Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners’ latest development

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners' latest development

Ronson Capital Partners has appointed Mace as principal contractor to develop a 15-storey building comprising 55 residential units in central London.

The development also comprises a townhouse at Chiltern Place, 66 Chiltern Street in Marylebone Village.

Set to be a high-quality residential development in a prominent and sought-after location near Marylebone High Street in Westminster, the elegant homes will feature panoramic views across the capital. The building is due for completion in 2017.

Ronson Capital Partners Chairman, Gerald Ronson, said “Following the success of Riverwalk, our scheme in SW1 where over 65 per cent of the apartments have now been sold, we are very pleased to start work on our next central London development.

Chiltern Place will offer outstanding homes right in the heart of one of London’s most desirable and central locations and we look forward to working with Mace to bring this exciting project to fruition.”

Executive Chairman at Mace, Stephen Pycroft, said “We are delighted that we have been selected by Ronson Capital Partners to work with them on this highly prestigious residential development in Marylebone.

Together with PLP architects, we look forward to successfully delivering another high profile, quality pro-ject.”

St Vincent picks Lovell for Lancashire homes scheme

St Vincent's picks Lovell for Lancashire homes scheme

St Vincent’s Housing Association has appointed housing developer Lovell to build a £2.6 million development of high-quality affordable apartments for older residents in Billington, Lancashire.

The new two-storey apartment block on land off Elker Lane will create 19 modern, self-contained two-bedroom homes, for shared ownership or affordable rent, for residents aged 55 and over.

The development is designed by Manchester-based architectural practice Jennings Design Associates incorporating the 10 ‘HAPPI’ (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) design principles.

Construction work is starting later this month (April) on the development which is due for completion in spring 2016.

Working in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, funding is being provided by the Department of Health, the Homes and Communities Agency and St Vincent’s Housing Association.

Rachel O’Connor, St Vincent’s development manager said: “Billington is a lovely area and will provide the backdrop to a stunning development of apartments for both affordable rent and shared ownership for those wanting a high-quality, easily managed home.This is a great opportunity for St Vincent’s to provide a first-class development for local people.”

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates comments: “We’re delighted to be working with St Vincent’s on this project creating much-needed high-quality modern homes for older residents.

The scheme will provide light and airy, well-designed private apartments complemented by high-quality communal facilities and attractive communal gardens.”

Residents will have access to shared facilities including a ground-floor communal lounge, communal garden and extensive landscaped grounds, including residents’ allotments. All homes will incorporate high levels of energy-efficiency meeting Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes measure for assessing environmental performance.

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates Living Space has been appointed by Circle Housing to deliver repairs and maintenance services for its housing stock in London and the West Midlands.

Providing services to residents at Circle Housing Circle 33 and Circle Housing Mercian, Wates has already begun responding to emergency and out of hours work and is mobilising to deliver all services by the end of May.

The appointment forms part of Circle Housing’s strategy to improve the quality of its repairs and maintenance service and increase capacity.

Wates Living Space will be delivering emergency repairs and void refurbishment to 15,000 homes for Circle 33, in addition to 3,000 homes for Mercian. Delivery teams will be co-located with the client in local offices.

Circle Housing’s CEO, Mark Rogers, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step in our improvement plan to deliver a repairs service that our customers deserve. We’re pleased that Wates shares our social purpose and commitment to customer service and look forward to working in partnership with them.”

David Morgan, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space South Maintenance, commented: “Wates Living Space is extremely proud of its place as one of the UK’s leading affordable housing contractors and our appointment to deliver this vital responsive repairs service is testament to our expertise as a quality maintenance provider.

The needs of tenants are at the heart of what we do and our team is dedicated to ensuring that these are met in an efficient manner, with the utmost professionalism. Wates Living Space has a strong presence across the West Midlands and London and we look forward to growing this further by taking forward this important work on behalf of Circle Housing.”

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city development

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city development

Morgan Sindall has started building work this month on the mixed-use Marischal Square development in Aberdeen city centre that will create 300 construction jobs.

