Lovell gets £2.5m housing refurb scheme

lovell-gets-2-5m-housing-refurb-schemeNuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) in Warwickshire has appointed Lovell to carry out £2.5 million of housing improvement work for local council homes over the next three years.

The large-scale refurbishment programme will see Lovell transforming homes with new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as carrying out other improvements including installing level-access showers.

In the first phase of the work, 300 homes at the Grove Farm estate, Nuneaton, will be refurbished by May 2017.

Councillor Julie Jackson, Housing and Communities portfolio holder, said: “This is fantastic news for our tenants. NBBC will be delivering around 350 kitchen and bathroom replacements this year, an increase of approximately 40 properties on previous years. It has been possible to achieve so much as a result of a successful re-procurement process and reduced tender costs.”

Lovell has moved into new premises at the Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate in Nuneaton, which will be the project depot for the contract. Forty people are employed to work on the project with 90 per cent local to the Nuneaton area.

We’re delighted to bring our expertise in undertaking successful large-scale housing improvement programmes to this important scheme for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council” said Lovell regional director Steve Davis.

Our focus is always on ensuring that residents are at the heart of what we do. We have a strong record of delivering improvement work carried out to the highest standard and with the utmost consideration for householders.”

Work starts on 1,500 new homes for Woolwich

Work starts on 1,500 new homes for WoolwichConstruction work has started on the first new homes to be built through a £320 million, 1,500-home regeneration programme set to transform three council estates in Woolwich, south-east London.

Representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, partnership housing developer Lovell and asra Housing Group, gathered at the former Connaught estate to mark the beginning of building work.

The first new homes, at the renamed Trinity Walk, are now under construction by the Lovell team. The ground-breaking event followed the completion of demolition work which began at the estate last October.

The redevelopment will see 684 energy-efficient new homes built at Trinity Walk, including 239 affordable properties. The first new affordable homes are due to be completed in late Spring 2017 with the first completed housing for sale expected to be finished later the same year.

The 12-year scheme is set to create important job and training opportunities locally including a significant number of apprenticeships.

Cllr Danny Thorpe, cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “The Connaught Estate regeneration project is bringing state-of-the-art, energy efficient homes to the borough while also sparking job creation and economic growth.

Through a dedicated programme of investment, partnership working and house-building, we are truly changing the face of this borough for our residents.”

Lovell regional director Michael O’Farrell commented: “This is a huge project bringing major benefits for local people including modern new housing, and open spaces. The construction programme will also boost the local economy by creating valuable job and training opportunities.”

Wates signed up for Stockwell Park development

Wates signed up for Stockwell Park developmentWates Living Space Homes has been appointed to deliver a new £48 million residential development on behalf of Network Homes.

Work on the new Thrayle House development is set to start this month and will include the demolition of an existing three-storey building to create a mixed tenure residential complex.

Thrayle House, for which planning permission was granted in April, is the latest phase in Network Homes’ £200 million Stockwell Park regeneration programme.

The project adds to Wates Living Space Homes’ work on behalf of Network Homes, which recently saw the completion and hand over of Park Heights, a 20-storey apartment building in Stockwell.

Throughout the delivery of Thrayle House, Wates Living Space Homes has made a commitment to create extensive opportunities for on-site training and employment for local people.

This is set to include ten apprenticeship positions, ten work experience placements, whilst the developer has also pledged to engage with 300 students through local careers fairs.

The developer will also carry out its national ‘Building Futures’ programme as part of the project, an intensive training course to give local jobseekers the opportunity to secure full-time employment with Wates and its supply chain.

Vicky Savage, Executive Director of Development at Network Homes, said: “This is a landmark project in the regeneration of the Stockwell Park Estate and one that is incredibly important to Network Homes, the residents and the local community. We really look forward to working with Wates Living Space Homes who will bring their significant expertise and resources to this project.”

NG Bailey gets £20m Land Securities contract

NG Bailey gets £20m Land Securities contractNG Bailey has won a three-year maintenance contract with Land Securities for eight shopping centres in the company’s retail portfolio that will boost economic growth.

The £20 million contract is a retention of five shopping centres that had been managed by NG Bailey for five years and, an extension of a further three centres, which went live on the 1st April 2016.

