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Anglo Holt builds Holiday Inn from sea containers

19/11/2014

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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

18/11/2014

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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

17/11/2014

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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 


Go-ahead for £2bn New Covent Garden Market scheme

13/11/2014

Joint venture development partners Vinci and St Modwen have gained planning for the £2bn regeneration of the New Covent Garden Market site in central London.

The plans with the Covent Garden Market Authority will lead to the transformation of the 57-acre site situated next to Vauxhall Cross in the Nine Elms regeneration zone.

The multi-phase scheme will take 10 years to build and includes development of 550,000 sq ft of modern facilities to house the 200 businesses that make up the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market.

Construction work will be funded from the release of 20 acres of surplus land for a residential led mixed-use regeneration scheme.

Much of this will be built on a separate site joined by a 1km linear park. In total more than 3,000 new homes and 135,000 sq ft of new office space and 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure will be built.

Development work on the new market will commence in 2015 and on the first phase of the surplus land in 2017.

Vinci Construction UK has been earmarked to construct the new market, with other firms likely to be brought on board to build the later housing projects.

Project team

New Covent Garden Market

  • Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • Structural Consultant: Hyland Edgar Driver
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
  • Mech & Elec Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Market contractor: Vinci Construction UK


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Separate northern site in Nine Elms integrates a mix of residential towers and low rise buildings and will be linked to the market by a 1km linear park

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Part of the main market site will also provide housing and residential

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Work will start on phased market rebuilding next year

The developers have agreed to pump £91m into local infrastructure improvements.

The money will be spent on a series of local transport upgrades including the now approved Northern Line Extension.

Sarah McDermott, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “This project covers five distinct development plots, the largest being the new wholesale market itself which will be overhauled to provide a 21st Century trading space for the food and flower businesses.

“The current flower market site would make way for a series of new buildings including three towers which will form part of the Vauxhall tall building cluster.”

                          

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Balfour knocks Kier from top of contracts league

12/11/2014

Balfour Beatty is once again leading the 12-month contracts league after Kier enjoyed a brief two month spell at the top.

Now just £19m of orders separates the two contractors in a neck and neck race to be crowned 2014 contracts league champion.

Judged by work won over 12 months Kier currently ranks as the country’s most successful builder, followed by Mace and then Interserve.

Balfour Beatty leads the way on civils work, chased by Costain and then rival Carillion.

This month’s October league table was dominated by the formal signing of the £500m extension of the Northern Line in London.

Laing O’Rourke and joint venture Spanish partner Ferrovial share the honours at the top with the single civils award.

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Over the month, Willmott Dixon ranked as the most successful builder, helped by a £40m visitor centre at Hadlow College and a £34.5m school in Llandysul for Ceredigion County Council.

Among the other big building contracts Winvic raced off with a £50m deal for Sports Direct to build a distribution centre in Mansfield.

On the civils side Morgan Sindall also landed a £90m three-year cabling/excavation deal across the east Midlands for Western Power Distribution.

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Cameron plans £15bn “roads revolution”

10/11/2014

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Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a £15bn investment plan for Britain’s roads today.

Cameron is pledging to push ahead with over 100 projects between 2015 and 2021 under his first ever long-term Roads Investment Strategy.

The Prime Minister is expected to say: “Our long-term economic plan is turning Britain round. And nowhere is this better demonstrated than in what we are doing on infrastructure.”

The plans will be outlined in detail in the Autumn Statement in three weeks time.

Cameron said: “At its heart is the biggest, boldest and most far reaching road improvement programme in four decades: over 100 improvements to our major roads.

“Hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and trunk roads. The green light given to major projects that have been stalled for years. Action to improve some of the most important arteries in our country – like the A303 and the A1 – which for too long have held parts of our country back. And all underpinned by over £15bn worth of investment.

“This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.”

Plans to be announced will include improvements to the:

  • A303 to the south west
  • A1 north of Newcastle
  • A1 Newcastle-Gateshead western bypass
  • Trans-Pennine roads in the north of England
  • A47 in the east of England
  • A27 on the south coast

                                                                           

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Welsh firms call in Euro giants for £800m M4 bids

07/11/2014

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Welsh contractors have teamed up with Spanish and French contracting giants to bid for the £800m M4 Corridor extension around Newport.

The vast project is understood to have attracted Bouygues, Ferrovial and FCC into the fray.

Also Balfour Beatty and Carillion have put aside their failed merger talks to jointly bid the project, while Irish contractor Roadbridge is also in the chase.

The 14-mile motorway between Junctions 23 and 29 will include a new crossing of the River Usk.

This has prompted local Welsh firms to partner major European contractors with track records in major structures that are able to shoulder the bridge risk.

Five consortia have made the shortlist for the early contractor involvement scheme after a Skanska/BAM joint venture dropped out.

Bidders

  • Bouygues/Alun Griffiths/Roadbridge
  • Balfour Beatty/Carillion
  • Costain/Vinci
  • FCC/Sir Robert McAlpine/Morgan Sindall
  • Ferrovial/Dawnus


                                               
Bids are due to be submitted within the next couple of weeks for what represents the largest capital investment programme in Wales since devolution.

But firms are privately concerned that full funding for the project could still be a major obstacle for the Welsh Government, which has been cleared to borrow £500m for the project by Whitehall but must make up the balance locally.

