Lambeth College and its development partners Carillion and Arlington Real Estate have submitted plans for a new £100M skills centre in Nine Elms district, London.
Moda living and funding partner Apache Capital have received planning permission for a £83M housing development in Liverpool, UK.
Wates Construction has secured a £70.9M contract for the construction of Anthology’s Hoxton Press development in east London.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has given the go-ahead to a £300M retail-led, mixed-use project in the Northgate area of Chester, UK.
GE is set to invest €150M in the construction of a biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus in Cork, Ireland.
Mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I has been selected by the Mayfield Partnership to develop a £800M urban regeneration project in Manchester, UK.
A joint venture between Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners has unveiled plans for a £145M apartment tower in Birmingham, UK.
Developers Great Western Developments and Sellar Paddington have submitted revised plans for the £775M Paddington Quarter project in West London.
UK-based automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has broken ground on its new £1bn manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia.
Developer O’Callaghan Properties has received approval from the Cork City Council to build a €90M office development in Cork, Ireland.
Laing O’Rourke has completed construction of a £200M science building for Imperial College London.The Translation & Innovation Hub — located on the college’s 25-acre White City Campus in West London — includes laboratories, incubator and accelerator space, as well as flexible office space.Imperial College ThinkSpace CEO Eulian Roberts said: “The handover of the hub marks the next exciting step in the development of the College’s White City Campus.“The campus will be a centre for multidisciplinary research and innovation to help tackle some of the world’s most critical health, natural sciences, engineering and data challenges.“By bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and students, the campus will create a new networked environment that will drive successful collaboration and experimentation.”According to Laing O’Rourke, the fit-out works are due to start on the chemistry department’s Molecular Sciences Research Hub at the campus, while construction works are set to commence on the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub.Furthermore, work is in progress on a housing building to offer 192 apartments, with plans underway for the rest of the campus to include further hubs for academic research, education and translation, community and commercial facilities, and housing.
A Hyundai Engineering-led consortium has secured a $5bn construction deal in Nakhodka, Russia.The consortium, which includes Hyundai Engineerng & Construction (E&C) and Japan’s Toyo Engineering, signed the deal with the Nakhodka Mineral Fertilizers Factory to build fertilizer plants in Kozmino, a port located near the city of Nakhodka.The consortium will be responsible for the construction of two ammonia production plants with a combined daily capacity of 6,600t, two urea plants with a combined daily capacity of 6,000t and one methanol plant with a daily capacity of 3,000t, according to Korea Times.The factories are expected to be complete within 62 months.
Swedish construction firm NCC has secured a contract worth SEK460M ($55M) from airport owner Swedavia to build an office building directly adjacent to Terminals 4 and 5 at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden.The 20,000sq m building, named Sky City Office One, will become the hub of the airport city that is emerging around Arlanda Airport.The 11-storey building will feature an energy-efficient design with superior insulation, climate control and efficient ventilation, ensuring minimal energy consumption. The facility is aiming to achieve BREEAM-SE Excellent certification.NCC Building Sweden business manager Henrik Lundin said: “NCC has solid experience of this type of partnering project, thus ensuring a more innovative and efficient construction process and ultimately a product with exceptionally high quality.“We will construct a state-of-the-art office building that has a very high energy performance.”Construction on the project will begin in the autumn and is expected to be complete in summer 2018.
Birmingham City Council has given the green light to a proposed 25-storey hotel project in Hill Street, Birmingham.BLOC Grand Central — designed by Glenn Howells Architects — will include 238 rooms, a double height entrance lobby and a cafe restaurant.The building’s design has been ‘commended’ by the national architectural watchdog CABE.Glenn Howells from Glenn Howells Architects said: “We are delighted to be working with fellow Birmingham-based company BLOC Hotels on a bespoke building for the heart of the city.“The building is situated at an important gateway site within Birmingham City Centre and offers the opportunity to define a benchmark for the future regeneration of this part of the city.”
Lendlease has won a £103M contract to build an office project at 245 Hammersmith Road in West London.The 23,000sq m project has been designed by Sheppard Robson and is being developed by Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London.The £275M development will involve the construction of a new 12-floor building, which will replace Bechtel House — the former British headquarters of the US construction firm.Lendlease construction business managing director Neil Martin said: “We are really pleased to be working again with Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London — both are longstanding clients of ours and the strong relationships between our companies add great value to the development.“Lendlease excels at just this kind of high-end scheme, with a high-specification design, mixed-use element, and a tight urban footprint.”Demolition work on Bechtel House has already started, with construction work expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved the construction of 10,000 new homes in Barking, UK.The Barking Riverside development — an 180ha brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames — will also include shops, restaurants, community and leisure facilities, public squares, schools, a new train station, and a transport interchange, which will connect the area to central London by rail, bus and river.A minimum of 35% of the new homes will be affordable — an increase from the previously-stated 28% — with provisions to rise to 50% over time through additional investment and viability reviews, the mayor has agreed. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Barking Riverside has enormous potential to deliver thousands of the much-needed homes Londoners so urgently need.“I’ve made it clear that tackling London’s housing crisis is my number-one priority. Fixing this problem will be a marathon, not a sprint, but developments like this one will play a huge part in our efforts to provide genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent.“Our next task is to ensure this development includes the facilities and infrastructure which will make this a fantastic place to live and to visit, rather than simply a housing development.”Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “We welcome the Mayor’s approval for Barking Riverside masterplan. This is a key part of the regeneration jigsaw, not just for Barking and Dagenham but for London as a whole.“It will undoubtedly make an enormous contribution to solving part of the capital’s housing crisis and we are determined to create an attractive and prosperous new community there.“This borough has a very exciting and ambitious growth programme, which includes the delivery of over 45,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs over the next ten years. We are committed to ensuring that no-one is left behind. These homes should serve local residents too and therefore providing affordable housing is key.”TFL has recently submitted a Transport and Works Act Order to secure the powers and planning permission for the £262M extension to the existing Gospel Oak to barking London Overground line. An inquiry is scheduled for 18 October 2016.Stage one of the development is under construction.
