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Mouchel: from bidders to bankers Highways specialist leaves shareholders in its tracks as deal secures its financial future p5

March 2011

Morrell’s email sets the scene for crunch talks p2

April 2007

Mouchel trading at 473 pence per share

Costain and Interserve’s takeover bids rejected

October 2011

August 2012 Banks and management buy firm from administrators after shareholders reject 1p per share offer

Wrangle over strategic forum

Former CEO and chairman resign

Opinion p18 “George Osborne is actually going to have to do something. If he is intelligent, he’ll launch an economic recovery plan with real growth in construction” NOBLE FRANCIS, ECONOMICS DIRECTOR, CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION

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Industry foru Balfour chief asked to chair new advisory panel to government as strategic forum mulls radical overhaul EXCLUSIVE TOM FITZPATRICK

The Strategic Forum for Construction will hold crunch talks next week as it considers proposals to radically shake up its governance structure to present a unified industry voice to lobby the government, CN can reveal. Among the proposals is that Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler chair a new advisory council to the Government Construction Board, established in consultation with the strategic forum. In a document entitled Proposals for a re-modelled Strategic Forum for Construction (see box below), seen by CN, chief construction adviser Paul Morrell proposes that the forum should, in consultation with government, create an advisory council comprising industry leaders advising an operational board – effectively the existing forum – on strategy and programme. The forum has been repeatedly

beset by criticism that it does not speak in a joined-up way on behalf of the entire industry. In an interview with CN in November 2011, forum chairman Lord O’Neill said he hoped that “by the summer, people will think we have re-established the forum as a credible and coherent voice on behalf of the industry”. However forum members have also criticised the CBI construction council for “attempting to take over” as the industry’s voice to government. This claim is fiercely denied by senior CBI policy-makers, who say

STRATEGIC FORUM PROPOSALS INCLUDE: ■ The forum should be a formal legal entity with a proper memorandum and articles, rather than an informal body. ■ It needs to achieve consensus about representations to the government that the industry could usefully make on a united front. ■ The forum should operate at three levels: high-level engagement with the government; industry reform/ improvement; and where issues are sufficiently collective, such as matters of best practice.

■ It should, in consultation with government, create an advisory council comprising industry leaders advising an operational board on issues such as strategy/programme. ■ Membership of the forum should be reviewed, while retaining the depth of supply chain and range of business sizes. ■ The forum needs a business plan which requires member organisations to pool resources and programmes on matters of shared interest.


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they want to see one voice for the industry and that the government is responding positively to collaborative lobbying from several organisations including the CBI on issues such as housing. Mr Morrell’s document was sent in an email to around 10 forum members, in which he states that the structure diagram for the Government Construction Board has always included an option for an advisory council, but he has been “reluctant to create it” because it risks marginalising the forum unless the two are attached. He added that Infrastructure UK is “particularly keen on the idea” that Mr Tyler chair a new advisory council and that the Balfour Beatty chief “indicated a preparedness to do so” when the idea was first mooted, but he has since been drafted onto IUK’s own advisory

“We have to have our group where we come together… We can’t just stick our heads in the sand” JACK PrINGle, CONSTrUCTION INdUSTry COUNCIl

The CBI will push ahead with plans for a new construction survey, despite fears that it will dilute the market with another set of data. The confederation is believed to be keen to challenge the Office for National Statistics output stats through its new survey, but will attempt to collaborate with the Construction Products Association on the Construction Trade Survey, which also uses data from five other industry bodies. The CBI council is chaired by Midas group chairman Steve Hindley and boasts industry leaders including Mr Tyler and the chief executives of Costain, Galliford Try and Kier among its 34 members. Several individuals sit on the CBI council and strategic forum, including Construction Products Association chairman Bill Bolsover and UKCG chairman James Wates.

council chaired by IUK nonexecutive chairman Paul Skinner. Mr Morrell and Mr Tyler have spoken since then and the Balfour Beatty chief executive has indicated he would still be willing to chair such a council, “if he can be persuaded that the structure is set up in such a way that it would be effective”, according to Mr Morrell’s email. In the email, the chief construction adviser stresses that the proposals are offered in a personal capacity, rather than in his official capacity. The advisory council proposal could see West Midlands-based contractor Stepnell’s managing director Mark Wakeford working in tandem with Mr Tyler as a “voice of the SME sector”, and is one of several being considered by the forum, with members set to debate proposed changes at its regular meeting next week. It is understood Lord O’Neill is

likely to remain in his position as chair while proposals for a new strategic forum are taken forward in the coming months. Speaking to CN, Mr Morrell said: “I get asked inside government at the highest levels ‘who do I talk to?’ What tends to happen is that I put out a series of calls to people. “It would be much better if the industry says ‘we are not the answer to every problem but we know a man or a woman who is’.” He added that a body of people should be put forward by the forum to respond to issues from the government, but they needed to feed back to the forum “because if the first thing someone says [to government] is ‘you need to increase tender lists to 30’ and they’re completely foreign to the [Government Construction] Strategy then that’s not helpful.” He said the industry needs a forum which “talks to the whole of itself” with an emphasis on integration leading to a better offer for customers. The ideas “must be in the hands of the people who actually spend the money” where there is “a core of people to speak for the industry from across the whole of its breadth”, Mr Morrell added. Several strategic forum members told CN that while they acknowledged the forum needs revamping, they wanted to hear and discuss ‘all options’ for reform at the meeting next week. Mr Morrell also insisted that the forum needs to work with the CBI construction council, but that the CBI council cannot solely speak for construction as it “is not representative of the whole industry”. He added: “The CBI brand is hugely powerful, so it would be a very odd world if you created a strategic forum that didn’t have a settled relationship with the CBI. Competition [between] the two bodies is not helpful to customers.” Construction Industry Council


“It would be much better if industry says ‘we are not the answer to every problem but we know a man or a woman who is’” chairman Jack Pringle also insisted that the two groups should co-exist. He added: “The CBI council is a fact of life… Certain parts of the industry will want to use that conduit to get straightforward issues communicated to the government. “I can see the attraction; I understand why big contractors have gone onto it and why big architects and engineers would like to go on there. “We have to have our group where we come together… We can’t just stick our heads in the sand, whether the CBI council is inconvenient or not. “I think [on] the structural composition, whether it has subworking groups or reporting committees, we will have to change to make it work.” CBI director for business environment Rhian Kelly said: “I think we need more consistency in our messages for government as a construction sector. I don’t think it matters what organisation they come from, provided we are aligning ourselves.” Both Mr Tyler and Mr Wakeford were unavailable for comment. Morrell meets with incoming adviser Peter Hansford to discuss strategy 30 August 2012 | 3


Mouchel completes debt-for-equity deal

Chief executive Grant Rumbles: debt-for-equity swap gives his team space to operate

Bank ownership goes ahead despite shareholders’ rejection of the deal, securing all 8,000 jobs

Mouchel was sold to its banks and management team last weekend in a pre-pack administration deal that secured 8,000 jobs. The announcement came hours after shareholders voted against a proposed debt-for-equity swap on Friday, which would have resulted in the same lender-led ownership structure while returning a ‘special dividend’ of just 1 penny per share. Shareholders had seen the engineering consultant’s share price rise to 473p in 2007. It rejected a takeover by VT Group at 294 pence per share in 2010 and bids of £175m in 2011 by Costain and Interserve. Shareholders were left with nothing at the weekend as the consultancy was delisted from the Stock Exchange. Chief executive Grant Rumbles told CN on Friday: “We have a whole range of individuals who don’t understand, who don’t watch, or don’t care.” Directors at Mouchel – which specialises in public services

including highways maintenance – immediately filed to appoint administrators after the shareholder meeting. MRBL Limited, a newly incorporated company owned by lenders RBS, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays and the group’s management, acquired the businesses from administrator KPMG. Administrators said a fall in profitability had meant Mouchel could not service its debt. The sum wiped off arrangements or The deal Mouchel’s debt by pursue insolvency. wipes £87m off the deal Mouchel’s debt, The source added leaving it with £60m that Mouchel’s to repay. financial situation was This week Mr Rumbles told “unsustainable”, while a debtCN the ownership structure is for-equity swap “gives Grant and based on a ‘ratchet’ system with his team the space to operate”. the banks owning 95 per cent, Asked about governance and but potential for managers to whether the bank will step in on increase their 5 per cent stake to operations, the source said: 20 per cent. “Banks are not construction One bank source close to the companies.” deal told CN they prefer to avoid Mr Rumbles said the direct ownership of companies, management team stays in place and the jobs of more than 8,000 instead opting to extend loan


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people have been preserved. He refused to comment on whether the management’s incentive scheme – which includes £1.45m in salary and bonuses for him as CEO – is still in effect. Mouchel to be taken off the stock exchange

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Laing O’Rourke lands its third Crossrail deal

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Laing O’Rourke has beaten three rivals to win a deal to build Read it the £35 million Custom fiRstsorty House Crossrail station. this The contractor has broke on beaten Hochtief, 16 aug Costain and Geoffrey Osborne who were on the shortlist from a long list of companies that prequalified for the job. It completes a remarkable hattrick for the contractor, which landed the £300m main construction contract for Liverpool Street Station in March and the £200m Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in June. Crossrail’s commercial director Martin Buck said: “The new Crossrail station at Custom House will not only assist with the continued regeneration of the Royal Docks but it will also improve links between central London and the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.” Custom House is the only above-ground station within Crossrail’s central section and will be built on the site of the former North London Line station which closed in December 2006. Work will commence in early 2013 and the station is due to be completed by 2018.

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Crossrail is to open its new BIM academy to multiple clients, echoing lessons learned at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy. Crossrail head of technical information Malcolm Taylor told CN he wanted contractors to learn to use BIM the “Crossrail way”, rather than pushing their own methods of working across the project. Contractors will receive free training from Bentley Systems at the academy, where they will work on existing

Crossrail BIM data and systems. Mr Taylor said: “We have created training facilities to cover all aspects of typical lifecycle [of a project] from design and specialist technology to asset management. “When I talk to software providers and ask which projects have been fully handed over into operations and maintenance, they say no one has ever really done it fully successfully. “You always have people who want to reinvestigate the data after it’s handed over. I’m determined we don’t do that on Crossrail so we will have the data properly organised and collated in a virtual way.

“Contractors … can take skills they develop here and apply them to other projects. “We need [contractors] to do things Crossrail’s way but we want to incorporate their best practice and get them more consistent.” The entire Crossrail project exists in a digital 3D model which is handed to the contractors and will eventually move across to the operators and those responsible for maintaining the railway, reducing its running costs. Crossrail seeks contractor for £50m work at Paddington

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Woolwich nears £100m finance deal Funding for Crossrail station box ‘will go ahead’ says Mayor, but Greenwich Council remains cautious finance chris berkin

The impasse over funding for the fit-out of the Woolwich ReaD it Crossrail station box fiRstsorty looks close to resolution, this with the Mayor of broke on London’s office telling 31 aug CN that agreement has been reached “in principle”. CN revealed that the May 2018 deadline for opening the £100m station looked in danger earlier this year, as Berkeley Homes struggled to agree funding terms with the Department for Total length of the been resolved. Transport and crossrail network Greenwich “We expect Council. that there will be But Mayor of further meetings London Boris Johnson over the next few months told CN last week: “The and we are hopeful for a positive outcome.” Woolwich box is solved – that will go ahead.” But a spokesman for the Greenwich Council, however, Mayor of London told CN: “There seemed less certain. It confirmed is a deal that’s been proposed, that “discussions are ongoing that’s received agreement in between officials”, adding: principle from all of the parties “While we are increasingly concerned. Detailed discussions confident of a successful outcome, are under way.” it is premature to say all funding The 30 ha site will include and construction issues have waterside housing and retail

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development – in 2009. In 2011, it looked as though a deal had been struck, but the plan was scuppered by disagreement over who would fund the fit-out of the station. The Royal Arsenal development is expected to deliver 2,517 homes, as well as retail, catering and office facilities, alongside a cinema and community centre. crossrail-paddington Crossrail applies for Paddington site

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Shortcuts expose firms to corruption Survey reveals that construction firms are more likely to pay bribes than companies in other sectors EXCLUSIVE CHRIS BERKIN

Legal figures have warned construction firms to shore up their defences against corruption abroad, as a report seen by CN shows some firms are cutting corners as the recession bites. Ernst & Young partner Kevin Hills told CN that as companies diversified into new markets where governments were investing in large infrastructure projects, many risked a “failure to put in adequate procedure to minimise the risk” of bribery. This included neglecting to conduct in-country risk assessments, or a false belief that they could use the fact that bribery “seems normal” abroad as a defence. A number of UK firms have expanded operations in recent years, particularly in high-risk areas such as the Brics countries and the Middle East. Provisions of the Bribery Act 2010 mean that British firms operating abroad can be fined or otherwise prosecuted for bribes paid overseas, while international firms with a UK ‘footprint’ are also liable under UK law. “There’s so many other things

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they have to deal with just because of the recession,” said Mr Hills. “But the time that they do get caught could be devastating – fines, debarring – it could be the end of the company.” Transparency International’s latest Bribe Payers’ Index found

that construction firms were far more likely to pay bribes than those in other sectors, although UK firms were comparatively honest (see table). Mr Hills added that although the lack of precedent relating to the new bribery regulations meant

penalties were uncertain, firms should not take the risk lightly. “All we know is that the language judges are using is very strong,” he said. “It may mean that some companies walk away from work – the uncomfortable truth is that on occasion, if a firm plays by the rules, it will lose out.” Pinsent and Masons partner and head of corporate crime and internal investigations Barry Vitou said that British firms abroad were risking commercial and legal problems if they failed to do their homework on overseas business cultures, or tried to short-circuit local procedures to meet Western deadlines. The warnings come as an Ernst & Young report, seen by CN, finds that half of financial workers and executives in real estate and construction say that their firms are willing to cut corners because of the recession. Forty-six per cent of respondents in developing countries thought that bribery and corruption was widespread in their markets, compared with 21 per cent of respondents in the developed world. Bribery Act guidance softens stance on facilitation

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Defence estates deal could top £400m Three consortia shortlisted for incentive-based DIO contract to receive briefing document next month exclusive tom fitzpatrick

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Defence secretary philip Hammond said the deal would benefit both parties

could really be achieved without a private sector partner. “It’s about taking cost out so no one should be worried about paying a fee because it’s about finding savings that wouldn’t have otherwise been there. “If they are paying a proportion of savings they will be delighted to pay [for example] £1 billion if they have managed to save £5bn. “They have to be vague about the price of the contract at the moment because no one knows what the base costs are.” A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “The £400m figure is an estimate of the upper range of contract payment that may come to pass over the life of the contract. “The MoD can only provide an estimate, as the contract will be largely incentive-based.” Bidders for the contract were asked whether they could manage DIO’s operations and staff; develop and implement a strategic asset management plan for its estate; manage existing and new suppliers; and develop contract strategies to drive efficiencies across the MoD estate. The DIO believes long-term

partnering with industry may enable it to “harness the expertise available in the private sector to create a world-class sustainable, efficient and professional organisation at the best cost to the taxpayer”. Mace chief operating officer Mark Holmes said Mace “is looking forward to the next phase of competition in this UK consortium”. “We will be working with Telereal Trillium and KPMG to offer the right support to DIO in its transformation programme,” he added. “Mace has a strong track record of bringing innovation and practical support to clients, both public and private, though sustained programmes to transform their estate as business needs change.” An ‘invitation to tender’ is due to be issued to the competing consortia in the next few weeks. The bid teams will be asked to demonstrate that they can provide the MoD with “the right skills and expertise” before the DIO reaches a final decision on its preferred strategic business partner next

of serco’s strategic partnership business, said: “This is an excellent example of the changes and acceleration that the mod has been making to their procurement processes, with the competition having only started in may and expected to complete by next summer.” n Defence secretary philip Hammond (pictured) said: “our search for a strategic business partner is expected to extend the capability of the dIo further by allowing it access to private sector skills and innovation. This is an example of where the private sector can add significant value in working with the public sector through a long-term strategic partnering arrangement to deliver benefits for both parties.” He added: “If this type of partnering arrangement proves successful, it offers the potential for further use in other parts of defence in future.” n Dio chief executive andrew manley said: “We were delighted with both the quality and quantity of responses from industry, which allowed us to carry out a full and thorough evaluation before arriving at our choice of candidates to take through to the next stage.”

