Newsflash 5th January 2015 Carillion has secured £100 million of work on Argent's major King's Cross redevelopment project

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Carillion has secured £100 million of work on Argent's major King's Cross redevelopment project. This will involve the design and construction of a large commercial building and two new high-class residential buildings, which are to be located in the north zone of the development. Construction is due to begin in the later part of 2015 with completion scheduled during 2017. The redevelopment of King's Cross will lead to 50 new and refurbished buildings set in a network of new streets, squares, parks and public space. Over 20 historic buildings and structures are being restored and given new uses by the developer.
Tower Hamlets Council has approved plans by Canary Wharf Group to regenerate the 4.9 million square feet site adjacent to Canary Wharf formerly known as Wood Wharf. The development of the site on the Isle of Dogs just east of Canary Wharf will bring a fresh sense of vitality the location, and provide a catalyst for long-term growth, investment and opportunity in this part of London. The innovative plans to redevelop the area and open it up to the rest of London will see:

• 3,610 residential units built, 25% of which will be on-site, affordable housing

• four new public spaces, ensuring residents have access to space for leisure

• a new road network that will connect Wood Wharf to Canary Wharf in the west and Prestons Road in the east, improving accessibility to the area

• a proposed new primary school for the new residents on the Wood Wharf site and the wider Isle of Dogs area

• new health facilities

• an Idea Store

• commercial uses, including a hotel, retail spaces and 1.9 million square feet of offices

The regeneration of Warrington town centre has taken a significant step forward after planning approval was granted for the £52m Bridge Street Quarter project. Plans drawn up by Muse Developments in partnership with Warrington & Co and Warrington Borough Council will see a new market hall, civic centre, multiplex cinema and shops and restaurants. Tenders have been returned for the job and site works are scheduled to start early in the New Year once the main contractor is selected. The scheme will be delivered in two phases in order to minimise disruption for market traders and allow the market to remain open throughout construction.

