Morgan Sindall starts work on £13.7m project in Leeds

Morgan Sindall starts work on £13.7m project in LeedsMorgan Sindall has started work on a 65,000 sq ft leisure extension to White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.

The £13.7 million design and build contract is being delivered by Morgan Sindall’s major contracts team, which has its regional office in the Hunslet area of the city. The contract also provides for a 15-month maintenance period.

The latest project includes plans for an 11-screen cinema, operated by Cineworld IMAX, six additional family friendly restaurants and a raft of attractive public realm features.

The leisure-focused scheme will provide White Rose Shopping Centre’s loyal customer base with the full-day experience.

Once complete it is estimated that the extension will deliver 350 new full-time and part-time jobs to the area.

Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved with and one which many people in West Yorkshire and beyond will benefit from. It will be a remarkable addition to the family leisure offering of the region and we understand our responsibility in making the vision of the developer a reality.”

Rob Jewell, Portfolio Director at Land Securities, said: “The decision to appoint Morgan Sindall to deliver this latest improvement to White Rose Centre was an obvious one given its exemplary previous work on the project.”

Land Securities is thrilled to provide the centre’s loyal catchment with prestigious and favoured leisure and dining brands, such as Cineworld IMAX, Wagamama and Chiquito.”

It is expected that the new extension will be operational in the summer of 2017.

HS2 route from West Midlands to Crewe confirmed

HS2 route from West Midlands to Crewe confirmedA final decision on the HS2 route between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced today, paving the way for new jobs and boosting the construction trades.

With this annoucement, the government has confirmed its intention to open this section of the line 6 years earlier than planned, in 2027.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “HS2 will help rebalance our economy by providing more space on our crowded rail network, creating jobs and supporting business. Confirming that the route from the West Midlands to Crewe will open 6 years early is a major boost for the Midlands, Northern Powerhouse and beyond.

HS2 is a transformational scheme and we are committed to helping those who are affected by it. That is why we are proposing a comprehensive package of compensation and assistance for homeowners along the route, which goes well beyond what we are required to do by law.

I hope that confirmation of the Phase 2a route will also give communities the certainty they need to plan for the future and make the most of this vital railway.”

As part of its commitment to assisting people affected by HS2, the government has also launched a consultation to give the public an opportunity to comment on the wider proposed property compensation and assistance package for Phase 2a.

Carillion submits plans for £80m Leeds site

Carillion submits plans for £80m Leeds siteCarillion has submitted a planning application for the £80 million regeneration of Tower Works in Holbeck on Leeds’ South Bank.

The old industrial site will be brought back to life with a mix of homes, commercial office space, retail units and a cinema and boutique brewery.

Carillion is set to start construction work on the site in Spring 2016.

The contractor will deliver 90,000sq ft of commercial office space, 24,000sq ft of A1 and A3 retail restaurant and bar spaces alongside a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments and town houses.

Gareth Jackson, development director for Carillion said: This planning application is the culmination of our work with the HCA, Leeds City Council and local stakeholders to ensure that Tower Works is a fitting and successful addition to the Leeds South Bank regeneration area.

Carillion’s commitment to Tower Works underlines our belief in the future of Holbeck.

With iconic buildings, canalside living, great transport links and proximity to the City’s prime civic locations, it’s emerging as Leeds’ most exciting place to live and work.”

Tower Works is being designed by architects Jestico + Whiles and landscape architects Oobe.

PM and Chinese President unlock UK investment

PM and Chinese President unlock UK investmentThe north of England will forge new partnerships with China and unlock the potential of the Northern Powerhouse that will boost economiv growth and create new jobs.

The announcement comes as the Prime Minister and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, embark upon a tour of Manchester, as part of the China State Visit.

The Prime Minister said: “We are committed to rebalancing our economy and building a Northern Powerhouse.

China is a key trading partner for the UK and the partnerships being made today will see real investment going into the north.

“This is all part of this government’s plan to attract more investment and deliver economic growth to an area of huge potential.”

Partnerships set to be agreed include:

  • Hainan Airlines announcing the first direct flights from Manchester Airport to China – the first outside London. The deal is estimated to provide a £50 million boost to the Manchester economy and open up links from China into the Northern Powerhouse.

  • Beijing Construction and Engineering Group (BCEG) being appointed as main contractor for the Middlewood Locks regeneration project in Manchester.

  • As announced on the Chancellor’s visit to China last month, Hualing Group is signing an agreement with UK real estate company Scarborough Group International to invest in 3 major regeneration projects in the north: Middlewood Locks in Manchester, Thorpe Park in Leeds and Sheffield Digital Campus.

  • The University of Central Lancashire establishing a joint innovation and entrepreneurship competition with the Shenzhen government in south eastern China

  • Uppingham School in Rutland setting up 5 schools in China in a partnership with Hainan Airline and Tourism Group.

  • Hong Kong based company Netdragon Websoft finalising the acquisition of the educational supplies company Promethean World Plc, based in Blackburn, for £84.8 million, securing 671 jobs.

Euston station plans revealed

Euston station plans revealedEuston station is being redeveloped to create a modern transport hub providing high-speed rail services from London to the Midlands, the north and Scotland.

There will be 11 new platforms for HS2, along with new public spaces for shops, restaurants and cafes. The plans could also allow for wider regeneration of the surrounding area.

To reduce disruption to passengers and the community and ensure that existing services can continue to operate, the project will be delivered in two stages, with the current station retaining 18 platforms until HS2 phase one is operational.

Stage one of the plan will see six new platforms and a concourse built to the west of the station. This will support the opening of HS2 phase one, London to the Midlands, in 2026.

Five further high-speed platforms and a concourse will be constructed in the second stage to support phase two, Leeds/Manchester to London – which is due to open in 2033 – leaving 13 conventional platforms.

The plans also allow for potential redevelopment of the remaining existing station platforms and concourses, subject to future funding and approvals.

Rupert Walker, Euston development director for HS2 and Network Rail said:”Euston needs to become a station that both the nation and local community can be proud of – and share.

It will be the best connected station in London: a crossroads between the north and the south, quickly and easily accessible from all parts of the capital and, with HS2, the country.”