re making in delivering on our St James’s strategy.”

Commenting on the proposals, Alastair Smart, Head of Development said: “St James’s Market is perhaps the most significant development we have ever undertaken and builds on the two schemes currently on site as part of our investment in St James’s and Regent Street to provide modern space for global businesses.”

The St James’s Market proposals also include three associated private residential and affordable housing schemes. These will create new homes totalling 60,000 ft2, ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom family homes.

In March 2012 The Crown Estate consulted the local community and received strong levels of positive feedback on the proposals, particularly in relation to the improvements to the accommodation and quality of the public areas in St James’s.

New Jobs as the Duke of York gets £25m Refurbishment Scheme

The Duke of York Military School has appointed BAM Construction to deliver a £25 million refurbishment programme that will create new trade jobs.

As part of the multi-million expansion of the co-educational school in Kent, BAM will deliver five new buildings and refurbish several more, bringing extra employment opportunities for people in the building construction sector.

Project director Rod Stiles said that BAM was particularly pleased to help the ‘historic’ school upgrade its facilities and provide work for local construction companies and trade professionals.

He said: “Most of the suppliers and construction workforce will be from Kent and our training programmes will continue to develop new local construction apprentices.”

The school, which became an “Academy with Military Traditions” in September 2010, will increase its capacity from 468 to 722 pupils and provide enhanced study and sport facilities.

BAM’s major project will include demolishing several blocks and building a sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks and four two-storey junior boarding houses.

The construction firm confirmed today that further remodelling and repair work will take place across the school estate. The project builds on a thriving workload for BAM which in the last decade delivered buildings in Kent worth more than a third of a billion pounds.

Executive Principal, Chris Russell, said: “We are delighted that BAM has been selected to enhance our already extensive school site and facilities. This programme will ensure that the Duke of York’s Royal Military School will remain a leading state boarding academy for many years to come”.

New jobs as Hammersmith Palais gets £26m boost

Hammersmith Palais, a venue which for generations of Londoner’s meant music and dancing, will be transformed into a £26 million student accommodation development set to bring new trade jobs in the building industry.

Infrastructure group Morgan Sindall will replace all buildings on the site, with the exception of a wall adjacent to the train tracks which still displays some of the original paintings relating to the Palais’ former entertaining history, which includes The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Police, and other music titans throughout its unique 100 years.

Peter Jacobs, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London office said: “The historic wall which runs the length of the site and contains the building’s iconic artwork is part of the city’s heritage and will remain in place to commemorate the cultural significance of the Palais.

“This will also provide a great reminder of the exciting events that have taken place at this site over the years.”

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin this month and reach completion in 2013. It will provide accommodation for 418 students, while the ground floor will create 23,000 sq. ft. of leisure space that will be used by the local community.

The new building has been sustainably designed by Make Architects which have included a central ‘energy centre’ that will provide hot water to all the occupiers of the development as part of a community heating scheme.

This primary plant will comprise of gas fired high efficiency boilers with the facility to connect in the future to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Unit.

Peter Jacobs said that Morgan Sindall is delighted to be part of the project team giving this key site in London a new lease of life in a contemporary as well as sustainable development.

Approved Plans for Building 3,000 Homes in Cambridge to Create New Trade Jobs

The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission to build 3, 000 new homes as part of its £1 billion development in northwest Cambridge, creating significant employment opportunities for people in the trades.

The planning application for the 150 hectare site was approved by local authorities today, paving the way for residential and development partners to start building construction work in early 2013.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates welcomed the project’s planning consent. He commented that the £1 billion investment will encourage economic growth and create new jobs, showing that Cambridge is truly open for business.

Mr Bates said: “This new development and investment in the University will be a major boost to jobs in the area and help attract even more business.

“A booming Cambridge economy is good for our local communities and the nation as we have the ability to help the country out of recession.”

The University of Cambridge said in a statement today that it will provide 1,500 homes for key University and College employees, 1,500 homes for sale and accommodation for 2,000 students.

New 100,000 square metres research institutes will be built to the University’s wide range of community facilities. Around one third of the site will be used as public open space for sports, informal recreation and ecological use.

“This development is a major part of the University’s long term future,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. “It will provide much of the residential and research accommodation that the University needs as it grows over the next 20 years.”

Councillor for South Cambridgeshire District Council, David Bard, said: “This development is key to the next stage in the development of Cambridge and will be an exemplar of sustainable living. The plans are of a very high quality and will deliver a new community that everyone will be very proud of.”

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Olympic Legacy for the Trades as well Sport

“Post-Olympic Work to Create New Jobs in the Trades” 

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed Britain’s second biggest homebuilder to build the first of the five new neighbourhoods on the Olympic Park.

The appointment of Taylor Wimpey and asocial housing landlord L&Q will transform the 9.3 hectare Chobham Manor site, delivering 870 new homes and supporting thousands of new jobs in the trades.

Sitting between the Athletes’ Village and the Lee Valley VeloPark, the development of Chobham Manor will address the residential needs for larger homes, with more than 75% of the new homes offering family housing.

Eleven thousand new homes, schools, nurseries and shops are set to be built in the Olympic Park over the next 20 years after the London Games leave town.