summer. However, an award will be made only if it provides “value for money to the MoD and the taxpayer”, said the MoD. The consortia announcement follows the start of a tendering process in July for the DIO’s eastern framework, whereby up to five companies will be awarded contracts worth a total of £250m for design and build projects. DIO begins tender process for East framework worth up to £250m

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A contract to find a new private sector partner for the Ministry of Defence estates and services could exceed its estimated £400 million price under an incentivebased deal, with staff from the winning consortia set to be seconded to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. CN has learned that the DIO will present the three shortlisted consortia for the scheme with a full briefing document next month on the extent of its land bank, assets and costs. Each of the three consortia will then be expected to set the fee it would charge for a core management team to be seconded into the DIO if it was eventually chosen as the winning private sector partner. After that point, further expenses will be paid through an incentive-based approach whereby the winning team will be paid a percentage of savings achieved. The DIO has shortlisted three consortia to become its private sector business partner: Telereal Trillium/KPMG/Mace; Serco/ DTZ/Bechtel; and Capita/URS/ PA Consulting. One source told CN: “Winning this bid will be a very real challenge. You will have to prove you can do it better than someone else who might say ‘I can save [the MoD] 50 per cent of its costs’. There will also be a really interesting discussion to be had around what

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Carillion chief: PFI model likely to remain intact

results breakdown n Infrastructure revenue was up 27 per cent to £279.5m (2011: £219.4m), with adjusted operating profit of £10.9m (2011: £5.7m). n Environment division revenue, including share of JVs and associates, was £127.1m (2011: £159.8m), with operating profit, excluding PFI transfers, of £1.6m (2011: £6.7m). n Energy and process, including share of JVs and associates, was £70.5m (2011: £88.6m), with adjusted operating profit of £2.4m (2011: £1.8m).


Carillion boss Richard Howson has told CN he expects the government to announce a new PFI model that largely reinforces the existing scheme. He also said his construction division had achieved a 69 per cent hike in profits by steering clear of small projects, keeping a national focus and shrinking the UK division while remaining ready to bid for large-scale PPP projects. Treasury department Infrastructure UK has been assessing PFI since launching a call for evidence in December 2011. Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander told CN earlier this month that an announcement would be made “very soon”. Mr Howson – an advocate of the Canadian PPP model – said: “I don’t think there will be a lot of change. I think the essential components will remain intact, in that there will be significant risk transfer through design and construction… what we call hard FM [facilities management] will be retained; there may be some playaround [with] the soft services.” Mr Howson said he hoped the main focus would be on streamlining the procurement processes for the benefit of clients and contractors.



Costain expansion ‘on track’ Support services set to represent 40 per cent of company revenue business luke cross

Costain will ramp up its support services to 40 per cent of company revenue by recruiting skilled workers and making acquisitions, its directors have told CN. The firm will continue to target engineering consultancy and maintenance services acquisitions, according to chief executive Andrew Wyllie (pictured) and finance director Tony Bickerstaff. The pair spoke to CN after Costain reported a 2 per cent rise in revenue to £477.9 million for the six months to 30 June 2012, with operating profit up 16 per cent to

£10.7m (June 2011: £9.2m). Infrastructure saw profits from operations up 91 per cent from £5.7m to £10.9m. Mr Wyllie said the firm was focusing on big blue-chip customers looking for contractors that can offer an integrated service. Costain continues to grow organically – recruiting more people to offer specialist skills – and by acquiring engineering consultancy and operational maintenance services “that our customers would like us to provide”, he said. Support services now represents 28 per cent of the £850m of revenue secured for 2012, and is on track to increase

to 40 per cent in the long term. “We have got to be able to demonstrate that we can do consulting engineering, deliver projects and maintain them.” Asked about competition and new entrants to the infrastructure market, Mr Bickerstaff highlighted the complexity of the £400m London Bridge station project for Network Rail. He said: “I’m not saying there’s not strong competition, of course there is – but there is a limited number of organisations that have got that skillset.” @luke_cross1 Follow Luke Cross for all the latest company results

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FMB secures buyer for £5m HQ

The FmB has agreed to sell its present headquarters for about £5m

Federation of Master Builders locked in negotiations after agreeing sale of present home smes Tom FiTzpaTrick

A buyer has been secured for the Federation of Master Builders’ London headquarters but it could still be months before an agreement is reached on its preferred new home. CN understands that the FMB has agreed a deal worth about £5 million for the freehold of 14/15 Great James Street, which was advertised through estate agent Morgan Lambert & Partners for £5.75m earlier this year. The FMB is still locked in negotiations about a move to Ely Place in London’s EC1, in a deal understood to be worth less than £3m. Negotiations on securing the new property have proved difficult as the building is owned by five separate parties, each of whom is believed to be negotiating its sale on an individual basis. FMB chief executive Brian Berry told CN he hopes the move will be wrapped up in the next couple of months and that the federation may look to reinvest

the surplus cash from the move. Mr Berry insisted the FMB does not need the surplus money from the sale, but added the surplus would be reinvested, potentially in new property. He said: “We don’t need the money. Our offices in Great James Street have quite a lot of spare space. “We can rationalise that, still have a freehold property – it does release more money to invest elsewhere but also in the business. “We need to think carefully how we will invest the surplus money. There are things we could be doing in terms of building up our service potential. “We need to surplus cash FmB use our money is likely to wisely in terms of Mr Berry insisted investing in FMB the buyers for the have following certification, our current FMB its move technical services, and headquarters will not might want to put money walk away from the deal. back into property to secure our He said: “[The delay] is purely reserves.” [due to] negotiating with the Despite the delay in vendors of the new property. We negotiations for the new property, have a buyer for our property but first reported in CN in January, we can’t buy yet.


“The price [of Ely House] is part of the factor. We’ve almost reached an agreement on that but also we’re dealing with five people who own that property.” Carillion among Green Deal trailblazers as FMB launches cert scheme

Henry Boot group sees profits down a third Business

Henry Boot saw group revenue and profits drop by a third in the first half of 2012, despite a rise in construction profits. The contractor and developer saw group revenue fall from £66.9 million to £43.3m, with profit before tax down from £9.1m to £5.8m, as it built up its land bank. Construction revenue dipped from £38.8m to £35.9m in the period to 30 June,while pre-tax 14 | 30 August 2012

profits rose from £3m to £3.9m. In land development, revenue from land sales was just £800,000 compared with £22m last time, as Henry Boot made no significant sales and focused on buying plots. Land development saw a loss of £27,000, compared with £7.9m of profit in the first half of 2011. Property investments returned to profit. The group’s net debt at 30 June 2012 was £22m, up by £19.8m on

“We have an unprecedented number of strategic land sites working through the recently revised planning process” John Brown, chairman, henry Boot

the 31 December 2011 cash figure of £2.3m. Chairman John Brown said: “We have an unprecedented number of strategic land sites working through the recently revised planning process. “As anticipated, we did not conclude any material land sales in the first half of 2012. However, we continued to invest heavily and added over 700 acres to our land portfolio.”



Scottish firm goes under with 130 jobs lost

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Scottish contractor W H Brown has been placed in receivership with the loss of 130 jobs after almost 42 years. Derek Neil Hyslop and Colin Peter Dempster of Ernst & Young were appointed joint receivers of W H Brown Construction (Dundee) and Bronco Timber Products on 20 August. The firm worked on projects ranging from minor works to single projects worth up to £9m and had worked across sectors including commercial, retail, industrial, education and housing. Bronco Timber Products is the firm’s joinery manufacturing unit. Mr Hyslop said: “Despite the best efforts of the directors, difficult economic conditions have resulted in a situation where the immediate cessation of trading is necessary at both companies. “Regretfully, this has resulted in the unavoidable loss of approximately 130 jobs. We are now focused on establishing the full extent of the company’s debts as we aim to realise its assets on behalf of its creditors.” According to Glenigan, the contractor was still bidding for several projects against main contractors including Bam Construct and Sir Robert McAlpine in recent months and had lost out this month on a £2m build for a new cancer centre at Monklands General Hospital to John Dennis & Co. The receivers are arranging a workshop in conjunction with Partnership Action for Continuing Employment, where the firms’ employees will be assisted in the completion of redundancy and benefit claims forms, and offered advice on retraining and employment opportunities. W H Brown’s clients have included Bank of Scotland and among its recent contract wins was a major roof refurbishment for Angus Council. 16 | 30 August 2012

bovis chief david ritchie said banks are not telling customers about newbuy

Persimmon has reported a 65 per cent rise in pre-tax profit for the first half of 2012, with margin topping 12 per cent, while Bovis has seen pre-tax profits double in the first six months of 2012.. Persimmon’s underlying pretax profits increased to £98.7 million in the six months to 30 June, compared with £59.7m in the same period last year, as revenue increased 13 per cent to £806.7m (2011: £712.8m). Bovis said pre-tax profits rose from £8.1m to £16.2m in the half year to 30 June, as revenue increased 27 per cent from £133.6m to £170.3m. Operating margin was up from 7.5 per cent to 10.3 per cent. The firm has also doubled its dividend from 1.5p to 3p.

NewBuy campaign unveiled Industry and government to drive scheme amid fears of a lack of awareness speaking to their banks or arranging mortgages without being told about NewBuy until they contact the housebuilder. The mortgage indemnity Housebuilders and government scheme is underwritten by will launch a campaign next government and housebuilders month to make the public more and allows buyers to secure a aware of the NewBuy scheme. The consumer-facing campaign home with a 5 per cent deposit. “I think what would make it comes amid concerns that some more impactful is a bit more banks are not promoting the awareness. The banks don’t product as actively as they could advertise this,” said Mr Ritchie. be, and follows the governmentHe said it is essentially a bank commissioned Montague report product, but banks see it as a that urged a relaxation of housing product. requirements for builders to Mr Ritchie said it would be build affordable homes in new“really helpful” if banks marketed build schemes. the product, which he sees as the The Home Builders Federation most sustainable answer to confirmed to CN that it is in help people access talks with the home loans. Department for Persimmon Communities and group managing Local Government director Jeff about the Fairburn NewBuy launch confirmed to CN in September. deposit enabled Bovis chief that his company under newbuy executive David is behind the scheme Ritchie said firstcampaign. He said: time buyers are “It’s something that we housebuilding luke cross


believe needs promoting; 95 per cent mortgages are a good thing for the market and I think there are many potential homebuyers out there who have perhaps been put off by press suggestions you need 20 or 25 per cent deposits. We hope to generate additional interest to drive more traffic to sites.” Mr Fairburn said the product “got off to a slowish start”, but that rates are now sub-5 per cent and more competitive. A spokesman for the HBF said that, with a number of big banks and housebuilders on board, a campaign before the autumn selling season is a good time to promote the product. Participating builders include Barratt, Bellway, Bloor, Bovis, Cala, Crest Nicholson, Croudace, Fairview, Langan, Linden, Persimmon, Redrow and Taylor Wimpey. NewBuy is backed by Barclays, Halifax, Nationwide, NatWest and Santander. _tory_ housing Tory councils falling behind on social housing



Job fears as Severfield restructures Severfield-Rowen chief executive concedes possibility of redundancies following division merger specialists luke cross

profits plummet but revenue rises Severfield-rowen has reported a 56 per cent fall in pre-tax profits on increased revenue for the six months to 30 June. margin was also down from 4.7 per cent to 1.8 per cent. The firm cited a diminishing construction market and pricing pressures, along with overruns on two complex schemes. mr Haughey told Cn: “we are trading profitably but i suspect the bulk of our competitors are not now trading profitably. “That in turn suggests there will be more rationalisation to come as a result, because many of them

Severfield-Rowen’s chief executive said that he could not rule Read iT “some reductions” to fiRST out staff levels as a result of This story plans to merge three broke on businesses into a single 21 aUG organisation. The Olympics and Shard steelworks firm announced it is planning to reorganise its largest division Severfield-Rowen Structures, along with Watson Steel Structures and Steelcraft Erection Services, into one group: SeverfieldWatson Structures. which employs The restructure fall in pre-tax profits 1,300 direct staff. is expected to take He said the at severfieldplace by the end of company started rowen, half year this year, enabling consultation with to 30 June the firm to emerge as staff and unions last Europe’s “largest and week. “The focus of this most efficient” steelworks reorganisation is not about job fabricator and a “single cuts; the focus of this contracting entity from 1 January”. reorganisation is about better Chief executive officer Tom co-ordination,” he told CN. Haughey told CN there will be no “We are in consultation with people; that started last week so I operational site closures and that would rather not comment. operating levels are “very busy”. “We won’t rule out some However, he could not rule out reductions as a consequence of “some reductions” at the group,


cannot sustain the price levels and cost they have at the moment.” The company has sustained its uK order book at £218 million (may 2012: £216m). an interim dividend of 1.50p per share was declared and will be paid on 26 october 2012 to shareholders on the register on 3 october 2012. in india, JSw Severfield Structures, its joint venture company, is now operating profitably and “will contribute positively to the second half of this year”, the firm said. it remains keen to grow business at home and in india, despite wider economic concerns.

bringing the companies together. “At this stage we’re not putting a number on it”. He continued: “The limited feedback we have already had [from staff] is that this is positive because it’s going to help the business be more competitive – it’s early days, but that was the initial feedback.” The single company will continue to manufacture at its two plants at Dalton in Yorkshire and Bolton in Lancashire. The operations at Fisher Engineering and Atlas Ward Structures “will

“The focus of this reorganisation is not about job cuts; the focus is better co-ordination” Tom HaugHey, Severfield-rowen

continue largely as at present”. The CEO said the result will be better processes and organisation, with a linked-up approach from estimating to production and execution. The firm said it will not yet reveal the savings it expects to make as a result of the move. Mr Haughey stressed that all the operating facilities will still be in place by the end of the reorganisation. “The objective of the reorganisation is to put the three companies, [which] on many occasions are working on the same project, into one organisation with a clearer focus on these projects,” he said. “If you look at the order book we announced last week, it’s actually up. In this climate, that’s very positive.” severfield_profits Severfield-Rowen’s profits hit by £1.6m overspends

Balfour deputy says no UK project too small business

Balfour Beatty deputy chief executive Andrew McNaughton has said the firm is looking at smaller schemes post-Olympics, but declined to provide further detail on UK office closures. Mr McNaughton spoke to CN after Balfour Beatty revealed a 6 per cent rise in group revenue to £5.5 billion for the six months to 29 June 2012 (2011: £5.2bn). The firm is seeing a “slight shift

in the scale and complexity of projects” post-Olympics, he said. Parts of the company, such as Mansell, already specialise in the smaller, local schemes, but “don’t have a cut-off” in terms of how small they will go, he added. The UK realignment “does not change” that approach, he said. “We structure the business so that we can cover really large complex projects down to local community projects.”