Appointed by developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments to construct the £107 million development, Morgan Sindall has moved on to site to deliver the two-year construction programme.

The development will create 300 jobs during the construction phase, with 1,500 jobs available when the development of offices, Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the restaurant space is fully completed and occupied in 2017.

That level of staffing in the development will also help sustain a significant number of jobs in the city centre area.

Marischal Square, which is fully funded by Aviva Investors, will deliver a vibrant new mixed-use quarter for the city and include Grade ‘A’ office space with associated car parking, a four-star hotel, cafés, restaurants and civic space, along with public access, landscaping and public realm improvements around a site once dominated by the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building St. Nicholas House.

Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “This is a key project for us and one which we are proud to be delivering in this unique city.

Our objective is to bring the vision of the developers and designers to reality in an efficient and safe manner and to ensure that the build programme minimises any disruption for the people using the city centre.”

Affinity Water gets Mace framework contract

Affinity Water gets  Mace framework contract

Affinity Water has selected Mace start work as its service provider as they move into AMP6, the upcoming regulatory period for the water industry this month.

Mace will provide programme and project management expertise, design and delivery services, commercial management and planning expertise to ensure successful delivery of Affinity Water’s asset investment portfolio.

Mace Chief Executive, Mark Reynolds, said: “Securing the Service Provider role is a significant milestone for Mace and allows us to continue the exciting journey to assist Affinity Water to become the leading community-focused water company in the UK.

This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how the collaboration can benefit both organisations and the communities we serve”.

Stephen Martin, Asset Management Director, Affinity Water Ltd, said: “Last year we developed a creative and ambitious business plan that sets new standards for the way we will deliver high quality water for our communities over the next five years.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mace as our partner to help us deliver this plan. We chose Mace because, with its balance of skills, expertise and behaviours, it has demonstrated the capability to enable us to be successful.

I look forward to building on this established relationship as we continue to work on achieving the commitments we have made to our communities”.

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Fresh jobs boost from investment scheme

Scottish Water has announced the preferred bidder for a major part of its new £3.5 billion investment programme that will create new jobs in the building trades.

ESD (Efficient Service Delivery), a joint venture between Galliford Try, MWH Treatment and Black and Veatch, is the preferred bidder for a contract worth around £560 million over the next six years.

ESD will oversee the delivery of projects including work on reservoirs, water treatment works and pumping stations, which will help build on the significant improvements made to water services for the benefit of Scottish Water customers in recent years.

A further announcement of local contractors around Scotland to support the alliances in helping to deliver the overall programme is expected to be made later this spring, supporting employment in Scottish SMEs and helping to sustain local economies.

Douglas Millican, Chief Executive of Scottish Water said: “This is our third alliance appointment and the benefits for communities of Scotland across Scotland will be felt through all of these partnerships.

“Through the commitment of our alliance partners, 90 modern apprentice and 55 graduate roles will be created as a result of our investment programme in the three alliances. This reflects the commitment of Scottish Water to developing the next generation of people to take forward the future of the industry.

“As well as being good news for the economy, our investment programme will enable us to build on improvements to customer service around Scotland, while protecting and enhancing the environment.”

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier wins £170m London Ram Brewery job

Kier is set to deliver a £170 million first phase of The Ram Quarter, its major flagship regeneration scheme in Wandsworth, London.

The Ram Quarter will be delivered in three phases, with a total value of around £600 million that will create new construction jobs and boost the building trades.

Working with project managers Gardiner & Theobald, architects EPR and engineers WSP Group, Kier will deliver 411,000sq ft of new build housing and retail space, laid out across nine blocks of between four and ten storeys.

To provide the necessary infrastructure, 105,000sq ft of basement space will be constructed for car parking, as well as an energy centre to service the entire development’s electricity needs.

Phase one will also see the development realign 230m of flood defences along the River Wandle in order to open up the space and provide public access along a new riverside walk.

Kier managing director for major projects, Colin Lamb, said: “We are very pleased to be working with The Greenland Group on the £170m first phase of The Ram Quarter project. It is a landmark development that will deliver substantial economic and social benefit for the community of Wandsworth and the wider region, as it regenerates this historical site.”

