Go-ahead for Liverpool new cancer centre

Go-ahead for Liverpool new cancer centrePlans to transform cancer care across Merseyside and Cheshire by developing a major new specialist hospital in the heart of Liverpool have been given the go-ahead.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been granted full planning permission for the 11-floor hospital on West Derby Street as part of its £157 million investment in expanding and improving cancer care.

Preparatory construction work is expected to start on site later this year, with the new hospital opening to patients by the end of 2019.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a landmark development which will not only create a first-class new building in this part of the city, but will lead to major improvements in the delivery of services for cancer patients from across the region.

The health campus will be a world-class facility that the whole city can be tremendously proud of and will continue Liverpool’s long tradition of innovation in the fields of medicine and health.”

The hospital has been designed by the same award-winning architectural team at BDP that created the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The cost of the new hospital will be funded by the NHS and is not a private finance initiative.

The funding is coming from a combination of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s own reserves, NHS commissioners, some borrowing from government sources and a public fundraising appeal.

Liverpool Mayor unvails plans to create 10,000 jobs

Liverpool Mayor unvails plans to create 10,000 jobsA flagship development scheme that could create up to 10,000 jobs at the former Archbishop Blanch school site has been unveiled by Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson this week.

The proposed 1.8 million sq ft development at Minshull Street on the outskirts of Liverpool City Centre will create a scheme of national and international importance, specialising in cutting-edge life and medical sciences.

The scheme will form a key plank of the Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone, with Phase One likely to begin on-site in 2017, paving the way for new construction jobs.

The extension of the Knowledge Quarter will bring essential additions to what is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading innovation districts and one of the UKs largest academic and clinical campuses.

Also, in order to meet the needs of local people, commuters, academics, students, patients and hospital visitors, the plans will also include a new rail station with access to the existing underground network and the national high-speed rail network via Lime Street Station.

Announcing the plans, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “The extension of our Knowledge Quarter is a game-changer in terms of the high-quality jobs we will be able to bring into the city in hi-tech, 21st-century industries

This landmark scheme provides the basis for Liverpool to now become a national and international destination for investment in life and medical sciences, bringing with it thousands of new, high-skill, high-wage jobs.”

Unite secures planning approval for Liverpool site

Unite secures planning approval for Liverpool siteThe Unite Group has been given the go-ahead for a one acre site in central Liverpool that will see the building of new student accommodation.

The development will provide 772 beds for the city’s students and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The building on the site was having previously been used as a car park is in close proximity to the city centre’s amenities and transport links, and will complement Unite’s existing properties in the city.

The scheme will have a total development cost of around £46 million and is expected to deliver returns in line with Unite’s targets for regional development.

The plans, which were approved by Liverpool City Council Planning Committee last month, will see four blocks, made up of 106 cluster flats and 58 studios and totalling 772-bedrooms.

The development would range in height up to 11-storeys and will include ground floor retail units.  

Unite Students currently operate 10 properties in Liverpool providing a home for nearly 4000 students in the city.

Richard Simpson, Managing Director of Property for Unite, said: “Liverpool is a thriving university city attracting students from across the UK and internationally.

Students continue to be important contributors to the local economy and this new development will ease pressure on private residential housing in the area.”

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water job

VolkerStevin selected for £43m Oswestry water jobVolkerStevin’s joint venture with consultant CH2M has secured a £43m design and build water treatment works upgrade in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The scheme will enhance the existing Oswestry water treatment facility, which currently treats water from Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales via the Llanforda open reservoir.

Darren Hynes, framework director for C2V+ said: “After being named as one of four Construction Delivery Partners for the AMP6 framework in 2014, we are delighted to be appointed for this scheme at this early stage of the framework.

It demonstrates the collaborative approach between C2V+ and United Utilities whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities for the local economy by creating over 50 jobs over the next two years.”

Works on site will commence in spring 2015 with an overall construction period of two years.

Due to the composition of the raw water and the condition of the existing plant, the works are required to improve the capacity and quality of water produced at this facility, which currently supplies water to customers in 39 distribution zones in Liverpool and parts of Cheshire.

