Australian construction firm Lendlease has secured an AED960M ($261.3M) contract from Dubai-based developer Damac to build the Aykon London One tower at Nine Elms, London.The development will feature 450 new homes, office and retail space, and amenity space across two interlinking towers.It will also include a roof garden, a children’s play area, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, advanced gymnasium, a residents’ lounge, and 922sq m of communal gardens. The entire project is estimated to cost AED3.1bn.Damac Group chairman Hussain Sajwani said: “Aykon London One is a landmark project and our first major international development outside of the Middle East. “We have great confidence in the London marketplace and this project is already proving to be highly desirable to customers and investors from within the UK as well as other parts of the world.”Lendlease Europe managing director of construction Neil Martin said: “We are excited that Damac Group has chosen Lendlease to deliver its flagship project in the UK.“Our strategy of taking a selective approach to bidding is paying off, and is allowing us to focus on prestigious projects such as this one. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the Damac team.”The 50-storey scheme has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, with interiors done by Versace Home.
North Lanarkshire Council has announced plans to invest £159m to build 1,000 council houses in the region, located near Glasgow, Scotland.
Plans for the £500m Edinburgh Marina development at Granton, a district of the Scottish capital city, have secured the go-ahead from the City of Edinburgh Council’s development management committee.
Mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I has bagged a contract from landowner Parkdale Investments for a £95M mixed-use regeneration project in North East London.The project on the Forest Works site on Blackhorse Road will lead to the creation of 300 new homes, as well as 59,000sq m of commercial space.U+I CEO Matthew Weiner said: "We are delighted to have added this mixed-use regeneration opportunity to our significant development pipeline. Forest Works is set to deliver gains to U+I in the next three to five years in line with our stated IRR targets, as well as contributing to the socio-economic growth of the local area.“This latest transaction further demonstrates our ability to secure regeneration opportunities in an equity-light manner within emerging parts of the London City Region.”U+I will work alongside the local council and community to develop plans for Forest Works. An initial planning application is anticipated to be submitted by early 2017.The London Borough of Waltham Forest aims to deliver 2,500 new homes and 1,000 new jobs over the next decade within the new Blackhorse Lane housing zone.
Cumbria County Council has given the go-ahead to the construction of two new vaults and the extension of a third vault at the UK’s Low level Waste Repository (LLWR).The project will also involve the construction of a final cap over existing and new vaults and seven clay-lined trenches.The repository’s expansion “will ensure the future of the facility until 2050”, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).Construction work is expected to commence in 2017.LLWR opened in 1957 and receives low-level waste from various producers, including nuclear power stations, defence establishments, general industry, hospitals and universities. * This is a version of an article originally published in Nuclear Engineering International.
Willmott Residential has secured planning consent from Barnet Council to develop 188 homes in Mill Hill, London.The development — named Prime Place, Millbrook Park — will feature 159 homes for private sale and 29 homes for affordable rent.Designed by Broadway Malyan, the 2.7-acre project will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses, together with a small number of three- and four-bedroom houses.The development will also feature an underground parking facility and a low carbon district heating system. The housing units are set to be located within a short walk from Mill Hill East underground station and less than 14km from central London.Prime Place’s managing director Brian Brady said: "Millbrook Park is an ideal fit for Prime Place’s strategy of providing outstanding homes in popular locations and close to excellent transport links. We are delighted to achieve approval from Barnet Council and anticipate starting work on site very soon.”
Hong Kong-based property developer Far East Consortium International (FEC) has received a contract from Manchester Place and The Co-op for a housing development near Victoria Station in Manchester, UK. The project will include the construction of over 600 homes across four sites at Angel Meadow Park as part of the NOMA neighbourhood.NOMA — being delivered by a partnership between The Co-Operative Group and Hermes Investment Management — is a 20-acre neighbourhood in Manchester city centre, which will include new homes, offices, hotels, and retail and leisure space. The housing units, spanning across a total area of about 9,600sq m, will be for sale and rent, and will feature a landmark tower.FEC’s managing director Chris Hoong said: "This is one of the most exciting residential opportunities not just in Manchester but in the UK. We are very honoured and excited to be working with NOMA and the City Council. “We have assembled a team with the skills to deliver a new neighbourhood of international calibre and we would like this to be the start of a long relationship with the city.”Manchester Place CEO Paul Beardmore said: "This is an important site that will help to unlock the potential of the Irk Valley and Collyhurst. We are delighted to have reached this stage and the scale of the investment conveys a strong message of confidence to the market."
