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  • Photo of Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

    Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to Scape Civil Engineering frameworks worth up to a combined value of £4 billion

    Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed as the sole contractor to both the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, covering the entirety of Scotland.  The frameworks are worth up to £3.25 billion and £750 million, respectively. Both frameworks – which enable local authorities and other public sector bodies to commission works through a procurement process that provides a quick route to market – cover a period of four years, with an option for a two year extension. Balfour Beatty will continue to…

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  • Photo of Homes England makes cornerstone investment in new development finance fund

    Homes England makes cornerstone investment in new development finance fund

    Homes England, alongside Greater Manchester Pension Fund, clients of listed wealth manager Mattioli Woods and other private institutional investors, have committed £80m to the Initial Close of the Newstead SME Real Estate Lending Fund (RELF). The Fund is to be managed by specialist fund manager Newstead Capital and the intention is to grow the fund to £300m in subsequent capital raised and deliver £1bn of funding over the Fund’s lifetime. The Fund will help to meet Homes England’s mission to accelerate change in the housing market by bringing in new sources of institutional capital and diversifying lending channels to the…

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  • Photo of HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    HS2: One million cubic metres of chalk from Chiltern tunnels used for landscaping

    Align JV is using chalk excavated from the High Speed 2 Chiltern tunnels to create grassland habitats in the Chiltern Hills. The environmental project on High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) largest construction site reached the 1M.m3 milestone this week. The chalk has been laid out around the south portal of the tunnels. In total, around 2.6M.m3 of chalk will be excavated during the construction of the 16m long tunnels. It will be used to landscape the site, which is set to become a 127ha wildlife haven. This will include the largest areas of chalk grassland in the Chiltern Hills. The plans have been…

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  • Photo of Peel L&P prepares TraffordCity site for Therme Manchester

    Peel L&P prepares TraffordCity site for Therme Manchester

    Plans to start work on the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort, Therme Manchester, at TraffordCity have progressed this week with preparations to clear the current EventCity site. Regeneration business Peel L&P has submitted plans to Trafford Council to demolish the 28,000 square metre former EventCity conference and exhibition space on Barton Dock Road to make way for the c£250m flagship Therme Manchester development. The 28-acre resort opposite Trafford Palazzo and The Trafford Centre is being built by global developer and operator of state-of-the-art wellbeing destinations Therme Group which has seen phenomenal success with similar resorts across Europe over the past 20 years. TraffordCity, the…

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  • Photo of Kier appointed to deliver £17m mental health facility at Lowther Road in Islington

    Kier appointed to deliver £17m mental health facility at Lowther Road in Islington

    Kier has been awarded a contract by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new £17m mental health facility at 1 Lowther Road in Islington, London. Appointed through the Procure Partnerships Framework, the project forms the first integrated community mental health facility in the Trust’s St Pancras Transformation programme. Works include the demolition of the existing facility on site and construction of a new four-storey building which will include state-of-the-art facilities. The new space will provide interview, counselling and treatment rooms, and agile workspace for staff as well as a café and group collaboration zones. There will also be…

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  • Photo of Mace appointed to deliver fully electric over-station Moorgate Crossrail development

    Mace appointed to deliver fully electric over-station Moorgate Crossrail development

    International construction and consultancy company Mace has been appointed principal contractor by Aviva Investors and Allianz Real Estate at the partnership’s 101 Moorgate project in the City of London. The over-station development, which will sit above Moorgate station’s Hammersmith & City line, at the heart of the new Elizabeth Line complex, will be delivered by Mace for Aviva Investors and Allianz Real Estate. The 10-storey building will provide eight floors of grade A office space, as well as a mezzanine-level business lounge and retail spaces. A generous roof terrace, and additional outdoor areas at lower levels will provide green spaces…

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  • Photo of HG Construction to deliver second retirement village for Elysian Residences

    HG Construction to deliver second retirement village for Elysian Residences

    HG Construction has been named as the main contractor for Elysian Residences’ new retirement village scheme in Tunbridge Wells, which is being developed in a joint venture with Octopus Real Estate. Located close to Tunbridge Wells town centre, the new urban retirement village will comprise three luxury apartment buildings with 89 apartments. Facilities include a lounge and library, restaurant and bar, function room, guest suite, gym and treatment rooms, as well as landscaped communal gardens. Support will be available if required. HG Construction will be self-delivering the MEP on the scheme and will utilise off-site manufactured bathroom pods and utility cupboards, offering…

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  • Photo of £161m to transform Oxford station, bringing faster journeys to thousands

    £161m to transform Oxford station, bringing faster journeys to thousands

    Oxford station is set for a £161m revamp, which will deliver quicker journeys, increased freight and passenger services and a brand new fully accessible entrance. Announced today (17 August 2022), by Rail Minister Wendy Morton, the upgrades will be completed by 2024 and have been specifically designed to improve passenger experience, better integrate the station into the local road networks and boost economic growth by supporting the creation of almost 10,000 jobs in the area. Among the upgrades will be the creation of a brand new track, platform and fully accessible entrance on the west side of the station, making…

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  • Photo of HS2 reveals first rural footbridge design

