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Vinci replaces Galliford Try on £26m cancer centre

Vinci replaces Galliford Try on £26m cancer centre

05/08/20

Vinci has been appointed to build a new £26m cancer centre at Macclesfield District Hospital. Demolition work to clear the site for the new Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre has been completed by Galliford Try who started work in February and were also lined-up as main contractor A spokesperson for The Christie said: “Galliford Try […]

Firms wanted for £270m Parliament buildings repairs

Firms wanted for £270m Parliament buildings repairs

29/06/20

Firms are being called up for a £270m framework deal to maintain the Parliamentary Estate, including the Palace of Westminster.   The framework will cover three main lots: MEP works; specialist conservation from stone and plasterwork to glass, paint and finishes; and special emergency works worth up to £2m.   The multi-supplier framework agreement for […]

£300m to kick-start three major London schemes

£300m to kick-start three major London schemes

08/06/20

Homes England will release £300m of funding to accelerate construction at three major London housing developments.   The three schemes, in Brent Cross, Silvertown and Barking Riverside, have a total capacity for up to 20,000 new homes. Loan funding, from the government’s £4.5bn Home Building Fund, will be used to invest in infrastructure necessary to […]

Construction now restarted on 86% of major sites

Construction now restarted on 86% of major sites

22/05/20

Major contractors are now working on 86% of sites in England and Wales as the return to work on construction and infrastructure sites gathers pace. An update from trade body Build UK on Wednesday revealed the number of operational sites for its contractor members – up from 82% last week. Build UK’s membership includes most […]

Latest tower for Canada Water unveiled

Latest tower for Canada Water unveiled

18/05/20

Developer Southern Grove has unveiled plans to build an £80m mixed-use residential and office complex in London’s Canada Water. “The Brooklyn” will provide 150 homes alongside 25,000 sq ft of office space and is designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The scheme will be 18 storeys high and will occupy a site called St Olav’s […]

Plan for world’s tallest octagonal resi tower

Plan for world’s tallest octagonal resi tower

05/05/20

Developer Argent has unveiled plans to construct the world’s tallest pure octagonal residential building at the Paradise site in Birmingham.   Birmingham-based Glenn Howells Architects has designed the Octagon tower which will rise to 49 storeys. It will house 346 build to rent flats, with up to eight to a floor getting their own uninterrupted panoramic […]

Interserve trials site social distancing alarm system

Interserve trials site social distancing alarm system

01/05/20

Interserve is using new social distancing technology which sounds an alarm if workers get too near each other on site.   The personnel distancing systems (PDS) from specialist SiteZone Safety have been used on the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham to enforce the ‘two-metre rule’ during construction.   The PDS consists of a 2kg […]

Fluor handed management of UK smart motorway programme

Fluor handed management of UK smart motorway programme

27/04/20

2 hours Highways England has signed an alliance with six companies to develop, design and construct the future smart motorway programme.   The 10-year framework deal is expected to deliver £4.5bn-worth of highways work, installing variable message board gantries and removing motorway hard shoulders to install all-lane running. The alliance comprises, in old fashioned terms, a project manager […]

ISG wins Sky innovation centre

ISG wins Sky innovation centre

10/03/20

Sky has signed-up ISG to build a new innovation centre at its campus in Osterley, West London. The new three-storey hybrid steel and cross laminated timber frame structure has been designed to maximise natural light in the 77,000 sq ft open plan structure. The raking aluminium and glass ziggurat façade leads to a roof structure […]

Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

10/03/20

The Government is understood to be delaying the publication of the £25bn next phase of its roads programme. The next five-year Road Investment Strategy, known as RIS2, is due to come into action on 1 April and was expected to be published alongside the Budget statement tomorrow. But now the Government is reported by the Times to […]

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