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£20m expansion plan for Aberdeen Airport

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveil a £20 million investment for the expansion of Aberdeen International Airport.

The development will result in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities.

The first phase of what will be a three year project will get underway in May 2016. This will involve the construction of a two-storey extension to the south of the existing terminal building.

At ground level, the extension will accommodate all facilities for international arriving passengers as well as domestic baggage reclaim. Two business lounges will be located on the upper level.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “We have long recognised the need to expand the terminal and we are doing so with the long term future of the airport in mind. It is one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure in the North East of Scotland and it plays a crucial role in supporting the wider economy.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This investment by Aberdeen International Airport and its owners shows great ambition and confidence in the Airport’s future in preparing for projected growth. By increasing capacity and improving the passenger experience, the Airport is making a clear statement of intent and the North East and Scotland will see the benefit.

Aberdeen is a fantastic city with lots to offer and the airport is a crucial gateway to the North East. This expansion opens up the city to even more tourists and businesses, which will result in an economic boost for the city and the country as a whole.”

Mark McDonald, MSP for Aberdeen Donside said: “This investment in Aberdeen Airport is another welcome boost to the local economy, following closely on the back of the City Region Deal.

I am delighted to see this investment and believe that it gives further reason to be optimistic for the future of the airport and the local economy.”

Costain selected for £110m Preston scheme


for the Preston Western Distributor and associated Link Roads.

The contract is worth an anticipated £110 million to Costain, and follows on from the M6–Heysham project which the Group is currently delivering for this customer.

The scheme, awarded via the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, will link the A583/A584 to a new junction on the M55 via a 4km dual carriageway, with link roads to new housing areas at Cottam and North West Preston.

The road is a key element of the City Deal Partnership’s plans to support new development and economic growth in the region.

The contract includes supporting the Council in delivering the scheme through the statutory process, including planning and design development prior to project delivery.

Early Contractor work will start immediately, with main project delivery taking place from 2017 to 2019.

Andrew Wyllie CBE, Chief Executive of Costain, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this ECI contract which further underlines our position as a market leader in the delivery of critical highways schemes which support regional economic growth.”

Lovell gets Islington regeneration scheme

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.

GRAHAM Selected for Thames Valley Science Park

The University of Reading has selected Graham Construction as preferred contractor on the £22.7 million first phase of Thames Valley Science Park in Reading.

GRAHAM Construction will lead on the delivery of the three-storey commercial building, known as the Gateway Building, which will include high-quality laboratories and flexible office spaces aimed at attracting small to medium-sized technology companies, alongside associated amenities including a café and conference suite.

The Thames Valley Science Park will be a springboard for emerging technology companies brought together in a campus-style setting to encourage interaction and foster positive relationships between businesses and academia.

Director of the Thames Valley Science Park at the University of Reading, David Gillham said: “We are delighted to appoint GRAHAM Construction who have shown that they have the skills and expertise to deliver this prestigious project.”

GRAHAM Construction’s London office director, Rob Joyce said: “The Thames Valley Science Park Gateway Building is the first project to be tendered for and announced under the University of Reading’s £250m capital works programme and marks a significant milestone.

Our focus will be on constructing buildings of the highest quality to support the university’s aim in attracting leading SMEs specialising in technology.”

Willmott Dixon to improve thousands of homes in Hull

More than 2,000 homes in Hull will benefit from cheaper energy bills and better homes after Willmott Dixon was appointed by Hull City Council as its new citywide energy partner.

The company will deliver a package of energy saving measures across the city to make homes warmer and improve living conditions for thousands of residents. It follows similar deals the company has in Oxford, Leeds and Bristol.

Refurbishment works will include improvements to 329 homes in the Preston Road area and 1,668 properties in Orchard Park, including external solid wall insulation similar to that delivered in other areas of the city.

Energy efficiency and frontage improvement works will also be delivered to 136 properties in Granville Street and Walliker Street as part of the contract.

Councillor John Black, Portfolio Holder for Council Infrastructure with responsibility for housing, said: “While specific reductions to housing revenue has had serious implications on schemes like this, we are continuing with this important investment and these energy improvements recognise our commitment in Hull’s 10-year City Plan to become a leading UK Energy City.”

Robert Lambe, managing director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hull City Council. Over the next five years we will deliver improvements which will help improve the health and well-being of thousands of people.”

