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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:07 AM   #5961
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Croydon Ruskin Square apartment block approved

Joint developers Stanhope and Schroder have gained detailed planning for the first phase apartment block in its £500m Ruskin Square development in Croydon.



The building will consist of a 20-storey apartment block and 9-storey plinth building where enabling works are expected to get underway shortly.

Ian Mason, fund director at Schroders, said: “Stanhope and Schroders are delighted that the first phase of housing at Ruskin Square has been approved and we intend to get on site shortly to commence preparatory works for construction.

“We want to ensure that there is animation and activity on this important site, together with the new bridge at East Croydon Station, so that Ruskin Square fulfils its role as Croydon’s Gateway. With other positive developments in planning and development in the town, this is great news for the regeneration of Croydon.”

The wider Ruskin Square plans consist of one million square feet of offices, apartments and leisure facilities on a 3.6 ha site next to East Croydon railway station.

Mace was appointed as construction manager for the building plans six years ago, but the scheme has been stuck on the starting blocks since 2007.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:15 AM   #5962
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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:20 AM   #5964
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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:29 AM   #5965
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Old April 1st, 2013, 04:32 AM   #5966
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£1.5 billion Master plans for major London regeneration site approved



The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has approved master plans for the £1.5 billion transformation of the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, one of the city’s most significant regeneration areas.

The project will create 2,469 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable, and up to 5,000 construction jobs during development with 1,255 permanent jobs on completion.

Southwark Council's development partner Lend Lease will develop the 23 acre site which will also include new shops, offices, leisure and community facilities and a park.

The project is one of a number of planned major developments that together with public sector investment are helping to transform the Elephant & Castle Opportunity Area, creating a town centre that will provide employment, better homes, improved transport links and community facilities for residents.

The Mayor has already committed significant funding through the TfL business plan for transport improvements in the area, including improvements to the northern roundabout and Elephant and Castle Tube Station, as well as work to improve conditions in the area for cyclists.

Johnson wants to see more public land released for development across the capital to deliver more homes for Londoners and boost the economy. ‘It is vital that we push forward with work to unlock the massive economic potential of the Elephant and Castle area which has languished in a no-man's land for too many years. This development is a fantastic example of how new life can be breathed into communities, delivering thousands of new homes and jobs for Londoners,’ he said.

The project is one of a number of major developments planned for Elephant and Castle, including 360 London, One The Elephant, and Tribeca Square which, together with the new shopping centre, will help to make it a key destination for leisure and shopping, bringing new businesses and prosperity to the area.

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Hunt starts for £600m Northern Line extension builder

London Underground has started pre-tendering for a contractor or consortium to deliver the £600m Northern Line Extension to Battersea power station.

The extension will consist of new twin bore tunnels of 5.2m internal diameter running for 3.3km with new stations built at Battersea and Nine Elms.

London Underground said it aims to pre-qualify contractors and consortia able to deliver this complex project and bring innovative ideas to the table deliver significant cost, risk, programme savings.

In a OJEU procurement notice, the Tube operator said it would use a negotiated procedure to select the winning bidder. Interested firms have until 15 April to complete the prequals.

The design of the underground project has progressed to RIBA Stage C and the successful firm will be expected to work on the fine-tuning these plans.

A contract is due to be signed on 6 January 2014 with project completion scheduled for the end of 2019.

The proposed Northern Line extension is essential to support the transformation of Vauxhall and Nine Elms which will see up to 16,000 new homes built in the area over the next 20 years

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Stadium rivals vow to give McAlpine an Olympic race

Rival bidders are confident they have a chance of winning the £150m Olympic Stadium conversion race despite Sir Robert McAlpine’s strong claims as original builder.

McAlpine led Team Stadium which also included Populous as the Architect and Buro Happold as the designer of the civils, structural and building services work on the 2012 stadium.

Populous is already on board as architect for the shell-and-core conversion contract.

Bidders who have expressed an interest in becoming main contractor are believed to include McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, Buckingham, ISG and Shepherd.

One source close to the bidding told the Enquirer: “Obviously McAlpine are in a strong position because they built the original stadium.

“But the Olympic authorities run very fair procurement races so everyone else going for this will give it a real go and it won’t be a walkover for McAlpine.”

A winner for the race to convert the 2012 centre piece into a 54,000-seater stadium for West Ham is due to be chosen by the end of this year.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 06:25 AM   #5971
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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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What? Didn't Google just build new offices?
yes that's a good question. the new massive site is probably for the google european headquarters.

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Curious, what does this have to do with development?

Anyway, there are some great projects going on in London...
Is it not obvious? Population growth has direct impact on the need for housing, public transport, infrastructure investment etc etc
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No, not really.
Well, I'd say Gotham. I'm not here to engage in city vs city antics. But some of the hubris demonstrated here smacks of arriviste insecurity. London is above that.
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Well, I'd say Gotham. I'm not here to engage in city vs city antics. But some of the hubris demonstrated here smacks of arriviste insecurity. London is above that.
Toronto as well.

I do think the quality and design of London's projects is commendable.
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Toronto as well.

I do think the quality and design of London's projects is commendable.
No disagreement there.
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yes that's a good question. the new massive site is probably for the google european headquarters.
Google will move out of their St. Giles offices and relocate all operations to King's Cross once complete.
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