The firm has revealed it is to close 35 UK offices as part of realigning its UK construction business,

which employs 12,000 people. The move will see 650 nonoperational staff lose their jobs and six businesses restructured into three, with a one-off cost of between £50 and £75 million to enable annual savings of £50m. Mr McNaughton said he expected a continued rebalancing of revenue towards more overseas work – in line with a strategy that has seen a “dramatic” shift away from the UK in recent years. 30 August 2012 | 17


Mouchel: banks’ yes says more than shareholders’ no On Friday, Mouchel’s chief executive Grant Rumbles told CN that some of the company’s (now ex-) shareholders “don’t understand, don’t watch or don’t care” (news, page 5). His comments followed the company’s failure to get a 75 per cent majority shareholder vote in favour of a debt-for-equity swap with its lenders. The deal would have got shareholders 1p per rebecca share. As it was, a few hours later, the deal went evans through without shareholders’ permission – and, Editor as a consequence, also without their pay-out. Mr Rumbles highlights that in letting the banks take an equity share, thousands of jobs have been saved, Mouchel’s mega-debt has been reduced and it can continue on a secure footing. Effectively, the company has been saved. Mr Rumbles himself will be well rewarded for his efforts – he first revealed that he was looking at a debt-for-equity swap as a “The banks would possibility last December, when only have agreed CN reported he could receive up to million in salary and bonuses to the debt swap if £1.45 if he could turn the business they thought the around within two years. But he is only doing the job he firm was sound” was hired to do. The decisions that Mouchel employees and former leaders may regret now – not to sell the business when share prices were healthy and the company was wooed by impressive suitors – are too late to rectify. The good news here is that while bank ownership is not what most companies would wish for, the banks would only have agreed to the debt swap if they thought the company was fundamentally sound. CN understands they’re promising not to interfere in its day-to-day running – if that is the case, the decisions Mouchel’s current leaders make now will be the ones that determine its future. The industry will watch with interest.

No consensus, no industry voice Last November the incoming chair of the Strategic Forum for Construction Lord O’Neill admitted he was “living on borrowed time”, promising to sit down with “the various warring factions” and hoping that by this summer, the forum would have become a “credible and coherent voice on behalf of industry”. Sadly, it has not come to pass. Emails from Paul Morrell, seen by CN, demonstrate there is still a problem and disagreement remains about how to solve it (news, page 2). This is not just a wrangle within Whitehall; if ministers and civil servants don’t get the single industry voice they need, they will make decisions without it. Read iT @CNRebeccaevans for the latest stories and to let me know what you think, follow me on Twitter 18 | 30 August 2012


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Mr Osborne must do more than just announce large numbers Despite all the champagne receptions he goes to, I’m glad I’m not the chancellor right now. He is caught in a terrible situation at the moment, largely of his own making. The question is, where does he go from here? George Osborne believed that austerity was the way forward, slashing spending on schools, hospitals and social housing to drive down government debt, with the private sector expected to come to the rescue and drive both construction and economic growth. Instead, the private sector is subdued so public sector spending cuts are leading to a deepening recession and fall in tax revenue. This, in turn, leads to more government borrowing to pay for higher welfare. Plan A? I’d be laughing if it wasn’t so serious. The latest GDP figures came out last week, showing that economic activity fell 0.5 per cent in Q2, the third consecutive fall. The recession is deepening and construction is at the heart of it, having fallen 3.9 per cent in Q2 and for four quarters in a row. The Office for National Statistics is putting Olympic ticket sales from last year into Q3 GDP, when the event actually occurs, so that should boost economic activity – but only temporarily.

The big dilemma The government’s borrowing figures were also published last week and they were bad. Despite all the talk of spending cuts, due to large increases in current spending, which covers wages, welfare and pensions, borrowing between April and July was £11.6 billion higher than a year ago and the government’s total debt is more than £1 trillion. In four years, government will be paying £70bn on interest payments on the debt alone. The pressure

from within the Conservative party will be to make further cuts. This is Mr Osborne’s big dilemma. Ideally, what you would want to do is reduce the largest, most unproductive part of government spending: current spending, which is £647bn. Capital investment, which includes construction, is ‘only’ £49bn and for every £1 spent in construction, the economy benefits by £2.84 and the Treasury gets back 50p. Yet, as we’re finding, the easiest part of government spending to stop is construction, so the incentive is for Mr Osborne to keep doing that. However, he also needs to stimulate the economy as we’re in recession again and most economists advocate investment in construction to drive recovery. The chancellor’s autumn statement is fast approaching – and it will have to be something special. Last year he announced £20bn of private investment. There has been zero so far. Earlier this year he announced £40bn of ‘loan guarantees’ for infrastructure – but then nothing. Instead of announcing large numbers that don’t mean a lot, he is actually going to have to do something. If he is intelligent, he’ll launch an economic recovery plan with real growth in construction. This should focus on housing in addition to repair and maintenance, which are both quick to get started, raising employment and economic activity before we spend the entire year in recession.

“The chancellor’s autumn statement is fast approaching – it will have to be something special”

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Former mining site gets a deep clean Land remediation specialist Merriman is transforming the old Annesley Colliery in Nottinghamshire into a housing development and country park project report paul thompson

Project Annesley Colliery reclamation Location Nottinghamshire

The huge colliery at Annesley in Nottinghamshire must have been a sight to behold during its heyday. The twin towers above the two deepest shafts in the south Nottinghamshire coalfields, which stretched almost 800 m below the surface, ushered thousands of men to work each day during the 130 years it was in operation. With pithead wheels whirring, miners would troop in from the houses in the nearby Annesley village, which had been built for them during the 1860s, ready for a shift down the pit. But while the town stakes a claim to the area’s most famous son, with local landmarks including the Robin Hood Hills and Robin Hood’s Cave, it is

Client/contractor Merriman Consulting engineer WYG Testing contractor Professional Soils Laboratory

Leicester-based specialist contractor Merriman rather than the legendary outlaw that is now trying to leave a local legacy. The company is taking part in the remediation of the colliery site, which saw its final productive shift end in January 2000 and was then abandoned and left to steadily crumble. “We first got involved on the site in 2008 and we’ve been progressing through it ever since,” says Merriman project manager Mike Bailey. It has been a disjointed scheme, with work beginning on the northern edge of the site and

The mat of made ground is being excavated, re-laid and compacted in layers 20 | 30 August 2012

progressing across to the south via work on the colliery tip site to the east. Housebuilder Persimmon Homes first awarded Merriman the role of principal contractor to carry out the remediation of the northern section in 2008. This part of the site has now been treated and handed over to the client, and the construction of a housing development is already under way. However, on the southern section, which Merriman bought itself that same year, it has taken a little longer to get into the swing of things. Various planning hurdles had to be overcome to get the site cleared for residential development, as well as the juggling of resources during a downturn. But now the site team is hoping to be able Depth of the to make the fully That means the deepest mine remediated site role played by shafts on site consulting available to potential engineer purchasers by the end WYG in assessing and of October. validating the approach by “We need to make sure the the specialist has been critical to completed site meets the the overall project. requirements for development Without a thorough testing from the National House Building regime (see box, right) and Council. If not, all we have done is validation process to a recognised create some amenity land with no standard, the land will not meet real value,” says Mr Bailey. its true development potential. WYG also oversaw the Merriman remediation design. Thorough testing “Trials have to be carried out to So being the client as well as the ascertain how we will meet the contractor on the southern requirements,” says Mr Bailey. section of the site does not mean “Here we have gone with a full there is a change in focus for the re-engineer of the top depth of Merriman site team. Ultimately made ground. That means we the land needs to be remediated have needed to assess variables and developed so that it is such as the type of roller we use to attractive to housebuilders.


sand replacement tests are carried out for every 1,000 cu m of fill to determine the compacted density of the ground

sand TesT shows densiTy of re-engineered earTh

The northern edge of the colliery site has already been reclaimed

compact the ground and the number of passes it must make to reach compaction.” There is a lot of made ground sitting above the underlying Sherwood sandstone; in some areas there are layers that are up to 8 m thick.

“We had to assess variables such as the type of roller we use to compact the ground and the number of passes it must make to reach compaction” mike bailey, merriman

This ground was tested for its suitability to be reworked and compacted, with the final design approval calling for the ground to be brought up to within 550 mm of finished level in 250 mm-thick layers. Each of these would need eight passes of a 13-tonne selfpropelled vibrating smooth roller to reach the correct density needed to pass the NHBC’s development requirements. “We need to achieve a minimum of 95 per cent of the material’s maximum dry-density value to be within tolerance,” explains Mr Bailey. “So far every test we have carried out has come back positive.” Also required across the site is a 550 mm minimum ‘clean’ cover to the re-engineered ground. This

if the annesley Colliery site is to be sold off as residential development land, it first has to meet rigorous national House building Council requirements. One of those is the density of the re-engineered earth that is being treated and replaced on the site in 250 mm-thick layers. Onsite compaction of the re-worked earth must reach a minimum of 95 per cent of the theoretical highest dry-density when tested in the laboratory. To ensure this, consulting engineer WyG is using Doncaster-based testing specialist Professional Soils laboratory to carry out a rigid testing regime. With tests required for every 1,000 cu m of material placed, the

is to ensure the integrity of the capped fill even after householders have extended their homes or tilled their gardens. Mine workings

Treatment of the two shafts on the site and associated mine workings has been no less rigorous. Known as the ‘upcast’ and the ‘downcast’ shaft, the

PSl technicians use the sand replacement to determine the in-situ dry density of the soil. The test involves replacing a small site sample of compacted earth with dry sand from a cylinder of known volume. This enables the team to determine the volume of replacement sand and by measuring the weight of the removed sample of earth the team can then establish the as-placed dry-density of the compacted earth. “it is vital that we have a robust validation process,” says mr bailey. “There will be similar tests on the 28,000 cu m of imported fill which will be used. it not just the validation; it also helps reduce our exposure to risk.”

headgear and heap stead (winding wheel and associated fan houses) had already been cleared for the downcast shaft, but those of the upcast shaft still remained. These shafts not only provided access to the mines but a ‘fan drift’ in the side of the upcast shaft pulled air down the downcast shaft, through the mine workings and back out through 30 August 2012 | 21


the upcast shaft, ventilating the pit for the miners. The Merriman team removed the headgear from the upcast shaft, dug through to the link point of the fan drift around 10 m below initial ground level, and capped the shaft using a 10 m x 10 m x 250 mm-thick cast in-situ reinforced concrete slab cast around the existing metal and brick shaft collar. The shafts had been filled with clean stone and then capped with a vent to minimise any build-up of gas, and both shafts will be monitored by the Coal Authority. After a spring and summer that has so far proved difficult for earthwork contractors of any description, Mr Bailey is making sure the team makes the most of any spell of decent weather that comes their way. “The weather has been terrible for us but we are looking at

MerriMan cleans up

Merriman is using an array of dozers, tippers and scrapers to re-lay the earth

completing the ground recycling work by the end of September,” he says. “Placing the 28,000 cu m of imported fill we need here will take longer, but we are hopeful

that we will be completed by the end of October.” Only then will this remnant of Nottinghamshire’s mining heritage be ready to enter into a new era.

The eastern section of the colliery site, its former tip, has been cleared and transformed into the Newstead and Annesley Country Park. Backed by lottery funding, the park aims to enhance a community hit by the loss of its main industry, with the project including the construction of an eco-centre and the conversion of the colliery lagoons into angling lakes. The main wall of the eco-centre uses 1,200 recycled tyres filled with rammed earth. These provide a heat sink for the building, which absorbs warmth at times of excess and reintroduces it at cooler times. They were placed by a team of volunteers from the community. The new centre also features rainwater harvesting and a reed-bed system for the treatment of foul water.

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MoD homes head to market “They are ideal accommodation solutions for major projects in sparse locations that have large workforces”

John McKenna With nationwide spending cuts, all governmental departments have been forced to look at more cost-effective and faster methods of construction, and this includes the defence sector. More than 3,000 troops this summer were housed in Elements Europe’s volumetric housing solution on a site which provided little in the way of buildings or infrastructure. The housing solution was manufactured by modular building specialist Elements Europe, which within six weeks between May and July manufactured and installed 375 bespoke temporary accommodation units for the Ministry of Defence. Built at Elements Europe’s dedicated factory in Shropshire, the units are light steel-frame structures comprising cold rolled steel C-sections fitted externally with 18 mm marine plywood, a breathable membrane and a dark grey cladding with the appearance of rendered spar dash. Internally the walls are lined with fire-line board and prefinished plywood. Each unit is 7 m long, 3 m high and more than 4 m wide and contains


The MoD has been using 375 units housing 3,000 troops

two rooms. In its current setup for the military staff, each room contains four beds (2x2 bunk beds) and two en-suite bathrooms, each with a shower, sink and toilet. This setup allows the MoD to accommodate four soldiers per room and eight per unit. The designs of these units are as per the client’s

request and can be adapted and manufactured according to need.

Future adaptability These units – owned by Elements Europe – will soon be available. Elements Europe managing director Andy Jones describes them as “very robust” structures with an adaptable configuration that could be altered to suit a wide range of future uses. “Currently they are kitted out as eight-man units to suit the military services, but this could be cut down to suit other types of accommodation and even include amenities such as a kitchen area,” says Mr Jones. “This type of accommodation is extremely flexible, in that it can be used within a range of sectors including student accommodation, temporary residential and tourism. “They would provide ideal accommodation solutions for major

construction projects that are located in sparse locations and have large workforces. “The flexibility of the unit is also applicable to the configuration, which could feature a kitchen or a study area, making them suitable accommodation for students, tourists or as a housing solution.” He describes the units as “quick-fix temporary accommodation”, with each unit being delivered to the MoD entirely finished. “You don’t need foundations for them either,” he says. “The units stand on a six-point jack leg system. “The system is adjustable, so topography isn’t an issue – and they can be installed almost anywhere.” The company says the modules are weatherproof, durable and thermally efficient, and do not leave a footprint. It also notes that they can easily be connected to mains water and electricity supplies, and in cases where neither of these are available the units are instead hooked up to generators and mobile water and wastewater units. For more information on the units, contact Elements Europe by calling 01691 656591 or emailing

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Ford unveils Custom vans Company says its newly available Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom minibus offers construction workers numerous benefits following consultation with owners and drivers vans

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The new Ford Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom nine-seat minibus are finally available for ordering, having been unveiled at the CV show in April. The Transit Custom fits between the 650–900 kg gross payload Transit Connect and the bigger Transit van which can carry up to 1,560 kg. Short wheelbase Customs can carry 871 kg (gross), offer 6 cu m (using the SAE method of measuring the volume of fine-grained material that can be deposited) of loadspace with a full bulkhead and have a braked towing capacity of 2 tonnes (750 kg unbraked). With the long wheelbase versions, these figures increase to 1,200 kg and 6.8 cu m for gross payload and volume and 2,250 kg for the braked towing capacity. This gives the new Transit Customs a volume and towing advantage over their Mercedes Benz Vito equivalents, although the German vans are heavier and carry slightly more payload. Ford says its engineering team at Dunton, Essex, made extensive use of driver and owner feedback when designing the Custom. One of the results is an integrated fold-down roof rack system, which it says construction workers will find particularly useful. It comprises three transverse roof bars that carry up to 130 kg and the rack folds down