An historic Edinburgh school building could be transformed into a high-end hotel - if long-awaited plans unveiled by the developer get the green light. Developer Duddingston House Properties was granted a 125-year conditional ground lease for the Edinburgh council-owned old Royal High School building, after the company won an open competition to develop the site in 2010. Designed by architect Gareth Hoskins, the hotel on Calton Hill will be run by one of three shortlisted hotel operators. The bidders were unnamed but none currently has a presence in Scotland. Duddingston House Properties’ plan is backed by £55m from a group of institutional investors led by DHP’s Bruce Hare and David Orr of the Urbanist Group. The developers are due to submit a Proposal of Application Notice to the council in January, followed by three days of public consultation at the site in February 2015.
Indian investment company the Hinduja Group has bought the Old War Office in partnership with Spanish group Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the 580,000 sq ft property at 57 Whitehall had been sold on a long-lease arrangement to the group for an undisclosed price. The government said it understood the building would be redeveloped as a hotel and residential apartments. Staff located in the building were expected to move out by the end of next year, transferring to the MoD’s main building.
Developer Turnstone Estates has agreed the conditional purchase of a 5.7-acre site in Southend-on-Sea, where it plans to build a £50m leisure and residential development. The plans for the land at Lucy Road, currently occupied by a car park, include a 10-screen cinema, 11 restaurant units and a 99-apartment residential scheme. Turnstone Estates has prelet the first three units to The Restaurant Group, which operates American-themed restaurant Coast to Coast, as well as Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito restaurants. The cinema operator will be named shortly. The leisure scheme totals 136,000 sq ft. Public consultation on the planned development will begin in spring and, subject to planning, construction is expected to begin in late 2015. Turnstone Estates is also planning a 47,000 sq ft scheme in Ely, Cambridgeshire, called Ely Leisure Village. The scheme will include a six-screen Cineworld cinema, as well as four restaurants.
Developer EDI Group has revealed plans for a flagship hotel built on a gap site in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. The site at 6-8 Market Street is located just off the Royal Mile, within sight of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, and is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site is currently occupied by a vacant former garage building, which will be demolished make way for the hotel development. The 52,452 sq ft building, designed by Jmarchitects, will comprise eight floors, with around 98 guest rooms, as well as a bar and restaurant facilities. EDI Group said it was seeking either a forward commitment to buy the hotel or leasehold offers for the completed hotel, which it could then present to investors.
Magners maker C&C Group is expected to walk away from making a £780m knock-out bid for Spirit Pub Company this week, leaving the path clear for Greene King to bolster its pub empire. The Irish drinks group has until 5pm on Tuesday to make a bid or walk away after more than three months of looming in the background. However, City sources have said that the cider maker would have needed to offer a mouthwatering all-cash offer to trump Greene King’s £773m cash and stock takeover and this is unlikely. Spirit’s board has already accepted and recommended a bid from Rooney Anand, the ambitious chief executive of Greene King, which will create a group with 1,110 pubs and restaurants in London and the South East.
TGI Friday's, the American-themed restaurant, has been snapped up by private equity firm Electra Partners in a deal understood to value the business at £225m. Electra has fought off competition from rival buyout houses Charterhouse and Lion Capital who were believed to have tabled second-round bids offers for TGI’s - short for Thank Goodness It’s Friday. Electra has invested £100m of equity into the business alongside TGI's management team, led by chief executive Karen Forrester. Under the helm of Ms Forrester, the UK business has been revamped, scrapping outdated policies such as fancy dress for staff and party balloons in all its restaurants.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon plans to create 15,000 new jobs and open 200 pubs over the next five years as the company expands its estate. The company opened its first outlet in 1979 and now has an empire of 931 pubs and is targeting both the UK and Republic of Ireland for the launches.
InterContinental Hotels Group has struck its first acquisition in a decade, sealing a $430m (£275m) takeover of Kimpton, the world's biggest independent boutique hotels business. Kimpton, which was set up by Bill Kimpton in 1981, manages 62 hotels with 11,000 rooms in 28 American cities such as San Francisco, Miami and Aspen. Boutique hotels are the leisure industry's fastest growing sector, growing by 7.5pc in comparison to the industry average of 4.2pc, due to consumers’ increasing demands for more unique holiday experiences. The acquisition is part of a move by InterContinental, which operates some of the biggest hotel brands in the world including Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands, to capitalise on those customers who are willing to pay more for the personal touches. The acquisition will sit alongside IHG’s existing Hotel Indigo boutique brand, although Kimpton rooms typically cost $50 more a night, and the company will continue to roll out plans for a further 16 Kimpton hotels which are expected to double the group’s earnings by the end of 2017. The takeover comes at a crucial time for the hotels giant which has rebuffed an activist's campaign to persuade the hotelier to consider a blockbuster merger with a big rival. Marcato Capital Management, which owns a 4pc stake in IHG, issued a 77-page report in November arguing for the FTSE-100 company to consider a possible merger with one of six rivals: Starwood; Marriott; Hilton; Wyndham; Hyatt; and Accor.
