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Old April 1st, 2013, 12:48 AM   #5941
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Old April 1st, 2013, 12:53 AM   #5942
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Low level buildings first phase of £12 million development

Construction has started on a new £12.3m residential scheme on the site of the former Alfa Laval office on the Great West Road in Brentford, west London – the historic ‘Golden Mile’ of British industry.

The mixed-use scheme includes private and affordable residential housing with a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments, three-bed duplex apartments and four-bed houses. A second phase will incorporate hotels, commercial office space, a car showroom and additional residential and community facilities.

Phase one of the scheme has been designed to link and compliment the low level existing housing, adjoining the site, which increases in height to meet the taller element of the future phases. A combination of traditional and modern materials will be used in a contemporary style to revitalise this derelict Brownfield site.

United House will be carrying out the construction works on behalf of developer Carlton Properties. The project will transform the derelict office building site, which has stood empty for over 15 years, into a residential scheme comprising 69 new homes, 61 of which will be affordable properties for the local community.

The project will involve the partial demolition of the existing redundant 11-storey office building and elevated car parking areas which sits adjacent to the elevated section of the M4. The facade of the building is used as a large advertising display for the motorway traffic and this will be retained during the construction process. The build programme is scheduled for completion in Summer 2014.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 12:57 AM   #5943
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Balfour Beatty nabs £17m London commercial job

Henderson Global Investors has awarded Balfour Beatty a £17m contract for an office and retail building in the Spitalfields area of London.

Balfour will demolish an existing seven storey building in Bishop’s Square to make way for the mixed use project.

The new structure will incorporate the existing basement retaining walls, the tops of which will be trimmed down and a new capping beam cast on the top.

The superstructure will consist of flat floor slabs at ground with post-tensioned RC floors above from levels one to six.

Level six is constructed from a steel frame sitting on a post tensioned RC floor slab. Set-back floors at levels five and six receive fully glazed cladding.

Bob Clark, Balfour Beatty managing director, major projects, said “The London commercial sector is a key growth area for Balfour Beatty.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ommercial-job/
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Old April 1st, 2013, 12:57 AM   #5944
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BAM wins race for £300m Google London HQ

BAM Construct has been named preferred bidder for a £300m contract to build a new HQ for internet giant Google in London.

According to information specialist Glenigan, the firm fought off rivals Skanska and Carillion in the closely contested bid race for the prized King’s Cross Goods Yard job.

A three-year construction programme to deliver up to 1m sq ft of offices is set to get underway in October.

BAM was a early frontrunner to take the project at King’s Cross because it is already working on a three major projects worth £100m next to the Google site.

Working for over three years on the King’s regeneration site it formed a strong working relationship with developer Argent.

The bid team were told on Friday that they were in line for the job to deliver the office complex, located next to King’s Cross station’s western concourse.

Architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris is designing Google’s offices, which will consist of five buildings ranging in height from eight to 11 storeys. It is understood the aim is to strive for BREEAM Outsanding rating. The office space will sit above shops, cafes and restaurants.

Davis Langdon is acting as cost consultants on the project, where the winning bidder will be named in six weeks.



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Old April 1st, 2013, 12:59 AM   #5945
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Skanska lands £28m City of London building job



Developer Quadrant Estates has confirmed that Skanska will build new offices at 100 Cheapside in the City of London.

The £28m construction job will get underway right away and is timetabled to finish in Autumn 2014.

Skanska beat rivals Sir Robert McAlpine, Galliford Try and Wates to take the 10-floor, Grade A office development located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s.

Tristram Gethin, managing director and founding Partner of Quadrant Estates, said: “We are right on track with the development of 100 Cheapside, which will occupy a prime site in the heart of the City. It is one of the last pieces of Cheapside to be redeveloped.”

Paul Heather, managing director, Building – London and South East, Skanska said: “Winning this project in such competitive market conditions is a true testament to our commitment to a more sustainable future and our client’s confidence that they can use our knowledge and skills to achieve a building which meets the high environmental standards of today and for years to come.”

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Shepherd wins £30m Vauxhall Walk bid race

Developer CLS Holdings has selected Shepherd Construction to build a mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall London.

The hotel and student flats project is understood to have attracted bids from Bam, Vinci, Sir Robert McAlpine, Ocon and Watkins Jones.

Building work on the 180,000 sq ft Spring Mews scheme is expected to get underway later next month when Cementation Skanska completes piling work on the job, which was let as a separate enabling contract.

The whole cost of the project is expected to be up to £30m and will include 408-bed student accommodation and a 120-bed budget hotel.

Around these CLS aims to build 30,000 sq ft of shopping units and 50,000 sq ft of offices as well as a replacement community centre.

The scheme is on a separate site half a mile from the proposed Vauxhall Square development.

This £250m sq ft mixed-use development will include two towers and a linear park.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...walk-bid-race/
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Old April 1st, 2013, 01:11 AM   #5948
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Old April 1st, 2013, 01:35 AM   #5950
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Qatari investment fund pays £400m for Park Lane hotel

The gas and oil wealth of Qatar has been used to snap up another UK asset after the emirate bought the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a £400m deal.

Constellation Hotels, part of the Qatar Holding investment vehicle that has invested in Sainsbury's and Barclays, has paid £301.5m for InterContinental Hotel Group's 57-year lease on the 447-bedroom property close to Hyde Park, the company announced on Thursday.

