Kier secures £158m healthcare projects in the South-East

Kier secures £158m healthcare projects in the South-EastKier has been given full approval to proceed with the redevelopment scheme of Broadmoor Hospital in Crowthorne, Berkshire and a new male medium secure unit at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing.

The contract value is £158 million and will involve the construction of new hospitals, providing a modern, fit for purpose environment for services as well as boosting the building trades.

Construction and delivery of new facilities will help patients in their recovery, reduce treatment times and support more efficient delivery of care.

The projects are in partnership with the West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) and will be officially signed in January 2014.

Managing director of Kier Construction’s major projects business, Colin Lamb, said: “Kier has a proven track record of delivering highly complex projects creating facilities for the health sector, and this latest milestone is a significant development that demonstrates how successful the collaboration between the partners has been.

“We look forward to working very closely with the Trust to deliver these facilities, which will provide excellent new facilities for the benefit of the patients and the wider communities.”

WLMHT chairman, Nigel McCorkell, commented: “This is a significant achievement for everyone involved in mental health care.

“Given the difficulties and restrictions the current environments present at Broadmoor Hospital and the St Bernard’s MSU, our doctors, nurses and other staff have done an amazing job of providing high quality and safe care for our patients and service users.”

Hull and Humber City Deal to accelerate region’s economic growth

Hull and Humber City Deal to accelerate economic growthHull City Deal is expected to unlock £460 million of investment in development along the Humber and support the creation of 4,000 jobs.

The government has today agreed the landmark Hull and Humber City Deal to make the most of the area’s local strengths to create jobs and boost growth in the area.

A 25-year development plan for commercial development will be drawn up to give businesses the confidence to invest in the region in the long term.

It will also create a single point of contact for developers, to reduce the red tape and bureaucracy that can hamper growth.

Skills programmes will be specifically developed to ensure the local workforce have the right skills to take advantage of the opportunities in the energy sector. 1,100 unemployed young people will be helped into work and unemployment will be reduced across the region.

The deal has been agreed with local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership and will take advantage of Hull and Humber’s expertise in engineering, particularly following recent government announcements regarding the future of offshore wind energy.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “My message to Humberside is clear – as our economy turns a corner I want to see our great northern towns and cities right at the heart of the recovery.

“This new City Deal for Hull and Humber will mean a huge boost for local jobs, giving the area greater power and freedoms and allowing local people to take more decisions on the economy for themselves.”

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “This City Deal marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Hull and Humber.

“The engineering expertise in the area is among the best in the world, and this deal provides the means to improve it even more.

“As the green economy becomes ever stronger, the people and businesses of Hull and Humber can be optimistic that it will be in the vanguard of the economic recovery.”

Southwark Council selects Morgan Sindall and Lovell to deliver 94 new homes

Southwark Council selects Morgan Sindall and Lovell to deliver 94 new homesSouthwark Council has appointed Morgan Sindall’s housing solutions specialist Lovell to deliver four affordable housing schemes worth £20 million in south-east London.

The housing programme will create significant job and training opportunities locally including jobs for 25 people working in the trades.

Construction work on the 94 new houses is expected to start in spring 2014 with completion scheduled for early 2016.

All homes will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making them 44 per cent more energy efficient than properties built to current Building Regulations.

Councillor Fiona Colley from Southwark Council said: “I am pleased that contractors have been appointed for these sites and we can now press ahead with our plans to create 11,000 brand-new homes over the next 30 years for people in Southwark.”

David Diboll, operations director at Morgan Sindall, says: “This is a significant project for the borough which addresses the critical need for more affordable inner-city housing.

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Lovell to bring combined expertise and experience to bear on this ambitious development which will have such a positive impact for people living in the locality.”

Lovell regional director, Peter Taylor, said: “There is a pressing need for new affordable homes in the capital and these schemes will play an important role in meeting the demand for quality, energy-efficient new housing in Southwark, providing homes for social rent and shared ownership properties which will help people take their first step on to the housing ladder.”

New £34m school gets the go-ahead

New £34m school gets the go-aheadConstruction work has started on the new James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed this week.    

The new school will be built for the City of Edinburgh Council and is expected to create 250 construction jobs and boost the building trades.

