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Morgan Sindall to build £37.5m education and leisure centre

Morgan Sindall to build £37.5m education and leisure centre

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to construct a £37.5 million education and leisure centre complex in Littleport, Cambridgeshire.

The project for Cambridgeshire County Council is already underway and will include the construction of an early years school, a primary school, a three-storey secondary school, a special needs school, and a community leisure facility.

The project will be completed in three phases. Phase one is already underway and will include the demolition of the existing leisure centre on Camel Road, to make way for the new education and a replacement leisure complex.

The two-storey sports centre will comprise a sports hall, a fitness suite, a multi-use hall, changing facilities, and a social bar area, and will be available for use by the whole community.

Both schools will open in time for the start of the academic year in 2017 while helping the local economy and boosting the building construction industry.

Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “Designing and constructing quality buildings which provide a positive learning environment and enhance children and young people’s educational experience requires detailed and thoughtful planning.

We’re looking forward to utilising our vast experience of working on world-class schools to deliver this great facility.

Once complete, the Littleport complex will not only be a comprehensive educational centre for children of all ages and abilities, but an inclusive community hub with great leisure facilities.”

Fast track planning to boost house building

Councils are set to process planning applications quicker and be able to offer fast track application services which will boost house builders.

Ministers want the pilots to tackle the lack of incentive for councils to improve and speed up their planning service leading to “drawn out applications and local frustration” for both housebuilders and individual applicants.

The proposals are expected to boost housebuilding and speed up the planning application process.

The proposals will increase local choice by giving applicants the choice of whether to submit their plans to the local council, a competing council or a government approved organisation that would process applications up until the decision point.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “Council planning departments play a vital role in getting local housebuilding off the ground, but for too long they have had no incentive to get things done quickly or better, resulting in drawn out applications and local frustration.

These proposals will be a first time boost for housebuilders looking to build much needed new homes for hard working families and buyers, and for local people looking to get a planning permission for home improvements through their local council quicker.”

Federation of Master Builders Chief Executive Brian Berry said: “The slow processing of planning applications remains one of the greatest barriers to building more new homes.

We welcome the government’s determination to find new and innovative ways of addressing this problem as it could help builders deliver more homes.”

Manufacturing Plan to boost Scotish economy

Government support to help Scotland’s manufacturers innovate and expand have been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Manufacturing represents over half of Scotland’s international exports and of our investment in research and development, with nearly 190,000 people employed in the industry.

The funding, including £30 million from the European Regional Development Fund, will enable companies to capture new opportunities presented by a move to a more circular economy.

Supported by £70 million of investment, a new strategy for manufacturing – A Manufacturing Future for Scotland – outlines how government will work with industry and with higher and further education institutions to stimulate innovation, improve productivity and increase investment in Scottish manufacturing.

This includes a Circular Economy Investment Fund to help manufacturers develop innovative technologies, business models and infrastructure, from the proof of concept stage through to implementation.

It will also introduce a new Circular Economy Service, offering development support to businesses seeking to redesign their processes and products.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland has a long and proud manufacturing heritage and manufacturing must also be a key driver of our future prosperity.

While manufacturing has undergone a significant transformation in recent decades, with increased globalisation and greater use of digital technology, it remains a high skills and high wage sector, with earnings that are above the Scottish average.”

Eric Wright wins Burnley free school contract

Eric Wright wins Burnley free school contract

Eric Wright Construction has been given a multi-million building contract to construct a two-form entry high school and sixth form in Burnley.

Commissioned through the Education Funding Authority (EFA) Regional Contractors Framework and on behalf of Chapel Street Community Schools Trust, the free school scheme will provide accommodation for 450 secondary and 200 sixth form students.

The new ‘Super Block’ designed by JM Architects will be constructed on the site of the former Habergham High School, which has already been demolished.

The contract award follows the decision not to refurbish and extend the existing premises due to the discovery of shallow worked coal seams below the site.

John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, added: “We have leveraged the experience and technical expertise within the Eric Wright Group to take a pragmatic approach to designing this scheme that addresses the EFA’s requirements, the Trust’s preferences and the challenges of the site.

“Once completed, the school will be an important addition to the education choices available to families in Burnley and we look forward to handing the building over in April 2017.”

Carillion to build Lambeth College centre

Carillion to build Lambeth College centre

Carillion 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.”

Help to Buy scheme boosts house building

New research has found that 43% of new homes built under the Help to Buy, equity loan scheme for aspiring homeowners, would have not been built without introduction of the scheme.

A report published today also found that 82% of buyers under Help to Buy: equity loan would not have been able to purchase their home without the scheme helping them meet their ownership aspirations.

