ISG gets London office scheme for QBE

ISGISG has been awarded the fit out contract for the Fenchurch Street offices of QBE Business Insurance, a leading insurer and risk management partner for the Construction sector.

The multi-phased scheme sees ISG upgrade and enhance QBE’s existing first and second floor office space, approximately 100,000 sq ft of accommodation, at the 16-storey Plantation Place building at 30 Fenchurch Street.

By reconfiguring the space, ISG will increase capacity without extending the original floorplates, enabling QBE to relocate staff from other offices in the capital to its UK headquarters.

QBE will remain in occupation of the building throughout the duration of the project, with careful phasing minimising the impact of work on day-to-day operations.

The first phases involve the strip out and fit out of the second floor space and comprehensive upgrade of mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

ISG will create a new high specification reception area and deliver a mix of open plan office space, meeting rooms and collaborative areas.

Matt Blowers, managing director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business, said: “Maintaining business continuity is critical in live environment office projects, especially when complex services infrastructure is being upgraded.

Every project is unique and customers have a distinct set of requirements when remaining in occupation. We work extremely hard to understand these key business drivers and develop a robust programme that delivers for each and every circumstance.”

Wales to increase funding through EU collaborative projects

Welsh GovernmentBusiness Minister for Wales Jane Hutt is set to increase the value of EU investments from collaborative projects with other EU regions to help boost the Welsh economy.

Launching Wales’ European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes action plan, the Minister will highlight the collaborative opportunities for Welsh businesses that will drive economic growth and create new jobs.

The Minister said: “The EU’s key programmes for supporting co-operation between partners across national borders and regions have paved the way for many fruitful partnerships over the years.

“Looking ahead, we are committed to strengthening relations between regions building on partnerships and networks to increase joint working so we achieve maximum benefit for our region.

“This source of funding is additional to the Structural Funds that Wales receives and provides many opportunities for collaborative projects with our European counterparts.  It is yet another example of how UK membership of the EU is vital to sustainable growth and jobs in Wales.”

The strategic initiative will bring experts together from across Europe to develop the potential of sustainable energy. Its aim was to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in North West Europe by developing algae-based fuel as a renewable power source.

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contract

Kier wins £34.5m Victoria redevelopment contractKier has been awarded a £34.5m contract with Royal London Asset Management for improvement works at Parnell House, a mixed-use development on Wilton Road in Victoria, London.

The works will take place as part of the large-scale regeneration projects currently being undertaken to develop and modernise Victoria as one of central London’s most desirable locations.

Kier Construction will undertake the redevelopment of Parnell House, which involves the infilling of the central atriums at the first six levels, to deliver additional office floor area, and the construction of an additional three floors, to provide space for 14 high-end residential units.  

To enable the new residential units to be built, the existing post-tensioned roof slab will be replaced by a substantial reinforced concrete transfer structure to carry the residential column layout above.

Cliff Thomas, managing director of Kier Construction in London, said: “The redevelopment of Parnell House is a key phase in the overall redevelopment of Victoria. We will deliver a high-end mixed-use scheme while maintaining continuity of service for the existing tenant, J D Wetherspoon, who will occupy the ground floor of the building throughout the construction period.

“We are also mindful of party wall considerations with the Grade II listed Apollo Theatre and Neathouse Place office block, and will bring our wealth of redevelopment experience to ensure a high quality finish.”

Works have started on site and are expected to complete in spring 2017.

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council job

Amey gets £235m Trafford Council jobAmey has been selected to deliver a £235 million contract to provide Environmental and Infrastructure Services for Trafford Council.

The contract will run for 15 years, with a potential extension of eight years, and will deliver major savings for the council through innovative service delivery, including a £2.25 million saving in 2015/16.

Amey will deliver a wide range of environmental and infrastructure services including commercial and domestic waste collections, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, highways services, bridges, road safety, street lighting and furniture, drainage and property services from July 2015.

Mel Ewell, Amey’s Chief Executive, said: “Trafford Council is taking a pioneering approach to the way services are provided and we are delighted to be working with them on this contract. Combining these services allows us to support Trafford Council with efficiency savings whilst ensuring a high quality service is delivered to local residents.”

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Amey and I am confident that, following the 12-month tender process, they are the right contractor to fulfil this brief.

“I was impressed with their tender response which demonstrated a great approach to partnership working which will be of benefit to both the residents and the Council as well as satisfying a whole range of requirements which will ensure the continued high-quality maintenance of the borough.

“Our priority has always been to protect jobs and maintain a high-level of service and I am confident that Amey is the right partner to be working with to achieve this aim.”

Amey’s new contract with Trafford Council adds to the company’s presence in the North West, where it delivers utilities services for a number of areas, street lighting services for neighbouring Manchester City Council, as well as being home to one of the company’s principal Consultancy Hubs for Rail, Highway Design and Asset Solutions.