Deputy First Minister Nicole Sturgeon said: “Investment in infrastructure projects such as the new James Gillespie’s High School, not only supports jobs and apprenticeships locally, but it also helps the wider Scottish economy.”

The project involves the demolition of the existing school buildings, the construction of a new teaching block and brand new sports and performance buildings on the campus.

The £34 million-school will be part funded by the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme and will house 104 staff and 1,150 pupils.

The Grade A-listed Bruntsfield House at the centre of the campus will also undergo a major refurbishment.

Ms Sturgeon said: “In Scotland we are building many new schools, and refurbishing still more to provide an excellent learning environment for staff and pupils.

“This project is part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ programme which will see the construction of 67 new schools and the movement of 46,000 pupils into top quality accommodation.”

The school is due to be completed by summer 2016 and is expected to support modern apprenticeships and a host of work experience opportunities.

£500m Reading scheme gets the go-ahead

£500m Reading scheme gets the go-aheadBenson Elliot and Stanhope have secured planning consent from Reading Borough Council to start construction work on a £500 million redevelopment site of Station Hill in Reading.

The scheme will be built over several phases and the plans for the 5 acre site will also include the complete remodelling and refurbishment of the existing NCP car park, paving the way for new jobs in the trades.

Jason Margrave, Development Director at Stanhope, said: “The scheme provides a great opportunity to extend and enhance the retail core in line with the borough’s long term vision and it will also create significant new employment opportunities in Reading.”

The joint venture between Benson Elliot and Stanhope, is for a mixed-use development of the five acre site, which will provide office space and deliver 300 flats, 32,000 sq ft of shops and 9,000 sq ft of leisure space.

The first elements of the phased scheme will commence in 2014. In a separate decision the planning committee has approved plans to tear down the Station Hill retail parade to create a temporary events arena which will be ready by early 2015.

Phil Irons, Partner at Benson Elliot, said: “We are delighted to have secured consent for the redevelopment of this critical town centre site.

“This is an important milestone in the regeneration of an area that will ultimately be seen as the heart of Reading. We will be starting on site in 2014 and aim to deliver the first of the four office buildings by 2016.”

Approval granted for new development at Cranbrook

Approval granted for new development at CranbrookPlanning approval has been granted for the extension of a main road which will open up the second phase of a new multi-million development of Cranbrook in East Devon.     

East Devon District Council has approved the ‘detailed plans’ for using £6 million for roads and infrastructure needed to develop a new town centre, which will enable work to start in earnest early next year.

This work is a key part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s £20 million investment to ensure the pace of new homes building in Cranbrook is maintained.

The remaining £14 million of funds will support the construction of a new secondary school and a second primary school as part of the next phase of Cranbrook’s development.

Access and layout details have been approved for the alignment of the main route that will link the phase one Younghayes area with the secondary school and second primary school for Cranbrook which gained planning approval in March this year.

East Devon District Council Leader Cllr Paul Diviani said: “Cranbrook sits in one of the most dynamic growth areas in England, providing the opportunity to live close to the workplace, and is in line with our vision to be a major player in the knowledge industry and drive up quality employment opportunities. This is not an opportunity waiting to happen; we are getting on with it”.

Steve Jackson, HCA Area Manager, said: “This is a great way to end an exciting year for Cranbrook, which continues to attract families into the hundreds of newly completed homes.

“This latest approval means we will be starting 2014 as we have ended this one, and people can expect to see partners building on the progress that has been made. These are exciting times for Cranbrook and it is good to see our investment is making a difference on the ground.”

Northampton Station to get a Crane for Christmas

Northampton Station to get a Crane for ChristmasDecember is proving to be a milestone month for the construction of the new Northampton Railway Station that will improve local infrastructure and boost the trades.

By the end of the festive period, a new footbridge will be in place, while the main structure will have started to rise. The £20 million station will be twice the size of the current building with improved facilities, including bigger and better shops, cafés and waiting areas.

Construction of the 2,500 sq m building started in August, with utility diversions and foundation works now complete. Work on the steel superstructure will start this month, alongside the construction of a footbridge, which will eventually be joined to the new station.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “A great deal of work has already been done on-site, preparing it for the construction work which will now begin.

“This new station makes a bold statement about our aspirations for the town and will provide a fitting welcome for visitors. It ties in closely with other important regeneration projects like the new bus station, St Peter’s Waterside and the innovation centre, which are also under way. Northampton’s star is rising and we are working hard to ensure it continues to do so.”

