Housing development in Edinburgh gets underway

The Persimmon Homes East Scotland region has started building at its new 20-acre housing development in South Gyle, Edinburgh, that will create new jobs and boost the trades.

The £24 million development named Station Mews is located at the historic St Augustine’s School site and will provide 204 properties.

The site will feature a mix of homes to suit a range of buyers, offering a stylish collection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes along with a range of two bedroom apartments.

The development launched at the end of March with the first homes to be completed in November 2015. Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director for Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to get construction under-way and address the known demand for our quality new homes in the central Edinburgh area.

“We’re confident that the range of properties on offer will meet the needs of the local housing market and appeal to families just starting out as well as those looking to move to a bigger home with more space.

“Buying a new home is now more affordable and straightforward than ever thanks to a range of buying incentives including the Government-backed Help to Buy, Home Change, where we assist you in selling your existing house and the Persimmon Part Exchange scheme, where we buy your old home for its full market value.”

Liverpool Mutual Homes awards £200m contract

Liverpool Mutual Homes awards £200m contractLiverpool Mutual Homes has awarded a £200 million repairs and maintenance contract to its contracting division HMS that will carry out work on 15,000 homes for the next four years.

The contract will see HMS provide a maximum of 75 per cent of all of our repairs and maintenance work with the remaining 25 per cent going out to tender to other contractors.

Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes, Steve Coffey, said: “This structure gives us the best of both worlds, enabling us to deliver the highest quality services for tenants at very low risk and always achieving a market price.

It means work can be carried out quicker, we can build a closer relationship with one predominant contractor and tenants will become accustomed to knowing what HMS is, does and stands for.

We are delighted this work was won by HMS as not only does it provide LMH with very competitive rates but we can also reinvest the profits it makes into our social dividend which is a fund that supports initiatives that address deprivation, promote inclusion and support communities.

This profit – £3.4 million in 2013/14 – would otherwise be lost to tenants if we chose an independent contractor.

The works which are not carried out by HMS will see us go out to tender so we are competitive and it keeps us in touch with market values.”

Managing Director at HMS, Paul Worthington, said: “Winning a contract of this magnitude reflects the position and capacity of the company.

A four year contract gives us the opportunity to plan and deliver co-ordinated services.

We have a strong foundation having provided a consistently high standard of maintenance for LMH over the past year and now we can focus on streamlining our services to meet the demands of tenants even better.”

The contract includes investment projects that will see HMS provide environmental works and refurbishments of empty homes.

Work starts on new housing project near Northampton

Persimmon HomesPersimmon Homes has started work on a major project near Northampton to create a new community.

Persimmon Homes Midlands will be building new homes at Harlestone Manor on the outskirts of the town, between New Duston and the village of Harlestone.

Sales director Suzanne Irons said “We believe Harlestone Manor will be popular because of its location as it will provide semi-rural living at its very best.

It is ideal for first-time buyers, families and couples and we are urging buyers to hurry once the development is launched due to the amount of interest already being shown.”

The development is located next to Harlestone Firs, beautiful woodland which is already a favourite for walkers, joggers and mountain bikers. However, the site also has excellent road and rail links, with Northampton train station less than a mile away.

Suzanne added: “Harlestone Manor really will offer the best of both worlds, where residents can choose to step into a traditional, rural lifestyle or enjoy the many modern attractions, shops and leisure facilities nearby.

Anyone buying off-plan will obviously have their pick of the plots and more of a say on the fixtures and fittings. And with schemes such as the Government-backed Help to Buy, it has never been a better time to buy a new-build home.”

Ground-breaking Trades World has Launched its very own ipTV channel www.tradesworld.tvTrades World – the news service reporting on new jobs and the latest developments in the building trades – has launched its dedicated TV web channel to support aspiring trade professionals.

Ground-breaking Trades World reach out with new TV channelEngineers, builders, plumbers and electricians can tap into the knowledge of other trade professionals, including celebrity builder Tommy Walsh who is supporting the Engineering Real Results (ERR) initiative.