As part of the remit, NG Bailey will provide mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance, including HVAC, security, fire detection and protection, drainage and energy consumption management.

Seven of the shopping centres will be maintained by resident NG Bailey staff, including skilled engineers, apprentices and contract management support staff. Whilst a smaller centre in West London will be serviced and supported by the firm’s fleet of mobile engineers.

Stuart Linington, managing director of NG Bailey’s Facilities Services division said of the contract win: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this significant contract, which builds on the strength of our existing relationship with Land Securities.

As part of the new contract, we proposed an innovative energy saving solution that will introduce significant savings and further improve Land Securities’ impressive sustainability record.”

Tony Hemmings, Head of Engineering at Land Securities, added: “NG Bailey has proven that they can exceed our expectations, while being cost-effective and delivering measurable results.

We are pleased to be working with the company for another three years, potentially six and, to have added three more centres to its remit.”

Major West London refurbishment for Stanhope

Major West London refurbishment for StanhopeLendlease’s construction business has been selected for a major refurbishment project at White City Place – formerly known as the BBC’s Media Village – on Wood Lane in West London.

The project is to refurbish three buildings at White City Place – WestWorks, Mediaworks, and Garden House – in order to create state-of-the-art commercial office facilities and help drive regeneration of the local area.

Contracts for the three buildings have now been signed with a total value of £80 million, and further works are currently being finalised for £7 million of landscaping.

The developers are Stanhope – a longstanding client of Lendlease’s construction business – together with Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo.

Neil Martin, Managing Director of Lendlease’s construction business, said: “We’re excited to be working with our longstanding client Stanhope as well as Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo on White City Place.”

Stanhope is also transforming Television Centre into a vibrant mixed-use development, featuring a total of 950 new homes, office space for the creative industries, restaurants and cafes, state-of-the-art studios for the BBC and a Soho House members club and hotel.

White City Place sits on 17 acres of land adjacent to the Imperial College campus, and is very close to White City and Wood Lane tube stations.

Plans for the area include up to 2,500 high quality homes, over two million sq ft of offices, new public spaces, an enhanced world-class shopping offer and a hub for academia, innovation and start-ups.

Dudley residential scheme gets underway

£14m office residential scheme gets underwayDudley’s Falcon House has been bought by a developer who has set his sights on creating more than 140 flats as part of a £14 million regeneration scheme.

Arran Bailey, owner of ALB Black Country Properties, bought the outdated eight-storey office block at auction and has revealed plans to convert the 88,000 sq ft building in to 65 one-bedroom and 76 two-bedroom apartments.

Falcon House was set to be demolished to make way for a supermarket complex which would have included a café and petrol station, but plans were scrapped by Commercial Estates Group, paving the way for ALB Investments to step in and regenerate the building.

Bailey said: “The local area has been in need of new housing developments and we are excited to play a big part in the area’s regeneration.

“The project will be a great opportunity to bring more footfall to the town by attracting young professionals. This will help to boost the local economy and will improve the area’s image by updating outdated buildings.”

Headoffice3 has designed the development of Falcon House and will be managing the works to complete in 2017.

Glen Harding, chief executive of headoffice3, said: “We believe this project will genuinely improve the local demographics and breathe new life into a tired block in urgent need of renovation.

“The external façade alterations will create a new, vibrant and exciting feel to the building.”

New Enterprise Zone created to boost local economy

Welsh GovernmentEconomy Minister Edwina Hart has announced the establishment of the Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone to help create economic growth and jobs for the area.

The Enterprise Zone status will offer financial incentives to companies based there, including tax and business rate breaks, and was one of the key actions to come out of the Tata Steel Task Force to help support the steel industry.

The Minister said: “The recent announcement of job losses at Tata in Port Talbot is the latest blow to the steel industry in Wales.

As such a major employer this will have a knock-on effect for the local economy and we are determined to do all that we can to support the area and the local supply chain.

We will now work closely with the Swansea Bay City Region, the Local Authority, major employers and other stakeholders in the area to ensure Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone is a success.”

The Enterprise Zone will be based around the employment sites of:

  • Baglan Energy Park

  • Baglan Industrial Estate and

  • Habourside / Port Talbot Docks.

Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone is Wales’ eighth Enterprise Zone. As of end of September 2015, the other seven Zones had created, assisted or safeguarded over 7,795 jobs in Wales and paved the way for further investment and development.

