Laing O’Rourke signs £116m Paddington job

Laing O'Rourke signs £116m Paddington job.

Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke Construction have signed a £113 million contract for the development of the Brunel Building in Paddington.

The Brunel Building will comprise 240,000 sq ft of offices fronting the Grand Union Canal opposite Paddington station.

The Fletcher Priest designed building will be sixteen storeys with an innovative external diagrid structure, which will enable column-free internal areas and will have two large roof terraces on the upper floors.

Work is due to start early next year for completion in the first half of 2019.

Paul Sheffield, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke, said: “The project is one that requires complex engineering, supported by our in-house capabilities along with a fully integrated supply chain.

The exposed high quality concrete features of this fantastic building will be delivered using a blend of traditional construction and off-site manufacturing.”

Paul Williams, Director, Derwent London, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Laing O’Rourke, and very excited by the prospects for the Brunel Building.

The development not only creates high quality office space it will also significantly add to the vibrancy of the area, which is enjoying significant regeneration ahead of the opening of Crossrail in 2018.”

Galliford Try announces housing contracts

Galliford Try announces affordable housing contracts

Galliford Try Partnerships’ business has been appointed to two new significant affordable housing contracts and two new major housing frameworks.

Continuing a successful relationship with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ECCT), Partnerships has been contracted to build its eighth extra care village at Hughenden Valley in High Wycombe.

The £45 million village will contain 260 one and two-bedroom apartments situated around centralised health and leisure facilities and will be surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Partnerships has been chosen by Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) to construct a new 116-home development at Jarvis Road in the north of the city.

The £16 million scheme will create 58 affordable homes and 58 for open market sale.

Additionally, Partnerships has been appointed to the North Yorkshire County Council’s Extra Care Housing Programme Framework.

The new framework has an anticipated value of up to £650 million over a six-year period, with a potential four-year extension, and features six named contractors in total.

It is designed to cover a range of opportunities involving extra care facilities in North Yorkshire, including site identification and acquisition, design and build of facilities, potential finance initiatives and operational service delivery.

Peter Truscott, Chief Executive of Galliford Try, said: “Our Partnerships business is rapidly turning into a real success story and these latest contracts demonstrate the trust that clients have in Partnerships to deliver the homes they need across a range of different housing types and tenures.”

Final phase of Berkshire retirement homes underway

Luxury retirement property developer, Audley, has appointed Wates Construction to head up the delivery of a £10 million retirement village in Kintbury, Berkshire.

With building work immediately underway, the project forms the third and final phase of homes to be built at the 39-acre Inglewood retirement village and will see Wates build 24 apartments and nine cottages.

Designed by Gaunt Francis Architects, the new scheme will be constructed adjacent to the two phases already complete at the village.

These comprise developments of 32 and 27 apartments and communal facilities, including a bar, restaurant, lounge, library and luxury health club.

The latest Wates project bolsters the contractor’s expertise in the retirement living sector, which also includes the company’s appointment to Audley’s Chalfont Dene development in Buckinghamshire.

Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, said: “Our appointment to Audley Inglewood marks our continued partnership with Audley and is a reflection of Wates’ far-reaching expertise in the delivery of retirement living projects.

When building a retirement facility, we continuously place our client and their owners’ needs at the heart of our approach. A fantastic team has been put in place to ensure that we not only achieve this, but also meet our client’s aspirations to create a unique development that surpasses the quality that owners have come to expect.”

ISG to build new broadcasting house for BBC Wales

ISG to build new broadcasting house for BBC Wales

ISG has secured a contract to build two of South Wales’ most prominent new build projects – the new BBC Wales Broadcasting House and Two Central Square – totalling an £80 million package.

The scheme for developer Rightacres sees ISG deliver the new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales, designed by signature architect Foster + Partners, and an adjacent office building to complete the second phase of development at this strategic regeneration site.

Set to provide the BBC with a new home in a key location – opposite Cardiff Central Railway Station – the 150,000 sq ft building is set over four floors and includes office, studio and production space, providing office space for over 1,200 BBC Wales staff.

Both buildings will be delivered simultaneously, with Two Central Square providing approximately 120,000 sq ft of high-specification office space across seven floors, with ground floor retail accommodation.

