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£500m Cardiff scheme to start next year



Construction is set to start next spring on a £500m scheme to transform the Dumballs Road area of central Cardiff.

The city council has backed plans by developer Bellerophon Partnerships Limited (BPL) and Linc-Cymru Housing Association Limitedto deliver the regeneration scheme including 2,150 homes next to the River Taff.

The mixed-use site will also contain a new primary school, shops and restaurants.

BPL Chief Executive Richard Daley said: “This is an historic day for Cardiff.

“Dumballs Road is the only area of land in the city centre that remains in dire need of regenerating and has been a blight on the landscape for far too long.

“The £500 million Cardiff Embankment regeneration programme, which is in the heart of the city’s Enterprise Zone, will deliver major economic stimulus and create thousands of jobs, both in the construction phase and longer-term.”


Cllr Phil Bale, Leader of City of Cardiff Council said: “This is an ambitious, high quality scheme, and a significant achievement by both parties to get it off the ground without public sector funding.”

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Building & Construction Review-Company of the Year


Building and Construction Review is proud to present Cadline Ltd as its selected BIM Software Development Company of the Year.


Established in 1990, Cadline Ltd is a Platinum Awarded Autodesk Partner specialising in the supply of innovative design and data
management technologies to Architectural, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Process and Plant and Structural engineering
professionals. In addition to the supply and support of CAD and Autodesk, Cadline has also developed its own suite of solutions.

Richard Robertson, Business Development Director at Cadline Ltd, commented: “From humble beginnings as a training centre, Cadline has developed through 24 years of profitable growth into market leaders in the delivery of BIM associated project training, consultancy, business integration and professional services. “Today, Cadline is a ISO 9001:2008 accredited company, utilising latest technologies to provide first-class data migration, translation and management services and full national, as well as international, coverage from our eight sites throughout the UK.

“Our credentials are best in class and to achieve our many accreditations and certifications it is necessary to have an educated, motivated and organised team. We are committed to, and invest heavily in, the training and development of our staff. It is this team of people that have trained over 50,000 people, maintained over 7000 support contracts and service level agreements and managed the implementation of over 200 projects including both the largest Autodesk implementation in the UK and globally.”

To view the Building & Construction Review- Company of the Year 2014 article please click here

Biggest smart motorway job given 2016 start date


Smart motorway

The Highways Agency has unveiled its detailed plans to upgrade a 32-mile stretch of the M4 from London to Berkshire into smart motorway

Costed at around £700m, the project will be the biggest smart motorway upgrade yet and involve replacing 16 bridges.

The Highways Agency has just formally started public consultation in order to apply for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate in early 2015.

Subject to receiving development consent from the Transport Secretary construction work is expected to start in September 2016 and take over five years to complete.

The smart motorway scheme from junctions 3 to 12 will include the permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to a running lane.

The carriageway between Heathrow junction 4 and junction 4b with the M25 is currently four lanes wide, with a hard shoulder and will be widened to five lanes.

M4 Smart motorway

Construction Enquirer 

£20m plan for Birmingham canalside



Plans for a £20m development along the Grand Union Canal in Birmingham have been unveiled.

The Canal & River Trust’s proposed development at Wharfdale Park will provide high specification warehouse and manufacturing units ranging in size from 20,000sq ft to 150,000 sq ft.

Stuart Mills, property director at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Wharfdale Park  Birmingham provides an excellent location for local companies looking to set up or expand their local business.

“Like many cities, there is a severe shortage of Grade A industrial accommodation in Birmingham and we are therefore confident that Wharfdale Park will prove to be an extremely attractive option.”

Demolition to clear the Wharfdale Park site, which has outline planning consent, is expected to begin early next year after the remaining tenants of the existing factory units have been relocated within the Tyseley area.

The Trust has appointed its development company H2O Urban to deliver the scheme.

H2O is a national joint venture company owned 50% by the Trust and 50% by private developer bloc Ltd.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Dyson to invest £1.5bn to create 3000 UK jobs


Sir James Dyson, the founder and chairman of the eponymous British vacuum cleaner and home appliances business, is investing £1.5bn in research and development, developing a new campus and creating 3,000 new jobs at Dyson's UK headquarters.

