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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 


Autodesk Announces $100 Million Spark Investment

30/10/2014

Autodesk Announces $100 Million Spark Investment Fund, the World’s First 3D Printing Investment Program

 
 
 
"The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognize the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception"
 

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, is the first of its kind for the 3D printing industry and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industrial revolution.

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced Spark, an open and free* software platform for 3D printing that will connect digital information to 3D printers in a new way. Spark will connect to any hardware and be materials agnostic, and the company invites the entire 3D printing community to collaborate, build and improve the platform, its associated Ember 3D printer and materials.

Companies and individuals developing groundbreaking hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces are encouraged to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio. In addition to the financial investment, Spark Investment Fund recipients will become part of the Spark partner program and have access to marketing and other developer services available to Spark partners. It is through this unique combination of strategic investment and value-added partnership opportunity that Autodesk seeks to extend and empower the Spark ecosystem and spur innovation toward a more mature 3D printing experience.

“The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognize the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer Products and 3D Printing, at Autodesk. “The Spark Investment Fund will empower innovators to improve 3D printing, and to help us unlock the tremendous promise of this technology.”

To learn more about the Spark Investment Fund or to apply to become a recipient, visit spark.autodesk.com/fund.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone--from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies the software.

© 2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding Autodesk’s investment activities; Autodesk’s ability to provide financial support for, extend and empower, and spur innovation, in the 3D printing industry; the anticipated or potential benefits that entrepreneurs, startups and researchers may derive from Spark and the Spark Investment Fund; the timing and availability of Spark, the Spark Investment Fund and 3D printing in general; and the anticipated market acceptance and demand for 3D printing in general, and the Spark platform in particular. These forward-looking statements are based on management`s current expectations. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks that 3D investments do not materialize or, if so, are not successful; risk related to potential investment accounting impairment charges; risks that Autodesk does not successfully invest in the 3D printing industry; risks that Spark may not perform as anticipated; and risks associated with building market acceptance for 3D printing.

Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in Autodesk's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2014 and Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended April 30 and July 31, 2014, which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

 

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London mayor unveils £20bn Crossrail 2 route

29/10/2014

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled the preferred route for the £20bn Crossrail 2 scheme, running north-south through London.

Plans for Crossrail 2 will now be examined by the transport department before a public consultation on more detailed proposals.

If final permission is granted in 2017, work could begin 2019 – one year after Crossrail is opened.

Already consultants like Arup, Atkins and Parson Brinckerhoff have been approached to work up outline designs for the project.

A second Crossrail scheme is vital to support the capital’s growth, the mayor claimed.

More than half the cost could be met from sources other than the taxpayer, he said.

Crossrail 2 would run from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire to Epsom in Surrey.

The central section would comprise 36km of twin tunnels from Wimbledon to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate.

It would pass through central London via places including Tottenham Court Road, Victoria, Chelsea and Clapham Junction.

Crossrail 2 will support the delivery of up to 200,000 new homes across London by introducing vital new capacity and allowing new residential suburbs and districts to be created.

It will transport up to 90,000 people into central London in the morning peak, supporting the growth of the central London economy.

Working jointly to TfL and DfT consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers are undertaking a funding and finance feasibility study.

PwC’s report examines a range of funding options, and will be published before the Autumn Statement.

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Skanska lands £750m Battersea Power Station deal

28/10/2014

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Skanska has been confirmed as winner of phase two of the £3bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London.

The Battersea Power Station Development Company said the deal could be worth up to £750m.

Skanska is expected to commence the enabling packages for the main works in March 2015 with works on the Power Station scheduled for completion in 2019.

The iconic project to redevelop the old power station also attracted bids from Balfour Beatty, Lend Lease and Mace.

Mace started out as favourite after securing the construction manager role to deliver £100m of enabling works, including demolishing and rebuilding the existing chimneys and restoring the historic structure.

The site handover from Mace to Skanska will be completed by the end of next month.

Philip Gullett, Chief Operating Officer at BPSDC, said: “Skanska’s appointment to restore and refurbish the Power Station is further demonstration of our shareholders’ commitment to the development and a major step towards opening up the Battersea Power Station to the public.

“Skanska is a leading contractor, with the experience and expertise to undertake the work required on this Grade II listed iconic building.”

