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November 22, 2022

Momentous plans set to rejuvenate Skegness for generations to come

Momentous plans set to rejuvenate Skegness for generations to come

THE future transformation of Skegness has moved a crucial step closer today as plans are submitted to deliver a 136-hectare sustainable urban extension creating hundreds of homes, much-needed jobs for the local community – and an exciting new future for the town’s generations to come. The planned Skegness Gateway development

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Leicester Square flagship project inspires work-site innovation

Leicester Square flagship project inspires work-site innovation

Innovative ways to replace massive underground equipment without disrupting communities are set to be copied from UK Power Networks’ recent Leicester Square substation upgrade. The firm used a ‘megalift’ self-loading trailer for the first time to reduce each new transformer’s delivery time by four weeks and achieved new heights of

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Work gets under way on new £7m school in Lichfield

Work gets under way on new £7m school in Lichfield

Construction works have begun on a new one form entry school in Lichfield, which has been named the Anna Seward Primary School. In August, Midlands-based main contractor G F Tomlinson began work on the 1,500sqm site, which is due for completion in summer 2023. G F Tomlinson is working alongside

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ABP awards design contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility

ABP awards design contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, has awarded the design contract for its ambitious Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF) to McLaughlin & Harvey. ABP’s vision for LEEF is to provide a facility that is suitable for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activities and construction support for the offshore

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Industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park approved

Industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park approved

Gregory Properties has secured full planning approval from Sheffield City Council to deliver a 33,000 sq ft industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park. The long established, local developer plans to speculatively build the unit to support a major shortage of new space in the region. Gregory Properties acquired the prominent

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Public consultation launched in Norfolk

Public consultation launched in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has launched a public consultation on proposals for the West Winch Housing Access Road. The pre-planning application consultation will give people the opportunity to put forward their views before the planning application is finalised and submitted next year. The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday

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Wates Construction completes Sands Centre redevelopment

Wates Construction completes Sands Centre redevelopment

Wates Construction has completed work on the £27 million the Sands Centre redevelopment in Carlisle. Local dignitaries – including the Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson and the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Mike Mitchelson – were joined by Chair of Sport England, Chris Boardman and partners. “I’m delighted

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Plans for Lumina Village in Trafford submitted

Plans for Lumina Village in Trafford submitted

Developer Glenbrook has submitted plans for the residential and public realm elements of Lumina Village, a £250 million mixed-use scheme in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Working in partnership with Bruntwood and Trafford Council, the proposals, designed by Sheppard Robson and landscape architect Re-form, include the development of six blocks of apartments,

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Stoford submits planning application for BBC’s new Digbeth Factory home

Stoford submits planning application for BBC’s new Digbeth Factory home

Leading developer Stoford has submitted a planning application for the BBC’s new Birmingham home at the historic Typhoo Building in Digbeth. The corporation is hoping to move from its current home at The Mailbox to the new 84,001 sq ft custom-built centre in 2025. The Bordesley Street landmark will be one of Birmingham’s first net zero carbon in construction office buildings. Typhoo Wharf, as it is currently known, will house several BBC editorial teams, including The Archers, BBC Asian Network, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Radio WM and Midlands Today. The detailed planning application has been informed by two successful public consultation events and numerous online consultation responses, and represents the first phase of a wider masterplan for the surrounding area. Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford, said: “The feedback from the public – both those who live or work in Digbeth and the thousands of people we reached via social media who are just interested in the scheme – has been overwhelmingly positive. Birmingham’s residents, visitors, and commuters are genuinely excited at the prospect of the BBC making its home at such a recognisable and prominent building. “Typhoo Wharf is a significant opportunity, which will not only catalyse reinvigoration of the wider area, but will also help to kick start further private and public-sector investment into Digbeth’s built environment and transport connections. “Central to our Typhoo scheme is the commitment to conserving the historic building, which dates back to 1929 but has been left empty for decades.  The BBC’s new home will be instantly recognisable to everyone who travels into Birmingham on HS2, the tram, or into our existing railway stations.” The building is on target to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘outstanding’ and an energy performance certificate (EPC) of ‘A’. Stoford is working with The Gooch Estate, Glenn Howells Architects, Turley and several public sector partners to deliver the development and to prepare a comprehensive vision for the wider area, which will be served by multiple public transport connections, including a new tram top, HS2’s Curzon Street terminus, and the existing Birmingham coach and Moor Street railway stations. Over the next decade, Stoford plans to deliver up to 800,000 sq ft of new residential, office and hospitality accommodation around the new BBC. The wider scheme will see more than 10 acres of underutilised land around Typhoo Wharf and the adjoining canal basin transformed into a new mixed-use neighbourhood characterised by attractive public spaces and open thoroughfares. Grant Associates is designing the new landscape and urban realm, which will create a new canalside quarter centred on the canal which used to bring tea in and out of the original Typhoo building. The new public square will be delivered in time for the first BBC staff to move in in 2026. Designs for the wider masterplan are being updated following feedback from the public.  They will be published for further comment in the coming weeks, regarding opportunities for cafes, bars and terraces, as well as new homes and commercial spaces, which would complete the vision for Birmingham’s most creative canalside community. For more information about Typhoo Wharf, visit: www.typhoowharf.co.uk   Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Momentous plans set to rejuvenate Skegness for generations to come

