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Effects of red Planning shake-up and shortage of lending threaten to reduce the impact of reforms ECONOMY TOM FITZPATRICK

The true impact of the government’s construction reforms may be less than hoped as contractors grapple with new procedures and housebuyers struggle with a stubborn mortgage-lending sector. The government has announced new capital funding for infrastructure and affordable homes as well as fast-tracked planning conditions for commercial and residential developments. But the Association of Consultancy and Engineering said that even if the government is successful in cutting red tape, “it might be years” before its effects filter into housebuilding. The government hopes the measures will create 140,000 jobs, lead to the building of 70,000 homes and help 16,500 first-time buyers under an extension of the FirstBuy scheme.

New legislation will offer guarantees worth up to £40 billion for major infrastructure projects and up to £10bn for new homes. The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill will include guaranteeing the debt of housing associations and private sector developers. But even as the government tries to boost infrastructure it has delayed a final decision on airport capacity in the south until 2015. It is also unclear to what extent a new ‘business bank’, announced

WRESTLING WITH RED TAPE Cutting through ■ Fast-tracking thousands of planning applications ■ Re-routing some applications via the Planning Inspectorate to overcome delays ■ Looser planning restrictions on residential extensions and business premises expansion ■ Government guarantees worth £50bn for major infrastructure projects and new homes ■ £280m boost for NewBuy to help first-time housebuyers

Troubles remain ■ More housing approvals may not be the answer: 200,000 approved new homes have not been started, says the Local Government Association ■ Legal wrangles over fast-tracked planning could lead to long delays in development ■ Shortcutting local authority planning could erode the government’s ‘localism’ agenda ■ The government’s commission on airports means a third runway at Heathrow may not be built until 2020


tape blitz may take years balls’ 5% vat call Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has pledged to tackle bogus selfemployment in construction and to cut VAT on home improvements, repairs and maintenance. Speaking at the Trades Union Conference in Brighton, he promised “an immediate one-year cut in VAT to 5 per cent on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to help homeowners and boost construction”. ‘Bogus’ self-employment occurs when workers are classified as self-employed, despite having characteristics of an employee, and as such are denied benefits such as sick pay and pensions.


said that the by Vince Cable, state guarantees government was will benefit telling developers construction. for major to “get on and build New Permitted infrastructure quickly”. Development projects He said the new Rights will, for a measures “show this limited time, allow the government is serious about installation of conservatories and rolling its sleeves up and doing it loft extensions without going all it can to kickstart the economy”. through weeks of planning “Some of the proposals are bureaucracy. controversial; others have been a But the Local Government long time in coming,” he added. Association has said that there is “But along with our Housing a backlog of 400,000 homes that Strategy they provide a have planning permission but comprehensive plan to unleash which have not been built, of one of the biggest homebuilding which 200,000 have not even programmes this country has been started. It says demand in seen in a generation.” the economy is the issue, with In response, shadow chief developers no longer confident secretary to the Treasury Rachel they can sell homes. Reeves said: “The fundamental Prime minister David Cameron problem is not the planning system or the section 106 agreements for much-needed “It might be years affordable housing. before we see a “It is the lack of confidence real impact on new and demand in the economy, slashed public investment and housebuilding the government’s failing from this scheme” economic plan.” Chief executive of ACE Nelson NElSoN ogUNShAkiN, ASSoCiATioN Ogunshakin said even if plans to of CoNSUlTANCy ANd ENgiNEEriNg

reduce planning and regulatory red tape succeed, “the process of drawing up detailed plans, getting planning permission and putting in place construction contracts is unlikely to be completed within 12 months”. “So amid concerns that the new rules to ease planning permission may be challenged through the courts, it might be years before we see a real impact on new housebuilding from this financing scheme.” RICS’ global residential director Peter Bolton King said that while he encouraged the government’s attempt to stimulate small-scale development, “what the market needs now is investment, not piecemeal planning reform”. “Families and businesses looking to extend their properties will not deliver the required new homes to solve the housing crisis,” he added. “The government can raise money cheaply, and more loan guarantees for housing associations and developers will create jobs and muchneeded new homes across the whole market now. “More ambition from the government would help create the homes and jobs we need to pull the UK out of recession.” Head of planning at Eversheds law firm Stuart Andrews welcomed the changes to housebuilding planning, given that permitted rights for most home and business extensions were drafted over 50 years ago. “They are now outdated and fail to recognise that most of us are very careful in what we do to our property,” he said. “There is huge scope for reform and relaxation of the current planning rules.” Residential planning permissions hit record low – Glenigan

Heathrow decision put back until 2015 aviation

The government has confirmed it will defer a decision on Heathrow’s third runway until after the next general election. New transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that former CBI chief Sir Howard Davies will chair an independent commission to identify and recommend to the government “options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation”. The commission will identify the need for additional capacity and will produce an interim report in 2013, but will not deliver a final report until 2015. Mr McLoughlin said: “Since the 1960s Britain has failed to keep pace with our international competitors in addressing long-term aviation capacity and connectivity needs. “The consequences are clear. Our largest airport and our only hub airport – Heathrow – is already operating at capacity. “Gatwick, the world’s busiest single runway airport, will be full early in the next decade, while spare capacity at Stansted airport is forecast to run out in the early 2030s.” However, he added: “A decision on whether to support any of the recommendations contained in the final report will be taken by the next government.” The commission’s interim report will set out its assessment of the evidence on the nature, scale and timing of the steps needed to maintain the UK’s global hub status, and recommendations for immediate steps to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years. 13 September 2012 | 3





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Industry leaders target Osborne to drive action

chancellor George osborne with chief secretary to the treasury Danny alexander, who insists he wants a pfi review as soon as possible


‘Autumn’ date for PFI review No further clarity on timescale but industry hopes for fast-tracked review understands the government is still hoping to start procurement of the PFI schools in 2012. The industry hopes that the review will be fast-tracked. The government is gearing up to The announcement will help to make an announcement on ease fears that the PFI review easing planning restrictions for could be pushed back to as late as major infrastructure projects spring 2013, as the construction and has confirmed it will publish industry seeks clarity on longits private finance initiative term financing. review shortly. The chief secretary also said he Chief secretary to the Treasury expects an announcement on Danny Alexander insisted he wants to publish the results of the easing restrictions on major infrastructure this week. government’s PFI review “this He added that planning delays autumn”, but would not give a were contributing to schemes more specific date. being announced for funding and Sources say the announcement then being pushed back. is likely to coincide with He said: “There were chancellor George projects announced Osborne’s autumn in the spending statement, which review in 2010 the Treasury has that, because of announced will be problems in on 5 December. Value of delayed planning, are The PFI review is holding up pfi priority school taking longer to deliver [than first major schemes scheme thought]. such as the £2 billion “We need to get PFI priority schools them done more quickly programme, although CN policy tom fitzpatrick


than the normal timescales in the good times.” Speaking at the London Stock Exchange, Mr Alexander insisted there are “real strengths” to the private finance initiative, as well as the “well-known weaknesses”. He said: “I am trying to get [the review] out as soon as I possibly can. We have had a lot of engagement with a wide range of people on it. There are some real strengths there as well as some well-known weaknesses and as soon as we can give some clarity on that the better. “We have seen a high level of engagement with more than 150 responses to our consultation and about 100 stakeholder meetings.” Mr Alexander confirmed that a new investment mechanism will be established by January to enable pension funds to back new infrastructure projects. It is initially expected to raise £2bn. UK Contractors Group sends open letter urging ministers to back construction

The leaders of a new construction campaign Read it are hoping to meet fiRstsorty chancellor George this Osborne in December broke on so they can brief him 11 seP on issues critical to the industry’s growth. The Construction4Growth campaign has brought together 900 industry supporters with CITB-ConstructionSkills and the National Specialist Contractors’ Council, along with builders’ federations. CITB-ConstructionSkills deputy chairman Judy Lowe told CN the campaign hoped to meet with Mr Osborne around the time of the autumn statement on 5 December. Ms Lowe had already met with new business and education minister Matthew Hancock before the launch of the campaign to discuss skills. She said the move was a response to MPs seeking “one industry voice”, and added that while she wanted people to prioritise support for the C4G campaign, she didn’t mind which campaign they supported once the government got the message that construction needs support. Other campaigns include the Creating Britain’s Future, led by the UK Contractors Group, which wrote an open letter to ministers last week, published by CN, urging support for the industry to help lead the economy back to growth. Bodies already lobbying the government for support for the industry include the CBI Construction Council and the Strategic Forum for Construction, which CN revealed this month is examining proposals to change its governance structure. According to figures from the Construction Skills Network, 160,000 construction workers are claiming job seeker’s allowance, at a cost of almost £1 billion to the Treasury. 13 September 2012 | 5


Pickles announces moves to support housing market Industry welcomes action on debt guarantees and extension of FirstBuy housing chris Berkin

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a series of policies to support the housing sector, including extending FirstBuy to March 2014 and providing a £10 billion debt guarantee for private rented and affordable housing. The government will also provide £200 million of new funding to support institutional investment in high-quality rented homes. Expressions of interest in the guarantees were welcomed. Mr Pickles added that the government would invest £300m in measures to support 15,000 new affordable homes and to bring 5,000 empty homes into use. “This government wants to get the economy growing, to remove unnecessary red tape and to support locally led sustainable development,” he said. The FirstBuy scheme will receive a boost of £280m, which the government says will help 16,500 first-time buyers. Mr Pickles said the government would “accelerate the release of

surplus public land” and offices through a targeted programme to “unlock locally supported live sites”. He also said the government would introduce “practical measures to speed up planning decisions and appeals on major infrastructure”. These include allowing developers to extend the duration of existing permissions, and making it easier to appeal planning gain obligations imposed under section 106, including affordable housing quotas. There will also be a “fast-track” route for certain applications through the Planning Inspectorate, which will be able to decide applications if a local authority is consistently slow or performs poorly. An industry-led group will be convened by the government to overcome offsite home-construction barriers. However, the Local Government Association said there is a backlog of 400,000 homes that have planning permission but have not yet been built. It says that demand in the economy is the issue, with

developers no longer confident they can sell homes. But a survey of planning data compiled for the Home Builders Federation by Glenigan found annual residential planning permissions have slumped to a record low, with fewer than 25,000 recorded in Q2 2012. The HBF said the figures were a “wake-up call” for local authorities to meet their responsibilities. The figures were the first to be compiled since the National Planning Policy Framework came into force in Debt guarantee March and were for affordable the lowest quarterly housing figure since 2009. DLA Piper partner and Manchester head of the Planning Inspectorate. planning Christopher Bowes said: “Overall, the measures look “The [government’s] proposals set to help the supply side, but look like great news for developers the big question is whether but it will be important that the the demand will come from Planning Inspectorate is given housebuyers if the red tape is the resources to handle the removed from the housebuilders.” ensuing rush of planning appeals. CBI director-general John “It will be no help to anyone if Cridland welcomed the plans to the development log jam simply extend FirstBuy. moves from local authorities to “The housing and planning


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Localism agenda ‘at risk’

Planning overhaul will strip power from local authorities, warn critics planning chris Berkin

eric pickles aims to reform a “planning system that builds nothing but resentment”

announcements will provide a much-needed tonic for the industry, getting diggers on site and people into work,” he said. “It will make a difference to households across the country.” Construction health checks escape ‘bonfire of red tape’

reaction to policy changes HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley said: “Under the new system local authorities have more power, but with that comes responsibility and government must ensure they meet the needs of communities. “Unrealistic expectations on what housebuilding sites can support is meaning many sites are not viable and housebuilding cannot take place. While it is positive that government has recognised this, real progress must be made as quickly as possible

Industry figures have warned that measures announced in the government’s housing package will put the localism agenda at risk. The commitment to finding local solutions to local problems is waning at a time when small local firms are taking on an everdecreasing share of UK housing, according to several companies. Giles Ferin, planning principal at contractor EMW, said the new policies “would strip power away Alistair Watson broadly welcomed from local authorities” and were moves to fast-track commercial “at odds with the government’s own agenda of devolving decision- and residential applications and to ease certain section 106 making wherever possible to the requirements. But he agreed some local community”. local authorities may He said: “Decisions depend on provisions affecting the local in their s106 area could be made agreements. by the Planning “They’ll be Inspectorate relying on that based miles away, housing, that making planning requirements may income stream, decisions less that payment accountable to be renegotiated towards transport residents and local provision,” he said. businesses, and the “They may even have system less likely to spent it already. Combine that engage the local community with cuts to central government as the government wants.” grants and you’re putting the Taylor Wessing head of squeeze on local authorities. planning and environment

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to ensure that viability is improved.” But Addleshaw Goddard partner and property head Jane Hollinshead said that it “seems pretty clear that localism is out of favour”. “The emphasis is now on getting planning permission granted with local planning authorities being bypassed if they are not co-operative. “We expect to see more applications being determined by the Planning Inspectorate through a streamlined appeals process.”

“What you’ve got is central government stepping in and saying if you’ve got local problems, we’ll step in and help sort them out – that is a shift away from the localism agenda.” Labour strongly objected to any attempt by the government to take power over s106 away from councils. Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey said: “A sensible discussion locally where there’s been a stalled development, about renegotiating the terms of s106, I’ve no problem with that. “But having Whitehall telling town halls what to do with the land it faces would be absolutely wrong. To be perfectly frank, it’s more Leninism than localism.”

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Lend Lease secures £70m hospital build

magnox deals Owned by EnergySolutions, Magnox is the management and operations contractor responsible for 10 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK. Costain is bidding for other Magnox contracts including a repairs job worth up to £5m at the Trawsfynydd site in Wales (pictured), where it is up against Dawnus. Meanwhile Interserve, Mitie and Carillion are in the final three for a Magnox FM contract worth up to £100m.


Lend Lease has won a £70 million contract to construct the first specialist emergency care hospital in England, beating rivals Bam Construct, Farrans and Vinci. The £70m contract is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s £200m investment to improve healthcare for its 500,000 patients in North Tyneside and Northumberland. Lend Lease executive general manager Gordon Anderson said he was pleased to be involved in “one of the largest construction projects in the North-east.” The hospital will have an emergency care department to receive 999 and GP emergency admissions with seven wards containing 210 beds providing specialist care to patients in a range of conditions. An intensive care unit will provide specialist critical care for up to 18 patients. There will be six operating theatres and a consultant-led maternity unit and special care baby unit. A children’s assessment unit and clinical diagnostics such as MRI and CT scanners will be available onsite. Work will get under way on Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in the autumn and will take two years to complete.