HS2 to create thousands of jobs and boost economic growth

HS2 to create thousands of jobs and boost economic growthHS2 has announced significant progress on the design and development of HS2 including the shortlisting of companies in the race to win a package of work which will contribute to the creation of up to 14,600 jobs across the UK.

Through these major contracts, HS2 is creating high quality careers and giving young people the skills and experience needed to seize these opportunities.

This announcements include a shortlist of 9 bidders for between £7.1 and £11.8 billion worth of civil engineering work between London and Crewe.

Civil engineering contracts covering the 140 miles from London to Birmingham are expected to be signed in 2017 with the start of work on site one year later.

The following bidders have been shortlisted for at least one package each:

  • Align Joint Venture (Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)

  • ASL (Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son, Lagan)

  • BBV (Balfour Beatty, VINCI BeMo)

  • Catalyst (Bechtel)

  • CEK (Carillion, Eiffage, Kier)

  • Fusion (Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)

  • LFM (Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construccion, J. Murphy and Sons Limited

  • Momentum Infrastructure (Dragados, HOCHTIEF, GallifordTry)

  • SCS (Skanska, Costain, STRABAG)

Firms that deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid for work on an additional 40 miles between Birmingham and Crewe, due to open in 2027.

The HS2 Bill is due to return to the Commons today, Wednesday 23 March, for the latest vote in the legislative process, before the Bill moves on to the Lords. Royal Assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction in 2017.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “HS2 is an exceptional opportunity for businesses, creating thousands of jobs during construction and helping to rebalance our economy long before trains start running in 2026.

This major moment in the procurement process takes us a step further to getting spades in the ground next year, so construction can begin on this vital railway.”

Additional work covering stations and railway systems will follow over the course of the next year.

In total the first phase of the project is forecast to create 14,600 construction jobs and quality apprenticeships for our young people, the majority of which will be in civil engineering.

Lovell in the frame for LHC kitchen and bathrooms work

Lovell in the frame for LHC kitchen and bathrooms workHousing specialist Lovell has been appointed by consortium LHC to carry out its new major kitchen and bathroom replacements framework in five regions of the UK.

Under the framework, the company will be eligible for large-scale housing refurbishment programmes – worth over £500,000 – for housing  associations and councils in the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, the North West and North Wales.

Lovell business development director Peter Quinn said: “Lovell has a long track record of successfully delivering housing refurbishment programmes for housing association and local authority clients and residents and we’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this expertise to the high-profile LHC kitchen and bathroom replacements framework”.

John Skivington, director of LHC, said: “We would like to welcome Lovell on to this new framework. A lot of effort has been put into producing this framework by LHC to provide public sector landlords with a quality, compliant framework to meet their refurbishment requirements.”

Work covered under the LHC kitchen and bathroom framework will include installation of new kitchens and bathrooms, plumbing and electrical services, structural alterations and redecoration.

The appointment is the latest in a number of major housing maintenance gains for Lovell this year. They include a contract with Chevin Housing Association, a member of the Together Housing Group, to carry out £20 million of improvement work for homes across Yorkshire over the next two years.

Work Commences on West Sussex Solar Farm

Work Commences on West Sussex Solar FarmWork has now commenced on site for the new 4.85MWp Solar Farm on Tangmere Airfield, West Sussex, providing enough clean energy to power more than 1,500 local homes.

The solar farm is the first of its kind to be delivered by Your Energy Sussex and Carillion, and marks the start of a large-scale programmethat will include further solar farm developments and solar installations on business premises and social housing to provide low-cost, low-carbon electricity to tenants.

Stephen Hodgson, project director at Carillion said:  “This is an exciting time for our partnership with Your Energy Sussex. We have spent the last few months ensuring the ground is clear of unexploded ordnance as this site was previously an active wartime airfield.

We are now working closely with our partner Solarcentury who are leading on the construction of the project and have extensive experience delivering solar projects for councils, community energy groups and private businesses.”

Construction commenced on site this week, and the project will take around three months to build and connect to the local grid. During this time Solarcentury will be planting 300m of trees and hedgerows to infill existing hedges; this will ensure the site is well screened and therefore that it is aesthetically pleasing for local residents.