The Construction Index Contract News The Construction Index - Latest Contract News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif The Construction Index Contract News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:23:13 +0100 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news 2014 The Construction Index Skanska confirmed for £95m Mitre Square contract Skanska has signed a contract with developer Helical Bar to build a 17-storey office block in the City of London.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:16:42 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/skanska-wins-95m-mitre-square-contract http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/skanska-wins-95m-mitre-square-contract

Skanska has signed a contract with developer Helical Bar to build a 17-storey office block in the City of London.

The Creechurch Place development, previously called One Mitre Square, will provide 26,000 square metres of office accommodation over two lower ground floors, ground and 16 upper floors. It is expected to be rated BREEAM Excellent.

Construction on the £95m contract is expected to start this summer and be complete by September 2016.

Skanska is responsible for the construction, mechanical &electrical engineering and installation of services within the main plant rooms.

Skanska managing director Paul Heather said: “We’re pleased to add Creechurch Place to our portfolio of London commercial buildings, alongside projects like New Street Square and The Monument Building. Contracts like this are evidence of our growth strategy in action. They demonstrate how our highly experienced teams are well positioned to win and deliver a range of commercial opportunities in this rising market.”

Balfour Beatty and Carillion were also shortlisted for the job.

The client's project team includes:

  • Sheppard Robson (architect)
  • GVA Second London Wall (project manager)
  • Davis Langdon (quantity surveyor)
  • Ramboll (structural engineer)
  • Grontmij (M&E engineer and fire engineer)

 

 

 

 

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Morgan Sindall puts pen to paper on £135m Brixton deal Morgan Sindall’s urban regeneration arm, Muse Developments, has signed a deal with Lambeth Council for a £135m regeneration scheme, at no cost to the council, across three sites in Brixton town centre.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:58:26 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/morgan-sindall-puts-pen-to-paper-on-135m-brixton-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/morgan-sindall-puts-pen-to-paper-on-135m-brixton-deal

Morgan Sindall’s urban regeneration arm, Muse Developments, has signed a deal with Lambeth Council for a £135m regeneration scheme, at no cost to the council, across three sites in Brixton town centre.

The Your New Town Hall (YNTH) project will see Lambeth Council rationalising its office space, reducing its core office buildings from 14 to two, with expected savings of at least £4.5m a year. 

The current Town Hall will be refurbished and a new 125,000 sq ft office building for the council will be built. The scheme also includes the provision of new commercial space and up to 275 new homes, of which the aim is to secure 40% as ‘affordable’.

Morgan Sindall’s construction business is main contractor for the project. The construction cost of the overall project will be approximately £50m.

A planning application is expected to be submitted by January 2015, and if planning consent is granted, work is due to start in summer of 2015.

Muse Developments was chosen as the preferred developer for the YNTH project late last year, ahead of Kajima and United House, who were also shortlisted.  The conclusion of the conditional development agreement now allows Muse to move onto the detailed design and public consultation stage. 

Michael Auger, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We are very excited to be on board with such a major regeneration project; we want to create something that everyone in the borough can benefit from and which adds even greater vibrancy to Brixton’s thriving community.”

Tony Dixon, managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London and aviation businesses, said: “The combined capabilities of Morgan Sindall Group offer elegant, cost effective solutions for our customers. We are committed to providing exceptional assets for Lambeth Council.”

 

 

 

 

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Loan helps pave way for £750m Knottingley power station St Paul’s Developments has been awarded £2.45m of funding from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for remediation and infrastructure works at its 110 acre former chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:44:32 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/loan-helps-pave-way-for-750m-knottingley-power-station http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/loan-helps-pave-way-for-750m-knottingley-power-station

St Paul’s Developments has been awarded £2.45m of funding from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for remediation and infrastructure works at its 110 acre former chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield.

The works will pave the way for a new £750m power station to be built and operated by Irish energy company ESB. This is expected to create approximately 1,000 construction jobs.