Ten Liebherr tower cranes are being used in Russia to construct what will be the Europe’s tallest building.The Lakhta tower, part of the Lahkta Center in St. Petersburg, will be 462m high when completed.The 87-storey building was designed by British architects RMJM and will be home to the head office of energy company Gazprom. The tower will include sports facilities, a children’s technical park, a planetarium, a panoramic restaurant, a viewing terrace and additional office space. Moreover, the project will include the construction of a multi-purpose building featuring a cinema and theatre, among other amenities. Contractor Reinaissance Construction is erecting the Lakhta tower using four Liebherr luffing jib cranes, while the multi-purpose facility is being built with three luffing jib and three high-top cranes — all owned by rental company Sutek.The tower is expected to be complete in 2018.
UK-based Graham Construction has been selected as the principal contractor by Hub South West to deliver three projects for Phase 1 of the Dumfries Learning Town programme in Scotland.Under the contract, Graham will deliver St Joseph’s College, North West Campus and centre of excellence The Bridge.The company has already finished the enabling works on the £23M redevelopment of St Joseph’s College — the first project in the £60M Phase 1 of the two-phase programme. Work in St Joseph’s College involves the restoration of the original Grade B listed historic stone building, which was constructed in the early 19th century.The work also involves the demolition and construction of a new wing, a new 3G sports facility and the reinstatement of grass pitches.Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes said: “Dumfries Learning Town is an exciting project and we are looking forward to working with the partners to deliver a new approach to education for the area, starting with the redevelopment of historic St Joseph’s College.“We have a wide experience of delivering first-class educational facilities across Scotland, from refurbishing existing premises to designing and creating bespoke buildings. The Dumfries programme is one of the largest we have undertaken to date and is a challenge we relish.”Construction work on the main college building is expected to start in August 2016.
Balfour Beatty has secured an approval from the Brighton & Hove City Council to start work on the University of Sussex East Slope student accommodation project.The £150M project will include the development of 2,100 new bedrooms, along with a new building for the Students’ Union and social facilities. The new buildings will replace the existing East Slope student accommodation, which dates from the 1970s and currently houses 600 students.The development represents the first phase of a £500M investment programme to upgrade and improve the university’s campus.University of Sussex registrar John Duffy said: “Balfour Beatty demonstrated a strong understanding of our desire to develop high-quality accommodation while maintaining the character of the natural landscape of Sussex within the setting of the South Downs National Park.“They were able to address our critical requirements as well as having extensive experience in delivering large-scale projects of this nature.”Work on the project — to be delivered in phases — is anticipated to commence in January 2017.Phase one of the development is expected to be complete by October 2018 and the overall work is scheduled for completion in 2020.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has given green light to the housing development planned for the Old Oak regeneration site in west London, UK.The £175M Oaklands development will include the construction of 605 homes, of which 50% — up from the 40% originally stated — will be affordable housing units.The project will also include a nursery, health centre, commercial space, and a new link road into Old Oak. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The development marks a significant step in realising the huge potential of this part of the capital.“I am pleased that we have been able to increase the proportion of genuinely affordable homes as part of our ongoing efforts to fix the capital’s housing crisis.“The scale and ambition for this development shows London is very much open for business. Despite the uncertainty caused by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, it remains clear that developers and investors see long-term potential in our great city.”Old Oak and Park Royal — set to become the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2 — is expected to deliver 25,500 new homes and create 65,000 jobs over the next 30 to 40 years.
UK-based construction firm Morgan Sindall has secured a £67M contract from BAE Systems to extend its Devonshire Dock Hall submarine building complex.The project will include the incorporation of new manufacturing and installation capabilities at the Barrow-in-Furness site .The expansion is part of an investment programme that includes the construction of a number of new facilities and the refurbishment of existing buildings. This includes the Central Yard Facility, which will measure in 45m in height. Construction is now in progress, with the first pieces of its steel structure now in place. A new 28,000 sq m off-site logistics facility is also scheduled to open in late 2016.Allan Day, director of the site redevelopment programme at BAE Systems Submarines, said: "We are in the third year of an eight-year redevelopment programme which is starting to see some dramatic changes across our site as we enhance our facilities and capabilities for the future."The Devonshire Dock Hall is an iconic building — home to the construction of some of the world's most advanced and capable submarines. This contract will enhance the facility to ensure our workforce can deliver future submarine programmes to the Royal Navy.”