Magnox awards £288m deal Balfour Beatty and Costain beat rivals to land 10-year framework ContraCts tom FitzpatriCk

Balfour Beatty and Costain have confirmed their appointments to a £288 million 10-year Magnox framework, a deal exclusively revealed by CN in July. The framework is expected to be worth up to £30m annually for an initial five years with options to extend up to a further five years. Contractors who missed out were Bam Nuttall, Black and Veatch, Galliford Try, Interserve, J Murphy, Kier, Mace and Vinci Construction. Work will include the design, construction and maintenance of

permanent buildings and structures, along with infrastructure maintenance and extension works incorporating construction, civil engineering and groundworks projects. In June 2011 Costain announced that, as part of a joint venture with AMEC and Jacobs, it had been included on a framework to retrieve and process both wet and solid intermediate level radioactive waste across all the Magnox sites in the UK. Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “Inclusion on this framework is testament to our growing reputation for providing specialised engineering solutions to customers and sectors with

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n Galliford Try lands £100m of housing contracts galliford-regen-deals Galliford Try has secured £100mworth of regeneration contracts. The housebuilder and contractor has finalised a £23m contract on the Gallions Quarter development in east London, after being selected as preferred developer in July 2011. The London Development Agency regeneration scheme includes 170 homes as part of the second phase of the 700-home development.

n Four firms awarded Strathclyde University deal strathclyde-uni Balfour Beatty, Bam Construct, Graham Construction and Morgan Sindall have won places on the main contractor framework for estates development projects at the University of Strathclyde. The two-year framework includes projects worth £40m.

n Kier front runner in bid for Durham Police HQ build kier-durham-police Kier has been tipped to win a deal to build the new Durham Police Authority headquarters, which is worth up to £14m. It is believed Bam Construct, Graham, Henry Brothers, Kier, Miller and Morgan Sindall were in the running for the deal, but several sources told CN Kier was thought to be the favourite.

Gurney pay move slammed Contractor angers smaller firms as it ups supplier payment period to 60 days payment luke Cross

May Gurney has extended payment periods for its 1,200 materials suppliers to 60 days, to the dismay of some smaller firms. The move comes as the maintenance and engineering services contractor prepares to reduce its supply chain to help “create more opportunity for our chosen, preferred suppliers”. The contractor last week issued a profit warning and announced that chief executive Philip Fellowes-Prynne had left the firm. May Gurney told Construction News it has “too many” suppliers for a company of its size, some of which are only used sporadically. It has lengthened payment terms for materials suppliers from 45 days to reflect “the norm in this sector”. Materials suppliers represent 30 per cent of its 4,000strong supply chain.

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the £695 million-turnover firm. One supplier said: “We pay all our suppliers in 30 days so we are having to fund May Gurney: pay our wages and fuel costs and any materials, and fund that until we get paid. “We should all be playing on an even field. “If we are able to pay our invoices in decent time and get them paid in 30 days, then why ‘no sell-off’ can’t the bigger companies?” The source suggested the cost of May Gurney’s finance director told waiting for payment could be CN his company is not planning to reflected in a project’s pricing. sell divisions after a profit warning and the departure of its chief Another supplier told CN: executive Philip Fellowes-Prynne. “Obviously it increases the cost The firm’s share price fell by of borrowing to cover payment more than 40 per cent after the terms, which can be detrimental results were issued, while analysts to profits.” suggested the firm could face A May Gurney spokesman said consolidation in future. the company has a very good May Gurney saw a 17 per cent relationship with suppliers and rise in underlying profits in the year pointed out that the change, to March 2012. which applies to all invoices FD Mark Hazlewood said: “There received from 1 September, does are no plans to dispose of any parts not affect the 70 per cent of its of the company. In the rest of the supply chain made up of business, everything is subcontractors. performing strongly.” “Any well-run business pays particular attention to its cashflow number of material management and by making suppliers affected this change, by the change May Gurney will be matching the terms offered by its competitors,” the spokesman said. “Many of these companies are large national organisations rather than small companies. “However, if any one of them feels this change will cause them hardship then our finance department would only be too happy to discuss their particular issues with them.”


n Interserve preferred bidder Interserve-NHS-deal Interserve has won a £300m support services deal for the NHS. The NHS Trusts of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have chosen Interserve to take on the seven-year contract, under which it will provide support services across 550 buildings, totalling 490,000 sq m and nearly 3,100 beds. The trusts are aiming to achieve foundation status.

A letter signed by procurement director Paul Gurney, sent out shortly before the change, said the shrinking of its supply chain is “an important initiative for May Gurney and for our suppliers, enabling you to demonstrate your commitment to working closer with us”. But some criticised the move by

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Private equity giant returns Miller to profit

ISG’s profits plummet 70% Construction operating profits also fall from £3.6m to £0.9m


Miller Group returned to profit in the first half of 2012, despite a loss in its construction division. Its net debt was also cut from £706.6 million at the start of the year to £217m by 30 June 2012. It follows a £160m refinancing deal that handed more than 55 per cent of the family firm to outside investors, led by GSO Capital Partners – a subsidiary of US private equity giant Blackstone. Miller’s profit before tax for the half year was £0.4m, against a £52.9m loss for the same period last year. Revenue was up by 7 per cent to £262.5m (2011: £244.9m). Construction revenue was £113.1m (2011: £115.6m) with a loss of £0.8m, compared with £1.4m. The order book rose by 34 per cent to £805m. The firm said its loss “mainly reflects the business development expenditure incurred in targeting new markets”. Group chief executive Keith Miller, who told CN in March he has no plans to step back from the firm, said: “The group has delivered a strong performance during the first half of 2012 and returned to profit. Trading has remained steady; both turnover and total housing volumes are at the same level as last year.”

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ISG has reported a 9 per cent rise in revenue for the year to 30 June 2012 to £1.28 billion (2011: £1.17bn) but the firm saw pre-tax profits fall from £10.2m to £3m, having issued a profit warning in January. Construction revenue rose 17 per cent to £533m (2011: £455m) on the back of the overlay works on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, after the successful handover of the Velodrome. ISG stated that on 1 July it had combined its bank branch rollout programmes, the high

street and food retail fit-outs, which had previously been managed separately. The group incurred £3m costs from the consolidation, along with further rationalisation of the construction business and relocation of all UK IT departments to Ipswich. Construction operating profits declined from £3.6m to £0.9m, with margin dropping from 0.8 per cent to 0.2 per cent. The firm said its South-west construction division returned to profitability in Q4 after a restructuring. In food retail, revenue declined by 9 per cent to £199m (2011: £218m), reflecting a fall in newbuild project activity.

Operating profit halved to £2.3m (2011: £5.2m) as margins, impacted by customers focusing on reducing costs, dropped to 1.2 per cent (2011: 2.4 per cent). In fit-out, revenue rose to £347m (2011: £342m) but operating profit was 19 per cent lower at £6.5m (2011: £8.0m) as margin dropped to 1.9 per cent (2011: 2.3 per cent). ISG said the London office fitout market remains competitive, with project sizes smaller. The firm said it had made significant advances in the expanding data centre market. It added that the UK market continues to be challenging, with fewer large-scale projects, a focus on refurbishment of existing space rather than new build, public sector cutbacks and generally increased competition. Chief executive David Lawther commented: “ISG has delivered a resilient performance in challenging market conditions. “Looking ahead, the group is well placed to benefit from a recovery in the UK and from our presence in key global locations that are attracting inward investment.” Hammerson buys £136m Leeds Victoria Quarter

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Berry: ‘Government must get serious about SMEs’ Six months into his role, the FMB chief talks exclusively to CN about how he is giving members value, setting them apart from cowboy builders and dealing with tensions between regions SMEs toM fitzpatRick

The Federation of Master Builder’s chief executive could be forgiven for having a gloomy outlook on the industry given the dozens of companies going bust each month, the negative publicity generated by cowboy builders and a lack of public knowledge about the forthcoming Green Deal. Brian Berry is trying to steady the ship eight months after the FMB’s director general Richard Diment left following a row with senior figures at the organisation. He insists its 10,000-strong membership has grounds to be optimistic about the future. The federation has published a five-year plan to try to ensure long-term growth (see box), while CN has revealed its plans to create new regional hubs and move to a new London headquarters. The FMB is now looking to

“Government talks a good talk. Now we need to see serious commitment about what SMEs can do in the sector” government to start fulfilling promises and return the UK to economic growth by placing construction and its small and medium-sized enterprises at the heart of the recovery. Walking the walk “The government has always talked a good talk about SMEs,” says Mr Berry. “Now they have been in government for two and a half years we need to see a serious commitment about what SMEs can do in the construction sector. “We keep in good contact with the Labour Party and also the Lib Dems because we know the

fMB StRatEgic plan 2012-2017 The document sets out the scale of the challenge being faced by the FMB, which comprised 20,000 members 30 years ago and now has half of that. It sets out strategic priorities such as: restructuring senior management; aiming for membership of 15,000 by 2017; reviewing and developing FMB services and governance; and becoming a competent person scheme operator. The plan says that all FMB services need to become more business

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focused with an emphasis on income generation. New directors will be tasked with generating income from non-subscriptions including events, conferences and venue hire. The strategy may also lead to the creation of a separate company to handle commercial activities. The plan says that the FMB needs to “become much better at internal communication”, offer regular training and offer a pay and reward structure matched to staff performance.

“They’re looking for that badge coalition could break up after the that says they are professional election and we want to maintain builders, they adhere to a access to all parties.” professional standard. As well as lobbying the main “Because that doesn’t exist at political parties and the incoming the moment, it needs to be chief construction adviser Peter underpinned by a commitment Hansford, Mr Berry is continuing to quality. to shout about the need for Green “It’s not just a case of pay your Deal incentives and reductions money and get your to VAT for home badge. We’re looking improvement work. at the idea of The FMB’s renewing that members, inspection every particularly three years, so larger building that once you’re contractors, are in it’s not the also keen that it Size of the fMB’s case you’re can prove its membership [automatically] influence with the in for the rest of government and your life.” that they can be differentiated from the ‘cowboy builders’ that give the Regional outreach industry a bad name. The federation is setting up four The FMB has started to combat regional hubs to oversee its work bad practice on the ground, in the eight English regions – a including introducing a move that will cut costs and will, compulsory site inspection for Mr Berry hopes, put regions at companies wishing to join the the heart of the organisation federation. It is considering the (CN 6 Sep, p5). introduction of a three-year It is also hoped that the hubs regular inspection of companies will help to defuse tension that to ensure they adhere to its code. exists within the organisation But with cowboy builders over the differences between the continuing to generate headlines economy of London, where the and fears that the Green Deal’s FMB has its headquarters, and the launch next month is turning into something of a damp squib, “By creating the FMB’s voice will need to be heard more than ever. regional hubs we “Work is an important issue, will be able to particularly with small companies,” adds Mr Berry. understand “But others are looking for a members within differentiation between nontheir locality” member companies.


for four years so I was well known in the organisation and hopefully within the sector. It was a natural progression. “I think that helped in terms of stabilising the FMB and I was able to build on that work going forward as the chief executive.”

Mr Berry says he has won the support of FMB members

rest of the UK. “[Members] can resent the London and South-east region because things are done differently here, the economy is much stronger and that causes tensions in any organisation that’s UK-wide,” Mr Berry says. “By creating regional hubs we will be able to understand members within their locality who share ideas and information in a region that has its own problems.” The FMB currently has a consultation out on the proposals, with staff being asked to apply for new senior roles created within the hubs. Mr Berry says his step-up to the

“Getting consensus [among members] so far hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would” role of chief executive was a “natural progression”. He has been in the role for six months, since being one of several staff asked to bring stability in the interim period after Mr Diment went on leave in November 2011. “I’m loving the challenge,” he says. “It’s really good to be in a position where I can influence

and make decisions. Getting consensus [among members] so far hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would. “It’s down to communication. I spend a lot of time explaining to members why we are making changes. You need to engage with them at a local level. “That’s why I think I’ve won the support of members, by getting out of London and getting to know them in their locality. “They know they are suffering, changing their work practices and there is a recognition that the FMB needs to do the same.” He adds: “I had been at the FMB

Stable footing In the current economic climate companies are going to the wall every day, and it’s a situation that trade bodies are not immune from – something Mr Berry acknowledges – but he is adamant that the FMB’s property portfolio sets it apart when it comes to financial stability. The FMB is in the process of selling its London headquarters at 14/15 Great James Street and has found a buyer for the property at around £5 million (CN 30 Aug, p14). It hopes to spend around £3m on a new property at Ely Place in London’s EC1, with negotiations ongoing. Mr Berry has told CN the extra cash may go on new properties in what is a buyer’s market, but says the FMB does not need the money. “Our portfolio is based on owning our own freehold portfolios. We own nearly all our offices around the UK. We don’t need the money. We can rationalise our office [at Great James St] and that releases more money to invest elsewhere. “The FMB is on solid ground,” he adds. “We’re really fortunate we have an extensive property portfolio worth many millions of pounds; it puts us in a secure position and gives us an opportunity to invest in new things we want to do. @CNTomFitz Follow Tom Fitzpatrick on Twitter for news as it breaks 13 September 2012 | 15


Construction needs ministers who say yes The ministerial reshuffle last week was essentially a statement of intent that it will now deliver on many of the promises it has made and the policies it has put in place. In the days since the new ministers were announced, there was a flurry of policy announcements: on extending FirstBuy; relaxing planning rules; a fresh review of airport rebecca capacity in the South-east and a counter-review evans launched by London mayor Boris Johnson; an Editor announcement on skills funding – which included construction companies; and the confirmation, presumably deemed better late than never by the government, that it would publish the findings from its PFI review in the autumn (see news, pages 2, 3, 5, 6, 7). Of course, while some of the new ministers have been fronting these announcements, or at least the TV studios to talk “Early signs from touring them up, they were already in new construction train. Even the smartest and most minister Michael confident new ministers will need more than 24 hours to completely Fallon are master their briefs. encouraging” This was why within 48 hours of the Cabinet reshuffle, CN published an open letter from the UKCG and the Creating Britain’s Future campaign to all those ministers whose departments need to understand the importance of construction to the economy – and that is most of them. The letter pledged the industry’s support in boosting the economy, but also made sure the new ministers understand right from the outset what the industry needs from them: far greater visibility of what is in the pipeline (news, page 5). Within days, CITB-ConstructionSkills launched another campaign, Construction4Growth, bringing together a number of the industry’s main representative bodies, all pledging to speak with a single voice – an aim CN has long called for and strongly supports. Let’s hope having more than one industry campaign won’t undermine their central messages. It’s not only vital to communicate the importance of construction to politicians in London; it’s also essential that the word gets out to MPs up and down the country about construction’s capability and potential. Federation of Master Builders chief executive Brian Berry tells CN this week (pages 14-15) that when it comes to support for SMEs, it’s now time for the government to do more than just talk the talk. Early signs from the new construction minister Michael Fallon are encouraging: his readiness to take to the airwaves and talk to the papers over the last week is a good sign that he will boost the industry’s profile. He now needs to keep his promise that he is in post to deliver.

