A joint venture between Murphy and Hochtief has been chosen as preferred contractor by Sirius Minerals to build the tunnel for the £2.4bn potash mine in North Yorkshire.The 37km underground tunnel, to be designed and built by the JV, will transport minerals from the mine to a processing plant on Teesside.This will involve a 6m-diameter TBM-bored tunnel between the mine head site at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby, and a portal near the town of Redcar.Designed by Arup, the plan is to use five hard rock TBMs, which will be lowered in at four intermediate staging shafts, at a starting depth of 350m below the surface at the mine head.The 12-month first phase of work will comprise front-end engineering design and a detailed geotech programme along the route.Chris Fraser, Sirius Minerals managing director and CEO, said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of work by both the successful bidders and those that have been unsuccessful and we thank all of the groups involved for their efforts.“We are delighted to now be moving forward with our selected partners towards the implementation of the project.”AMC UK, a joint venture between Thyssen Group and Redpath Group, has been also selected as preferred contractor for mine site development.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is seeking a development team to construct a new £130M film and TV centre on London’s South Bank.BFI has received an offer of support of up to £87M towards the overall project cost, subject to tendering starting immediately.The new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image, to occupy a riverside position on London’s South Bank, will feature a gallery, three cinema screens and an education centre.Presently, BFI is working with landowners — the South Bank Centre, Braeburn Estates, Jubilee Gardens Trust and Lambeth Council — to ensure that the development will be sensitively designed to complement an expanded Jubilee Gardens.BFI’s CEO Amanda Nevill said: “British film and British filmmakers deserve a home now more than ever, a building that will express our optimism, our confidence and our excitement about Britain’s leading role in the future of film, television and the moving image at home and internationally. “It will be a place where filmmakers and audiences will come together to be inspired by our creative legacy and to be part of this most fast moving, dynamic and popular art-form.”As part of this development, Braeburn Estates will also create 6,500sq m of new green parkland on Jubilee Gardens, extending the current space between the London Eye and Hungerford Bridge.The project is expected to be complete in 2022.
Real estate investment company LXB Retail Properties has secured planning consent from the South Ayrshire Council for key elements of a new community development at Corton, UK.Corton is the first phase of the South East Ayr Development that will feature 2,700 new homes on a 450-acre site over 30 years. The development is set to be delivered in three phases: Corton, Alton and Cockhill.The Corton phase comprises 750 houses, a new primary school, a hotel, a neighbourhood centre, shops, a pub/restaurant, business units and community and leisure facilities.The approved plans include a Sainsbury’s supermarket, with associated car park and petrol filling station, and a new equestrian, pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A77, linking into a footpath network.The Corton development is expected to deliver a total new investment of about £184M in South Ayrshire.Sandra Carter from LXB said: “We are delighted that detailed consents for this initial phase have been granted facilitating the delivery of the new supermarket and site infrastructure.“It is anticipated that other elements of the development will soon be brought forward including a pub/restaurant, other neighbourhood business and amenity spaces together with the first phase of private and affordable housing.”
Muse Developments, in collaboration with Network Rail, has submitted a planning application for a £185M mixed-use project in Manchester city centre.The proposed project will be located on a 2.5-acre site on Corporation Street, which is currently a surface-level car park, and will include three new buildings; a 13,900sq m, Grade A, eight-storey office and two residential buildings.The 20- and 25-storey residential buildings, part of Network Rail’s commitment to unlock publically-owned land to build new homes, will contain up to 520 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The development will also include a gym, 24-hour concierge, communal residents’ lounge, cycle storage and a roof garden. Muse Developments’ director David Burkinshaw said: “This is an exciting time for this area of Manchester as a number of key developments are now coming to fruition.“New Victoria presents a unique opportunity to deliver a landmark development next to the city centre’s prime leisure and retail attractions and one of the North West’s main transport hubs. New Victoria offers an unparalleled location and an outstanding development opportunity.”Muse is working with architect Sheppard Robson and Arup on detailed design proposals for the project.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has given the go-ahead for a £400M project to redevelop the Eden Walk Shopping Centre in London.The plans, submitted by British Land and the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), include 380 homes, office space, a new shopping centre, a cinema, public car parking, the creation of public spaces and the remodelling of memorial gardens.Councillor David Cunningham, cabinet member responsible for regeneration at Kingston Council, said: “This development is a major boost for Kingston and its future prospects. Attracting over £400M of investment into our town centre marks a significant vote of confidence in the future direction of our borough and provides a regenerated new shopping centre as well as much needed housing. “We will be working hard with the developer over the coming months to ensure they continue the very good work they have done on engaging with Kingston residents as they seek to build this scheme.”
