Building Construction Industry

More Trades Jobs in Wales

The Welsh Government has granted a four-year technology contract for the maintenance of infrastructure schemes that will boost the trades and create new jobs.

Costain, a leading engineering solutions provider, has confirmed a £15 million technology contract as well as two lots of the Highways Agency Asset Support Framework that are expected to start in early 2013.

Work packages would include surfacing works, structures works, technology related works, and general highway improvements across the whole of the Highways Agency motorway and trunk road network.

While there is no commitment by the Agency to spend under the framework, over £750 million of work packages are expected to be awarded through the framework over the next three years.

Costain is one of five contractors on each framework that will operate for three years, with scope for an extension of up to a further 12 months.

Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, commented: “We are delighted with these additional appointments from existing customers, which demonstrate the ongoing success of the implementation of our ‘Choosing Costain’ strategy: providing a broader service offering to the major customers who are making significant investment in the UK’s national infrastructure needs.”

Bolton Wanderers Unveil £100m Regeneration Scheme

Bolton Wanderers have become the latest football club to unveil major regeneration and development plans that will create new jobs and boost the building industry.

The Championship club have announced proposals for a £100 million mixed-use project next to their Reebok Stadium comprising 310,000 sq ft of commercial space alongside new sporting and education facilities.

The plans have been brought forward by the club’s parent company Burnden Leisure in conjunction with Bolton Arena Trust which runs the live events venue next to the Reebok Stadium.

The news follows a recent announcement from Manchester City which is constructing a new £100 million training facility development.

The Bolton proposals, which could also include expansion of the Reebok’s West Stand to allow for further commercial opportunities, are now subject to a public consultation process.

Chairman Phil Gartside said: “In 1996, the club’s then board had the vision to build the Reebok Stadium.

“Now, we are seeking to add to that vision with the planned creation of a major regional sports and education centre and offices at Middlebrook.

“This would maximise the potential of the existing facilities and develop further complementary elements.

“Our scheme includes working closely with the Bolton Arena Trust to reconfigure the arena.

“This would lead to a new sports building and also an upgrade of the football pitches and other sporting facilities, which would bring further benefits and usage for the community.

“In addition, we will continue upgrading our facilities at the academy, including permanent changing rooms at Lostock.

“These are all very exciting proposals and we will be working with local residents and all parties involved in these plans, as, together, we seek to make them a reality.”

£25m Scottish repairs contract reaches out for new jobs

Scotland’s second largest housing association is set to grant a £25 million contract that will see the repairs of more than 10,200 households and create new trade jobs.

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) has chosen housebuilder Lovell as preferred bidder to provide repairs service for thousands of households as well to refurbish void properties.

The new contract will run for five years with the option of a further two-year extension which is expected to boost the building construction industry.

Lovell will create jobs and training opportunities for local people as part of its commitment to deliver long-term community benefits.

The company has committed to employ apprentices throughout the contract with new apprentices to be taken on as existing apprentices finish their training.

Future improvements planned through the new contract, in line with tenants’ wishes, will include more flexible appointment times for repairs visits, including early morning and evening and Saturday morning appointments.

Simon Medler, managing director for the Lovell repairs and maintenance business, said: “Providing a high-quality repairs service which puts tenants’ needs first has been our priority since taking over the contract and it’s very rewarding to see the success of our approach recognised by our selection as preferred bidder to deliver the repairs service on a long-term basis.”

“We have worked very closely with DGHP and tenants to identify how the service could be improved and have then implemented the changes needed. That process is ongoing and we will build on our achievements through further improvements, ensuring that tenants continue to receive a truly excellent repairs service.”

£10 billion fund could build 300,000 new homes a year and create new jobs

The Future Homes Commission has set out plans to fund a three-fold increase in the number of new homes being built every year, paving the way for new jobs in the trades.

The Commission, set up by the Royal Institute of British Architects, has called on Government to use council pension pots to fund a massive housing programme that could see the building of 300,000 homes a year and boost the construction industry.

The Homes Commission argues for the creation of a new £10 billion Local Housing Development Fund, financed by the largest Local Authority pension funds, that would use 15% of their assets to invest in new rental and shared ownership housing.

The new scheme would play a lead role for the government to use localassets to lead the creation of sustainable communities and meet local housing needs as well as create thousands of jobs in the building construction industry.

A similar approach to that proposed is being pioneered by Manchester City Council, which is working with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to build 244 homes.

The city council will release land into the joint venture at fair market valuation and GMPF will inject £25 million to pay for building work.

Both partners will then receive a capital payment on the sale of houses and an annual revenue return.

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.”

£40M BARKING HOUSING PROJECT GETS THE GO-AHEAD

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.

More jobs due to South Cambridgeshire District Council go-ahead

Plans for 1,500 much-needed new homes, a primary school and shops at the new town of Northstowe have been given the green light by councillors.

The landmark decision to approve outline planning permission for the first phase of the exemplar new town – which will ultimately see 10,000 new homes built – means developers could begin work in 2013 to address shortages of homes in the area.

As well as new homes, a primary school, and shops, Gallagher’s plans for the first phase also include a sports hub, areas of open space, a local centre, employment opportunities and a site for a household recycling centre.

A further report will now be presented to the Northstowe Joint Development Control Committee early next year with details of how construction of the town would put “quality first” while making sure it is still financially viable to go ahead.

