Willmott Dixon wins Network Rail work

Willmott Dixon wins Network Rail work

Willmott Dixon Interiors wins £20 million contract for offices near Blackfriars Station

Willmott Dixon Interiors has followed its recent contract win to fit-out the Design Museum’s new home in Kensington by with a key role at Network Rail’s offices near Blackfriars Station.

Willmott Dixon’s interiors specialists will refurbish the six storey building at 1 Puddle Dock to create a new home in central London for nearly 400 Network Rail staff.

The 100,000 sq ft modernisation and refit includes Cat A fit-out for space to sub-let and fit-out of Network Rail’s office areas to Cat B standard along with new M&E installations, lift installations, windows and external doors.

Working with Willmott Dixon Interiors are Scott Brownrigg, EPR Architects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Watermans as structural engineer and Sweett Group, who provided quantity surveying, project management, CDM-Designer and sustainability services. The project is set for completion in summer 2016.

Willmott Dixon Interiors chief operating officer Mike Hart:“We’re delighted to have been chosen by Network Rail to fit out their new central London offices.

The location and fast-track nature of the project further highlights our expertise in delivering large-scale office refurbishment in busy urban sites that provide modern space for a variety of uses.”

It’s another major project in 2015 for the company that fits-out over 500,000ft² of space each year in key sectors such as commercial, hotels, health, leisure and education.

Mace to deliver LSE’s Centre Buildings Redevelopment Project

Mace appointed to deliver LSE's Centre Buildings Redevelopment Project

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has appointed Mace as Design and Build contractor to deliver its new state-of-the-art Centre Buildings Redevelopment.

The £123 million project, which is set to be completed by November 2018, will be LSE’s largest ever redevelopment and will provide a world class teaching and learning environment for students and staff.

The redevelopment is in the heart of the School’s Aldwych campus and involves the construction of connected thirteen storey and six storey towers, incorporating lecture theatres, study areas, academic staff offices, a café/learning commons and a series of landscaped roof terraces.

A central feature of the redevelopment, designed by renowned architects Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, is the creation of a new central plaza, enhancing public as well as academic space.

A focus on sustainability will be a key element of the design with an aspiration to achieving an outstanding BREEAM rating. Levels 2-13 of the new buildings will rely on natural ventilation and cooling through a complex external façade, solar shading and the use of exposed pre-cast soffits.

In addition, the new towers will include bi-fuel CHP, photovoltaics, rainwater harvesting and a useable roof top green space.

The redevelopment will require demolition of four existing buildings, a process which started in June 2015. Following the demolition, construction is expected to start in July 2016.

Julian Robinson, Director of LSE Estates, said: “The construction of the CBR is the tallest, largest and most expensive project for LSE, which will dramatically enhance the learning environment for our staff and students.

Undertaking a complex project of this size and scale requires a significant degree of technical expertise which is why we are pleased to have appointed Mace to deliver this exciting new development.”

Business Unit Director for Public Sector at Mace, Terry Spraggett said: “We are delighted to be working with LSE to deliver not only their biggest ever development but also a project which will positively shape the learning environment for students for years to come.”

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of Leeds

Galliford Try wins two new contracts with University of Leeds

Galliford Try has signed a deal with the University of Leeds on two new contracts worth a total value of £37.8 million.

Firstly, Galliford Try has been contracted to refurbish the Engineering Building at the University’s main Woodhouse campus.

The £22.5 million project will involve refurbishing levels three, four and five of the 1960s building, as well as completing the maintenance backlog on the remainder of the building.

Secondly, Galliford Try will undertake the £15.3 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library.

The scheme, which encompasses all six floors of the 1970s building, includes fully refurbishing the study areas and replacing the engineering systems and roof.

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Galliford Try sad: “We are delighted to have been able to maintain the strong ties that our Yorkshire office has with the University of Leeds with these successes.

The strategy for our construction business is based on long-term relationships with respected clients and these two contracts are an excellent example of that approach.”

