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Bid race starts for £38m Newcastle science centre


Newcastle Science Central

Newcastle University and the City Council are pressing ahead with plans for a second major building at the Science Central development park.

Phase 1 enabling, infrastructure and public realm works are already underway at the site.

The first building on the site, The Core, has been completed. Prequalification is now underway to find six fims to design and build an Urban Sciences Building.

This new centre will combine digital ingenuity and sustainability research with social innovation to lead advances in the development of future or ‘smart’ cities.

Based in the heart of Newcastle – the former home of Scottish and Newcastle brewery – Science Central aims is to create a living lab where new technologies and systems can be trialed.

The proposed design for the USB will provide between 140,000 sq ft of teaching and space.

The principle structure is expected to be concrete frame with flat slabs over a piled foundation. It is designed to achieve at least BREEAM Excellent and will be delivered to BIM Level 2.

A main contractor will be appointed by November 2015, with completion of the build by end of August 2017.

The University intends to use its Due North e-tendering portal.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Carillion bags £100m haul of King’s Cross work


King's Cross regeneration

Developer Argent has selected Carillion as preferred bidder to deliver three buildings at the King’s Cross regeneration project in London. 

This will involve the design and construction of a large commercial building and two residential buildings, all of which are in the North Zone of the development.

Construction will start in the later part of 2015 with completion scheduled during 2017.

Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “I am delighted that Carillion has been selected by Argent to design and construct these prestigious new buildings at King’s Cross.

“This builds on the strong long-term relationship we have established with Argent that I believe reflects our reputation for high-standards of quality, value for money and sustainability.”


 Source: Construction Enquirer 

Prater wins £12m Stratford City resi cladding deal


Lend Lease has awarded cladding specialist Prater a £12m plus contract on its Glasshouse Gardens twin towers at Stratford City

Prater will use a pioneering access method for the job without the use of fixed scaffolding.

Kevin Smith, Prater’s Associate Director, said: “We have collaborated closely with Lend Lease during an extended upfront lead-in to deliver this proposed pioneering method of working.”

The firm will supply and install Schüco aluminium windows and doors as well as GRC rainscreen with an insulated solid back-up wall for the development of two residential blocks.

These will form part of The International Quarter at Stratford City on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Prater will start in March and be on-site for a year, with the first homes expected to be due for completion in 2016.


Glasshouse towers Stratford City


Designed by Allies and Morrison the two residential towers will offer 350 homes ranging from one-bed to three-bed apartments.

Each floor is wrapped with a strong horizontal emphasis and will feature projected balconies.

Prater will also be undertaking the balcony waterproofing and the installation of the glass balustrades to help create these private outdoor spaces.

Source: Construction Enquirer

Five win £250m Scottish MoD new-build framework


MoD, estate, soldier

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has named the five winning contractors for its framework for up to £250m worth of MoD construction projects in Scotland.

The framework will be used for design and build jobs up to £12m in value for the next four years, with an option to extend for an extra three years.


  • Henry Brothers (Magherafelt)
  • Interserve Construction
  • Kier/Graham Construction JV
  • Lend Lease Construction
  • Miller Construction

The initial construction projects that are likely to be delivered will support programmes for Army Basing and for Future Reserves 2020.

This is the third DIO regional framework contract to be awarded, following the appointments of the National Framework and the East Midlands and Eastern England regional panels last year.

These frameworks will use BIM and the NEC3 form of contract, adopt prompt payment principles through the use project bank accounts and other initiatives, and incorporate effective performance management, continuous improvement and benchmarking arrangements.

John Jones, the NGEC Capital Works Frameworks project manager, said: “The award of this framework continues the work to provide a consistent procurement process across the Defence Estate that meets the requirements of the Government Construction Strategy and which will bring about efficiencies in terms of cost, design and project delivery.”

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Cadline wishes a Happy Christmas and New Year!


Cadline wishes all its customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business and loyalty throughout 2014 and also for the continued support you have given us.                                      

It has been another busy year. We have invested significantly in our service delivery capability and now have much greater resource in our BIM delivery, Infrastructure, Geo-Spatial and training teams. We have further expanded our data management team and are proud to not only be the UK leader in data management for manufacturing but also the UK leader for data management in construction. We are gratified to see so many of our clients now participating in PAS 1192-2 compliant projects through the adoption of our common data environment solution. My thanks go to everyone who has worked so hard at Cadline to get this right.