The £2.45m has been allocated from the LEP’s Growing Places fund which provides loans for projects that will create economic and employment growth in the city region. The loan is to be repaid and made available to the LEP to recycle to other projects.

Following discussions with Wakefield Council about planning options for the extensive 110 acre site, ‘special policy designation’ was granted in September 2012, providing flexibility in the way the site is used.

St Paul’s Developments has already demolished and decommissioned the former home of Oxiris Chemicals on a 25-acre section of the Knottingley site.

The first phase of development at Knottingley will be the creation of a £750m combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station on a 50-acre plot, subject to planning approval from the secretary of state for energy & climate change by April 2015. St Paul’s Developments applied for the loan from the Leeds City Region LEP to get remediation and enabling works going ahead of handing over the site.

Development manager Dennis Enuson said; “We are delighted to have secured the funding from the Growing Places Fund to enable us to further prepare the site for the power station project which would represent a significant investment into the Leeds City Region. Our long-term vision is to bring the redundant site back to life by creating a mix of uses which can happily co-exist on such an extensive site.”

 

 

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Wates to build £12m Bradford academy Wates Construction starts this month on a £12m contract to build a new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/wates-to-build-12m-bradford-academy http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/wates-to-build-12m-bradford-academy

Wates Construction starts this month on a £12m contract to build a new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford.

Working for Integrated Bradford LEP Ltd, Wates will build a 7,700m2 seven-form entry school with capacity for 1,050 students aged 11 to 16 years. The school will be called Grace Academy and will be sponsored by the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust (BDAT). 

Designed by CPMG Architects, the new building will use Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model.

Completion is scheduled for summer 2015.

Alongside the main school, Wates will also build an indoor sports facility with a four-court hall that will also be available for community use.  

Last September Wates completed the new £29m Dixons Allerton Academy building in Bradford.

David Price, business unit director for Wates Construction in Yorkshire, said: “Our appointment as main contractor for this new facility will see the Wates team continue our role in creating state-of-the-art school buildings for the young people of Bradford. Wates’ Adapt model has been developed over the past two years and will enable us to deliver on the individual needs of the new school in Fenby, whilst bringing true value for money throughout the project.”

CPMG associate director David Shaw added: "The Adapt solution has enabled the design team to meet an extremely tight programme with a well-considered and cost-effective school solution that has been tailored to meet the new academy's requirements for education delivery."

 

 

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Kirkintilloch primary for Morgan Sindall Morgan Sindall has picked up a £7.7m contract from hub West Scotland to build the new Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:30:25 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/kirkintilloch-primary-for-morgan-sindall http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/kirkintilloch-primary-for-morgan-sindall

Morgan Sindall has picked up a £7.7m contract from hub West Scotland to build the new Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.

The primary school, designed to accommodate 280 pupils in 11 classrooms, is due to complete in summer 2015.

The two-storey building will run alongside the Forth & Clyde Canal in Strathkelvin Place, and will include a large school hall with a separate dining area that doubles up as an activity and music area.

Morgan Sindall area director Eddie Carr said: “We have delivered a large number of projects in the education sector and aim to make Lairdsland Primary School the best in the region.”

 

 

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Stepnell starts on Abingdon sheltered housing scheme Contractor Stepnell has begun a £4.9 million contract to design and build an extra care housing scheme for older residents in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:14:03 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/stepnell-starts-on-abingdon-sheltered-housing-scheme http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/stepnell-starts-on-abingdon-sheltered-housing-scheme

Contractor Stepnell has begun a £4.9 million contract to design and build an extra care housing scheme for older residents in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

This new care facility is being delivered by housing association Bpha with grant funding from the Homes & Communities Agency and Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).

Stepnell has already pulled down the former Mayott House care home, which will be replaced with a brand-new two-storey development made up of 42 self-contained one- and two-bedroom extra care apartments, designed by The Design Partnership.