The approval by councillors follows a public consultation in the summer and negotiations with developers, which now mean plans include a cycleway linking Northstowe and Bar Hill during phase one of the town. A network of cycleways and footpaths will also be built to give easy access for Northstowe residents to the Guided Busway and improvements to the Bar Hill junction of the A14 will be funded by the first phase.

The plans for the Bar Hill junction follow recent Government announcements committing £7.7 million to widen the A14 between Girton and Histon in 2014 as a short term measure to alleviate congestion and improve safety, in advance of a major upgrade to the road.

In a letter to Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, last week, Housing Minister, Mark Prisk MP, confirmed he was “committed to work in partnership with local authorities and scheme promoters to accelerate delivery” as Northstowe was a “high priority” for the Government.

In the letter he also stated he supported both councils in their bid to deliver a high quality new town with exemplar standards and reiterated renewed commitment to a major upgrade to the A14 and the construction of Cambridge Science Park Railway Station.

“We are committed to working with you and other partners as a matter of urgency to develop a package of support that will help to accelerate delivery and remove barriers to the establishment of a high quality new town demonstrating exemplar standards,” said Mr Prisk.

He added: “I can also confirm that the Government fully recognises the important role that both the proposed A14 upgrade and the creation of a new Cambridge Science Park Station will play in the development of Northstowe. We remain committed to the timely delivery of these schemes.”

Detailed plans containing information on exactly where the homes, roads and facilities will be built on the site, as well as how landscaping and drainage will be features of the development, will now begin to be developed. These are expected to be submitted on a regular basis throughout the next 12 months and council bosses have committed to consult with communities, and a parish forum set up for the town, every step of the way.

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for Northstowe, said:

“The decision today is a huge landmark for Northstowe as the town has been talked about for more than ten years. We are now at the stage of turning a vision into a reality and will begin to look at the fine detail to make sure the town is of the highest quality possible. There is an acute need for new homes in South Cambridgeshire – especially those that are affordable – to support the jobs being created, but we will continue to put residents and quality first to make sure the right facilities are there from day one. Clearly transport is always a concern with any new development and I am very pleased the Government has reaffirmed their commitment to tackling the major upgrade need on the A14 quickly so future phases of the new town can go ahead.”

Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s cabinet member for growth and planning, said:

“This is a really big step forward in building a future community at Northstowe. A lot of hard work has already been carried out with both Gallagher and the Homes and Communities Agency, but this will now continue to make sure the right facilities are in place for everyone. More transport facilities to complement the guided busway will be needed for when residents move in as these are vital to improving health, reducing congestion and boosting the local economy.”

More jobs in Keynsham due to a £36m Willmott Dixon scheme

Builder Willmot Dixon has finally got the green light to start of the regeneration of Keynsham town centre, near Bristol.

Bath and North East Somerset Council was forced to postpone the August start of the project earlier this year after criticism from some local people, and the town’s civic society about the designs .

Now after several design variations to the roofs and cladding, the council planning committee has approved the scheme.

The project involves the £36m redevelopment of the existing council offices site in Keynsham with new shops, a library and new council offices.

The buildings have already been stripped for demolition and the scheme, while the planning wrangle was being sorted out.

Original design

Revised plans

The project will allow the council to reduce the amount of office space it uses from 12 building to four and become more financially efficient.

Reduced running costs will deliver 10% annual savings that will benefit the local taxpayer public purse. The Council carbon footprint specifically in its buildings will reduce by up to 70%.

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£52.5m funding package means more trade jobs in Northampton

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The award-winning St Andrew’s Healthcare, which is the UK’s largest mental health charity, has confirmed it now has the funding package in place to enable a further major investment in brand new facilities at its Northampton base.

St Andrew’s, the largest charity sector provider of NHS care, has agreed a £52.5m funding package with Lloyds TSB, to include funding the construction of a new 90-bed psychiatric hospital. The new facility will provide secure accommodation for a number of new services and will allow expansion of its existing national services.

Professor Philip Sugarman Chief Executive Officer at St Andrew’s said “In the last ten years we have completed a £200m programme of development and refurbishment across four sites, with our new units achieving high levels of occupancy. We have seen continuous growth and a recent sharp rise in market share.”

“We are now ready to plan the next phase of growth, with new facilities for service users placed with us by our NHS customers. These developments will strengthen our position as the UK’s leading provider of specialist secure care and as the country’s only independent national teaching hospital.”

Chief Finance Officer Nigel Alcock says: “Despite challenging financial forecasts for independent mental healthcare providers, St Andrew’s saw turnover increase by over 5% last year, to £169m.  As a charity it is essential that any financial agreements we enter into are right for our long-term commitment to care for as many people as possible.  We are in a very different position to some private companies, and that’s why we believe that the charitable model offers huge potential for the sector.

“This funding agreement will help St Andrew’s maintain the great results we have achieved by reinvesting in the future of mental healthcare over the last few years.  We are delighted to have finalised the deal with Lloyds, who have been fantastic to work with.”

David Hykin, Relationship Director at Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets said: “St Andrew’s Healthcare has delivered a strong track record of growth in recent years, demonstrating the strength of its balance sheet and its future potential. We are working closely with the management team to support the growth ambitions of the charity, which is a well-established and impressive enterprise in the healthcare sector.”