Gary Neville unveils twin tower plans for Manchester


Former footballer turned developer Gary Neville has revealed designs for twin towers in Manchester at the heart of the St Michael’s development.

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The 1.8 acre site between Jackson’s Row, Bootle Street and Southmill Street will be transformed to contain 21 and 31 storey mixed-use towers surrounded by public spaces.

A planning application has been submitted, and approval is expected by the end of the year, with a start on site in spring 2017 on the £200m scheme.

Neville’s Jackson’s Row Developments company has joined forces with Singapore’s Rowsley, Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International and Manchester City Council on the proposals designed by Make Architects.

Neville said: “Our vision is to deliver the biggest statement in architecture and development that Manchester has seen in modern times.

“Our wish is for St Michael’s to become the premier destination in the city that people come to enjoy all year round.

“Through the provision of three stunning new public spaces, St Michael’s Square, The Steps and The Garden, we’re committed to bringing back to life such a key, underused area of the city, which connects Albert Square and St Peter’s Square through to Deansgate and onto Spinningfields.”

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Isabel Martinson appointed as Executive Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme

Former Trade Association Forum Ltd Chairman and Company Director with a wealth of experience in strategic development and senior management takes-up new role of Executive Chairman

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is pleased to announce the appointment of Isabel Martinson as Executive Chairman, with effect from 12 July 2016.

The new role of the Executive Chairman will be to further develop strategies to enhance the Scheme, by taking it ‘to the next level’. The Scheme’s vision is to make registration essential for every construction site, company and supplier, large or small, to ensure continual improvement in performance leading to a step change in the image and attractiveness of construction as a sector.

Isabel Martinson photographIsabel has had a hugely successful career that has included senior positions in the trade association sector and military service. In addition to her role as Chairman and Company Director of Trade Association Forum Ltd, she was also Chief Executive of The Giftware Association until June 2015. Prior to this, Isabel was Head of Marketing, Communications and Export Services at The Sports Industries Federation.

Isabel served in the Royal Navy and was one of the first female Naval Supplier Officers to serve at sea, reaching her final Naval appointment in 1997, in the rank of Lieutenant Commander – a key management post in Europe’s largest Naval Base, leading 177 staff with a budget of £5m per annum.

Isabel is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Non-Executive Chairman Mike Petter said: “The Scheme has grown exponentially since its first registration back in 1997, celebrating its 90,000th site registration earlier this year. We welcome Isabel’s appointment and we are very much looking forward to Isabel’s wealth of senior management experience and strategic insight in helping to develop the Scheme and achieve even more success in improving the image of construction in the future”.CCS Ltd logo RGB

Commenting on her appointment Isabel Martinson said: “I feel honoured and delighted to be joining the Considerate Constructors Scheme. I am new to the construction industry however, I have been aware of the Scheme as a member of the general public for a number of years, so it has clearly raised awareness of the sector’s commitment to improve the image of construction. There are now significant opportunities to take the Scheme further. I am very much looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in the industry, to develop the visions of all involved in this crucial contributor to the UK economy”.

Non-Executive Scheme Chairman Mike Petter will hand over as Chairman, while remaining a Director of the Scheme and continuing to oversee managerial and operational aspects of the Scheme, with a particular focus on Associate and Partner activities.



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Carillion confident in post-Brexit world

Carillion is remaining upbeat about prospects for the year after Brexit with revenue and margins up in the first six months.

In an upbeat half-year trading statement this morning, Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said the group was on track to deliver growth this year with 97% of targeted revenue in place for 2016.

Howson said Brexit was unlikely to impact on Carillion in the short term although the longer term effect was more uncertain.

“The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union has obviously created uncertainty for the UK economy as a whole and therefore for businesses generally, including Carillion, and it is clearly too early to predict the extent to which businesses will be impacted by this result. 

“However, Carillion has no significant operations in Mainland Europe and prior to the referendum we undertook extensive work to assess the possible impact on our business of a vote to leave and we have put in place robust plans to manage this outcome,” said the trading statement.

Carillion’s construction arm continued to deliver strong margins of around 2.5%-3% in the first half of the year as it stuck to its selective bidding strategy.

He said support services was now expected to drive group turnover and profit growth for the full year, putting these activities on track to deliver two thirds of total operating profit.

