Balfour Beatty bags £170m Tube extension scheme

Balfour Beatty bags £170m Tube extension schemeBalfour Beatty has been awarded a £170 million two-year extension scheme to its Track Partnership contract for London Underground.

Track Partnership, an alliance between Balfour Beatty Rail and London Underground, is responsible for delivering essential track renewal work across the London Underground network.

Balfour Beatty Rail was appointed to the initial contract in 2010, which included an option to extend for a further two years.

The Company will continue to provide design, labour, plant, and materials, as well as surveying, supervision and management of the works while boosting economic growth and creatiing new jobs.

The scope of works includes points & crossings and ballasted track renewal installation together with associated drainage, signalling, traction power and conductor rail works.

Throughout the two-year extension, which takes the contract to March 2018, there will be a focus on enhancing efficiencies including measures which will see Project Managers given more accountability for driving down costs whilst continuing to safely deliver the highest standard of work.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “With world-class expertise in track, electrification and power supply systems, Balfour Beatty Rail is a significant player in the UK rail infrastructure market.

We have utilised these market-leading skills and expertise working with London Underground over the last 13 years. This extension is a clear sign of London Underground’s confidence in the capability of Balfour Beatty within the Track Partnership”.

Go-ahead for London’s Lambeth council homes

Go-ahead for London’s Lambeth council homesLambeth Council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead to redevelop the Cressingham Gardens estate under plans to build new homes.

The decision allows Lambeth to replace all the 306 homes, many of which are in a poor state of repair, and provide extra properties for council rent on the estate.

The redevelopment will provide a minimum of 464 new homes – a net gain of 158 extra homes.

Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Rebuilding Cressingham Gardens will mean all homes on the estate will be rebuilt, with no loss of social housing.

The proposal would provide a new home for each tenant, at council rent levels, with a lifetime tenancy and enough rooms to meet their needs.”

It will also mean at least 158 extra homes, 47% of which will be affordable homes. It will mean at least 75 extra homes for rent for families on Lambeth’s waiting list of over 21,000 people, and it would mean at least 27 extra family-sized homes for council.”

Cressingham Gardens is one of six estates on the Council’s estate regeneration programme, which has been set up to find ways to improve the quality and size of homes on Lambeth’s housing estates.

The programme also aims to invest in the wider neighbourhood and increase the number of homes on those estates. The programme will contribute towards the Council’s commitment to provide 1,000 extra homes for council rent for local families.

Carillion to build Lambeth College centre

Carillion to build Lambeth College centreCarillion has today been selected as the preferred bidder to build a new skill centre for Lambeth College, London.

The £167 million project will be carried out on the college’s Vauxhall site, creating up to 600 jobs during the construction phase. Work is planned to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018.

The development will include a construction skills academy which will be operated by the college and Carillion, a four star training hotel plus 176 apartments.

Carillion will manage the delivery of the development, including construction, from which it expects to generate £167 million revenue.

The flagship scheme will provide learners with direct routes to sustainable employment, apprenticeships and higher-level progression opportunities in the construction and hotel sector.

This exposure to a real work environment will ensure that learners emerge as “work ready.” The new Skills Centre will also support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Learners alongside construction and hospitality.

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said: “This is a very exciting development which will provide state-of-the-art training facilities which will prepare thousands of young people for exciting careers.

We are pleased to be able to extend our apprenticeship programme to work with Lambeth College. Our apprenticeships not only equip people with valuable skills but enables them to work on construction projects, such as our work at Battersea Power Station and Kings Cross, during their training. The programmes are designed so apprentices can earn-while-they-learn.”

Lovell gets Islington regeneration scheme

Lovell appointed to £8.5m housing schemeIslington Council has appointed housing developer Lovell for a £21.8 million regeneration programme which will transform part of the Dover Court estate in North London.

The regeneration programme will create new homes for social rent and homes for sale on council-owned land as well as provide an improved ball court, open spaces, estates paths, play areas and community facilities.

The new housing scheme will be built on nine sites at the estate, including former garages and car parking.

Lovell is set to start work on the three-year construction programme next month.

Fifty-one of the new homes – 25 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom and two five-bedroom houses – will be for council rent.