Daniel Moylan, Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:“Chobham Manor will set the tone for the high quality neighbourhoods we want to create across the Park with new schools, health centres and community spaces to support them.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the announcement by emphasising the future benefits for local communities and the increasing accommodation needs in the city.

Mr Johnson said: “With the incredible energy of London 2012 captivating audiences across the world, the long-term legacy of the Olympic Park is quietly going from strength to strength.

“The development of Chobham Manor is major milestone and will help ensure a thriving community on the Park becomes a reality sooner rather than later.”

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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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John Lewis kick-starts a £600 million development in Leeds that will create new jobs

Plans to build a new £600 million shopping centre in Leeds will create thousands of jobs in the building engineering industry as one of the of Britain’s biggest high street retailers, John Lewis, has secured a deal to build a 258,000 sq ft anchor store near the development of Eastgate Quarters in Leeds city centre.

The first phase of the development, which is called Harewood, would also create two new shopping streets leading to the Victoria Quarter which will include 30 shops, six restaurants, and a multi-storey car park on the site of Leeds’ former police station.

Work on first phase of the development is expected to start in spring 2014 and it could be open by 2016, if plans submitted to the city council next year are approved.

A low-carbon energy centre for the scheme has been consented which will provide heating, cooling and electricity required by the development, with the opportunity to also support neighbouring homes and businesses.

As a result of the multi-million development, the retail led scheme could generate up to 4,000 jobs in the building engineering sector, providing more employment opportunities for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, welcomed the announcement describing it as excellent news for the city centre and the people from Leeds as a whole.

Mr Wakefield said: “All the parties have been working behind the scenes for some months now to facilitate an agreement which enables work to begin on this important development. So to know that we now have a clear timetable from Hammerson is really exciting.

He added: “Eastgate Quarters is a hugely significant development for the city which will enable our retail sector to compete with other British cities and attract international visitors and investors. It will bring thousands of new visitors to the city as well as creating a significant number of jobs for local people.”

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A £110 Million mixed-use Regeneration Scheme to go ahead in Greenwich

Leading property developers, Development Securities and the Cathedral Group, have confirmed today they have bought a 2.2-acre site in Greenwich town centre which will enable the development of a 350,000 sq. ft. mixed-use regeneration scheme, paving the way for new jobs in the building construction industry.

Following completed acquisition of the site for £16 million, both companies are now able to begin infrastructure work in order to prepare the land for the £110 million scheme which will include 25,000 sq. ft. mixed-use leisure and retail space.

From an earlier announcement it became clear that Development Securities has exchanged contracts for a £50 million residential element of the scheme with Willmott Dixon.

In addition, contracts for sale have been exchanged with McLaren at £8.3 million for the building of a 358-bed ‘student village’; the deal is expected to complete in August this year.

Chief Executive at Development Securities, Michael Marx, said: “This is a good example of the successful implementation of our strategy to create value by repositioning secondary or tertiary real estate into prime or near-prime development via the process of regeneration.”

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South Somerset District Council Seeks Residents’ Views on 16,000 New Homes Plan

Somerset District Council has launched a six week consultation period over the plan to build 16, 000 new homes across South Somerset in the next 16 years.

Housing growth has been in the Council’s core development strategy with a strong agenda for boosting employment and creating thousands of new jobs, South Somerset District Council said in a statement.

The Council is inviting businesses and the people of South Summerset to express their views about the major development. The consultation period will run from 28th June to 10th August 2012. Once the consultation is completed, the Council’s proposed plans for new housing and jobs are expected to include policies on affordable housing, car parking, shops, open spaces and the environment up to 2028.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ric Pallister, described the Local Plan as ‘one of the most important issues to come before the people of South Somerset in more than a decade’.

He said: “We need to take a long term view that is more concerned with meeting the needs of future generations than it is about today’s concerns.  Although we are now in the closing stages of the plan being adopted, having taken note of everything the community have said so far, there is this last opportunity to have your say.  Comments, either in support or objection, will then be passed on to a Planning Inspector who will hold a public Examination and make a final decision later this year.”

Current Draft of the Local Plan includes:

Yeovil

  • 40 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 5 new hectares of employment land within the town and 7 new hectares (1,565 jobs) in a Sustainable Urban Extension
  • 2943 new jobs
  • 3,704 homes allocated, proposed a further 4,111, to include a Sustainable Urban Extension of 1,565 homes to the South, rising to 2,500 homes after the year 2028.
  • Green Buffer to protect the villages of East Coker & North Coker

Chard

  • 13 hectares of new employment land
  • 886 new jobs
  • 1,861 homes proposed with a further 1,376 after 2028
  • Strategic growth will be to the east of the town and including town centre regeneration.

Wincanton

  • 5 hectares of new employment land
  • 490 new jobs
  • 692 homes already allocated proposed a further 11
  • Strategic growth will be to the south west of the town, north of Lawrence Hill and west of Wincanton Business Park.

Crewkerne

  • 10.10 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 472 new jobs
  • 901 homes already allocated proposed a further 127
  • Strategic growth will be located at the Crewkerne Key Site.