Independent Shropshire brewery and pub, the Six Bells, in Bishops Castle, is under new ownership with plans to develop the site to include a new restaurant. John and Mary Stradling bought the pub after securing investment from Central Finance that included a commercial mortgage to purchase the property, as well as a mix of regional loan funding and boat funding to develop the site and create nine new jobs.
Britannia Hotels has been accused of showing “reckless abandon” for failing to develop Manchester’s landmark London Road Fire Station over the past 29 years. Sir Richard Lee, leader of Manchester City Council, made the comment as the council announced its intention to make a second compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the fire station in order to ensure the building is brought back into use. The Grade II-listed Edwardian property was placed on English Heritage’s At Risk register in 1998. An earlier CPO sought by the council was rejected by a government inspector in 2011 after Britannia assured a public inquiry that work to develop the building was imminent. Three months ago the council invited Britannia to sign “a legally-binding implementation agreement” to develop the property as a hotel and allow joint structural surveys of the building to take place. However, having failed to receive a satisfactory response from Britannia, the council is now seeking approval for a second CPO. The redevelopment of the fire station as a hotel is regarded as an integral part of the wider regeneration of the Piccadilly area of Manchester.
The first phase of the £7m renovation plan of Birkwood Castle and Birkwood Village, Lanarkshire, is reaching completion, according to hotel operators and property developers Envestco. The project marks a collaboration between hotel operator Chris Naylor, and property entrepreneurs Dan and Joanna Lloyd, the latter of whom has owned the Birkwood land since 2012. The 86-acre development area, which comprises the Gothic-style, listed castle and its estate, has now been cleared of the dilapidated buildings which had been on-site. The overall plans include the building of a luxury boutique hotel and a collection of high-end homes, and are now expected to be finished in April 2016. The next stages will seek to renovate the castle, which has fallen into disrepair, by making it structurally secure and replacing its roof and windows. The castle will go on to form the main hotel, which is hoped will act as a centre for weddings, conferences and special events.
Malmaison Birmingham has announced that a major refurbishment will get underway in January following what has been a record-breaking December. The 189-bedroom hotel within the Mailbox – a converted Royal Mail sorting office – will see the transformation of 30 club bedrooms and the conversion of the Brasserie into a Chez Mal, a new restaurant brand that was recently introduced into Malmaison’s London hotel.
Budget hotel group Travelodge has secured three new sites in partnership with local authorities, representing an investment of £11.5m. New hotels will be built as part of regeneration schemes with Cherwell District Council in Bicester, Breckland Council in Thetford and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in Redhill. The new developments, which will join the Travelodge portfolio of 516 hotels, are expected to create 50 new jobs. They represent the latest in a new initiative between Travelodge and local authorities to develop hotels in regenerated areas, using backing via low-interest funding from the Public Works Loan Board, the councils’ internal resources or third-party finance. on completion of each hotel, local authorities have the choice of either retaining ownership of the hotel and using the rental income from Travelodge to support the funding or selling the hotel with Travelodge as its operator and retaining the development profits to plough back into local communities.
US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has signed six new hotels in the UK. The signings include three existing properties: the 95-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Dundee, 179-bedroom Staybridge Suites Birmingham and 124-bedroom Ramada Encore Luton Airport; as well as three hotels under development: 90-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Wigan (due to open in 2015), 124-room Indigo Hotel Brighton (2016) and 50-bedroom Ibis Styles Greenwich North (2016). Interstate’s expansion in the UK follows its entry into the market in March 2013 when it acquired the management arm of Sanguine Hospitality and took over the operation of 14 hotels. Six months later, the company acquired Chardon Management and its portfolio of 32 hotels. Interstate is a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels. It currently manages 426 hotels with more than 79,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with ownership interest in 37 properties.
A 218-bedroom aparthotel is to be developed near London’s Waterloo station following the signing of an agreement between Marlin Apartments and the developers, McAleer & Rushe. The £28m development will see the demolition of Costain House, a 1950s office block, and its replacement with the aparthotel alongside six office suites, a restaurant and retail space. Located in Westminster Bridge Road, the mixed-use development, measuring nearly 160,000 sq ft, will be designed in Portland stone and brick and rise from seven stories at the front to 10 at the rear. Marlin Apartments currently operates serviced apartments in London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Stratford, Limehouse, St Paul’s and Canary Wharf.
Ireland’s largest hotel operator, the Dalata Hotel Group, is set to acquire seven properties from the nine-strong Moran Bewley’s Hotel Group for €455m (£358m). Moran Bewly is a collection of five hotels in Ireland and two in London, and one each in Manchester and Leeds. Owned by Tom Moran, the group primarily operate across two brands: the luxury Moran and mid-market, contemporary Bewly. Two of the hotels in Dublin – the Red Cow Moran and the adjacent Red Cow Inn – are not included in the sale.

