York Central Partnership (YCP) has secured approval from the York Council’s planning committee for plans to transform the brownfield city centre site into a residential, cultural and commercial space.The outline planning application for York Central includes 2,500 homes, of which 20% will be affordable, and a commercial quarter that will create up to 6,500 jobs.The application is now subject to approval by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.The YCP members, Homes England, Network Rail, National Railway Museum and City of York Council, have been collaborating for the past four years on a £155m funding package for infrastructure works to unlock the brownfield land.While Network Rail has utilised its land to enable housing and economic growth, the National Railway Museum will use its £50m masterplan to expand facilities for its visitors.Similarly, City of York’s Council has played a vital role in providing funding streams for the project and related works.Homes England and Network Rail will act as master developers for the site.The scheme, covering 45 hectares of brownfield land, is one of the largest regeneration sites in England.It will enable the expansion of the National Railway Museum; improve cycling and pedestrian access; create space for new hotels; the country’s first railway park; and a new entrance to the railway station.Furthermore, regeneration of the site is expected to help provide much-needed homes and grow the city’s economy by 20%, contributing to the Northern Powerhouse.A Strategic Board, chaired by Mary Archer of the Science Museum Group, will oversee the project to ensure delivery of the long-term vision of York Central.Board members include Homes England chairman Edward Lister, Network Rail chairman Peter Hendy, City of York Council Leader Councillor Gillies and Deputy Leader Councillor Aspden.An application for the first phase of infrastructure will be submitted later in 2019.Work is expected to commence in late 2019. Construction is expected to last 15 years.Avison Young, Allies & Morrison, Arup, Gustafson, Porter + Bowman, Turner & Townsend, DLA Piper and Savills have developed the outline planning application.
A total of 534 homes will be built in Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Kildare under phase 1 of the first social housing public-private partnership (PPP) project in Ireland, with the signing of an agreement between Comhar Housing and the European Investment Bank (EIB), for €120m of new investment.
German real estate company Patrizia Immobilien has secured planning permission for Edgbaston Residences, a £85m build-to-rent (BTR) scheme in Birmingham.
Enfield Council of the UK is looking for a development partner to deliver Meridian Two, a mixed-use scheme with 100% affordable housing and workspace, at its £6bn Meridian Water project.
The Mjösa Tower, the world’s tallest wooden building, has been completed in Brumunddal Norway.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield of France has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) of Canada and QuadReal Property Group (QuadReal) to form Cherry Park Partnership for the development and management of a €750m (£670m) private rented sector (PRS) scheme in London.
British construction company Tolent has commenced work on Kirkstall Forge, a £400m project in Leeds that will deliver more than 1,000 new homes and 400,000ft² of offices, retail, leisure and community spaces.
UK-based property and development company Calthorpe Estates and mixed-use regeneration projects specialist U+I have secured planning permission from Birmingham City Council for the £330m New Garden Square regeneration scheme in Edgbaston.
UK-based real estate developer Court Collaboration, the City of Wolverhampton Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have unveiled plans for a city living development in Wolverhampton, UK.
Stevenage Borough Council and Mace have signed a new agreement to jointly work on the long-term transformation of Stevenage Town Centre.
Finnish building services and industrial services company Caverion and Swedish construction company Skanska have been selected by the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Finland, as alliance partners for the development of B-building under the first phase of the Future Hospital OYS 2030 project.
The University of Manchester, which has unveiled plans to create a £1.5bn innovation district on the site of its North Campus near the planned HS2 station, has launched a bid to secure a partner for the new proposals.
British financial services company Legal & General, in partnership with Bell Hammer, has been selected by Bath & North East Somerset Council as development partner for Bath Quays North regeneration scheme.
British construction company, Balfour Beatty, has secured a £70m contract to deliver the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a refurbishment and extension project on behalf of the University of Edinburgh.
McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed by Edinburgh Marina Holdings, the developer behind Edinburgh Marina, as the main contractor for the first phase of the development in the heart of Edinburgh’s waterfront in Scotland.
A joint venture between Hammerson and Ballymore has revised proposals increasing the number of homes that will be constructed to 500 and the size of the proposed public park as part of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard development.
Construction has commenced on five new student accommodation blocks as part of the transformation of the University of Brighton’s largest campus.
British construction company Laing O’Rourke has signed contracts worth £195m with Derwent London for the Soho Place, a mixed-use scheme that is being developed on Tottenham Court Road W1.
Swedish construction company NCC and Danish real estate rental agency ATP Ejendomme have signed an agreement to refurbish and expand Nordea’s former headquarters in Copenhagen and convert it into the Hilton Copenhagen City Center.
Bel Tel, a joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Belfast City Council, has secured permission from the council’s planning committee for ‘The Sixth’, a £75m redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building in Northern Ireland.