UCLH has appointed Mace to deliver a new state-of-the-art centre for its internationally renowned services, further enhancing its status as world leading hospital and university campus in central London.
The new centre, which will be located on Huntley Street, has been co-designed with patients and staff and will bring together services currently provided at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and Eastman Dental Hospital (EDH), in addition to other UCLH services.
The building navigation has been planned so that the zones that reflect how patients are treated and there will be a floor specifically for the care and treatment of children.
Mace has worked on a number of complex healthcare projects in the capital including the East Wing cladding project and the Positron Emission Tomography Centre for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, the refurbishment of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital as well as managing the redesign of UCLH’s A&E department.
Terry Spraggett, Director for Public Sector Construction at Mace, said: “I’m delighted that Mace has been appointed by UCLH as main contractor on this significant and complex hospital project, which is challenging both in terms of the construction and logistics of the site.
“Mace has a strong track record of delivering complex healthcare projects across the UK to an exceptionally high quality.
“We look forward to bringing our experience to this project and helping UCLH realise its vision to deliver better treatment and care for patients.”
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a contract to deliver step-free access at three stations as part of major station improvements ahead of Elizabeth line services commencing in December 2018.
The station improvements will include new lifts, walkways and footbridges to Seven Kings and Manor Park stations.
The upgrade of these stations is part of TfL’s work on the eastern section of the new Elizabeth line route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
This work will ensure that the network is accessible for all when it is fully operational, linking east London and Essex with the West End, west London and Berkshire.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined to make London a fairer city, open and accessible to all, and one where we improve the support for those less able to get around London.
“My team are working on a more ambitious approach to improving step-free access in our stations, and I am very pleased that passengers using Maryland, Manor Park or Seven Kings are going to benefit from major improvements to their stations ahead of the launch of the new Elizabeth line services.”
Emily Ball, TfL’s Accessibility and Station Upgrade Manager, said: “These works mark the next stage of the ongoing TfL station improvements programme that will transform stations on the Elizabeth line route.
“Once these works are complete, customers using Maryland, Manor Park and Seven Kings will enjoy step-free access and new station facilities.”
Major Network Rail work to upgrade stations and track is also ongoing at stations along the TfL Rail route to prepare the existing railway for the Elizabeth line.
A multi-million contract to upgrade the power station, boiler house and district heating system at the Mount Pleasant complex on the Falkland Islands has been signed.
The announcement comes after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visited the Falkland Islands in February, and forms part of his commitment of £180 million investment over the next decade to modernise the military infrastructure on the Islands.
The contract is for the upgrade of the main power station, main boiler house and district heating system, which have been in service for a number of years and will ensure that the facilities continue to provide a safe and reliable means of supplying electrical power and hot water for many years to come.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The upgrading of these facilities is an important part of our major investment plan to deliver better infrastructure for our armed forces. Alongside our recent contract to improve Mare harbour, we are boosting our defensive capability and supporting the Islands.”
This latest contract is expected to be followed by investment to improve new services accommodation at the 3 Radar Heads.
Simon Trant, Managing Director International at Trant Engineering said: “It will be a privilege and honour to utilise our expertise to upgrade Mount Pleasant power station.”
ISG 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.”
A planning framework which will deliver more than 25,500 new homes and create up to 65,000 jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal has been approved by the Mayor of London.
Old Oak in West London is set to become a new home to a world-class High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.
Mayor Boris Johnson believes this presents the opportunity to create tens of thousands of new homes and could provide almost 14 per cent of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031, with early estimates of a £7 billion annual contribution to the UK economy.
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation was launched by the Mayor in April and will drive the planning and regeneration of the site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.
Earlier this year, the Mayor published an Opportunity Area Planning Framework for consultation, which sets out his long-term vision for the area. Following the conclusion of that consultation, the Mayor has now approved the document which sets the strategic planning direction for the area.
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “London urgently needs new homes and commercial space to meet its ever growing population and there can be no doubt that the regeneration of Old Oak represents a real opportunity to meet those needs.
“This strategy will mean we can plan for the future of this vast site as we work to create a new, thriving and sustainable part of the capital, where people will love to live, work, play and visit.”
Transport for London (TfL) is to release more than 300 acres of land to help build more than 10,000 new homes across London, paving the way for new construction jobs.
The new land-release programme is in addition to the work of TfL’s £360 million growth fund, which is creating more than 50,000 homes and 30,000 jobs by supporting 14 transport projects across London that are directly unlocking development.