    HS2 reveals first rural footbridge design

    HS2 has revealed the first images of the bridges that will carry rural footpaths and bridleways across the new high speed railway as it passes through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Northants. Made of weathering steel, the sides of the lightweight bridges will lean outwards to maximise views of the sky and improve the experience of people crossing the railway. Weathering steel – which ages naturally to a russet brown colour – was chosen to help match the tone of the surrounding countryside, while the plates that form the structure of the bridges will be angled to appear narrower and lighter.…

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  • Photo of Go ahead for new homes and creative space in Hackney Wick

    Go ahead for new homes and creative space in Hackney Wick

    Plans for 190 new homes around Hackney Wick Station have been given the green light. Notting Hill Genesis submitted a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) in January, outlining how they would transform the sites into a new neighbourhood centre, which was granted permission yesterday (Tuesday). The 190 homes will be across four buildings and will provide a mix of London Affordable Rent, shared ownership and private sale housing. All will be five per cent larger than national size standards, while half will be affordable housing. Meanwhile, creatives and small businesses will benefit from more than 4,000sqm of commercial space, a quarter…

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  • Photo of Costain brings local green solutions to National Highways’ A30 road upgrade in Cornwall

    Costain brings local green solutions to National Highways’ A30 road upgrade in Cornwall

    Costain is delivering nine miles of dual carriageway to unlock congestion on the last remaining single carriageway section of the A30 between the Chiverton and Carland Cross roundabouts near Truro. Cornwall’s very own china clay mining industry is playing a big part in the construction of this major road upgrade. Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan sets out an ambition to lead UK infrastructure into a zero carbon future by 2035 at the latest, so sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint are key drivers behind construction of the 8.7-mile dualling scheme. To that end Costain, design partner Jacobs, and construction solutions supplier Aggregate…

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  • Photo of Balfour Beatty appoints UK Health, Safety and Environment Director

    Balfour Beatty appoints UK Health, Safety and Environment Director

    Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the appointment of Lee Hewitt as UK Health, Safety and Environment Director. Lee will take up his new role on 5 September, following Heather Bryant retiring on 18 November, having spent eight years at Balfour Beatty. Lee will be responsible for driving the company’s Zero Harm, Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategy across the Group, working closely with Balfour Beatty’s leadership teams and the Board Safety and Sustainability Committee. An experienced construction and infrastructure leader, Lee has undertaken several strategic roles, most recently as Programme Director for Site Wide Delivery and Logistics for…

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  • Photo of Experienced international businessman appointed Non-Executive Director at growing homebuilder

    Experienced international businessman appointed Non-Executive Director at growing homebuilder

    A businessman with more than 30 years of experience in leading and developing teams across the globe is sharing his expertise to help an ambitious house building company continue to grow. Isaac Wharton has worked globally at a strategic level for public multinational corporations and private equity companies, growing the creation of value within the businesses and successfully negotiating mergers and acquisitions, business turnarounds and improvement activities. During his 30 plus year career, he has held roles as Managing Director, European Group President and International Vice President and General Manager at the firms he has represented. Following his recent return…

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  • Photo of Government publishes review into automation in horticulture

    Government publishes review into automation in horticulture

    Defra, on Wednesday 27 July, published the results of a review exploring how the horticulture sector can make use of innovative technologies such as packhouse automation, AI enabled robotics and autonomous guided vehicles to help with tasks like the picking, packing and transporting of fruit, vegetables and flowers. With labour shortages continuing to affect the farming sector globally, the Environment Secretary George Eustice and Professor Simon Pearson from the University of Lincoln co-chaired the Review of Automation in Horticulture in support of the wider aim of reducing the sector’s reliance on migrant workers. The Review brought together experts across horticulture, technology and…

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  • Photo of UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

    UK Biodiverse Landscapes Fund

    The UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly a £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund (BLF). Biodiversity is declining worldwide faster than at any other time in human history. In the last 50 years, human pressures have increased, while animal populations, on average, have been reduced to more than half. To help address the challenges facing nature today, the UK Prime Minister announced at the 2019 UN General Assembly the BLF with £100 million to cover at least five transboundary and precious biodiversity areas around the world. Amongst these, the Mesoamerica Landscape covering Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and…

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  • Photo of Major milestone as work is set to begin at York Central

    Major milestone as work is set to begin at York Central

    Homes England has entered into a contract with John Sisk and Son Ltd to deliver over £100m of vital infrastructure at York Central. Homes England has today confirmed that John Sisk and Son Ltd are to deliver over £100m of critical infrastructure at York Central. With work expected to begin imminently, this marks another significant milestone for unlocking the city-centre brownfield site, which has been stalled for more than forty years. York Central is one of the UK’s largest regeneration sites. Situated at the heart of the city adjacent to York Station, the 45 hectare site offers a unique opportunity…

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  • Photo of Government pledges £233 million infrastructure funding to bring dockland site back to life

    Government pledges £233 million infrastructure funding to bring dockland site back to life