In addition, the first phase of the project also includes the 56,000sq ft refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II listed brewery complex, transforming it into high quality restaurants, boutique shops, cafés and bars, a micro-brewery, a brewery museum and an additional 14 residential units – taking the total number of homes delivered in phase one to 338.

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon to build hotel in Aldgate

Willmott Dixon has been given a £14 million job to convert the Matrix building in Aldgate into the new upper scale Dorsett City, London, hotel.

The contract is Willmott Dixon’s first project for Dorsett Hospitality International, which operates 22 hotels around the world, including eight in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UK, providing over 8,600 rooms in total.

This will be Dorsett’s second hotel in London and sees Willmott Dixon start on site in May to build the 13 storey complex which will be located on Aldgate High Street next to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church.

When complete in December 2016, it will provide 270 bedrooms along with restaurant, fitness centre and 1,600 sq ft of meeting areas for the business community.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director at Willmott Dixon’s Cobham office said, “This is a really interesting office to hotel conversion right in the heart of The City of London, providing new capacity in this fast growing part of London. Importantly, it plays to our strengths and know-how of working on tight, constrained sites in urban locations, as well as our record for working in historic parts of London on landmark buildings.”

Dorsett Hospitality International’s first hotel, Dorsett Shepherds Bush, opened in 2014 and when complete in 2016, Dorsett City, London, will further underline the company’s vision to expand its hotel portfolio in selected strategic regions in the United Kingdom and Europe.

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin‘s joint venture with consultant CH2M has secured a £43m design and build water treatment works upgrade in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The scheme will enhance the existing Oswestry water treatment facility, which currently treats water from Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales via the Llanforda open reservoir.

Darren Hynes, framework director for C2V+ said: “After being named as one of four Construction Delivery Partners for the AMP6 framework in 2014, we are delighted to be appointed for this scheme at this early stage of the framework.

It demonstrates the collaborative approach between C2V+ and United Utilities whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities for the local economy by creating over 50 jobs over the next two years.”

Works on site will commence in spring 2015 with an overall construction period of two years.

Due to the composition of the raw water and the condition of the existing plant, the works are required to improve the capacity and quality of water produced at this facility, which currently supplies water to customers in 39 distribution zones in Liverpool and parts of Cheshire.

This innovative solution has been successfully used in North America and Europe and is an energy neutral process which will provide significant savings to United Utilities through the installation of hydroelectric turbines that feed surplus energy back into the grid.

Cognicity Challenge to start smart city tech accelerator

Twelve companies have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the Cognicity Challenge, competing in the Connected Home and Virtual Design & Construction streams of Canary Wharf Group‘ s smart city accelerator challenge.

The finalists will benefit from a twelve-week programme located within ‘High Growth Space:24′, the expansion space of Level39‘s tech company incubator, in Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square.

This cohort has been specifically chosen to address the future development of the Canary Wharf estate – including the new phase, previously known as Wood Wharf – which will include residential properties for the first time.

The first phase of this development will be completed by 2020 and innovative Virtual Design & Construction technology will help inform the design and development of this stage in Canary Wharf’s progress towards becoming a truly smart and integrated city.

Innovators in the Connected Home stream will help create differentiators for the residential buildings on the estate, creating the next generation of live-work development at Canary Wharf.

During the twelve-week programme, each of the finalist companies will gain access to world-leading specialists including an expert group of Canary Wharf executives.

At the end of the accelerator programme the finalists will deliver a business plan and pitch to Canary Wharf Group executives and expert judges, with the winners of each stream receiving £50,000 and the chance to pilot their technologies on the estate.

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 and Managing Director of ENTIQ, said: “The Cognicity Challenge offers these innovative companies a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of their future city technologies and pilot them within the Canary Wharf estate, helping take smart, sustainable cities from concept to reality whilst offering Canary Wharf Group a procurement methodology and pipeline that de-risks the uptake of innovation, both in the existing buildings and the new phase of the estate.”