The development will also have communal facilities including dining and sitting rooms and a sun lounge, as well as a hair salon and laundry. The contract includes the provision of staff facilities and external works as well as interior furniture, fixtures and fittings. The year-long construction programme is set for completion in March 2015.

Energy-efficient features of the development include photovoltaic roof panels with the overall schemes set to achieve a ‘Good’ BREEAM rating.

 

 

 

 

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Leeds City Council and HCA join forces for £80m regeneration scheme Leeds City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) have joined forces for the next stage of the redevelopment of an old industrial site in the city centre.]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:12:15 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/leeds-city-council-and-hca-join-forces-for-80m-regeneration-scheme http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/leeds-city-council-and-hca-join-forces-for-80m-regeneration-scheme

Leeds City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) have joined forces for the next stage of the redevelopment of an old industrial site in the city centre.

The Tower Works site alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal had been derelict for 30 years until the first phase of a redevelopment was completed in 2012. A developer is now sought for the next stage, in a project worth up to £80m.

The HCA is advertising for a development partner to take over ownership of, and to develop, Tower Works. At the same time, Leeds City Council is seeking a developer to refurbish the former Engine House, which is within the wider Tower Works site and owned by the council.

A joint procurement approach has been agreed between the two bodies through which each will procure a developer with the intention of carrying out a comprehensive development of the whole site.

Although the Tower Works site has planning consent until October 2014, it is envisaged that the chosen developer will seek a new planning consent.

HCA area manager Katherine Langley said: “The proposed development at Tower Works will build on the success of the offices that were opened in 2012 and are now fully let, and will now ensure that the rest of the site is brought back into use.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development and the economy at Leeds City Council, added: “Tower Works is truly an iconic site. It played a pivotal role in the industrial heritage of the city and can be pivotal again in the regeneration of the South Bank. With fantastic connectivity and its proximity to the city centre, it will be a catalyst for Holbeck Urban Village, whilst retaining an important aspect of the city’s history.”

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Mace JV wins £1bn Sellafield deal AMA, a consortium of Areva, Mace and WS Atkins, has been selected as preferred bidder on a new contract with Sellafield Ltd for its silos direct-encapsulation plant (SDP) project.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:06:54 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/mace-jv-wins-sellafield-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/mace-jv-wins-sellafield-deal

AMA, a consortium of Areva, Mace and WS Atkins, has been selected as preferred bidder on a new contract with Sellafield Ltd for its silos direct-encapsulation plant (SDP) project.

The SDP is a bespoke, mechanical handling and encapsulation plant for nuclear intermediate level waste (ILW). The project is an integral part of the waste retrieval and hazard reduction programme for the Magnox, Swarf, Storage Silo (MSSS) at Sellafield.

The final contract award will require approval from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and is expected to be worth in the region of £1 billion.

AMA will take the project through detailed design, construction, manufacture, procurement, installation, and inactive commissioning.

Sellafield chief projects officer Scott Reeder said: "The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and two strong joint venture organisations emerged to tender for the contract. Sellafield Ltd was very pleased with the quality, capability and commitment offered by each of these organisations."

Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger said: "This contract represents another significant step in our journey to become one of the world's leading energy consultancies. Expanding Atkins' position in the nuclear market through strategic partnerships continues to deliver some excellent opportunities for the group.”

 

 

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Interserve Kajima JV lands £100m Herts schools deal The joint venture of Interserve and Kajima Partnerships is the Education Funding Agency's preferred bidder for the first batch of schools to be funded using the new PF2 private finance route.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:16:19 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/interserve-kajima-jv-lands-100m-herts-schools-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/interserve-kajima-jv-lands-100m-herts-schools-deal

The joint venture of Interserve and Kajima Partnerships is the Education Funding Agency's preferred bidder for the first batch of schools to be funded using the new PF2 private finance route.

With an estimated capital value of more than £100m, the Priority School Building Programme contract comprises new buildings at seven secondary schools across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading.

