Milestone for South Shields regeneration

Milestone for South Shields regenerationThe £100 million South Shields town centre regeneration project has reached another important milestone that will boost the local economy and create new jobs.

As the main contractor, B&K and its client Muse Developments, in partnership with South Tyneside Council, are engaged in the regeneration of the town centre.

Matt Crompton, Joint Managing Director of Muse Developments said: “Today marks an important step in the regeneration of South Shields town centre. The Word will be an iconic, state-of-the-art building that sets the bar for the quality of development and architecture that people of South Tyneside deserve.”

This is just the first stage of the overall regeneration project that will have a positive impact on residents and everyone who visits the town and we are very proud to be partnering with South Tyneside Council in such a bold scheme.”

The Word development forms part of a phased regeneration scheme jointly funded by Muse Developments and South Tyneside Council and is due to open Autumn 2016.

Phase One of the £100m regeneration project is a part of a 10-year master plan. Work is now complete on improvements to the local Market Place, an integral part of the town’s identity.

The regeneration scheme will improve the town’s public spaces to improve internal and external access and connectivity whilst also respecting the rich urban heritage of the town and includes an ample amount of outdoor seating, tree-lined avenues with new level paving accessible to all.

Andy Kinnear, Bowmer & Kirkland’s Construction Director in the North East, said: “Bowmer and Kirkland is delighted to be involved in such a prestigious landmark scheme.

The building is set to become an iconic feature of the South Shields landscape and we are extremely proud to be involved.”

Go-ahead for Morgan Sindall Lambeth revamp

Go-ahead for Morgan Sindall Lambeth revampMuse Developments has been given the go-ahead for its ‘Your New Town Hall’ project in Lambeth that will see the building of 194 new homes.

It is expected that work can commence later this year, following the completion of the relevant legal agreements with Lambeth Council.

The project will provide around 600 construction jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.

The ‘Your New Town Hall’ project will also preserve the historic town hall while reducing the council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving at least £4.5 million a year.

Thomasin Renshaw, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the ‘Your New Town Hall’ project.

These plans will deliver a modern, energy-efficient civic office for Lambeth, and regenerate the current town hall and surrounding properties for new civic and community spaces.

As well as saving the Council at least £4.5 million in running costs by consolidating scattered services into of the heart of Brixton, the project will also deliver 194 new homes, of which 40% will be affordable. We are looking forward to making a start on site in the coming months.”

The approved redevelopment proposals, which cover the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall, will deliver:

A preserved and enhanced Grade II listed Town Hall, more open and accessible to residents
• Quality office/ meeting spaces for local enterprise, start-ups and the community – twice the size of the Impact Hub project that is already based in the Town Hall – to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
• A new, 120,000 sq ft, energy efficient civic building with much improved customer centre and council offices
• 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing
• A car-free development (where parking permits will not be allowed) except for basement parking for wheelchair residents within the Olive Morris House development
• New landscaped public areas
• A new cycle hub with changing/ shower facilities and a cafe

Muse reveals plans for South Shields town centre

Muse reveals plans for South Shields town centreMuse Developments has announced regeneration plans for the next phase of its £100 million building scheme of South Shields town centre.

The second phase of redevelopment in the town will build upon work already on-going including construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, the region’s state-of-the-art new cultural venue.

The South Shields 365 vision will make improvements to all aspects of community life – from the shopping and leisure offer, to the way people travel to, from and around the town centre.

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The development of a new transport interchange in South Shields is a fundamental part of our 365 masterplan and vision for the town centre.

The integrated facility would bring together a new bus interchange and relocated, refurbished Metro station, improving the sense of arrival and connectivity for visitors.

With the first phase of the 365 plan well underway, there has been significant work alongside Nexus and our other partners behind the scenes to develop the plans for this bespoke hub which aims to deliver the best possible transport public transport links for our town centre.”

The partnership between South Tyneside Council and Muse Developments has resulted in ambitious proposals to transform South Shields town centre and provide lasting improvements to the town.

David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted to reveal the proposals for the second phase of our redevelopment work in South Shields.

We feel that the new transport interchange and travel plan will revolutionise the town, making it far more accessible and safer for pedestrians. We want more people to visit South Shields and this development will enable this.

We want to make South Shields a year round tourist destination and the improvements to access in the town will greatly improve the propensity for tourism and ultimately economic growth.”

Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration project

Planning applications submitted for Lambeth regeneration projectMuse Developments has submitted planning applications for a major Brixton town centre redevelopment called ‘Your New Town Hall’.

The project will provide around 600 new jobs including 35 apprenticeships and work placements.

The applications follow twelve months of design work and two stages of public consultation in summer and winter 2014.