Kier to build £26m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter

Kier to build £26m Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter

Kier has been appointed by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to deliver the initial £26m phase of its new £300 million Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter.

The £26m contract to oversee the design & build of the first phase of UWTSD’s new waterfront development will also see the creation of 25 local jobs and 250 weeks of apprenticeship training, as Kier has collaborated with the University in its mission to ensure the community benefits from the scheme.

Kier will be responsible for managing the detailed and technical design of the University’s new buildings, as well as handling the entire construction process.

The 12,200sq m first phase of the Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter will comprise the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and a new library building, together with external public spaces.

Working closely with the University, Kier will begin construction on Phase One in autumn 2016 to ensure the site is operational for the start of the academic year in 2018.

Jason Taylor, Kier operations director for South Wales, comments: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and our early involvement in the project helps us develop a true understanding of the University’s aspirations and challenges.”

As principal contractor on the project, Kier will be based in SA1 for the duration of the build and will be responsible for establishing a collaborative working approach with all other contractors, including Stride Treglown, which continues to be involved in the design process.

ISG Wins £11m Aviva Pinnacle Scheme

ISG Wins £11m Aviva Pinnacle Scheme

ISG has secured its latest win with Aviva Investors, taking an £11 million scheme to refurbish Pinnacle House in Wimbledon.

ISG will transform the outdated façade of the existing building, replacing the roadside brickwork and glazed elevation with a striking scalloped curtain walling design.

Internally, the building will be comprehensively stripped back to a shell and core state, with ISG carrying out extensive structural works, replacing cores, creating a new central staircase, installing lifts and delivering new mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

Significant alterations will be made to the main entrance and public realm space, with a new ground floor reception area created.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, commented: “This transformational scheme will revitalise an outdated property asset in the centre of Wimbledon into a stand out office development, with a significant increase in rentable space and a striking new exterior.

This latest scheme both strengthens our existing relationship with Aviva Investors and reinforces our specialist credentials delivering complex, structural office refurbishment projects in logistically challenging environments.”

Balfour Beatty awarded £55m highways works

Balfour Beatty awarded £55m highways works

Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a £55 million contract by West Sussex County Council to continue its highways maintenance and improvement scheme works.

The contract includes highways improvements such as resurfacing, safety fencing, footway, cycleway and carriageway reconstruction; highways maintenance including defect repair, grass cutting and reactive emergency response.

Balfour Beatty Living Places has been West Sussex County Council’s Highways Alliance Partner since July 2011.

The 2014/15 Annual Performance Report demonstrates that West Sussex Highways is a successful Highways Alliance.

With improvements in safety and asset management Service Provider Indicators (SPIs), the report also showed that the 2014/15 SPIs in Highway safety, works delivery, network availability and customer satisfaction were consistently above target.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “We are pleased to continue our relationship with our partner Balfour Beatty Living Places.

We look forward to working closely with them again over the next two years. Together we will maintain and improve the road infrastructure in West Sussex on behalf of our residents and businesses.”

Amanda Fisher, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places said “I am thrilled with the two year contract extension for West Sussex which is testament to the excellent service delivery provided by the industry-leading Highways Alliance.

Our expert teams will continue to work closely with West Sussex County Council to create great places to live, work and play for local residents”.

Bournemouth Uni unveils £100m landmark development

New plans have been launched for £100 million worth of landmark developments to create world class facilities at Bournemouth University (BU).

The schemes aim to create striking gateway buildings at BU’s Lansdowne and Talbot sites, bringing significant investment into Bournemouth and Poole.

Proposals include state-of-the-art facilities for BU’s highly regarded faculties of Media and Communication, Management, Science and Technology and Health and Social Sciences (HSS).

The plans for Talbot include a landmark Poole Gateway Building for the Media and Communication, Management, and Science and Technology faculties.

There will also be transport and accessibility benefits for the wider community including a bus hub on the campus and a new link road off the Boundary roundabout.

Professor John Vinney, BU Vice-Chancellor, said: “Bournemouth University has recently been recognised in the top 200 most international universities in the world.

Our staff and students contribute more than £1 million a day to the south west economy and support just less than one full-time equivalent (FTE) job in the local conurbation for every 7.4 students.”

Countryside and L&Q to build 3,000 homes

Countryside and L&Q to build 3,000 homes

Countryside 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.”

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