U+I signs £95m London regeneration scheme

U+I secures £95m London regeneration schemeU+I has exchanged contracts with landowner, Parkdale Investments, to bring forward a new mixed-use regeneration project for the Forest Works site on Blackhorse Road, North East London.

The 3-acre industrial site has the potential to deliver 300 new homes and 5,500 sq. ft. of commercial space for the area, with a GDV of £95 million.

Less than 150 metres from Blackhorse Road Station, Forest Works sits within an area that has already been earmarked for significant wider regeneration.

The site has been identified as a hub within the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan and is located within the new Blackhorse Lane housing zone, which is aiming to deliver over 2,500 new homes and 1,000 new jobs in the next ten years.

Councillor Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets has described Blackhorse Lane as the area with “the greatest potential for improvement of any part of the borough.”

As well as £200 million of private investment, it is benefiting from support from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund for improvements to its high street and public amenity spaces.

In January 2016 it was also announced that Blackhorse Road Station would receive £2.2 million investment from TfL for improvements to the station and surrounding area.

Simon Hesketh, Director of Regeneration, U+I said: “We are delighted to be working with Parkdale Investments on a mixed-use regeneration project that will deliver significant benefits to the local area.

Forest Works demonstrates U+I’s ability to uncover regeneration opportunities within emerging parts of the London City Region. We are focussed on creating long-term social and economic change for the places in which we develop and we look forward to working with Waltham Forest council and the local community to progress our redevelopment plans for the site.”

Balfour selected for Gatwick Airport development plan

Balfour Beatty secures landmark care scheme in IrelandBalfour Beatty has been selected by Gatwick Airport to deliver a range of projects under its new £1.2 billion capital investment programme, which will deliver expansion in scale and passenger capacity.

The company has been appointed to two frameworks, the Low Complexity Build and Low Complexity Civils Framework, as well as the Medium Complexity Build Framework.

It is expected that projects delivered through these frameworks will be procured over the next five years, paving the way for new employment opportunities in the building trades.

Balfour Beatty has a long standing relationship with Gatwick, for which it has delivered in excess of 500 projects, including upgrades to the security lanes, the Pier 11 build, and the £50 million refurbishment of the North Terminal.

Keepmoat gets Wakefield housing scheme

Keepmoat gets Wakefield housing schemeKeepmoat has been granted planning permission to build 100 new homes in Kinsley, Wakefield, paving the way for economic growth and new jobs.

The firm, which recently expanded in the region with the launch of an office in Leeds, has now secured three major projects in as many months, with work on brownfield developments across Leeds, as well as the Seacroft Hospital site already in the pipeline.

Keepmoat will now deliver two and three bedroom homes at land off Spring Close; prompted by the success of existing schemes at Fitzwilliam and Frickley.

Keepmoat’s Kinsley development is the latest in the Wakefield district involving a ‘stalled site’ – land which had previously had planning permission but remained undeveloped. 

Wakefield Council launched its ‘Wakefield Builds’ campaign which aims to increase the number of new homes built across the district through schemes such as matching developers with stalled sites such as the one in Kinsley.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “We are committed to stimulating housing growth across the district, and Keepmoat’s development is a prime example of this.

Not only will the development lead to even more quality homes being built in the area, but it also demonstrates how developers can work with our ‘Wakefield Builds’ campaign to unlock stalled sites.”

Building work on the new homes is expected to progress in November this year.

Building work on new £9.7m care home in Enfield gets underway

Building new £9.7m care home in Enfield gets underwayMorgan Sindall has held a topping out ceremony to celebrate reaching a key milestone in the construction of a £9.7 million care home in North East Enfield.

The Enfield Care Home development will include 70 bedrooms, 17 community rooms, a landscaped garden, hairdressing salon and a modern kitchen and will be equipped to the highest regulation standards with hoists, various aids, lifts and safe storage for medication.

The development will replace Coppice Wood Lodge and Bridge House, and residents from these two neighbouring care homes will be the first to be welcomed into the new building in November 2016.

