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.
Highways England has widened the A1, Britain’s longest road, with the addition of new lanes on both sides of the motorway for a total length of seven miles and opened an upgraded section to traffic.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has secured approval from the Stockport Council’s planning and highways regulation committee for plans to transform Stockport Bus Station into a transport interchange, with rooftop park and residential development.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has given the final approval for funding the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro rail link.
Covanta Holding and Green Investment Group (GIG) have announced that the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility in Bedfordshire, England, has reached financial close.
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.
British smart infrastructure solutions company Costain has been appointed by Highways England to deliver major upgrades on the A19 as part of the government company’s Regional Investment Programme (RIP).
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) will provide £54m for the construction of the North West Relief Road, between Battlefield Link Road and Oxon Link Road, which will provide a new, single-carriageway route taking traffic out of the town centre.
German real estate company Patrizia Immobilien has secured planning permission for Edgbaston Residences, a £85m build-to-rent (BTR) scheme in Birmingham.
The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has decided to provisionally approve a proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) to build a 600MW subsea electricity transmission link from Shetland to mainland Scotland.
West Cumbria Mining (WCM) has secured planning approval from Cumbria County Council (CCC) to develop its metallurgical coal project Woodhouse Colliery, a new underground mine near Whitehaven in West Cumbria.
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.
Severn Trent, a water company based in the UK and constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, has announced details of the first contractors it plans to use to deliver its £2bn investment in its construction projects for the seventh asset management period (AMP7).
A consortium consisting of Spanish companies Ferrovial, Acciona and Lopesan has won a €153m contract to build a stretch of highway on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.
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.
Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Spanish construction company Sacyr, has won a €44m contract from Aena for a building joining terminals T1 and T2 of the Tenerife Sur Airport in Spain.
Engineers developing the HS2 super-hub at Old Oak Common in North West London are planning to tap heat from the brakes and engines of high-speed trains to heat water and power central heating of up to 500 new homes that could be built nearby.
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.