We have also dedicated a lot of time this year to customer satisfaction. Thank you to all those who have completed what seems like an endless stream of surveys from us and Autodesk. This feedback is critical. Every comment and email, formal or informal, is reviewed and corrective action put in place where needed and positive feedback passed to those involved. Please do take a look at each issue of Cadline Community Insider where you will see detailed all the changes we are making as a result of your feedback.

The Community has also continued to grow throughout the year and this year we will surpass 1.3 million blog reads. It is the favourite way for users to stay connected to our industry experts and customers to log support calls and as such we are continuing to invest heavily. We have been working diligently over the last two months and Community will soon be relaunched on a brand new platform providing a better interface with more accessible information and a new faster service desk and knowledgebase. We are very excited about the change and we hope you will be too.

We are pleased to announce that this Christmas, for the seventh year running, instead of sending Christmas cards we have made a donation to the charity, Operation Smile. We have bought another four smiles to help provide life-changing cleft surgery for four children. This now brings our total to 29 smiles over the last seven years. Please take a couple of minutes to find out more below:-

Finally, I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year and we look forward to working with you again throughout next year.


With my very best wishes,


Claire Bass

Client Services Director

Cadline Ltd

 Christmas Closing Times 

Cadline will be closed during the Christmas period from:

5.30pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014 until 9.00am Friday 2nd January 2015.


Orders received up until 12 noon on Wednesday 17th December 2014 will be delivered on Thursday 18th December 2014 (subject to stock availability). Orders received after this date will be delivered on Thursday 8th January 2015, so please work closely with your Account Manager to ensure that we can meet your delivery requirements. 

 Contacts During Christmas Closure 

During the Christmas period there will be a limited support service. If you are a contract holder and require technical assistance during this period, please contact the Cadline Help Desk by emailing and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.


If you have an urgent sales or non-technical enquiry, please contact Paul Watson using the following details: 

Paul Watson:

Mobile:    07831 272474


Normal technical support service will resume on the 2nd January 2015.

Construction firms plan 2015 hiring spree


bricklayer, builder, house

The number of construction firms planning to take on new staff in the first part of 2015 has soared to its highest level for seven years.

Rising workloads have triggered a rapid rebound in employment prospects across the industry, according to the latest survey by Manpower.

A lack of suitably trained workers has seen building firms in London hire Portuguese bricklayers on £1,000-a-week wages because of a shortage of skilled Britons.

“There is a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople in Britain – bricklayers, plumbers, electricians, mechanical engineers, HGV drivers,” said James Hick of recruiters Manpower.

“Where they were paying £500 a week at the beginning of the year, the demand for those skills means they are now paying £1,000 a week.”

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2015 covered more than 2,000 firms across all industries.

Construction ranks as the second fastest growing industry for employment opportunities after utility companies which are experiencing a surge in the run up to the next five-year spending programmes.

The balanace of construction firms seeking to hire compared with those not looking to hire staff has risen 9% compared to the the last three months of this year.

Year-on-year the the figure has soared to 16%, the strongest labour market since the last quarter of 2007.

Construction job prospects start to soar

jobs prospects manpower

It follows a survey by consultant AECOM which showed one in three contractors are snubbing work in London because of growing skills shortages.

Labour shortages are now the primary driver for price rises, with specialists in concrete and brickwork continuing to be in demand with growing demand for joinery and dry lining.

Electrical engineers are expected be the next profession to see strong pick-up in demand.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

New Chief Engineer Announced for Forth Crossing


Morrison Construction’s Michael Martin has taken over as project director of the consortium building the £1.4bn Queensferry Crossing.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin takes over as chief engineer

Transport Scotland is expected to confirm this week that he has taken over from Hochtief’s Carlo Germani, who was chief engineer for the Forth Crossing Bridge Const­ructors consortium.

Germani announced he was leaving the project last month after nearly four years heading the bridge building team to take up a new job in Qatar.

Martin, 61, has represented Galliford Try-owned Morrison on the four-company consortium for two years and will now take over the chief role for delivering the new Forth bridge project.

The Carlisle-born engineer started his career with Ove Arup and was involved in both the Kessock Bridge in Inverness and the building of both the Dornoch Bridge, and Kylesku Bridge in Sutherland.