Bouygues UK gets major London regeneration scheme

Bouygues UK

The first construction contract for an ambitious regeneration project in Barking, being jointly delivered by East Thames and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD), has been awarded to Bouygues UK.

East Thames and LBBD are renewing the eastern end of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, with shared responsibility for funding, design, construction and maintenance.

Bouygues UK has been appointed to deliver the first 190 homes as part of Phase One of the project, as well as the construction of an energy centre. Altogether, the contract represents a value of approximately £41.5 million.

The beginning of this first phase represents a major milestone in the overall Gascoigne East Masterplan which will create 1,575 new homes, a secondary and primary school, green spaces and community centre over the next nine years.

East Thames Director of Development, Trevor Burns, said: “Bouygues UK has a wealth of experience in delivering large scale regeneration projects and we’re confident that they will support us to deliver a very high quality product for Gascoigne East.

We’re delighted that the first phase of the masterplan has already won an award for its innovative design. The project is a testimony to successful partnership working and we’re looking forward to delivering it hand in hand with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.”

Commenting on the new contract, Bouygues UK Managing Director for Housing London, John Campion, said: “We have a strong presence in Barking and Dagenham through our existing relationship with the council, which has also seen us working on the mixed-use scheme on London Road and the Creative Ice House Quarter development at Abbey Road.

We’re very happy to be working with East Thames and LBBD as part of the overall masterplan to regenerate Gascoigne Estate, as well as increasing our contribution to the wider regeneration of the borough as a whole.”

Knight Dragon Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved

Knight Dragon Greenwich Peninsula masterplan approved

Developer Knight Dragon has been given the go-ahead for London’s Greenwich Peninsula that will see the building of 13,000 new homes and create 12,000 jobs.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Board has approved a landmark planning application for one of the largest new developments in London.

Developer Knight Dragon already has nearly 3,000 homes under construction, paving the way for new jobs in the building industry and boosting the construction trades.

The £8.4 billion plan has upped the height of several building to around 40 storeys and will include two schools, shops, bars and restaurants.

The new vision for the residential-led development has been designed by London-based architects Allies & Morrison and expands the originally consented 2004 scheme which had stalled for many years.

Sammy Lee, Vice Chairman of Knight Dragon said: “It’s a huge project and a huge responsibility

Something like this only happens once in a generation in London. We have big plans for the Peninsula and the team, the determination and the finance to deliver them.”

Also included in the plans are two schools, a health centre, a visitor attraction, public open space, highway and transport works, a new ferry jetty terminal and a 5 km running track across the site.

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revamp

Interserve gets £12m Leeds market revamp

Interserve has been awarded a £12.3 million contract by Leeds City Council to improve and refurbish the historic Kirkgate Market in Leeds City Centre.

The Market is located in the heart of the city, attracting more than 35,000 shoppers per week. The building works are expected to last until Autumn 2016.

John Gittins, Divisional Director of Interserve, said: “Presently, approximately 1,750 people are employed at the Leeds Kirkgate Market and this project will create a number of additional local jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for regeneration, transport and planning said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Interserve to complete one of the most exciting developments happening in Leeds today.

By working together we will create a highly successful, profitable and sustainable destination market, which is a centre of excellence for independent retailers and entrepreneurs.

Kirkgate Market is a prime retail location with a major historical and cultural significance for Leeds, so it is only right that we invest in its future now to make it a sustainable and ‘go to’ destination for generations to come.”

Balfour to build £350m Manchester campus

Balfour to build £350m Manchester campus

The University of Manchester has today announced its £350 million investment to create a new engineering campus, through the University’s Construction Partnering Framework.

Balfour Beatty was appointed as one of three framework partners to the eight-year programme in June.

The University of Manchester has also announced the beginning of its engagement process with Balfour Beatty as its construction partner on the scheme with a full construction contract award expected in Spring 2016.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is the University’s flagship project in its capital programme to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow.