Center Parcs has secured planning permission for the construction of a new €233M village in Ireland.The project — to be called Center Parks Longford Forest — will include 470 lodges accommodating 2,500 guests, 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, and restaurants and shops.It will also include an Aqua Sana Spa and a Subtropical Swimming Paradise.Center Parcs’ CEO Martin Dalby said: “Since we announced our intention to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last year, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both at local and national level.“We have experienced unrivalled success for almost 30 years in the UK, providing high-quality family short breaks and I’m extremely excited by the prospect of taking our fantastic brand to Ireland.”The village — to be located near Ballymahon in County Longford — is expected to create 750 jobs during construction and 1,000 permanent jobs once completed. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee has approved the second phase of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes housing project.The project’s second phase will include the construction of 2,500 new homes, a village centre, and a lake.It will also involve the detrunking of the M181 motorway and the creation of a new terminating junction – the Southern Roundabout — as well as improvements to local transport and highways infrastructure, including Burringham Road.North Lincolnshire Council’s deputy leader Cllr Rob Waltham said: “This will pave the way for the region’s largest housing regeneration scheme for years to come. It’s a significant milestone; now the necessary approvals have been granted, we can get on with delivering this huge scheme that will totally transform the area.”Our vision is now a reality. People will soon start to see things take shape. Lincolnshire Lakes is without doubt our biggest regeneration scheme in the history of North Lincolnshire — it is difficult to imagine the sheer scale of it — but to put it into context, it is the size of around 50 football pitches. We have never before seen anything of this magnitude.”The overall project will include the development of five new villages on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, along with new schools, a new football stadium, leisure and recreation venues, pubs and restaurants, village centres, and new homes.
Turkey-based Limak Construction has won a €224M contract for the construction of a subway line in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.The 4.5km subway line will run southeast from the current terminus of Vokzalna into the city centre.The contract will include the construction of stations at Teatralna, Tsentralna and Muzeina. The Tsentralna station is scheduled to open ahead of the other two, as it is expected to have the highest passenger numbers.Construction is set to start in September 2016 and will be completed within five years.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to build a new €1bn plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.The new facility, to be the second at the company’s Hungarian site, will produce front- and rear-wheel-drive cars and will feature a body shop, paint shop, final assembly and a supplier park. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “In the next few years, we plan to invest around €1bn in building a new plant at our site in Kecskemét.“We will establish a state-of-the-art and efficient production facility, in which different vehicle architectures will roll off the assembly line flexibly.“With this highly modern ‘flex-plant’, we will create additional capacity along with the necessary flexibility according to Industry 4.0 benchmark approaches allowing us to react quickly and future-oriented to the market needs. Our company strengthens its competitiveness.” The investment will create about 2,500 new jobs at the site as well as additional jobs at suppliers in the region and in German plants. Preparatory works will start this year, with production expected for the end of the decade.
UK-based construction firm McAleer & Rushe has secured planning consent from Belfast City Council for the second phase of its Bedford Square development in Northern Ireland.The development’s second phase will include the construction of a new 17-storey office building, providing 17,000sq m of grade A office space, and the renovation of the listed William Ewart building to create a further 3,000sq m of space.The company is now in negotiations with potential office occupiers for phase two of Bedford Square, with work expected to commence on site in the near future.McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said: “This planning approval is a welcome boost to the Belfast office market, with the second phase of Bedford Square bringing a landmark building back into active use after many years of vacancy and helping to alleviate the shortage of grade A space in the city.“The first phase of Bedford Square has been a great success and we now have the opportunity to complete the vision with the creation of much-needed business space and new public realm which, together with our Maldron Hotel and QUB student accommodation developments on the adjoining Brunswick Street site, will make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Belfast’s Linen Quarter and this part of the city.”The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and is home to Invest Northern Ireland’s headquarters.
Pharmaceutical and healthcare firm GSK has announced £275M of new investments at three of its manufacturing sites in the UK.The company is set to invest £92M at its Barnard Castle site, in County Durham, for the construction of an aseptic sterile manufacturing facility. The site employs 1,100 people and supplies nearly half a million packs of products daily to 140 markets across the world. At the Montrose site in Scotland, the firm will invest £110M to build a new facility to produce respiratory active ingredients. Currently the site employs more than 450 people.GSK will also invest £74M to expand its new Ellipta respiratory inhaler manufacturing facility in Ware, Hertfordshire. The site employs 1,200 staff and manufactures innovative respiratory products. GSK’s CEO Andrew Witty said: “Today’s announcement reflects further investment to support our pharmaceutical pipeline and meet growing demand for our innovative portfolio of newly launched products.“It is testament to our skilled UK workforce and the country’s leading position in life sciences that we are making these investments in advanced manufacturing here. From their manufacture in the UK, many of these medicines will be sent to patients around the world.”
Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) in a joint venture partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is set to undertake a £60m project to expand the Citylabs biomedical research centre in the UK city.
M+W Group has been appointed as the main contractor by the consumer health and hygiene company RB to design and build its R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence (CfSE) in Hull, UK.The £105M centre will accommodate a new Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) healthcare development facility.It will include analytical, formulation and microbiology laboratories plus a stability testing unit.M+W Group UK managing director Spencer Baber said: “M+W Group is delighted to have been selected as RB’s partner to deliver the new Centre for Scientific Excellence. “This new facility will be an innovation hub, enabling RB to carry out industry-leading scientific research and development, to create new product ranges and healthcare solutions that could help transform lives in the future.”Preparatory works have already started at the RB’s Dansom Lane site with construction due to start in the coming weeks. The new facility is set to be operational in 2018.