UK-based Balfour Beatty is set to commence construction work on 14 primary care centres across Ireland.The €140M project has achieved financial close and is being delivered by a consortium, which includes Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited.The new centres, to be built over a 27-month programme, will be located in Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford.Balfour Beatty bid director Tzvetelina Bogoina said: "Balfour Beatty is a trusted partner in the healthcare sector having delivered over £2bn worth of hospitals and care centres over the past decade."We look forward to handing over the primary care centres which will make a positive difference to local communities in terms of health outcomes as well as added social value outcomes in the creation of local employment and local supply chain opportunities and student placements and taster days throughout the construction phase.”
Barratt is partnering with Segro to develop Enfield Council’s £3.5bn Meridian Water redevelopment in Enfield, UK.The project includes the construction of 10,000 homes, a new water station and a full range of neighbourhood facilities.The Meridian Water site has already been given the housing zone status, allowing the development team to provide new housing in less time.Barratt London will lead the residential portion of the development, while Segro will create the urban logistics and industrial space.Segro's business unit director for Greater London Alan Holland said: “Being selected as the development partners with Barratt London for the regeneration of Meridian Water is great news.“We have a longstanding relationship with the borough with a number of industrial schemes already up and running, bringing real jobs to Enfield and the wider region.“We have a proven track record in delivering successful places for business to thrive, creating employment opportunities and helping attract inward investment to the area helping to create a sustainable community alongside the residential offering.”
UK-based construction firm Forrest has been selected by Factory Estates Limited to deliver a £12.6M new-build high-rise development in Manchester.The ‘M-One Central’ will feature 119 one- and two-bedroom apartments over 12 storeys, along with communal spaces including a roof-level terrace, a gym for residents and a new landscaped public square.Located in the Great Ancoats Street, the project will be clad in oxidised metal panels to complement neighbouring constructions.Ted Macdougal, development director at Forrest, said: “As more people embrace city centre living in key locations such as Manchester and London, the demand for developments is rising. “We have a proven track record in delivering these kinds of high-rise schemes, which puts us in the perfect position to capitalise on this wave of opportunity.”Construction work will begin at the end of May and the building is expected to be complete in summer 2017.
Graham Construction has been appointed by Oxford Brookes University to its new works framework to support the delivery of its £130M campus improvement programme.The 10-year estate investment plan will include improvements to the facilities on all of Oxford Brookes’ campuses, thus supporting the university’s long-term vision. The construction firm has been selected as part of the framework panel, which will execute all projects worth more than £5M, with a total value of £65M over the next four years.According to Graham Construction, there is a provision for the framework to be extended for two more years.Graham Construction’s London office director Rob Joyce said: “As the Thames Valley market is thriving, Graham Construction’s London division is continuing its expansion westwards to meet the high demand.“We are looking forward to drawing on our broad range of experience from across the higher education sector to help deliver Oxford Brookes University’s estate investment plan.“This appointment takes us a step further towards providing sector-leading facilities on a world-class campus, which will enable the university to achieve its long-term vision.”
Weston Homes plans to transform the Denham Film Laboratories into a new £120M residential development in Buckinghamshire, UK.The Grade II-listed Art Deco building was originally part of the Denham Film Studios, where Oscar-winning films were processed and then screened to the directors.The development, which will adopt the Denham Film Studios name, will involve the conversion of the main laboratory and head office building into 224 homes —154 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 70 four- and five-bedroom family townhouses — along with a cinema and a community hall/fitness space. The new properties are set to be designed around garden squares, landscaped grounds, rill water features, private gardens and protected woodland complete with parking and garaging. The cinema — once used to screen movies to Hollywood directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg — will be renovated and turned into a cinema theatre and club for residents.Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive officer of Weston Homes, said: “For almost 80 years the Denham Film Studios played a central role in the history of Hollywood and British movie making. “With its iconic Art Deco centerpiece, the retained and restored cinema once used by Hollywood directors and its illustrious history this is without doubt the most exciting, glamorous and unique restoration projects Weston Homes has undertaken to date. “Our vision at the Denham Film Studios is to create an Art Deco and movie inspired residential address within easy commuting distance of London via rail or road.”The project will formerly launch in Spring 2017 and prices are anticipated to range from £350,000- £1,500,000.