Momentous plans set to rejuvenate Skegness for generations to come

THE future transformation of Skegness has moved a crucial step closer today as plans are submitted to deliver a 136-hectare sustainable urban extension creating hundreds of homes, much-needed jobs for the local community – and an exciting new future for the town’s generations to come. The planned Skegness Gateway development to the west of the town will provide more than 20 hectares of combined retail, business and industrial space. It also will provide 1,000 new homes – including specialist housing, hundreds of jobs, much-needed open space and recreational amenities and a college and learning campus with space for business startups. East Lindsey District Council will soon consult on a draft Local Development Order (LDO) allowing the opportunity for the public and other stakeholders to comment on the proposals. The Skegness Gateway, on land principally owned by local family business Croftmarsh, with additional areas owned by the Scarbrough family, is set to breathe new life into an area of the Lincolnshire coast that drastically needs change in order to secure its future, boosting the local economy and providing the education and jobs for local people that will encourage them to stay in the area. Croftmarsh says that the project is vital for the future-proofing of Skegness, helping it to take its rightful place in the East Midlands as a place of opportunity and ambition. The scheme will also boost social value for local people – both existing and new residents. Sue Bowser, of Croftmarsh, said: “We are pleased to support the council in its vision to bring these ambitious plans to reality. This LDO submission is a really significant step. Our family has lived and worked in Skegness for many generations, so it’s a great source of pride that we can support a development that will help secure the town’s future by creating thousands of jobs and homes for both existing local residents and attract a new generation of people to the area. “We are working closely with East Lindsey District Council and other partners to bring forward a scheme that will work alongside the regeneration being enabled by the Towns Fund.” Once complete, the sustainable urban extension will help establish the town as a hub for investment, opportunity and ambition, as well as creating a new sustainable community that blends high-quality new homes with plentiful green space. Sue added: “We know that Skegness is a town that needs economic transformation. The mechanism for that is through urban regeneration and expansion of skills, training and education – all secured by investment and infrastructure and digital connectivity. “Ours is a town in real need. There isn’t enough money in the town to pay for this all year round and the secret to this is to have more people living here. We need to create jobs. We need to build infrastructure and provide the significant benefits that government is seeking in places such as Skegness. “We want to enable the delivery of hundreds of new homes not just for the people who live in the local area – but for those people we want to attract to come and live and work in Skegness. This scheme will transform the area, putting it on the map and making the town famous not just for its beaches, but for its enterprise.” The aspirations for the Skegness Gateway have been showcased to the local public and stakeholders through engagement events and were well received as a catalyst for economic growth and wider regeneration. Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness said: “This local sustainable development includes a state of the art learning campus funded through the Skegness Town Deal, providing new training opportunities for the coast. Importantly, training including digital skills, motor vehicle, construction and engineering, will allow people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to get the jobs they want. “Removing barriers to learning is a key focus for the Towns Fund and I’m delighted that this funding from Government will be helping to deliver these local opportunities.” The Sanderson family – which owns the majority of the land set for development – has lived and worked in the Skegness area for seven generations and has long been passionate about securing the town’s future by providing jobs, skills and opportunities. Neil Sanderson, also of Croftmarsh and Sue’s brother, said: “Skegness Gateway really is close to our hearts and homes, and making sure it becomes the reality that puts our town firmly on the map is our key aim. This is a town that we have grown up in and really understand what a difference the scheme and its benefits will make to local people.  “The LDO submission marks a key point in the journey to making these plans a reality for the whole of Skegness and the wider area to benefit from. We look forward to continuing our support to East Lindsey District Council throughout the process – and to making its vision a reality.” To find out more about Skegness Gateway, please visit the website at www.skegnessgateway.co.uk.   Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Leicester Square flagship project inspires work-site innovation