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bodied vehicles. While this trend started several years ago, the impending introduction of Whole-Vehicle Type Approval is leading more manufacturers to offer pre-bodied vehicles. Iveco product director Martin Flach says there is already demand from customers for ready-bodied vehicles ahead of Whole Vehicle Type Approval legislation, which will include bodywork from next April. Of most interest to construction are Iveco’s dropside and tipper offering, both of which use Ingimex bodies that are available on two wheelbase lengths Ford says the short wheelbase (3,450 and 4,1100 Custom is the only van in its class able to carry three loaded Euro pallets mm) and for both standard and Gross kilos the long crew cab vehicles. Ingimex’s into recesses in the roof when not around the sides. wheelbase Transit tipper has an required, reducing drag and fuel Power comes Customs can underfloor lift consumption and keeping the from Ford’s latest carry mechanism with vehicle height below 2 m. 2.2-litre Duratorq overload and hose burst With the tie-down hooks and diesel engine developing protection, plus side-mounted fixing points located on the body 74, 92 or 114 kW, which it says sides, the 1,390 mm distance provides fuel economy of 42.8 mpg top and bottom tail-board lock mechanisms. Both tipper and between the wheel arches can be for the Transit Custom van and dropside feature a headboard with used to transport 8 x 4 (2,440 mm x 43.5 mpg for the Tourneo Custom. a full height bulkhead, and full 1,220 mm) boards flat on the floor. On-the-road prices start at Chapter 8 tailboard livery. £18,316 for the base SWB Custom Complete pre-bodied vehicles van and £20,366 for the LWB Unique in class version, while double-cab versions come with a three-year warranty According to Ford, the short covering both the body and chassis. wheelbase Custom is the only van start from £20,466 and £21,666 respectively. Deliveries are in its class able to carry three expected to start in November. loaded Euro pallets. There is a 596 mm x 205 mm load-through hatch at the foot of the bulkhead enabling loads up to 3 m (3.4 m with LWB) to be carried inside the vehicle. Another feature is the ability to lock the rear doors open at 90 tools degrees, preventing them being colin sowman blown round by a gust of wind or a vans passing vehicle and possibly Bosch says its new floor surface colin sowman hitting the driver. laser quickly and reliably locates Four ‘ultra-bright’ LEDs boosts floor irregularity. With the introduction of its illumination inside the body and Designated the GSL 2 DriveAway Options programme there is an easy-clean load floor Professional, the new laser is said for the 3.5-tonne Daily vans, Iveco liner shaped to the load floor that to be the first instrument to cover has joined the growing list of extends to a height of 80 mm the entire surface continuously manufacturer to offer ready-


Iveco unveils ready-bodied vehicle options

Bosch gets even with new floor surface tool

“It takes minutes to identify problem areas, whereas before it was a painstaking job” sam Bucknall, a Bucknall ceramic Tiling

and has two laser lines showing the user immediately whether there are depressions or elevations in the floor. It projects two laser lines onto the floor surface. If the surface is even, the two lines meet on the floor and just one line is visible. However, the slightest surface irregularity will cause the lines to deviate from each other, meaning the user will see two laser lines. Bosch says that the GSL 2 Professional’s 360-degree motorised rotating laser head makes it the first instrument able to carry out this task. Within four seconds of activation, the unit automatically levels itself and starts working, leaving the user free to observe the laser lines and mark any deviations. A target plate is used at the marked positions to show whether the deviations are depressions or elevations and measure the height difference from the reference point. Sam Bucknall of A Bucknall Ceramic Tiling has been using a

trial unit to demonstrate to customers how good or bad a floor is and what needs to be done before it can be tiled. “Before [getting the laser] we would use long spirit levels and straight edges to determine how flat or bumpy the floors were which is quite a skill and is time consuming,” he says. “With the GSL 2 it takes just minutes to identify and mark up problem areas, whereas before it was a painstaking job.” The working range with a target plate is 20 m and a remote control allows the user to work away from the unit and repeat the process if necessary. Power comes from either a 10.8 V lithium-ion battery (supplied) or four nonrechargeable AA batteries.

Manitowoc helps simplify wind turbine work cranes

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Manitowoc has introduced a novel Boom Raise System for its 400-tonne capacity 16000 crawler crane, which features the wind attachment boom to install nacelles on taller wind turbine towers. The system allows operators to

Bosch says its new tool saves time when checking floor surfaces

100 m

Manitowoc’s Boom Raise in action

Height that standard

attaches to the raise booms of wind turbine towers boom’s foot. The 100 m in length, are rising to cylinder projects complete with an downwards onto extended upper prepared ground and, in boom point, without the conjunction with the boom help of a second crane. hoist, exerts enough upward force Manitowoc’s global product to raise the boom off the ground. director Jerry Maloney says this Using the BRS, contractors can overcomes a problem crane lift wind attachment booms up to owners are experiencing, as 107 m in length, complete with standard wind turbine tower the 7.6 m extended upper boom heights are rising to 100 m. point, without the need for a Assembling these turbines second crane. requires cranes with higher Once it is elevated to 38 degrees, capacity and reach. “This means the boom hoist takes over. longer, heavier booms,” he says. Previously the initial elevation of At ground level the longest all wind attachment booms booms can be too heavy for the longer than 92 m (with the crane’s own hoist, and many extended upper boom point), require the assistance of a second crane to initially elevate the boom. required a second crane. To raise and lower the boom, “The Boom Raise System provides the extra boost needed to the operator manually extends the cylinder to contact the ground raise it until the standard boom hoist system fully takes over,” says using a switch inside the cab. From that point onwards the Mr Maloney. crane’s operating system The system comprises a large automatically controls the BRS as hydraulic cylinder housed in a the operator uses the normal special 3 m boom section, which boom hoist handle. On reaching 38 degrees, the cylinder must be “The system manually retracted. provides the extra The 107 m boom / 7.6 m attachment combination gives a boost needed to maximum capacity of 87.9 tonnes raise it until the at a 20 m radius. Manitowoc told CN it may identify other uses for standard system the BRS in the future and could fully takes over” also extend the system to other crawler crane models. Jerry maloney, maniTowoc 30 August 2012 | 25


How a recent judgement decreed that one business day is not long enough to infer a dispute has crystallised; why written records are essential to stay in inspectors’ good books; and the importance of knowing whether a contract breach can amount to repudiation One day not long enough before taking action adjudicatiOn AdriAn Bell

A common reason to challenge the jurisdiction of an adjudicator is that the responding party has not been given enough time to consider the claim before the adjudication is commenced. A recent judgement in the case of Beck Interiors Limited v UK Flooring Contractors Limited found that one business day was not a sufficient period within which to infer that a dispute had crystallised, but five days probably was. The parts of the adjudicator’s decision where he did not have jurisdiction were easily identifiable and could therefore be severed from the remainder to render the decision partially enforceable. While it is established law that, in the absence of an express rejection of a claim it can be inferred that a dispute has arisen between the parties after a certain period of silence, not much guidance has been provided about how long that period of silence must be. In this case: n Beck sent UKFLC a ‘Schedule of Costs Incurred’ on 15 March 2012

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and revised this slightly on 27 March 2012. n On 5 April 2012 (the Thursday before Easter bank holiday weekend) Beck sent an email just before 5pm enclosing a short letter claiming liquidated and ascertained damages (‘LADs’) for the first time. n On 10 April 2012 (the first working day after Easter and a Tuesday) at 16.48 Beck issued its notice of intention to refer the dispute to adjudication. The notice claimed both the costs in the amended Schedule of Costs Incurred and also LADs, albeit that the claim for LADs was not really the same claim that had been intimated in Beck’s letter of 5 April 2012 (it being for a much lower value). The parties accepted that there was a crystallised dispute in relation to the claim relating to the Schedule of Costs Incurred, but UKFLC disputed the adjudicator’s jurisdiction to determine the LADs claim. The judge said that the real issue on the specific facts was whether the letter of 5 April 2012 was disputed in effect by silence over the Easter weekend. He stated that: “In normal circumstances, a gap of five days from the time that a claim or assertion is put forward will often be sufficient to give rise to an inference that it is disputed, particularly, as here, where there had been previous claims and where liability was obviously in dispute for two months before.” However, he held that as the letter of 5 April 2012 was sent after close of business on the last working day before a four-day holiday weekend, the period of time in these particular circumstances was not sufficient

“the case provides helpful guidance on how long to wait after submitting a claim before commencing an adjudication” to give rise to an inference that whatever the letter of 5 April 2012 meant was disputed, especially as there had been no real hint before that date of a claim of this nature. The adjudicator therefore lacked jurisdiction over the element of the dispute that related to LADs. As this part of the dispute had been dealt with separately in the submissions and in the adjudicator’s decision (including the fact that the amount awarded was broken down into separate elements by the adjudicator) so that in effect the claim was made up essentially of two parts, the judge said that severance should take place. Accordingly, the part of the adjudicator’s decision that awarded Beck a sum for relating to the Schedule of Costs Incurred should be enforced. The case provides helpful guidance about how long a referring party should wait after submitting a claim before commencing an adjudication. It is also a useful reminder about the benefits of structuring claims in such a way so as to make certain parts easily severable if there is ever any doubt about whether the adjudicator has jurisdiction to determine the dispute as a whole. Adrian Bell is solicitor advocate at CMS Cameron McKenna

Get it in writing to keep on the right side of HSE SafEty

MAdeleine ABAs

‘Get it in writing’ is some of the best advice the industry receives, especially when it comes to matters of safety and avoiding criticism from the Health and Safety Executive. Despite the soothing noises the HSE regularly makes about the need for less bureaucracy in the construction industry, the reality is that when things go wrong on site, and an investigation is under way, there is often an immoveable obsession with demanding that duty holders produce written evidence of, well, almost anything and everything. In one recent case, an expert witness called on behalf of the prosecution complained that the principal contractor’s project manager had not put in writing a complaint about some propping that had been installed untidily. It wasn’t unsafe, but it didn’t look right. Within just 20 minutes of the unsightly propping going up, it was dismantled, without incident. The project manager was reassured by a senior director of the subcontractor company that strong words had been had, and there would be no repeat, which indeed there wasn’t. But a subsequent accident involving the same team dragged the earlier issue into the spotlight and was relied upon by the HSE as a warning of poor performance. As well as fending off an attack that this untidy propping event

was illustrative of a ‘soft’ management approach, for which the project manager quipped that if he removed people from site every time they did some untidily or incorrectly he’d end up building the project himself, the project manager was also criticised for being able to later produce written records about it. Why would he have made such records? Described by the judge later in the case as a most responsible project manager, the jury plainly also rejected the attack (and others) in acquitting the principal contractor following a subsequent serious accident which had occurred involving the same team. In the same case, the HSE’s expert also complained about the failure to set out in writing an instruction to men on site not to move props under load, despite evidence that the men on site had been told, over and over again, verbally. The HSE expert was critical of the principal contractor and the contractor concerned for not keeping written evidence of these briefings. That too fell on deaf ears as far as the jury were concerned, but it is the fact that such allegations can be made that is of concern. In other cases, complaints have been made concerning matters such as the failure to require a

“There is often an obsession with demanding duty holders produce written evidence of almost anything”

structural engineer to formalise in writing his modification solution to an onsite clash which he’d discussed with the site manager several times by telephone and in person; a failure to obtain a written record of the safe system of work briefed out to a team; and a failure to obtain written evidence of action taken in response to audit findings. The current proposals for the reform of the CDM regulations are likely to focus on reducing bureaucracy, but there is a mindset, well entrenched with many inspectors, which is going to be difficult to change. In the meantime, keep reaching for your pen or keyboard, and record what you can. Madeleine Abas is senior partner at Osborn Abas Hunt

How to recognise if a breach equals repudiation RepudiaTion

Claire Donnelly

Repudiation of contract is a deceptively simple concept: one party breaches the terms of a contract to such an extent that the innocent party may terminate the contract. However, the difficulty lies in establishing whether or not the breach or breaches can amount to repudiation. Indeed, should it not amount to repudiation, the innocent party who terminated could find that they have committed a repudiatory breach when they fail

“parties would be well advised to satisfy themselves that the breach relied upon is of a sufficiently ‘serious’ nature” to perform their obligations. Repudiation occurs where the breach of contract goes to the “root of the contract” or “frustrates the commercial purpose of the venture”. The breach should in effect amount to an indication from the other party that it does not intend to be bound by the contract any longer. It is the establishment of the seriousness of the breach that can be problematic. Not only will the nature of the breach be relevant, but also the circumstances in which it occurred and the reasons as to why. This was brought sharply into focus in the recent case of Ampurius Nu Homes Holdings Ltd v Telford Homes (Creekside) Ltd. The parties entered into a development and long-lease agreement with Telford, agreeing to build the Creekside Development in Greenwich and Ampurius taking a long lease of part of the completed development. Due to funding difficulties, Telford postponed work from March 2009 until October 2010, resulting in Ampurius terminating the contract claiming the delay amounted to a repudiatory breach. Telford denied repudiation and, when Ampurius failed to make payment in November 2010, they argued Ampurius were

in repudiatory breach and counterclaimed for their loss. Delays on site and late/nonpayment are commonplace, but whether or not the extent of delay or lack of payment amounts to repudiation will vary from job to job. In this case, the court held that the extent of Telford’s delay did amount to a repudiatory breach and Ampurius was entitled to terminate the contract. The judge considered five months of delay with no sign of the works resuming to be serious enough to establish a repudiatory breach. However, the decision could have been different had the facts varied slightly, and Ampurius may have found itself in breach of contract. The difficulties with recognising a repudiatory breach were recognised by the judge, who stated: “I have to say that I do not find the established tests… particularly easy to apply.” So when considering the termination of a contract for repudiation, parties would be well advised to satisfy themselves that the breach relied upon is of a sufficiently ‘serious’ nature to bring the contract to an end. Claire Donnelly is senior associate, with assistance from David Crossan, at Dundas & Wilson 30 August 2012 | 27

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Academic excellence

Balfour Beatty Construction and glazing manufacturer Technal have developed an aluminium low-rise façade system that has proved versatile and robust enough for a new education campus glAzing

The academy is the first in the UK built using Technal’s low-rise glazing system

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Sirius and Ganton Academy in Hull is a new education campus designed by Aedas architects and constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction. It consists of a 1,650-place academy, specialist support for 40 pupils with visual and hearing impairments, and a school serving 88 pupils with special needs. “Sirius and Ganton Academy is a £48.5 million education scheme delivered through the National Academy Frameworks,” explains Balfour Beatty Construction senior design manager John Cowie. “The building is four storeys high and 140 m long, and houses almost 1,700 pupils aged between 11 and 18.” The academy was constructed using glazing manufacturer Technal’s low-rise glazing system, making it the first academy in the UK to do so and the largest application of the product to date. “We have an existing relationship with Technal – they have provided windows for use on some of our previous education schemes,” says Mr Cowie. “We worked with the team at Technal to develop the MODAL system for use on this project.” Close to 4,000 sq m of the

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4,000 MODAL aluminium low-rise façade system was used across the campus; the system features on every elevation of the oval-shaped building, both as fixed lights and with a slim integral opening vent to minimise sight lines. Vertical aerofoil caps were used on the project to provide shade from the sun, as well as Technal’s GXi balcony door, which is fully integrated with MODAL. The versatility and light provided by this system was one of the reasons it was chosen by the architects, as Chris Le-flohic

