October 31, 2012

B&K starts on £93m Center Parcs contract set to bring new trade jobs

Bowmer & Kirkland has been selected to construct the leisure buildings at the new Center Parcs in Woburn Forest that will create thousands of new jobs in the trades.

Work will begin this month and is expected to take 72 weeks – with completion in spring 2014.

The build will provide employment for 1,200 construction workers in the run up to opening in spring 2013, when an additional 1,500 jobs will be created.

The £93m contract includes construction of the buildings for the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, spa, 75-bedroom hotel, sports hall, conference spaces, supermarket and other associated buildings.

The project builds on an existing relationship between Center Parcs and Bowmer & Kirkland, which has completed a number of refurbishments at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.

Bowmer & Kirkland Construction Director, Paul Lomas, said: “This latest award by Center Parcs for a fifth UK village is fantastic news for us. We are proud to be associated with Center Parcs and this will enhance our already impressive record in the leisure sector.”

Jobs in Manchester due to Morgan Sindall £15.9m Network Rail contract

Multi-million bid for rail command centre given the go-ahead

Morgan Sindall has won a £15.9 million contract to construct Network Rail’s Operating Centre in Manchester which will create new jobs and boost the trades.

The development will see around 110 people working on site at the peak of construction, including a number of specialist contractors.

The Operating Centre in Gorton, Southeast Manchester, will provide a base from which all of Network Rail’s operations in the region will be run and will accommodate its personnel and control equipment.

The three-storey, steel-framed building is designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and is due to be completed by December 2013.

The building is a composite structure and includes a variety of specialist design and construction methods and techniques. These include the use of laminated, strengthened glass panels and curtain wall cladding.

A key feature of the building will be its attractive and sustainable ‘green roof’, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The building is also highly insulated to avoid energy wastage.

James Morgan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have won this significant contract which is a testament to the combined expertise of our Rail and Construction teams.

“Our collaborative and full Building Information Modelling (BIM) level two approach will deliver a bespoke solution to Network Rail and provide them with a state-of-the-art home for many years to come.”


Bouygues Development has secured financial close of the first phase of the Abbey Road Creative Industries Quarter scheme in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham that will see the building of hundreds of homes and commercial properties.

The overall redevelopment will take place in two phases and will see the construction of four new blocks providing 272 residential dwellings and 1,500 sq m of space for creative and commercial uses on the ground floor.

Phase one comprises the construction of two of the new buildings which will collectively provide 134 residential units, 34 allocated car parking spaces and 900 sq m of creative and commercial space.

Bouygues Development signed the development agreement with freeholders London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC, now GLA) in June 2011 prior to selling the entire first phase to LBBD, who will rent the residential units on the affordable market.

The site is only a short distance from leading supermarket chains, hotels, primary schools and transport making it a convenient and accessible location for residents.

Nicolas Guerin Managing Director of Bouygues Development, said: “This is an important and exciting step in the wider regeneration of Barking’s town centre.

“We are really pleased to be working with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham towards enhancing this area of East London that holds potential for growth and that is set to become a destination of choice for residents and professionals alike”.

Cllr Phil Waker, Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, said: “The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham looks forward to the start of construction on this important town centre location.

“The development will provide attractive affordable homes for local people and commercial space taking forward the regeneration of Barking Town Centre and the Creative Industries Quarter in particular.”

Construction of phase one is set to commence by the end of 2012 with practical completion scheduled for quarter three of 2014.