Jason Hyett, Project Director at Rightacres said: “We have a great project team, led by Foster + Partners, supported by Arup and Gleeds and to ensure that we deliver the project to the level of quality expected by both the architect and our client, we needed a main contractor with the best credentials.

From the top down, the team working on the project has shown a huge level of integrity and professionalism and ISG’s performance in putting together the supply chain, budgets and programme for this project has been outstanding.”

The BBC’s design team includes Capita and Sweets, and part of the ISG contract will include delivering the first phase of the BBC’s fit out, which has been designed by IDSR and AECOM.

Phil Brown, ISG’s UK Construction managing director, said: “Constructing the new headquarters for BBC Wales is a major win for the business and brings all of our office expertise to bear on one of the largest ever private developer-led projects to be built in Wales.

This is also a highly-specified building, with demanding acoustic and vibration tolerances and advanced mechanical and electrical services, which plays to our significant strengths delivering complex technical services infrastructure in the data center, R&D and healthcare sectors.”

Carillion submits plans for £80m Leeds site

Carillion submits plans for £80m Leeds site

Carillion has submitted a planning application for the £80 million regeneration of Tower Works in Holbeck on Leeds’ South Bank.

The old industrial site will be brought back to life with a mix of homes, commercial office space, retail units and a cinema and boutique brewery.

Carillion is set to start construction work on the site in Spring 2016.

The contractor will deliver 90,000sq ft of commercial office space, 24,000sq ft of A1 and A3 retail restaurant and bar spaces alongside a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments and town houses.

Gareth Jackson, development director for Carillion said: This planning application is the culmination of our work with the HCA, Leeds City Council and local stakeholders to ensure that Tower Works is a fitting and successful addition to the Leeds South Bank regeneration area.

Carillion’s commitment to Tower Works underlines our belief in the future of Holbeck.

With iconic buildings, canalside living, great transport links and proximity to the City’s prime civic locations, it’s emerging as Leeds’ most exciting place to live and work.”

Tower Works is being designed by architects

ISG gets London office scheme for QBE

ISG has been awarded the fit out contract for the Fenchurch Street offices of QBE Business Insurance, a leading insurer and risk management partner for the Construction sector.

The multi-phased scheme sees ISG upgrade and enhance QBE’s existing first and second floor office space, approximately 100,000 sq ft of accommodation, at the 16-storey Plantation Place building at 30 Fenchurch Street.

By reconfiguring the space, ISG will increase capacity without extending the original floorplates, enabling QBE to relocate staff from other offices in the capital to its UK headquarters.

QBE will remain in occupation of the building throughout the duration of the project, with careful phasing minimising the impact of work on day-to-day operations.

The first phases involve the strip out and fit out of the second floor space and comprehensive upgrade of mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

ISG will create a new high specification reception area and deliver a mix of open plan office space, meeting rooms and collaborative areas.

Matt Blowers, managing director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business, said: “Maintaining business continuity is critical in live environment office projects, especially when complex services infrastructure is being upgraded.

Every project is unique and customers have a distinct set of requirements when remaining in occupation. We work extremely hard to understand these key business drivers and develop a robust programme that delivers for each and every circumstance.”

Liverpool deal boosts the Northern Powerhouse

Liverpool has become the latest city region to sign up to George’s Osborne’s devolution revolution, with local authority leaders set to sign a historic new deal today.

The agreement is another massive boost to the Northern Powerhouse with Liverpool City Region becoming the fifth major northern city region to sign up to a deal which will give its local leaders sweeping new powers.

This follows recent deals signed with local leaders in Greater Manchester; Sheffield City Region, the North East and Tees Valley.

A deal is also set to be signed today with the West Midlands – the first region outside of the Northern Powerhouse to do so.

Communities Minister Greg Clark and Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Jim O’Neill are set to sign the agreement alongside local leaders today in Liverpool.

This deal also includes control over investment worth £30 million a year for the next 30 years. A total of £900 million will help unlock the huge economic potential of the iconic River Mersey and the new Superport as well as maximising the opportunities from HS2.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “Today is a historic day for the Liverpool City Region and a historic day for the Northern Powerhouse. This revolutionary deal cements the area’s position as a gateway to the north, from North Wales all the way to Newcastle, and gives local people control over their own affairs for the first time.