UK-based Wates has begun construction work on the new £45M Redrock Stockport leisure and retail development.The development is part of Stockport Council’s £1bn ‘investing in Stockport’ programme and was marked with a ground-breaking ceremony.Redrock Stockport will feature 7,000sq m of leisure, retail and restaurant space that includes a 360-space NCP multi-storey car park and a ten-screen cinema.Eamonn Boylan, chief executive at Stockport Council, said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this landmark stage on Redrock Stockport, and that our vision of transforming this area of the town centre is becoming a reality. “The new cinema, restaurants and retail units will bring a new vibrancy to this area of our town centre making a great place to visit and spend time.”Wates and Stockport Council are ensuring that local SMEs are involved in the project and that on-site training and employment opportunities are created.Wates Construction North West business unit director, Tony Shenton said: “There is an anticipation growing for Redrock Stockport and for good reason; it is going to become a great asset for the town, the economic benefits of which will keep on building. “As with all of our projects, employing a local supply chain will be a key part of our delivery of Redrock Stockport, as will our ongoing engagement with and support of neighbouring businesses.”
UK-based Bericote Properties has unveiled plans for a £150M warehouse project in St Helens near Liverpool, UK.The proposed industrial and distribution warehouse development will be located off junction 23 of the M6 at Haydock, covering a total area of 130,000sq m.The project will feature sheds, office space, car parking, as well as a new highway providing access to the adjacent Haydock industrial estate.Bericote believes that the project will be well placed to take advantage of the Liverpool Superport initiative, under which the Liverpool City Region, Peel Ports and others are investing £1bn in freight and logistics around the Port of Liverpool. Bericote’s development director for Manchester office Keith Wilson said: “Bericote is proud to be bringing forward plans for this significant employment development in Haydock, creating a lasting legacy of jobs and investment for St Helens.”Construction work is expected to commence in early 2017.
Laing O’Rourke has been appointed the main contractor by Intu for the £178M Intu Watford shopping centre extension in UK. The project will add an extra 37,000sq m to the existing centre, extending the retail and leisure site to 130,000sq m.According to Intu, a 12,000sq m Debenhams store will be at the heart of the extension, along with a nine-screen Cineworld cinema. Catering names such as Las Iguanas, Byron and Cabana have also been confirmed for the mall. Rebecca Ryman, regional director of Intu, said: “Our £178m extension of Intu Watford will transform the centre into a contemporary shopping experience providing a fantastic place to shop, eat and play. “It will massively strengthen Intu Watford as a destination which retailers want to invest in and our visitors enjoy.”Liam Cummins, head of UK Construction at Laing O’Rourke said: “We are delighted to be continuing to develop our partnership with Intu, and look forward to delivering this transformational retail project for Watford."
UK-based Galliford Try’s building division has been selected as preferred bidder for two student accommodation projects worth £102M in the UK.The unit has been awarded a contract by Newcastle University to build the new £62M Park View Student Village. The project will include the replacement of the existing 1970s buildings in Richardson Road, Newcastle and the construction of 1,279 study bedrooms across six buildings, ranging from four to ten floors, along with a new energy centre.The second contract awarded by Regents Godiva will see the construction of a new £40M project for Coventry University. Located at Godiva Place, the 24,500sq m development will create a 770-bedroom facility along with support facilities and a car and cycle parking for students.Galliford Try CEO Peter Truscott said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by Newcastle University and Regents Godiva to deliver such significant schemes."Higher education is a key sector for us and our success here in being selected for these contracts is a reflection of the capability we have demonstrated in producing high-quality accommodation and housing for a range of clients across the country."
