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Vauxhall Student Scheme Reaches Out for New Jobs

Lambeth Borough Council has granted planning permission to Downing Developments to build a 32-storey student accommodation scheme in Vauxhall, South London, which will boost the building industry and create new jobs.

The development will see the building of 553 student accommodation units, a 25-metre swimming pool and leisure facilities which will be open to the public. The scheme will boost local businesses and benefit the construction sector as well as create new jobs in the trades.

The architect for the scheme is Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Downing is planning to start work on the site immediately as the scheme is set for completion by 2014.

Downing development director, Paul Houghton said: “The scheme represents a significant investment in the area, not only through the £4.5m swimming pool and leisure facility, but also through the in excess of £1.5m of contributions that will benefit the local area.

“The proposals will redevelop a brownfield site and provide a major boost to local businesses through the increased spend that the students will deliver.”

Downing submitted the planning application in November 2011 following consultation on draft plans with the local community.  Following a public exhibition held in September 2011, the size of the swimming pool was increased from 20m to 25m in response to residents’ feedback.

Green Light for Building Construction Work in South London

Planning permission has been granted to develop a 111,000 sq.ft. extension to a shopping complex in South London, the Construction Enquirer reported today.

The joint venture between British Land and Tesco is also going to refurbish an existing 309,000 sq. ft. shopping centre at Canada Water, Rotherhithe Peninsula. The renovation, which is part of the £30 million investment plan for the area, will improve existing facilities and is expected to create new jobs.

The Construction Enquirer reported that improvements worth up to £4 million will be carried out around the centre. These are expected to improve connexions between Surrey Quays station and Canada Water tube and bus station, it was revealed.

Retail Development Manager at British Land, David Pollock, welcomed the extension of the shopping centre and emphasised the importance of the wider regeneration plan for area of Surrey Quays.

Mr Pollock said: “The extension and refurbishment will create additional space that will allow us to attract and accommodate new and exciting retailers, ensuring that Surrey Quays remains competitive in today’s market.”

Mr Pollock commented that the shopping experience in the area will be significantly improved for both existing and new customers

Construction work will start in spring 2013 and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.

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NewBuy Scheme to Help the Building Construction Sector

Prime Minister, David Cameron, has today launched a new housing scheme for England which will boost demand for newly built homes and increase employment in the building construction sector.

Under the new loan guarantee programme, NewBuy, the government is investing £1 billion into an affordable mortgage guarantee scheme which will help up to 100,000 people across England to buy their own home by paying a lower deposit rate.

Andy Gray, head of mortgages for Barclays, said: “We believe this will boost housing market confidence and support the flow of new housing, providing positive consequences for jobs and the economy as a whole.”

Speaking at a construction site in South London today, Mr Cameron said that the government will do everything it can to help those who want to buy their own home. The Prime Minister believes the new scheme will boost the construction industry and unlock the housing market.

Mr Cameron said: “The problem today is that we have lenders who are not lending, so builders cannot build, so the buyers cannot buy and it needs the government to step in and help unblock the market.”

The NewBuy housing scheme will boost the supply of properties, increase employment opportunities for people in the construction industry and provide affordable mortgages to those with lower incomes. The scheme is also expected to boost the national economy by the construction of additional homes.

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Wandsworth Council Gives the Green Light for Construction Work

Wandsworth Council has approved plans to build more than 1,800 new homes in Nine Elm, South London. This will pave the way for building construction work, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.

The 13-acre site will be turned from what was previously a mail sorting office into residential apartments, a new state primary school and a 3.3 acre public park. The scheme is part of a huge regeneration programme aiming to build more affordable homes in London and improve community infrastructure.

The latest approval by Wandsworth Councils brings the total number of homes with planning consent in London to nearly 9,300. Some additional 4,500 homes will be given planning permission in the near future, bringing the total of new homes to nearly 14,000.

Programme Director at Nine Elms, Helen Fisher, welcomed the decision of Wandsworth Council saying that the regeneration programme will make a positive contribution to the local community and improve infrastructure whilst delivering growth and new jobs to the area.

Fisher said: “More than 1,000 homes are under construction in Nine Elms along with brand new offices, shops, a new riverside walk and acres of new park land. The scale of the transformation is truly remarkable and this latest planning approval adds further momentum to our regeneration programme.”

The former Royal Mail site, which lies at the heart of the Nine Elms regeneration zone, will be renovated by architects Allies & Morrison. The redevelopment scheme is an addition to the 250,000 square metres of new commercial and community space previously approved by Wandsworth Council.

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Bids for £22 million London NHS Unit Open for Builders

King’s College NHS Trust is looking for a building contractor to build a three-storey critical care unit at one of its campuses in South London – a leading publication in the building sector, Construction Engineer, has announced today.

Firms are invited to express an interest in the redevelopment of King’s College NHS Trust until 22nd February for invitation to tender a month later.

The winning contractor will build a new steel frame building over an existing block, which will remain operational, and complete the shell before demolishing elements of the existing structure.

It is not clear yet how many builders will be employed as a result of King’s College renovation, but the scale of the project suggests it will create new jobs in the building sector.

International construction and property consultancy Sweett will attain the building through a two stage process which further details will be revealed in March.

The scheme has been designed to allow the existing theatre block to continue to operate whilst building work is being carried out.

The project will deliver a consolidated critical care facility at Kings College Hospital Denmark Hill Campus in line with current Department of Health guidelines and will develop the hospital as a Major Trauma Centre.

King’s expects the contract will be at its final stage by August this year.

For more information on how you can express an interest and put your bid forward please visit Tenders website.

 

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Boris Johnson Approves a Huge Housing Boost for London

 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced the first phase of a major housing redevelopment for the Greenwich Peninsula, South London, which will see 10, 000 homes built in the next three years.

Boris Johnson and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, visited the Peninsula on Wednesday. They shared optimism about the regeneration of the area and all the benefits the project will bring to businesses and the Building Construction Industry.

Some 1,300 homes and 600 student accommodation units will be built later this year. The Building Sector is expected to benefit immensely from the project as a result of the building work which will be undertaken this year – Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles suggested.

Mr Pickles said: “Today the Mayor and I can announce we’ve unlocked this once stalled site in Greenwich that will now get workers back on site, construction back on track and help get our city building in 2012 the new homes Londoners needs.”

The Mayor of London said he is delighted for the project to be given green light. Mr Johnson said: “The transformation of Greenwich Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the most exciting development opportunities in London.”

He added: “This latest phase of regeneration will seal its future as a thriving, well-connected new district, combining vibrant new residential areas and fantastic leisure facilities.”

After detailed planning applications are submitted to Greenwich Council in April, construction work on the first phase of the project is set to begin in autumn later this year.

 

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