    Homes England will provide £233m of infrastructure loan funding to bring to life a new £3.5bn neighbourhood at Silvertown, East London as part of one of the country’s most significant regeneration projects. Sitting within London’s only Enterprise Zone at the Royal Docks, the Silvertown site in Newham has been derelict for the last 40 years and is one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands. The major regeneration project will include improvements to the infrastructure around the site and will support The Silvertown Partnership (TSP), a joint venture between Lendlease and Starwood Capital, to build 6,000 new homes…

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  • Photo of Transformation of Middlewood Locks to continue with £30m deal

    Transformation of Middlewood Locks to continue with £30m deal

    Homes England, the Government’s housing and regeneration agency, has agreed a £30m loan to continue the transformation of Middlewood Locks in Salford. The agreement with Middlewood Locks KLM, a partnership between Scarborough Group International and its joint-venture partners Metro Holdings and Hualing Group, will see 189 new homes built as the third phase of the 25-acre brownfield site. Middlewood Locks is a significant regeneration project in Salford, being created over a number of phases. Once complete, it will deliver over 2,000 homes, 900,000 sq. ft of commercial space, including a hotel and leisure amenities set in a calm canal side…

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  • Photo of Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of families helped to build own homes

    Thousands of people and families in England will be supported onto the property ladder and given the opportunity to build their own home, with the launch of the government’s Help to Build scheme. Help to Build equity loan scheme launches, with 5% deposits backed by £150 million of government funding Scheme will boost self and custom build sector, supporting SME builders and creating new jobs It is the latest government action to support families onto the property ladder – with over 765,000 households helped into home ownership since 2010 Thousands of people in England will be supported onto the property…

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  • Photo of New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    New Homes England 2021-22 housebuilding statistics revealed

    Housing programmes delivered by Homes England resulted in 38,436 new houses starting on-site and 37,164 houses completed between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, as the sector began to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Proportion of affordable homes started and completed was up on the previous year Increase in both starts and completions a result of a recovery in housebuilding activity following the slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing programmes delivered by Homes England saw an overall increase in starts and completions in 2021-22 compared to the previous year, according to official statistics released today (23 June). Last…

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  • Photo of HS2 starts work on first ‘Green Tunnel’

    HS2 starts work on first ‘Green Tunnel’

    HS2 on Friday 10th June announced the start of construction at the site of its first ‘green tunnel’, designed to blend the high-speed railway into the landscape and reduce disruption for communities. Unlike a normal underground tunnel, the one-and-a-half mile (2.5km) Chipping Warden green tunnel in Northamptonshire is being built on the surface using a pioneering off-site manufacturing approach to speed up construction and improve efficiency. This approach will see more than five thousand giant concrete tunnel segments made in a factory in Derbyshire before being assembled on site. The completed tunnel will then be covered by earth, with trees,…

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  • Photo of Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    Red diesel reform: Will it drive a shift to electric in UK construction sector or will it just cause inflation?

    From April 2022, the UK Treasury has banned the use of red diesel within the construction industry. Alastair Hayfield, senior research director at Interact Analysis, discusses in his new insight whether this new government policy will drive more investment towards electric powered construction vehicles. From 1 April, the UK government has banned the use of rebated diesel – Red diesel – for machinery used for construction work. The construction industry has lobbied hard against this change – particularly given the recovery from COVID-19 and the impact of the Ukraine conflict on oil prices – but the UK Treasury has stuck…

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  • Photo of Average UK house price jumped 10% in January

    Average UK house price jumped 10% in January

    The latest house price data, published by the Office of National Statistics, has shown that average house prices in the UK increased by 9.6% in the year to January 2022, down from 10% in the year to December 2021. Because of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on both the number and supply of housing transactions, we might see larger revisions to the published UK House Price Index (HPI) estimates than usual. There may be increased volatility in this month’s estimates, particularly at the lower geographical levels where transaction volumes are smaller. We are looking at options to improve this, including working…

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  • Photo of Environmental Impact Report points towards sustainable construction

    Environmental Impact Report points towards sustainable construction

    The Envirobuild 2021 Environmental Impact Report is setting new standards when it comes to sustainability and accountability within the carbon-hungry construction sector. The report not only highlights the changes that have been made within the company to meet their own ambitious sustainability goals but also their vision of a carbon-neutral construction sector. James Brueton, co-founder of EnviroBuild says that after the dramatic changes of 2020, the company entered 2021 with a renewed purpose about its sustainability mission; “Our measure of impact and success are the same, and this report should go some way toward showing you behind the company curtains…

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  • Photo of Allianz Risk Barometer: Main concerns across construction industry

    Allianz Risk Barometer: Main concerns across construction industry

    Ongoing supply chain issues and operational disruptions are the main concerns across the global construction industry, according to Allianz Risk Barometer 2022 respondents from the sector. Business interruption ranks as the top threat for construction companies worldwide (43% of responses), with the consequences of a natural catastrophe event ranking a close second (42%). Fire and explosion follows in third position (24%). The Allianz Risk Barometer 2022 was published in January 2022 for the 11th time. The annual survey, conducted at the end of 2021, features the insights of 2,650 experts in 89 countries and territories, including CEOs, risk managers, brokers and insurance experts.…

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