UK-based developer Peabody has submitted planning applications to the London Borough of Bexley to create new homes in South Thamesmead, London.The £500M project will also see the construction of a new high street along Harrow Manor Way that connects South Thamesmead and Abbey Wood station.The detailed planning application for Southmere Village will see the construction of over 500 new homes, a library, cafes and shops, a lakeside square and outdoor space.The company has also submitted three outline planning applications for Binsey Walk, Coralline Walk and Sedgemere Road. These include the development of about 1,000 homes, landscaped areas, a central square, a public plaza, community gardens, cafes and a new pedestrian route.Peabody’s CEO Stephen Howlett said: “Thamesmead is a special part of London with huge potential for the future.“The creation of 1,500 new homes and a new high street as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, together with the arrival of Crossrail means we also have the opportunity to create hundreds of new jobs and attract new business."Peabody is committed to working with local residents to create the dynamic and thriving place where people aspire to live, work and visit.”
The £44M Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) will be opened on June 7 by Her Majesty the Queen.The centre, built by construction company BAM, will be home to a combination of neuroimaging equipment unique in Europe, including Europe’s most powerful brain scanner, the Siemens 3 Tesla Connectom MRI System, and a specially adapted MRI scanner of which there is only one other in the world, at Harvard University.Professor Derek Jones, director of CUBRIC, said: “This is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by many people over several years and I would like to thank everyone who played their part in creating this remarkable facility.“The combination of the very best staff in their field and some of the most powerful scanners in the world has the potential for breakthroughs that could make a real difference to people’s lives around the world. “It will be a very special day for us all and a real honour to share it with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.”CUBRIC, set to support innovation in world-class brain imaging research, will be four times larger than the University’s existing brain research facility.
Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company YIT, Onvest and Fennia Mutual Insurance Company have signed an agreement to deliver the Mall of Tripla and its parking facilities in Helsinki as a joint venture. The €600M development will have a leasable floor area of about 85,000sq m for a total of 250 tenants and a parking facility with space for 2,300 cars. The construction commences with Tripla, which will include office space, apartments and a hotel in addition to the shopping mall and the parking facility. The construction project also covers the Pasila station and the adjacent public transport terminal.
UK-based Springfield Properties has received planning approval from Perth and Kinross Council for a 3,000-home community .The £1bn project, named Bertha Park and located in Perth, covers an area of 333ha. Bertha’s first phase, likely to commence in 2017, will be assessed by a committee next month and will include 1,100 new private, affordable and retirement homes. Springfield managing director Innes Smith said: “We are delighted with today’s decision. This is a big step forward in a 30-year project and the result of five years of planning and design in partnerships with Perth and Kinross Council. “We have set our sights on delivering an exceptional place for people to love and work and we are excited to be bringing Springfield’s award winning homes to Perth. We are on track to start building in 2017, initially creating around 450 new jobs and supporting many more.”The development is expected to create more than 2,000 new jobs in the region.
UK-China joint venture FairBriar International has commenced work on the first phase of its £700M Middlewood Locks development near Manchester city centre.The new mixed-use development will include about 2,000 new homes and over 70,000 sq m of commercial development space, involving offices, a hotel, shops, restaurants, a convenience store and a gym. The first phase of the project, expected to be complete in 2018, will include the construction of 571 homes and associated commercial space, convenience shops, restaurants and a new public realm in the form of canal side footpaths and cycle ways that will be connected to the city centre. Designed by WCEC Group, the project is located around three large basins of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in Salford and is expected to create over 7,000 jobs in the local region.Scarborough development director Lee Savage said: "We are thrilled to be starting on site at last. It marks the culmination of many months of intensive preparation and allows the local communities to see for themselves some real progress."The whole team will be concentrating on delivering a development of which Salford and Greater Manchester can be truly proud.”
Real estate developer British Land has revealed details of a £300M project to expand Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, UK.The 30,000 sq m proposed Leisure Hall will include a wide range of dining and entertainment options, with new restaurants, a new café court, a gym, and other leisure spaces.The new hall and existing centre are set to create a new multi-levelled, landscaped mall with internal and external spaces for promotional and community uses. It has also been designed to accommodate large outdoor events including live music.British Land’s head of retail and leisure Charles Maudsley said: “We are continuing to drive Meadowhall’s evolution to ensure it remains an outstanding place for modern consumer lifestyles. “This significant step change in the scheme’s leisure provision will contribute to Sheffield’s continuation as a driving force behind the Northern Powerhouse. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to working with Sheffield City Council to help ensure Sheffield’s future success.”British Land, the co-owner of Meadowhall, is starting a public consultation on the expansion proposals. If the proposals are approved, construction work will commence in 2018. The hall is expected to open to visitors in late 2020 or early 2021, creating more than 1,000 jobs in the region.