In a separate £100m deal it also acquired the freehold from the Crown Estate, the property company that controls the assets of the Queen.

The Qataris beat six other bidders to the deal, thought to include other sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia. The level of competition meant the £301.5m price tag gave IHG a 62% premium to the hotel's book value. One IHG source said: "We are pretty pleased."

The move comes after it emerged last year that the Qataris had backed indebted Irish property investor Patrick McKillen, who was seeking £70m to buy a controlling stake in Maybourne Hotel Group – which includes Claridges – from billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.

The increasingly bitter saga between McKillen and the twins ended up with the two sides fighting for control of the hotels in London's high court.

The latest announcement comes after a run of deals that are thought to have resulted in Qatar investing £3bn in European real estate in the 12 months to mid-August 2012, the equivalent to six weeks' revenue from the country's liquefied natural gas exports, according to Reuters.

It is also Qatar's latest asset in London, after investments in the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store and the athlete's village in the Olympic Park.

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Chelsea Barracks chief resigns with £3bn project still on hold

The developer in charge of the stalled £3 billion plan to build hundreds of luxury flats at the former Chelsea Barracks site has quit.



John Wallace, chief executive of Middle East property company Qatari Diar resigned two months after the company was ordered to “start or sell” the much delayed scheme.

Mr Wallace is set to leave “at a date to be agreed” after five years with the company.

The 13 acre site, bought in 2007 by Qatari Diar with developer Christian Candy for a record £959 million from the Ministry of Defence, remains Britain’s most vaulable wasteland.

The company has come under pressure from Westminster council to make a start on the work, triggering payments totalling £78 million that will be ploughed into affordable housing.

But property market sources say the Qataris paid too much for the enclave between Sloane Square and the Thames at the top of the market bubble and is now having to rethink the scheme.

Mr Wallace, who has a background in banking, played in crucial role in winning planning consent for Chelsea Barracks, which has rarely been out of the public eye over the past six years.

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Carlyle Group buys site for 19-storey student block

Student accommodation investor Carlyle Group plans to start work next month on a 19-storey tower block in East London.

Carlyle today said it had bought an existing site at 60 Commercial Road on the city fringes for its Pure Student Living brand.

The site carries an existing planning consent for 417 student rooms and retail space at ground level allowing a quick start to be made on site.

Hafiz Ali, director at The Carlyle Group, said: “60 Commercial Road brings our Pure Student Living portfolio in Central London to five properties and, following the successful launch of our Pure Highbury scheme in 2012, means we will have 2,150 beds available by the end of 2015.

“We believe that the fundamental imbalance in supply and demand for purpose built student housing in London presents an excellent opportunity, and look forward to bringing forward this project and sourcing further investments in future.”

Carlyle in its joint venture with Generation Estates has also acquired 122-126 Back Church Lane and will develop an office building providing 25,000 sq ft of office space targeted at the vibrant TMT sector.

Work is planned to start on both projects in April, with completion of the office building expected in late 2014 and the student accommodation building in summer 2015, for launch that academic year.

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London £1.5bn Brickfields scheme gets go-ahead



Developer Helical Bar and partner Aviva Investors have gained planning to build 1,150 new homes as part of the redevelopment of an industrial site in White City, west London.

The 10-acre, 1.5m sq ft mixed-use development, known as Brickfields, is planned for the former Dairy Crest site and will involve extensive demolition works.

The brick-built homes will be a mixture of affordable, shared ownership and private, with the exact proportions of each still to be decided.

The developer and partner Aviva Investors also plan to build 150,000 sq ft of offices, retail and community facilities.

The site is part of the mayor of London’s and Hammersmith and Fulham’s White City Opportunity Area, earmarked for regeneration.

To the north of the site Imperial College has gained planning for a mixed-use scheme including postgraduate student accommodation, academic space, a technology transfer hub, key worker and private residential and a hotel.

To the south Westfield own two sections of land, the southernmost site comprising the impressive Westfield London shopping centre and the Ariel Way Industrial Estate to the north currently being worked up for a planned mixed use extension.

Matthew Bonning-Snook of Helical Bar said: “We are extremely excited about our proposals for Brickfields.

“The Eric Parry design code for the masterplan uses a predominantly natural palette of brick and stone to create sustainable and attractive buildings which, alongside the public realm and amenities, will form a genuine new London community.”

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Four firms to bid Crossrail north east stations upgrade

Network Rail is inviting tenders for the majority of Crossrail works planned on the northeast surface section between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.



Balfour Beatty, Costain, Hochtief and VolkerFitzpatrick have been invited to submit bids for the design and build of major station improvements and extensions.

These will take place at Romford and Ilford as well as improvements at stations including Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to run, and new lifts to enable step-free access will be installed at many stations along the route.

The detailed design phase will commence in early 2014 and main works will take place between late 2014 and 2017.

Other works will include various infrastructure improvements, such as extra train stabling capacity and turnback facilities that will improve the reliability of passenger services.

Peter Mason, Network Rail’s Crossrail Senior Programme Manager, said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network that will benefit passengers and freight customers, including a significant programme of track renewals as well as station improvements under the Crossrail programme.”

Under the Crossrail programme, Network Rail is responsible for the upgrade of 43 miles of track in total, as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

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