Go ahead for Ferrybridge £360m power plant

Go ahead for Ferrybridge £360m power plantPower generator SSE has taken a final investment decision to proceed with the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project in West Yorkshire, with construction expected to begin later this year.

The completed plant will be able to generate around 70MW of electricity, enough to power around 170,000 homes.

FM2 is expected to bring similar benefits to the local area as FM1, including in excess of 500 construction jobs during the three year build, a number of contract opportunities and an estimated £10 million of additional economic benefits to the local economy, through spending in restaurants, hotels and local businesses.

An EPC contract has now been signed with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), a Swiss headquartered company who are a market leader in building energy from waste projects, who were also the main EPC contractor on the neighbouring FM1 plant.

Charlie Cryans, Head of Construction for SSE said: “SSE’s decision to take the FM2 project through to construction is positive for our businesses, but also represents a £360 million investment, which will provide a range of benefits for the local area which we have a long association with.

We will be holding a Meet the Buyer event in the coming weeks which will provide local businesses and suppliers with the opportunity to meet the main contractor for the project, and pitch their products and services.”

Morgan Sindall wins £2.5m Western Power Distribution job

Morgan Sindall wins £2.5m Western Power Distribution jobMorgan Sindall has been appointed to construct a £2.5 million depot for Western Power Distribution in Bude.

The firm is already on-site constructing the new depot, which will be used to accommodate office staff and house equipment at the industrial estate in Stratton Business Park.

The two-storey building will comprise open-plan office space, individual work areas and a spacious workshop. It will also include an induction room, wash-down area and a drying room.

During the six month project, the Morgan Sindall project team will also create a fuel storage facility and a modern canteen within the depot.

The building will be completed in winter 2016 and will be fitted with solar panels to generate sustainable electricity and a water attenuation tank to store water and prevent flooding. The project is targeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of excellent.

Richard Hallt, area manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re so pleased to be creating a sustainable and modern working environment for staff at Western Power Distribution in Bude. The depot will provide office staff with a Grade A workspace as well as secure areas to store equipment.

As a company, Morgan Sindall is committed to delivering projects with sustainable best practice at their core and we look forward to handing over the new depot to Western Power Distribution in due course.”

Go-ahead for Liverpool new cancer centre

Go-ahead for Liverpool new cancer centrePlans to transform cancer care across Merseyside and Cheshire by developing a major new specialist hospital in the heart of Liverpool have been given the go-ahead.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been granted full planning permission for the 11-floor hospital on West Derby Street as part of its £157 million investment in expanding and improving cancer care.

Preparatory construction work is expected to start on site later this year, with the new hospital opening to patients by the end of 2019.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a landmark development which will not only create a first-class new building in this part of the city, but will lead to major improvements in the delivery of services for cancer patients from across the region.

The health campus will be a world-class facility that the whole city can be tremendously proud of and will continue Liverpool’s long tradition of innovation in the fields of medicine and health.”

The hospital has been designed by the same award-winning architectural team at BDP that created the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The cost of the new hospital will be funded by the NHS and is not a private finance initiative.

The funding is coming from a combination of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s own reserves, NHS commissioners, some borrowing from government sources and a public fundraising appeal.

Keepmoat gets Wakefield housing scheme

Keepmoat gets Wakefield housing schemeKeepmoat has been granted planning permission to build 100 new homes in Kinsley, Wakefield, paving the way for economic growth and new jobs.

The firm, which recently expanded in the region with the launch of an office in Leeds, has now secured three major projects in as many months, with work on brownfield developments across Leeds, as well as the Seacroft Hospital site already in the pipeline.

Keepmoat will now deliver two and three bedroom homes at land off Spring Close; prompted by the success of existing schemes at Fitzwilliam and Frickley.

Keepmoat’s Kinsley development is the latest in the Wakefield district involving a ‘stalled site’ – land which had previously had planning permission but remained undeveloped. 

Wakefield Council launched its ‘Wakefield Builds’ campaign which aims to increase the number of new homes built across the district through schemes such as matching developers with stalled sites such as the one in Kinsley.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “We are committed to stimulating housing growth across the district, and Keepmoat’s development is a prime example of this.