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Why recovery begins at home for our country’s economy It was Bill Clinton who came up with the now much-reported phrase, ‘It’s the economy, stupid’. And now, in 2012, we could repeat it to give a synopsis of the government’s much-needed focus towards boosting growth. The prime minister has returned this autumn telling all government departments to focus on how their own areas can contribute to growth. The Department for Communities and Local Government is no exception and the planning changes announced last week signal a determination to see the development industry contribute to our country’s economic recovery. Because, of course, it can do just that. Construction is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy: each £1 spent on construction generates a total of £2.84 in economic activity. The government recognises this and is making it easier to build more homes and indeed build on existing homes. The first proposal to note concerns the much talked about Green Belt. With the details of the final National Planning Policy Framework published earlier this year, critics came out in support of the finished article, with the government proving its commitment to the countryside. So we must not get bogged down again in Green Belt controversy. The chancellor’s announcement last week was common sense. Development should go ahead on the Green Belt if another equivalent area of land in the local area is added to it. Former Green Belt is being swapped for new Green Belt; the net result is no reduction in the total Green Belt. The other main reform that concerns construction revolves around permitted development

rights. Home owners are to be allowed to build larger extensions on their houses – up to 8 m for detached homes and 6 m for others. As a constituency MP, a word of caution does need to be raised on this: conflicts can exist between neighbours and sometimes objections to a proposal for an extension can be perfectly valid. Extensions and development rights can be contentious, but hopefully this short-term move will provide some stimulus to the economy, especially to small builders. And a final point to raise on recent announcements is the prime minister’s commitment to “cut through the bureaucracy that holds us back”. I have two cases in my constituency where this change can ensure construction and development can get under way. The power of ‘statutory consultees’ is too great – often inhibiting local authorities from making a decision on planning permission until they have received approval from all necessary consultees. Their power needed to be curtailed to boost development and I am glad we are moving in that direction. In short, recent announcements on the housing sector and construction should be viewed entirely in the light of economic recovery. I am glad the government acknowledges the importance housing and planning can play in getting our economy moving again.

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Remote learning set to p Morrison is nearing the end of construction of one of the UK’s most remote student halls that will help boost children’s educations for years to come pRoject RepoRt paul thoMpson

Scheme Orkney Islands School Investment Programme Overall value £58m

It is refreshing to know that even in one of the most densely populated countries on earth there are still pockets of land that can offer a bit of peace and quiet. For stressed-out suburbanites and career chasing city dwellers, these areas offer a degree of sanctuary – as the high price of houses in some of the most picturesque parts of the UK testify. The Orkney Islands, sitting off the north-eastern coast of Scotland, is one such area that finds itself inundated with visitors searching for the remoteness that residents can find testing. From a very young age, islanders are aware of just how isolated they are. Early learning lessons at home or via radio link are not unusual but by the time children get to secondary education stage a rather more formal approach is required. Which is why as part of a £58 million development plan funded by client Orkney Islands Council, Morrison Construction is closing in on completing a four-

Project Papdale Halls of Residence Project value £6.5m Client Orkney Islands Council Contractor Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try Steelwork subcontractor BHC

pronged project that will see Orkney’s children benefit from a new junior and infants school, a revamped leisure centre, new facilities at Kirkwall Grammar School and a new hall of residence to serve it. Crucial connection More normally associated with a university education, KGS’s Papdale Hall of Residence replaces an existing hostel and will provide a vital link for school children from the more remote areas of the Orkneys. The project has been awarded under a design, build and hard facilities management contract – a sort of stilted PPP – that will see client Orkney Islands Council keep the janitorial, catering and

ISland lOgIStICS POSe Challenge Working in such a remote place as the orkney islands can throw up logistical challenges for contractors. Being 10 miles from the coast of scotland’s northernmost county caithness can require a detailed knowledge of ferry times, boat sailings and air service links. But tightly managing deliveries is no different whether working in Kirkwall or Kettering; shipping just takes a little longer when working off the coast of scotland. “the logistical side of things

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comes up in conversation quite often,” says orkney islands council project manager alan Moore. “But there are plenty of opportunities to deliver materials. We have quite a healthy construction industry on the islands and probably have enough plant available to satisfy most projects. if you know the links it’s just a question of managing them.” Morrison project director Ronnie Bruce agrees: “You definitely have to plan a little further ahead but really it hasn’t been too much of an issue.”

house master aspects in-house. “Students come in from all areas of the archipelago,” explains Orkney Islands Council project manager Alan Moore. “For those from the most remote areas daily trips to school are just not possible, so the Papdale Hall is essential. “It makes sense for us to keep those within our remit, as we already offer those services.” The new 70-bedroom hall is laid out over three storeys and two wings. The male and female wings each provide en-suite bedroom pods on the upper two floors, with the ground floors comprising kitchen, dining, common room and library facilities. The two wings are connected by a smaller entrance and link building and the pupils are fully catered for by staff, including specially Bedrooms in the materials and designated heads of new halls of year.And while the systems that we residence Orkney’s remoteness couldn’t ignore.” has resulted in the need Prefabricated pods for the hall, it has also were dismissed because of proven a major force in its the cost of transporting them to development. Kirkwall due to the extra space With average wind speeds taken up on the ship by the fully across the islands high enough to assembled systems. ensure that crane delays are top of But with the steel easily erected the construction agenda, after on site with minimal wind lengthy discussions the Morrison loading affecting the craned team decided on a structural steel loads, South Lanarkshire-based frame for the building in a bid to steelwork contractor BHC was eliminate any down time. “We looked at all options from insitu-reinforced concrete, precast “We felt that the concrete as well as panellised and use of steel gave us prefabricated systems, but advantages over ultimately we felt there was too other materials and much risk of wind down-time in using any of these,” explains systems that we Morrison Construction project couldn’t ignore” director Ronnie Bruce. “We felt that the use of steel Ronnie BRuce, gave us advantages over other MoRRison constRuction


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An artist’s impression of the new Kirkwall Grammar School

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The building of the new halls had to withstand high winds

able to erect the main frame of the hall in little over three weeks. That level of speed again helped swing the balance toward steel, but there were other advantages including the lighter weight of the finished structure. This ensured the project team didn’t need to pile across the site and instead founded the building using a series of wide footings with a shallower reinforced concrete slab across its footprint. “At the top, northernmost end of the site there are soft clay deposits and so the footings needed to compensate for that,” says Mr Bruce. “But at the southern end we were straight into the underlying mudstone rock. The engineers did look at placing a raft foundation but in the end it was decided that there really wasn’t the need.” That concrete slab and the composite steel/concrete floor

“For those from the most remote areas daily trips to school are just not possible, so the Hall is essential” AlAn MOORe, ORKney ISlAndS COUnCIl

slabs in the upper two floors feature a wet underfloor heating system that uses a ground-source heat pump, the coils of which are set out in the grounds. Green goal This feature, as well as the super insulated walls, is one of the reasons the project is on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent environmental rating – a target set for all four of the schemes across the overall project.

Under the Orkney Islands School Investment Programme some £58m is being put into new facilities at Pickaquoy Pool, Stromness Primary School, Papdale Halls of Residence and Kirkwall Grammar School. The bulk of that cash, some £35m, is being spent at the Kirkwall Grammar School site on a project that will provide a completely new school alongside the new 350-seat Orkney Arts Theatre. “It was very important to Orkney Island Council that the theatre is a permanent facility,” says Morrison Construction project director Ronnie Bruce. “It is the main arts focus across the Orkneys and is heavily used. They felt that the best way of preserving that arts focus was to have a facility that retains its identity.”

As at the Papdale Hall of Residence, the team settled on the use of structural steel as a framing material thanks to its speed of erection and reduced likelihood of the construction timetable being wind affected. Built around a three-storey curved core, the school features three teaching wings with the theatre set at the head. The wings and the theatre can be isolated from each other to ensure security. The teaching wings will be clad using blockwork and render systems, although the theatre building will boast distinctive copper cladding, which is due to be installed before Christmas. The new school is set to be completed and ready to open its doors to pupils in April 2013.

“Energy efficiency is the key to delivering that rating,” says Mr Bruce. “There are no photovoltaics here because of the orientation of the site, so the ground-source heat pump is very important.” The roof across the two wings and connecting building is a standing seam system, while the wall cladding will be a block and K-Rend render cladding system. It is a solution that should stand the test of time against the worst that the Orkney wind and rain can throw at it. Unfortunately, the timing of the development has meant that as the project enters the autumn, traditionally the season with the heaviest wind and rain, it is still not quite fully weatherproofed and rendering will have to be

carried out in testing conditions. In fact Mr Bruce is weighing up the potential advantages of installing a temporary screen to protect the freshly rendered surfaces. “We’re not behind schedule by any means; it’s just the way this scheme has fallen,” he says. “The problem is that even if we do erect temporary screens, they will have to be supported on scaffolding and then we have to take the extra wind loading on board.” It is a little over six months before the halls are set to open to the schoolchildren travelling across the archipelago to attend their lessons. When it does, it should make their classrooms feel a touch more accessible. 13 September 2012 | 19

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New crusher makes impact Swedes aim to shake up the market with machine adaptable to primary and secondary feed sizes aggregates lucy mair

Sandvik celebrated its 150th anniversary this year but the Swedish company keeps on innovating. At Hillhead 2012 in June, Sandvik launched a new horizontal shaft impact (HSI) crusher, the CI511/512, which will sit alongside the company’s first generation of impact crushers. Sandvik believes the patented CI511/12 model, which can be adjusted to either a primary or secondary configuration, has the potential to shake up the market. There have traditionally been two versions of the impact crusher: a primary model for feed sizes up to 900 mm in size and a secondary model for feeds up to 250 mm. Rowan Dallimore, Sandvik’s product line manager for impact crushers, says the company saw an opportunity to combine the two pieces of machinery into one in its second line of HSI crushers. “The CI511/12 is a completely new concept, which allows you to configure one base for primary and secondary uses,” he says. “It can be fitted with a mobile track or work in stationary applications for use on a range of projects. It is really four products in one.” Sandvik says the crusher has a

The Sandvik CI511 HSI crusher

unique hydraulic curtain adjustment, combined with a brake positioning system to move the plates and hold them in place. “The CI511/12 uses hydraulics to set the curtain position then the hydraulic pressure is turned off for operation,” explains Mr Dallimore. “A friction brake system and spring tensioning holds the crushing plates in place. Most of our competitors only use hydraulics.” The advantage of operating in this way is not only that it saves on energy consumption and operating costs because the hydraulic pressure is disengaged during crushing, but also that the

CaSe STUdy: mIdland qUarry prodUCTS midland Quarry Products East midlands asphalt manager Steve Hill recently began using the static version of the ci511 attached to the mobile Sandvik Qi240 at cliffe Hill Quarry in leicestershire. The project involves crushing a mixture of planing and assorted plant waste to produce asphalt materials on site. “i am pleased with the performance,” mr Hill told CN. “The stones going in are around 50 mm in

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size and they are crushed down to 20 mm and smaller. The size of waste materials can vary, so the option of two configurations makes life easier. “There are drawbacks with impact crushers, because they only crush to a partial size. But on the quarry we aren’t looking for a specific grading. The aim is to get the planing down to a nominal size on site so it can be transported. For that, the ci511 does everything it says on the tin.”

that perform this function with streams for primary or secondary configuration. “It might be new for Sandvik, but it isn’t new to the market.” Atlas Copco business line manager for mobile crushers Peter Brewitt is not convinced that the impact crusher is widely suitable for mobile tracks. “Sandvik’s CI511/12 is mainly stationary,” he says. “It is very large and, if it were to be used on a mobile application, it would be at the very heavy end of the market.” But Mr Dallimore Upper range of feed the patentssays given size in traditional to Sandvik for the brakes can relieve HSI primary CI511/12 speak for pressure when crushers (mm) themselves. un-crushable “Patents are only objects enter the feed. granted where the “The friction braking applicant can show something system acts as a fuse,” says Mr unique – and which also provides Dallimore. “If a blockage occurs, solutions to current problems,” he the operator can energise the says. “Our hydraulically adjustable hydraulic system temporarily to system is unique and patented. lift the curtains and clear the blockage. This saves time, prevents Our first HSI Prisec crushers to be released were the CI411 and CI422. damage to the machine and “These have been in operation represents a major health and on our mobile QI240 range for safety advantage.” over a year now in aggregate and recycling plants. They are working Second-gen upgrade very successfully and well outSandvik has redesigned the chamber to give greater reduction performing our major rivals on size-for-size crushers.” ratios than its first-generation The CI511/12 is intended for use models. The machine is also able in the construction, demolition, to operate with two curtains, recycling and quarrying sectors rather than the standard three. and is recommended for crushing Unsurprisingly, not all of non-abrasive and recyclable Sandvik’s competitors believe the CI511/12 will take impact crushers materials, including limestone, concrete, bricks and asphalt. in a new direction. Wirtgen “On a demolition plant, a crushing and screening sales mobile track unit can be used to manager Hamilton Rankine tells CN: “Static impactors with instant produce a usable product, such as road sub-base, from the waste adjustability are readily available, so I don’t think Sandvik can claim materials on site,” says Mr Dallimore. “The advantage is this product is unique. that it saves on transportation of “There’s a range of stationary materials – beneficial in these impact crushers from Kleemann, hard economic times.” which is part of Wirtgen group,


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Sustainable future for old stable yard A historic renovation in Surrey has created a visitor centre that will be selfsufficient thanks to the restoration of the site’s water-powered heritage caSe Study lucy mair

Nestled in the grounds of a Grade II-listed property in Surrey, Morden Hall Park’s stable yard may not look like it boasts many green credentials. But a new National Trust visitor centre on the site has achieved awardwinning sustainability standards and, thanks to the installation of a hydroelectric turbine in the River Wandle, is also self-sufficient in its energy production. The project first saw the Victorian stable yard renovated to create the new visitors centre. The second phase was the installation of the hydroelectric turbine, which is due to start generating energy this month. National Trust Livinggreen project co-ordinator Caroline Pankhurst says the visitors centre aims to not only create a highly

energy-efficient building, but also provide an educational resource for local people and visitors. “We wanted to create a centre to teach visitors about renewable energy and show them how to live more efficiently,” she says. Consulting engineers Crofton Design worked on both phases of the project. “We installed a range of technologies in the visitor centre to bring it up to modern standards in terms of energy efficiency,” says Crofton Design consulting engineer Mark Taylor. No half measures The sustainable features included three types of solar panels, four 3,000-litre rainwater harvesting tanks, seven varieties of insulation and triple-glazed windows and doors (see box). “This involved strengthening work on the roof elevations to prepare them for the solar panels, and we rebuilt part of the structure of the stables to accommodate new

The visiTor ceNTre’s susTaiNable TechNologies n There are 22 PV thermal panels, expected to produce 3,400 kWh of electricity per year; 12 PV panels, predicted to supply 1,510 kWh per year; and 324 solar slates, expected to produce 1,325 kWh per year. n four rainwater harvesting tanks, each holding 3,000 litres, installed beneath the courtyard. The water is used to flush eco toilets in the centre. n a wood-burning stove, which uses sustainably sourced wood from trees in the park, heats the exhibition centre and produces hot water. n an air-source heat pump feeds heat into the underfloor heating system, which uses lithotherm clay plates made from recycled crushed bricks.