Interserve Kajima will be responsible for the design and construction of the school buildings as well as the provision of maintenance and lifecycle services over a 25-year period.

The secondary schools included in this batch are: Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Hatfield; Goffs School, near Cheshunt; Kings Langley School, Kings Langley; Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead; Reading Girls’ School, Reading; Stopsley High School, Luton; and Westfield Academy, Watford.

Interserve Kajima will now spend the next six months nailing down details with the EFA and the schools to reach financial close. Construction is due to start from November 2014 through to March 2015, with planned completions due in August 2016.

This is the 19th privately-financed, education project in which Interserve has invested.

“We are delighted to have put forward a winning solution that underlines the group's ability to create an integrated, whole-life proposition that will significantly contribute to improved educational outcomes for thousands of students in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading,” said Interserve Developments managing director Chris Field.

 

 

 

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Wates boost order book with education Wates Construction, has been awarded a £12m contract to build a brand new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:10:38 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/wates-boost-order-book-with-education http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/wates-boost-order-book-with-education

Wates Construction, has been awarded a £12m contract to build a brand new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford.

Appointed by Integrated Bradford LEP Ltd, Wates will now deliver a 7,700 sq m seven-form entry facility with a capacity for 1,050 students aged 11 to 16 years. The school is set to be named Grace Academy and will be sponsored by the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust (BDAT).

Designed by CPMG Architects, the new building will utilise Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model, which has been innovatively designed to deliver high quality, flexible and cost effective school buildings.

Construction on the project will commence in April this year, with completion scheduled for summer 2015. Alongside the main school, Wates will also build an indoor sports facility with a four-court multipurpose hall that will also be available for community use.  

Wates’ presence in Bradford has also seen the contractor deliver the new £29m Dixons Allerton Academy building on Rhodesway in Allerton, which reached completion ahead of the new academic year last September.

David Price, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, Yorkshire, commented: “Our appointment as main contractor for this new facility will see the Wates team continue our role in creating state-of-the-art school buildings for the young people of Bradford. Wates’ Adapt model has been developed over the past two years and will enable us to deliver on the individual needs of the new school in Fenby, whilst bringing true value for money throughout the project.”

The Archdeacon of Bradford, the Venerable Dr David Lee, Chair of the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust said: “We look forward to opening Grace Academy in September 2015”

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Balfour Beatty starts on Blackpool sea defence schemes Balfour Beatty has begun work on two major sea defences designed to protect 12,000 homes and businesses near Blackpool from flooding.]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:32:36 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/balfour-beatty-starts-on-blackpool-sea-defence-schemes http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/balfour-beatty-starts-on-blackpool-sea-defence-schemes

Balfour Beatty has begun work on two major sea defences designed to protect 12,000 homes and businesses near Blackpool from flooding.

The government has put funding of £85m towards the new sea defences in the area. As well as protecting 12,000 homes and businesses, the work is designed to safeguard roads and railways.

Balfour Beatty was awarded a £20m contract for Blackpool’s Anchorsholme scheme and a £53m contract for Wyre Council’s Rossall project in October. The work involves replacing over 2.9km of the original 1930s seawalls as part of the promenade renewal and beach management projects.

The sea defence in Rossall will be 2km long, from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point. The Anchorsholme sea defence will stretch 1km from Kingsway to Little Bispham.

Both sea defences are starting construction ahead of schedule.

Speaking at the launch of the construction in Blackpool, environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “This winter’s extraordinary weather showed just how important it is to invest in infrastructure to build a stronger economy. We are spending more than ever before to protect homes and businesses from the risk of flooding and build a more resilient country for the future.”

Partnership funding contributions from Wyre Council, Fleetwood Town Council and Regenda Housing have also helped to fund the works.