Dyson: the company has revolutionised vacuum cleaners with slick design and pioneering engineering

The revered British inventor said that the £1.5bn earmarked for investment would cover a £1bn fund for R&D, a £250m injection into its Malmesbury, Wiltshire campus, a £50m donation to UK universities and a further £200m investment into extending its manufacturing base in order to meet growing demand for its products in Asia.

Dyson plans to launch 100 new products in the next four years and development of its Malmesbury campus is underway, with Dyson already on the hunt to fill 300 newly-created roles. Meanwhile, in Asia, Dyson has built four new production lines at its factory in Singapore.

The firm, which made its name through pioneering technologies used in the design and manufacture of vacuum cleaners, already invests a third of its profits into new product development.

Dyson said: "Our growth is fuelled by technology and we are thinking long-term. 90% of our technology is sold abroad, we’re quickly growing across Asia, and it’s phenomenal to think that we are now number one in the home of technology - Japan.

"It is like selling coal to New­castle. But we must relentlessly invent. That’s why we are investing in our research footprint here in the UK and investing in our manufacturing capabilities in south-east Asia."



BAM bags £20m Sunderland College job


Sunderland vocational college

BAM Construction has scooped the Sunderland College Vocational Campus building contract with a bid of £20.5m.

The 120,000 sq ft campus will be built in Sunderland city centre on the land known as the Holmeside Triangle opposite Park Lane bus station.

It will be delivered in two phases and will accommodate up to 2,000 students on courses include engineering, manufacturing, construction trades, automotive skills, travel and tourism, catering and hospitality.

BAM is understood to have beaten rivals Bowmer & Kirkland, Sir Robert McAlpine, Shepherd and Willmott Dixon to the contract

The college was one of the big winners when the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced grants of £194m nationwide to improve further education colleges.

Sunderland is to receive £10m, which will be added to funding for the new development from the city council and college reserves.

Sunderland-based DESCO (Design & Consultancy) is the mechanical and electrical consultant on the project with Turner & Townsend acting as cost consultants.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Balfour Beatty to start Trafford Park tunnel drive


Trafford Park tunnelling

Balfour Beatty’s supply chain partner Murphy will now start tunnelling to create a 3.66m wide, 700m long tunnel as part of a scheme to improve water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal.

The machine is built for operation in soft ground conditions containing water under pressure.

Click here to Watch Gloria from the Sky Video 

It has now been lifted down into one of three 33m deep shafts constructed as part of a project to prevent undiluted sewage entering the ship canal for United Utilities.

The shafts will all be connected by the tunnel, which will be wide enough to drive a high roof van through. The whole system will work together to store 17,800 cubic metres of dirty water during storm conditions.

Nicknamed Gloria, the 140 tonne machine was transported to the Manchester site from a depot in Stoke, following refurbishment after building a sewer in Hull.

The Trafford Park sewer scheme is one of six similar projects worth more than £90m being carried out by United Utilities along the Salford and Eccles corridor, with the aim of improving water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal. The major investment works out at around £900 per household in Salford

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Anglo Holt builds Holiday Inn from sea containers


Shipping containers hotel holiday Inn London

Hotel begins to take shape at the Royal Albert Dock in London

Specialist hotel contractor Anglo Holt has started work on a £12.5m Holiday Inn Express hotel using converted shipping containers as bedrooms.

The West Bromwich contractor has teamed up with Chinese industrial and construction giant China International Marine Containers to deliver the London hotel.

Hotel modules are being produced in a Chinese factory and then shipped to the UK for assembly by Anglo Holt.

The first batch of modules, which come complete with decoration, furniture and all fittings, are being put in place as the hotel begins to take shape at the Royal Albert Dock in London.

The  204-bedroom hotel site is adjacent to City Airport and is in an area undergoing extensive regeneration.

CIMC Group is a diversified industrial group producing sea containers, modular building systems, energy, chemical and food equipment and offshore facilities.

Anglo Holt managing director Andy Elwell said it was the biggest project of its type yet undertaken in the UK by CIMC and the first time the two companies have worked together.

He said: “The CIMC modular system is a fantastic innovation and the quality of each container is very good.

“There is an enormous amount of interest in this system and other hotel operators are considering similar modular systems for the construction of new hotels of various brands in the UK.

“From a construction point of view, it reduces the amount of time on site, assist with quality control, and is considered to be safer, quieter and cleaner than traditional construction methods. Our experience so far would certainly support that.”