The TfL land will be developed over the next decade to provide vital new homes, offices and retail units to support London’s rapidly growing population and the Capital’s contribution to the economy of the country. Sixty-seven per cent of this phase of development is in travel Zones 1 and 2.
The Mayor of London has pledged to have an exit strategy for all City Hall owned land by the end of his term in 2016, with 99 per cent now freed up for development to help deliver thousands of much needed new homes.
The London Land Commission, driven by the Mayor, will also map all land owned by public authorities in London for the first time, to identify further opportunities for housebuilding.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘TfL’s plans will build on the great efforts we’ve already made at City Hall to ensure brownfield land that has laid empty for years is put to productive use in providing much-needed housing for Londoners.
‘It’s important that all key agencies work together to accelerate the rate of housebuilding across the Capital and redevelop land and assets wherever possible to deliver more homes.’
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said: ‘We’re determined to use our assets to help create more homes and jobs for Londoners. As the custodians of some of the best assets in the Capital, it is right that we explore every opportunity to maximise the use of our land.’
Kier 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.
Balfour Beatty and its joint venture with Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall has been awarded a £416 million contract to construct part of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Mobilisation work for the ‘West’ tunnel will begin in September this year, creating more than 9,000 direct and indirect jobs at the peak of construction.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel will ensure the capital’s sewerage system is fit to support its projected population for at least the next 100 years, and will tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage that currently enter the River Thames on a regular basis.
Balfour Beatty’s three-way equal joint venture is which is known as BMB is scheuled for completion in 2022.
BMB’s ‘West’ section will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London and will incorporate seven separate work sites along the route.
Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance for a two to five year period following construction completion.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive said: “Balfour Beatty’s expert teams have for many years helped to make the London landscape – both visible and invisible – what it is today, ensuring it can to continue to grow as one of the world’s leading capital cities.
“The award of this unique infrastructure project, which is part of the largest ever undertaken by the UK water industry, is another example of the part we are playing in 21st Century engineering.
“At the same time, together with our joint venture partners, we are committed to delivering tangible benefits for our local communities and their economy – through sensitive construction, engaging local businesses and SMEs into our supply chain and providing local job opportunities, including 50 new apprenticeships.”
Kingston University has received the go-ahead for a new £55 million building and landscaping scheme at its Penrhyn Road campus that will boost local growth and create jobs.
Councillors on the Royal Borough of Kingston‘s development control committee unanimously approved the application at its meeting on 11 August and heard there was strong support for the plans from the local community.
Construction work is due to start in summer 2016, with the new building and landscaping scheduled to be complete in late 2018.
The project include a modern learning resources centre over several floors, a 300-seat multi-media auditorium and three new public landscaped areas.
The University will also be working with the Council to see how its Mini-Holland cycling proposals can be accommodated into the design of the landscaping.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg is delighted with the strength of support for the Town House project: “Many students, staff and local residents have been inspired about how the development will benefit both the University and the borough. It has something for everyone and will help to put the University firmly on the map.
“We can now be justly proud and excited about being able to deliver a sympathetically-designed, yet remarkable, landmark building that will transform the learning experience at the University.”
Kingston University’s Director of Estates Sean Woulfe said: “Local people and heritage groups have responded very warmly to this project. The design reflects the University’s intention to engage with the public and open up learning opportunities for everyone.
“The colonnade draws people in, and the lively landscaped terraces showcase the University’s learning activities to everyone passing by, on this key gateway to the town centre.”
Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ has started work to prepare the railway line through Bath for the arrival of electrification and a new fleet of faster and greener electric trains.
The £50 million project forms part of Network Rail’s Great Western Electrification Programme to modernise and significantly improve the main railway line that runs from London Paddington to Swansea.
The work will involve lowering 10km of track through Dundas Aqueduct, Box Tunnel, Middle Hill Tunnel and Sydney Gardens, removing the need to make significant changes to the historic infrastructure in these areas.
This track lowering work will also involve installing 11 new sets of points over the duration of the project that is due to complete on 1 September.
Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said: “The preparation work we are doing in Bath is essential to make the line ready for electrification and the benefits this will bring.
“The new electric trains are faster and will have more seats, more legroom and more tables. They are also greener and quieter, benefitting those who live close to the railway line.”
Rail minister, Claire Perry, said: “Improving the UK’s rail network is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. We are fully committed to electrification of the Great Western line as our top priority, and the work at Bath is another milestone in delivering this essential scheme.”