Ansford / Castle Cary

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 223 new jobs
  • 127 homes already allocated, proposed a further 273
  • Strategic growth will be to the north of Torbay Road and east and west of Station Road.
  • Request for a road link between Station Road and Torbay Road to improve access to employment area.

Somerton

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 251 new jobs
  • 235 homes already allocated, proposed a further 165
  • Strategic growth will be to the west of the town.

Langport / Huish Episcopi

  • 3 hectares of new employment land
  • 233 new jobs
  • 295 homes already allocated, proposed a further 105
  • Strategic growth will be to the north, east, and south east of the town (employment only to the south east to protect nearby wildlife nesting grounds).

Ilminster

  • 23.5 hectares of employment land already committed
  • 343 new jobs
  • 199 homes already allocated, proposed a further 332
  • Strategic growth will be to the south east of the town.

Rural Centres

  • All rural centres to receive 2 hectares of employment land each (828 jobs overall)
  • Bruton – 113 homes already allocated, proposed a further 104
  • Ilchester – 151 new homes
  • Martock  – 101 homes already allocated, proposed a further 145
  • Milborne Port – 210 homes already allocated, proposed a further 89
  • South Petherton – 151 homes already allocated, proposed a further 94
  • Stoke Sub Hamdon – 6 homes already allocated, proposed a further 49

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A Multi-Million Cash Boost to Bring Empty Homes Back to Life

Councils across England will receive a multi-million cash boost to bring thousands of empty homes back into use, creating further employment for trade professionals and boosting the housing market.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell announced yesterday a further £60 million investment to tackle clusters of empty homes in England. Additional £25 million will be allocated to voluntary and community groups across the country to tackle individual empty properties in their area.

Mr Stunell said: “The number of empty homes in this country is a national disgrace – for every two families that need a home there is one standing empty. Empty homes bring down a neighbourhood and attract vandals and fly-tipping, as well as being a waste of much needed housing.”

Although, the number of empty homes has fallen to the lowest level since 2004, the Liberal Democrat Minister believes that there is still a lot to be done to bring more empty houses back into use.

He said: “I’m delighted to announce this funding boost today that will allow councils and community groups to bring these houses back to life and offer families a chance of a stable and secure home.

“We need to do much more to tackle this problem. This Government is breathing life back into these neglected neighbourhoods.”

Previous announcements have seen £70 million allocated to bring empty homes back into use as part of the affordable housing programme. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, this announcement brings a total investment of £215 million to renovate thousands of properties and bring them back into use.

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Regeneration of Olympic Park to Boost the Building Construction Industry

 The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has unveiled plans for the regeneration of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which will generate millions of pounds in the British economy and boost the building construction industry.

The new park will reopen exactly one year after London 2012 opening ceremony, becoming an exciting new visitor destination and community park unlike any other in the UK, the LLDC said.

The creation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be one of the biggest construction projects in Europe. The 18 month transformation programme will lay the foundation for further building and construction work in East London over the next 20 years.

The transformation programme will clear Games-time structures including temporary venues such as bridges, walkways and roads. It will also connect the Park to the surrounding area with new roads, and foot paths as well as complete permanent venues to be used by visitors and the public.

The Legacy Corporation said that it is working together with experienced team of construction and architecture specialists who will deliver the best quality Park whilst making sure plans are completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Chief Executive of the LLDC, Andrew Altman, commented that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will become one of the most thriving parts of London and will help for the creation of thousands of new homes and jobs in East London.

Mr Altman said: “The transformation will take the Park from an Olympic site, to a new piece of London that’s owned and shaped by the community in and around it. Above all, the Park will create a place of practical benefit for the surrounding community – a place to take your children swimming at weekends, go to school, walk your dog or go to a festival in the summer.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also emphasised on the importance of the Olympic site for Britain’s economic growth and future prosperity.

He said: “The fantastic new sporting venues are only one part of the unfolding legacy story. The Park will help drive the growth London needs to steer it out of recession and on to long term prosperity.”

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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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Green Light for New Homes in London

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has given the green light to a new residential development in West London which will build more than 800 homes and create hundreds of new jobs in the building construction industry.

The Council’s decision to grant a planning permission allows property developer, Capital & Counties Properties (Capco), to fulfil its application of replacing a car park site in Earls Court with high quality new homes. The company signed an agreement with one of the largest Hong Kong developers, the Kwok family, to develop the area in a collaborative partnership.

200 homes from the redevelopment will be allocated as part of the affordable housing scheme announced by the government in November last year; They will be offered to tenants living nearby who might be affected from the regeneration of the area.

Chief Executive at Capco, Ian Hawksworth, welcomed the decision of Hammersmith and Fulham Council saying that this vital investment for the area, it will help economic growth and create new jobs.

Mr Hawksworth said: “The site is an exciting opportunity to begin the transformation of the area, creating hundreds of new homes and jobs. We look forward to pursuing our plans for the project within the joint venture with the Kwok family interests.

“We are delighted by the council’s decision on Seagrave Road. It confirms our long term view of the value which can be unlocked from Capco’s holdings in the area through a residential-led scheme.” – added Mr Hawksworth.

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