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n The building is insulated with materials including sheep’s wool, cork, hemp, edenBloc – made from recycled carpet – spacetherm and celotex floor insulation. n Triple-glazed sliding doors provide thermal efficiency; timber-framed windows have been retrofitted with more energy-efficient glass. n intelligent membrane, inTello, aims to achieve a high standard of air tightness in winter and maximum diffusion openness in summer. n mgo board has been used instead of gypsum plasterboard. n recycled glass, collected in the park, has been used in tables and counters in the café and toilets.

offices, a café and the exhibition centre,” says Mr Taylor. The second phase was the installation of the hydroelectric turbine, restoring one of the park’s original features: water power. “In the 19th century waterwheels were used to power machinery in the park’s Snuff Mill,” explains Ms Pankhurst. solar slates installed “The new which will produce turbine is a 1,325 kWh modern waterwheel per year that will harness the power of the river once again to provide clean energy.” Initially, the team considered renovating the original Snuff Mill. “We assessed the waterwheel but concrete walls and we inserted a the efficiency would have been so semi-circular trough for the low that it wasn’t worth it,” says turbine to sit in. When water flows Mr Taylor. “The new hydroelectric through the gutter it drives the turbine is 90 per cent efficient. turbine in a circular motion, which “An Archimedes’ screw was then powers the generator. chosen because it is suited to the “We dewatered the area by low head of water carried by the pump so we had a relatively dry river. The turbine uses the power area to work in. The pattern of the of the river to generate electricity river also worked in our favour and is expected to produce 59,000 kWh a year – enough electricity to because there were channels to the side and the rear where we supply 12 average households. could direct the water while we “The river has a steady flow throughout the year, which makes were working,” says Mr Taylor. Retrofitting historic sites comes the turbine a reliable source of with a range of challenges that the electricity. Thames Water has a National Trust and Crofton Design sewage treatment centre nearby, had to work around. “One of the so there’s a constant source of treated water entering the river.” The installation involved “the turbine is set redirecting the flow of the river into a specially created channel to produce 59,000 to draw power off its flow. “We kWh a year – enough installed steel sheet piling along the proposed diversion and dug to supply 12 average out the soil in between the sheets to form a channel,” says Mr Taylor. households” “It was strengthened with mark Taylor, crofTon design


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The installation of the hydroelectric turbine involved redirecting the river’s flow

challenges was designing the redevelopment sensitively so that it would still look like a historic stable yard,” says Ms Pankhurst. Crofton worked with architect Cowper Griffiths to maintain the historic design of the structure. Suitable supply chain Another challenge was finding the right supply chain partners to help deliver the project. “There are few contractors with experience of both working on heritage sites and installing new green technologies,” explains Ms Pankhurst. R Durtnell & Sons was selected as the contractor on the project, while Davis Langdon was the quantity surveyor and Ridge & Partners acted as M&E engineers. “The team were happy to learn about the sustainability features, which they can use again in the future,” says Ms Pankhurst. The project was also held up at times by sourcing and waiting for specialist products from overseas,

such as triple-glazed door panels, which came from Portugal. For Mr Taylor, the challenges were typical of work carried out on older properties. Before starting on site, trial excavations were carried out to ensure the safety of digging and installing geotechnical equipment. The team uncovered some artefacts during the project and so worked with archaeologists to chart their findings. “We found timber retaining walls from an old mill race, linked to the Snuff Mill, so we had to make allowances there,” explains Mr Taylor. “But that’s common on historic sites and you have to be conscious of where you’re digging and be flexible. “We learnt not to be frightened of the condition of timber when retrofitting historic properties. You’d think it would have to be removed, but in many cases with a few repairs you can make use of the heritage that is already there.” The project was supported by a £990,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding from the EU, City Bridge Trust and Thames Water. Ms Pankhurst admits that cost is a challenge at most historic properties, but says retrofitting is necessary. “In the long run it is more cost effective to make older buildings as energy-efficient as possible,” she says. “But you need to have the money up front, and we were lucky to receive funding.” To assess which technologies are the most effective, the National Trust is testing and monitoring those used on this site for potential use on future projects. “It’s too soon to say which methods are most effective,” says Ms Pankhurst. “For instance, the solar slates are producing less energy than the other varieties but are good for conservation areas because they blend in with the surroundings.”

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Special Report: Roads & bridges

Electrifying new method

A project on the A21 has marked the first use of electrokinetic geosynthetics to strengthen a slope, with the new approach hailed as offering a less disruptive and environmentally friendlier option CASE STUDY KATIE BARKER

When an embankment alongside the A21 Tonbridge Bypass in Kent started to lose its structural strength, the Highways Agency faced a problem: it needed to stabilise the embankment but the area was rich with wildlife, much of which would have to be removed in order to use traditional slope repair methods. Joint venture Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald was brought in as designer and supervisor on the scheme, where they suggested using electrokinetic geosynthetics to stabilise the slope. “A shallow slope failure occurred on an embankment of the A21 Tonbridge over a length of 160 metres,” says Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald geotechnical team leader Michael Tandy. “The slope was 8 m in height and with an average slope angle of 26 degrees, although the slope failure had formed localised sections of slope that were as

Failure of the slope would have undermined the foundations of the road’s safety barrier

steep as 45 degrees. The failure posed a risk to the A21 and the safety of road users, as progressive failure of the slope crest would undermine the foundations of the safety barrier.” Work began on the project last year and marked the first time the electrokinitic geosynthetics technique had been used for this

HOW EKG WORKS “Electrodes are installed which deliver the electroosmotic ground improvement,” explains Mr Tandy. “The anodes (positive charge) were driven using a percussive action and the cathodes (negative charge), which comprised composite electrokinetic drainage and filtration functions, were installed into holes created by a continuous flight auger. “The anode tubes and EKG drains were connected to a DC transformer unit, run from a 275 kVA AC generator. A controllable voltage was applied across the electrodes for seven weeks. During the electrokinetic treatment phase, water was driven by electroosmosis towards the cathode drainage pipes resulting in pore water

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suction, which consolidated and strengthened weak disturbed soils. This improved both the drained and undrained shear strengths. “The improvement in soil strength develops first around the anodes and then towards the cathodes. As well as improving frictional characteristics of the soil, an enhanced bond between the anode and the soil is created. This is exploited after active treatment is completed: the anodes are converted into soil nails by the installation of a centralised tendon – grouted in the tube to reinforce the soil long term. The EKG drains release the water during the treatment process and then remain in place as a permanent slope drainage system.”

which serves to consolidate and strengthen weak distributed soils (see box). “The rig was small enough to move around and between the trees on the site, meaning only ground vegetation clearance was required, along with minor pruning of tree branches to provide headroom,” says Mr Tandy. “The rig was also lightweight enough so as not to cause any damage to the tree rots during mobilisation and working. This resulted in the preservation of approximately 90 per cent of the trees and ensured that screening of the A21 for local residents is entirely Cut in carbon due maintained, as purpose in the to EKG compared is the existing UK. “Our regular with traditional habitat.” inspections showed methods Using this method some embankments meant no traffic along the A21 had been management was required on starting to lose structural strength the A21, so motorists were not and we needed to stabilise them disrupted, and topsoil was left in to prevent them causing damage place to allow regrowth. EKG also to the roads in the future,” says generates less waste compared Highways agency geotechnical with conventional methods of expert Jan Marsden. strengthening. “This particular section had “Thanks to reuse of the anode/ many mature trees which local people were, understandably, keen cathode wiring for other projects, the only waste generated on the to retain; it is also a rich wildlife Stocks Green project was a small habitat. So we decided Stocks Green would be a good place to try amount of vegetation that was cleared to allow site access,” says this new technology out.” Mr Tandy. “However, this was reused on Defying tradition site as wildlife hibernacula, and Slope strengthening traditionally therefore no transport emissions involves clearing the slope of were generated as a result of vegetation and requires lane waste movements.” closures while heavy equipment He goes on to explain that the strips soil from the embankment scheme was very cost-effective surface and the compact earth and had a lower carbon footprint beneath. Soil nails are then installed to hold the slope in place. than traditional methods. “The EKG method produced a Instead of this disruptive carbon footprint 40 per cent lower process, EKG uses electrodes than an adjacent site that was inserted into the soil to drive stabilised using traditional soil water towards cathode draining pipes, causing pore water suction, nailing methods,” says Mr Tandy.


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Special Report: Roads & bridges New roads drive need for material acceptance

of a hydraulic-bound mixture used as the base layer – predominantly a cement-bound granular material – which is then surfaced with conventional asphalt. Foamed asphalt is another alternative that maTerials can also facilitate the reduction in richarD Vine bitumen usage. Removing the need to use high volumes of bitumen can deliver financial savings on a typical Bitumen accounts for around a highways infrastructure scheme, third of the cost of constructing a potentially in excess of 10 per cent new carriageway pavement, of the construction cost. having increased in price by Additional savings can also be nearly 60 per cent over the last realised by recycling in-situ two years. Volatile bitumen prices material into the pavement to are being driven by a decrease in produce the cement-bound European refinery production as hydraulic base layer, therefore more of these facilities are decreasing material cost further. converted to produce high-value Importantly, the savings are diesel products. also made without This situation was compromising on exacerbated earlier quality, safety and this year when durability, making Petroplus, one of cement-bound the largest UK materials a good refiners, entered engineering administration. Increase in the price material for major The impact of of bitumen in past trunk roads and these price hikes two years dual carriageways. on the highways Composite industry has been pavements can be significant. For road construction, the economic reality designed to give equivalent service life performance to both is that the sector has to look at conventional asphalt and rigid alternative and innovative ways concrete pavements and are now of reducing the volumes of included in the standard design bitumen used in highways manuals and specifications. wherever possible. As well as the national network, One potential solution to there is scope for this approach to mitigate material costs is to be applied in other environments. construct new road pavements Cementitious pavements are with cement-bound materials, which are surfaced with a reduced able to withstand heavy loads and extreme weather conditions, thickness of asphalt. making them an ideal solution in The principle of cement-bound or composite roads is not new, but hard standing areas, such as ports and heavy industrial uses. the technology involved is Use of cement-bound material continuing to evolve and improve. on new-build roads can now A composite pavement consists contribute to mitigating high bitumen costs. The technology is proven and offers performance “The savings are enhanced environmental also made without and benefits over traditional bitumencompromising on based highways. Composite pavements can offer quality, safety and a competitive and viable route to durability, making mitigate the ever increasing cost of bitumen. cement-bound


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Richard Vine is regional director for Tarmac National Contracting

comment Potholes Miles Watkins Director of sustainable construction aggregate inDustries

Fixing a hole: prevention and planning are better solutions Last week I dropped in to see a friend during a business trip. This took me down some narrow lanes requiring careful driving and low speed. As I drove on, I noticed it was marked up for some kind of repairs. On inspection, the road was a little lumpy and saggy in places. “Oh dear,” I thought. Not because it was an example of a badly maintained road, of which we have many in the UK, but because someone had prioritised this road for repair. An internal fight ensued. On the one hand: great, that black will come from our plant – small volume, high margin. On the other, surely this is not the best way to spend council tax. My loyalty to the industry couldn’t win out. Why would we allocate the precious little resource we have to a road transgressed by tractors, pick-ups and the odd Range Rover? No pothole was bad enough to cause a damaged wheel and there can only be 50 cars a day on that stretch of road on a bad day. This is clearly not an isolated scenario, so why is it happening? A total of 1,475,000 potholes have been filled over the past year in England and we spent £80.6m doing it. Given that the road maintenance budget fell 11 per cent year on year, how much of that maintenance is preventative and delivering longterm benefit? How much is simply ‘worst first’? And how much of is a response to someone somewhere shouting the loudest? Government invested £6m in the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, a key part of which was the Pothole Review, published in April. It cited a lack of consistency in response to defect reporting from the public as being a key issue. Defects reported by the public (up 10 per cent year on year) are treated in different ways by local

“This is clearly not an isolated scenario, so why is it happening?” highway authorities. Some assess reported defects while others repair on the basis of the report alone. Local authorities not using defect manuals also report inconsistency in how defects are assessed and associated response times. The success of identification, reporting and assessment of potholes is also underpinned by inspector competency: with the Institute of Highway Engineers saying only 15 to 20 per cent of highway inspectors have undergone formal training, the room for poor judgement is fairly significant. It begs the question of how the rural road I talk of was reported, assessed and prioritised, and how ‘qualified’ the highway inspector was to do it. An Asphalt Industry Alliance report also highlighted the need for action from central government. Most local authorities called for funding of a minimum of five years to enable them to both better plan maintenance and inform the public of their strategy. Injections of cash for pothole repair, while welcome, will always drive a reactive regime. Without a clear long-term strategy from government for the future of both our strategic and local road network, is it reasonable to expect our local authorities to deliver such a thing at the local level? Now if the lane I drove on was the only road in the region in this state, fair enough. But that seems unlikely. We all want more spending on our roads but surely in the short term we cannot afford to waste the precious little we have like this.

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Inside Knowledge

Conference offers industry wind CN is set to bring firms together with top industry forecasters at this year’s Forecasting for Construction event forecasts

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Construction economics has perhaps never been harder to accurately predict than right now, and yet in the current tough and ultra-competitive environment, a realistic prediction of the future is more valuable than ever. Analysing the current market shows that trends are clearly emerging. CN’s top 100 contractor guide, published with last week’s issue and available online at, offers a comprehensive overview as well as in-depth analysis of how these trends will affect the industry. For example, we can see that

specialist firms Specialist subcontractors have been experiencing mixed fortunes, with even the top firms unable to avoid the effects of the downturn. Turbulence in the ground engineering sector has led to a numbers of mergers and acquisitions, with some well-known large businesses disappearing altogether and several new entrants across the top table. The m&E sector has also been hard hit, with the sector becoming increasingly reliant on London and the South-east. cn’s forecasting conference will offer specialist firms that find it more challenging to plan as far ahead as main contractors a valuable look around the corner, enabling them to prepare for and capitalise on future opportunities while avoiding the pitfalls.