Not only will the development lead to even more quality homes being built in the area, but it also demonstrates how developers can work with our ‘Wakefield Builds’ campaign to unlock stalled sites.”

Building work on the new homes is expected to progress in November this year.

Sewell Group plans major Yorkshire business park

Sewell Group plans major Yorkshire business parkHull based contractor Sewell Group has unveiled plans for construction of a major new business park on the outskirts of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Sewell has joined forces with telecommunications company MS3 Networks and developer the Chiltern Groupon proposals for the Yorkshire Energy Park scheme.

The scheme is earmarked for the former aerodrome site within the boundary of Preston village, to the west of Hedon.

A first stage of pre-application consultation has been undertaken with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a project team has been appointed to prepare an outline planning application for submission later this year.

Early proposals are exploring the delivery of:

  • A mixture of space for businesses operating in key strategic sectors for the region;

  • A further/higher education space and associated accommodation, connected to the renewable energy and technology sectors;

  • An energy centre providing private wire electricity to the wider Energy Park; and

  • A data centre.

Rob Cawkwell, Project Director at Sewell, who is leading the scheme on behalf of the consortium, said: “It is at the very early stages and we are very keen to engage with all stakeholders, as well as ensuring good dialogue with both East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull local authorities.

This is a strategic site for the Humber Estuary, which is the first of its kind in Yorkshire, bringing together businesses, data, energy and education all in one place.”

Morgan Sindall breaks ground on £13m project

Morgan Sindall breaks ground on £13m building projectMorgan Sindall has started work on the £13 million transformation of South Shore Academy on St Anne’s Road, Blackpool.

The start of work on site was marked in traditional fashion with a turf cutting ceremony last week, paving the way for construction work to get underway.

South Shore Academy is one of 12 schools being rebuilt by Morgan Sindall under the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) North West Batch.

Plans for the school will see two new buildings constructed – a three storey main building and a single storey sports hall – with a combined floor area of almost 5,000m².

The main building will house 25 classrooms across three storeys. General classrooms will be situated on the first floor, with art rooms and state-of-the-art science labs on the second floor.

Building work is due to be completed in time for the start of the academic school year in September 2017. The finished school will provide up to 900 pupils from the local area with a modern education facility, fit for 21st century learning.

Morgan Sindall’s area director, Barry Roberts, said: “We’re proud to be delivering another school as part of the PSBP NW programme. Once complete, the new look South Shore Academy will provide pupils and staff with a modern learning environment and will be an enduring addition to the educational offering in the area.

As with all of our construction work, we set out to not only cause minimal disruption to school life, but also to complement the teaching on offer by providing access to work placements and careers advice for pupils interested in the construction industry.”

Work starts on 1,500 new homes for Woolwich

Work starts on 1,500 new homes for WoolwichConstruction work has started on the first new homes to be built through a £320 million, 1,500-home regeneration programme set to transform three council estates in Woolwich, south-east London.

Representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, partnership housing developer Lovell and asra Housing Group, gathered at the former Connaught estate to mark the beginning of building work.

The first new homes, at the renamed Trinity Walk, are now under construction by the Lovell team. The ground-breaking event followed the completion of demolition work which began at the estate last October.

The redevelopment will see 684 energy-efficient new homes built at Trinity Walk, including 239 affordable properties. The first new affordable homes are due to be completed in late Spring 2017 with the first completed housing for sale expected to be finished later the same year.

The 12-year scheme is set to create important job and training opportunities locally including a significant number of apprenticeships.

Cllr Danny Thorpe, cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “The Connaught Estate regeneration project is bringing state-of-the-art, energy efficient homes to the borough while also sparking job creation and economic growth.

Through a dedicated programme of investment, partnership working and house-building, we are truly changing the face of this borough for our residents.”

Lovell regional director Michael O’Farrell commented: “This is a huge project bringing major benefits for local people including modern new housing, and open spaces. The construction programme will also boost the local economy by creating valuable job and training opportunities.”