CIMC spokesman Paul Blackmore said: “This efficient process is based on flawless design co-operation from both sides, enabling our modules to fit well with the foundation functionally and technically.

“One of the most obvious advantages of parallel work is the enhancement of work efficiency and time saving. It is also an environmentally-friendly option, with on-site waste reduced by around 10% to 15%.”

The first shipping container hotel in the UK was pioneered by Travelodge at Uxbridge back in 2008 using a similar system. The group later built others at a Warminster and Heathrow but the new Holiday Inn Express is the biggest hotel so far.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Fitzgerald sees 75% surge in civils work


nick coley

MD Nick Coley believes annual turnover will top £33m

Civils specialist Fitzgerald Contractors enjoyed a near 75% jump in turnover during the first six months of the financial year powered by increased infrastructure work for house builders.

Mid-year results for the firm show turnover in the six month period to September 2014 of £19m with pre-tax profits doubled at £775,000.

Fitzgerald has landed significant awards from house builders including Cala Homes’ Wychbury Fields site in Hagley.

Other contracts include local authority work from Dudley, Telford and Wrekin, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Birmingham; Private Clients such as Jaguar Land Rover and Aldi; and main contractors including ISG, Sir Robert McAlpine, Eurovia and BAM.

Nick Coley, Managing Director and principle shareholder, said: “Our exceptional mid-year results exceed our budgeted targets by 30% and are an ongoing testament to the hard work and efforts of all our staff.

“We are forecasting a turnover in excess of £33m in 2014/15 which will be a growth of over 80% since the management buyout in May 2013.

“The service we offer to our clients remains the key to our success; we believe the service we offer in being a single point of delivery for highways works, delivered by directly employed labour, is unique.

“Our expertise is valued by our clients within the housing sector, Highways Agency, local authorities, private clients and main contractors and their support since the buyout has been outstanding”.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Anglian Water names five for final £200m framework



Anglian Water has revealed the final set of framework partners to deliver around £200m of work across the region during AMP6.

Five contractors will form the water company’s Integrated Maintenance and Repair alliance, one of four alliances that Anglian Water has now established.

The IMR alliance is divided into two specialist areas, covering water and water recycling projects. Partners will be encouraged to contribute ideas and experience across both areas of work.

Clancy Docwra and Kier MG have signed contracts to carry out the firm’s water infrastructure maintenance work.

This will include carrying out around 40,000 jobs a year such as repairing burst mains, finding and fixing leaks and replacing lead pipes.

The contract is expected to be worth around £140m between 2015 and 2020.

Anglian Water has also announced the four preferred bidders for its water recycling maintenance work, which includes fixing collapsed sewers and replacing damaged manholes.

This section of work is expected to be worth over £60m in the same period.

The four bidders – Clancy Docwra, Claret Civil Engineering, Danaher & Walsh and Public Sewer Services – will spend the next three months working on a joint business plan before signing contracts to form the final part of the IMR alliance, completing around 7,500 water recycling jobs every year.

Jason Tucker, Head of Capital Delivery and Supply Chain Management for Anglian Water, said: “Confirming our partners and preferred bidders for the final two alliances brings our tier one AMP6 procurement process near to its conclusion.”

“This announcement is the final step in confirming all of our tier one framework partners who will work with us to deliver between £6 and £9bn of investment over 15 years.

“Four alliances will collectively deliver every kind of work for Anglian Water, ranging from building large new water treatment works to repairing small leaks and connecting new properties to the network.

“The supply chain contracts begin next year and are expected to run until 2030, with a review every five years. We now look forward to running additional procurement processes to appoint our many tier two partners to service our four alliances.”

All the partners will work with Anglian Water in a collaborative commercial model, sharing risk and reward collectively within the alliance, working to outperform Anglian Water’s business plan.

To maximise collaborative working and efficiency, contracts may run for 15 years, with a review after each five-year AMP period.

This is one of the longest collaborations in the industry, and means these contracts could deliver around £600m of investment over 15 years.

Already this year, the company has confirmed its partners for its Integrated Main Works Capital which will retain the ‘@one Alliance’ brand, Integrated Metering and Developer Services  and Integrated Operational Solutions  alliances, representing almost £2bn of the company’s investment programme during AMP6.

Source: Construction Enquirer