Sq m of the MODAL

of Aedas explains. façade system used harvesting, an airsource heat pump, “Our specification on the campus natural ventilation was for a glazing and highly glazed system that would elevations designed to maximise natural light maximise natural light. and accommodate large floorWhen considering the various to-ceiling spans of glass without challenges, Mr Cowie points to the bulky frames,” he says. “It also building’s height as having been a had to co-ordinate with the major factor. “The height of the rainscreen cladding.” building pushed the system to its limits, but with the support of Tough choice Technals’ technical department The robust nature of the MODAL we managed to overcome all those system was also of critical challenges,” he says. importance, considering the “The MODAL system allowed us function of the building. to keep the frame weight and size “The system is highly versatile, to a minimum for both aesthetics has accommodated the shape of and natural light. the building well and has helped “It has the benefit of a fully us to achieve a high light ratio,” integrated opening vent that says Mr Le-flohic. reduces the visible aluminium as “It is sufficiently robust for a an effective alternative to inserting demanding secondary school a window into curtain walling.” environment, has effective The academy’s facilities include thermal performance to minimise performing arts and dance heat loss and gain, and has high studios, a hair and beauty salon, levels of acoustic protection.” an external construction The academy scheme achieved workshop, industrial-standard a BREEAM Excellent rating at the design stage and includes biomass food technology rooms and ICT specialist rooms. boilers, a wind turbine, rainwater

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deAn WAlton

In January this year, Alumet commenced work on a complete refurbishment of Avon House, our main office block in Warwickshire that has now been renamed Jubilee House, with the aim of making the building as sustainable as possible. Built in the early 1970s, the existing facade was showing its age. Working with our system supplier Schuco, we designed a new retrofit façade. The external load bearing wall was to be installed by means of fixing brackets onto the building structure; this allowed the nonload bearing spandrel areas to be


Avon House, now renamed Jubilee House, was built in the 1970s

spanned. We also incorporated building integrated photovoltaics and a large PV array on the roof of the building. The company completely re-branded and changed our colour scheme to a more modern blue, white and silver; these

Increase in electrical

colours were output from ProSol systems, we designed into designed the TF thin-film PV the fully glazed façade without modules façade using high horizontal bars insulation, structurally (transoms). bonded glass panels along As soon as the building was with triple glazing. weathertight, the old windows Unlike other curtain wall could be removed from the

commenT SuStAinAbility AdriAn Speller, environmentAl mAnAger, Speller metcAlfe

SMEs must educate others to prevent 'design and dump' London 2012 has offered a positive view of UK construction and the exemplar buildings we can deliver; six of the permanent developments were intended to reach BREEAM Excellent, the highest rating at the time of the Games’ development. While these facilities are contributing to London 2012’s sustainable legacy, there was a significant budget to match the high BREEAM and quality targets set – no less than £7 billion. Perhaps then it’s time for the government to review and support sustainable public construction across the UK. Unfortunately, pursuing sustainable targets has become particularly difficult as many projects struggle financially. As an SME, we have faced several challenges in the construction of sustainable buildings, with particular focus on achieving an efficient building envelope. The

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popularity of Passivhaus design, the widespread requirement of achieving BREEAM measures and even the more stringent step up in Part L Building Regulations asks SMEs to up our game; sometimes, however, we face the issue of designers recognising how critical early design work is to achieving these standards. It can often be a case of ‘design and dump’. We regularly see schemes submitted for planning before detailed energy and thermal modelling has been carried out; it is challenging to make such schemes work in reality. In some cases the architects themselves have not thought through how a building will be made airtight, yet have imposed strict airtightness targets in SBEM models to achieve Part L compliance or BREEAM credits. It therefore becomes imperative that SMEs educate themselves on how to achieve the required targets,

and are brought in at early stage to avoid timely, and costly, delays. Since 2011 we have been working at early design stage on the £21m Habberley Learning Campus in Kidderminster. Our investment in BIM and associated Revit software has already made a significant impact by providing 3D visualisations of complex building interfaces, and subsequent airtightness design workshops for our supply chain to reach Passivhaus standards. While a big financial investment as an SME, without it we wouldn’t have been considered at tender stage.

Schooling suppliers Educating our supply chains has been fundamental: our recent eco vicarage project in Kingswinford achieved CSH Level 6 and Passivhaus accreditation, but this was only made possible because of our holistic approach to the project.

Air permeability requirements and targets were written into all project specifications to guarantee clarity to the whole project team, and a dedicated airtightness champion appointed to deliver a series of toolbox talks to oversee quality of works associated with airtightness. All this has helped us win many contracts and has also allowed us to compete for larger projects in a highly competitive marketplace. While much of this comes through experience, SMEs should be using every opportunity to educate their employees in working to achieve the strict airtightness standards of BREEAM and Passivhaus, enabling them to stand out from competitors and contribute to a whole UK approach on sustainability. For every building we deliver, it’s important they become part of the UK’s sustainable legacy.


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inside and the openings made good, causing minimum disruption to the occupants. The new system is the first of its kind in the UK and is called the ERC 50 regeneration façade. It is manufactured from 100 per cent recyclable aluminium and acts as a living sample for architects and potential clients to visit, hopefully encouraging them to specify the façade for future regeneration projects.

“The fully glazed façade has not only delivered ultra-low U-values but has provided a fast building renovation without loss of income”

Within the façade we have installed ProSol TF thin-film PV modules that offer a 30 per cent increase in electrical output, as well as AWS high-insulation windows and anti-sun triple glazing. The ProSol TF is an exceptionally ‘green’ product, containing none of the rare or toxic materials such as cadmium, selenium or lead commonly encountered in other PV modules. Insulation needs

The project fulfils the ever increasing requirement for smart building refurbishments to be built around a highly insulated fabric, as well as for there to be consideration of the building's long-term sustainability over its life cycle. The fully glazed façade has not only delivered ultra-low U-values but has provided a fast building renovation without loss of income.

The use of BIPV and rooffrom our investment: these mounted PV modules generates include lower energy costs as the the energy for the building and high levels of insulation in the makes it eligible for Feed-in façade have reduced the need for Tariff payments. air-conditioning in the warmer The completed façade now months – and we fully expect to provides high levels of reduce the need for insulation leading to excessive heating in lower running the winter. costs, a more Some of the comfortable building's working original windows Building's U-value have been environment, reduced CO2 donated to local after the refurb – charity projects, emissions and, down from with the remainder through the PV 1.31 before being installed to modules, a new provide natural daylight income stream as well. in one of our factory units. The U-value is now 0.28 W/ The new façade has completely m2K compared with 1.31 W/m2K before the works were carried out. transformed our main office building – and even become The U-value calculation was something of a local landmark. carried out using BRE U-value calculator version 2.03. Since completion we are Dean Walton is marketing director at Alumet Group experiencing tangible benefits


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Latest State of the Industry survey finds firms are looking further afield and boosting product development to counter tough conditions outlook

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New products and markets are the major targets for construction businesses as companies look to offset declines in their core sectors, according to new research. But the latest State of the Industry Construction Market Barometer, from consultancy Leading Edge and the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group, also finds that marketing spending is set to remain relatively stable, though more firms are expecting to make cuts than in the previous three months. The average change in sales growth last quarter compared with Q2 2011 continued to fall – down to the lowest since Q4 2009, with sales expected to continue declining throughout 2012. Leading Edge senior manager Nick Hollaway points to the

unseasonably wet weather during Q2 as a contributor, along with the scarcity of large projects. “Big private sector projects are starting to fall out of the market, while others are continuing to be delayed,” he says. “Feedback from respondents highlights a continued lack of confidence in financing for developments.” With 42 per cent of respondents expecting their core markets to decline in the next six months, product development and new markets have become focus areas for companies. new frontiers While winning new work is still unsurprisingly top of the agenda, breaking into different markets and developing new products are becoming even more important compared with the results of the Q1 2012 report. Almost half of the respondents in Q2 cite breaking new markets as a core strategic issue, while new

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product development was named one of the most essential strategies for growing turnover. “Companies are now reacting quicker than they did in the 2008/09 recession; there has been forward planning by targeting new UK sectors and also breaking into international markets,” says Mr Hollaway. “They know sales and margins are going to be falling again in a number of sectors.” Fewer respondents are optimistic about marketing spend over the next 12 months, with 36 per cent expecting a rise compared

“the sentiment is that people are now accepting current output levels as the new normal” NICK HOLLAWAy, LEADINg EDgE

with just over 40 per cent last quarter. “Some companies are reacting to the decline and cutting their budgets in-house,” says Mr Hollaway. “Our marketing spend outlook index has reached its lowest level since Q3 2009, but the survey shows that those still investing in marketing initiatives are, in the main, more optimistic about the year ahead. “The general sentiment is that people are now accepting current output levels as the new normal, and this will continue over the next three years. The hope was we could get back towards where we were in 2007, but this has now faded away as the economy has struggled to recover and public spending has been reduced.” dashboards for the latest sales and marketing trends from Leading edge and CiMCig

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n Carillion – financial analysis companies/4/financialanalysis Carillion’s construction division saw profits surge by 69 per cent in the first half of 2012 as its operating margin climbed to 4.1 per cent. The construction and support services firm said it is seeing the effect of reducing its UK construction business by a third by the end of 2012.

n Lend Lease – people companies/47/people Lend Lease has appointed Skanska’s former head of infrastructure investment to replace Dan Labbad as chief executive officer in Europe,

the Middle East and Africa. Simon Hipperson will take up his new position in October.

n Midas – financial analysis companies/10/financialanalysis Midas has recorded growth in construction and commercial work as part of a 14 per cent increase in turnover in the year to 30 April 2012. In its financial statement, the group posted a £211.7m turnover, with construction amounting to £190m, property services at £14.1m and commercial developments at £7.3m. This represented a £25m rise in construction, £6m in commercial developments but a fall of around £4.5m in property services.


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8.1% 1.7% The CML reports that gross mortgage lending for July 2012 was up 8.1 per cent compared with June and almost 2 per cent compared with July 2011.

Construction redundancies fell 18 per cent in Q2 2012 compared with Q1 and by 5.3 per cent over the previous 12 months, according to the ONS.

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Inside Knowledge: Winning Work

Industrial shows signs of life Work in the sector may be at a low ebb but the use of BIM and a solid track record can help firms secure contracts within niche areas

Top indusTrial projecTs aT pre-Tender sTage scheme




Business park Development incl light industrial




Manchester Airport Group

Dec 12



NPL Estates

Sep 14

Business development (incl hi-tech industrial) £500m


London Development Agency

Jun 13

Development incl workshops and warehouses £500m


Hutchison Whampoa

May 13


Container terminal expansion



Bristol Port Company

Oct 13

Chloe stothart

Combine cycle gas turbine plant



Scottish Power Renewables

Jul 14

The London Olympics opening ceremony contained a celebration of Britain’s industrial revolution, but these days the sector is a shadow of its former self. New orders and output figures for industrial buildings have hit record lows during this downturn, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures are not surprising given the sector’s reliance on demand for consumer goods and manufactured products, which has suffered in the downturn. Prospects are weak, with Glenigan forecasting minor growth over the next 18 months, while Experian predicts a 3 per cent fall in output this year, followed by 2 and 3 per cent rises in the following two years. Experian finds demand for factories to be weaker than that for warehouses. “You could point to that as a sad reflection of the decline of manufacturing in the UK,” says head of construction futures James Hastings, adding that turmoil in the eurozone has

Industrial storage and office



Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Mar 13

Freight interchange development


St. Albans


Jun 14




Peel Holdings

Oct 13

Manufacturing plant




Jan 15

Warehouse and distribution buildings



Astral Developments


Development incl light industrial



Stoford Developments and Liberty Property Trust

May 13

Development incl workshops and distribution £312m


Silverstone Estates

Apr 13

Wind turbine factory



Vestas Danish Wind Technology

Feb 13

Technology park




Mar 14

Source: glenigAn

dampened demand for exports. “Some exporters have increased exports to places like China and India, but even those economies are seeing something of a slowdown, as what is happening in Europe is having a knock-on effect elsewhere,” he adds. Though factory demand is weak, there are still some large manufacturing projects about to begin, notably a new £350 million Jaguar-Land Rover engine plant in the West Midlands, £125m of investment by Nissan at its car-

ForecasT indusTrial sTarTs on siTe (£m) 675 650 625 600 575 550 525 500

Q3 12

Q4 12

Q1 13

Q2 13

Q3 13

Q4 13

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making facility in Sunderland, and £125m by Vauxhall in its Ellsmere Port factory. Warehousing stays strong Demand for warehousing is better, driven partly by the growth of online shopping and new or reconfigured transport hubs that attract distribution facilities, explains Mr Hastings. The development of London Gateway Port will lead to about £1 billion of logistical facilities being built around London over the next decade. Phase one of the project starts next year. Several major road upgrades, including recent improvements to the A1 and a prospective upgrade to the M62, could also prompt new distribution facilities to be built. Bam Construct sector development director David Cotton says clients want contractors with experience of delivering similar projects plus innovation in design and delivery of the building. “Clients are becoming increasingly interested in building information modelling,” he says.

These projects tend to be procured as single-stage designand-build deals, or sometimes two-stage for clients looking for more innovation. Mr Cotton says he has noticed a “definite up-tick” in the market for hi-tech facilities in Yorkshire and the North-east in the past two years. “[Nationally] we are seeing more opportunities than before. I would not call it a boom but it is on the up,” he says. He highlights a £25m wind turbine manufacturing factory for Siemens in Hull which is about to appoint contractors, and a £60m rail plant for Hitachi at Newton Aycliffe which will come to market at some point in the next year. Bam’s major manufacturing

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East Midlands (£260m) East of England (£104m) London (£110m) North-east (£96m) North-west (£205m) Northern Ireland (£43m) Scotland (£169m) South-east (£214m) South-west (£171m) Wales (£48m) West Midlands (£190m) Yorks & Humber (£174m)

9.5 2.4 Excludes individual projects of more than £100m and framework agreements Source: glenigAn

jobs include a £25m plant building distribution units to serve new turbine blades for jet engines for sites south of their historic Rolls Royce in Rotherham. stamping grounds, while Tesco “Being innovative and using and Sainsbury’s have also been proposals for BIM put us in a very active. McLaren has seen greater strong position to win that demand for industrial units in the project,” says Mr Cotton. The firm South-west and North-west. completed a nuclear advanced “I think that’s a lot to do with manufacturing research centre for food retailers venturing from the Sheffield University last November north and coming west and southin the same manufacturing park west where population is growing where it will build the Rolls Royce and where land is cheaper than on facility. He thinks Bam’s track the east side,” says Mr Murphy. record in building projects for the He says some developers that university helped it to win this had built large industrial schemes deal. “We are seen as a good, strong previously are now interested in contractor that can deliver a smaller units, perhaps because complex project.” small firms are starting to McLaren Construction get more government has also won several assistance and banks warehouse and are being told to lend distribution facility to them. projects. Director “They may see that Value of new JaguarDavid Murphy says as a growing market Land rover clients in this suband are investigating it engine plant sector want contractors quite heavily,” he says. with a track record of McLaren is on site with building storage facilities. two distribution facilities for Asda “They tend to be on brownfield – a £32m scheme at Grangemouth sites, so there is remediation and and £47m facility in Rochdale – specialist drainage to be done and and has also just started a £27m that needs civil and structural project for Sainsbury’s in London. engineering as well as building Mr Murphy thinks Sainsbury’s skills,” he says. Schemes are mainly and Asda were attracted to the single-stage design-and-build with firm’s track record and continuity the occasional two-stage project to of personnel on each project. tailor the design to the end-user. There is demand in some niches, particularly for firms already involved, but for now the Grocery growth Mr Murphy says the warehousing golden age of UK industry is confined to the history books market is “not as good as it was rather than building sites. about three to four years ago” but a bright spot is food retail with several supermarkets building See the latest industrial new distribution centres. Asda and Morrison are building contract wins on CNinsight