Leicester Square flagship project inspires work-site innovation

Innovative ways to replace massive underground equipment without disrupting communities are set to be copied from UK Power Networks’ recent Leicester Square substation upgrade. The firm used a ‘megalift’ self-loading trailer for the first time to reduce each new transformer’s delivery time by four weeks and achieved new heights of community engagement by working closely with local business and community groups to offer them unprecedented insights into the project’s progress. This included working with businesses to design interactive hoardings, sharing video updates and hosting underground tours for about 150 visitors. A youth training scheme was also run to help lift 16–19-year-olds and their families out of fuel poverty towards the national Levelling Up agenda. Both ways of working proved so successful in the £15million flagship project that is now drawing to a close, that project managers across the company’s sites in London, East and South East will now use them where possible in future. Similar hoardings are already being designed at a new East Ham project to protect, communicate and educate, and larger investment schemes now use video updates and QR codes to keep communities informed. Engineers from UK Power Networks have worked with Alliance partner Clancy to finish the two-year upgrade this month ahead of schedule and budget. The project replaced three 60-megawatt, 132,000-volt transformers which were originally installed under Leicester Square in 1991. They weigh 100 tons each and are the size of a shipping container, providing enough energy to power an area the size of Brighton. More than 250,000 people visit Leicester Square daily and the company worked with the Heart of London Business Alliance (HOLBA), the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), and Westminster City Council to help ensure business and tourism could continue and flourish. Ros Morgan, chief executive of the Heart of London Business Alliance, said: “UK Power Networks has been working hand in hand with HOLBA to plan the works around business needs from the outset. With the aim of minimising the impact as much as possible for our members, UK Power Networks took advantage of lockdown, advancing the works as much as possible during this period and reducing the work schedule from three to two years. This infrastructure investment is critical to building a brighter future for this great city.” Jason Gunning, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Capital projects don’t get much more sensitive than this; replacing three 100-tonne transformers underneath the heart of London’s theatreland needed to not impact theatre goers, numerous businesses, architecture, and some very precious trees. To add to this, a pandemic made our protecting workers in confined spaces difficult. “Extraordinary planning, care, ingenuity, an innovative and seamless approach to on-site work and community collaboration was the recipe for success and we are sharing this so colleagues and the industry can adopt similar methods. “This project was successfully achieved in two years not three, giving Leicester Square increased resilience and energy capacity for decades to come, and serving one of the UK’s most heavily populated and congested areas.” Neil Byrne, contracts manager at The Clancy Group, added: “‘The Leicester Square project showcased excellent engineering, customer engagement and overcame logistical challenges required to replace the major infrastructure in this iconic location.” UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 2.3 million London properties including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. With more than 10 million people due to be living in London by 2030, the firm is making sure the electricity network is ready for the future. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Work gets under way on new £7m school in Lichfield