Forth Queensferry Crossing bride

The Queensferry Crossing construction project has passed the halfway mark

Queensferry Crossing Forth
Central main bridge piers

Queensferry Crossing
Southern approach

Galliford Try is part of the four-company consortium that includes Hochtief, Dragados, and American Bridge of Pittsburgh in the US.

After early setbacks with the setting of the foundations the project is now reported to be back on schedule and budget as the first deck support sections were launched in the summer.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “After three and a half years on the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) project, Carlo Germani has informed us that he is to leave his position as Project Director for Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors in December this year.

“Carlo has made a hugely significant contribution to the successful delivery of the FRC project to date and we pay tribute to that contribution as he prepares to move on to new challenges in Qatar. He leaves the project in a very healthy state as we move towards its final two years.”

Source: Construction Enquirer

Lend Lease Elephant & Castle phase two approved


Lend Lease has gained full planning for the second phase of its £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle in Central London.

This will see the firm build nearly 600 homes on the site of the demolished Heygate Estate in a development to be called West Grove.

Construction of this phase of the Elephant Park will start in the spring and include a 31-storey residential tower.

This latest milestone builds on the progress that has already been made at Elephant & Castle this year, including the successful re-naming and launch of the first 360 homes at Elephant Park.

Work is also well underway at One The Elephant, a landmark, 37-storey tower comprising 284 new homes and Trafalgar Place – a 235 home development.

Ultimately Lend Lease will build nearly 3,000 new homes on the site between now and 2025.

Phase two homes will be designed to exceed Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. They will showcase the latest sustainable building practices and innovations, including water saving features and will be approximately 30% more energy efficient than current regulations require.

They will also feature a strong focus on urban nature with green roofs and green walls as part of a biodiverse landscape.

Rob Heasman, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “The submission of the second phase for planning marks an exciting step in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

“We can already see the changes taking place in what will become one of the most sustainable places to live in Central London, and the last major urban regeneration project in zone one of the Underground.”

West Grove H2 Elephant and Castle

The H2 building will be the tallest in the Elephant Park part of the regeneration scheme

West Grove H3 Elephant and Castle

To increase daylight to homes and balconies the H3 tower is designed into six separate dual aspect blocks.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Treasury pipeline of 1400 flood defence schemes


Thames Gateway

More than 1,400 flood defence projects are set to receive funding to protect 300,000 homes.

The Treasury has detailed the projects this morning that are due to receive a share of the £2.3bn already earmarked for capital spending on flood defences over the next six years.

These latest projects form part of the updated National Infrastructure Plan rolled out today ahead of tomorrow’s Autumn spending statement.

Other headline projects include a deal to support funding of the planned Moorland nuclear power station in Sellafield and a commitment to funding talks for the £750m Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

The Government will also set out a host of railway improvement projects later this morning.

Among the major flood defence projects earmarked for funding the vast Thames Estuary flood aleviation scheme will receive £196m and the Humber Estuary £80m for improvements.

Other flood defence projects include £73m for the Boston barrier in Lincolnshire, £47m for coastal defence improvements for Rossall, Lancashire, £42m for the Oxford western conveyance scheme and £17m for local defences in the Tonbridge area.

Ministers are also committing to spend an extra £15.5m on flood defences in Somerset over the next six years benefitting 7,000 properties – including £4.2m on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

This is part of at least £35m committed to Somerset from this year until 2021.

Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said: “We all saw the destruction and heartache caused by flooding last year and that is why this investment is vital to build up Britain’s defences for the future.

“The projects we are announcing today will protect some of the country’s most at risk locations ensuring that we will be as prepared as possible for future severe weather.”

Construction Enquirer 

Go-ahead for Plymouth’s tallest building


Knightsbridge Student Housing said it hoped to start work on the 22-storey building by next summer.

The 507 student scheme, designed by Boyes Rees Architects, has been developed in consultation with Plymouth City Council, which has a policy preference for tall buildings in the city centre.

The site is in a prominent location, at the northern end of Armada Way, facing onto the junction of Cobourg Street and Western Approach.

Plymouth student halls

The new Beckley Court will be a real landmark building for Plymouth. At 78m high, it will be the tallest building in the city, towering above Plymouth’s present tallest building, the Civic Centre at 53m high.

The building will be operated by The Student Housing Company, which already operates the Astor House building in the city that opened in 2013 and is currently home to 519 students of Plymouth University.

This was built by Bouygues-owned Leadbitter.


Source: Construction Enquirer