This innovative solution has been successfully used in North America and Europe and is an energy neutral process which will provide significant savings to United Utilities through the installation of hydroelectric turbines that feed surplus energy back into the grid.

Laing O’Rourke gets work on proposed cancer hospital

Laing ORourke gets work on proposed cancer hospitalLaing O’Rourke has been selected to design-and-build a major new cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust, which provides the specialist cancer service for Merseyside and Cheshire plans to expand its services with a new hospital on the same site as the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the University of Liverpool.

Laing O’Rourke will provide construction and other technical expertise that is vital in developing this outline business case.  They will also work closely with staff from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, patient representatives and the architects BDP to begin the detailed design process.

Tom Higgins, Laing O’Rourke Director, said: “This is a very exciting project for us and the confidence The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has in us is testament to our expertise in the health sector. 

The immediate priority is to now work closely with the architects and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre staff as well as patient groups to finalise the project’s design.”

The project includes the redesign of the Trust’s existing Wirral site, as well as designs for the new hospital in Liverpool.  If the project receives full business case approval, Laing O’Rourke would also build the new hospital in Liverpool. 

The agreement with Laing O’Rourke – which followed a formal tender issued in May 2014 – is on a staged basis which provides flexibility while also ensuring good value for taxpayers.

It means the NHS is not tied into an ongoing contract if at any stage the project does not go ahead. 

The project is largely being funded by NHS and government sources, with some money also planned to come from a public fundraising appeal, so is not funded by PFI.

Andrew Cannell, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: “Getting the design right will be one of the most important factors in its success and the input of our staff and patient representatives working with Laing O’Rourke and the architects will be invaluable in this.  We are also committed to maximising the wider community benefits of a project of this scale.”

Balfour Beatty gets £32m Liverpool job

Balfour Beatty gets £32m Liverpool jobBalfour Beatty has been awarded the £32 million contract to build Baltic Triangle, a three-tower residential development in Liverpool city centre for developer Neptune Investments.

The two year project will see Balfour Beatty delivering 324 new apartments across three separate towers, which will be thirteen, ten and eight storeys in height respectively.

The project will also involve the creation of commercial space, a gym and underground car parking for 358 cars while helping the local construction industry.

Balfour Beatty will continue construction on a building previously begun by another developer, strengthening the existing basement and helping to reduce delivery time and costs by using pre-cast wall panels.

Balfour Beatty will recruit apprentices to the project and utilise its established links with Liverpool John Moores University to provide opportunities for students.

Jon Adams, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Northern Major Projects, said: “Balfour Beatty has extensive experience in delivering high-end residential schemes and of working in Liverpool, where we have recently delivered the Liverpool One and Aloft Hotel developments.

We have a fifteen year relationship with Neptune Investments and we look forward to working with them to deliver this exciting new £32m development in the heart of the Liverpool docklands.”

Sports college provides boost to Liverpool economy

Sports college provides boost to Liverpool economyWillmott Dixon has completed a new £18 million home for Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College on the former Long Lane council depot in Fazakerley.

This is the second new school completed by the company for Liverpool City Council under the Scape framework, with Notre Dame Catholic College opening in 2013.

Around 70 per cent of Archbishop Beck’s budget was spent with firms in the region, including contracts for mechanical and electrical engineering, tiling, fencing, joinery, painting and decorating.

It is the latest in the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, devised as a follow-up after the Government halted Wave Six of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

The new school features a sports hall with six courts, a 3G pitch, a theatre and recording and dance studios. Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The new Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College is a fantastic facility which will provide thousands of young people with education in great surroundings.

“I am pleased so many of the subcontracts were awarded to Liverpool firms, meaning that we have been able to recycle millions of pounds back into the city’s economy. It is also good to see Willmott Dixon have been training the tradespeople of tomorrow by employing apprentices as part of this scheme.”

The council’s employment and skills team, Liverpool in Work, has helped Willmott Dixon access a local workforce, apprentices and the local supply chain on the schools they are building. Almost 80 per cent of the 300 people who worked on Archbishop Beck are from Liverpool or the wider Liverpool City Region, and 27 apprentices also worked on the site.