Imtech rises to Sports Direct’s M&E challenge Katie BarKer Distribution centres, warehouses, storage facilities and data centres are the mechanics that help modern businesses function, particularly in the digital age, and ensuring these facilities are not only fit for purpose but as efficient as possible can be challenging. Imtech has recently completed the mechanical and electrical services on a large warehouse project in Shirebrook, near Mansfield, for Sports Direct. While the online offering and shops are the business’s front, the warehouse is the company’s nucleus, meaning the client was particularly involved in the project. “The client was fairly clear with what it wanted,” says Imtech G&H senior project manager Gary Draper. “It had a building done on the same site about five years ago and had learnt a lot of lessons from that. “This is its main distribution warehouse for the whole country, so it’s where its main operations are from. “The brief was quite specific in the technical areas, so we had to work to that.” This meant that everything had to be technically submitted and approved before the work was carried out, and Imtech had to be quite flexible with the programme to accommodate changes that the client needed to incorporate. “The business itself is a moving target, so its requirements change quite quickly and that was a challenge to keep up with,” explains Mr Draper. “Some of the client’s operational requirements changed significantly during the course of the project, so parts of the warehouse had to be handed over early in numerous stages to accommodate these

“This is its main distribution warehouse for the whole country… The brief was quite specific in the technical areas” Gary Draper, IMTecH requirements, before the whole scheme was finished, but we kept to programme and handed over on time,” he says. Timeframes are often the greatest challenge when working on these types of project, according to Mr Draper, but Imtech has some prior experience in this area. “We’ve done similar projects in the past for Boots and GSK, so it’s not new to us,” he says. One aspect of this project that was relatively new though was the lighting system. “The lighting system was one of the most technically interesting aspects of this project; Imtech installed a Dail lighting system, which is fully dimmable, and means the client has full control over the lighting,” says Mr Draper. “The benefits of this system are that the user can control the lighting via an electronic system to give an infinitely variable level of lighting from dimmed to fully illuminated. “It’s a very cost-effective way of lighting a warehouse and also helps on the energy performance certificate,” he adds. Imtech has used the system on previous projects, but never before on one of the same scale. “It’s something we will certainly put forward as a proposal to future clients,” says Mr Draper.

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Inside Knowledge: South-west

Detailed planning approvals

Top 10




-17% £105m





-58% £58m ▼

private housing

-4% £562m ▼

Health approvals are up by a quarter during the period year on year, though at £86m the current total is starting from a low base of comparison. Industrial approvals have dipped slightly as consumer demand and manufacturing production remain volatile in the current climate, while

Hotels & leisure


-27% £165m

-4% £98m


social housing

-23% £87m

-42% £113m

the dip in office approvals reflects falling demand for commercial work across the region, as does the drop for retail and hotels and leisure work. Social housing approvals have seen a significant contraction while private housing, despite dropping by 4 per cent, has been more resilient.

Starts on site


number of projects ytd

Value (£m)




Miller Group



Galliford Try






Balfour Beatty











leadbitter Midas ISG





Source: glenigAn

Skanska’s place at the top of the table for this year to date is underpinned by its £400m contract win for highways maintenance work for the Department for Transport. Miller Group’s total includes a

£35m office and industrial scheme for Airbus UK, while towards the bottom of the table ISG has secured a £20m Morrisons supermarket and filling station project in Teignmouth.

ClIEnTS In THE REGIOn client

number of projects ytd

Value (£m)



Home Office



Devon County Council



Cornwall Council



EDF Energy




national Grid




University of Bristol




Airbus UK



yEAR-On-yEAR cOmpARisOn, yEAR tO dAtE, £m 350


2012 ytd

300 250

Department of Health

50 0

Department for Transport

Homes & Communities Agency Community & amenity




Source: glenigAn

Industrial starts have experienced a healthy boost this year, being already up by 29 per cent on the whole of 2011 at £225m. Health starts however are

down by more than 40 per cent during this year so far, while the value of infrastructure starts is 18 per cent shy of last year’s total.

Contract awards AwARds by sEctOR 2009-2012, yEAR tO dAtE, £m 300 250 200

Offices Retail Social housing

150 100 50 0 Source: glenigAn


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2012 ytd





Source: glenigAn

Second-placed the Home Office has let £179m of police station projects around Bristol, Bridgwater and Yeovil to Miller Group, while completing the podium is Devon County Council with £108m of road improvements.

The University of Bristol has tabled £79m-worth of building work, including two new buildings, while EDF Energy has let its £100m earthworks contract for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Office jobs remain scarce compared with other southern regions, though are still likely to top 2011 levels, currently standing at £79m – just 6 per cent below 2011’s total. Social housing enjoyed a significant rise last year compared with 2010 but appears to be slowing in 2012, totalling £153m so far – still 46 per cent below 2011 levels. Retail awards are currently at £86m, 91 per cent higher than for the whole of 2011, having been boosted

by supermarket expansion plans that were under way before this year’s spate of cutback announcements.

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Early Planning BIRMINGHAM £8.6M Former Europackaging Site, 238 - 262 Highgate Road Sparkbrook Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 18 commercial units Client: Made Architecture Ltd Agent: Made Architecture Ltd, Shadow Brook Court, Shadow Brook Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0DL Tel: 01675 442 328 LEICESTER £0.8M 6 Vicarage Lane Humberstone Planning authority: Leicester Job: Approval Of Reserved Matters for 11 houses Client: Hazelton Homes Ltd Agent: Kevin R Twigger & Associates, Rushall House, School Road, Brewood, Stafford, ST19 9DS Tel: 01902 851641 STAFFORD £0.65M Lovelace Close Planning authority: Stafford Job: Outline Plans Granted for 8 houses & 1 church hall Client: Castle Church PCC Agent: Castle Church PCC, 6 Old Saddlers Yard, High Street, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7RT Tel: 01889 565071 STOKE-ON-TRENT £0.46M The Lord Shrewsbury, New+ Road Alton Planning authority: Staffordshire Moorlands Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for hotel (extension) Client: BCYS Agent: Brownhill Hayward Brown, Georgian House, 24 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6PT Tel: 01543 254357 WILLENHALL £2.2M The Keys Former Union Locks site, Wood Street Planning authority: Walsall Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 27 houses/12 flats/8 luxury houses Client: Westbury Partnerships Agent: ID Architects, Lychgate House, High

BIRMINGHAM £0.69M Bancroft, 574 College Road Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 flats & 13 student flats (new/refurb) Client: Absolute Care Developer: DWA Architects, 39 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ Tel: 01904 544400 CAMBRIDGE £0.41M Land Adjacent, Severn Place Marino House Planning authority: Cambridge Job: Detail Plans Granted for 8 flats Client: Vincenzo Marino & Aldo Marino Developer: Januarys Consultant Surveyors, 7 Dukes Court, 54 - 62 Newmarket Road, York House, Cambridge, CB5 8DZ Tel: 01223 326800 KING’S LYNN £0.3M 34 Town Lane Castle Acre Planning authority: Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Job: Detail Plans Granted for 4 houses Client: Freebridge Community Housing Developer: Ingleton Wood, 43 All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LY Tel: 01603 666847 NORWICH £3.7M Land Adjoining Lime Kiln Mews, Drayton Road Planning authority: Norwich Job: Detail Plans Granted for care home building Client: Care Developments (Coventry) Developer: AP Architecture Limited, Suite SE219 E Innovation Centre, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9FT Tel: 01952 288 290 NOTTINGHAM £2.2M 95 Talbot Street Planning authority: Nottingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for student accommodation Client: Comehomes Corporation Ltd Developer: CBP Architects, 44 The Ropewalk, Nottingham, NG1 5DW Tel: 0115 948 1144 WEDNESBURY £0.48M Decathlon, Axletree Way Planning authority: Sandwell Job: Detail Plans Granted for shop (conversion/

alterations) Client: Decathlon Developer: GL Hearn, The Malthouse, Sydney Buildings, Bath, BA2 6BZ Tel: 01225 822400

Tenders BIRMINGHAM £1.5M Former GKN Works Chester Road, Egerton Road Erdington Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for ambulance station Client: Opus Land (Erdington) Limited Agent: AJA Architects LLP, 1170 Elliott Court, Herald Avenue, Coventry Business Park, Coventry, West Midlands, CV5 6UB Tender return date: has been extended from 30th August to 10th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 02476 253200 ELY £1.7M Ely Community College, Downham Road Planning authority: East Cambridgeshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for science block Client: Ely Community College Agent: Lyster Grillet & Harding, 1 Pemberton Place, Cambridge, CB2 1XB Tender return date: 14th September 2012 for a Design & Build Contract. Tel: 01223 351626 LINCOLN £1.2M 77B South Park Planning authority: Lincoln Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 15 flats Client: Framework Housing Association Agent: Geoff Carter Architects, Mohan Business Centre, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1BE Tender return date: 7th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0115 946 2262 NORWICH £0.3M 6 Lansdowne Road Planning authority: Norwich Job: Detail

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Contracts BIRMINGHAM £6M Solihull College, Woodlands Campus, Auckland Drive Planning authority: Solihull Job: Detail Plans Granted for college (extension) Client: Solihull College Agent: Associated Architects, 1 Severn Street Place, The Mailbox, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1SE Contractor: Galliford Try Construction Central, Leicester Road, Wolvey, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3JF Tel: 01455 222777 COVENTRY £0.5M Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road Walsgrave on Sowe Planning authority: Coventry Job: Detail Plans Granted for car park Client: University Hospitals Agent: ID Partnership, 27 Spon Street, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BA Contractor: Skanska Construction (UK) Ltd, Maple Cross House, Denham Way, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 9SW Tel: 01923 776666 IPSWICH £2.5M Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road Maternity Block Planning authority: Ipswich Job: Planning Not Required for hospital (refurbishment) Client: Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Agent: Davis Langdon, 36 Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DT Contractor: Barnes Construction Ltd, 6 Bermuda Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9RU Tel: 01473 272222 NORTHAMPTON £0.4M St James Ce Primary School, Harlestone Road Planning authority: Northampton Job: Detail Plans Granted for pre school nursery Client: Diocese of Peterborough (Diocese Board of Education) Agent: Peter Smith Associates, The Studio, 57 Main Street, Baston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE6 9PB Contractor: Holland Build, Booth House, 1 Booth Lane, Northampton, NN3 6JE Tel: 01604 670551 PETERBOROUGH £4M Various locations Planning authority: Peterborough Job: Planning Not Required for portal & modular framework Client: Anglian Water Services Ltd Agent: Anglian Water Services Ltd, Thorpe Wood House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 6WT Contractor: Balsham (Buildings) Ltd, 7 High Street, Balsham, Cambridge, CB21 4DJ Tel: 01223 894404 THETFORD £0.389M St Peter & St Paul CE VC Prima, Church Street Carbrooke Planning authority: Breckland Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: Norfolk County Council Agent: NPS Property Consultants, Nautilus House, 10 Central Avenue, St. Andrews Business Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0HR Contractor: Morgan Sindall Plc, 69 - 75 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1UA Tel: 01603 666669 WOLVERHAMPTON £16M Moreton Community School, Old Fallings Lane

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NORTH/ NORTH-EAST Early Planning GOOLE £3.1m Hook Retail Park, North Street Planning authority: East Riding Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for supermarket Client: Oakgate Group Plc Agent: Archial Ltd, Princes Exchange, 2 Princes Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HY Tel: 0113 388 4330 LEEDS £5.5m Cross Green Lane & Knowsthorpe Crescent Cross Green Planning authority: Leeds Job: Outline Plans Granted for 128 flats Client: Nixon Homes (York) Agent: Knight Frank, 9 Bond Court, Leeds, W Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ Tel: 0113 246 1533 SHIPLEY £0.65m 2 Prod Lane Baildon Planning authority: Bradford Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 9 luxury houses Client: Yorparks Ltd Agent: Seven Architecture Ltd, First Floor Clarendon House, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1DY Tel: 08450 007 772 SUNDERLAND £1m Land At, Egerton Street/Toward Road Planning authority: Sunderland Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 20 student flats Client: Bowesfield Investments Ltd Agent: England & Lyle, Gateway House, 55 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7EH Tel: 01325 469236

Plans Approved DONCASTER £3.1m Tesco Extra, Woodfield Way Balby Planning authority: Doncaster Job: Detail Plans Granted for 5 commercial units (new/ extension) Client: Tesco Plc Developer: Development Planning Partnership, Apsley House, 78 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EQ Tel: 0113 243 8399 HUDDERSFIELD £0.63m 140 - 142 Deighton Road Deighton Planning authority: Kirklees Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 flats (conversion/ extension) Client: Mr. Lohan Developer: DB Architects, 31 Moor View, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 5RT Tel: 01484 859244 mIDDLESBROUGH £0.81m 2 Longlands Road Planning authority: Middlesbrough Job: Detail Plans Granted for 17 cluster flats Client: Bestmark Properties Ltd Developer: Harkin Associates, Britannia House, Brignall Road, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS2 1PS Tel: 01642 241880 SHEFFIELD £1.3m Graves Tennis And Leisure Cent,

Bochum Parkway Planning authority: Sheffield Job: Detail Plans Granted for tennis centre (extension/ alterations) Client: Sheffield International Venues Developer: Windle Cook Architects Ltd, 927 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 0SS Tel: 0114 235 9910 YORK £4.2m Site Adj To Frog Hall Public H, Layerthorpe Planning authority: York Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel/retail development Client: Tiger Developments Developer: Capita Architecture, 1 Proctor Street, London, WC1V 6DW Tel: 020 7492 0200

Tenders DURHAm £2.75m University Library Section, Palace Green Planning authority: Durham County Job: Detail Plans Granted for university library (refurbishment) Client: University of Durham Agent: GSS Architecture, The Tower Studio, Fourth Avenue, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QT Tender return date: 18th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01423 815121 HULL £4.5m Ings Site D, Planning authority: East Riding Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 56 houses Client: Synergy Housing Solutions Agent: Browne Smith Baker, The Deep Business Centre, Tower Street, Hull, Humberside, HU1 4BG Tender return date: 11th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01482 329276 LEEDS £0.75m Barker Hill Cottage, Gildersome Lane morley Planning authority: Leeds Job: Detail Plans Granted for cat adoption centre Client: Cats Protection Agent: A S Planning Ltd, Old Bank Chambers, London Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2TT Tender return date: 7th September 2012. Tel: 01892 610408 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE £10m 15 - 29 High Bridge Planning authority: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for hotel building (extension/alterations) Client: Lugano Property Group Ltd Agent: Archial Architects, Percy House, Percy Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4PW Tender return date: has been extended from 14th September to 25th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0191 222 1116