NT Killingley Ltd has started site enabling works for phase one of the £75M Basin Square project in the UK.The Basin Square project — part of the £320M Chesterfield Waterside scheme — will involve the construction of a hotel, retail units, apartments, a multi-storey car park and offices. The earthwork and landscaping contractor is using its cutting-edge modelling capabilities and GPS controlled excavators and bulldozers to rework the site levels. Peter Swallow, managing director at the project’s developer Bolsterstone Plc, said: “I am delighted that the development is making progress. This is a significant step forward for Chesterfield Waterside, which will allow us to move into the construction phase next year. “Once preparation works are complete and the infrastructure is in place, it will facilitate delivery of development on both Basin Square and The Park, enabling us to progress with the second phase of detailed planning applications for the buildings themselves shortly afterwards.”The works follow the £2.7M Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF) grant award earlier this year. A planning application has also been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council for illustrative proposals, indicating the height and massing for the buildings to be constructed in Basin Square.The project, once completed, is expected to create 300 jobs. Additional progress on the scheme includes the planning permission award to replace the road bridge over the river Rother on the former Laver timber yard site — to serve The Park residential development — and the submission of a planning application for the works required to re-open a stretch of the Chesterfield canal.The first phase of the residential housing at Chesterfield Waterside — comprising 19 new homes — was completed in 2015, with the proprieties now fully occupied.
Chinese developer Greenland Group is set to build an £800M residential tower in London Docklands.The new 67-storey building, named Spire London, is expected to be the tallest tower in Western Europe following its completion in 2020.The tower, designed by architectural firm HoK, will house 861 apartments — most of them for private sale. In addition, the tower will feature a 35th-floor spa with an infinity pool, a clubroom with a cocktail bar, and a cinema.Greenland (UK) Investment managing director Wenhao Qian said: “This important launch reflects the confidence that Greenland Group continues to have in both the London economy and the London property market.“We believe that there is always a demand for best in class property assets that offer a high-quality, bespoke, designed and unique product in a prime location.“In our view Spire London fulfils these criteria, and we believe there will be significant demand for the apartments within this tower from both the UK and overseas.”Above-ground demolition works for the project have been undertaken and piling for the tower is set to start in January 2017. The tower is expected to reach the halfway point in height in mid-2018.
Salford City Council has approved the second phase of the MediaCityUK expansion project in Manchester, UK.Phase two of the £1bn project will include the construction of ten new buildings. It will feature 50,000sq m of business accommodation, over 4,000sq m of live/work units, 1,871 residential units including town houses, over 4,000sq m of retail and leisure space and over 1,800 car parking spaces. Salford City mayor Paul Dennett said: “Back in 2006, Salford City Council granted planning permission for 15.1 hectares of development. Phase one has successfully been completed and now we are moving towards the second phase, which will see MediaCityUK double in size.“This phase will focus on creating welcoming neighbourhoods where people can live and work, socialise and enjoy events. It’s a very exciting development for Salford.“With the University of Salford, Salford City College and the UTC now all based in MediaCityUK and training young people for the media and creative industries, we’re not only growing the buildings, we’re growing the people to work in them and the global digital media and communications industry.“This is all part of a major building boom in Salford which is bringing thousands of new homes and square metres of business accommodation to our city creating further jobs and opportunities on our doorstep for the people of Salford.” MediaCityUK managing director Stephen Wild said: “Phase two will provide a unique opportunity for a new generation of designs to complement what is already a thriving and vibrant destination.“Like any city, we continue to grow in line with the needs of businesses, and our ambition to create more exciting experiences for visitors and residents. The plans approved today show the huge potential for the MediaCityUK of 2026.” Phase one of the development — now complete — provides office and studio space for the BBC and accommodation for the University of Salford and ITV.
Property investor Formal Investments has unveiled plans for a new £75M redevelopment in Glasgow, Scotland.Plans include the construction of a new 12-storey block on Bath Street to include 12,000sq m of office space, the remodelling of a second building that previously housed retailer BHS, and upgrades to a third building on Sauchiehall Street. The properties were acquired by Formal Investments last year.Formal Investments’ director Nicholas King said: “This proposal shows a really exciting vision for an important site in Glasgow city centre and will provide the highest quality environments for retailers and businesses large and small.”The project has been designed by Glasgow practice Stallan-Brand.Stallan-Brand associate Patrick Wilson said: “Formal Investment’s proposed redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to revitalise and transform the quality of the urban environment and public realm in this location, through the creation of new public spaces and improved and more appropriate mixed-use activity.”