Nineteen of the new homes – 17 two-bedroom houses, one one-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartment – will be for sale through the council.

In addition, the scheme, designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects and developed in close consultation with estate residents, includes extensive improvements to the estate’s open spaces and community facilities including increased planting and green spaces and the redesign of Mitchison Baxter Park with children’s play areas, new paths, new trees and a replacement ball games space.

Lovell regional director Michael O’Farrell says: “We’re delighted to have been appointed by Islington Council to this major scheme which is also our first contract awarded through Islington’s New Build Contractor Framework.

We look forward to using the company’s expertise in delivering high-quality mixed tenure estate regeneration programmes to bring these quality homes and enhanced public spaces and community facilities to Dover Court.”

All homes will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, incorporating sustainable, energy-efficient technology designed to keep energy bills down.

Countryside and L&Q to build 3,000 homes

Countryside and L&Q to build 3,000 homesCountryside and L&Q have been selected by the GLA to build up to 3,000 homes on the currently-derelict 29 hectare site at Beam Park in Dagenham, east London.

Under the development agreement, 35% of the new homes at Beam Park will be mixed-tenure, with a significant proportion of shared ownership properties marketed to the local community first.

A new railway station on the C2C line, a primary school, swimming pool and other community facilities are also proposed.

Countryside and L&Q were selected from a shortlist of four developers as part of the London Development Panel procurement process, which was set up by the Mayor of London to accelerate the delivery of housing in the capital.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017. Countryside’s Partnerships division will build all of the private and affordable homes on the development.

Richard Cherry, CEO of Partnerships at Countryside said: “Countryside is delighted to have been selected for this hugely important new scheme which will spearhead the regeneration of the London Riverside Opportunity Area.”

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director, Development and Sales at L&Q said: “Housing supply is the critical issue affecting the growth of London and the quality of life enjoyed by Londoners, so we are very excited to have been selected by the GLA as a delivery partner on such an important strategic site as Beam Park where we can do so much to meet that need.

L&Q is aiming to build 50,000 new homes over the next decade and we plan to reach that goal by creating quality homes in places where people want to live.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “This impressive site is now set to be transformed into a thriving new neighbourhood. As well as much needed new homes of every tenure, the brand new station will whisk residents into central London in record time, and the development will include mass green public space along the River Beam.”

New tech hub to create thousands of new jobs

New tech hub to create thousands of new jobs 2Plans to convert an iconic flour mill into a new centre for business and enterprise that will create 20,000 new jobs in East London have been given the go-ahead.

The new tech and creative hub for the east of the city with 5 million square feet of business space and 3,000 new homes will be built on a 62-acre site at Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks.

The land, which also includes the Millennium Mills, is owned by the Greater London Authority and is the largest undeveloped site at the docks. A unique cluster of purpose built centres for product innovation will be built there as well as a school, cafes, restaurants, galleries and public spaces.

Work began earlier this year, following a £12 million government investment secured by the Mayor of London, to demolish parts of the interior of the former flour factory and rid it of asbestos in order to fast track redevelopment. That work means the site will be ready to welcome the next generation of start-up business by 2017.

Redevelopment forms the centrepiece of a wider £3.5bn project, led by the GLA’s development partners the Silvertown Partnership. It is anticipated the redevelopment will attract 13 million visitors a year and will contribute £260 million each year to London’s economy.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “By breathing new life into this wonderful old flour mill we can rejuvenate this area of east London and contribute some serious dough to the capital’s economy.

Silvertown Quays will provide thousands of new jobs and thousands of much-needed new homes and facilities for local people as we return the area to its former glory.”

Sir Stuart Lipton, who leads The Silvertown Partnership, said: “This energetic and exciting new London destination will also bring forward 3,000 new homes, thousands of jobs and long term benefits for the local and London economy.”

New Housing Zones and jobs planned for London

New Housing Zones planned for LondonHousing Zones will bring accelerated house building to areas across London with high potential for growth and new jobs in the construction trades.

About Housing Zones

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, invited bids for the development of 20 Housing Zones from London boroughs as part of his Housing Strategy.

A total of £400 million in funding was made available by the Mayor and government for the construction of 50,000 new homes.

The programme will also provide 100,000 associated jobs over the next ten years.

