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Old May 18th, 2013, 03:25 PM   #6381
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Old May 19th, 2013, 02:28 AM   #6384
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Tech start-ups set to benefit from £440m investment boost

Technology firms are set to benefit from a £440million investment in the Government agency for innovation and growth – the Technology Strategy Board.

That is £50million more than it received from the Department for Business last year.

Every pound invested by the board returns £7 to the economy by helping firms develop and bring ideas to market, according to research carried out for the agency.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 02:31 AM   #6385
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Johnson hails London bus investment



More London bus orders could be in the pipeline for a Northern Ireland manufacturer, it has been revealed.

London mayor Boris Johnson hailed the double-decker as one of the greenest in the world during a visit to the factory where the fleet is being built in Co Antrim and urged greater investment in public transport.

The Commissioner of Transport for London said there could be more orders for Wrightbus as the English capital takes delivery of 600 of the characteristic red vehicles over the next three years.

Sir Peter Hendy said: "These vehicles are so popular, I am sure there will be more of them. We think they are fantastic."

He joined Mr Johnson on a tour of Wrightbus factories in Ballymena and Antrim, watching work including the fitting of windscreens. The mayor said a million more people would come into London by 2021.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #6386
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London Commercial Property Deals Jump on Foreign Buyers

Investors bought more commercial real estate in central London last year than in the rest of Britain for the first time as buyers from the U.S. to Malaysia favored the U.K. capital, according to broker DTZ (UGL).
Investors purchased a record 16.1 billion pounds ($25 billion) of income-producing office buildings, stores, and warehouses in London last year, a 48 percent increase, compared with an 18 percent drop to 15.9 billion pounds in the rest of the U.K., according to DTZ.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:28 AM   #6387
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Workspace wins consent for central London project

StockMarketWire.com - Workspace Group has secured planning permission for the redevelopment of its property at Tower Bridge Business Complex, Clements Road, London SE16.

The redevelopment would provide 270,000 sq ft of retained business space and 60,000 sq ft of new business accommodation as well as 800 new residential units.

On completion the development would provide Southwark with a major mixed use scheme and its largest hub for small businesses. This business element was expected to support more than 2,000 jobs.

The 12 acre site would become fully integrated into the local community with a 1 acre public park and new routes through the site which would link the 'Blue' Shopping Centre with Bermondsey Underground Station.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:32 AM   #6388
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Chinese group plans £1-billion London docks project

Ambitious plans for a £1-billion ($1.55-billion) “Chinatown” property development in London’s Royal Docks, a launchpad for 19th century imperial trade, are close to being finalized in what would be one of the largest Chinese investments in the U.K.

In a sign that recent political tensions between Whitehall and Beijing have not weakened the two countries’ business ties, Advanced Business Park, a Chinese developer, is hoping later this month to commit to building an office complex on a 35-acre (14-hectare) site next to the giant docks. The move would symbolize east London’s shift from major port to international commercial centre.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:36 AM   #6389
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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:40 AM   #6390
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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #6391
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HS2 to get an extra 9kms of London tunnel

Designers of the HS2 rail route have altered original plans to include an extra 9km twin-bored tunnel in north west London following lobbying from local residents.

The change now recommends tunnelling under Ealing and Northolt in a move which will shave 15 months off the construction time of the original surface route.

The new plans would see HS2 in continuous bored twin tunnels from Old Oak Common to West Ruislip – making it the longest tunnel on the route at 14km.

This would make the tunnel longer than any of the tunnels currently being built under London for Crossrail.

HS2 Ltd Community and Stakeholder Manager for London, Peter Fry, said: “The recommendation to build a tunnel through Ealing and Northolt shows what can be achieved by working with local people and that we value their input and suggestions.

“The study we commissioned found that for this specific section of the line, the cost of tunnel would be comparable with a route on the surface without the need to replace bridges and divert associated utilities.

“The proposed tunnel will be included as the preferred option in the draft Environmental Statement for the first phase of HS2, so the community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to respond to this proposal as part of the consultation in coming months.”

The original route of HS2 through north west London, as announced in January 2012, proposed following the little used, existing railway line along the Northolt corridor.

The latest alteration follows last week’s decision by HS2 chiefs to abandon plans to completely demolish and rebuild Euston station.

The complex redevelopment plan for the high speed train terminus would have involved a 12-year construction programme at the site.

Engineers have now drawn up a less ambitious plan to retain many of the existing platforms minimising disruption to train services and cutting years off the programme.

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Old May 19th, 2013, 05:14 AM   #6393
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Derwent to start three London office projects



London developer Derwent said it plans to start three building projects within the next 12 months, bucking the slowdown in office building in the capital.

The developer said that while a number of speculative developments started as expected during the quarter, the supply of available space remains low.

Against this background Derwent said it remained confident with the scale of its current development programme and the prospects for the three new schemes with a total floor space of nearly 700,000 sq ft.

The projects include Derwent’s new concept office scheme (below), known as the white collar factory at Old Street.

A prototype of the interior design has been completed near the site and marketing presentations will begin in June.

Derwent has brought forward the building programme and now expects to start construction of the 289,000 sq ft building on a speculative basis in early 2014.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...fice-projects/
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Old May 19th, 2013, 05:28 AM   #6394
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Design team chosen for £1bn Croydon retail revamp



Property giants Hammerson and Westfield have confirmed the design team for the £1bn revamp of the retail centre of Croydon.

