Kier gets £475m joint venture Smart Motorway contract

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Kier has secured one of Highways England’s largest Smart Motorway Programme (SMP) contracts worth up to £475 million, in a joint venture with Carillion.

Awarded as part of the Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF), the programme will be focused on the 19 mile stretch of the M6 running from Junction 16 to 19 and the M6 running from Junction 13 to 15, as well as the M20 between Junction 3 and 5 and the M23 from Junction 8 to 10.

The first phase of the contract on the M6 (J16-19), worth £129.5m, is due to begin in the autumn, with the other packages phased for delivery over the next four years. Final target costs for these tranches will be agreed with Highways England in due course.

The joint venture is one of three delivery partners for the Highways England Smart Motorway Programme and will be managed through a collaborative agreement designed to share industry knowledge and best practice.

The programme will include a range of smart motorway technology including the testing of All Lane Running (ALR) and Advanced Directional Signage (ADR).

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier, said: “Investment into the transport infrastructure sector is a key component of the National Infrastructure Pipeline, and this significant award is testament to Kier’s growing presence in this arena.

Our role in the Smart Motorway Programme extends Kier’s capabilities into Highways England’s capital expenditure programme, leveraging our expertise through the recent acquisition of Mouchel and illustrating the breadth of services that Kier can provide to clients in our core markets.”

Enterprise zones to attract new investment

Enterprise Zones

There will be more opportunities for places to benefit from Enterprise Zone-boom as government announced scheme’s extension to create jobs and economic growth.

Local councils are being urged to work with their Local Enterprise Partnerships(LEPs) to come forward with ambitious plans for new Enterprise Zones and to seize the economic initiative by identifying businesses on their patch with investment or export potential.

Ministers want local business and civic leaders to encourage firms with shared interests to stand together and form a stronger commercial proposition. This includes building on the commercial strengths of rural areas.

These new zones will enable places to drive growth and jobs creation.

Enterprise Zones bring with them a raft of benefits to businesses including lower taxes, access to superfast broadband and streamlined planning permission to boost local infrastructure.

Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse James Wharton said: “Enterprise Zones are creating thousands of jobs, attracting billions of pounds of investment.

Britain is a great place to do business and this is a chance for local areas to build on their benefits. As part of our long-term economic plan it is only right we allow more to share our national success.

The government is building on the success of the existing 24 Enterprise Zones which by last December had attracted 15,500 jobs around the country since they opened over the past 3 years and delivered a multibillion-pound boost to local economies.”

Government drive to use land and property for growth

Government drive to use land and property for growth

Local councils will be encouraged to release surplus public land and property, as part of the Government’s productivity plan to create new jobs and boost economic growth.

Through the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA)-led One Public Estate programme local councils will be encouraged to share buildings and services, reduce running costs and release land in order to boost development.

The 32 councils that are currently on the programme own 28 per cent of council land and property assets in England. They expect to deliver an additional 9,000 homes, 20,000 jobs, raise £129 million in capital receipts from land sales and cut running costs by £77 million over five years.

In the Budget it was announced that £6 million would go towards forming new partnerships of councils to transform local services and deliver local growth.

Minister for Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock said: “Over the last five years the Government’s property reforms have raised £1.4 billion for hard-working taxpayers and in the years ahead we will go further, and faster.

“By freeing up land and encouraging growth we are helping local communities to spring to life and find a new use for old government land.”

LGA Chairman, Cllr Gary Porter, said:”Through One Public Estate, councils have shown that they are perfectly placed to act as leaders of place and deliver effective cross public sector asset management.

It is great to see in practice and how through the programme we are seeing the integration of services, local economic growth, and support more sustainable local government.

“It’s clear this isn’t easy work and the investment of time, energy and patience, as well as funds, needs to go hand in hand with strong leadership. But I think what the One Public Estate programme has shown us is that the hard work is worth it.”

Successes to date include City of York Council entering a partnership with Network Rail to jointly release city centre land for the development of 1,100 new homes and 80,000 sq m of central business district and Leeds City Council working in partnership with Leeds Community Health on joint use of their land and property to underpin delivery of integrated health and social care services across the city.

Major plans for town centres across Wales

Welsh Government

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has this week set out how £5 million of Welsh Government funding will be used to boost town centres across Wales.

The capital funding will be loaned to seven local authorities for up to 15 years to be spent on town centres in Tredegar, Rhymney, Grangetown, Llanelli, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Barry.