Contracts HALIFAX £1m Trinity Academy, Shay Lane Holmfield Planning authority: Calderdale Job: Detail Plans Granted for academy (extension) Client: Calderdale Council Agent: Ryder Architecture, Cooper Studios, Westgate Road, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3NN Contractor: Carillion Plc, 24 Birch Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 4HY Tel: 01902 422431 LEEDS £3.1m Land Off Holt Avenue, Church Lane Adel Planning authority: Leeds Job: Detail Plans Granted for 39 luxury houses & 7 houses Client: David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West Agent: John R Paley Associates, 1 Red Hall Crescent, Paragon Business Village, Parag, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2DF


cnins Contractor: David Wilson Homes LIVERPOOL £3.4m cnplus.cight. Yorkshire West, Vico Court, Ring Sainsburys Supermarket, o Road, Lower Wortley, Leeds, West Rice Lane ts Yorkshire, LS12 6AN Tel: 01132 Planning authority: Liverpool Job: 790099 Detailed Plans Submitted for NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE £0.52m supermarket (extension) Client: J Sainsbury mill House, West Road Plc Agent: Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, 17 Planning authority: Northumberland Job: Broomgrove Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Detail Plans Granted for 7 houses Client: S10 2LZ Tel: 0114 266 8181 Galliford Try Partnerships North Agent: Jane mANCHESTER £1.3m Darbyshire & David Kendall Ltd, Millmount, Land at, Wood Street/ mosedale Road Ponteland Road, Cowgate, Newcastle-Uponmiddleton Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE5 3AL Contractor: Planning authority: Rochdale Job: Detailed Galliford Try Partnerships North, Mill House, Plans Submitted for 19 houses & 2 luxury West Road, Ponteland, Newcastle-Uponhouses Client: The Riverside Group Agent: Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE20 9SG Tel: 01661 Croft Goode Partnership, 4 The Crossroads, 824211 Freckleton Street, Kirkham, Preston, ROTHERHAm £11m Lancashire, PR4 2SH Tel: 01772 686030 maltby Academy, Braithwell Rd maltby SANDBACH £2.6m Planning authority: Rotherham Job: Detail Land Off, Hassall Road Plans Granted for academy Client: Planning authority: Cheshire East Job: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Detailed Plans Submitted for 22 houses & 17 Agent: Bond Bryan Architects, The Church luxury houses Client: Stewart Milne Homes & Studio, Springvale Road, Sheffield, South Muller Property Group Agent: Harris Lamb, Yorkshire, S10 1LP Contractor: BAM Construct Grosvenor House, 75 - 76 Francis Road, UK, 3125 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB Tel: 0113 290 8800 8SP Tel: 0121 455 9455 SHEFFIELD £8.5m TARPORLEY £2.3m Sheffield UTC, Shoreham Street Porter Land rear, 2A Church Street Kelsall Brook Site Planning authority: Cheshire West Job: Planning authority: Sheffield Job: Detail Detailed Plans Submitted for 34 houses Plans Granted for college Client: Sheffield Client: Mr. Stephen Barlow Agent: Broadway City College Agent: HLM Architects, 2nd Floor Malyan Ltd, Merchant’s Warehouse, Castle The Ruskin Building, Tudor Square, Sheffield, Street, Manchester, M3 4LZ Tel: 0161 819 2277 South Yorkshire, S1 2LA Contractor: Wates Plans Approved Construction Ltd, Wates House, 11 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park, Quinton, Birmingham, mANCHESTER £5m West Midlands, B32 1AF Tel: 0121 423 2323 Lumb Farm, Lumb Lane Droylsden SUNDERLAND £4.1m (Land On The East Side Of) Land At Doxford Park Estate, mill Hill Rd Planning authority: Tameside Job: Detail Planning authority: Sunderland Job: Detail Plans Granted for recycling facility Client: Plans Granted for 80 flats & 14 bungalows Hadfield Wood Recyclers Developer: A L P Client: Gentoo Construction Agent: Gentoo Ambrose, Highway House, Hinckley Road, Construction, Akeler House, 1 Emperor Way, Asfare Business Park, Wolvey, Hinckley, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR3 3XR Leicestershire, LE10 3HQ Tel: 01455 221881 Contractor: Gentoo Construction, Akeler PRESTON £2.8m House, 1 Emperor Way, Sunderland, Tyne & Land off, Barnfield Way millennium Wear, SR3 3XR Tel: 0191 525 5000 City Park Ribbleton YORK £1.87m Planning authority: Preston Job: Detail Heslington East Campus, Plans Granted for warehouse Client: Barnfiel Planning authority: York Job: Planning Not Construction Ltd Developer: Craven Design Required for gas fired chp unit Client: Partnership, Ribble Court, 1 Mead Way, University of York Agent: University of York, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 7NG Tel: Estates Sevices, Heslington, The Stables, 01282 778066 Heslington, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 5DD RUNCORN £0.5m Contractor: Vital Energi Utilities Ltd, Burnden Stockham Lodge, Stockham Ln Halton House, Roman Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, Planning authority: Halton Job: Detail Plans BB1 2LD Tel: 01254 296000 Granted for leisure centre (extension) Client: M & A Management Developer: Rigby House Farm, Oakfield, Bolton Road, Anderton, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9HW Tel: 01257 my-newsletters/ Sign up to 480493 get extended contract leads ULVERSTON £0.5m delivered to your inbox four Town Beck, The Gill days ahead of the magazine Planning authority: South Lakeland Job: Detail Plans Granted for flood defence works Client: Environmental Agency Developer: Atkins, Chadwick House, Birchwood Park, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6AE Tel: Early Planning 01925 238000 CREWE £1.2m Tenders Wrights Pie Temperature Cold S, First Avenue BURY £0.5m Planning authority: Cheshire East Job: Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Detailed Plans Submitted for cold store Old Road (extension) Client: Wrights Pies Ltd Agent: Planning authority: Bury Job: Detailed Hewitt % Carr Architects Ltd, 7a High Street, Plans Submitted for hospital (extension/ Cheadle, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 alterations) Client: Pennine Acute Hospitals 1AA Tel: 01538 756 888 NHS Trust Agent: Pennine Acute Hospitals


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NHS Trust, Pennine House, Rochdale Old Road, (Fairfield Hospital), Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 7TD Tender return date: 7th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0161 764 6081 MANCHESTER £0.85M 29-31ByromStreet Planning authority: Manchester Job: Detail Plans Granted for office(alterations) Client: Euro Car Parks Agent: Cartwright Pickard Architects, 14 Foundry Street, Round Foundry, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QP Tender return date: 7th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0113 220 4050 RUNCORN £2M ThreeSitesAdjacentTo,FestivalWay BirchRoad Planning authority: Halton Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 18 houses & 2 bungalows Client: Halton Housing Trust Agent: Halsall Lloyd Partnership, 98 Duke Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 5AG Tender return date: 21st September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. This is a retender. Tel: 0151 708 8944

Contracts BLACKBURN £1M St.ThomasCentre,LambethStreet Planning authority: Blackburn Job: Planning Not Required for school (refurbishment) Client: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Agent: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, Cavendish House, Cross Street, Sale, Greater Manchester, M33 7BU Tel: 0161 972 7500 CLITHEROE £3.1M LandOff,PendleDriveWhalley Planning authority: Ribble Valley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 46 houses Client: Taylor Wimpey (Manchester) Agent: LMP Architects, 213 Preston Road, Whittle-LeWoods, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7PS Contractor: Taylor Wimpey (Manchester), 1 Lumsdale Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32 0UT Tel: 0161 864 8900 MANCHESTER £3.5M CalderCourt,WoodsendRoadFlixton Planning authority: Trafford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 30 houses & 3 luxury houses Client: Trafford Housing Trust Agent: Bernard Taylor Partnership, Elizabeth House, 486 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3BS Contractor: Wiggett Construction Ltd, Viking House, 449 Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL9 9LB Tel: 0161 626 3010

AudenshawSchool,HazelStreet Audenshaw £1.5m Planning authority: Tameside Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension/ alterations) Client: Audenshaw High School Agent: Philip Millson Architecture Ltd, Hyde Park House, Cartwright Street, Newton, Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 4EH Contractor: Bardsley Construction Ltd, Globe Square, Globe Lane, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, SK16 4RG Tel: 0161 330 4444 PRESTON £4.5M VariousLocations, Planning authority: Preston Job: Planning Not Required for small works framework Client: Lancashire Police Authority Agent: W T Partnership, 80 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3FX Contractor: Morris & Spottiswood, Progress House, Kelburn Court, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6SX Tel: 01925 885200 STOCKPORT £0.8M Unit5a/5bPeelCentre,Great PortwoodStreet Planning authority: Stockport Job: Detail Plans Granted for retail park (extension) Client: Peel Land & Property Investments Plc Agent: Alan G Haines & Associates, 2 Ouslethwaite Court, Genn Lane, Worsbrough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 6NP Contractor: Harry Fairclough Ltd, Howley Lane, Howley, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 2DN Tel: 01925 628300 WHITEHAVEN £1.2M FormerWhiteSchoolSite,57-72HighRd Planning authority: Copeland Job: Detail Plans Granted for 16 residential units Client: Kells Development Group Agent: Alan B Freeman, 63 Elizabeth Crescent, Bay Vista, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6JQ Contractor: Kells Development Group, 31 Main St, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DR Tel: 01946 823226 WIGTON £1M Dryholme,Silloth Planning authority: Allerdale Job: Detail Plans Granted for storage unit (extension) Client: Farmgen Agent: Farmgen, Carr Farm, Lodge Lane, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 5RP Contractor: Farmgen, Carr Farm, Lodge Lane, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 5RP Tel: 01253 740940 WIRRAL £4M ManorPlaceBromborough Planning authority: Wirral Job: Detail Plans Granted for 40 houses Client: The Riverside Group Limited Agent: Ainsley Gommon Architects, 1 Price Street, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6JN Contractor:

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SCOTLAND Early Planning EDINBURGH £12.1M PennywellRoad Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Outline Plans Granted for 291 residential & commercial units Client: City of Edinburgh Council Agent: Austin-Smith Tel: Lord, 296 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 5RU^”Tel: 0141 223 8500” GLASGOW £0.27M 206BathStreet Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 6 flats (conv/alts) Client: Coakley Group Agent: JK Architectural Services, 14 Sandyhills Drive, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G32 9LG Tel: Not Available MONTROSE £0.6M LandatKinghornieFarm,Inverbervie Planning authority: Aberdeenshire Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 5 wind turbines Client: Ms. Tracey Budimir Agent: T J Coates Ltd, Unity Hall Court, 2 Haigh Moor Road, Tingley, West Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3 1BE Tel: 0113 2525825 ST.ANDREWS £1.2M 23LargoRoad Planning authority: Fife Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for supermarket & hotel (conv) Client: Ashleigh (St Andrews) Agent: Michael Laird Architects, 5 Forres Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 6DE Tel: 0131 226 6991 WESTCALDER £0.55M Gavieside,Polbeth Planning authority: West Lothian Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for zoo park (conversion/extension) Client: Five Sisters Zoo Agent: Michael McGowan Architects, 27 Inchcross Drive, Bathgate, Lothian, EH48 2HD Tel: 01506 636713

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Planning authority: Dundee Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 industrial units Client: Sangobeg Developer: Nicoll Russell Studio, 111 King Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Tayside, DD5 1EL Tel: 01382 778966 KIRKLISTON £0.27M LandAdjacentTo,QueensferryRoad Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Detail Plans Granted for 4 houses (alterations) Client: Barratt East Scotland Ltd Developer: Ema Architecture & Design, The Stables, 38 Baileyfield Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH15 1NA Tel: 0131 468 6595 THURSO £2.5M UpperGeiselittleFarm, Planning authority: Highland Job: Detail Plans Granted for wood pellet manufacturing facility (new/refurb) Client: Forever Fuels Ltd Developer: Robert Paul Associates, 102 High Street, Dunblane, Tayside, FK15 0ER Tel: 01786 825575

Tenders DINGWALL £1M LandnorthofSellarPlaceCononBridge Planning authority: Highland Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 houses & 4 flats Client: Albyn Housing Society Ltd Agent: Archial Architects, 5 Longman Road, Inverness, Highlands, IV1 1RY Tender return date: has been extended from 3rd September to 17th September 2012 Tel: 01463 729307 FALKIRK £2.4M WindsorRoadSummerford Planning authority: Falkirk Job: Pre-Planning for 16 apartments & 8 apartment villas Client: Falkirk Council Agent: McGregor McMahon Associates, 2 Castle Court, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8PB Tender return date: 12th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01383 734905 GLASGOW £3M IbroxSubwayStation,124CoplandRd Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for railway station (alterations) Client: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Agent: Aedas Ltd, 9th Floor 1 Cadogan Square, Cadogan Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 7HF Tender return date: 14th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0141 225 0555

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houses Client: Robertson Group (Scotland) Agent: Cooper Cromar, Newton House, 457 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 3LG Contractor: Robertson Group (Scotland) , Robertson House, The Castle Business Park, Stirling, Central, FK9 4TZ Tel: 01786 431600 DUNDEE £2.3m Graham Street Campus, Graham Street Planning authority: Dundee Job: Detail Plans Granted for 31 houses Client: Persimmon Homes (East Scotland) Agent: Persimmon Homes (East Scotland), Westerinch Business Park, Bathgate, Lothian, EH48 2TQ Contractor: Persimmon Homes (East Scotland), Westerinch Business Park, Bathgate, Lothian, EH48 2TQ Tel: 01506 638300 EDINBURGH £3.6m West Pilton Street Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Detail Plans Granted for 52 houses Client: Capital City Homes Agent: Jewitt Arschavir & Wilkie, 38 New City Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G4 9JT Contractor: Lovell Partnership, Parkway Court, 271 Springhill Parkway, Glasgow Business Park, Baillieston, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G69 6GA Tel: 0141 773 5710 7 - 9 Newhaven Road £6.4m Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Detail Plans Granted for 130 residential/commercial units Client: Barratt East Scotland Ltd Agent: Halliday Fraser Munro, Stanhope House, Stanhope Place, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH12 5HH Contractor: Barratt East Scotland Ltd, Telford House, 3 Mid New Cultins, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH11 4DH Tel: 0131 442 5700 GLASGOW £3.5m Site At Gartloch Hospital/, 2346 Gartloch Road Gartcosh Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for 45 houses Client: New City Vision Agent: New City Vision, 13 Newton Place, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 7PR Contractor: New City Vision, 13 Newton Place, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 7PR Tel: 0141 353 2010 Glasgow Fort, Auchinlea Road £7m Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for cinema and 5 restaurants Client: Hercules Unit Trust Agent: Cooper Cromar, Newton House, 457 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G2 3LG Contractor: Miller Construction, 281 Springhill Parkway, Glasgow Business Park, Baillieston, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G69 6GA Tel: 0870 336 4170 maxwellton & Greenburn Primary, maxwellton Ave East Kilbride £5.5m Planning authority: South Lanarkshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for school Client: South Lanarkshire Council Agent: RMJM Scotland Ltd, Skypark Building, 8 Elliot Place, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 8EP Contractor: Kier Scotland, Campsie House, Buchanan Business Park, Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G33 6HZ Tel: 0141 779 3020 TAIN £4.4m Tain medical Centre, Craighill School, Craighill Terrace Planning authority: Highland Job: Detail Plans Granted for medical centre Client: NHS Highland Agent: Keppie Design Ltd, Dochfour Business Centre, Inverness, Highlands, IV3 8GY Contractor: Miller Construction, Miller House, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH12 9DH Tel: 0870 336 5000 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