The planning applications, for ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Olive Morris House’ sites facing onto Brixton Hill, are part of a project which will ultimately reduce Lambeth Council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5million a year.

Following a successful selection process, Muse signed an agreement with Lambeth Council in April 2014 to deliver the project.

Thomasin Renshaw, development director at Muse Developments, said: “The decision to dispose of ageing and expensive buildings the Council no longer needs, and use the proceeds to bring much-needed new homes and jobs to the borough demonstrates Lambeth’s common-sense approach to development.

The project includes an exciting refurbishment of the Town Hall to enable more community use, and new fit-for-purpose offices that will improve services for residents.”

Proposals are for the redevelopment of the Town Hall Parade, Hambrook House and Olive Morris House along with the refurbishment of Ivor House and the Town Hall to deliver 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing.

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city development

Morgan Sindall starts work on Aberdeen city developmentMorgan Sindall has started building work this month on the mixed-use Marischal Square development in Aberdeen city centre that will create 300 construction jobs.

Appointed by developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments to construct the £107 million development, Morgan Sindall has moved on to site to deliver the two-year construction programme.

The development will create 300 jobs during the construction phase, with 1,500 jobs available when the development of offices, Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and the restaurant space is fully completed and occupied in 2017.

That level of staffing in the development will also help sustain a significant number of jobs in the city centre area.

Marischal Square, which is fully funded by Aviva Investors, will deliver a vibrant new mixed-use quarter for the city and include Grade ‘A’ office space with associated car parking, a four-star hotel, cafés, restaurants and civic space, along with public access, landscaping and public realm improvements around a site once dominated by the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building St. Nicholas House.

Harry Thorburn, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “This is a key project for us and one which we are proud to be delivering in this unique city.

Our objective is to bring the vision of the developers and designers to reality in an efficient and safe manner and to ensure that the build programme minimises any disruption for the people using the city centre.”

Logic Leeds development gets the go-ahead

Logic Leeds development gets the go-aheadLogic Leeds, the £5 million construction of 80,000 sq ft of industrial premises for modern manufacturing, has started on site in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

The construction follows planning approval and the signing of a landmark £2.5 million grant agreement with Leeds City Council, funded through the government’s Building Foundations for Growth programme.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “This is another significant step forward for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone. The council has worked proactively with developers and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to get development moving in the enterprise zone.

We now have 260,000 sq ft of industrial space under construction and committed, presenting manufacturing and supply chain companies with a prime location for expansion, consolidation and relocation of their operations.”

Logic Leeds, Muse Developments’ flagship 110-acre manufacturing and distribution development, forms part of the largest speculative project of its kind in West Yorkshire since the recession. The contract to build the new 80,000 sq ft unit was awarded to Esh Build.

David Wells, developer director of Muse Developments in Leeds said: “We are delighted to be on site with the first building at Logic Leeds, which will set the tone for the whole development.”

Situated next to the A63, just half a mile from Junction 45 of the M1 and minutes from Leeds city centre, Logic Leeds presents a huge opportunity for the Leeds and wider Yorkshire industrial and distribution market.

Logic Leeds is part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, which means that it benefits from a range of incentives for occupiers. These incentives include a discount on business rates, worth up to £275,000 per business over a five-year period; a simplified and accelerated planning process; an opportunity for enhanced capital allowance claims; and high-speed fibre-optic broadband.

Work on site in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets undderway

Work on site in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets undderwayConstruction and engineering work started this week on two of the key sites in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone where 260,000 sq ft of employment space is now in the pipeline.

The scheme will provide a major boost for the city region’s manufacturing sector and the regional industrial property market.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy said: “The Enterprise Zone offers unparalleled advantages in terms of its scale, connectivity, its proximity to Leeds city centre and to one of the UK’s biggest concentrations of manufacturing.

“That’s why the council has taken this proactive approach to secure funding in order to accelerate development, stimulate private sector investment and attract growth and jobs to the zone.”

Two new industrial units are being built at Thornes Farm by Stainforth Construction on behalf of Wilton Developments, providing 50,000 sq ft and a 30,000 sq ft of modern manufacturing space.

The £5 million speculative development is scheduled for completion in Summer 2015, paving the way for new jobs in the local area.

Engineering and ground remediation also gets underway this month at Temple Green. At 72 hectares, it is the largest of the development site within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

Road infrastructure and ground engineering work costing over £7 million will deliver access to a series of development platforms with the ability to accommodate buildings up to 500,000 sq ft. Construction work on the park and ride facility is scheduled to start in Autumn 2015.

In November, work will begin on developing an 80,000 sq ft industrial unit at Logic Leeds site, where Muse Developments has planning permission for a total of 1.6m sq ft of industrial, distribution premises and supporting uses including offices and hotel development.