The new building will be fitted with excellent personal and en-suite facilities in every room and will increase nursing care capacity in Enfield, offering more accommodation than the previous homes.

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “The new care home will be a bright modern building with excellent facilities, specifically designed to meet residents’ needs.

It will be fully equipped with adapted en-suite bathrooms, activity rooms and a landscaped garden complete with seating areas and wheelchair accessible paths.

Neil Franklin, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re very pleased to be taking part in this ceremony which celebrates a key milestone in the construction of Enfield Council Care Home.”

Interserve wins £25m Hampshire Leisure Centre contract

Interserve wins £25m Hampshire Leisure Centre contractInterserve has won a £25 million contract to build one of the south of England’s biggest leisure developments, the Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh.

The centre, which is being designed and built by Interserve in collaboration with AHR Architects for Eastleigh Borough Council, is next to the existing leisure facility that will remain in full use during the 85-week build programme.

Work has already started on the project, which will see the old leisure centre will be demolished after the new building is handed over.

The new centre will boast bigger facilities, including a sports hall with room for 15 badminton courts; an eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool; a learning pool with adjustable floor depth; three multi-purpose studios and a group spinning studio. It will also be family-friendly with a crèche and a large soft-play area including party rooms.

Interserve’s UK Operations Director for Regional Building, Richard Ellis, said: “We are looking forward to delivering a modern and sustainable new leisure centre that will be a focal point for the local community, improving the health and well-being of residents for many generations to come. As part of the project we will be creating local jobs and using many members of our trusted local supply chain.”

The building will be constructed with a steel frame and pre-stressed concrete floors, while the pool will be made with reinforced concrete. Externally it will be clad in brickwork, aluminium and zinc rainscreen.

Willmott Dixon targets growth in South West

Willmott Dixon targets growth in South WestWillmott Dixon has signalled its expansion plans for the South West by opening an office in Exeter as a platform for growth and new jobs in the region.

It follows a series of major projects recently secured in the region, including building a new home for the Met Office’s multi-million pound ‘super computer’ at Exeter Science Park that will ensure it remains the world’s foremost meteorological forecaster.

The company’s presence in the region started less than three years ago and in that time Willmott Dixon has delivered four schools in Plymouth and a free school in Exeter.

With more work opportunities in the pipeline it underlines the growth opportunities in the South West.

The move will create a number of local jobs over the next 12 months, with nearly ten people based full time in the office and a further nine using the office when working on local sites.

Willmott Dixon’s managing director for the region, Neal Stephens: “With many projects already delivered and more in the pipeline, we feel now is the right time to establish an Exeter base to serve our customers and work with our local supply chain.

We’re making a strong commitment to local spend, with over 65% of project budgets designated to companies within 35 mile radius of a scheme, ensuring investment stays local to sustain jobs and support regional prosperity.”

Regeneration scheme to deliver thousands of new properties and jobs

Regeneration scheme to deliver thousands of new properties and jobsA massive programme of development of railway stations and surrounding land will deliver thousands of new homes and jobs that will boost local growth.

The agreement between Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency will see them working with local councils to kick-start development opportunities across England’s railway stations for housing and businesses.

The ambitious initiative could deliver up to 10,000 new properties on sites around stations in the coming years.

Government wants to hear from at least 20 local authorities to take the scheme forward.

Drawing on the example set by the transformation of Birmingham New Street, Manchester Victoria and London Kings Cross, government will bring together high-calibre technical expertise and local knowledge to increase development opportunities that exist throughout the entire rail estate.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “We’re determined to fire up communities and back local business so they build much needed housing and create thousands of jobs.

Rail stations are a hub of communities, connectivity and commerce and should be making the most of their unique potential to attract investment and opportunities.

With record numbers of people travelling by train, it makes sense to bring people closer to stations and develop sites that have space for thousands of new homes and offices.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “As a one nation government we are determined to ensure further opportunities are grasped to put stations at the heart of wider community regeneration.

This will help deliver thousands of new homes and jobs and deliver a substantial return to the taxpayer.”