The new and improved station will open in summer next year and will be followed by the demolition of the existing building. Longer-term phases of the development potentially include a 1,270 space multi-storey car park, as well as a 28,000 sq m commercial development.

Carillion awarded £100 million Sunderland regeneration contract

Carillion logoSunderland City Council has appointed Carillion to deliver a range of property services to the City’s regeneration programme that will boost economic growth and help the trades.

This innovative contract will initially focus on the redevelopment of key sites across Sunderland. It will be worth at least £100 million over the first eight years with increasing potential up to £800 million over 20 years.

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council said: “The chance to take part in an ambitious, long-term initiative attracted bids from a number of leading UK companies.

We were delighted at the high standard of the shortlisted bids and it was a difficult task to choose the preferred bidder, but the commitment, track record and approach of our chosen partner gave it the winning edge.

“This decision marks an important milestone in the joint venture agreement, which will breathe new life into under-used publicly owned land in prime sites for development.

The programme will invigorate key areas of the City and offer new opportunities for employment, housing, shopping and leisure.”

Commenting, Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Sunderland City Council as its strategic partner for this innovative contract.

“I believe our success reflects Carillion’s focus on creating offerings tailored to the specific needs of our customers and our ability to provide a fully integrated solution that delivers the immediate and long-term services required by the Council.

“We look forward to working with Sunderland City Council and to engaging with local communities and businesses to deliver the Council’s vision for the City, which will bring major benefits to the people of Sunderland and act as a catalyst for further inward investment.”

Towcester’s transformation gets underway

Towcester’s transformation gets underwayThe next phase of the Moat Lane Regeneration Project in Towcester has been marked by a ground breaking ceremony this week, paving the way for new jobs and boosting the trades.

When complete, the MoatLane scheme will house new council offices, the town’s library, registrar office, and adult learning services.

Initial ground work started on site in May 2013 and this week marked the start of the estimated 65-week-long build period that will help the local economy.

Paul Quinn, WNDC’s Senior Regeneration Manager said: “As Towcester continues to grow, it needs a bigger and better town centre. Not only will Moat Lane achieve that goal, it will showcase the historic heart of the town alongside modern facilities.

“WNDC has been actively supporting South Northants Council and the project since its inception, investing over £7m along the way. It is a thoughtful, ambitious project and we are excited to see work get underway.”

Councillor Rupert Fordham, SNC’s portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration said:  “We are thrilled to be starting the construction phase for this project.
The regeneration project will hopefully give the town a new economic boost, improve social and community infrastructure, and enhance services and facilities for its existing and future populations.

“The Community Building in particular symbolises this aim and it is great to be able to celebrate the start of its construction.  Unfortunately a project like this will inevitably bring disruption but as ever we will attempt to keep it to a minimum and keep the community informed of developments.”

Skanska gets the go-ahead for £129m motorway contract

Skanska gets the go-ahead for £129m motorway contract (2)Work on the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme near Catthorpe, Leicestershire, will start in January, Roads Minster Robert Goodwill has announced today.

Skanska and the Highways Agency have finalised the contract for the £129 million project with full construction works due to start in early January 2014.

Robert Goodwill said: “The 142,000 vehicles that pass through Catthorpe junction every day demonstrate how important this route is.

“However, the current layout of Catthorpe is unable to meet this demand, giving rise to congestion, delays, accidents and conflict between local and longer-distance traffic. Without improvement these problems will get worse.

“I am delighted to announce that construction will start in January, showing our commitment to deliver much need improvements to England’s infrastructure.”

Full construction works will now begin with target completion of the project set for the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.

The scope of works includes the construction of direct free-flow links easing traffic movements at the intersections linking the M1, M6 and A14.

The junction will be built on three levels, to a height similar to that of the existing junction. The scheme also includes refurbishment works to local roads.

The announcement marks another major milestone for the overall project to remodel the M1 Junction 19, following the successful completion of the £18 million replacement of Catthorpe Viaduct, in June 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Skanska Executive Vice-President Bill Hocking said: “This is a complex project at the intersection of two major motorways and we are delighted to agree the final target cost with the Highways Agency.

“We are very much looking forward to working with the Highways Agency and starting on site in January.”