Interserve starts £30m Southampton Solent Uni job

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Construction group Interserve has started work on the new £30m teaching and learning building at Southampton Solent University’s East Park Terrace campus.

The five to seven-storey teaching block features a striking 18m wide and 80m long atrium that will link the new teaching block to existing campus buildings.

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Beneath the atrium there will be a suspended ‘pod’ with a viewing platform above and a series of underground lecture theatres, one of them arranged in an oval ‘Harvard’ style.

The new structure is the first phase of a bigger campus expansion scheme that will see a new sports and sports science complex and a landscaped plaza.

Ian Pratt, Associate at Scott Brownrigg, said, “Our design for the new teaching building and the wider campus redevelopment will transform the student experience, creating vibrant social spaces that encourage interdisciplinary learning, collaboration and enterprise.”

Justin Elliott, associate director of Interserve, added: “We employ a number of graduates from the university’s built environment degree courses – about 12 at the last count – and so we recognise how important it will be for the university and local community.

“Being part of that community, we wanted to be the company constructing it.”



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Bid race starts for first PF2 hospital

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Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has issued the invitation for firms to prequalify to build the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

The £353m hospital will be funded by both the public and private sector through a Private Finance 2 deal.

Earlier this week the Chancellor George Osborne confirmed funding and gave approval for the trust to seek a PF2 partner.

A bidders day launch will be held on Monday 21 July with details of the event set out in the PQQ, which is available from the NHS e-sourcing portal or contact Daphne Lewsley at the project office on tel: 01215075566.

Construction of the new hospital is expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018-19.

The Midland Metropolitan Hospital will be located in Smethwick, close to the boundary between Sandwell and Birmingham on a derelict industrial estate in Grove Lane.

The hospital is likely to be 8 storeys high with around 670 beds providing capacity for around 107,000 inpatients and 120,000 outpatients each year.






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NG Bailey voted best in the industry for apprenticeships

Last month, NG Bailey became the top employer in our industry, across the country, for our apprenticeship programme ranked by the Independent newspaper.

Alongside Jaguar Land rover, Boots and Fujitsu, we walked away in 9th position, hitting the top ten in only our first year taking part!

Alongside this fantastic result, we also won first place for ‘Top Intermediate Apprenticeships’ and ‘Best for job satisfaction Level 2/3’ and were finalists in the categories for ‘Best support Level 2/3’ and ‘Best training Level 2/3’.

This result follows an annual survey, collated by AllAboutSchoolLeavers, which asked our apprentices to rate their apprenticeship programme and NG Bailey against 12 criteria, including work-life balance, opportunities for progression and training.

Frank Clayton, group head of learning and development, commented: “This is a fantastic result for everyone involved in our apprenticeship programme. It is a true testament to our long standing and high quality training and to the support that the business offers to our apprentice population.”

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Lend Lease wins £212m Wrexham super prison

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Lend Lease has won the job to design and build a new super prison in North Wales.

The project is now expected to cost £212m – less than the £250m originally estimated, according to a Ministry of Justice announcement this morning.

Lend Lease secured the construction contract with a £151m beating rivals Kier, Carillion and Interserve.

It has committed to spend £50m with small and medium enterprises, £30m with local businesses and 50% of the entire workforce to be recruited from the local area, including around 100 apprenticeships.


Work on the Wrexham super-prison is now expected to start  in August, creating up to 1,000 jobs, and the prison is due to open in late 2017.

Planning has already been approved for the project, which will be built at an old Firestone tyre factory on the outskirts of the city.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: “We have an overall budget we’ve set for the project of £250m. We think in fact it will come in below that, which is the first piece of good news.”

“This contract will ensure that millions of pounds are spent with SMEs, with significant levels of work for local businesses and young people – a key part of this Government’s long-term plan to build a stronger economy.

The new 2,100 place prison will consist of three four storey house blocks.

It forms  part of the ongoing modernisation plans of the prison estate, which will reduce prison running costs by £500m during the current spending review period.

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Bath hospital plans £110m expansion and upgrade

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The Royal United Hospital in Bath has unveiled ambitious new plans for a £110m transformation over the next five years.

Old buildings will be demolished to clear the way for new facilities.

The largest project will see over £20m spent on construction of a new cancer centre. This should be completed by 2017 (below).


Other improvements include a new pharmacy building and integrated therapies unit.

Kier Construction recently completed a two-storey new medical record and IT centre at the Lower Weston site.

James Scott, chief executive, said: “We now have an exciting five-year plan firmly in place which will help us to build upon our reputation for the highest quality care.

