Go-ahead for Leeds West End office scheme

Go-ahead for Leeds West End office schemeBAM Properties has secured planning permission for Latitude Yellow, its £70 million office development in the West End of Leeds that will boost growth and jobs.

The fully glazed contemporary ten-storey building with an impressive double height colonnade fronting Wellington Road will comprise157,000 sq ft of Grade A office space with floor plates of 16,759 sq ft. The basement will provide parking for 69 cars plus 92 bike spaces.

The developer also has planning permission on its five acre Wellington Road site for Latitude Blue, a 119,000 sq ft seven-storey office building, Potential occupiers with a requirement for substantial space and larger floor plates will have the option of considering the two buildings.

BAM Properties northern development manager, Paul Smith, said: “There is currently a high level of demand for quality office space in the market and we believe these two buildings will provide everything cutting-edge companies are looking for in Grade A office space in the heart of a thriving international city.

“These high-spec office schemes are designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with a raft of energy efficient features that will deliver outstanding buildings for occupiers and contribute to lower running costs”.

The projects will be built by North East division of BAM Construction which is based in Leeds, and has delivered many successful projects in the City including the First Direct Arena in the City centre.

Mace gets £400m Spurs stadium job

Mace gets £400m Spurs stadium jobTottenham Hotspur has appointed Mace as Construction Partner for the new stadium scheme.

Mace will become an integrated member of the Project Team and develop the pre construction plans, detailed construction programmes and work with the Club to procure specialist sub contract tenders for the new stadium works.

Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Levy, Chairman, said: “This is another step towards the delivery of one of the best stadiums in the world.

We are delighted to have Mace on board. They bring a wealth of experience and I know they share our commitment to ensuring that the development will be first class in every aspect. We now await Haringey Council’s Planning Committee decision on 8 December 2015.”

Mark Reynolds, Mace Chief Executive said:“We are privileged and thrilled to join the team to take the new stadium to its next stage of development. We look forward to working with the Club and its consultants to make sure the project is a success.

It is of critical importance as it is the flagship development that will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this area.”

Mace employs over 5,100 people, across five continents. Mace have been involved in delivering a number of significant projects, such as The Shard, Birmingham New Street Station, Heathrow Terminal 5, and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games stadium and venues.

Morgan Sindall, BAM and Ferrovial team up for HS2

Morgan Sindall, BAM and Ferrovial team up for HS2Morgan Sindall, BAM, and Ferrovial have announced their joint venture for HS2 that will bid for contracts on high speed rail scheme and pave the way for new construction jobs.

The joint venture, named Fusion, will combine each company’s expertise in design, construction and innovation in a collaboration that is uniquely equipped to deliver the complex infrastructure and community solutions required for HS2.

Fusion’s ultimate aim is to connect people and communities to support and stimulate business growth – both through HS2 and other pioneering infrastructure programmes.

The Fusion partners have a hugely impressive track record, which includes the delivery of high speed rail in Spain, UK (HS1), Holland and Belgium, as well as the maintenance of significant elements of the Spanish and Dutch high speed network.

The Fusion team has been working closely together for over three years to crystallise its joint offer and governance structure for the JV. This ensures Fusion is ready for the start of the HS2 procurement cycle. Fusion has established its headquarters in Birmingham.

Roger Robinson, the experienced construction executive, has been appointed as independent Chairman of Fusion, and says he is extremely excited about the HS2 programme and the talent that Fusion brings.

To be involved in HS2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and Fusion is ready to make it a reality. The amalgamation of our portfolios and the pool of talent available in our people and supply chain is extraordinary.

We are uniquely placed to support HS2 in connecting communities across the UK to new opportunities and growth, and to take the construction industry to the next level in terms of collaborative delivery of significant infrastructure.

We are committed to realising HS2’s potential in harmony with the communities along the route, and in collaboration with the many other organisations that will form the HS2 team.”

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 contractsGalliford 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

Wates ConstructionLuxury 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 WalesISG 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.”