Communities Minister Greg Clark said: “This One Nation government is determined to ensure power is devolved from Whitehall to local people, to put an end to the old north-south divide and rebalance our economy.

This Liverpool City Region deal demonstrates how local leaders are embracing this opportunity to have a direct hand in shaping the future of their area, whether in skills, transport or housing.”

Kier wins £89.5m of regional construction projects

Kier 2

Kier has been awarded £89.5 million in regional construction and housing contracts.

The company has been appointed to three contracts across the UK to build two student accommodation schemes and mixed tenure housing.

In Plymouth, Kier has been awarded the £29.5 million contract to design & build Beckley Court, a 22-storey student accommodation scheme for new client Threesixty Developments.

At 78m high, the project will become the city’s tallest building, dwarfing the current claimant, the 14-storey Civic Centre. Beckley Court will provide 507 beds across 164,935sq ft of accommodation and will feature a mix of cluster flats, studios and two-bedroom flats with commercial space provided on the lower ground and ground floors.

In Durham, Kier has been selected for a £20 million project to deliver 418 student rooms at Sheraton Park for specialist student housing developer Alumno.

The new facilities will cater for a mixture of undergraduates, post-graduates, returning students and some fellows, and will comprise a mix of en suite bedrooms, studios and accessible bedrooms.

In the West Midlands, Kier’s residential division, Kier Living, has been appointed development partner for a major £40 million mixed tenure housing scheme by Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

Primrose Estate in Kings Norton will feature around 300 houses – including 148 affordable homes – as well as a hectare of public amenity space and a new superstore.

Nigel Brook, Kier executive director for construction and infrastructure services, said: “The quality and breadth of work we are winning, in terms of geography, sector and scale, demonstrates that there are strong ongoing opportunities across the UK.

We’ve been able to harness these opportunities thanks to an almost unrivalled regional network, which gives expertise and investment at local level, backed by the scale and surety of a major contractor.”

Ambitious expansion plans revealed by Rubbertech

Welsh Government

The opening of Rubbertech’s new offices in Wales by Economy Minister Edwina Hart last week marked a key stage in the company’s expansion plans to create new jobs.

The Rubbertech Group specialises in the manufacturing and distribution of an extensive range of recycled rubber products for various sectors in the construction, transport, sports & leisure and agricultural markets.

The business has ambitious growth plans and forecasts an increase in turnover from £2.2 million to £9 million within the next few years with staff numbers set to double.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “It’s always good news to hear of local companies like Rubbertech expanding and creating new jobs and using innovative methods to grow their businesses and market share.”

Mr Williams said: “The opening of our new offices today marks the next stage of development for the group and will accommodate the planned increase in staff numbers as we expand.

We are essentially changing our business model and expanding each of our divisions through joint ventures. This is already underway in our acoustic division where we have partnered with Isolgomma, an Italian manufacturer of acoustic insulation products for the residential and commercial.

We are planning similar ventures with other companies to enable us to enter new markets, increase our market share and drive growth in each division.”

New Blackpool Enterprise Zone to light up the Northern Powerhouse

Enterprise Zones

Blackpool is to become the latest place to benefit from an Enterprise Zone and will become a centre of excellence for the energy sector, boosting the local economy, James Wharton has announced.

The Northern Powerhouse Minister said that the move would attract greater inward investment and help deliver hundreds of new jobs.

It will also provide an opportunity to secure the long term future of Blackpool Airport.

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said: “From Sheffield to the Solent, we’ve seen how having an Enterprise Zone can completely transform a local economy, creating jobs and attracting significant investment.

Blackpool is the latest town set to benefit from having these additional business freedoms, which is a real boost for the town’s ambitions to become a centre of excellence for the UK energy sector, as well as being the home of the world famous illuminations.

On top of this, by closing the economic gap between the North and South and attracting new businesses to the Enterprise Zone, it could secure the future of Blackpool Airport for years to come.”

An energy centre of excellence

Blackpool to benefit from new Enterprise Zone, which could attract up to 140 new businesses and 3,000 high-tech jobs.

An opportunity to secure the long-term future of Blackpool Airport.

Will provide vital jobs and skills training for the energy industry.