Launched in 2013, the Help to Buy scheme was set up to support hard-working people who could pay a mortgage but struggle to save the deposits required by lenders.

Now more than 130,000 people have now been able to become homeowners since the launch.

The report found no evidence that the scheme has driven up house prices but did find that housebuilders have much more confidence in the housing market.

Help to Buy scheme boosts house buildingHousing Minister Brandon Lewis said: Anyone who works hard and aspires to own their own home should have the opportunity to do so and this report shows how the government’s Help to Buy scheme continues to turn those dreams into a reality.

We’ve got the country building again and seen the number of new homes increase by 25% in the last year alone with thousands of people across the country helped by the scheme.”

The number of owners assisted by other government schemes is also expected to continue rising through London Help to Buy and the Help to Buy: ISA, which has now been opened by more than 250,000 people.

Confidence in the market

Help to Buy is supporting the country’s economy by getting Britain building again.

The report shows that builders have seen improved confidence in the market because of the scheme and that it has encouraged more lenders to enter the market. It is also helping people move up to bigger homes.

The research found that the average price of homes under the scheme is £212,000, £55,000 below the UK average of £267,000 and that it has brought down the average deposit needed.

Help to Buy: equity loan has been extended to 2021 through a further £8.6 billion and will help up to 145,000 more people take steps towards owning their own home.

£16.9m Dixon House Scheme gets underway

£16.9m Dixon House Scheme gets underway

ISG has been awarded a £16.9 million refurbishment project by independent property investment company, GreenOak, at Dixon House, 72-75 Fenchurch Street.

Located in the heart of the City of London, the seven-storey Grade II listed office building will undergo partial demolition and the addition of three new floors as part of an ambitious programme to transform and upgrade the property.

ISG will deliver 60,000 sq ft of contemporary Cat A open plan office accommodation. The contractor will systematically demolish the existing building down to the fourth floor slab and remove two staircases across the lower part of the building.

The contractor will also demolish a significant central area of the remaining structure down to basement level to enable complete reconfiguration of the building core. A new triple lift shaft will then be constructed within this central area.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, said: “This latest scheme plays to our significant strengths delivering highly complex structural refurbishments in logistically challenging and busy locations. Dixon House is set to become an excellent showcase for those visionary owners looking to transform their outdated property assets to maximise demand and commercial value.”

ISG Wins £12.4m Derwent Office Scheme

ISG

ISG has been awarded a £12.4 million fast-track project to refurbish a prominent office building on Whitechapel High Street for Derwent London.

The former RBS office will be extensively remodelled internally to provide 200,000 sq ft of high-specification Cat A space, including provision of a new entrance and open plan reception area.

The eight-storey building in London’s fast-growing Tech Belt area will be systematically stripped out, enabling ISG to reconfigure the ground floor space and seven levels of office accommodation.

Structural alterations will be made at ground floor level, with the partial infill of the existing atrium, to create a spacious and contemporary reception, with open plan break out areas, informal meeting space and new retail units. A feature entrance with a new steel portal is set to enhance the building’s visual appeal.

The project includes the upgrade of mechanical and electrical infrastructure and the installation of new generators to ensure resilience for new tenants. The project location is close to ISG’s head office in Aldgate and reflects the continuing demand for high-specification office accommodation in this strategic location.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, commented: “Office construction activity within the immediate vicinity of our head office has significantly increased over the past six months and really highlights the strong levels of occupier demand in this area.

This latest win reinforces our market leading position in complex office refurbishment and fit out, and we’re delighted to be working with Derwent London to maximise the value of this key property asset.”

Crossrail gets the go-ahead for Farringdon offices

New development opposite Smithfield Market will bring 120,000 square feet to the City office market.

Crossrail now has planning consent for 10 over site developments that will pave the way for new jobs and boost local growth.

Crossrail has gained planning approval for a new office development above Farringdon Crossrail station, following an appeal decision by the Planning Inspectorate.

Sitting above the station’s eastern ticket hall in Lindsey Street, the ground floor plus five storey scheme designed by PLP Architecture, will offer 120,000 square feet of high-quality, column-free office space with a large reception and retail units.

Crossrail will now consider development options for the scheme. Construction could begin in 2017 once major work on Farringdon Crossrail station is complete.

Ian Lindsay, Land & Property Director at Crossrail said: “The Lindsey Street scheme is part of Crossrail’s plan to bring over 3 million square feet of new, high-quality office, retail and residential space to central London, and reinvest every pound made back into the project.”

The Lindsey Street scheme is one of two Crossrail developments planned above Farringdon station. Crossrail also has planning permission for the 187,000 square feet Cardinal House office scheme, located above Crossrail’s western ticket hall on the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road.