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while turnovers for the top 100 firms have grown by almost 4 per cent, margins have been squeezed so that the average pre-tax profit margin has dropped from 3 per cent in the previous financial year to 2.5 per cent. However, some of the stronger margins were delivered by lowerranked contractors, such as City Building (Glasgow) – ranked 80th by turnover but second by margin (see graph below). Despite a largely flat industry, it has been a relatively buoyant year for retail and London office construction, demonstrating that the capital is still to some degree insulated from the worst recessionary effects. But rather than focusing all efforts here, other trends indicate that companies are diversifying, with facilities management and support services both being areas of significant expansion. Regional diversification has also increased and international expansion has remained a key strategy across the top companies, with Balfour Beatty and Carillion among those continuing to announce a string of overseas contract wins in recent months. Under one roof Construction News is gearing up for its Forecasting for Construction conference, which on 25 October will bring together the industry’s top economists and consultants and its most innovative

contractors to offer a window into the future of UK construction. CN editor Rebecca Evans will chair the conference, which will kick off with a session on the broader economic outlook and how the UK can grow out of a doubledip recession, led by Sunday Times economics editor David Smith. Mr Smith will consider the impact of the eurozone crisis and the ways austerity will continue to affect both private and public sector construction. “We can be cautiously optimistic and there are some positives among the gloom,” he says. “We need to be sober but not excessively downbeat. “The most important [positive] is that government now realises construction matters and that it can be a significant engine for recovery; this has become clear in recent months.” Glenigan economics director

Speakers at the Forecasting for construction conference include: n stephen Beechey, Wates n David cooper, Barclays corporate n geoff cooper, travis perkins n mike farley, persimmon n stephen fox, Bam nuttall n noble francis, construction products association n Jonathan hook, pWc n mike peasland, Balfour Beatty n Derek pitcher, sweett group n simon rawlinson, Davis langdon n martin rowark, crossrail n David smith, sunday times n richard threlfall, Kpmg n allan Wilen, glenigan

Allan Wilén, who will be leading a breakout session at the event, says: “The prime minister announced a raft of measures last week, including planning reform and new legislation for government guarantees of up to £40 billion-worth of major infrastructure projects and up to £10bn of new homes. “The conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn when and how these initiatives will impact upon the industry and where the new opportunities will emerge as the industry finally emerges from recession.” Travis Perkins CEO and outgoing chair of the Construction Products

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Contingency plans executive officer Mike Peasland Construction Products Association will discuss how contractors can grow in a difficult climate, while economics director Noble Francis comparing sector growth and will consider a series of ‘what if’ analysing areas of opportunity. scenarios for growth as well as “To sustain your business in this future challenges for the industry. challenging market, the key to He will cover how major national success is to concentrate on your and international factors could core competence, analyse your affect UK construction and consider what actions the industry customers and markets in depth and squeeze out all unnecessary could take in response, while pinpointing how to take advantage costs,” says Mr Peasland. With project finance being the of opportunities as they arise. industry’s pulse, delegates Dr Francis says: “Given will hear from Barclays the many uncertainties head of infrastructure around economic and structured project activity in the UK finance David Cooper, and eurozone, the Rise in underlying who will be joined by scenarios will starts forecast KPMG UK head of provide an essential for next year infrastructure, building analytical view of what and construction Richard could happen to the Threlfall and Wates group construction industry if, for investment director Stephen example, the government used it Beechey. The trio will examine as the key driver of economic recovery or, conversely, how the UK private sector finance and whether it is on the increase, as economy and construction would well as analysing the changing suffer if Greece left the euro.” face of public sector funding. In addition, a panel of industry Throughout the conference an experts will offer insight into the interactive poll will gather more immediate future while delegates’ opinions on the themes, considering what businesses can topics, debates, expert opinions do to make the most out of 2013. and analysis; interpreting these And with a 3 per cent increase expected in underlying starts next results will be Sweett Group managing director Derek Pitcher. year, leading figures such as Bam With broad cross-industry Nuttall chief executive Stephen Fox, Crossrail head of procurement representation, the findings will Martin Rowark and Balfour Beatty provide an illuminating picture of attendee outlook and what this Construction Services UK chief means for specialists from different sectors and disciplines.

CNiNSiGht 100 ProfileS Key company information at a glance Profiles updated this week:

n May Gurney – people companies/76/people May Gurney’s chief executive Philip Fellowes-Prynne has left the company by mutual consent after the firm announced a profit warning. Non-executive director Willie MacDiarmid will take on the CEO role while a permanent replacement is sought. The firm reported a £10m hit to profits on the back of the run-down of its facilities division. It added: “These factors, combined with the on-going difficulties within our Scottish utilities business, have led the board to the conclusion that the group will significantly


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n Costain – strategy companies/79/strategy Costain will ramp up its support services to 40 per cent of revenue by recruiting skilled workers and making further acquisitions. The company will continue to target engineering consultancy and maintenance services acquisitions, chief executive Andrew Wyllie and finance director Tony Bickerstaff told CN. They spoke after Costain reported a 2 per cent increase in revenue to £477.9m for the six months to 30 June 2012.


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Inside Knowledge: Winning Work

Retail opens up as growth stalls Competition is rising as retailers rein in investment but the shift to smaller jobs is opening the sector to SME contractors retail

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With household incomes under pressure, unemployment well above pre-recessionary levels and consumers paying back debt, it is not a promising time for retailers. The British Retail Consortium reported UK retail sales were up just 0.1 per cent on a like-for-like basis in July 2012 compared with the same month a year earlier and said retailers were struggling to improve their figures. Food sales generally outpace sales of other goods, according to the BRC, as consumers stick to spending on essential items and cut back on everything else. As a result, supermarkets made up the majority of retail construction projects last year. Construction business intelligence unit Glenigan says supermarket projects accounted for 60 per cent of the underlying value of retail construction starts in 2011, compared with 31 per cent during 2007. It forecasts that the value of retail starts will fall back






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towards the end of 2012 and into each depending on the work done. next year, having grown in the Mergers between grocers have first half of this year. also promoted refurbishments, Supermarkets are building with ISG revamping and stores closer to where people live rebranding 67 Netto shops over a and work as they compete for nine-day period after they were customers. Consequently taken over by Asda. there is a trend for Supermarkets are also smaller shops on high capitalising on the streets, in stations trend for online and similar locations, shopping. Wates is although some large building ‘click and supermarkets are still Year-on-year rise in collect’ facilities for uK retail sales being built. Tesco, which are worth for July Existing stores are about £20,000 each. They being refurbished to make are often a drive-through them more appealing. For building in the car park of an example, Wates is installing existing store where shoppers can in-store delicatessens and collect goods they bought online. bakeries in selected Marks & The model is being rolled out Spencer outlets, which cost around the country so Wates between £100,000 and £250,000 needed national supply chains to win the job, as well as the ability to build them without disrupting FORECAST INDuSTRIAL STARTS ON SITE (£M) trading in the store and while keeping costs down. 900 There is also work to be had on 800 big online distribution centres, with ISG building one for Tesco in 700 Greenford, west London.


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Mall market Another trend is the overhauling of existing shopping centres. Wates is revamping Land Securities’ O2 shopping centre in north London, with a new mezzanine and shop fronts. Davis Langdon head of retail Paul Zuccherelli says a

driver for the refurbishment of shopping centres is to bring older malls up to the standards of newer ones and to keep pace with changes in shoppers’ habits. “There’s a lot more food and beverage outlets in big retail developments – that has gone up from about 5 per cent to 20 per cent, and there are cinemas and more leisure,” Mr Zuccherelli says. Food, drink and leisure space encourages shoppers to spend more time in the shopping centre and therefore makes them more likely to spend money. Some UK retailers are starting to look at overseas expansion. For example, ISG is already working with retailers across Europe and expects this trend to continue. Mr Zuccherelli says this could be an opportunity for UK retail contractors to pick up more work. “They know the format, processes and quality standards,” he says. “They just need to add local knowledge and knowledge of local planning regulations.”

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business planning,” says Morgan Firms winning retail work Sindall’s Mr Smith. usually have a track record in the The firm’s £10m Tesco store sector in order to give clients in Hattersley near Manchester confidence they know what they is timber frame, which is are doing. Delivering schemes on carbon-negative, as trees absorb time is paramount in retail, as a emissions over their lifetimes, late handover means lost sales. while it also uses some recycled Similarly, changes in trends can materials and local labour. mean last-minute alterations to There are lots of experienced store layouts, which may affect contractors already in the market the build. “We need to be flexible and take and it is not easy for new players to break in. that on board and not affect the But Mr Zuccherelli points end date, because in retail out that some smaller there is so much money retail contractors are at stake,” says Morgan managing to win Sindall MD for work at the expense construction north of larger, established and national retail of retail starts last companies. director Dave Smith. year were for supermarkets They have been aided by a decline in retailers’ Logistic demands capital budgets, which Refurbishment projects brings the work within their often take place in trading stores, capabilities.They are also “really while many new shops are built lean organisations”, he says. in populous places, therefore In addition, some supermarkets contractors have to avoid have moved away from allocating disrupting staff, customers, work to firms on their frameworks neighbours and the public. and are tendering jobs instead, Wates’ £25 million John Lewis store in Westfield shopping centre which opens the way for new companies to bid. in Stratford, London, was a “More and more retail work is logistical challenge. “With the being tendered now, even where Olympic Park being built at the frameworks exist, because the same time, the logistics to get the market is depressed and materials and managing the competition is so fierce,” explains people were pretty phenomenal,” Ms Bunch. says Wates retail and interiors For the foreseeable future, managing director Helen Bunch. contractors and retailers alike will Sustainability is another major have to fight hard for every sale. consideration for large retailers, who have to pay a hefty tax if they do not meet their carbon reduction commitments. Visit CNinsight to check out all the latest sector trends “Investing in carbon-reducing and retail contract wins design is thought to be good


Tough retail market offers opportunities for Inviron katie barker As consumers tighten their belts during a tough economic period, further expansion of retail trading space through major new builds is increasingly unlikely. However, this provides an opportunity for the Imtech group of companies to move beyond this into two other areas, according to Inviron director of facilities and management service Neil Johnson. “First, large retailers have to ensure that shopping centres provide a safe, clean and secure environment with the right mix of retailers, not to mention food and leisure facilities,” he says. This means centre owners are continually assessing their products and investing in improvements, refurbishments and even revamps or expansion. “Imtech has been involved in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of technical services in retail space for many years,” says Mr Johnson. The second opportunity this provides for Imtech, with their acquisition of Inviron, is facilities management contracts to keep the shopping centres operating day in day out. “In a tough climate owners need to ensure that their centre is more convenient and enticing than those of their competitors, and as a company we are playing an important role in delivering this,” says Mr Johnson. Inviron provides full technical services maintenance for more than 30 of the UK’s most popular shopping centres. “This involves undertaking planned preventative and reactive maintenance, along with fire officer duties at some locations, ensuring that all the mechanical and

“Owners need to ensure their centre is more convenient and enticing than their competitors, and we are playing an important role in delivering this” NeIl JOHNsON, INvIrON electrical systems and building fabric infrastructure are maintained,” says Mr Johnson. Undertaking both the planned and reactive maintenance in a large centre is a complex task which requires the use of sophisticated systems and processes. “At Inviron we use Concept 500, which is a computer-aided facilities management system that holds the details of all mechanical and electrical assets, such as boilers and air-conditioning units, which we maintain on behalf of the client,” says Mr Johnson. The system sends tasks to Inviron’s engineers via PDAs informing them which assets require planned maintenance and when. Once the engineer has finished the task, they then update the system, also via their PDA. “This means that both ourselves and the client have real time information as to the status of their assets,” says Mr Johnson. Inviron works closely with soft services providers and clients to ensure the contract runs as smoothly as possible. “We take a collaborative approach with the client and the soft services provider to ensure we deliver exactly what the client needs,” says Mr Johnson.

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Inside Knowledge: Wales

Detailed planning approvals

Top 10

* figureS exclude april

MARCH TO JUly 2012




+34% £88m


+1202% £65m


Hotels & leisure Industrial -23% £74m +279% +13%

private housing




-2% £94m ▼

The increase in education approvals will be welcomed by contractors in Wales, as the Welsh Assembly Government has not yet awarded any contracts in the sector so far this year. While that should change given this growth in the pipeline, the sector’s long-term future remains weak.




social housing

-53% £31m ▼

-28% £65m ▼

elsewhere, the further decline in social housing approvals is a concern; however, the relative stability in the pipeline of private housing projects is encouraging given the sector’s increasingly critical role across construction as government-funded sectors decline.

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Morgan Sindall



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Cowlin Construction



Dawnus Construction



VInCI Construction UK



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Top-ranked Willmott Dixon’s haul is led by its £90m contract for housing retrofit measures across various sites for the Welsh Assembly Government, while six of its 10 wins in the region were in the education sector.

client Ministry of Justice Welsh Water Dwr Cymru

300 2011

2012 ytd

250 200 150 100 50


Hotels & leisure


Social housing

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Despite capital funding and economic pressures, several sectors in Wales are seeing a surge in onsite activity so far this year. Hotels & leisure and social

housing project starts have already eclipsed last year’s totals, while those in education and infrastructure are not far behind.

Contract awards AwARds by sectoR 2009-2012, yeAR to dAte, £m 100 80 60 40 Health Offices Retail

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Meanwhile Morgan Sindall has recorded only one win fewer in Wales this year, yet its total by value is less than a quarter that of Willmott Dixon, reflecting a shift towards lower-value work among several top contractors.


yeAR-on-yeAR compARIson, yeAR to dAte, £m





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Viridor Waste Management



Carmarthenshire County Council



nHS Wales



Greenbank Partnerships



Coastal Housing Group



Admiral Group



Stoford Developments



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The Ministry of Justice owes its place at the top to its £600m framework covering new build, refurbishment, maintenance and minor works projects over a six-year period. The Welsh Assembly Government

is, unsurprisingly, the leading client in Wales by number of deals – nine of which have been in health, four in infrastructure, two in social housing and one in leisure; there were none, however, in education.

In contrast to government-funded sectors across much of the UK, health work in Wales has proved relatively stable since the downturn took hold. Indeed, the value of contracts awarded in the sector this year is on course to outstrip last year’s total. Office work has rarely been a strong sector in the region; the £85m of awards this year is, then, something of an anomaly – and due mainly to the £60m Admiral HQ being built in Cardiff. Retail activity meanwhile has

managed to stem the decline of recent years, with awards totalling £47m in the year to date.