The new Trades World TV service, with brand new design and state-of-the-art innovative features, cements Tradesworld’s position as the leading service providing high quality information and news to the trades

Paul Johnson BPECThe structure of the site has been simplified and launched with new user-friendly and picture-rich content – videos and useful insights from professionals already in the trades.

The website works perfectly on touch-screen mobile devices, smartphones and PCs offering easy access to the latest news and jobs, essential for trade professionals who are on the go and not always sitting in front of a desktop computer.


Willmott Dixon to build £26m University of Kent scheme

Willmott Dixon to build £26m University of Kent schemeWillmott Dixon has a £26 million contract to build a landmark academic ‘hub’ building for the University of Kent in Canterbury.

It’s the latest in a series of major projects the company is responsible for delivering in the higher education sector, following similar facilities for universities that include Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton with a combined value of over £200 million.

Willmott Dixon’s project for the University of Kent will provide a new four-storey learning hub that will be home to the Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science.

By bringing together academics, students, researchers and administrative staff from these schools into a modern new facility, the hub will give the university approximately 8,000m2 of state-of-the-art space that will help attract the best people in the competitive higher education sector.

Willmott Dixon’s Kent based local team will start shortly, with work completed by the end of 2016. Also on the scheme are project manager BNP Paribas Real Estate, architect Penoyre and Prasad, M&E provider Max Fordham, structural engineer Price & Myers plus Betteridge & Milsom as QS.

Roger Forsdyke, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Southern Home Counties: “This hub will give each of the departments their own distinct learning area that will attract students and academics keen to develop their knowledge and research using these high-tech facilities.

Importantly, we’ll be bringing our experience of higher education and working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.”

Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration project

Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration projectMuse Developments has submitted planning applications for a major Brixton town centre redevelopment called ‘Your New Town Hall’.

The project will provide around 600 new jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.

The applications follow twelve months of design work and two stages of public consultation in summer and winter 2014.

The planning applications, for ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Olive Morris House’ sites facing onto Brixton Hill, are part of a project which will ultimately reduce Lambeth Council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5million a year.

Following a successful selection process, Muse signed an agreement with Lambeth Council in April 2014 to deliver the project.

Thomasin Renshaw, development director at Muse Developments, said: “The decision to dispose of ageing and expensive buildings the Council no longer needs, and use the proceeds to bring much-needed new homes and jobs to the borough demonstrates Lambeth’s common-sense approach to development.

The project includes an exciting refurbishment of the Town Hall to enable more community use, and new fit-for-purpose offices that will improve services for residents.”

Proposals are for the redevelopment of the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall to deliver 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing.

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-ahead

Aylesbury regeneration gets the go-aheadThe Aylesbury estate regeneration has been given the go-ahead, building 3,500 homes and creating new jobs in the construction trades.

The regeneration of the Aylesbury estate took a huge step forward after planning permission was granted by Southwark Council this month.

Two separate applications were given the go-ahead, one for the first development site to the south-west of the estate, bordering Burgess Park, and one for the outline masterplan for the remainder.

Throughout the planning process, those who know the area best – the residents, Creation Trust and Southwark Council – have been instrumental in developing the plans.

Kate Davies, Chief Executive of Notting Hill Housing, said: “Everybody at Notting Hill housing is thrilled that we have been granted planning permission for the Aylesbury estate project.

The Council, local residents, the Creation Trust and our staff team on the ground have all worked terribly hard in order to get us to this milestone. It has taken a lot of trust, understanding, collaboration, and vision to get here. We are very excited that redevelopment can now commence.”

The first development site will see 830 homes built, including specialist housing for older people and homes for people with learning disabilities, as well as a community facility and extensive new public open space including two new parks.

Phases two, three and four of the regeneration come under the outline masterplan permission. This will see 2,745 homes built, as well as the creation of office space, retail units, a new public square with a health centre and early years care, and more public open space, such as pocket parks and playgrounds.

Of the new homes, 50 per cent will be affordable homes, of which 75 per cent will be available at target rents for the next 250 years. The remaining 25 per cent will be for shared ownership or shared equity.