One source told the Enquirer: “The cost of bidding this job is really high and there is still a lot of concern about the Welsh Government’s commitment to the project given demands for infrastructure improvements elsewhere in Wales.”

“There have been noises that the increased borrowing could be used to fund road projects in the north of Wales.

“What’s needed is a clear unequivocal statement about funding the M4 extension.”

Friends of the Earth Cymru has called for a judicial review of the M4 plans after claiming the Government refused to reconsider the decision to build through the highly protected Gwent Levels wetlands.

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The existing M4 motorway will be re-classified as a trunk road, once the new corridor is built

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Site for River Usk motorway crossing

Originally proposed in 1991, the scheme was dropped by the Welsh Assembly in 2009 because of soaring costs.

Plans were resurrected in 2011 when the idea of a toll-motorway was floated but the Treasury indicated it would support a public funding approach last year.

The project is expected to completed by 2022 and is the most expensive of several route options considered.

                                                             


Steel brick walls - transform nuclear construction

05/11/2014

                                                                                                       

Steelwork contractor Caunton Engineering is pioneering a new steel concrete walling system that could radically alter the way nuclear power stations are built.

The innovative system, trade marked as Steel Bricks, sandwiches concrete between interconnected steel boxes creating walls with added strength.

Now the ground-breaking product is being backed by the Government with nearly £1m in funding from Innovate UK, the newly-named Technology Strategy Board.

Use of factory-made steel bricks could pave the way for large sections of nuclear power stations to be built off-site.

This would speed up construction, improve build quality and reduce project risk, particularly on the more modularised Westinghouse AP1000 power station designs.

The basic design concept was developed by Glasgow-based Modular Walling Systems.

The firm  has worked with the Steel Construction Institute and Caunton to refine the design in advance of building the first major sections.

Caunton is now one of a handful of construction companies that have won R&D funding to develop nuclear technologies.

For UK businesses operating in the area of nuclear engineering and its associated technologies, the Government estimates that innovation could deliver direct benefits to the UK worth up to £14bn by 2050.

BAM Ritchies will also received nearly £430,000 to develop the world’s first reliably detectable grouting system from the new grant pot.

At present while injecting grouting cement into the ground to form barriers against water and contamination movement, it can be very difficult to determine where the injected grout has reached.

Ritches’ project should overcome these problems in ground engineering.

Costain has also won nearly £750,000 in funding to work up a new technology to heat-treat irradiated graphite rods, reducing the volume of high-level nuclear waste to be stored.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Iain Gray said: “These proposals, and the consortia behind them, will help our civil nuclear industry set new standards in safe and smart operation.

“It marks a significant step forward for civil nuclear operations which are smarter and safer than ever before, and it’s a great commercial opportunity for UK plc and its businesses.”

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Mace to start London Elephant & Castle resi tower

03/11/2014

                                                           

Mace will start work in January on the next major tower project at London’s £3bn Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, with developers Mace and Canadian residential operators Realstar, has confirmed work is to begin on the 457-home Newington Butts project.

The site is owned by the Greater London Authority and will become one of the largest long-term rental developments in the capital when finished in 2018.

Homes in the 44-storey tower, designed by Rogers Stirk and Harbour, will be available on long leases and will mirror similar style longer-term rental apartments in large cities in the US.

Newington Butts

The tower will also include a new theatre space for the Southwark Playhouse and a café as well as retail and marketing space.

The Newington Butts site was among 670 hectares of surplus public land taken on by the Mayor in 2012, more than 85% of which has now been moved into the development pipeline.

The new development will include 179 low cost homes for rent and shared ownership, being delivered by social housing provider Peabody.

The project bears a strong resemblance to the One the Elephant housing block being built by lend Lease.

In September, the Mayor announced two further Greater London Authority owned sites, Silvertown Way in Canning Town and Pontoon Dock in Newham which are now being brought forward for institutionally backed private rented sector homes.

Chief operating officer of Mace Investment, David Grover, said, “Since Mace was selected as the GLA’s partner for Newington Butts, we have been working through the options for this complex project to deliver much needed housing for the capital.

“We are now able to move forward and deliver an iconic piece of real estate, which will be a strong addition to the London skyline, reinforcing the capital’s position as a major city in the world to live in and work.”

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Bid race set to start for £85m Eastbourne centre

31/10/2014

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Contractors will be invited to bid by the middle of next year for an £85m extension to the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne.

The news came as Legal & General Property signed-up Cineworld for a nine-screen cinema within the new development which is due to open in early 2018.

Work on the £85m retail and leisure extension is due to start on site in late 2015 and includes 175,000 sq ft of new retail space.

Simon Russian, Head of Retail Development at Legal & General Property, said:  “The accessibility of the Arndale Centre to all modes of transport is a key factor and this major letting to Cineworld will act as a catalyst to boosting the Town’s evening economy, bringing with it a wide range of quality, family based restaurants.

“This is a significant step forward in the re-positioning of one of the South Coasts most successful shopping centres.”

The existing scheme is anchored by Marks & Spencer, BHS, Sainsbury’s, River Island and Primark, whilst earlier this year H&M announced that it has taken a 23,000 sq ft pre-let on the extension, acting as its first anchor.

Source: Construction Enquirer