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North West said: “We’re very proud of what we have created with Archbishop Beck, which comes just over a year after we handed over Notre Dame, another brilliant new school for Liverpool.

“As with Notre Dame Catholic College, a key focus was supporting local jobs and companies and I’m pleased to say building Archbishop Beck gave another major boost with 70 per cent of the gross development value spent in the local economy and supply chain. It will be the same approach with Archbishop Blanch, where we are on site now.”

Public land pilot scheme to bring new homes to Liverpool

Building IndustryMore than 100 new homes are set to be built on former railway land in Aintree, Liverpool, that will boost the construction trades and create new jobs.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently taken on 35 sites from other government bodies as part of a nationwide effort to get public land with capacity for up to 100,000 homes out to market by March 2015.

The first pilot deal has seen the HCA secure Persimmon Homes Lancashire as the developer for the 17-acre Liverpool site. It was identified within Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s 2011 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment as a potential area for sustainable redevelopment.

The completion of the deal comes as the HCA publishes its latest Land Development and Disposal Plan (LDDP) today. The updated plan details the landholdings available to developers that the HCA expects to bring to market over the next 2 years running up to March 2016.

The LDDP sets out how the HCA will use its experience of managing large portfolios of land and assets to potentially bring up to 200 sites to market between now and March 2016. Sites in the LDDP will build on the housing capacity of those already disposed, bringing the HCA’s contribution to government’s commitment to dispose of enough land with capacity for 100,000 homes to around 17,000, up from 14,000, by March 2015.

HCA Chief Executive, Andy Rose, said: “From 2015, the HCA will take on an enhanced land disposal role for Government, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of housing and increase economic growth.”

£1.5bn regeneration schemes planned for Liverpool

£1.5bn regeneration schemes planned for LiverpoolRegeneration schemes worth £1.5 billion in Liverpool are set to boost the trades industry and create new jobs, it was announced today.

A range of innovative initiatives are in the pipeline for the city, which will bring 12,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs, as well as safeguarding a further 3,000.

New key projects being developed for Liverpool include:

• The next phase in the regeneration of Kings Dock, which will bring an Olympic standard ice rink to the city along with an extreme sports complex, quality restaurants and family homes.(image above)

• Proposals for the transformation of Lime Street and parts of Mount Pleasant, which will deliver a new television and music venue, hotel, cinema, family restaurants, shops and accommodation for mature students.

The regeneration update – presented to the city’s Cabinet today – heard that Project Jennifer, on Great Homer Street started last month and Phase 2 of the Edge Lane Retail Park will begin in only three week’s time.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “These schemes demonstrate there is a vibrant, exciting future ahead for Liverpool. The projects we are developing for Kings Dock and Lime Street will make the city an even greater place to live, work and invest.

“Crucially though, they will bring thousands of jobs into the city which will ensure we have a sustainable future. I promised our best days are ahead of us, and these key projects are evidence of some of the things we have planned for the future.”

“Regenerating the city centre is vital but we are also working hard to deliver transformation across Liverpool as a whole – Greater Homer Street, Edge Lane and Anfield are all now seeing significant progress and there will be more to come in the future, with thousands of new and refurbished homes planned city-wide.”

Northern Hub set to improve the railway between Manchester and Liverpool

Northern Hub set to improve the railway between Manchester and LiverpoolNetwork Rail has submitted plans for a new section of railway near Huyton station as part of the £600 million Northern Hub investment to provide faster services across England.

Work is already underway to improve capacity between Manchester and Liverpool to increase the number of tracks through Huyton and Roby from two to four.

An application has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport, following successful consultation last year, to gain consent to complete work on the fourth track on adjacent land currently occupied by a telephone exchange and bus station.

Planning permission is required – through a Transport and Works Act Order – to construct a new 240-metre section which will allow additional non-stopping services to run on the line without being held-up behind local stopping services and freight trains.

Martin Frobisher, area director for Network Rail, said: “The Northern Hub will transform the railway in the north of England. It will create space for up to 700 more trains every day which will boost capacity and provide better journey options for passengers.

“The plans at Huyton and Roby are a key part of this investment and will help to increase capacity on the line between Liverpool and Manchester.”