The building of homes in these areas will be supported by a range of planning and financial measures. All Housing Zones will be set up by an agreement which shares the duty of building these homes between partners. This will ensure the numbers of planned new homes are built.

How the funding will benefit the zones

These 20 zones will collectively provide:

  • more than £21 billion of investment

  • over 120,000 construction jobs

  • over 53,000 new homes, of which around a third will be affordable

  • major station upgrades

  • new schools 

  • new bridges

  • new community amenities such as sports centres, libraries, parks and health centres 

More information on the first 20 Housing Zones can be found in the London Housing Zones document from this link.

Balfour Beatty wins £130m London residential scheme

Balfour Beatty wins £130m London residential schemeBalfour Beatty has been selected to deliver the pre-construction services contract for a £130 million renovation and new-build scheme in St James’ Park, London.

Construction is due to start in early 2016 following full contract award and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

Balfour Beatty will collaborate with the London-based development company Northacre and Palace Revive Development Ltd to deliver pre-construction services including programming and procurement, in the lead up to the full construction contract award which is expected in early 2016.

The full scheme will involve refurbishment of the existing six-storey listed building, construction behind retained facades and a complex four-storey basement build.

Once complete, the development will house 72 apartments, many of which offer unique views over the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Residents will also enjoy more than 10,000 sq. ft. of leisure facilities, including a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and a wellness centre. The site will encompass five architectural styles, ranging from French Renaissance to Contemporary, with a Grade II listed retained façade.

Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Managing Director of the UK Construction business, said: “Our proven ability to succeed in constrained construction environments in busy city centres means we are well suited to this prestigious project and we look forward to securing the full contract award early next year.

Balfour Beatty is committed to delivering first-class projects with selected partners that utilise our industry leading expertise and our work on this luxury residential build is a prime example of this.”

Laing O’Rourke signs £116m Paddington job

Laing O’Rourke signs £116m Paddington job.Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke Construction have signed a £113 million contract for the development of the Brunel Building in Paddington.

The Brunel Building will comprise 240,000 sq ft of offices fronting the Grand Union Canal opposite Paddington station.

The Fletcher Priest designed building will be sixteen storeys with an innovative external diagrid structure, which will enable column-free internal areas and will have two large roof terraces on the upper floors.

Work is due to start early next year for completion in the first half of 2019.

Paul Sheffield, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke, said: “The project is one that requires complex engineering, supported by our in-house capabilities along with a fully integrated supply chain.

The exposed high quality concrete features of this fantastic building will be delivered using a blend of traditional construction and off-site manufacturing.”

Paul Williams, Director, Derwent London, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Laing O’Rourke, and very excited by the prospects for the Brunel Building.

The development not only creates high quality office space it will also significantly add to the vibrancy of the area, which is enjoying significant regeneration ahead of the opening of Crossrail in 2018.”

TfL releases land for 10,000 homes across London

London Mayor Boris JohnsonTransport for London (TfL) is to release more than 300 acres of land to help build more than 10,000 new homes across London, paving the way for new construction jobs.

The new land-release programme is in addition to the work of TfL’s £360 million growth fund, which is creating more than 50,000 homes and 30,000 jobs by supporting 14 transport projects across London that are directly unlocking development.

The TfL land will be developed over the next decade to provide vital new homes, offices and retail units to support London’s rapidly growing population and the Capital’s contribution to the economy of the country. Sixty-seven per cent of this phase of development is in travel Zones 1 and 2.

The Mayor of London has pledged to have an exit strategy for all City Hall owned land by the end of his term in 2016, with 99 per cent now freed up for development to help deliver thousands of much needed new homes.

The London Land Commission, driven by the Mayor, will also map all land owned by public authorities in London for the first time, to identify further opportunities for housebuilding.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ‘TfL’s plans will build on the great efforts we’ve already made at City Hall to ensure brownfield land that has laid empty for years is put to productive use in providing much-needed housing for Londoners.

‘It’s important that all key agencies work together to accelerate the rate of housebuilding across the Capital and redevelop land and assets wherever possible to deliver more homes.’

Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said: ‘We’re determined to use our assets to help create more homes and jobs for Londoners. As the custodians of some of the best assets in the Capital, it is right that we explore every opportunity to maximise the use of our land.’