“In addition to the money the Trust itself has set aside for these exciting developments, we are also immensely grateful for the contributions being made by members of the public to The Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign that is raising £8.5m towards the new Centre.”

Howard Jones, Director of Estates and Facilities, added: “The investment will not only cover the costs of the new Cancer Centre, it will also enable us to make a considerable investment in medical equipment, IT infrastructure and extensive re-development of the whole site.”

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Balfour Beatty profit warning claims M&E boss

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The managing director of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has exited the firm following an emergency board meeting over the weekend.

Phil McGuire stepped down after it emerged that £20m of the £30m profit warning this morning came from problem M&E jobs.

Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK Chief Executive Officer, will now also act as interim managing director of the engineering services business.

The move follow a series of major changes at the division in recent weeks. This has seen three of the five regional engineering services directors replaced with new faces at the South, North East and North  West operations.

Earlier this month one of Network Rail’s main project directors Uma Shanker was appointed by Balfour for a completely new role as chief operating officer for Engineering Services.

Pollard told the Enquirer: “There are around a dozen projects where a deep-dive review revealed commercial and operational assessments were in our view optimistic.

He said that when Balfour Beatty conducted a full audit of ongoing work at the end of 2012 the problem jobs had been just starting up.

“The depth of the difficulties were not apparent at that time. But because we now have good checks and balances in place we have been able to flag up concerns and work through the issues quickly.”

Pollard said the Engineering Services division would continue as a key part of the Balfour Beatty offering going forward.

“This is a business with an impeccable brand, with strong technical capabilities and it will continue to be part of the key integrated offer from Balfour Beatty.

“The M&E market is not yet recovering as fast as we would like and forecast.

“As a tier two specialist contractor it relies heavily on the industry pipeline picking up.”

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Skanska signs £95m contract for One Mitre Square

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Developer Helical Bar has signed a £95m contract with Skanska to build its One Mitre Square office complex in the city.

The 273,000 sq ft scheme, now known as the Creechurch Place development, has been in the pipeline for more than 10 years.

The site has been cleared and Skanska said construction will now start in August on the 21-storey project that will be T-shaped in plan.

Skanska is responsible for the construction, mechanical and electrical engineering and installation of services within the main plant rooms.

Ramboll is the structural engineer and grontmij M&E engineer on the project, which is designed to be BREEAM Excellent.

The development is expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating when completed in September 2016.

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Balfour Beatty appoints engineering services boss

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Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has recruited one of Network Rail’s main project directors for the new role of chief operating officer.

Uma Shanker has held several senior roles at Network Rail, most recently as a project director in the Infrastructure Projects team.

Previously he led complex M&E transformational projects including the  electrification upgrade of the West Coast Mainline and the introduction of high speed factory track construction trains.

Shanker will now focus on developing the M&E business’ modular construction business while also improving its operational and design capabilities, reporting to Phil McGuire, BBES Managing Director.

McGuire, said: “Uma will support effective operational delivery from design, through to developing our leading Modular Systems+ business, and will work closely with other parts of the Balfour Beatty Group to ensure an integrated delivery model for complex infrastructure customers.”

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Kier lodges plans for £260m Watford health campus

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A Kier Property-led development team has submitted plans to build a £260m Health Campus project in Watford, Hertfordshire. The part outline and part detailed applications set out plans to build a 375,000 sq ft mixed-use development on disused land around the hospital and nearby football stadium.

This will include new hospital facilities for Watford and south-west Hertfordshire; up to 650 homes, a 37,500 sq ft of offices, pre-let to West Hertfordshire Health Trust, and a large multi-storey car park.

VolkerFitzpatrick will start work on an 18-month project at the end of this year to build a £7m link road from the development site to the M1.

Phil Woods of Kier Project Investment said: “The masterplan vision reflects concepts and ideas received from stakeholders, the public and partners since the project was conceived over 10 years ago. “The project team has worked hard to meet the ambitions for the scheme by creating a first-class vision for the area.”

If the plans are given the green light, work could start on the business areas, the first zone of the 29 hectare site earmarked for development, as early as next year.

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Willmott Dixon wins £20m Birmingham Uni free school

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Willmott Dixon is understood to have clinched a contract worth up to £20m to design and build a secondary school for the University of Birmingham. The plans break new ground as the first free school and sixth form college run by a university. The university is building its own secondary school to help city children from all backgrounds into top institutions.

Willmott Dixon is understood to have beaten Galliford Try, which was also chasing the two-year building job, due to start in a few months. Its purpose-built 1,150-pupil school will be located at the University’s Selly Oak site, close to the main Edgbaston campus and a wide range of University facilities. It will also be one of the first university training schools, boasting better teacher student ratios from embedded trainee teachers from the university.

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