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Northern Ireland tenders £9m special-needs school Northern Ireland's Department of Education is inviting bids to build a £9m school and resource centre for pupils with special educational needs.]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:11:40 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/northern-ireland-tenders-9m-special-needs-school http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/northern-ireland-tenders-9m-special-needs-school

Northern Ireland's Department of Education is inviting bids to build a £9m school and resource centre for pupils with special educational needs.

The contract involves the construction of the new Arvalee School & Resource Centre, which will cater for the special educational needs of over 100 pupils aged between three and 19 years.

The accommodation includes four separate learning pods providing teaching spaces for Nursery, Key Stage (KS) 1 & 2 and KS3 & 4 and practical classrooms for subjects including music, science, art and technology. There will also be other facilities such as a multi-purpose hall, fitness suite, 6th-form centre, administration accommodation and play areas.

The contact will also icnlude associated site works including earthworks, civil infrastructure, utilities and landscaping.

Details in the TCI contract leads section (link opens in new tab).

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Chatham Dockyard tenders visitor facilities Bids are being invited to build new facilities for visitors to Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:04:20 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/chatham-dockyard-tenders-visitor-facilities http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/chatham-dockyard-tenders-visitor-facilities

Bids are being invited to build new facilities for visitors to Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.

The building work includes construction of a new entrance and link building in the space between two existing timber-framed 18th century buildings.

The estimated value of the scheme is between £2.75m and £3m.

Details in the TCI contract leads section (link opens in a new tab).

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Shepherd wins M&E role on £40m Cambridge project Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) has been appointed by Morgan Sindall and the University of Cambridge to deliver mechanical and electrical services for a new £40m chemical engineering and biotechnology facility (CEB).]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:34:00 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/shepherd-wins-mande-role-on-40m-cambridge-project http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/shepherd-wins-mande-role-on-40m-cambridge-project

Shepherd Engineering Services (SES) has been appointed by Morgan Sindall and the University of Cambridge to deliver mechanical and electrical services for a new £40m chemical engineering and biotechnology facility (CEB).

The value of the contract to SES is about £12m. Work includes: high-efficiency specialist ventilation systems, building and energy management system, photovoltaics, security and lighting services.

The CEB centre build, designed by architect BDP, follows the merger of the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology, and will bring its teaching and research departments under one roof on the west cambridge site. The new building will become the focus for the university’s activities in sensors and diagnostics research as well as reaction engineering.

The engineering services work for the facility, which will house a wide range of labs and clean-rooms, a magnetic resonance research centre and an undergraduate teaching laboratory, begins this month with project completion set for summer 2015.

SES’s London and South East regional director Tim Cunningham said: “We are working collaboratively with the other consultants appointed and the University to ensure that the technical complexity of this project is met with carefully considered, effective M&E solutions and design components to deliver this exciting new facility.

“Our strategy for delivering the most stringent standards for the client, which incorporates the use of our off-site PRISM pre-fabrication factory, fully recognises the challenges of working on a campus-style environment to ensure the safety of students and the site’s surroundings.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to engaging the local community and supporting the local economy on all its sites in the UK, SES will be providing a number of local apprenticeships in Cambridge through the Training & Apprenticeships in Construction  initiative.

  

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Loan kick-starts Keepmoat’s scheme for 500 Sheffield homes Architects have been appointed to design over 500 new homes, which will be built under the second phase of a Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) development.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:34:30 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/loan-kick-starts-keepmoats-scheme-for-500-sheffield-homes http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/loan-kick-starts-keepmoats-scheme-for-500-sheffield-homes

Architects have been appointed to design over 500 new homes, which will be built under the second phase of a Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) development.

HC is a partnership between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat and Great Places. 

A £1.6m from Sheffield City Council has enabled the design process to begin with immediate effect, allowing development to be brought forward sooner than originally planned.  The loan comes from the New Homes Bonus that the government gives to local authorities to encourage the development of new homes.

Mark Knight, New Build Managing Director for Keepmoat Yorkshire, said: “As a key partner for the Sheffield Housing Company, we are delighted that plans for phase two have been announced.  These developments will provide a mix of high quality, modern homes, ideal for first time buyers and families.”

