Go-ahead for three London river crossings

go-ahead-for-three-london-river-crossingsThe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outlined his commitment to providing greener and more public transport-focused river crossings in the East and South East of London.

The Mayor has set out a package of new river crossings to be built in the next five to 10 years that will vastly improve travel across the capital, while supporting new affordable homes and business opportunities in East London.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.

“But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.

“As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of East London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.”

SES Engineering Services gets two London projects

ses-engineering-services-gets-two-london-projectsSES Engineering Services is building on its major success at the heart of the redevelopment of King’s Cross after winning a duo of central London new build projects.

The company was appointed to deliver mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services on the 12-storey S2 Grade A office building as part of the King’s Cross regeneration scheme.

The company has been awarded an £18.6 million MEP contract to deliver Barts Square Phase One, a new £110 million high-end residential development in the St Bart’s Hospital area in Farringdon.

SES will continue work with Carillion on the commercial King’s Cross project – and will be working with client Helical Plc for the first time to deliver 144 luxury apartments with a selection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses located in seven property blocks.

The dual wins represent a major milestone for SES’ London and South East operation and are testament to SES’ reputation for delivering innovative, cost and time saving off-site manufacturing solutions on logistically challenging city-centre projects.

SES’s engineering expertise was fundamental to its appointment on the King’s Cross S2 project, in response to the client’s requirement to deliver the very latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology.

Tim Cunningham, SES Regional Director, London and South East also said: “This is a truly exciting time for our London and South East operation and the growth of our business is down to our teams’ exemplary work and innovative off-site approach.

We’re tremendously proud of our work on The Plimsoll Building and the Gasholder residential schemes at King’s Cross so we’re thrilled to continue that relationship for the S2 office project.

Likewise, our ability to deliver these critical city-centre residential schemes on time and on budget has been essential to winning the innovative and prestigious Barts Square project.”

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”.

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.”

Mace to deliver world-class facility at UCLH

Mace to deliver world-class facility at UCLHUCLH has appointed Mace to deliver a new state-of-the-art centre for its internationally renowned services, further enhancing its status as world leading hospital and university campus in central London.

The new centre, which will be located on Huntley Street, has been co-designed with patients and staff and will bring together services currently provided at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and Eastman Dental Hospital (EDH), in addition to other UCLH services.

The building navigation has been planned so that the zones that reflect how patients are treated and there will be a floor specifically for the care and treatment of children.

Mace has worked on a number of complex healthcare projects in the capital including the East Wing cladding project and the Positron Emission Tomography Centre for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, the refurbishment of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital as well as managing the redesign of UCLH’s A&E department.

Terry Spraggett, Director for Public Sector Construction at Mace, said: “I’m delighted that Mace has been appointed by UCLH as main contractor on this significant and complex hospital project, which is challenging both in terms of the construction and logistics of the site.

Mace has a strong track record of delivering complex healthcare projects across the UK to an exceptionally high quality.

We look forward to bringing our experience to this project and helping UCLH realise its vision to deliver better treatment and care for patients.”

Three London stations get step-free access upgrade

Three London stations get step-free access upgradeTransport for London (TfL) has awarded a contract to deliver step-free access at three stations as part of major station improvements ahead of Elizabeth line services commencing in December 2018.

The station improvements will include new lifts, walkways and footbridges to Seven Kings and Manor Park stations.

The upgrade of these stations is part of TfL’s work on the eastern section of the new Elizabeth line route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

This work will ensure that the network is accessible for all when it is fully operational, linking east London and Essex with the West End, west London and Berkshire.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined to make London a fairer city, open and accessible to all, and one where we improve the support for those less able to get around London.

My team are working on a more ambitious approach to improving step-free access in our stations, and I am very pleased that passengers using Maryland, Manor Park or Seven Kings are going to benefit from major improvements to their stations ahead of the launch of the new Elizabeth line services.”

Emily Ball, TfL’s Accessibility and Station Upgrade Manager, said: “These works mark the next stage of the ongoing TfL station improvements programme that will transform stations on the Elizabeth line route.

Once these works are complete, customers using Maryland, Manor Park and Seven Kings will enjoy step-free access and new station facilities.”

Major Network Rail work to upgrade stations and track is also ongoing at stations along the TfL Rail route to prepare the existing railway for the Elizabeth line.

Atkins gets £26bn London Old Oak scheme

Atkins gets £26bn London Old Oak schemeAtkins has been awarded a contract to help make Old Oak and Park Royal, London’s largest opportunity area, one of the most sustainable urban developments in the UK.

At five times the size of the Capital’s King’s Cross redevelopment and one of the biggest schemes of its type in Europe, the £26 billion Old Oak and Park Royal project has the ability to deliver over 25,500 new homes and the capacity for 65,000 jobs.

Atkins, working with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and its cost and project management consultancy, Faithful+Gould, will develop a set of ambitious environmental sustainability targets that will be used on Old Oak and Park Royal and feed into all future development across London.

These targets will look to improve upon the targets set out in the London Plan and Mayoral strategies.

Sean Lockie, sustainability director, Faithful+Gould, said: “Old Oak and Park Royal is a massive opportunity for London to do things that haven’t been done before.

It means creating a vision which sets out clear goals, such as being healthy to live in, flexible over time, affordable, comfortable, and being energy and resource efficient, and then taking a systematic approach to delivery.”

The sustainability targets will be based around six core themes:

  1. Urban form and public space – considers densities and form of properties, public realm, use of the canal, air quality and future climate impacts such as temperature, wind and storms.

  2. Transport – Considers rail and bus systems, movement within the development area, demand, roads, mode share and interaction with watercourses and green space.

  3. Energy – considers district heating / cooling, demand reduction, renewables, energy from waste (rubbish, sewerage)

  4. Waste and materials – considers waste reduction / recycling, designed to enable disassembly and upgrade to extend life of building, energy efficiency of buildings.

  5. Water – considers water management system (supply, collection, treatment, reuse), rainwater harvesting and flood risk management

  6. Green /blue infrastructure – Considers access to nature, water courses, food production, green spaces, green roofs and walls

The integration of green infrastructure with urban planning and design, and the role of rapidly emerging smart technologies, will also be critical areas of focus for Atkins and the OPDC.

The Grand Union Canal has the potential to play a unique role in the development, providing a cost effective way of harvesting water for use in toilets, irrigation and cleaning.

It will also be become a feature around which green spaces, trees, art and other community leisure activities can be built around, and could even be used as a form of giant refrigerator to help cool buildings in the summer.

The scale and ambition of the project is one of London’s biggest investment and is worth over £7 billion per annum to UK economy.