Developers said work overseen by Mace since October 2013 has seen:
•    The chimney dismantling and rebuild programme is on schedule and led by specialist engineers Beroa Bierrum, working with Delta, the specialist dismantling contractor. The South West chimney – the first to be dismantled before being rebuilt, is down to a height of 20m from its full 50m height. It will be rebuilt and back to full height by the Summer of 2015;

•    Extensive brick work surveys have been undertaken on the Power Station elevations by specialist contractors PAYE Stonework & Restoration Ltd – ahead of the brickwork repairs;
•    Structural repairs to the steel and brick work on the four wash towers beneath the concrete chimneys – led by J.Coffey Construction Ltd – are also progressing to schedule;

Source: Construction Enquirer


Cameron gives green light to develop HS3 plan

27/10/2014

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Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor will give their backing today to develop proposals for a high speed rail link connecting Manchester, Leeds and cities across the north.

Building a northern east-west HS3 link is a chief recommendation in a report published today by David Higgins, the executive chairman of the HS2 project.

In the report, Sir David identifies the vital importance of improving east-west connectivity across the north.

He concludes that with a high speed link the journey time between Leeds and Manchester could be cut from around 55 minutes to between 26 and 34 minutes.

He argues either a new tunnelled high-speed route or an upgraded rail link through existing but unused tunnels through the Pennines are possible options.

David Cameron and George Osborne have also welcomed Sir David Higgins’ recommendation to bring local authorities from the five key cities into one transport umbrella body.

They have now pledged to create a new body called Transport for the North made up of the main northern city regions.

The Government, working with Transport for the North, will now produce a comprehensive transport strategy for the region.

This will include options, costs and a delivery timetable for a HS3 east west rail connection. An interim report will be produced next March.

The Government is also launching a review into the costs and time it takes to build high speed rail, drawing on international experience to find ways to bring down the costs of Phase Two and future high speed rail projects.

The report from Sir David Higgins also gives strong backing to the case for Phase Two of HS2 and sets out proposals to maximise its benefits.

Phase two recommendations

  • Stick with planned route into Manchester city centre via the airport – keeping open the option to add a new airport station.
  • Review the best station solution for Leeds to include provision for increased east-west services through the city.
  • Extended line to Crewe six years earlier than originally proposed to open by by 2027.
  • Stick with Sheffield Meadowhall station plan to serve the wider South Yorkshire region, rather than city council’s call for Sheffield  Victoria
  • The East Midlands hub should be near the proposed site at Toton but its precise location needs further work

  
The Government will set out its detailed plans for Phase Two in 2015.

The Prime Minister said: “Improving connectivity and reducing journey times between our great northern cities is a crucial part of our long term economic plan for the north to boost businesses and create more jobs and security for hardworking people. That’s why we are backing HS3.

“I welcome Sir David Higgins’ report which will help our work to create a Northern Powerhouse and ensure that HS2 delivers the maximum economic benefits.”

“To deliver world class infrastructure requires that as a nation, we ‘think big’. That is exactly what David Higgins has done in his report.”

Source: Construction Enquirer


Government sponsors boat-building apprenticeships

24/10/2014

There are new schemes for apprentices in the marine industry.

There are new schemes for apprentices in the marine industry.

The government’s Trialblazer apprentice scheme has announced a new boatbuilding apprenticeship will be developed by employers working together to design standards in their occupations and sectors.

Co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation, the scheme will be led by Berthon Boat Company and includes Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Pendennis Shipyard, Fairline Boats, Broom Boats, Green Marine, English Harbour Yachts, Windboats and Cockwells.

Keith Longman, yard manager at Berthon, the lead employer for the marine Trailblazer phase, said; “Our group are excited at the opportunity to influence the training delivery of our apprentices. The government’s strategy that apprenticeship training should be employer-led is welcomed by us, and we will embrace the challenge to build a standard that will deliver the competence and behaviours.

The marine industry is one of 37 sectors chosen as a Phase 3 Trailblazer, alongside others such as maritime defence, emergency services and port operations & supply chain.

Sarah Dhanda, senior federation director at the British Marine Federation said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is already a recognised success with some 80 young people completing their boatbuilding training each year.”

“By developing marine apprenticeships further we are ensuring the continued quality of the industry’s training programme. We will be preserving much needed skills and ensuring the sector is well placed for the future, whilst crucially maintaining a strong profile both in government and within young people.”

The changes will build on strengths of the current scheme, but the reformed apprenticeships will meet the needs of the future economy in years to come, ensure apprenticeships are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers and ensure they are viewed with the same esteem as University.

