Lovell project director appointed for 800-home urban village

lovell-project-director-appointed-for-800-home-urban-villageLovell has appointed Lee Woodfine as project director for The Mill: an £100 million urban village set to bring 800 new homes and boost the building trades.

Construction work will start later this year on the development at Canton which is being created by a partnership of the Tirion Group, Cadwyn and Lovell.

Lee’s appointment sees him return to Lovell after previously working with the company in South Wales for nearly a decade, leaving in 2010.

His 20-year construction career has also included senior management roles with residential developer Kier Living, developer Sennybridge and construction services company ISG.

Lee, who lives in Blackwood, Caerphilly, said: “I’m delighted to be working on this fantastic development which will significantly extend the available choice of new-build homes for sale and for rent in Cardiff, through the creation of a brand-new riverside community. The Mill will be a superb place to live.”

Later this year, Lovell will start construction work of the new homes at The Mill which is set to transform the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site.

One of Wales’ biggest urban regeneration projects, the construction programme is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, many for people living locally, as well as significant training opportunities.

NuGen signs deal for nuclear power plant

NuGen signs deal for nuclear power plantNuGen, the UK nuclear new-build developer, has announced that a land contract for Moorside has been signed with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The signing follows successful completion of site suitability studies at Moorside by NuGen, which validate the site as being suitable for construction of three reactors.

NuGen will now take responsibility for the land following payment of an undisclosed sum to the NDA. The deal underpins the successful policy of selling NDA land to new nuclear developers – and creating value for the taxpayer.

The NuGen Board approved the land contract signing at a meeting in Tokyo. The company is now confident the site is suitable for construction of three AP1000® reactors, as all criteria were satisfied.

NuGen Chief Executive, Tom Samson, signed the land deal with the NDA’s Chief Executive, John Clarke.

Mr. Samson was delighted at the “major milestone for NuGen’s Moorside project.”

This is a key moment in our Moorside Project journey. Our board has reached a decision of significance which confirms Moorside is suitable, against criteria at this stage of the development. NuGen, our vendors and our expert partners are all confident we can build three reactors on the site.”

This is great news for the North-West, and particularly for West Cumbria, the UK’s nuclear heartland. We are delighted to be taking forward Moorside, a massive development which will supply some 7 per cent of the UK’s future electricity.”

Site characterisation studies will continue at Moorside in the autumn and will feed in to detailed planning and site layout work.

John Clarke, the NDA’s CEO added: “The completion of this stage of the land sale brings a range of benefits both nationally and locally.

It supports the initiative to have West Cumbria recognised as a centre of nuclear excellence, building on over six decades of nuclear expertise in the area, whilst delivering excellent value for money for the taxpayer and the national economy.”

Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, said: “Backing the next generation of nuclear projects is a key part of our long-term plan to power the economy with clean, secure energy and keep bills as low as possible for hardworking families and businesses.”

We want the recovery to benefit all parts of our country, and Moorside will be a major infrastructure project that creates jobs and economic security for thousands of people and helps to deliver the Northern Powerhouse.”

House builders get £40m Cambridge Uni new town deal

The University of Cambridge has awarded contracts to two residential developers, Countryside and Hill, to build the market housing on the North West Cambridge Development.

The combined investment will see the house builders delivering 400 homes in the first phase of the development that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

Brian Nearney, Commercial Director of the North West Cambridge Development said: “Our partnerships with Countryside and Hill mark another major chapter in development.

Both developers have demonstrated to the University that they will create new homes that will meet our objectives of sustainable living and exemplar design. We look forward to working with them in delivering this new quarter of the City.”

All 400 market homes as well as the 700 University key worker homes that are part of the first phase of the development will be designed to high levels of sustainability meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.

They will be integrated into the Sustainable Urban Drainage System including the UK’s largest non-potable water recycling system, as well as the district heating network, and make extensive use of photovoltaics.

