Balfour to build £42m student housing scheme

Balfour to deliver £42m student housing schemeBalfour Beatty has been awarded a 454-unit student accommodation scheme in Vauxhall, London for Urbanest, a developer and operator of student housing in central London.

Having previously delivered 2,520 units across five central London schemes for Urbanest as part of a long-running partnership, this latest £42 million project at 5 Miles Street, Vauxhall will include 454 apartments at a variety of price points.

The 33-storey building will include a wealth of personal and communal study areas, lounges and a cycle store, together with significant enhancements to the public realm.

With focus on long term sustainability, photovoltaic panels and a green roof will be incorporated in order to minimize carbon emissions and reduce fuel consumption, alongside a combined heat and power (CHP) unit designed to recycle heat and energy within the development.

The scheme will create a number of jobs locally alongside an additional 20 apprenticeships as part of Balfour Beatty’s ongoing commitment to The 5% Club, which aims to have a minimum of 5% of the total workforce made up of apprentices or graduates.

The development will contribute to the wider £400 million regeneration of Vauxhall Square, which will include a significant amount of new office and residential development, alongside a new hotel and cinema complex.

Construction for 5 Miles Street is set to begin imminently and is scheduled to complete in summer 2018.

David Kennedy, Managing Director of London Region for Balfour Beatty said:“We are looking forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Urbanest.

To date we’ve delivered over 2,500 units of student accommodation for Urbanest and over 20,000 beds for private sector customers and academic institutes as well as significant investment into a number of schemes.

Vauxhall Square is an important part of London’s development by incorporating the local student population into the local community and we’re pleased to be a part of the wider project”.

Thousands of new homes to be built as MOD releases more sites

House BuildingThe Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced the release of further land to provide thousands of new homes and generate around £140 million.

The 10 sites are expected to provide land for around 7,000 new homes – the vast majority of which will be released in time to contribute to the government’s target of building 160,000 homes by 2020.

The move follows the announcement of 12 sites for disposal in January. It means the Ministry of Defence has released land for up to 22,000 homes, expected to generate around £640 million.

It is part of the department’s plan to reduce by 30 per cent the size of its built estate, delivering a more efficient defence estate.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “Every pound we make by disposing of excess land will be reinvested into a defence budget that keeps Britain safe.

It will make the defence estate more efficient and better suited to the needs of our armed forces. And it will help thousands of people to own their own home.”

The defence estate currently spans one per cent of all UK land and covers 452,000 hectares. The department has committed to generating £1 billion through land sales during this parliament and contributing up to 55,000 homes.

The 10 sites released today are:

  • Thornhill Barracks (Part of Clayton Barracks, Aldershot)

  • Burgoyne Barracks (Part of Shorncliffe Barracks, Folkestone)

  • Clive Barracks (Tern Hill, Shropshire)

  • Fitz Wygram House – Royal Army Vet Corps (Aldershot)

  • Army Officer Selection Board Westbury (Wiltshire)

  • Defence Training Estate land near Cove (Farnborough)

  • Rylston Road ARC (London)

  • MOD Wethersfield (Essex)

  • Chetwynd Barracks (Chilwell, Nottinghamshire)

  • MOD Cheadle Hulme (Greater Manchester)

Balfour wins Hornsea substation scheme

Balfour wins Hornsea substation schemeBalfour Beatty has been awarded a £25 million job by DONG Energy to construct a new onshore substation, as part of the new Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.

Work to construct the new onshore substation is planned to start in January 2016, with Balfour Beatty responsible for the build at North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire.

The facility will enable the transfer of electricity from the Hornsea offshore wind farm to the adjacent, existing National Grid substation.

The project includes the construction of core buildings and compounds, the installation of low voltage electricity equipment, low voltage cables, and communication cables as well as roads, paths, drainage and landscaping.

Balfour Beatty will be the principal contractor during the 2.5 year contract, which also includes the installation of high voltage electrical equipment by third parties.

Mark Farrah, Regional Managing Director for the North and Midlands, said: “Following Balfour Beatty’s successful completion of Westermost Rough and the current Burbo Bank project, the Hornsea Project One contract award is testament to the longstanding, successful relationships our project teams have established over the last 3 years.

We’re proud to work with DONG Energy in the construction of the onshore substation ensuring that our drive for safety, quality and innovation is at the forefront of our work”.

The wind farm itself, built by DONG Energy, will provide enough electricity to power well over 800,000 homes in the UK and is the third onshore substation in the UK from DONG Energy which has been awarded to Balfour Beatty.