Skills minister Nick Boles enthused “I congratulate the marine industry for the key role they are playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative boatbuilding companies will collaborate with their industry partners, giving people the skills they need to thrive and providing what our businesses need to compete.”

Phase 1 and Phase 2 Trailblazers reached over 400 employers who worked together to design the first employer-led Apprenticeship standards.

Launched in October 2013, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer scheme is to enable businesses to produce employer-led standards for key apprenticeship roles in their industry.

It has already been launched in energy & utilities, digital industries, financial services, life sciences and industrial sciences. The new Apprenticeship standards focus on achieving competence in an occupation.

The criteria for the apprentices are to ensure the skills it provides must be numerous, challenging, valuable and transferable. Once an apprentice has completed their training, they must be able to perform the same role in any firm regardless of its size or sector. Occupations should be of a sufficiently high level to ensure this.

Source: The Manufacturer


Wigan council invites bids for £21m link road

22/10/2014

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Wigan Council is starting the hunt for bidders to deliver the 2.5km A49 Link Road project.

The new dual carriageway will provide a new high-capacity route into Wigan town centre from the south of the borough

The proposed A49 Goose Green to Westwood Park Link Road project includes three major structures to bridge existing watercourses, canals and a primary road.

The upgrade scheme will improve two junctions along the A49 and pave the way for housing projects at Pemberton Park and Wigan Arc.

Firms have until 24 November to complete PQQs and can obtain more information from the Chest website.

Source: Construction Enquirer 


London HS2 supply chain event draws 900 firms

17/10/2014

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More than 900 firms will gather in London this morning to hear details of first phase work packages on the HS2 project.

The firms coming from Dundee to Devon will be told £10bn worth of projects will be available on the initial stretch of high-speed railway from London and the West Midlands.

Building work is programmed to start at the turn of 2016/17 and take around nine and half years to deliver at a total targeted cost of £17.16bn, including rolling stock.

Phase one will see four major stations remodelled or built.
More than half the route will be in cuttings or tunnels, raising the scale of the civil engineering challenge.

It will also require around 100 bridges and viaducts.

HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby said:”The pace of HS2’s development is accelerating so we’re ready to hit the ground running, assuming Royal Assent in 2016.

“It is excellent to see such massive support and interest from industry in making the new north-south line a reality.

“To build HS2 between the West Midlands and London is a huge undertaking: £10bn worth of contracts and at peak construction we’ll be employing around 40,000 people to deliver the first part of this strategically important piece of infrastructure that is an investment in the country’s future stretching decades ahead.”

Packages

  • Tunnels (£2.9bn): 4 main packages of work
  • Surface Route (2.7bn): 3 to 6 main packages of work
  • Stations (£2.6bn): 4 main packages (one main per station). Also option of combining the Birmingham stations and splitting Euston into several packages.
  • Enabling Works (£600m): New framework agreement with several ‘Lots’ for different work types and locations
  • Railway Systems (1.5bn): 4 to 6 route-wide packages
  • Design Services (£350m): Multi-disciplinary packages to progress design to a level appropriate to the contracting strategy
  • Rolling Stock, Depots and Signalling (2bn+) Single package, with location of depots to be established by HS2 Ltd.

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The bill to build and operate Phase One of HS2 is currently progressing through Parliament.

The next HS2 Supply Chain Conferences will be held in Manchester (23 October 2014)

                                                              

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Balfour Beatty names new chief executive

15/10/2014

Balfour Beatty has revealed its new chief executive officer will be Leo Quinn of QinetiQ.

Quinn, who started his career with Balfour as a qualified civil engineer, replaces John McNaughton, who stood down more than six months ago after a string of profit warnings.

He has been CEO of defence technology group QinetiQ for more than five years and earned a reputation as a straight talking boss.

The City reacted positively to the appointment with Balfour shares up 12% in early trading.

A trained civil engineer, he started his career at Balfour Beatty in 1979 working for the construction services business.

Quinn starts on a basic salary package of £800,000 and will be compensated for loss of incentives at QinetiQ when he joins on 1 January.

Before Qinetiq he was chief executive of banknote printer De La Rue between 2005 and 2009.

He spent 16 years with Honeywell and is a non-executive director at Betfair. His hobbies include skiing, shooting and the performing arts.

Executive Chairman Steve Marshall said: “Leo is an outstanding individual with an excellent track record in improving the performance of major international businesses.