Hill, working with Pollard Thomas Edwards and Alison Brooks Architects, and Countryside, working with Proctor and Matthews Architects, will deliver a mix of housing types, including apartments, terraces, semi-detached and detached houses for the scheme.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside’s New Homes & Communities division said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the University of Cambridge to help create a dynamic new district that will form the next chapter in the evolution of Cambridge.

Working with Proctor and Matthews we will use our design and place making skills to create a quarter that will set new standards for 21st century living.”

Brian Buckingham, Partner of Bidwells said: “It is exciting to have worked with the University to secure two strong local developers from the competition to deliver the market housing – they will set the benchmark for the quality of homes for the later phases of the scheme and underpin the ambitions of the University to create a long-lasting place.”

Property venture to deliver 14,000 new homes

Property joint venture to deliver 14,000 new homesAn initiative to redevelop brownfield sites to build 14,000 new homes across London and the South East has been welcomed by developers.

National Grid plc and the Berkeley Group have announced the establishment of a new Joint Venture to develop major residential and mixed-use development schemes that will create thusands of jobs over the next 15 years.

The partnership, to be named as St William Homes LLP, will bring together access to a significant portfolio of brownfield land owned by National Grid Property in key areas of the capital.

In its first phase, St William aims to develop more than 7,000 new homes, including over 2,000 affordable homes.

Development at this scale would also deliver 5,500 jobs, 2 new schools and 22 acres of public open space, transforming 84 acres of former industrial land and contributing over £150 million to local infrastructure and amenities.

The joint venture will have funds available of up to £700 million, making it one of the top ten house-builders in Britain by turnover.

This is new capital which will deliver additional homes and help tackle the housing crisis. It aims to commence development activity on its first site in 2016, with the first homes being delivered in 2017.

Steve Holliday, the Chief Executive of National Grid, said: “By bringing together Berkeley’s development expertise with National Grid Property sites, we hope to transform redundant land that was once at the heart of the industrial revolution to meet the housing and commercial needs of the 21st century.”

Rob Perrins, Managing Director of the Berkeley Group, said: “This is good news for homebuilding. St William will take these sites and turn them into new communities. I am delighted to be working with a partner like National Grid which shares our values and has such a strong pipeline of land and assets.”

Mayor of London unveils affordable homes boost

London Mayor Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a £137 million fund to kick-start delivery of the next phase of affordable homes and jobs in the capital.

The funding is set to deliver over 6,000 affordable homes and secure up to 12,500 jobs in the trades. More than 50 housing providers have been allocated with work expected to start this Mayoral term.

Visiting one of his First Steps developments, which help families into low cost home ownership, in Bexley, the Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “’London needs secure, reliable funding now to build the homes of tomorrow.

“Over the last five years we have delivered record numbers of affordable homes, bought thousands of empty homes back into use and helped tens of thousands of Londoners on to the property ladder with part-buy, part-rent schemes.”

The Mayor believes that building up this future pipeline of affordable housing is essential for maintaining the capital’s economic competitiveness.

With a rapidly increasing population it is predicted that at least 40,000 additional homes need to be built every year in London by the 2030s. Without these homes Londoners who work in the city will find it increasingly difficult to be able to afford to live here.

The Mayor is calling on the Government to look again at granting the capital a continuous, reliable funding stream for housing enabling him to get the best deal for Londoners, negotiate longer-term agreements with developers, and secure the housing the capital needs to continue to thrive and grow.

Ian Gorst Managing Director of Bellway Thames Gateway commented: “We welcome Boris Johnson’s commitment to increasing the number of homes for people in London. The Governments support for homebuyers such as First Steps and Help to Buy, has kick-started the housing market and is making more homes available to first time buyers and those wanting to take a step up the housing ladder.

“We echo his statement for long-term predictability of funding as this provides more confidence to builders to invest in schemes such as Belvedere Park where we are increasing the pace of development. This new funding will stimulate development and create more employment opportunities while opening the door to many more people wishing to buy a new home.”