During this time, the council can recycle and re-invest the funding in different projects which will improve their town centres and bring empty buildings back into use.

Such improvements will help create jobs and encourage economic growth, increase the number of homes available within town centres and make them a more diverse, vibrant and attractive place to visit.

The Minister visited Rhyl town centre to see first-hand how the funding will help transform the town. Lesley Griffiths said: “Town centres play a vital role in community life and this loan funding will help bring about improvements in the areas which need it the most.

I look forward to seeing how this £5 million will improve town centres across Wales over the next fifteen years. By making our town centres more attractive and accessible, we hope to increase visitor numbers and give local businesses and communities a boost.”

The funding will support a range of different projects in the seven local authorities across Wales:

  • In Tredegar, the council will receive £714,286 to demolish a social club and replace it with much needed social housing.

  • Rhymney will receive £500,000 to bring six empty properties back into use and make the former Aldi site more attractive for development.

  • Carmarthenshire Council will use its £700,000 to renovate empty properties in Llanelli town centre and bring them back into use

  • In Rhyl, the council is using the £842,857 to work with the private sector to redevelop empty buildings on West Parade and build a new car park in the centre of the town

  • Gwynedd Council will put their £700,000 towards the ongoing major regeneration project in Caernarfon town centre

  • In Barry, the council will receive £842,867 to develop empty and rundown properties into affordable housing and apartments for market rent.

£1.5bn boost for motorways in England

£1.5bn boost for motorways in England

Highways England has today appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 ‘smart motorways’ across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.

The smart motorway schemes, part of the £15 billion government investment Highways England is delivering between now and 2021, will see 292 extra lane miles added to motorways.

Three of these projects will start in autumn this year: 2 in the Midlands – M1 junction 19 to junction 16 in Northamptonshire and the M5 Junction 4a to Junction 6 in Worcestershire, and 1 in the North West – M6 junction 16 to junction 19 near Stoke-on-Trent.

Construction contractors appointed are Balfour Beatty and VINCI joint venture, Costain and Galliford Try joint venture, and Carillion and Kier joint venture.

With designers being CH2M and Hyder joint venture, Amey and Arup joint venture, and Jacobs and Atkins joint venture.

Valued at up to £1.55 billion in total, this is the second major procurement to be awarded under the company’s Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF).

The first was the appointment of designers and contractors for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement which was announced last month (June).

Roads minister, Andrew Jones, said: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing more than £1.5 billion over the next five years in upgrading congested sections of motorway.

This means better journeys for millions of people across the country, easier access to jobs, and stronger links between towns and cities. This is good for the economy and good for Britain.”

Highways England smart motorway programme director, Andy Watson, said: “We have awarded these contracts to the companies who demonstrated to us they will work together, across all the projects, not just the ones they have been awarded.

They proved they are driven to get the best results on price, quality and on reducing impact on road users: keeping the motorways flowing while they construct these vital improvements.”

£1.5bn boost for motorways in England

£1.5bn boost for motorways in England

Highways England has today appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 ‘smart motorways’ across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.

The smart motorway schemes, part of the £15 billion government investment Highways England is delivering between now and 2021, will see 292 extra lane miles added to motorways.

Three of these projects will start in autumn this year: 2 in the Midlands – M1 junction 19 to junction 16 in Northamptonshire and the M5 Junction 4a to Junction 6 in Worcestershire, and 1 in the North West – M6 junction 16 to junction 19 near Stoke-on-Trent.

Construction contractors appointed are Balfour Beatty and VINCI joint venture, Costain and Galliford Try joint venture, and Carillion and Kier joint venture.

With designers being CH2M and Hyder joint venture, Amey and Arup joint venture, and Jacobs and Atkins joint venture.

Valued at up to £1.55 billion in total, this is the second major procurement to be awarded under the company’s Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF).

The first was the appointment of designers and contractors for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement which was announced last month (June).

Roads minister, Andrew Jones, said: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing more than £1.5 billion over the next five years in upgrading congested sections of motorway.

This means better journeys for millions of people across the country, easier access to jobs, and stronger links between towns and cities. This is good for the economy and good for Britain.”

Highways England smart motorway programme director, Andy Watson, said: “We have awarded these contracts to the companies who demonstrated to us they will work together, across all the projects, not just the ones they have been awarded.

