Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer’ job

Balfour Beatty joint venture gets £416m London ‘Super Sewer’ jobBalfour 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.”

Go-ahead for £55m Kingston University building

Go-ahead for £55m Kingston University buildingKingston 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.”

Work starts to prepare Bath’s railway scheme

Work starts to prepare Bath’s railway electification schemeNetwork 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.”

LendLease secures £40m Ruskin Square construction contract

LendLease secures £40m Ruskin Square construction contractSchroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) and Stanhope have appointed Lendlease as the preferred contractor for the first of five office buildings at Ruskin Square, London.

The partnership’s £500 million business, along with the residential and leisure quarter adjacent to East Croydon Station, is set to underway, with completion expected in autumn 2016.

Work on the building has now commenced, with the creation of 200,000 sq ft of flexible office accommodation and independent retail space on the ground floor.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning, said: “Croydon is set to become one of the capital’s most vibrant town centres and a major driver of our economy. Lendlease’s appointment will act as a catalyst for change, bringing forward much-needed valuable office space in South London.”

The appointment builds on Lendlease’s recent succession of construction wins such as Legal & General’s office building in Hammersmith and the Rathbone Place scheme just off Oxford Street.

With a shortage of Grade A office accommodation in the central London market in particular, Ruskin Square’s total of 1.25 million sq ft of new office space will meet a growing demand from occupiers across the Capital and South East, for high quality, flexible accommodation, catering to Croydon’s burgeoning business community.

Situated at the heart of Croydon’s business district, the 2 million sq ft Ruskin Square development will also provide up to 625 residential units and 100,000 sq ft of retailing, cafes, restaurants and public space.

Work on the first residential phase at Ruskin Square began in July 2014, with Places for People appointed to build and manage the construction of 161 high quality homes, due to be completed in 2016.

Neil Martin, Managing Director, Construction at Lendlease, said: “We are looking forward to working with Stanhope and Schroders on this pivotal development in a part of South London that is set to undergo a remarkable transformation over the next few years.

Adding to our high–profile portfolio of major London construction jobs, the contract is testament to the strong relationships we have with our clients and our expertise in building mixed-use regeneration schemes.”

New scheme in Greenwich to build new homes

New scheme in Greenwich to build new homesWeston Homes, in joint venture with Cathedral Group, are transforming a historic 1.2 acre Telegraph Works site in Greenwich, into a new £120 million residential development.

The scheme will provide 272 new homes, including apartments and houses, paving then way for construction work and helping economic growth in the local area.

Located off Blackwall Lane, the Telegraph Works site has a fascinating history. The site dates back to the Tudor period when it served as Queen Elizabeth I’s gunpowder store, supplying the English ships that in 1588 fought the Spanish Armanda.

Now Weston Homes and Cathedral Group are working together to add a new chapter to the history of the site. Cable shops and warehouses are being replaced by a landmark development providing some 198,347 sqft of residential accommodation.

Bob Weston, Chairman & Managing Director of Weston Homes said: Weston Homes and Cathedral Group are transforming this first class Greenwich peninsula site into a landmark residential address which will deliver desperately needed homes to the local community and Londoners from further afield.

This project is a flagship London development for the joint venture partners and has a luxurious specification with a range of option choices for the designer fixtures and fittings.

Martin Wood, Managing Director of Cathedral Group said: The Telegraph Works is a historic site, dating back to Tudor England, which was subsequently used to manufacture the first transatlantic telecommunications cables and later a cross-channel petrol pipeline to support the D-Day invasion.

This joint venture with Weston Homes will allow us to build on Cathedral Group’s reputation for delivering excellent residential-led schemes in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

We are delighted to have also been able to support Alcatel Lucent bring forward the refurbishment of their factory on the site as part of the development which will help safeguard their future and ensure their continued presence in the borough.

BAM Nuttall gets Nine Elms regeneration scheme

BAM Nuttall gets Nine Elms regeneration schemeBAM Nuttall has announced a recent project award by the Royal Mail Group to undertake the remediation of its former mail centre site at Nine Elms in South London.

The site has been used by Royal Mail since the 1970’s and prior to that the 4.2ha site was part of the Nine Elms Gas Works, which was built in the latter part of the 19th century.

Work will commence in June to start regenerating the area by carrying out site clearance, demolition, utility diversions, bulk earthworks, and remediation including onsite soil and water treatment.

The site, which is currently being marketed by Royal Mail, will be prepared for the proposed development of up to 1870 residential units, a new primary school and over 6 acres of public space. Royal Mail secured planning permission from Wandsworth Council in March 2012 for this scheme.

This exciting project is a notable addition to BAM Nuttall’s portfolio of works in the urban regeneration sector, which has seen significant projects undertaken at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Kings Cross.

These projects have transformed these brownfield sites in London and prepared them for future use for the benefit of local communities.

First St William site to build 839 homes

First St William site to build 839 homesThe London Borough of Wandsworth has granted planning permission for a new mixed-use development in Battersea by St William, the new joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group.

The project will bring £367 million of investment, create 370 jobs in construction and 123 permanent jobs on completion.

It marks the first St William scheme to secure a resolution to grant since the joint venture was launched in November 2014.

839 homes will be built on the five acre site of the former gasworks on Prince of Wales Drive, located between Battersea Park and Battersea Power Station.

The development will include 50,000 sq ft of new educational floor space, 201 affordable homes, a nursery, food retail unit, café and public realm improvements.

Alison Dowsett, Managing Director of St William, said: “We are delighted to secure a resolution to grant for the first St William site. This will open a former industrial site up for the first time in over 150 years and create a fantastic new place for the borough.”

Designed by award-winning architectural practice Squire and Partners, the master plan consists of 12 buildings ranging from two to 26 storeys in height and a new public square.

Phil Edwards, of National Grid Property and Director of St William, added: “This consent is another exciting step forward in the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank and we look forward to starting work to deliver the first St William development.”

Vacant possession is due in spring 2016 with construction scheduled to start on site soon after. First occupations are scheduled for 2019.