Berkeley strikes deal on 3,500-home East London site

Berkeley strikes deal on 3,500-home East London siteA total of 3,500 new homes, a school and a park will transform a disused Parcelforce depot in east London, thanks to an agreement between the Mayor of London and Berkeley Homes.

The 10 hectare site in Stephenson Street, Newham will boast a new school and green space, as well as nearly 100,000 sq ft of community, business, leisure and retail space.

More than 1,200 of the 3,500 homes will be for affordable rent or shared ownership. It is part of the Mayor Boris Johnson’s wider push to strengthen institutional investment in the residential market in London, with City Hall initiatives aimed at boosting both shared ownership and purpose-built private rent.

The development of the former depot continues the Mayor’s drive to release all sites in the capital under his ownership for development.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: This huge chunk of disused land will be put to the best possible use, creating a whole new neighbourhood including 3,500 much-needed new homes, a new school and a park.

This ambitious development will help to further the continuing transformation of east London as part of our Olympic legacy.”

Chairman of the Berkeley Group Tony Pidgley CBE said: Stephenson Street will be a new village for London. It will have all the qualities that a successful community needs: shops, workspaces and a school, links between neighbours, a beautiful park where people can play and great transport connections. Above all, this site will create homes for people regardless of their age, background or income. It will be a place for everyone.

Berkeley Homes was selected from a shortlist of four developers as the partner for the new site as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the Mayor to accelerate the delivery of housing in London.

A key part of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy is to encourage institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies, to invest in housebuilding.

This includes efforts to support extended leases and more stability for tenants as well as top quality, well designed, new developments.

Galliford Try announces housing contracts

Galliford Try announces affordable housing contractsGalliford Try Partnerships’ business has been appointed to two new significant affordable housing contracts and two new major housing frameworks.

Continuing a successful relationship with the ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ECCT), Partnerships has been contracted to build its eighth extra care village at Hughenden Valley in High Wycombe.

The £45 million village will contain 260 one and two-bedroom apartments situated around centralised health and leisure facilities and will be surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Partnerships has been chosen by Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) to construct a new 116-home development at Jarvis Road in the north of the city.

The £16 million scheme will create 58 affordable homes and 58 for open market sale.

Additionally, Partnerships has been appointed to the North Yorkshire County Council’s Extra Care Housing Programme Framework.

The new framework has an anticipated value of up to £650 million over a six-year period, with a potential four-year extension, and features six named contractors in total.

It is designed to cover a range of opportunities involving extra care facilities in North Yorkshire, including site identification and acquisition, design and build of facilities, potential finance initiatives and operational service delivery.

Peter Truscott, Chief Executive of Galliford Try, said: “Our Partnerships business is rapidly turning into a real success story and these latest contracts demonstrate the trust that clients have in Partnerships to deliver the homes they need across a range of different housing types and tenures.”

Ambitious expansion plans revealed by Rubbertech

Welsh GovernmentThe opening of Rubbertech’s new offices in Wales by Economy Minister Edwina Hart last week marked a key stage in the company’s expansion plans to create new jobs.

The Rubbertech Group specialises in the manufacturing and distribution of an extensive range of recycled rubber products for various sectors in the construction, transport, sports & leisure and agricultural markets.

The business has ambitious growth plans and forecasts an increase in turnover from £2.2 million to £9 million within the next few years with staff numbers set to double.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “It’s always good news to hear of local companies like Rubbertech expanding and creating new jobs and using innovative methods to grow their businesses and market share.”

Mr Williams said: “The opening of our new offices today marks the next stage of development for the group and will accommodate the planned increase in staff numbers as we expand.

We are essentially changing our business model and expanding each of our divisions through joint ventures. This is already underway in our acoustic division where we have partnered with Isolgomma, an Italian manufacturer of acoustic insulation products for the residential and commercial.

We are planning similar ventures with other companies to enable us to enter new markets, increase our market share and drive growth in each division.”

New Blackpool Enterprise Zone to light up the Northern Powerhouse

Enterprise ZonesBlackpool is to become the latest place to benefit from an Enterprise Zone and will become a centre of excellence for the energy sector, boosting the local economy, James Wharton has announced.

The Northern Powerhouse Minister said that the move would attract greater inward investment and help deliver hundreds of new jobs.

It will also provide an opportunity to secure the long term future of Blackpool Airport.