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MIDLANDS/ EAST ANGLIA Early Planning BIRMINGHAM £4M Land off Bowcroft Grove, Pitts farm Road Elphinstone End, Penndale Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 88 residential units Client: Birmingham City Council Agent: Walker Troup Architects, 52 Lyndon Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6BS Tel: 0121 355 4040 LEICESTER £6.6M Velodrome Site, Saffron Lane Planning authority: Leicester Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 103 residential units Client: LHA-ASRA Group Agent: RGP, 130 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7JA Tel: 0116 204 5800 NOTTINGHAM £0.3M 122 - 132 Loughborough Road West Bridgford Planning authority: Rushcliffe Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 6 flats Client: GBJ Investments Ltd & A & A Joshi Agent: Zenith Planning & Design, 30 Padleys Lane, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5BZ Tel: 0115 9313364 SKEGNESS £0.3M The Acorn Hotel, 79 Drummond Road Planning authority: East Lindsey Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 8 flats (conversion/alterations) Client: The Acorn Hotel Agent: DMC Architecture Ltd, 5 Coral Drive, Waltham, Grimsby, Humberside, DN37 0YD Tel: 01472 506137 WOLVERHAMPTON £0.74M 242 - 244 Dudley Road Planning authority: Wolverhampton Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 8 flats & 7 retail units Client: Cargo Properties Agent: Tweedale Ltd, 265 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV6 0DE Tel: 01902774660

Plans Approved BIRMINGHAM £15M 98, 102 & 106, Flynn House, Moseley Road Little Broom Street Highgate

Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for elderly homes/care home/ community Client: Concept Development Solutions Developer: McBains Cooper, 3rd Floor Seacourt Tower, West Way, Oxford, OX2 0JJ Tel: 01865 240244 CHESTERFIELD £0.9M Vesuvius Uk Ltd, Sheepbridge Lane Planning authority: Chesterfield Job: Detail Plans Granted for offices (new/refurbishment) Client: Vesuvius UK Ltd Developer: G M Clay Architectural Designs, Coach House, 2 High Street, South Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 5AY Tel: Not Available NORTHAMPTON £12M Kutumbh Centre, Lings Way Planning authority: Northampton Job: Detail Plans Granted for cultural & recreation centre/temple Client: Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation Developer: Peter Haddon & Partners, The Old Rectory, 31 Rectory Lane, Milton-Malsor, Northampton, NN7 3AQ Tel: 01604 858916 PETERBOROUGH £0.45M 2 Station Bridge,Broadway Yaxley Planning authority: Huntingdon Job: Detail Plans Granted for demolition Client: Station Bridge Developments (Yaxley) Ltd Developer: Station Bridge Developments (Yaxley) Ltd, Southgate Way, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6GP Tel: Not Available TOWCESTER £0.53M Heathencote Farm, Heathencote Planning authority: South Northamptonshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 holiday lets (conversion) Client: R Taylor Developer: Wilbraham Associates, 18A Regent Place, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2PN Tel: 01788 562233

Tenders NORWICH £0.38M Enterprise House, Harveys Lane Seething Planning authority: South Norfolk Job: Detail Plans Granted for industrial/storage building Client: Fendercare Ltd Agent: Fendercare Ltd, Enterprise House, Harveys Lane, Seething, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 1EN Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is the 24th September 2012. Tel: 01508 482691

PETERBOROUGH £1.8M Ferry Meadows, Watersports Centre Ferry Meadow, Ham Ln Orton Waterville Planning authority: Peterborough Job: Detail Plans Granted for water sports centre (extension/refurbishment) Client: Nene Park Trust Agent: Maber Architects, Suite 3A, 24 De Montfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GB Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is 28th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0116 249 2919

Contracts BIRMINGHAM £9.7M Former Bristol Street Motors, St. Marys Row Meteor BuildingsMoseley Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for 21 sheltered accommodation/commercial units Client: Exmax (Moseley) Limited Agent: Malcolm Payne Group, Gatsby Court, 174 Holliday Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1TJ Contractor: VINCI Construction UK Limited (Weaver), 86 - 92 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Hereford & Worcester, B61 7AQ Tel: 01527 575588 COVENTRY £13M Prologis Park Planning authority: Coventry Job: Detail Plans Granted for warehouse Client: ProLogis Developments Ltd Agent: Michael Sparks Associates, Plato Place, 72 - 74 St. Dionis Road, London, SW6 4TU Contractor: Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Blackpit Farm, Silverstone Road, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5LJ Tel: 01280 823355 DERBY £1.6M Land East Of, 56 Bostocks Lane Risley Planning authority: Erewash Job: Detail Plans Granted for office unit Client: Regent Developments Agent: Regent Developments (Midlands) Plc, C/o The Courtyard, 12 Main Street, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5DZ Contractor: Regent Developments, Ascot

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Drive, Derby, DE24 8HJ Tel: 01332 363759 IPSWICH £16.4M Ipswich Academy, Former Holywells High School, 5 - 7 Braziers Wood Road Planning authority: Ipswich Job: Detail Plans Granted for academy Client: Suffolk County Council Agent: A Studio Ltd, Elizabeth House, 11 York Road, London, SE1 7NX Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9UF Tel: 020 7922 0000 NORWICH £14M Ormiston Victory Academy, Middleton Crescent Planning authority: South Norfolk Job: Detail Plans Granted for academy Client: Ormiston Trust Agent: Nicholas Hare Architects LLP, 3 Barnsbury Square, London, N1 1JL Contractor: Balfour Beatty Plc, 130 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LQ Tel: 020 7216 6800 NOTTINGHAM £2M Arnold Health Centre, High Street Arnold Planning authority: Gedling Job: Detail Plans Granted for primary care centre Client: MedicX Agent: West Hart Partnership, 5 Aldergate, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7DJ Contractor: J Tomlinson Ltd, Scimitar House, 100 Lilac Grove, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1PF Tel: 01159 574300 TIPTON £1M Asda, Wednesbury Oak Road Planning authority: Sandwell Job: Detail Plans Granted for petrol filling station Client: Asda Stores Ltd Agent: C & A Design Ltd, 15 - 17 Baslow Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S17 4DL Contractor: MSSR Developments, Canklow House, Bawtry Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5DN Tel: 01709 837775 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

NORTH/ NORTH-EAST Early Planning BILLINGHAM £1.4M Northfield School, Thames Road Thames Road Site Planning authority: Stockton-On-Tees Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for school (redevelopment) Client: Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council Agent: Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, Church Road, Stockton-OnTees, Cleveland, TS18 1LD Tel: 01642 393939 HARROGATE £0.61M The Oak Beck, 185 Woodfield Road Planning authority: Harrogate Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 8 houses Client: Pilcher Homes Ltd Agent: Signet Planning, The Hamlet, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8RE Tel: 01423 878550 LEEDS £80M Monks Bridge Works, Globe Road Whitehall Road Planning authority: Leeds Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 625 flats & commercial units Client: Taylor Wimpey (North Yorkshire) Agent: Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Bath Brewery, Toll Bridge Road, Bath, BA1 7DE Tel: 01225 852545

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Contract Leads uPdATE S ROTHERHAM £1M Land off, Companions Close Wickersley Planning authority: Rotherham Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 14 houses Client: Mrs. M Roddis Agent: Popplewell Associates, 1 Isis Court, Rosetta Way, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 5NA Tel: 01904 794276 WALLSEND £0.7M Police Houses, Churchill Street Planning authority: North Tyneside Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 3 retail units Client: Wallsend Assets Limited Agent: Archer Architects, Gateway 1000, Whittle Way, Arlington Business Park, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2FP Tel: 01438 749400

Plans Approved GRIMSBY £1.7M Altyre Way Hewitts Avenue Business Park Humberston Planning authority: North East Lincolnshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 office units Client: Bramall Properties Limited Developer: ID Planning, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL Tel: 0113 243 6116 HULL £3.6M Land To The North Of Cumrbian, Saddleworth Close Bransholme Land To The North Of Saddlewor Planning authority: Kingston-Upon-Hull Job: Detail Plans Granted for 48 houses & 6 bungalows Client: Riverside North East Developer: Croft Goode Partnership, The Crossroads, Freckleton Street, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2SH Tel: 01772 686030 NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE £1.3M The Musketeer, Great Lime Road Palmersville Planning authority: North Tyneside Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket Client: Aldi Stores Ltd Developer: Projekt Architects, 57 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, NewcastleUpon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 2PQ Tel: 0191 222 1624 YORK £0.91M Lynby, Hull Road Wilberfoss Planning authority: East Riding Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 holiday cabins (new/ refurbishment) Client: Mr. Nigel Cram Developer: Planning & Design Associates, Orchard House, Buttercrambe, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1XU Tel: 01759 371309

Tenders CASTLEFORD £18.8M Navigation Point, Lambsons Site, Cinder Lane Planning authority: Wakefield Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 1337 residential/ commercial units Client: Merlion Capital Corporation Agent: ID Planning, Atlas House, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL Tender return date: 26th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0113 243 6116 HUDDERSFIELD £2.5M Acre Mill, Acre Street Planning authority: Kirklees Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for clinical & office accommodation (alterations) Client: Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust Agent: Jefferson Sheard Architects Ltd, 2 Sidney Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4RH Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date 5th October 2012. Tel: 0114 276 1651 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 to 24th September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0191 222 1116

Contracts HARTLEPOOL £0.834M Land At, Newholm Court Planning authority: Hartlepool Job: Detail Plans Granted for 8 elderly persons bungalows/2 bungalows Client: Vela Group Agent: S J D Architects Ltd, Hampton House, Westland Way, Falcon Court, Preston Farm Industrial Estate, Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland, TS18 3TS Contractor: Southdale Ltd, Southdale House, Westholme Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 4JF Tel: 01422 380090 HULL £4M Teddar Hill, Pilmar Lane Roos Planning authority: East Riding Job: Detail Plans Granted for wind turbines Client: Infinis Ltd Agent: Infinis Ltd, Napier House, 27 Thistle Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH2 1DY Contractor: C A Blackwell (Contracts) Limited, 7 Appleton Court, Calder Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7AR Tel: 01924 250132 KNARESBOROUGH £4M Manton Cold Storage Limited, York Road FlaxbyGoldsborough Planning authority: Harrogate Job: Detail Plans Granted for egg packing & distribution centre Client: Chippindale Foods Ltd Agent: Humphreys Teal Partnership, Priory Park Lodge, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3DF Contractor: Thistle Construction Ltd, Thistle House, Wistons Lane, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9DT Tel: 01422 328400 MIDDLESBROUGH £0.99M The Old Mill, 47 Levenside Stokesley Planning authority: Hambleton Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 houses Client: Kebbell Homes Ltd Agent: P+HS Architects, The Old Station, Station Road, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS9 7AB Contractor: Kebbell Homes Ltd, Kebbell House, Carpenders Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD19 5BE Tel: 020 8428 6221 PICKERING £0.5M Steam & Moorland Garden Centre, Malton Road Planning authority: Ryedale Job: Detail Plans Granted for garden centre (extension) Client: Hopkinson & Son Ltd Agent: LHL Group, Chocolate Works, Bishopthorpe Road, Clifton Moorgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 1DE Contractor: Pacy & Wheatley, Belvedere House, 113 Thorne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 5BQ Tel: 01302 760843 RIPON £1M Ripon Farm Services Limited, Dallamires Lane Planning authority: Harrogate Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 commercial units Client: Ripon Farm Services Agent: Peter Knowles Architect, Garden House, Fountain Square, Youlgrave, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1UR Contractor: Hacs Construction, Nidderdale House, Station Road, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3BA Tel: 01423 770694 SHEFFIELD £1.4M Land At Junction With, Newstead Road Birley Wood Drive


cnins Planning authority: Sheffield Tel: 01228 515144 cnplus.cight. Job: Detail Plans Granted for 20 SOUTHPORT £0.87M o houses Client: Homes Housing Land At, High Park Road ts Association Agent: Halsall Lloyd Planning authority: Sefton Job: Partnership, 53 Forest Road East, Detailed Plans Submitted for 10 houses Nottingham, NG1 4HW Contractor: Lovell & 4 flats Client: Mr. A Watson Agent: 3D.G Partnership Ltd, 3rd Floor Building 2, Gelderd design Ltd, Leyland House, 11 Lancashire Road, City West Office Park, Leeds, West Enterprise Business, Leyland, Lancashire, Yorkshire, LS12 6LX Tel: 0113 202 2200 PR26 6TY Tel: 01772 336150 STOCKTON-ON-TEES £5M Plans Approved Salters Lane Industrial Estate, Salters Lane Sedgefield BRAMPTON £12M Planning authority: Sedgefield Job: Detail Lintley Haltwhistle to, Slaggyford Plans Granted for supermarket & storage Planning authority: Northumberland Job: facility Client: Terrace Hill PLC Agent: Lister Detail Plans Granted for railway station Associates, Westminster, St Marks Court, Client: South Tynedale Railway Developer: Teesdale, Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland, TS17 South Tynedale Railway, The Railway Station, 6QP Contractor: Barr Construction Ltd, 100 Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3JB Tel: 01434 381696 Inchinnan Road, Paisley, Strathclyde, PA3 2RE DARWEN £0.9M Tel: 0141 848 8000 Lower Eccleshill Road THIRSK £10M Planning authority: Blackburn Job: Detail Sowerby Gateway, Topcliffe Road Plans Granted for highway bridge Client: Topcliffe Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Planning authority: Hambleton Job: Detail Developer: Capita Symonds, Castleway Plans Granted for 107 houses & office Client: House, 17 Preston New Road, Blackburn, Castlevale Group Ltd Agent: Michael Eyres Lancashire, BB2 1AU Tel: 01254 273000 Partnership, 208 - 210 Keighley Road, MANCHESTER £1M Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 4JZ St Marys Hospital, Oxford Road Contractor: Southdale Ltd, Southdale House, Planning authority: Manchester Job: Detail Westholme Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, Plans Granted for hospital (extension) HX1 4JF Tel: 01422 380090 Client: Central Manchester Health Care Trust Developer: Taylor Young, Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 3HP Tel: 01625 542200 my-newsletters/ Sign up to MORECAMBE £0.52M get extended contract leads North West Water Reservoir, Seymour delivered to your inbox four Grove Heysham days ahead of the magazine Planning authority: Lancaster Job: Detail Plans Granted for 7 houses Client: Metflex Precision Mouldings Ltd Developer: Harrison Pitt Architects, 29 Castle Hill, Lancaster, LA1 1YN Tel: 01524 32479 Early Planning WALLASEY £0.52M Shepherds Rest, 43 Darlington Street BOLTON £1.4M Egremont Site of Portman Mill, Telford Street Planning authority: Wirral Job: Detail Plans Horwich Granted for 7 town houses Client: Manor Planning authority: Bolton Job: Detailed Builders Developer: PWE Design, 7 Arncliffe Plans Submitted for 14 houses & 2 luxury Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NQ houses Client: Symphony Housing Group Tel: Not Available Agent: Brewster Bye Architects, 5 North Hill Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2EN Tel: Tenders 0113 275 4000 LIVERPOOL £4.2M KESWICK £2M Vacant land on former site of, Viennese Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, Station Road The Joseph Williams School Road Planning authority: Liverpool Job: Detailed Planning authority: Lake District National Plans Submitted for 41 extra care & 39 flats Park Job: Detail Plans Granted for museum & Client: The Riverside Group Limited Agent: art gallery (extension/refurbishment) Client: The Riverside Group Limited, 2 Estuary Allerdale Borough Council Agent: Mosedale Boulevard, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Gillatt, The Old Casino, 1 - 4 Fourth Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L24 8RF Tel: 0845 111 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5HX 0000 Tender return date: 27th September 2012 for MANCHESTER £5M a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0191 261 7444 Bowker Bank Industrial Estate, Bowker LIVERPOOL £0.75M Bank Avenue Crumpsall Rudston CP School, Rudston Road Planning authority: Manchester Job: Outline Planning authority: Liverpool Job: Detail Plans Submitted for 76 residential units Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: Client: Rexmore Holdings Limited Agent: Liverpool City Council Agent: 2020 Liverpool, Taylor Young, Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Station House, Mercury Court, Tithebarn Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2QP Tender 3HP Tel: 01625 542200 return date: Tenders are currently invited. PENRITH £1.2M The tender return date is 25th September Former Auction Mart, Troutbeck 2012. Tel: 0151 237 2020 Planning authority: Lake District National MANCHESTER £8M Park Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 12 Unit 3 Ellesmere Shopping Centre, residential & 4 commercial units Client: Bolton Road Worsley Cathpair Estates Ltd Agent: Architects Plus Planning authority: Salford Job: Detail Plans (UK) Ltd, Viaduct House, Victoria Galleries, Granted for retail park redevelopment (new/ Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8AN refurbishment) Client: Derwent Holdings Ltd