“He has the depth and breadth of experience and the drive to lead our company through the next stage of its development. I am confident that Balfour Beatty will thrive under Leo’s leadership.”

Quinn said: “Balfour Beatty is a world-leading brand with world-leading talent.

“Having started my career there, I am very proud to be rejoining a company so ingrained in British engineering, and am resolute in my ambition to realise its enormous potential for customers, employees and investors.

“The building blocks are there to give Balfour Beatty’s people the success they deserve and I am keen to work with them to create something significant and lasting.”

Quinn’s basic annual salary will be supplemented with pension and benefits in line with Balfour’s approved remuneration policy. 


Nissan launches UK Skills Foundation

14/10/2014

Nissan launches UK Skills Foundation to promote careers in engineering and manufacturing

A range of workshops, competitions, practical activities and facility tours will see more than 15,000 students experience the innovation and excitement of 21st century automotive design, engineering and manufacturing over the next two years.

Under the umbrella of the Nissan Skills Foundation, the new initiatives include sponsorship of F1 in Schools, a competition bringing the thrill of Formula 1 racing into classrooms across North East England. Other activities include Industrial Cadets plus the Nissan Blue Citizenship programmes Eco School and Monozukuri Caravan.

The initiative has been announced as Nissan once again supports the UK Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme by opening its doors to give young people a unique behind-the-scenes insight into its UK operations.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said: “The Nissan Skills Foundation has been created to inspire the next generation of British design, engineering, and manufacturing talent.

“There are many elements of this wider programme, which will be the focus of our community activity in North East England and will excite many thousands of young people about science and engineering.”

Commenting on the Nissan Skills Foundation, Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I am delighted that employers like Nissan are playing such an important role in inspiring children and young people to take up careers in manufacturing, science and engineering.

“Alongside the See Inside Manufacturing scheme, the Nissan Skills Foundation will help children and young people to understand the value of careers in this sector and ensure that businesses have the skills they need to grow.”

The F1 In Schools programme gives children a chance to gain new skills by running their own motorsport team, not just racing model cars but learning about the engineering, design, logistics and management required to get a car on the road. Sponsored by Nissan, regional entries will create their racing cars in the company’s Global Training Centre in Sunderland, with a view to progressing into national and even international races.

The second new activity is an expansion of the Nissan Blue Citizenship Eco Schools programme, which was first launched in Japan and teaches students about Nissan’s approach to finding solutions to global environmental issues using fun, interactive experiences.

Students discover how electric vehicles work and even get to build a model EV and their own wind farm before experiencing the world’s best-selling electric vehicle from the passenger seat of an all-electric Nissan LEAF.

Nissan is also expanding its Monozukuri Caravan workshops for year 6 pupils (age 10-11), which is a hands-on, interactive workshop celebrates Nissan’s Monozukuri, the Japanese term for ‘the art of making things’. Over 1,000 pupils attended a Monozukuri Caravan last year and it is already fully booked to the end of 2014.

Nissan is also running a number of smaller, more intensive programmes including theIndustrial Cadets for pre-GCSE pupils (year 9) and the Engineering Education Scheme, both of which offer students the chance to tackle hands-on real life industrial and science-based challenges.

Nissan’s See Inside Manufacturing activities see 2,500 schoolchildren visit Sunderland Plant every year over a two-week period as part of a national partnership between Government and Industry created to transform students perception of manufacturing in strategic sectors

Adrian Smart, Human Resources Director at Nissan Sunderland Plant, added: “There is also a serious message behind all these activities for children, parents and teachers. Whether it is the opportunity to travel the world to visit plants in Japan, North America or Russia, commission a new fleet of robots or drive home the new car that you’ve been responsible for building – manufacturing and engineering offer long-term and inspiring careers.”

The schools which have already visited Nissan include Swalwell Primary School in Gateshead, whose Deputy Headteacher Peter Hampson said: “The children love coming. They gain so much from the experience they have here with Nissan. They learn teamwork skills, they learn all about the possibility of careers in industry, they learn about the production process and they just really love every single second they spend here.

“It’s really interesting for both the boys and the girls to see what’s available, to find out what fantastic opportunities there are and therefore to think how they may like to plan their careers.”

The Nissan Skills Foundation will have a dedicated team based at Nissan Sunderland Plant who will be able to support schools by explaining the careers available in manufacturing and the different activities available for schools to access. Teachers can get more information by contacting Heather Corrigan via email at Heather.corrigan@nissan-nmuk.co.uk or on (0191) 415 2035.

Source: AW