The acquisition will provide Dalata with a platform to further expand its presence in the UK, where it currently has two hotels in Northern Ireland – the Tower in Derry and Maldron in Belfast – as well as the Best Western Plus Maldron in Cardiff. The four hotels in the UK which will be joining Dalata are the Chiswick Moran and Crown Moran, Cricklewood, both in London, and two Bewley’s hotels in Leeds and at Manchester Airport.It is expected, if the deal goes ahead, that Dalata will launch a new brand to operate alongside its existing Maldron badge. The acquisition will be funded by the issuing of 18.3 million new shares, at €2.75 (£2.16) each.

Dalata was founded in 2007 by Pat McCann, previously chief executive of Jurys Doyle Hotel Group, and currently operates 38 hotels with almost 6,000 bedrooms.
Loungers, the Bristol based all-day cafe/bar operator, has opened its 55th and 56th sites in Stroud and Peterborough respectively. Curio Lounge opened in Stroud last week following the £500,000 conversion of a 5,300 sq ft site of a retail unit on the ground floor and a billiards hall on the first floor. Meawnhile, this week has seen the launch of Argo Lounge in Peterborough, where a former cafe and a neighbouring NatWest mortgage centre has been transformed at a cost of £550,000. The 4,700 sq ft site has seating for 200 covers split over ground floor and basement. With the Peterborough opening, the group has reached its target of opening 15 sites in 2014 and is now looking ahead to opening 20 units in 2015. Openings in the first half of next year will include Lounge openings in Sutton Coldfield, Trowbridge, Admirals Quay in Southampton, Bishops Stortford, Frome, Cirencester, Falmouth, and Epsom; with Cosy Club sites due to open in Birmingham and Manchester.
A planning application has been submitted for a 56-bedroom hotel as part of a wider development within the Frenchgate shopping centre in Doncaster. The hotel would be located within a redeveloped five-storey property, currently occupied by offices, above the shopping centre. It is one of three planning applications that have been submitted by the owner and manager of the shopping centre, Frenchgate Limited Partnership (the Partnership), for a new hotel, gym and multiplex cinema. The cinema application includes four new restaurant units between 3,500sq ft and 4,300sq ft in size. Frenchgate is currently undergoing a £10m transformation, which has seen new retail, food and beverage lettings within the centre, located above Doncaster’s rail and bus interchange. Operators to be targeted for the hotel will be those who currently do not have a presence in the area. Alongside the independent Earl of Doncaster hotel, the town has properties branded by Best Western, Ramada Encore, Premier Inn, Travelodge and Campanile.
London continues to be the busiest city in Europe for hotel development, with 17,919 bedrooms under contract, according to the November 2014 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report. Projects under contract include those in construction, final planning and planning, but not unconfirmed hotels. The capital is way ahead of other cities for hotel development with Istanbul in second place with 7,487 rooms in the pipeline. Meanwhile, Manchester has 4,362 rooms under contract; followed by Moscow (3,563 rooms); Amsterdam (3,507 rooms); Berlin, Germany (2,540 rooms); and Munich (2,433 rooms).
Marriott International hotel group has sealed a deal to open a 126-room hotel in the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen.

The hotel will be under the Residence Inn brand, designed to appeal to the extended-stay business and leisure markets. It is the second Residence Inn in Scotland, following the opening of Residence Inn in Edinburgh, and will be the eighth Marriott International property in the country, including Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott hotels in the Dyce area of Aberdeen. The £107m Marischal Square project, which Aberdeen City Council is developing in partnership with urban regeneration and property specialist Muse Developments, is also expected to include office spaces and restaurants, and will be Marriott's first hotel in Aberdeen city centre.

Work is expected to begin in January next year and will complete by the summer of 2017.
Construction work on the £70m mixed-use WestQuay Watermark development in Southampton’s city centre is to kick off in the new year. Having won planning permission for the leisure-led project in June, developer Hammerson has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine as the main contractor, with construction works due to start on 5 January 2015. ACME is masterplanner and architect for Watermark WestQuay, Grant Associates is the landscape designers and Barton Wilmore provided planning advice on the project.

WestQuay Watermark will be developed in two phases. Phase one, expected to open in Q3 2016, will deliver a 10-screen cinema, up to 20 restaurants and a new public plaza for the city. It will sit next to the current WestQuay shopping centre, which Hammerson jointly owns. The second phase has the potential to include a hotel and residential tower with flexibility for retail and office space, subject to further planning approvals.

Fit-out specialist Bluu has bagged a £4m deal to refurbish a new Mayfair club where London’s business elite will be able to work and play under one roof. Bluu will start work this week on the high-profile revamp of 12 Hay Hill, which was previously a Mayfair bank. The contract will be completed this spring when the venue, which will be known as 12 Hay Hill, will combine luxury office accommodation and a members’ club alongside a dining room run by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin.
Brentford Football Club and Willmott Dixon have signed a development agreement to build a 20,000 capacity stadium close to Kew Bridge in London. Willmott Dixon’s development arm Regen will now work with the club to realise its plan to move from its current Griffin Park ground to a modern stadium at nearby Lionel Road South. The club will contribute its land at the site where Willmott Dixon will build the stadium, associated infrastructure and 910 homes.
University College London has awarded contractor Gilbert Ash the job to refurbish Wates House for The Bartlett School of Architecture. The project designed by Hawkins\Brown will double the amount of teaching and research space available while retaining the building’s existing structure. The eight-level building will be stripped back to its core and extensively reconfigured as part of the project expected to cost around £20m. The project is part of UCL’s wider programme to modernise its Bloomsbury Campus and is seen as an important opportunity to demonstrate how the retrofit of the 1970’s building stock is possible, producing world-class architecture while retaining the embodied energy. Mace are acting as project manager on the job.
Midland based property group Regal has submitted plans to develop a 22-storey apartment block and an 18-storey hotel and restaurant near Broad Street in Birmingham city centre. The new building would be situated between Sheepcote Street and Oozells Way and include the part demolition of a Grade II listed building on Broad Street. The proposals include 188 apartments with ground floor retail unit, and a 180-bed 4 star hotel with conference, restaurant and bar facilities.
Opening in October 2015, the 4-star Pullman Liverpool Hotel is located at Kings Dock on Liverpool's world famous waterfront. Adjoining the new state of the art Exhibition Centre Liverpool, it offers 8,100 sq metres of flexible and accessible event space and is connected to ACC Liverpool. This newly-built 216 bedroom hotel in Liverpool will open as one of the most stylish, upscale hotels in the city.