Allies & Morrison and Leonard Design Architects will draw-up plans to redevelop and combine Croydon’s current shopping centres -the Whitgift Centre and Centrale – to create a mixed use scheme of around 200,000 square metres.

A planning hearing for the scheme is due to be heard next month with construction expected to start in 2015.

Hammerson and Westfield have formed the Croydon Partnership joint venture to oversee the scheme.

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Bechtel takes £36m Vauxhall tube station upgrade



London Underground has awarded Bechtel the contract to revamp Vauxhall tube station in the Nine Elms regeneration area of London.

The total project cost of the Vauxhall Tube station improvements has been slashed by £9m from £45m to around £36m because of a more cost effective construction method, which also reduces environmental impact.

Construction work will start in early 2014 and be completed by late 2015.

Amjad Bangash, Managing Director of Bechtel’s rail business, said: “This new contract builds on Bechtel’s previous work with London Underground, successfully managing nearly 100 tube station upgrades, including a significant programme providing step-free access.”

David Waboso, London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director, said: “The modernisation will make the station step-free, give passengers more space and make journeys through the station quicker and more pleasant.

“Careful thought has been given to the environmental impact of the works and how we can reduce costs.

“The lift shaft will be constructed from below ground level at the side of the ticket hall to minimise the disturbance in the surrounding area.

“In addition, the shaft and connecting tunnels will be constructed using sprayed concrete lining techniques, which reduces the amount of excavated materials and associated haulage.

“This has already produced significant savings in both utility diversions and construction costs.”

The upgrade is needed to meet a forecast 40% rise in passengers in the next few years and forms part of a package of measures from Transport for London to upgrade links in the massive development district.

These includes projects to extend the Northern line, transform the gyratory and major improvements for walking and cycling.

The works to improve Vauxhall station are part of TfL’s focus on investing in transport projects across London that will support economic growth including up to 20,000 jobs and 16,000 homes in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas.

Vauxhall is designated as one of London’s Opportunity Areas, and is set to benefit from huge investment over the coming years – with major developments planned for the Nine Elms area.

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Watchdogs warn of £3.3bn ($5.8bn) funding gap on HS2



Spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office are warning that the High Speed 2 rail project is facing a £3.3bn funding gap.

The NAO is also far from convinced about the Department for Transport ‘s business case for the scheme.

The current estimated cost of phase one is between £15.4bn and £17.3bn.

The NAO estimates that there is a £3.3 billion funding gap over four years from 2017 to 2021 which “the government has yet to decide how to fill.”

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: “It’s too early in the High Speed 2 programme to conclude on the likelihood of its achieving value for money.

“Our concern at this point is the lack of clarity around the Department’s objectives. The strategic case for the network should be better developed at this stage of the programme.

“It is intended to demonstrate the need for the line but so far presents limited evidence on forecast passenger demand and expected capacity shortages on existing lines.

“It is also unclear how High Speed 2 will transform regional economies by delivering jobs and growth.

“The Department is trying against a challenging timetable to strengthen its evidence and analysis, which at present provide a weak foundation for securing and demonstrating success in the programme in future.”

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Mace set to start £770m ($1.2bn) Victoria Circle build

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Developer Land Securities has told main contractor Mace it can start building work next month on the first phase of its Victoria Circle project in London.

The 730,000 first phase comprises mostly offices and 170 luxury modern apartments within three striking buildings on a 5.5 acre site directly opposite Victoria station.

When complete, Victoria Circle will crown the recent re-invention of the area around Victoria Station.

Mace’s contract for the three-year build is worth £380m. Demolition started on the Victoria Circle site in October last year.

Land Securities chief executive Robert Noel said: ”Land Securities was the first to start large-scale development after the downturn, a strategy which is generating higher returns at this point in the cycle.

“Today’s announcement is an extension of this strategy and a clear commitment to our on-going transformation of Victoria.”

The complete scheme will provide 910,000 sq ft mix of retail, residential, office and public amenity space across six buildings, one 19 storeys high.

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Funding agreed for £90m Bromley revamp





Property fund manager Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited has agreed to become a partner in the £90m Bromley South Central scheme being built by McLaren Construction.

McLaren started on site last month on its £57m construction contract for developer Cathedral who have now secured an investment of £54.9m from Hermes to help deliver the regeneration scheme.

Cathedral said the move “provides forward funding for the commercial element of the scheme, 85% which is pre-let.”

The scheme has also been back by the Homes and Communities Agency which has invested £9.5m through its Get Britain Building funding programme.

Bromley South Central scheme is designed to kick start the regeneration of the South end of Bromley High Street.

McLaren is building a new residential and leisure quarter with a landscaped public square surrounded by a nine screen multiplex cinema, 25,000 sq ft of cafés and restaurants, a 130-bedroom business hotel, 200 private and affordable apartments and a new 400 space secure underground car park.

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University of Roehampton advances £48m expansion plan

The University of Roehampton is planning to a new library and student accommodation at its Digby Stuart College Campus site in south London.

The university has started to search for an engineering consultant and contrator in the hope it can start construction in the autumn.

A new 70,000 sq ft university library will be the first project out of the ground with an expected construction value of £18m.

The next phase £30m construction phase will consist of a 400 student bedrooms, arranged as self-contained flats, around student services accommodation and up to 150 basement or ground floor car parking spaces.

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