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Agent: AEW Architects & Designers, Century Buildings, 14 St Mary’s Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2DF Tender return date: has been extended from 14th to 21st September 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0161 214 4370 WIGAN £2M Wigan And Leigh College, Parsons Walk Planning authority: Wigan Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for college (extension) Client: Wigan & Leigh College Agent: Seven Architecture, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EQ Tender return date: 11th October 2012 for a Design & Build Contract. Tel: 0845 000 7771

Contracts BLACKBURN £1.3M Whitebirk Drive Trident Way Planning authority: Blackburn Job: Detail Plans Granted for car showroom/vehicle service centre Client: Barnfield Construction Ltd Agent: Campbell Driver Partnership, Capricorn Park, Blakewater Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5QR Contractor: Barnfield Construction Ltd, 8 Kenyon Road, Brierfield, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 5SP Tel: 01282 442300 BLACKPOOL £8M Unity College, Warbreck Hill Road Planning authority: Blackpool Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension/ refurbishment) Client: Unity College Blackpool Agent: Nightingale Associates, The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9QJ Contractor: Eric Wright Group Ltd, Sceptre House, Sceptre Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 6AW Tel: 01772 698822 HYDE £1.5M Ashton Road Planning authority: Tameside Job: Detail Plans Granted for factory (extension) Client: Louvolite Ltd Agent: Building Design Team, Inglewood House, 5 Ron Lawton Crescent, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 7ST Contractor: Triton Construction Ltd, Hare Park Mills, Hare Park Lane, Hightown, Liversedge, West Yorkshire, WF15 8EP Tel: 01274 874772 LIVERPOOL £2.3M Land between, 55 - 81 Penmann Crescent Halewood Planning authority: Knowsley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 12 houses/5 bungalows/2 luxury houses Client: Knowsley Housing Trust Agent: BYA Architects, Alina House, 10 St Vincent St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 5XW Contractor: Lovell Partnerships, Nelson House, Park Rd, Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 5DL Tel: 0161 905 1727 LYTHAM ST. ANNES £1.4M Ballam Road Planning authority: Fylde Job: Detail Plans Granted for 20 houses Client: Kensington Developments Ltd Agent: Kensington Developments Ltd, 94 Park View Road, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4JF Contractor: Kensington Developments Ltd, 94 Park View Road, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4JF Tel: 01253 796888 MANCHESTER £1.5M Land former, Wardley Service Station, 627 Manchester Road WardleySwinton Planning authority: Salford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 13 houses/8 flats & 1 retail unit Client: Ladson Construction Ltd Agent: Bate & Taylor Architects, MacIntosh House, 4A Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5GG Contractor: Ladson Construction Ltd, Ladson House, Earl Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle,

Greater Manchester, SK8 6QL Tel: 0161 486 1147 OLDHAM £2.2M Land off, Acacia Road Planning authority: Oldham Job: Detail Plans Granted for 18 houses & 4 bungalows Client: The Regenda Group Agent: Croft Goode Partnership, 4 The Crossroads, Freckleton Street, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2SH Contractor: Mansell Partnership Housing, Willow Point, 47 Bridgefold Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 5BX Tel: 01706 527505 RUNCORN £1M Vestric House, West Lane Planning authority: Halton Job: Detail Plans Granted for commercial development Client: Opus Land (North) Limited Agent: Asquith Development Project Management Limited, 14 Church Street, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DS Contractor: Sivil Design & Build, Beresford Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9FG Tel: 01246 261556 WIGAN £0.9M Scot Lane Service Station, Scot Lane Planning authority: Wigan Job: Detail Plans Granted for petrol station & cafe/restaurant Client: Euro Garages Ltd Agent: Architectural Design Services, 46 High Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1JR Contractor: B Quinn Civil Engineering, 7 Hector Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0AY Tel: 01254 726131 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

SCOTLAND Early Planning CARLUKE £3.7M Clyde Valley International Par, Crossford Planning authority: South Lanarkshire Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 49 houses Client: Mr. Colin Smith Agent: James Baird Associates, 153 Union Street, Larkhall, Strathclyde, ML9 1EB Tel: 01698 881500 ELGIN £0.64M Linkwood Distillery, Linkwood Road Planning authority: Moray Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for distillery building (extension) Client: Diageo Scotland Agent: Jacobsen French Architects, Old Mains, Cadzow Avenue, (The Studio), Giffnock, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G46 6RD Tel: 0141 638 8474 GLASGOW £3.5M Site Of Persimmon Development, Parkhouse Road Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 45 houses Client: Persimmon Homes (West Scotland) Agent: Persimmon Homes (West Scotland), Persimmon House, 180 Findochty Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G33 5EP Tel: 0141 766 2600 LIVINGSTON £4.2M Land at New Calder Paper Mill, Mid Calder Planning authority: West Lothian Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 40 luxury houses & 14 houses Client: Mansell Homes Agent: WYG Planning & Design, 39 George Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH2 2HN Tel: 0131 625 5050

MONTROSE £1M Land At, Waldron Road Planning authority: Angus Job: Outline Plans Submitted for residential development Client: C & D Batchelor Agent: A B Roger & Young, 9 McGregor Street, Brechin, Tayside, DD9 6AB Tel: 01356 622125

Plans Approved DUMFRIES £0.28M 4-6 Gordon Street Planning authority: Dumfries & Galloway Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 flats & 1 office (conversion) Client: Mr. & Mrs. G Campbell Developer: J & E Shepherd, 18 Castle Street, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 1DR Tel: 01387 264333 DUNDEE £2.9M Nursing Home, Linlathen Road Broughty Ferry Planning authority: Dundee Job: Detail Plans Granted for 60 sheltered flats Client: Romead (Linlathen) Ltd Developer: KDM Architects Ltd, 15 Camperdown Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Tayside, DD5 3AA Tel: 01382 737732 GLASGOW £0.31M 1 Lancaster Terrace Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for 7 flats (conversion/ alterations) Client: Henry Duncan (West End) Ltd Developer: NDVC, Clydeway House, 813 South Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G14 0BX Tel: Not Available INVERNESS £1.9M Former Little Chef Building, Tomatin Planning authority: Highland Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel & retail unit/ restaurant Client: Braemore Estates Developer: Nicoll Russell Studio, 111 King Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Tayside, DD5 1EL Tel: 01382 778966 SHETLAND £5M Garth, Yell Gutcher Planning authority: Shetland Isles Job: Detail Plans Granted for 5 wind turbines Client: North Yell Development Council Developer: North Yell Development Council, Cullivoe Pier, Yell, Cullivoe, Shetland, Shetland Isles, ZE2 9DD Tel: 01957 744262

Tenders LOCKERBIE £0.62M 19 - 23 Townhead Street Planning authority: Dumfries & Galloway Job: Detail Plans Granted for 13 flats (conversion/extension) Client: Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership Agent: Building Craftsmen (Dumfries) Ltd, The Hollies, Peatford Road, Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG11 1BJ Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. Tender return date 21st September 2012. Tel: 01387 263131 NEWTON STEWART £18M A75 Dunragit BypassDunragit Planning authority: Dumfries & Galloway Job: Planning Not Required for road (improvements) Client: Transport Scotland Agent: Transport Scotland, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G4 0HF Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited.Tender return date 30th November 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0141 272 7100 STORNOWAY £7M Lews Castle, Sandwick Road Planning authority: Western Isles Job: Detail Plans Granted for castle (extension/ refurbishment) Client: Comhairle nan Eilean

Siar Agent: Malcolm Fraser Architects, 28 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 1QG Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is 4th October 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0131 225 2585

Contracts BATHGATE £0.88M Kaim Park Hotel, Blackburn Road Planning authority: West Lothian Job: Detail Plans Granted for 16 flats & 8 retirement flats Client: Cruden Homes (East) Ltd Agent: Hackland & Dore Architects, 16 Annandale Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH7 4AN Contractor: Cruden Homes (East) Ltd, Baberton House, Juniper Green, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH14 3HN Tel: 0131 442 3862 EDINBURGH £16.6M Former Car Rental Centre, Almond Avenue Edinburgh Airport Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel Client: Theakston Estates (Lothian) Limited Agent: 3D Reid Ltd, 36 North Castle Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH2 3BN Contractor: GMI Construction Group Plc, Middleton House, Westland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5UH Tel: 0113 276 0505 GLASGOW £3M Kilmuir Crescent Arden Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for 39 houses Client: Glen Oaks Housing Association Agent: ARM Architects, 2a Berkeley Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 7DW Contractor: Cruden Building & Renewals Limited, Cruden Campus, 5 Clydesmill Road, Cambuslang Investment Park, Cambuslang, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G32 8RE Tel: 0141 646 5400 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scotstoun Leisure Centre, 112 Danes Drive £18m Planning authority: Glasgow Job: Detail Plans Granted for leisure centre (extension) Client: Glasgow City Council Agent: Glasgow City Council, Exchange House, 229 George Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G1 1QU Contractor: City Building (Glasgow) LLP, 350 Darnick Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G21 4BA Tel: 0141 287 2200 HAMILTON £5M St Peters Primary School, Highstonehall Road Planning authority: South Lanarkshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for school Client: South Lanarkshire Council Agent: Holmes Partnership, 89 Minerva Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 8LE Contractor: Lend Lease, Pavilion 4, The Approach, 291 Springhill Parkway, Glasgow Business Park, Baillieston, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G69 6GA Tel: 0141 781 2190 INVERURIE £2M Ladeside Centre, Ladeside Road Port Elphinstone Planning authority: Aberdeenshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 16 flats & 2 houses Client: Castlehill Housing Association Ltd Agent: Archial Architects, 3 Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen, Grampian, AB11 6XH Contractor: Robertson Northern, 10 Perimeter Road, Pinefield, Elgin, Highlands, IV30 6AE Tel: 01343 548621 KILMARNOCK £5.7M 1 Glencairn Retail Park, Off Holmquarry Road Planning authority: East Ayrshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for retail development Client: Pradera- AM PLC Agent: UrbanEdge

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Contract Leads UPDATE S Architecture, 1 Scottgate Mews, Scottgate, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2FX Contractor: Graham Construction, 1 Seaward Place, Centurion Business Park, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G41 1HH Tel: 0141 418 5550 TRANENT £2.9m Tynemount Road Ormiston Planning authority: East Lothian Job: Detail Plans Granted for 37 houses Client: Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd Agent: Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd, Westerwood House, Royston Road, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, Lothian, EH54 8AH Contractor: Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd, Westerwood House, Royston Road, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, Lothian, EH54 8AH Tel: 01506 413101 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: Tendring Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 191 residential/ commercial units Client: Lands Improvement Holdings Colchester Sarl Agent: Strutt & Parker, Coval Hall, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2QF Tel: 01245 258201 GUILDFORD £0.93m 6 Ladymead Retail Park, Europa Park Road Planning authority: Guildford Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 2 non food retail units Client: Standard Life Investments Ltd Agent: RGP Architects, 4 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RA Tel: 020 7600 6666 LONDON £1.5m 168 - 170 Vauxhall Street 17-19 Oval Way Planning authority: Lambeth Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for office building (extension/alterations) Client: Mr. Peter Allen Agent: Architecture 00 Ltd, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TE Tel: 02077392230 Plaistow Fire Station, 145 Prince Regent Lane Plaistow £6.37m Planning authority: Newham Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for fire station Client: London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority Agent: Jacobs UK Ltd, Tower Bridge Court, 224 - 226 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP Tel: 020 7403 3330 118 - 120 Westminster Bridge Road £1m Planning authority: Lambeth Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for hotel (extension) Client: Yavari Limited Agent: Architects Network, 15 Countess Road, London, NW5 2NS Tel: 0207 209 1123 SOUTHAmPTON £1m 100 - 102 High Road Planning authority: Southampton Job: Outline Plans Submitted for 12 student accommodation flats Client: Mr. S Poswall Agent: Concept Design & Planning, 8 Carlton Place, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 2EA Tel: 0238 0016 266 WOKING £8.8m Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road Kingfield

Planning authority: Woking Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for football pitches Client: Thameswey Developments Limited Agent: Michael Aukett Architects Ltd, Atlantic Court, 77 Kings Road, London, SW3 4NX Tel: 020 7376 7525

Plans Approved CANTERBURY £0.5m The Junior Kings School, milner Lane Headmasters House Sturry Planning authority: Canterbury Job: Detail Plans Granted for multi use games area Client: Estates Bursar, The King’s School Developer: BDB Design, Church Barn, Milton Manor, Ashford Road, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7PP Tel: 01227 456699 HAYWARDS HEATH £0.76m Phase 4C Bolnore Village Devel, Parkfield Way Planning authority: Mid Sussex Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 houses Client: Mr. Colin Viret Developer: Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd, Festival House, Jessop Avenue, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3SH Tel: 01242 222107 LONDON £1.5m 400 Caledonian Road Islington Planning authority: Islington Job: Detail Plans Granted for 21 flats & 2 houses (new/ refurb) Client: Kintech LLP Developer: G M L Architects, 40 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RE Tel: Not Available Reef House, Coral Row £0.56m Planning authority: Wandsworth Job: Detail Plans Granted for 7 flats & 1 office unit (extn/ alts) Client: Cube Real Estate Developer: Chart Plan, 65 Stoneleigh Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0TP Tel: 01883 730877 mILTON KEYNES £2m Former EmEB Offices, Old Wolverton Road Old Wolverton Planning authority: Milton Keynes Job: Detail Plans Granted for 25 flats & 8 houses Client: Barratt Northampton Plc Developer: Urban Design Associates, 9 Gowan Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle, Co Down, Tel: 0191 281 6981 SLOUGH £1m Sussex Lodge Guest House, 91 Sussex Place Planning authority: Slough Job: Detail Plans Granted for guest house (extn/alts) Client: Automatic Sales Ltd Developer: P Davey, 10 Chauntry Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1TS Tel: 01628 71962

