Funding boost for proposed station at Robroyston

The Scottish GovernmentThe Scottish Government has given a huge boost to plans for a new railway station for Robroyston.

The new station proposals, which include a park & ride car park, are designed to provide local residents with a sustainable travel option, as well as catering for additional future demand from the 1,600 new households planned for the Robroyston area.

The Scottish Government has committed to meet 50% of the station`s currently estimated construction costs – over £7 million – through the Scottish Stations Fund. The remainder is expected to be met by the scheme promoters Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Glasgow City Council, and private developers.

This investment reaffirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in Scotland`s railways, ensuring that more people are able to access the rail network.

Minister for Transport, Humza Yousaf said: “I am very pleased to announce this substantial funding package for a new station for Robroyston.

This is a significant announcement, with Robroyston the first new station project to be funded by the Scottish Stations Fund, which was introduced to improve and increase access to rail across Scotland.

This announcement highlights the Scottish Government`s continued investment in rail infrastructure and services to better connect our communities and support sustainable economic growth and jobs across the country, with £5 billion of funding for infrastructure and services committed to 2019.”

Morgan Sindall wins £2.2m contract

morgan-sindall-wins-2-2m-contractMorgan Sindall has been appointed to construct a £2.2 million storage facility in Exeter that will be completed for the start of spring 2017.

The project for Britannia Lanes Storage and Removals Ltd is already underway and includes the demolition of two buildings on Hennock Road East to make way for a five-storey storage facility.

The warehouse-style building will include over 700 storage containers; ten individual self-storage drive up units and three trade counter units, all with 24/7 number plate recognition access.

The self-store facility will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of storage space and be available for both commercial and residential usage.

Morgan Sindall will also deliver external works as part of the project, including a car parking area and an on-site washing facility for large vehicles.

Rob Lane, director at Britannia Lanes Storage and Removals Ltd, said: “Since Britannia Lanes of Devon commenced operations in 1992, we have enjoyed great success and expanded our existing warehouse as well as renting additional storage space to fit with the growing demand.

Within the same period we’ve expanded our other branches in Cornwall and Somerset, as well as acquiring a new branch in Bristol. With our continued success, we thought now was the right time to reinvest in our Exeter location.

We have been looking for a new site for many years in order to create the first purpose-built removal and self-storage facility within the South West and are proud to be months away from realising our objectives with a state of the art modern facility. ”

Nigel Whelan, area manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re very pleased to have been appointed to deliver this important scheme. The new building will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of much needed storage space for businesses and residents in Exeter and makes the best use of the space.”

Morgan Sindall has recently been appointed to deliver a £800,000 digital humanities laboratory for the University of Exeter. The project is already underway and includes a two-storey extension of the existing Queen’s Building. The project will also include a range of refurbishment works at the Thornlea Building.

Skanska and Defence Infrastructure Organisation celebrate new College Building topping out

Skanska and Defence Infrastructure Organisation celebrate new College Building topping outSkanska and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) celebrated the topping out of Worthy Down’s new College Building for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Hampshire.

The new building, which has reached its highest point in construction terms, will be home to the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration.

It will cover areas including catering, supply, transport and military human resources.

Skanska Managing Director, Terry Elphick, said: “We are delivering this large project on time and on budget. Our collaboration with our customer, the DIO, and the MOD as end customer, is positive and productive.

We are also working with local suppliers and employing local people to benefit the community and local economy.”

The College will also enable the MOD to train personnel more efficiently and effectively so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.

On completion, the developed site will also provide high-quality accommodation in a series of ‘villages’ – one for junior ranks, one for officers and one for senior non-commissioned officers (SNCO).

Trainees will also enjoy sports and recreation facilities, bars, officers’ and SNCO messes, as well as other supporting amenities. There will also be a Royal Logistics Corps museum.

Leo O’Shea, Chief Operating Officer, DIO, said: “DIO supports service personnel by providing a fit-for-purpose estate and accommodation so we’re happy to be undertaking this project with Skanska.

The new world-class buildings, such as the College, being delivered by the DIO for the MOD, will replace outdated buildings and provide our Services personnel with opportunities to learn from each other in facilities fit for the 21st Century.”

Persimmon set to build 80,000 new homes

Persimmon set to build 80,000 new homesFollowing announcements made in the Autumn Statement, Persimmon has today unveiled plans to build over 80,000 new homes in the next five years.

Persimmon currently employs 4,500 people and envisages creating a further 1,000 jobs as part of its five year plan.

Persimmon’s group CEO, Jeff Fairburn, made the announcement as he welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne to one of the company’s developments in Essex.

Speaking in South Ockenden, George Osborne said: “One of this government’s top priorities is backing working families who aspire to own their own home. So we’ve got to get Britain building, and I’m encouraged to hear about Persimmon’s plans to build 80,000 homes.

“We made a start tackling the home ownership crisis in the last Parliament – but there’s much more to do to turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy.

“My Spending Review sets out our plan to deliver 400,000 affordable new homes – the biggest such building programme by any government since the 1970s.”

Since 2012, Persimmon has increased the number of homes completed each year by nearly 50%.

Mr Fairburn said: “Home ownership continues to be an aspiration for the majority of British people and these latest initiatives announced yesterday by the Chancellor should help that dream become a reality for many more people.

Persimmon prides itself on building homes that people can afford to buy in quality locations. Most of our buyers are looking to stay in their local area and this is exactly what we deliver.

Now is a great time to buy, with lenders increasing the number of mortgage products available. The new schemes announced yesterday, which include Help to Buy Shared Ownership, London Help to Buy and the Starter Home initiative will all help even more people into home ownership.”

Persimmon has opened two new regional businesses in 2015 – Durham and central Birmingham and plans to open a further two businesses in 2016 – Cornwall and Perth.

Contractor selected for £3m improvements in Essex

Contractor selected for £3m improvements in EssexImprovements on the A12 and A14 have moved a step closer today with the appointment of a contractor for the scheme that will start work this year.

Tarmac working on behalf of Highways England will be carrying out a package of works on the A12 and A14 through Marylands interchange, Copdock Mill and Seven Hills interchange.

The work will involve resurfacing, replacing and installing new signs, replacing road markings, barrier renewal, drainage and embankment work.

The £3 million contract is part of our commitment in the region to improve safety and increase the capacity of roads to help ease congestion and ensure better journey experiences across the East region’s busiest roads.

All of the work will be carried out overnight and during the week, to keep disruption to a minimum. More details about the work will be announced shortly once we have a programme from the contractor.

Aran Nugent, Service Delivery Team Leader at Highways England, said: “The appointment of the contractor is a vital part of the delivery of improvements to some of our major roads in Essex and Suffolk.

We expect the work to start in the winter and be completed in the spring next year. We will work with the contractor on how the works will affect people, but I’d like to assure drivers, where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum and to bear with us while the works take place as there will be a small amount of pain for a large amount of gain.”