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Go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C connection project

Hinkley Point to power the future and create new jobs

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has today given the go-ahead for a new electric line connection for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Hinkley will kick start new nuclear in the UK, providing financial and energy security for generations to come as we move towards a low-carbon future.

UK companies will benefit from much of the work, and thousands of jobs will go to people living near to the new site.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: “This is a step forward in the Hinkley Point C project, which will play a crucial part in our plan to provide clean, affordable and secure energy for hardworking families and businesses.

“Hinkley represents a major boost for the UK and local economy – powering nearly six million homes and creating more than 25,000 jobs with a significant number for the people of Somerset.”

The project will be the first scheme to use the new T-pylon, which resulted from a competition held in 2011 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, DECC and National Grid to explore the potential for a new generation of pylon design.


New funding to improve energy performance in Wales

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has secured £1.5 million from the European Investment Bank to improve the energy performance of public bodies in Wales.

Giving an update on the lead the Welsh Government has taken in delivering local energy generation, Carl Sargeant said the wider public sector also has an important leadership role to play in this area.

Mr Sargeant said: “We are working with local authorities to develop smart, innovative solutions to support local homes, businesses and communities through effective and sustainable use of our resources.

The extra £1.5m we have secured from the European Investment Bank’s ELENA will deliver over £30 million of low risk investment in energy efficiency over the next three years.”

The Minister added that there is an increasing role for local generation and supply, based on renewable sources, smart storage and local grid management.

He said that local generation and use of energy will have many benefits, creating decent jobs as well as keeping costs down through local ownership.

He highlighted the Welsh Government’s vision for local energy in Wales, the key benefits of which include investment in smarter technologies, supporting jobs, generating clean energy to meet climate change commitments and supporting projects that provide funding directly to communities.

Purfleet regeneration scheme gets underway

Ambitious plans for the regeneration of Purfleet in Essex will go-ahead after Thurrock Council signed a development agreement with its builder.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd is set to build 2,500 homes, 600,000ft2 film and television studios, a new primary school, a new health centre, new shops, removing the level crossing and a brand new railway station.

Cllr Kent said: “There has been an unbelievable amount of work which has gone into creating these plans both by the council and PCRL and their partners.

“This is a really exciting time and over the next few years we will see Purfleet emerge as a wonderful new town centre with top-quality modern facilities.

“We have seen the new jobs being created at London Gateway and the Port of Tilbury; we have seen real improvements to Grays; we will see major and exciting changes at Lakeside and at the Thames Enterprise Park and, of course, we have created a thriving cultural hub at High House in Purfleet and now we can start setting out the timeline for bringing change to the rest of Purfleet.”

The council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Richard Speight, added: “The development agreement has now been signed by all the parties, the legal processes are over and over 2016 we will see all the planning applications coming through and some remedial work being carried out.”

Ken Dytor, managing director of Urban Catalyst and joint founder of PCRL added: “Our number one focus is on creating a genuinely accessible and life-changing scheme, providing affordable homes for families and a mix of uses in a true sustainable environment.”

Hundreds of homes for Edinburgh

The National Housing Trust initiative (NHT) will deliver almost 900 affordable homes for rent in Edinburgh, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil revealed this week.

The City of Edinburgh Council has already delivered more than 400 NHT homes with hundreds more in the pipeline.

The latest 234-home development at the Western Harbour brings the total number of NHT homes approved across Scotland to more than 2,000.

The Scottish Government’s financial innovation is unlocking strategic sites for housing development across the country, delivering more homes for less public investment.

Mr Neil said: “The contribution from innovative financing approaches, such as NHT, using government guarantees, loans, grant recycling and new sources of private funding is substantial and growing.

NHT, which is providing affordable homes without the need for grant subsidy, has reached a milestone with over 2,000 homes approved for construction.

More generally, we have exceeded our target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes in this Parliament including over 20,000 homes for social rent.

Our new target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years is bold, credible and affordable. This is a 67 per cent increase in completed homes over the next five year period.”

Lovell set for £2.4m Flintshire affordable homes scheme

Housing specialist Lovell has been selected by Pennaf Housing Group to build a £2.4 million affordable housing scheme in Hawarden, Flintshire, north-east Wales.

The development will create two-, three- and four-bedroom homes while boosting the building trades and the local economy.

Lovell, based locally in Queen’s Lane, Mold, is set to start work in February 2016 on the 11-month construction programme which is going ahead with £660,000 of Welsh Government Social Housing Grant.

The new homes have been made possible by the Welsh Government, who have transferred land to Pennaf which was originally designated for road improvements but has since been released to provide much-needed new affordable housing.

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates says: “We’re delighted to be working with Pennaf on this new development which will help answer the pressing need for high-quality new affordable homes locally. We look forward to getting construction work under way.”

Deiniol Evans, director of technical services for Pennaf, says: “We have worked with Lovell on many other affordable housing schemes across the region and look forward to work beginning on the Aston Mead site next month.”

New funding to stimulate growth and create jobs

Disadvantaged communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £56 million of additional investment in regeneration projects bringing the total to more than £428 million since 2007.

The latest funding announced in December’s budget, will be available in the new financial year to help attract private investment and create jobs in disadvantaged areas.

Visiting regeneration projects in the Calton area of Glasgow, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting local regeneration projects in our most deprived areas, where disadvantaged communities are supported and where all places are sustainable and promote well-being.

Investing in community-led regeneration is a priority for this Government as we recognise that local communities are best placed to address inequalities and identify how their areas can be improved.

