February 19, 2018

Caddick replaces Carillion on £154m Angel Gardens

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Moda Living has drafted in sister company Caddick to complete its 35-storey Angel Gardens project in Manchester, taking on 20 former Carillion staff in the process. Carillion had been working on the project as main contractor when it was liquidated on 15 January, and Caddick has now been appointed as construction manager to complete the 466-home private rented scheme. Moda and joint funder Apache Capital said they had put contingency plans in place last summer, when Carillion issued a major profit warning, and said there would be “no material impact on the project’s cost or timeframe of delivery”. The project…

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Planning consent granted for major London residential scheme

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The first residential phase of a major regeneration scheme that will include a new football stadium in west London has been given the go-ahead by planners. The £300m Brentford Community Stadium project will see the development of a new 17,000-seat stadium designed by AFL for Brentford FC as well as a landmark residential development designed by Broadway Malyan. Working with Be Living, the practice has designed a family of signature buildings comprising the first 487 residential units that reflect the prominent status of the site while creating a welcoming new residential quarter which revitalises the area and unlocks the investment…

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New report shows imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years

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Imports of high-risk plants and firewood must be brought to an end within five years, to safeguard the health of UK forests, according to a new report by industry body Confor. The UK’s elm, larch and ash trees have all been devastated by imported pests and diseases, and there are many more which threaten both timber businesses and native wildlife. Confor’s new report, available here, outlines the problems and identifies how to resolve them. One of the threats is imported plants in soil-filled pots, widely used by gardeners and landscapers. These enter the country with few checks or regulations and pose…

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SWECO wins acclaim for improving carbon literacy in the engineering sector

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Leading engineering publication New Civil Engineer (NCE) has heralded Sweco’s achievements in improving carbon literacy in the sector, in a special report on the state of the sector’s approach to addressing climate change. In its “Crunching Carbon” report, NCE highlighted the impressive results that have followed Sweco embracing the ‘Carbon Conversations” initiative and adapting it for the infrastructure sector. The behavioural change programme improves carbon literacy and teaches participants to create carbon reduction action plans in their own specialisms. More than 5,000 people in the UK have been through the Carbon Conversations sessions and they have subsequently driven a carbon…

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Adelaide contemporary shortlisted architects welcomed and competition jury announced

The six star design teams vying to win the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition were welcomed to Adelaide with an Aboriginal welcome by Kaurna Elder, Frank Wanganeen, earlier this week. This week , Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia and Minister for the Arts, addressed them as they prepared for a site visit and briefing. On Monday, the architects were offered a formal Welcome to Country, an Aboriginal greeting for newcomers that dates back thousands of years. Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the project site, close to the Art Gallery of South…

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McAleer & Rushe wins third Wembley Park deal to deliver over 500 new homes

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Quintain has awarded McAleer & Rushe a major construction contract to deliver over 500 homes at Wembley Park where Carillion had originally been in talks to deliver the job. The £130m South West Land’s phase two project marks McAleer & Rushe’s third contract at the North London redevelopment site and takes Quintain’s overall spend with the firm to £212m. It is understood that Quintain abandoned talks with Carillion to deliver this project after it delivered its first major profit warning last summer. McAleer & Rushe is also on site delivering the £55m first phase of works of the South West…

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Landscape Architects shortlisted for Pro Landscaper Business Awards

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The shortlists have been announced for the highly anticipated Pro Landscaper Business Awards, celebrating the great accomplishments of businesses in the landscaping industry. The ceremony will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at the stunning East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. In the ‘Landscape Architecture Practice’ category, the shortlisted practices are: Gillespies Davies White Ltd HLM The Pro Landscaper Team would like to thank all of the entrants and congratulate all of the shortlisted companies on their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all of the shortlisted companies there and bringing the industry together for the ceremony. A full list of all…

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£20m flood defence to protect economy is completed

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A £20 million project delivering flood defences to better protect hundreds of businesses in Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley will be unveiled on Thursday (25 January). Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, will be among the speakers at an event, attended by local business owners, to mark the completion of the work. The events of the 2007 and 2012 floods, which caused millions of pounds of damage to property, led to the development of the project. The area was one of the worst hit by the 2007 floods…

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New multi-million pound flood scheme in Birmingham opened

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A new flood scheme that reduces the risk of flooding to more than 200 homes and businesses in Selly Park South has officially opened. The scheme, which cost £2.7million to construct, has been delivered as part of the Environment Agency’s programme of £2.5bn investment into flood defences across the country. The scheme was made possible through a partnership with Birmingham City Council and St Andrew’s Healthcare. The flood defences include a 500m long embankment on the public open space next to Dogpool Lane bridge. By doing this, the Environment Agency has created a flood storage area which will store water…

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New HS2 Colne Valley viaduct concepts released ready for local community engagement in Spring

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HS2 Ltd has revealed an outline concept for the Colne Valley viaduct, which will help inform development of its final design and form the basis for wider discussions with local communities. The concept was developed by independent specialists Knight Architects, working with Atkins, in consultation with the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel, and the HS2 Independent Design Panel, consisting of architects, designers and experts in sustainability. The viaduct concept document explores a range of options and ideas for how it can be sensitively and aesthetically sited within the Colne Valley, whilst addressing the technical demands of the project. It will help to inform further design work…

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