Designs are expected to be unveiled at a series of public consultation events over the summer and building could begin by spring next year, with all sites under construction before the end of 2015. 

 

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Kier team seeks approval for £260m Watford health campus Planning applications have been submitted for a £260m health campus project in Watford.]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:09:21 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/kier-team-seeks-approval-for-260m-watford-health-campus http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/kier-team-seeks-approval-for-260m-watford-health-campus

Planning applications have been submitted for a £260m health campus project in Watford.

The part outline and part detailed applications, are for 375,000 sq ft of redeveloped hospital space, retail and business areas, housing and public open space.

If the plans are given the green light, work could start on the business areas, the first zone of the 29 hectare site earmarked for development, as early as next year.

Phil Woods of Kier Project Investment, a partner in the Watford Health Campus Partnership, said: “The Watford Health Campus partners are delighted to have submitted the planning application. The masterplan vision reflects concepts and ideas received from stakeholders, the public and partners since the project was conceived over 10 years ago.

He added  that the project team has worked hard to meet the ambitions for the scheme by creating a first-class vision for the area. “There has been considerable support shown for the Watford Health Campus for many years as stakeholders recognise its benefits for Watford in terms of new jobs, quality homes and better access to green, recreational space.”

The project is gaining momentum after the project team also secured a detailed planning consent in December 2013 for the construction of a new hospital link, which sits at the heart of the scheme and will improve access from the M1 to Watford Hospital. Work on the new link road is due to start towards the end of this year, taking around 18 months to complete. VolkerFitzpatrick has been selected to deliver the road and associated infrastructure.

 

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Barratt JV to build 2,000 Milton Keynes homes Barratt Homes Northampton and Places for People have formed a 50/50 joint venture to deliver over 2,000 homes in Milton Keynes.]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:01:44 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/barratt-jv-to-build-2000-milton-keynes-homes http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/barratt-jv-to-build-2000-milton-keynes-homes

Barratt Homes Northampton and Places for People have formed a 50/50 joint venture to deliver over 2,000 homes in Milton Keynes.

The Brooklands development is adjacent to junction 14 of the M1 motorway and forms part of a 145 hectare (360 acres) site. To date, Places for People has built 250 homes on the land.

Barratt Homes will start construction of the residential elements in May 2014 on behalf of the JV. As with its other joint ventures, Barratt will provide construction, development, accountancy and sales services to the JV.

Paradigm Housing Group will purchase the completed affordable dwellings, which will consist of both rental and shared ownership tenure.

In addition to new homes, the site has outline planning permission for parks, open spaces, and a local centre, including shops and office space, which Places for People will continue to deliver. Places for People will also remain responsible for Brooklands Square - a town square with shops, cafes and restaurants – as well as the design, co-ordination and implementation of aspects such as the roads, drainage and community facilities including schools.

David Cowans, chief executive of Places for People, said: “At a time when new housing is desperately needed, our partnership with Barratt will enable us to build new homes and community facilities at a much faster pace.

“Brooklands is different to many other housing developments as it offers a genuine community feel and a variety of facilities that allow people to mix and integrate. It has proved hugely successful and we want to build on this success via this new joint venture.”


 

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TfL tenders Quietways cycle project Transport for London (TfL) is seeking expressions of interest for coordination and management of its Quietways cycle route programme.]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:02:29 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/tfl-tenders-quietways-cycle-project http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/tfl-tenders-quietways-cycle-project

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking expressions of interest for coordination and management of its Quietways cycle route programme.

The successful bidder for the £4.8m contract will work with TfL to coordinate activity across 32 London boroughs, plus additional delivery partners such as the Royal Parks and Canal & River Trust.

Where boroughs and delivery partners do not have in-house design and engineering capability, the supplier will be able to provide this service. It will also undertake detailed feasibility, detailed design and other necessary preparation work, and will oversee construction of the routes.