Tenders BATTLE £1.2m Harrier Lane Planning authority: Rother Job: Appr Reserved Matters for church/community building Client: Battle Methodist Church Agent: Lawson Queay, River House, Bellfarm Lane, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AY Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is 19th October 2012 Tel: 01825 761644 HEmEL HEmPSTEAD £1.5m Bourne methodist Church Planning authority: Dacorum Job: Detail Plans Granted for church Client: Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church Council Agent: Francis Weal & Partners, 6 Hobbs Hill, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9DS Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. The tender return date is 21st September 2012. Tel: 01438 712301 LONDON £4.5m 900 Garratt Lane Planning authority: Wandsworth Job: Detail


cninsigh Plans Granted for 31 flats & 1 Faircrouch Lane, Wadhurst supermarket Client: Deepak Cash cnplus.c t. Business Park, Wadhurst, East o & Carry Ltd Agent: Arc 3 Architects Sussex, TN5 6PT Tel: 01892 ts & Surveyors, 663 - 665 Garratt Lane, 784488 Wandsworth, Earlsfield, London, SW17 Kingsgate House, 536 Kings Road 0PB Tender return date: Tenders have been Park WalkChelsea £10m invited for the main contract. The tender return Planning authority: Kensington & Chelsea date is 12th October 2012 for a Traditional Job: Detail Plans Granted for 43 flats Client: Contract. Tel: 020 89473000 De Vere Estates Ltd Agent: Horden Cherry 900 Garratt Lane £4.5m Lee Architects Ltd, 36 - 38 Berkeley Square, Planning authority: Wandsworth Job: Detail London, W1J 5AE Contractor: Willmott Dixon Plans Granted for 31 flats & 1 supermarket Housing Ltd, Hitchin Road, Shefford, BedfordClient: Deepak Cash & Carry Ltd Agent: P M shire, SG17 5JS Tel: 01462 814455 Architects Ltd, 9 Walmgate Road, Perivale, UTC Royal Greenwich, Woolwich Road Greenford, UB6 7LH Tender return date: 2th £8m October 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: Planning authority: Greenwich Job: Detail 0788 764 6957 Plans Granted for college Client: London WITNEY £3m Borough of Greenwich Agent: Walters & Land at, Station Lane Cohen, 2 Wilkin Street, London, NW5 3NL Planning authority: West Oxfordshire Job: Contractor: BAM Construct UK, 24 Chiswell Detail Plans Granted for non food retail unit Street, London, EC1Y 4TY Tel: 020 7374 3600 Client: Leda Properties Limited Agent: mILTON KEYNES £0.82m Staniforth Architects, The Warehouse, 1A Broughton manor Preparatory Sc, Stamford Street, Leicester, LE1 6NL Tender Broughton return date: Tenders are currently invited. Planning authority: Milton Keynes Job: Detail The tender return date is 27th September Plans Granted for school (extension/ 2012. Tel: 0116 285 3775 alterations) Client: Pauley Agent: David Coles Architects, 1 Cobbs Court, High Street, Olney, Contracts Buckinghamshire, MK46 5QN Contractor: Pauley Ltd, Broughton Manor, The Annexe, BASINGSTOKE £2.2m Broughton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, The Sun Inn PH, Winchester Road North MK10 9AA Tel: 01908 678459 Waltham PORTSmOUTH £1m Planning authority: Basingstoke & Deane Stonehouse 10, Building 1-59, 10 & 11 Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel Stores, main Road H m Naval Base (extension) Client: The Sun Inn Agent: The Planning authority: Portsmouth Job: Detail Barn Partnership, Woodclose Cottage, Upper Plans Granted for museum (fitting out) Client: Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5TS National Museum Of The Royal Navy Agent: Contractor: The Sun Inn, High Grange House, Purcell Miller Tritton LLP, 15 Tower Bridge Road, Harts Lane, Burghclere, Newbury, Berkshire, Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN RG20 9JW Tel: 01635 2788 99 Contractor: Warings, Gatcombe House, GODALmING £1.5m Copnor Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Shackleford mushroom Farm, PO2 0TU Tel: 023 9269 4900 Shackleford Road Shackleford SOUTHAmPTON £1m Planning authority: Waverley Job: Detail moorlands Primary School, Kesteven Plans Granted for 18 residential units Client: Way Wates Construction Ltd Agent: OSP Planning authority: Southampton Job: Architecture, Rosemount House, Rosemount Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Avenue, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6LB Client: Southampton City Council Agent: Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd, Wates Hunter & Partners, Sussex Business Village, House, Station Approach, Leatherhead, Surrey, Lake Lane, Barnham, Bognor Regis, West KT22 7SW Tel: 01372 861000 Sussex, PO22 0AA Contractor: Willmott HAVANT £1.25m Dixon Construction Ltd, Munro House, Havant College, New Road Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1TF Planning authority: Havant Job: Detail Tel: 01932 584700 Plans Granted for college (extension) Client: TONBRIDGE £1.5m Havant College Agent: TKL Architects, The Pinnacles, Shipbourne Road Richmond House, Main Road, Otterbourne, Planning authority: Tonbridge & Malling Job: Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2EQ Detail Plans Granted for 14 houses & 6 flats Contractor: Drew Smith Ltd, Drew Smith Client: Wealden Agent: Wealden, Wealden House, 7 - 9 Mill Court, The Saw Mills, Durley, Court, Church Street, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2EJ Tel: ME18 5AG Contractor: Wealden, Wealden 01489 861 400 Court, Church Street, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, LEWES £2.5m ME18 5AG Tel: 01622 817781 Whyly Cottage, Hesmans Stud, WOKINGHAm £5.5m Annandale Farm East Hoathly Block E, Eskdale Road Winnersh Planning authority: Lewes Job: Detail Plans Planning authority: Wokingham Job: Detail Granted for house Client: Swansea Plans Granted for office building (extension/ Enterprises Agent: Jonathan Dunn refurbishment) Client: SEGRO Plc Agent: Associates, 3 Taybridge Road, London, SW11 EPR Architects Ltd, 30 Millbank, London, 5PJ Contractor: 8Build, 64 Leman Street, SW1P 4DU Contractor: VolkerFitzpatrick, 110 London, E1 8EU Tel: 020 7710 4488 Wickham Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 LONDON £3.6m 7JH Tel: 01329 286074 Leyton Industrial Village Argall Avenue WORTHING £11.7m Planning authority: Waltham Forest Job: The Warren, Warren Road Detail Plans Granted for 24 industrial units Planning authority: Worthing Job: Detail Client: Workspace Group Agent: Langley Hall Plans Granted for college campus (conversion) Associates Ltd, Royal Station Court, Station Client: Worthing College Agent: Mott Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9NF MacDonald Group Ltd, 10 Fleet Place, London, Contractor: Faircloth Ltd, Studio House,

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SOUTH-WEST/ WALES Early Planning BRISTOL £1.31m VictoriaParkBaptistChurch,Sylvia AvenueBedminster Planning authority: Bristol Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 8 flats/2 houses & 1 church hall Client: Somer Housing Group Agent: Quattro Design Architects Ltd, 1 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR Tel: 0117 929 9672 CARDIFF £0.48m LandtoSouth-Eastof,marshfieldRoad StationHousemarshfield Planning authority: Newport Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 6 log cabins Client: Mr. Mark Esposti Agent: Embark Planning & Design, Sophia House, 28 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF11 9LJ Tel: n/a EVESHAm £0.74m LandadjoiningGrindingStone,Blakes HillNorthLittleton Planning authority: Wychavon Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 10 houses Client: EPHA Agent: Accord Design, Fairgate House, 205 Kings Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 2AA Tel: 0845 130 6110 SWANSEA £1.6m Landadjacentto,BrynafonRoad Gorseinon Planning authority: Swansea Job: Approval Of Reserved Matters for 22 residential units Client: Elan Homes Agent: In House Building Design Ltd, 17 Noble Avenue, North Common, Bristol, BS30 8YY Tel: 0117 932 6835 TELFORD £20m LordSilkinSchool,Stirchley Planning authority: Wrekin Job: Outline Plans Submitted for school Client: Telford & Wrekin Council Agent: Alliance Environment & Planning Ltd, 3rd Floor 54 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 8PE Tel: 0121 456 7444

Plans Approved CAERNARFON £1.4m LlwynIsafLandfill,Clynnogfawr Planning authority: Gwynedd Dwyfor Job: Detail Plans Granted for anaerobic digestion plant Client: Biogen Developer: Alliance Environment & Planning Ltd, 3rd Floor 54 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 8PE Tel: 0121 456 7444 GLOUCESTER £0.74m 311BristolRoadQuedgeley Planning authority: Gloucester Job: Detail Plans Granted for 5 luxury houses & 4 houses Client: GTB Homes Ltd Developer: Urban Aspects Ltd, 22 Thatcham Avenue Kingsway, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2BJ Tel: n/a HEREFORD £1.2m LedburyCourtLedburyRoad Planning authority: Herefordshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for residential care health unit Client: Herefordshire Mind Developer: Powell Dobson Architects, Links Business Park, Charterhouse, St. Mellons, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF3 0LT Tel: 02920 799699 SWINDON £1.2m LandAtCastleEatonFarm,TheStreet CastleEaton Planning authority: Swindon Job: Detail Plans Granted for anaerobic digester Client: Archard & Son Developer: Kernon Countryside Consultants, Brook Cottage, Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 4JE Tel: 01793 771333 WESTON-SUPER-mARE £0.5m Parkat,HighStreetWorle Planning authority: North Somerset Job: Detail Plans Granted for flood alleviation Client: Wessex Water Services Developer: Wessex Water Services Limited, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7WW Tel: 01225 526000

Tenders BRIDGWATER £4m LandbetweenBristolRdandKingsRd Planning authority: Sedgemoor Job: Reserved Matters Granted for light industrial unit Client: Mulberry Co (Design) Ltd Agent: Colwyn Foulkes & Partners, 229 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6SA Tender return date: 1st October 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 020 7938 2464 PLYmOUTH £5m TheatreRoyal,RoyalParade Planning authority: Plymouth Job: Detail Plans Granted for theatre (extension/ alterations) Client: Plymouth Theatre Royal Agent: Andrzej Blonski Architects, Spelman Street, 24 Links Yard, Spitalfields, London, E1

5LX Tender return date: 19th October 2012 for a Design & Build Contract. Tel: 020 7247 4999 TELFORD £8.5m LandatmalinsleeHouse,malinsgate Planning authority: Wrekin Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket & petrol station Client: Asda Stores Ltd Agent: Rose Project Services, The Courtyard, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8GD Tender return date: 26th October 2012. Tel: 01684 857550

Contracts BRISTOL £1.4m FormerFishpondsmotorCoSite,670- 686FishpondsRoadHockeysLane Planning authority: Bristol Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket Client: Aldi Stores Ltd Agent: Kendall Kingscott Partnership, Glentworth Court, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SR Contractor: DSP Construction Management Limited, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B24 9QT Tel: 0121 730 2363 CARDIFF £2.5m EmpireHouse,mountStuartSquare Planning authority: Cardiff Job: Detail Plans Granted for 39 flats (extension/conversion) Client: Cardiff Development Limited Agent: Alwyn Jones Penseiri Architect, The Bank, 5 Cardiff Road, Taffs Well, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF15 7RA Contractor: R & M Williams Ltd, Williams House, West Point Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF11 8JQ Tel: 0845 6347377 HEREFORD £2.7m HighmoreCourt,HighmoreStreet Planning authority: Herefordshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 32 flats Client: Marches Housing Association Agent: Sutton & Wilkinson, Victoria House, 13 New Penkridge Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1HW Contractor: Thomas Vale Plc, Lombard House, Worcester Road, Stourport-OnSevern, Hereford & Worcester, DY13 9BZ Tel: 01299 827770 LLANGEFNI £10m YsgolGyfunLlangefniCampus, Penrallt Planning authority: Anglesey Job: Detail Plans Granted for school Client: Isle Of Anglesey County Council Agent: Isle Of Anglesey County Council, Anglesey Business Centre, Bryn Cefni Business Park, Llangefni, Gwynedd, LL77 7XA Contractor: Wynne Construction, Charles House, Kinmel Park, Abergele Road, Bodelwyddan, Rhyl, Clwyd, LL18 5TY Tel: 01745 586666

mALVERN £0.8m LowerWycheTreatmentWorks,Lower WycheRoad Planning authority: Malvern Hills Job: Detail Plans Granted for pumping station Client: Severn Trent Water Agent: Wardell Armstrong, 22 Windsor Place, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3BY Contractor: Costain Group, Costain House, Vanwall Business Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4UB Tel: 01628 842444 PLYmOUTH £4m FormerTennisCourts,GrandParade Planning authority: Plymouth Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 flats & 1 restaurant/cafe Client: Pier Street Limited Agent: Lacey Hickey & Caley, The Design Studio, Guard House, Royal William Yard, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3RP Contractor: North Cliff Construction, Grand Hotel, Elliot Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PP Tel: 01752 267855 PORTTALBOT £3.5m LandRearOf,1-10SunnyCrescent CymmerCroeserw Planning authority: Neath & Port Talbot Job: Detail Plans Granted for community centre Client: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Agent: James & Nicholas, Grove House, Grove Place, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 1XA Contractor: Andrew Scott Ltd, The Grange, Margam, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 2SP Tel: 01639 889800 TORRINGTON £1.1m FormerSudburysGloves,Greenbank Planning authority: Torridge Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 houses & 5 luxury houses Client: Chichester Homes Ltd Agent: Cadworks (South West) Ltd, 14a Bridgend Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QE Contractor: Chichester Homes Ltd, Unit 3, Brannam Crescent, Roundswell Business Park, Roundswell Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3TD Tel: 01271 370589 WEYmOUTH £5.5m FairwaysCourt,BedfordRoad Planning authority: Weymouth & Portland Job: Detail Plans Granted for 44 flats & 18 houses Client: Synergy Housing Group Agent: GSS Architecture, Eden Office Park, 73 Macrae Rd, Ham Green, Bristol, BS20 0DD Contractor: Leadbitter Construction, Burlington House, Grange Drive, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire, SO30 2AF Tel: 01489 790365 my-newsletters/ Sign up to get extended contract leads delivered to your inbox four days ahead of the magazine

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