Conlon Construction has handed over the first phase of the multi-million pound Jubilee House project in Lytham for contractor accountancy and payroll specialist, Danbro. Danbro, which provides accountancy services to around 6,000 freelancers, contract workers and consultants throughout the UK, bought the former Land Registry building in 2012. Conlon started the 66,000 sq ft project in November 2013, converting the three-storey property, built in the 1960s, into a four-storey building, constructing an additional floor onto the existing roof.
The main contractor has been appointed to deliver a new, flagship office building in Wirral Enterprise Zone for Longmeadow Estates. Eric Wright Construction of Bamber Bridge is now on site in Birkenhead and the £11 million Tower Wharf scheme is due for completion in October 2015.
The BBC and Rightacres have signed contracts for its new headquarters at Central Square in Cardiff. Designed by world-famous architects Foster + Partners, the 150,000 sq ft new HQ will consolidate BBC Wales operations in Llandaff into a single site. Central Square was selected as the preferred development in June last year following a competitive tender process. Since then developer Rightacres has progressed the development of the design working closely with the BBC Workplace team. Central Square, a development led by Rightacres, will comprise nearly 1m sq ft of development including 700,000 sq ft of offices, private residential space, retail space and a hotel. Subject to approval, work will start on the new headquarters in 2015, with completion scheduled for 2017. The BBC is expected to occupy the building during 2018.
King’s Cross is close to securing a record rent of £80/sq ft, in a deal that will put the north London district on a par with some prime areas of the capital’s office market. Plane and train manufacturer Bombardier is set to take 6,500 sq ft at Argent’s Two Pancras Square in a sub-lease from music management firm PRS for Music. The £80/sq ft deal marks the transformation of King’s Cross from a rundown area into a trendy West End office submarket — with sub-leases showing the weight of demand from office occupiers. Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca is also understood to have signed a sub-lease with Vistaprint in Two Pancras Square for 6,500 sq ft on the third floor - but at a lower rent of £70/sq ft. The move will enable AstraZeneca staff to commute easily to its new Cambridge Biomedical Campus from King’s Cross station.
The New York Times Company has taken a new office at 18 Museum Street in London’s Midtown for its UK headquarters. The US newspaper group has signed a deal for the entire 9,250 sq ft building, owned by a private landlord. The publisher is currently located at TIAA Henderson Real Estate’s 1 New Oxford Street, where the investment manager has secured planning for a refurbishment.
Standard Life Investments has taken a major 108,000 sq ft pre-let at 6 St Andrew Square in Edinburgh. The fund manager has agreed to take the entire office space in the new £75m St Andrew Square development, two years before construction completes. The deal is the largest pre-let of prime grade A office space in central Edinburgh and the largest Edinburgh office letting deal for a decade. Standard Life Investments has taken five floors on a 15-year lease. The company said that due to global expansion of the business it intends to use the building in addition to its existing headquarters at 1 George Street. More than 1,000 people are expected to move into the offices in 2017. The 165,000 sq ft project under construction is owned by a joint venture of Standard Life Investments Pooled Pension Property Fund and Peveril Securities.
British Land has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of its two acre site at Blossom Street in Spitalfields.

Blossom Street is a regeneration area close to the Shoreditch Tech City and the core City of London market, comprising three sites and being developed in partnership with the City of London Corporation. The plans, developed by architects AHMM, will deliver a total of 347,000 sq ft comprising office space, 13 new retail units and 40 new apartments.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has taken 17,191 sq ft at Kings Orchard in Bristol’s floating harbour. The planning, engineering, and program and construction management organisation is relocating to Kings Orchard from Redland and has sublet the entire third floor from head tenant Bevan Brittan. There have been a number of large lettings in Bristol in recent months. Ovo Energy took a 70,000 sq ft sub-lease from BT at 1 Rivergate in June, PWC took 37,157 sq ft over three floors at Salmon Harvester’s Two Glasswharf and Spanish insurer Mapfre Abraxas took 46,500 sq ft at M&G Real Estate’s One Victoria Street in November. EDF and KPMG are also under offer on 80,000 sq ft at Palmer Capital and Cubex Land’s Bridgewater House and 45,000 sq ft at Skanska’s 66 Queens Square respectively.
Insurance and financial services firm Starr Companies has agreed terms to take around 18,000 sq ft in Plantation Place in the City of London. Plantation Place, which spans 550,000 sq ft, is in the heart of the City’s insurance sector close to the London Underwriting Centre and Lloyd’s of London.
Black River Asset Management has smashed the record rent for London’s Covent Garden, after taking space in WELPUT’s Orion House at £84.50/sq ft. The global asset management firm has taken 5,800 sq ft on the ninth floor of the 15-storey building on a 10-year lease.
Joint developers Hill Street Holdings and Bloombridge have lodged plans for Oxford Technology Park on the northern outskirts of the city. The £90m scheme at Langford Lane has been designed by architect UMC to create 430,000 sq ft of research and development space at Kidlington. It will consist of two Grade A, three-storey buildings with office, R&D and innovation space plus a range of two-storey R&D buildings behind. Subject to planning consent, work would start on site in early 2015, with a phased completion until 2025.