MECD will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom – and will transform the way the University educates future engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy.

Once complete, MECD will become home to four of the University’s engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University, said: “This outstanding new campus development will build upon our proud heritage of innovation and discovery across engineering and science that began with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824.

MECD will inspire engineers to continue our pioneering spirit and to apply their knowledge and help modern industry overcome global challenges, such as climate change, finite natural resources and changing world markets.”

Help to Buy scheme boosts house building

Help to Buy scheme boosts house building

Help to Buy, has helped nearly 120,000 people achieve their aspiration of buying a new home while boosting the house building industry, latest figures have revealed.

Since the launch of the Help to Buy equity loan and mortgage guarantee schemes 80% of scheme completions have been made by first-time buyers, with more expected when the government’s Help to Buy ISA launches in December

The scheme was created in 2013 to ensure that working people who were doing the right thing and saving for a deposit could achieve their aspiration of buying their own home through government support.

Together with the government’s Help to Buy: NewBuy scheme – which offered 95% mortgages for those buying new-build properties – the number of new home owners has reached over 118,000.

Getting Britain building

Help to Buy is also supporting the country’s economy by getting Britain building again. Half of homes bought under the scheme were new-build properties, contributing to the sharpest rise in house building orders since 2003.
Both annual housing starts and planning approvals are at a seven year high, with more than 606,000 new homes being built since 2010.

Helping people across the UK

Help to Buy is helping people throughout the UK achieve their dream of owning a new or bigger home.

With almost all completions outside London, the highest number of homes have been through the mortgage guarantee scheme in the North West region. The equity loan – a scheme for new build properties – is particularly high in the South East region.

Land sale paves way for £100m development

Land sale paves way for £100m development

Contracts have been completed between the Welsh Government and leading Cardiff Property Developer JR Smart, paving the way for a £100 million building scheme.

The potential 250,000sq.ft. development named John Street – Callaghan Square is set to create around 100 jobs during the construction phase with the capacity to create up to 1000 plus jobs when completed.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart described it as an exciting new addition for the Enterprise Zone.

Mrs Hart said: “I am delighted to see the private sector is maintaining the momentum and continuing to invest in the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone to ensure it delivers new jobs, attracts new investment and provides a great environment for business growth.

JR Smart has made significant investment in the Enterprise Zone which is making a major contribution towards creating one of the UK’s premier locations for business, with a specific focus on the financial and professional services sector.

Their plans for a mixed use development are very welcome and will enhance the overall offering for business, creating new high quality office accommodation while the hotel and residential elements will contribute to the overall vibrancy of the Business District.”

John Smart, Chairman of JR Smart said: “The John Street site represents a key part of the Enterprise Zone and City Centre and we are currently working up some exciting plans for a mixed use scheme. We are aligned with the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council in ensuring that the growth and success of this key part of Cardiff continues to move forward.”

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station is being redeveloped to create a modern transport hub providing high-speed rail services from London to the Midlands, the north and Scotland.

There will be 11 new platforms for HS2, along with new public spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes. The plans could also allow for wider regeneration of the surrounding area.

To reduce disruption to passengers and the community and ensure that existing services can continue to operate, the project will be delivered in two stages, with the current station retaining 18 platforms until HS2 phase one is operational.

Stage one of the plan will see six new platforms and a concourse built to the west of the station. This will support the opening of HS2 phase one, London to the Midlands, in 2026.

Five further high-speed platforms and a concourse will be constructed in the second stage to support phase two, Leeds/Manchester to London – which is due to open in 2033 – leaving 13 conventional platforms.

The plans also allow for potential redevelopment of the remaining existing station platforms and concourses, subject to future funding and approvals.

Rupert Walker, Euston development director for HS2 and Network Rail said:”Euston needs to become a station that both the nation and local community can be proud of – and share.

It will be the best connected station in London: a crossroads between the north and the south, quickly and easily accessible from all parts of the capital and, with HS2, the country.”