SOUTH-EAST/ LONDON Early Planning COLCHESTER £8.5m Betts UK Limited, 505 Ipswich Road Planning authority: Colchester Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 119 residential/ commercial units Client: Lands Improvement Holdings Colchester Sarl Agent: Strutt & Parker, Coval Hall, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2QF Tel: 01245 258201 LONDON £1.6m 7 - 15 Oakfield Road Penge Planning authority: Bromley Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for church Client: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Agent: Brewer Smith & Brewer, 6 Trinity, 161 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1JU Tel: 01202 298501 The Kia Oval, Kennington Oval Surrey County Cricket Clu £20m Planning authority: Lambeth Job: Approval Of Reserved Matters for cricket pavilion Client: Surrey County Cricket Club Agent: Adam Architecture, Old Hyde House, 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DW Tel: 01962 843843 Norbury Trading Estate, Craignish Avenue Norbury £1m Planning authority: Croydon Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 2 commercial units Client: Maker Properties Agent: Maker Properties, Maker House, 33 Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EB Tel: 020 89151212 mAIDSTONE £1.8m Land at Depot Site, George Street Planning authority: Maidstone Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 17 flats & 16 houses Client: Chartway Group Ltd Agent: Go Planning Ltd, Bolding Hatch Business Centre, Bishops Stortford Road, Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4LF Tel: 01245 230712 WINCHESTER £1.1m The Apex Centre, Church Lane Colden Common Planning authority: Winchester Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 14 residential units Client: Fleetwater Homes Agent: Michael Warren Associates, 3 Red Deer Court, Elm Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5LX Tel: 01962 841224

Plans Approved BEDFORD £1m maulden Garden Centre, Flitwick Road/ Water End Road maulden Planning authority: Central Bedfordshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for garden centre/ shop/office (new/extension) Client: Maulden Garden Centre Developer: Robert Larman, Loft Farm, 88a Church Street, Langford, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9QA Tel: 01462 701 289 CHICHESTER £5.1m Chichester College, Avenue De Chartres Planning authority: Chichester Job: Detail Plans Granted for college teaching building Client: Chichester College Developer: ECE Architecture, Coate House, Coate Street, London, E2 9AG Tel: 020 7729 5505 LONDON £0.56m Electrictiy Grid Sub Station, Rochester Way Planning authority: Greenwich Job: Detail

Plans Granted for portable office unit Client: Business Design Solution Developer: Business Design Solution, Third Floor Fitz Aylwin House, 25 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2BP Tel: 020 7353 9841 Development Site Peninsula, Sugar House Lane £1m Planning authority: Newham Job: Detail Plans Granted for 139 portable sleeping cabins Client: Cleanevent Developer: Barton Willmore Partnership, The Observatory, Southfleet Road, Dartford, Kent, DA10 0DF Tel: 0132 237 4660 Oakwood Court Blocks, Abbotsbury Road 1,2,7,8,9,10 & 11 £4.9m Planning authority: Kensington & Chelsea Job: Detail Plans Granted for 110 flats (alterations) Client: Daejan Properties Developer: The Millbridge Group, 22 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AJ Tel: 0207 065 1150 SOUTHAmPTON £0.5m Bursledon Bridge, Bridge Road Bursledon Planning authority: Eastleigh Job: Detail Plans Granted for marina Client: Deacons Boatyard Developer: Lymington Technical Services Ltd, 18 Ardnave Crescent, Bassett, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7FJ Tel: 02380769509 WOKING £0.71m Land adjoining Wyllie and mar, Teulon House High Street Ripley Planning authority: Guildford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 luxury houses & 2 houses Client: WB Green Ltd Developer: Mr Frank Taylor, The Old Farm House, Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7AB Tel: Not Available

Tenders EAST mOLESEY £1m The Orchard Infant School, Bridge Road Planning authority: Elmbridge Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (new/extension) Client: Surrey County Council Agent: Frankham Consultancy Group Ltd, 21 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3TP Tender return date: 21st September 2012 Tel: 01444 444900 FARNHAm £2m Frensham Heights School, Frensham Heights Road Rowledge Planning authority: Waverley Job: Detail Plans Granted for school performing arts teaching centre Client: Frensham Heights School Agent: IID Architects, 1 Victoria Villas, Richmond-Upon-Thames, TW9 2GW Tender return date: 11th September 2012. Tel: 020 3274 1000 LONDON £12m Silchester Garages Site &, Freston Road Latymer Nursery Planning authority: Kensington & Chelsea Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 63 housing units & 1 nursery Client: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Agent: NTR Planning Ltd, 50 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2YT Tender return date: 10th September 2012. Tel: 0207 734 3920 Princess Louise Hospital, St. Quintin Avenue Pangbourne Avenue £13m Planning authority: Kensington & Chelsea Job: Detail Plans Granted for 34 residential units & 1 community centre Client: Clarendon Group Ltd Agent: Aldington Craig & Collinge, The Byre, Albury Court, Albury, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2LP Tender return date: 10th September 2012. Tel: 01844 339911 765 - 769 Finchley Road £10m Planning authority: Barnet Job: Plans Appr

On Appeal for 80 flats & 2 commercial units Client: Affinity Sutton Group Agent: Hawkins Brown Architects LLP, 60 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3TN Tender return date: 14th September 2012. Tel: 020 7336 8030 READING £4.5m 100 Kings Road Caversham Planning authority: Reading Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel & gymnasium (alterations) Client: T A Fisher Holdings Ltd Agent: Harding Rose Architects, Sterling House, Stroudley Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8UG Tender return date: 24th September 2012. Tel: 01428 648 484 WARE £1m Hertford Regional College, Scotts Road Planning authority: East Hertfordshire Job: Pre-Planning for childrens centre (extension) Client: Hertford Regional College Agent: Hertford Regional College, Ware Centre, Scotts Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9JF Tender return date: 14th September 2012 for a Design & Build Contract. Tel: 01992 411400

Contracts CHELmSFORD £2.5m Alcan Thermoplastics, Westway Planning authority: Chelmsford Job: Detail Plans Granted for vehicle sales/mot centre (extens/refurb) Client: Saxton 4 x 4 Limited Agent: Unwin Jones Partnership, Bridge Lane Studio, Caldewgate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 5SS Contractor: MCS Group, Station Works, Station Road, Claverdon, Warwick, CV35 8PE Tel: 01926 842500 GOSPORT £0.77m Asda Stores Ltd, Dock Road Planning authority: Gosport Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket (extn/refurb) Client: Asda Stores Agent: HGP Architects, Furzehall Farm, 110 Wickham Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7JH Contractor: ISG Construction, Parklands, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QU Tel: 0117 923 6500 LONDON £2.5m 121 - 123 West Hill Planning authority: Wandsworth Job: Detail Plans Granted for 11 flats Client: Thistle Property Company Ltd Agent: Spparc Architects LLP, 20 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JL Contractor: W W Martin (Thanet) Ltd, Dane Park Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 7LT Tel: 01843 591584 The Elephant & Hippo, 1 Bowling Green Street £1.1m Planning authority: Lambeth Job: Plans Appr On Appeal for 9 flats & 1 commercial unit Client: Mr. Raj Shah Agent: KMK Architects Ltd, 85 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX Contractor: Rooff Ltd, The Granary, 80 Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 7BT Tel: 0208 709 1777 33 Avenue Road St Johns Wood £3m Planning authority: Camden Job: Detail Plans Granted for luxury house Client: Hub Architects & Designers Ltd Agent: Hub Architects & Designers Ltd, Hoopers Yard, Kimberley Road, London, NW6 7EJ Contractor: Jaysam Contractors, 10a Oxford Road, Wealdstone, Harrow, HA3 7RG Tel: 020 8861 2899 OXFORD £4m The Clarendon Centre, 37 Cornmarket Street Planning authority: Oxford Job: Detail Plans Granted for retail unit (new/extension) Client: Clarendon LP GP Ltd & Clarendon Nominees Ltd Agent: Marchini Curran Associates, 1 Sampsons Yard, Halifax Place,

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Nottingham, NG1 1QN Contractor: Shephard Construction Ltd, 210 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JY Tel: 0207 520 7500 ST. ALBANS £0.75m St. Peters House, 2 Bricket Road Planning authority: St. Albans Job: Detail Plans Granted for office (alterations) Client: Nirvana Investments Ltd Agent: Le Sage Associates, 40 Bridge Street, Deeping St. James, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE6 8HA Contractor: Lindum Sturgeon Ltd, Newark Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5TF Tel: 01733 347210

Benson Bros (Bristol) Ltd Agent: Base Architecture & Design, Nexus, Roushill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PT Tel: 01743 236400 WREXHAm £0.72m Land At, School Lane New Broughton Southsea Planning authority: Wrexham Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 10 houses & 1 luxury house Client: Oak Homes Ltd Agent: FSP Northern Architects Ltd, 41 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5AR Tel: 0151 647 7002 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

BRIDGEND £0.29m Overflor Car Park, Waterton Road Waterton Industrial Estat Planning authority: Bridgend Job: Detail Plans Granted for restaurant building Client: Triangle 3 Ltd Developer: 3D Reid Ltd, West End House, 11 Hills Place, London, W1F 7SE Tel: 020 7297 5600 CARDIFF £1.7m Land west of Aldi Foodstore, Ferry Road Planning authority: Cardiff Job: Detail Plans Granted for restaurant building Client: Cloverleaf Developer: Arch-E-Arch, Butterthwaite House, Jumble Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S35 9XJ Tel: 0114 245 1021 PEmBROKE DOCK £0.8m Land North of, Glenside Stoops Lake Planning authority: Pembrokeshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for road widening/ realignment works Client: Pembrokeshire County Council Developer: Atkins, The Hub, 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RZ Tel: 01454 662 000 PLYmOUTH £3.4m Cann House Care Home, Tamerton Foliot Road Tamerton Foliot Planning authority: Plymouth Job: Detail Plans Granted for nursing home (extension) Client: Premiere Health Limited Developer: The Architects Design Group (ADG), 11 Research Way, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BT Tel: 01752388888 YEOVIL £0.69m 73 - 77 Hendford Hill Planning authority: South Somerset Job: Detail Plans Granted for 13 flats Client: Mr. I White Developer: Paul Dance Associates, Foxgloves, 11 North Street, Stoke-SubHamdon, Somerset, TA14 6QQ Tel: 01935 823112

SOUTH-WEST/ WALES Early Planning BRISTOL £0.5m 60 Bath Road Longwell Green Planning authority: South Gloucestershire Job: Outline Plans Granted for 6 houses Client: Mr. Graham Wheeler Agent: Land & Planning Consultants, Frome Mill Farm, Nibley Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5JG Tel: Not Available EXETER £1.3m Former Kennels Site, Exwick Lane Planning authority: Exeter Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for school (extension) Client: Devon County Council Agent: NPS South West Ltd, Venture House Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7FW Tel: 01392 351000 NEWTON ABBOT £0.5m Culver House, New Exeter Street Chudleigh Planning authority: Teignbridge Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 7 houses (new/ conversion) Client: Mr. Chris Cox Agent: Mr. Daniel Metcalfe, Chapel Cottage, Church End Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5DS Tel: Not Available SHREWSBURY £4.4m Care Home, 84 Shillingston Drive Planning authority: Shropshire Job: Outline Plans Submitted for care home Client:

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Tenders CHELTENHAm £4m Dean Close School, Shelburne Road Hatherley Planning authority: Cheltenham Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: Dean Close School Agent: NVB Architects Ltd, Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DN Tender return date: 7th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01373 468030 EXETER £2m Exeter Science Park Planning authority: Exeter Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for headquarter building Client: Eagle One Ltd Agent: Lacey Hickey & Caley, The Design Studio, Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3QS Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is 7th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01392 444334 WESTON-SUPER-mARE £2m 1 Bushacre Factory, 393 Locking Road Weston College Skills Cam Planning authority: North Somerset Job: Detail Plans Granted for college (new/ alterations) Client: Weston College Agent: View Architects, 18 High Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 2AH Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited and the tender return date in 10th of Spetember 2012. Tel: 084473 66110

Contracts BRISTOL £15m Serbert Way Gordano Gate Business ParkPortishead Planning authority: North Somerset Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket Client: J Sainsbury Plc Agent: Stride Treglown Ltd, Treglown Court, Dowlais Road, Ocean Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF24 5LQ Contractor: Kier Western Ltd, The Old Mill, Chapel Lane, Warmley, Bristol, BS15 4WW Tel: 0117 961 8000 CARDIFF £0.75m Former Goods Companions Hotel, Countisbury Avenue Llanrumney Planning authority: Cardiff Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 commercial units Client: Berry Holly Property Management Ltd Agent: C W Architects Ltd, Grosvenor House, 8 Park Grove, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3BN Contractor: Jehu Project Services Ltd, 1 Waterton Park, Waterton, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 3PH Tel: 01656 644 466

NEWQUAY £3m Crantock Bay Hotel, West Pentire Crantock Planning authority: Cornwall Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 flats & 1 restaurant/cafe (extension/alterations) Client: Crantock Bay Hotel Agent: Phil Brown Architectural Services Ltd, 10 Mantling Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 7DG Contractor: J J Jones, The Office Slades Road, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4HA Tel: 01726 63760 SWANSEA £10.9m morriston Comprehensive School, Heol maes Eglwys Cwmrhydyceirw Planning authority: Swansea Job: Detail Plans Granted for school building Client: City & County of Swansea Agent: Stride Treglown, Treglown Court, Dowlais Road, Ocean Park, Cardiff, CF24 5LQ Contractor: Carillion Construction Ltd, East Moors House, Nettleford Road, Ocean Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF24 5JQ Tel: 02920 436450 SWINDON £2.5m York House, Hindle Way Planning authority: Swindon Job: Detail Plans Granted for veterinary hospital Client: Mr David Ford Agent: F J Architects, Southgate House, 38 Southgate, Wakefield, W Yorkshire, WF1 1TL Contractor: Thistle Construction Ltd, Thistle House, Wistons Lane, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9DT Tel: 01422 328400 TAUNTON £1.7m Aginghills Farm Estate, Swingbridge monkton HeathfieldBathpool Planning authority: Taunton Deane Job: Detail Plans Granted for 138 residential units Client: David Wilson Homes Agent: CSJ Planning Consultants Ltd, 1 Host Street, Bristol, BS1 5BU Contractor: David Wilson Homes, Floor 2 Aztec Centre, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TD Tel: 01454 620460 WARmINSTER £0.6m Sambourne C of E Primary Sch, 56 Sambourne Road Planning authority: Wiltshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (alterations/ extension) Client: Wiltshire Council Agent: DKA, The Malt House, 17 - 20 Sydney Buildings, Bath, BA2 6BZ Contractor: Rigg Construction Southern Ltd, Lancaster House, Lancaster Park, Bowerhill, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6TT Tel: 01225 705668 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

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Scaffolding safety firm Simian Risk has appointed Tristan Kelly as a senior consultant. He will oversee a range of projects, including a new health and safety support deal for media display company Blink Giant Media.

Green light for vauxhall Cross mixed-use scheme A major mixeduse scheme in London’s vauxhall Cross, involving a 40-storey and a 32-storey tower, 291 apartments and 26,000 sq ft of offices, has been given planning permission. The development will include shops, restaurants, a digital cinema, a hotel with a sky bar, a dental surgery, a children’s play area and 58 affordable homes

Commercial property adviser The Vinden Partnership has appointed Bob Lavell as managing consultant at its Nottingham office and promoted Martin Bennett to regional director at its Bolton office. Lavell joins from Elliott Off Site Building Solutions, where he was divisional commercial manager. Neville Richardson,

former chief executive of Co-operative Financial Services, has been appointed by the Seddon Group as a non-executive director. The British Property Federation has appointed Becky Worthington, deputy chief executive of Quintain, and Jonathan Thompson, international chairman real estate, building and construction at KPMG, to its board.

The site is within the Greater London Authority’s vauxhall Nine elms Battersea opportunity Area, which is being transformed by 16,000 new homes and regenerated transport infrastructure

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Adrian owen, partner and head of residential at Montagu Evans, said: “The vision for Vauxhall Cross Island Site has been a trailblazer for the area well in advance of other applications. Michael squire’s original concept began in 2006 and was picked up again in 2009”

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