Galliford Try’s Morrison Construction arm has achieved financial close on the £45.2m deal to build and operate the first phase of the redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Under the Hub South East Scotland contract for NHS Lothian, Morrison will build a specialist mental health facility on the western edge of the existing campus in Morningside, Edinburgh. A new national brain injuries unit will also be incorporated in an adjacent building to replace the existing Robert Fergusson Unit.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has appointed Bouygues UK as the main contractor for a new £35m school in Baglan Bay, Wales. The new facility will replace four existing schools: Cwrt Sart Community School, Glanafan Comprehensive School, Sandfields Comprehensive School and Traethmelyn Primary School. It will accommodate 1100 secondary age pupils and 300 primary age pupils and 100 specialist places for pupils with additional learning needs. The development is supported by a 50% grant fund from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century School Programme with the remaining 50% coming from the council’s own resources. Work is underway to prepare the site for construction and the school is due to open in September 2016.
Work begins on £14million college refurb. The scheme will see the extensive refurbishment of Loughborough College’s multi-storey, six-floor A-Block – housing the sixth form college - which dates back to the 1960s. As well as being stripped out completely and refurbished, the building will be made far more energy efficient with improved lighting and will become open plan. There will also be a new roof and replacement cladding to envelope the building. The A-Block is one of the college’s key teaching buildings and is situated on Epinal Way in the town. The work on the top three floors of the A-Block is due to be completed in September, 2015 and the remaining floors in October, 2015.
Graham Construction has been awarded a contract to deliver a new £8.5m Science building at Liverpool Hope University. The project includes the demolition of the existing Health Sciences building and the construction of a new Health Sciences teaching unit. The new two-storey building has been designed to be sympathetic with the existing architecture and surroundings and will have a gross internal floor area of approximately 2,900m². It will feature specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science. Graham will work alongside the university and project partners Watson Batty architects, structural engineers Clancy Consulting and mechanical and electrical engineers Steven A Hunt & Associates. The building, which is expected to be completed in December 2015, will achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating illustrating the university's continual commitment to environmentally considerate and sustainable building design.
ISG has secured work from specialist property developer Fusion Students for a 314-bed student accommodation scheme in the centre of Cardiff. The seven-storey scheme will replace Windsor House, a 1970s’ office block occupying a prime site in the city centre and which is a short walk to the major faculty buildings. The managed student accommodation will include both self-contained studios and ‘twodios’ – where two students share kitchen facilities. At ground floor level, residents share an range of communal amenities including a cinema, private student lounge, games room and gym. Given the logistically complex nature of delivering a major project in a busy and tightly constrained central location, ISG said it will use a series of off-site manufactured components to provide the build programme. The scheme is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.
BAM Construction is to build an £11m new home for Ingleby Manor Free School and Sixth Form on Teesside. The contractor, which has offices in Gateshead, will create a three-storey, U-shaped building for the Teesside institution. BAM construction director Andrew Warwick said the firm would be aiming to start on site in March 2015, subject to the planning process. When finished in Spring 2016, the building will cater for around 750 pupils as well as be widely used by the Ingleby Barwick community, with sports, café and computer facilities among those to be made available in the evenings and at weekends.
Wates Construction has won a £14m contract to design and re-build part of Arnold Hill Academy in Nottingham. Wates is currently developing designs for the building where construction is expected to start in spring next year. Build completion is scheduled for 2016 followed by demolition of the existing school building. Wates will create 8,200 sq m of replacement teaching space, science labs, an indoor sports hall and drama studio.

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