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said: “From Sheffield to the Solent, we’ve seen how having an Enterprise Zone can completely transform a local economy, creating jobs and attracting significant investment.

Blackpool is the latest town set to benefit from having these additional business freedoms, which is a real boost for the town’s ambitions to become a centre of excellence for the UK energy sector, as well as being the home of the world famous illuminations.

On top of this, by closing the economic gap between the North and South and attracting new businesses to the Enterprise Zone, it could secure the future of Blackpool Airport for years to come.”

An energy centre of excellence

Blackpool to benefit from new Enterprise Zone, which could attract up to 140 new businesses and 3,000 high-tech jobs.

An opportunity to secure the long-term future of Blackpool Airport.

Will provide vital jobs and skills training for the energy industry.

Britain building again as new homes rise by a quarter

Britain building again as new homes rise by a quarterThe number of new homes in England has risen by 25% over the past year – the highest annual percentage increase in 28 years, new figures released this week show.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said it was further proof of the government’s commitment to get more homes built with 170,690 new homes last year and more than 700,000 additional homes delivered since 2010.

There has been a significant increase in the number of new homes delivered by converting buildings into residential properties.

More than 20,600 of these homes were built in 2014 to 2015 – a rise of 65% on the year before.

It comes just weeks after the government announced it would extend permitted development rights that enable offices to be converted into new homes without having to submit a planning application.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “As a one nation government we’re determined to make sure everyone has the opportunity and security of owning a home of their own.

Today’s figures show a 25% increase in the number of new homes over the past year – showing our reforms are building new homes across Britain.

We are going further and will do everything we can to help families buy a place of their own. Government support like Help to Buy and our plans to build 200,000 new Starter Homes will help anyone who aspires to own their own home the chance of making their dream a reality.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’ve brought the housebuilding industry back from the brink, giving them the tools they need to get on with the job and build the homes hard-working people need.

That includes making it easier for developers to turn underused buildings into new homes with today’s figures showing a 65% increase in these kinds of developments over the past year.”

Work starts on £65m scheme in Wrexham

Work starts on £65m scheme in WrexhamWork is now underway on the new £65 million European Adhesive Resin Facility for Cytec Industries Inc that is proposed to create around 50 new highly skilled jobs in Wrexham.

At a ground breaking and tree planting event this week to mark the start of work, Economy Minister Edwina Hart thanked all parties, including Cytec and the local authority, for working in partnership to make this project happen in Wales.

The Minister said: “This is a major investment by Cytec and great news for Wrexham and for Wales and a good example of how  innovative solutions can be found to encourage inward investment into Wales, to develop and sustain manufacturing and technical jobs.”

Aerospace Materials President Bill Wood from Cytec said: “Our investments in adhesive resin materials are a clear demonstration of our commitment to the industry’s growth and its need for optimized production and supply capacity.

The support of the Welsh Government has been instrumental in enabling this expansion to go ahead in Wales and very much appreciated.”

Wrexham is the main location for Cytec Aerospace Materials European technical service and development team and their European customer service. The new facility will supply advanced adhesive materials to the largest OEMs in the aerospace industry.

The team drew up plans to fit the facility on the site, carried out all the preparatory work and obtained planning permission for the 7000 sq mt facility, car parking and service park.

British Land to build Canada Water scheme

British Land to build Canada Water schemeBritish Land has appointed Roger Madelin to lead the development of its 46 acre Canada Water site that will boost economic growth and create new construction jobs.

Canada Water has excellent existing infrastructure and will also benefit from the opening of Crossrail at Canary Wharf in 2018.

It is a major, long term project, which will be delivered in a number of phases and presents a unique opportunity to create an attractive, mixed use town centre which fully reflects the needs of local communities.

British Land is currently working with the London Borough of Southwark and local communities to deliver the Canada Water Masterplan and expects to submit a planning application by the end of next year.

Roger has been at Argent since 1987 and was Chief Executive/Joint Chief Executive from 1997 – 2012. He was directly responsible for leading a number of Argent’s developments and from 2000 led the Argent team bringing forward the 67 acre King’s Cross development.

The acquisition of Surrey Quays Leisure Park in March this year completed British Land’s assembly of the Canada Water site, which also includes Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Harmsworth Quays, the former Daily Mail General Trust printing works.

The combined sites, which have potential for around 5.5 million sq ft (net internal area) of office, retail, residential, leisure, educational and community space, have been assembled over the last five years and create a significant mixed use development opportunity in the heart of one of London’s major regeneration zones.