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners’ latest development

Mace to deliver Chiltern Place, Ronson Capital Partners’ latest developmentRonson Capital Partners has appointed Mace as principal contractor to develop a 15-storey building comprising 55 residential units in central London.

The development also comprises a townhouse at Chiltern Place, 66 Chiltern Street in Marylebone Village.

Set to be a high-quality residential development in a prominent and sought-after location near Marylebone High Street in Westminster, the elegant homes will feature panoramic views across the capital. The building is due for completion in 2017.

Ronson Capital Partners Chairman, Gerald Ronson, said “Following the success of Riverwalk, our scheme in SW1 where over 65 per cent of the apartments have now been sold, we are very pleased to start work on our next central London development.

Chiltern Place will offer outstanding homes right in the heart of one of London’s most desirable and central locations and we look forward to working with Mace to bring this exciting project to fruition.”

Executive Chairman at Mace, Stephen Pycroft, said “We are delighted that we have been selected by Ronson Capital Partners to work with them on this highly prestigious residential development in Marylebone.

Together with PLP architects, we look forward to successfully delivering another high profile, quality pro-ject.”

St Vincent picks Lovell for Lancashire homes scheme

St Vincent’s picks Lovell for Lancashire homes schemeSt Vincent’s Housing Association has appointed housing developer Lovell to build a £2.6 million development of high-quality affordable apartments for older residents in Billington, Lancashire.

The new two-storey apartment block on land off Elker Lane will create 19 modern, self-contained two-bedroom homes, for shared ownership or affordable rent, for residents aged 55 and over.

The development is designed by Manchester-based architectural practice Jennings Design Associates incorporating the 10 ‘HAPPI’ (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) design principles.

Construction work is starting later this month (April) on the development which is due for completion in spring 2016.

Working in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, funding is being provided by the Department of Health, the Homes and Communities Agency and St Vincent’s Housing Association.

Rachel O’Connor, St Vincent’s development manager said: “Billington is a lovely area and will provide the backdrop to a stunning development of apartments for both affordable rent and shared ownership for those wanting a high-quality, easily managed home.This is a great opportunity for St Vincent’s to provide a first-class development for local people.”

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates comments: “We’re delighted to be working with St Vincent’s on this project creating much-needed high-quality modern homes for older residents.

The scheme will provide light and airy, well-designed private apartments complemented by high-quality communal facilities and attractive communal gardens.”

Residents will have access to shared facilities including a ground-floor communal lounge, communal garden and extensive landscaped grounds, including residents’ allotments.  All homes will incorporate high levels of energy-efficiency meeting Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes measure for assessing environmental performance.

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance job

Wates gets Circle Housing repairs and maintenance jobWates Living Space has been appointed by Circle Housing to deliver repairs and maintenance services for its housing stock in London and the West Midlands.

Providing services to residents at Circle Housing Circle 33 and Circle Housing Mercian, Wates has already begun responding to emergency and out of hours work and is mobilising to deliver all services by the end of May.

The appointment forms part of Circle Housing’s strategy to improve the quality of its repairs and maintenance service and increase capacity.

Wates Living Space will be delivering emergency repairs and void refurbishment to 15,000 homes for Circle 33, in addition to 3,000 homes for Mercian. Delivery teams will be co-located with the client in local offices.

Circle Housing’s CEO, Mark Rogers, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step in our improvement plan to deliver a repairs service that our customers deserve. We’re pleased that Wates shares our social purpose and commitment to customer service and look forward to working in partnership with them.”

David Morgan, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space South Maintenance, commented: “Wates Living Space is extremely proud of its place as one of the UK’s leading affordable housing contractors and our appointment to deliver this vital responsive repairs service is testament to our expertise as a quality maintenance provider.

The needs of tenants are at the heart of what we do and our team is dedicated to ensuring that these are met in an efficient manner, with the utmost professionalism. Wates Living Space has a strong presence across the West Midlands and London and we look forward to growing this further by taking forward this important work on behalf of Circle Housing.”