Regeneration plays a vital role in supporting sustainable economic growth, by tackling area inequality, addressing market failure, and increasing opportunities for areas of need to attract investment and jobs.

It must be approached in an holistic and collaborative way, working with our communities to identify solutions and improve outcomes.

Here, in Calton, Scottish Government intervention is delivering more than £1.8 million of Investment in regeneration projects in the area.”

Morgan Sindall to build £25m Uni development

Morgan Sindall to build £25m Uni development

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Anglia Ruskin University to build its new £25 million Science Centre.

Located at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge Campus, the Science Centre will be a major new 7,906 sq. m facility, which brings together teaching, postgraduate and staff amenities for the different departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The centre will include a 300-seat lecture theatre adapted for science subjects; a 200-seat super-laboratory providing flexible teaching space for all science disciplines; staff offices and a range of specialist teaching space.

The new building will replace the Bryant and Mellish Clark buildings and has been designed to complement the architecture in the surrounding architectural conservation area.

Its red brick exterior will mirror the historic academic buildings that make up the rest of the university campus. The roof has also been designed to be reminiscent of traditional sheet metal roof cladding.

The building will be aiming to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good. A total of 200 sq. m of the roof space is dedicated to photovoltaic panels which provide renewable energy.

When completed, the university will make a total carbon saving of over 30 per cent by using gas more efficiently and generating its own electricity.

Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “This new building will provide the university with a centre that offers first-class laboratory and teaching space all under one roof, helping to aid knowledge sharing and collaboration between departments and boosting the department’s research capabilities.

We’re very pleased to have been appointed to this project. Delivering world-class science facilities is an area in which our team excels and we look forward to delivering a great centre for the university.”

Lovell appointed to £8.5m housing scheme

Lovell appointed to £8.5m housing scheme

Lovell has been appointed to an £8.5 million contract which will deliver 72 homes for housing association Merlin in two South Gloucestershire villages.

The contract to build the new homes is part of the latest £14 million phase of Merlin’s major programme to redevelop or refurbish its 1,500 homes of non-traditional construction.

Developed following close consultation with the local community, it will create energy-efficient, modern homes in place of 44 properties in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton.

Lovell is currently nearing completion of 39 new homes for Merlin at Coalpit Heath in a separate project which is also part of the redevelopment programme.

Merlin project manager Sally Gilbert says: “Building new homes is one of our top priorities as there is a real need for affordable homes in South Gloucestershire. Together with the homes we’re already building in Coalpit Heath, this is going to provide a huge boost for local families looking for somewhere affordable to live.”

Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Merlin and look forward to starting work on the next stage of this important scheme which is making a real difference to the lives of residents, creating smart, energy-efficient, modern homes for local people.”

Willmott Dixon hails 3,000 new homes pipeline

Willmott Dixon hails 3,000 new homes pipeline

Willmott Dixon‘s development division, Regen, now has over 3,000 homes in the pipeline after acquiring a site in Mill Hill to develop 188 homes with a gross development value of £100 million.

The company has agreed to purchase a 1.1 hectare site at Millbrook Park from The Inglis Consortium for 159 private sale homes along with a further 29 affordable homes that will be developed by Regen’s private sale residential brand, Prime Place.

It follows last month’s planning green light for Brentford FC’s new 20,000 seat stadium that will also see 900 new homes created on two sites, the latest in a series of property announcements over the past 18 months that underline Willmott Dixon’s ambition to be a major residential developer in London and the South East.

Alongside the Brentford FC master plan, other recent schemes secured include 600 homes for private rent in Barking, 135 homes in Godalming, a further 88 in Cheshunt and 95 in Sevenoaks, which involves converting a former office into a residential block.

It is also behind 1,176 homes at Aberfeldy Village in Poplar E14 and expects to start work shortly to deliver 156 homes with Westminster City Council that includes new leisure facilities on two sites.

Andrew Telfer, chief executive at Willmott Dixon Regen: “Millbrook Park’s high quality mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, together with a number of three and four-bedroom houses in a popular location with good transport links, exactly fits the scale and type of homes we develop through Prime Place.

Our ambition in 2016 is to continue to grow the number of homes we are developing, either on site or going through planning, for both Prime Place and Be:here, our private market rent business.”

Go-ahead for £90m Oxford technology park

Plans for a new £90 million technology park near Oxford are set to go-ahead after being approved by Cherwell District Council.

The planning committee agreed plans to build the new £90 million Oxford Technology Park on land south of Langford Lane in Kidlington.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor David Hughes, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity given its proximity to nearby homes and it is a site close to other technology companies.”

Councillor Michael Gibbard said that the site will now transform the run-down area.

He said: “For about 16 years it has been left to waste and I certainly support this application.

“This plan really serves to join up the bits of Kidlington and the technology park will bring about prosperity to the area as more jobs will be created as a result of this.

“It would without a doubt increase the Kidlington envelope and I would recommend approval.”

As part of the 40,000 sq m park – likely to open in 2025 – there would be two three-storey buildings and smaller buildings for offices, labs and warehouses.

It is expected to create about 1,250 jobs.

Earlier this year, government inspector, Nigel Payne, was called in to visit the site as it lies in the Green Belt.

After assessing the development’s impact, he concluded it would have “overall minimal impact” on the environment.

The land is owned by Agnus Bates of Hill Street Holding, which will be working in partnership with Bloombridge Development Partners. Construction will start in early 2016.