Work winning has remained strong, with new first-half orders and probable orders worth £2.5bn. This includes £24om of new contract wins revaled today for a-4.5 year support services contract for Petroleum Development Oman and two support services contracts for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

The housing contracts have an initial value of £60m, but are potentially worth up to £366 million over 10 years.   

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Lendlease and Morgan Sindall make shortlist for £2bn scheme

A shortlist of three bidders has been confirmed for £2bn of development plans across Haringey in north London.

The shortlisted bidders are Lendlease, Morgan Sindall with Affinity Sutton and Circle; and Pinnacle with Starwood Capital and Catalyst.

The bidders who have dropped out of the race are Places for People, Galliford Try with Home Group and Urban & Civic.

The Haringey Development Vehicle will work with the winning joint venture partner to deliver town centre regeneration and housing estate renewal across the borough.

Over the next 20 years plans will see construction of 5,000 new homes and a new town centre in Wood Green.

The leader of Haringey Council, Councillor Claire Kober said: “Today we are a step closer to appointing a partner to deliver one of the biggest regeneration programmes in the UK.

“This £2billion programme underlines our ambition for Haringey and will transform our borough and the role it plays in London, with thousands of new jobs and homes for current and future residents.”

A winner from the shortlist will be chosen by the start of next year.

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Highways England reveals favoured consultant line-up

Highways England has revealed the line-up of a dozen consultants for its new Specialist Professional and Technical Services – SPaTS – framework.

The agency plans to spend around £400m through the new arrangement over four years on support for the £11bn of capital investment in its Roads Improvement Strategy, announced in December 2014.

Firms selected will offer a mix of technical engineering advice, commercial services, dispute resolution advice, insurance advice, procurement advice and post-opening project evaluation.

SPaTS replaces previous routes available via T-TEAR, SPSF, PSF, and DRIP. This is an enabled framework and is available to the wider public sector.

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Manchester 500-flat build-to-rent towers approved

Select Property Group has secured planning permission for two residential tower blocks of over 500 flats for private rent in Manchester’s city centre.

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The two buildings, Riverside and Riverview, will operate under Select’s Affinity Living brand and will be built in a next to the Lowry Hotel on the banks of the River Irwell.

Carillion is preferred contractor for the job and will start on site in October.

The decision marks the third planning approval given for Select’s Affinity Living residential brand, after approval was granted for 677 apartments at Circle Square last month, a joint venture project with Bruntwood, and for 684 apartments at Embankment West in May.

Located on New Bailey Street next to the riverside footpath, the 35-storey building, Affinity Living Riverview, will house 318 apartments, while the 17 storey building, Affinity Living Riverside, will comprise of 188 apartments.

Enabling works are expected to begin in October with Affinity Living, Riverside scheduled for completion end of Q1 of 2018 and Riverview in Q4 of 2019.

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property Group, said: “Affinity Living Riverside and Riverview promises to bring something exceptional to a generation of professional young renters in a highly sought after area of the city. We are delighted to have been granted planning permission and look forward to starting work on the site.”

Niall Alcock, Assistant Director at Deloitte Real Estate said: “The proposals will deliver significant new high quality residential accommodation from a proven developer and operator and play a key role in securing the long term success of the region.

“This will be the third Affinity Living to be granted planning permission in the Regional Centre over the past two months. Having advised Select on all three schemes, it is exciting to reach another key milestone in bringing this new build-to-rent residential product to the market.”

The architects working on the scheme are Denton Corker Marshall.

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Construction safety fines hit £8m in last 4 months

Construction companies have been fined £8m for safety offences since sentencing guidelines were changed earlier this year.

New guidance was introduced in February instructing courts to consider the size of a company when it comes to imposing safety fines.

Penalties have soared since then including a £2.6m fine for Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions after a worker was killed in a trench collapse.

Insurance and risk specialist BLM has been tracking fines since the changes.

BLM found that out of 101 health and safety fines issued since February, 38% affected those in the construction sector.

The three highest fines alone totaled £5.6m while directors of two construction companies were also given custodial sentences.

Helen Devery, partner and head of SHE practice at BLM said: “These new guidelines have introduced fines that are proportional to the size of the company, meaning that both small and large businesses will feel the same impact.

“It is expected that fines will remain high for larger firms that are charged with serious offences so businesses need to work harder than ever to avoid incidents and the subsequent negative impact on their people, productivity and profits.”

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