They proved they are driven to get the best results on price, quality and on reducing impact on road users: keeping the motorways flowing while they construct these vital improvements.”

Interserve wins £35m Birmingham cancer centre

Interserve

Interserve has been awarded a £35 million contract by Birmingham Children’s Hospital to design and build an exciting new clinical facility in central Birmingham.

The Steelhouse Lane facility will provide new and improved patient facilities for cancer, haematology and stem cell services, three theatres and 18 surgical beds, and a new rare diseases centre for children and young people.

The ProCure21+ (P21+) project, which is being designed in partnership with the hospital’s clinicians and architects BDP, is currently in the design phase with work due to start on site early in 2016 and completion expected during 2017.

Simon Butler, Interserve’s Divisional Director, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to play such a key role in delivering a world class children’s hospital.

As one of the official Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCP) for P21+ we have extensive experience in the delivery of innovative and successful healthcare schemes and we are looking forward to working collaboratively with Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Wates gets £23.8m East London school job

Wates gets £23.8m East London school job

Wates Construction has been given a £22.8 million school contract in Newham as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Wates reached financial close on the Little Ilford School in Newham.

With construction now underway, the new build project will comprise a 10,703 sq m. four-storey secondary education facility that will see the school increase its capacity from 1,350 to 1,525 for students aged 11 to 16 years.

Designed by CPMG, the new building will incorporate a sports hall extension and a multi-use facilities.The new school has been designed utilising Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model, a standardised solution that facilitates the time and cost efficient delivery of new school buildings.

The Little Ilford contract forms part of the EFA’s £78 million batch of schools being delivered in Barking, Dagenham and Newham under the PSBP, which also includes Eastbrook School in Dagenham and Eastbury School in Barking. Wates was appointed to deliver the batch in January this year.

Since the EFA’s launch of the capitally funded PSBP, Wates has been appointed as main contractor to deliver over £100 million of new and refurbished school buildings on behalf of the EFA. These include schools in Coventry, the North West and East of England.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director for Wates Construction, Home Counties, said: “This project will once again showcase our commitment to delivering high quality educational facilities under the Priority Schools Building Programme.”

Works begin on Aberdeen Art Gallery

Works begin on Aberdeen Art Gallery

The £30 million redevelopment will see the transformation of the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Memorial Hall through significant investment and building work.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £10 million has been awarded for the ambitious Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment programme that will provide improved facilities for visitors.

Aberdeen City Council has already committed £10 million from its Non-Housing Capital Fund towards the overall cost of the project, and there will be a public and philanthropic fundraising campaign for the remaining £10 million required.

Interior plans include the creation of 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11,500sqm space in which to showcase international-quality exhibitions, and a community gallery in a new wing at the rear of the building.

Exterior plans involve removing the pitched roofs and skylights behind the parapets of the main building and adding a new storey of accommodation for temporary galleries and a learning zone.

Aberdeen City Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Marie Boulton said: “The formal hand over of Aberdeen Art Gallery’s keys to contractors McLaughlin & Harvey of Belfast is a key milestone in this multi-million pound redevelopment project.”

Michael Kieran, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Director, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and look forward to working closely with the Design Team and Aberdeen City Council to restore and improve this facility. The finished building will provide the city with an Art Gallery that will rank amongst the best in its class.”

Works begin on Aberdeen Art Gallery

Works begin on Aberdeen Art Gallery

The £30 million redevelopment will see the transformation of the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Memorial Hall through significant investment and building work.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £10 million has been awarded for the ambitious Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment programme that will provide improved facilities for visitors.

Aberdeen City Council has already committed £10 million from its Non-Housing Capital Fund towards the overall cost of the project, and there will be a public and philanthropic fundraising campaign for the remaining £10 million required.

Interior plans include the creation of 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11,500sqm space in which to showcase international-quality exhibitions, and a community gallery in a new wing at the rear of the building.

Exterior plans involve removing the pitched roofs and skylights behind the parapets of the main building and adding a new storey of accommodation for temporary galleries and a learning zone.

Aberdeen City Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Marie Boulton said: “The formal hand over of Aberdeen Art Gallery’s keys to contractors McLaughlin & Harvey of Belfast is a key milestone in this multi-million pound redevelopment project.”

Michael Kieran, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Director, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and look forward to working closely with the Design Team and Aberdeen City Council to restore and improve this facility. The finished building will provide the city with an Art Gallery that will rank amongst the best in its class.”