The first full 'quick win' route has to be delivered by the end of the this year, using a prepared route delivery plan.

Details in TCI's contract leads section (link opens in new tab).

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TfL cuts out layers of subcontracting in £330m Tube revamp London Underground (LU) is engaging directly with SMEs to reduce the layers of subcontracting in its revamp of 70 stations.]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:19:35 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/tfl-cuts-out-layers-of-subcontracting-in-330m-tube-revamp http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/tfl-cuts-out-layers-of-subcontracting-in-330m-tube-revamp

London Underground (LU) is engaging directly with SMEs to reduce the layers of subcontracting in its revamp of 70 stations.

Instead of operating through main contractors, it will be working directly with the 20 companies that will carry out tasks such as tiling and scaffolding. Three design firms have also been appointed.

The £330m ‘station stabilisation’ programme will see the stations modernised and maintained to a common standard over the next seven years. It is intended to avoid any significant additional work being needed for a further 10 years.

The appointed contractors are: Wingate, Delatim, Giffin Group, Atkins, Fourway, Magnolia, Emerald, Close Brothers, Livis, DMC, Excel, K&M McLoughlin, JNG, HA Marks, AGS, Community Clean, UKDN Waterflow, Lanes Group, Hillmore Fire Protection, Young & Young Security, Trad Scaffolding and Millcroft.

The three designers are Atkins, Jacobs and Capita.

The programme will use LU's 'Stake' delivery model, designed to create greater efficiency by reducing subcontractor layers in the supply chain. There are simplified contract arrangements with LU taking the majority of the risk.

LU's programme director for stations, Miles Ashley, said: “Construction supply chains have become multi-tiered and fragmented, and it could be said that the industry has lost sight of the importance of craft skills in delivering efficiently. Great craftsmanship is the key to the success of any infrastructure project, and our Stake approach allows long-term engagement with the people at the workface and recognises that they are the most valuable part of our team."

Plans included upgraded flooring, walls and ceilings, CCTV systems and energy-efficient lighting. Stations that will benefit from the work include Embankment, Paddington, Earls Court, South Kensington and Charing Cross.

LU will be engaging directly with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to employ the craftspeople who will deliver work on-site. The seven-year programme is designed to enable suppliers and their craftspeople to work closely with LU to improve delivery with a focus on delivering high-quality work first time. It is also working with the successful suppliers to establish craft academies to support the aim of delivering work faster and on a larger scale. Academies will provide craft skills training as well as frontline leadership for supervisors and construction managers on the skills and practices needed to deliver the programme efficiently.

 

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Stepnell chosen for Stanbrook Abbey refurb Stepnell has won a contract to carry out the latest phase of redevelopment at the Stanbrook Abbey wedding and events venue at Callow End near Malvern in Worcestershire.]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:18:06 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/stepnell-picked-for-stanbrook-abbey-refurb http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/stepnell-picked-for-stanbrook-abbey-refurb

Stepnell has won a contract to carry out the latest phase of redevelopment at the Stanbrook Abbey wedding and events venue at Callow End near Malvern in Worcestershire.

The work is for Amazing Venues, which has a portfolio of unusual properties across the UK. Stepnell’s Kidderminster-based team will carry out a multi-multi-pound programme of work including the  conversion of approximately 90 former nuns’ cells at the 19th century Grade II listed Abbey - a former Benedictine monastery - into 52 luxury en-suite bedrooms and suites.

The project, designed by Kidderminster-based architects Howl Associates, will also include a major new stone-clad extension to the Abbey’s north wing to create a new reception area, bar and an enlarged, double-height banqueting space. An new gated entrance has been created for guests within the walled grounds of the Abbey.

Amazing Venues opened Stanbrook Abbey, which is set in 21 acres of countryside, as a luxury venue for weddings, conferences and corporate events in 2012. The latest phase of work is set to complete in November 2014.

 

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