June 19, 2018

University of Manchester launches new £60m framework to help deliver regeneration


The University of Manchester has launched a new £60m framework to help deliver its £1.2bn regeneration. The framework, which could see the University appoint 65 companies over 13 different lots including architecture, engineering, consultancy and planning, will last for four years. Every year many billions of £’s of construction work and consultancy fees in the UK are let through frameworks, and our one-day Construction Frameworks Conference on the 24th May is set to be the sector’s largest event of the year. The conference will discuss and showcase best practice in the construction frameworks marketplace, help clients achieve best value and reduce costs…

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Plans submitted for £675,000 garden at Orthopaedic Hospital


A stunning garden for spinal injuries patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital is another step closure after plans were officially submitted. Designed by award-winning gardener Bunny Guinness, the ambitious £675,000 project will be based at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Gobowen thanks to the Horatio’s Garden team. It will be only the fourth of its kind in the UK created in memory of Horatio Chapple, who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at a spinal unit in Salisbury before he tragically died at the age of 17 when he was killed by a polar bear during a trip…

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Bennetts takes on biggest DfMA project at New Grange Hospital


Bennett Architectural will undertake its biggest DfMA project to date, providing high quality glazing solutions for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. Bennetts will work alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, supplying and installing Kawneer AA100 curtain walling systems, doors and windows. Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) will be used to add glazing to concrete panels off-site at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park before being transferred to Cwmbran. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented, “This is the biggest DfMA project we have taken on so far, but we have no doubt our multi-talented team will…

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Sadiq Khan proposes resident ballots for estate regeneration


City Hall funding for major estate regeneration in London will only be provided if residents vote in favour of the changes, the mayor has proposed. Under the scheme, ballots for residents on projects where demolition is planned would become a condition for mayoral funding, Sadiq Khan suggested. Mr Khan said he wanted to make sure those living on social housing estates “are at the heart of any decisions”. The Conservatives said the announcement “smacks of pure cynicism”. Launching his guide to housing estate regeneration, Mr Khan said he wanted to use his investment powers to give more say to residents….

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Nottingham City Council seek Developer for the regeneration of land surrounding Sherwood Library


The search is on to find a developer to regenerate the area surrounding a ‘run down’ library in Sherwood. In December, the Post reported that Nottingham City Council wants to sell the site in Spondon Street to a developer, who would be required to redevelop the area and provide a new library as part of the agreement. Under the plans, a mixed-use development comprising of a new library with a police contact point, shops, homes and public toilets would be created on land currently owned by the council. The plans were subject to a public consultation and now the council has approved…

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New £100m School of Architecture and the Built Environment for University of Wolverhampton


New plans have been submitted by the University of Wolverhampton for its School of Architecture and the Built Environment at its £100m Springfield Campus development. A decision was taken to alter the scheme after pre-construction works on the historic site discovered structures of some of the original buildings were not viable so could not be incorporated into the plans. The campus development project aims to transform a 12-acre, grade II-listed former brewery. Associated Architects has designed the new school which centres around the original clock tower building and combines it with a large new building. The university has said the…

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Plant trees now to reduce HS2 impact, says green expert

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A green spaces expert is calling upon landowners to plant trees in order to lessen the environmental impact of the new High Speed Two (HS2) rail network. Deric Newman, general manager of national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, Glendale Civic Trees, says it’s imperative that planting projects begin as soon as possible along the affected routes in order to provide the most benefits. Hundreds of green spaces across the country are at risk of damage as part of the creation of the new high-speed railway network, which has been designed to create better connections between cities, and cut journey…

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Caddick replaces Carillion on £154m Angel Gardens


Moda Living has drafted in sister company Caddick to complete its 35-storey Angel Gardens project in Manchester, taking on 20 former Carillion staff in the process. Carillion had been working on the project as main contractor when it was liquidated on 15 January, and Caddick has now been appointed as construction manager to complete the 466-home private rented scheme. Moda and joint funder Apache Capital said they had put contingency plans in place last summer, when Carillion issued a major profit warning, and said there would be “no material impact on the project’s cost or timeframe of delivery”. The project…

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Planning consent granted for major London residential scheme


The first residential phase of a major regeneration scheme that will include a new football stadium in west London has been given the go-ahead by planners. The £300m Brentford Community Stadium project will see the development of a new 17,000-seat stadium designed by AFL for Brentford FC as well as a landmark residential development designed by Broadway Malyan. Working with Be Living, the practice has designed a family of signature buildings comprising the first 487 residential units that reflect the prominent status of the site while creating a welcoming new residential quarter which revitalises the area and unlocks the investment…

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SWECO wins acclaim for improving carbon literacy in the engineering sector


Leading engineering publication New Civil Engineer (NCE) has heralded Sweco’s achievements in improving carbon literacy in the sector, in a special report on the state of the sector’s approach to addressing climate change. In its “Crunching Carbon” report, NCE highlighted the impressive results that have followed Sweco embracing the ‘Carbon Conversations” initiative and adapting it for the infrastructure sector. The behavioural change programme improves carbon literacy and teaches participants to create carbon reduction action plans in their own specialisms. More than 5,000 people in the UK have been through the Carbon Conversations sessions and they have subsequently driven a carbon…

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