Work gets under way on new £7m school in Lichfield

Construction works have begun on a new one form entry school in Lichfield, which has been named the Anna Seward Primary School. In August, Midlands-based main contractor G F Tomlinson began work on the 1,500sqm site, which is due for completion in summer 2023. G F Tomlinson is working alongside Staffordshire County Council, design and project managers Entrust and architects Arc Partnership. The £7 million, two-storey building will offer 210 primary school and 26 nursery places and is being developed to expand primary school provision in Lichfield in response to an increased demand for places in the local area. It will welcome its first cohort of new students in September next year. G F Tomlinson will be providing opportunities – such as site visits and work experience placements – for local schools to increase social value within the area. The team will also liaise with residents through regular newsletters and site entrance information boards to keep them updated with the latest project news. A key milestone in the project was celebrated this month when Jonathan Price, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, and representatives from Staffordshire County Council and G F Tomlinson were in attendance to mark the placement of the final steel beam. The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, which will manage the school once complete, was also in attendance including newly-appointed headteacher Richard Storer.   This will be G F Tomlinson’s sixth project for Staffordshire County Council, which is being delivered through the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) Framework, having most recently completed Bramshall Meadows First School in Uttoxeter and Fradley Park Primary School in Lichfield. Chris Flint, managing director at G F Tomlinson, said: “We feel honoured to be delivering our sixth project for Staffordshire County Council. It’s fantastic to be able to play an important part in increasing more school places in the local area, which are in high demand. “We’re excited to see the school take shape over the coming months and welcome in a brand-new cohort of students in September next year, as the children embark on their educational journeys.” Jonathan Price, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Having planned this school for a while in response to an increased need for primary school places in the area, it is really good to see the progress being made on site. “It is essential that we continue to plan ahead in response to local housing developments, to ensure there are enough school places to cope with increased demand. I will look forward to seeing how the construction on this school progresses over the coming months.” Richard Gill CBE, the CEO of academy sponsor Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, commented: “It’s hugely exciting to see many months of planning coming to fruition as building work begins at Anna Seward Primary, which becomes the landmark 20th school within our Trust. “The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership has built a highly-respected reputation for delivering excellence in education to primary and secondary school pupils at our existing schools in Lichfield and beyond. Parents of prospective pupils can expect such high standards at Anna Seward Primary. “Our recent school open evening and online and in-person school consultations have shown that many parents are taking a very keen interest in the school, with good numbers already indicating that Anna Seward is their first choice.” To find out more about the school and further information about student places, visit: https://annaseward.atlp.org.uk and follow @AnnaSeward_pri and @the_atlp on Twitter. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Cornish construction consultancy helping young people begin their construction career

Cornish construction consultancy helping young people begin their construction career

A Cornish construction and professional services consultancy is helping young people start their careers in construction through apprenticeships and work placements. In its social value report released earlier this year, Mace Ward Williams Joint Venture (MWJV) revealed that from February 2021 to February 2022 it welcomed 15 new apprentices across its projects with Cornwall Council using local businesses. It has also facilitated 16 work placements and delivered 45 careers events to help inspire the next generation who want to help shape and deliver an improved built and natural environment for the county. A joint venture between Mace and Ward Williams Associates (WWA), MWJV is supporting Cornwall Council on the Built Environment Professional Services Framework, which includes a range of public sector construction and infrastructure programmes. Outreach through in-school events, career fairs, apprenticeship programmes and working closely with colleges and universities has resulted in many students being able to take the first steps in a career in construction. Year 10 Mounts Bay student Ivy Kirk is one of those who has engaged with the scheme through a week-long work placement covering such skills as cost management, project management and design. She discovered the opportunity after an in-school presentation by the MWJV team which helped to break the preconceptions about the construction industry being male-dominated and limited to on-site roles. Alice Taylor is another who joined WWA as a project management apprentice this July. Alice, who is 21, found her start in project management after volunteering at a Covid-19 testing centre before quickly progressing to leading teams and helping with the mobilisation and demobilisation of sites across the South West as a Roaming Deputy Manager. She now works supporting WWA across various projects in Plymouth and with MWJV on its carbon impact and reduction programmes across Cornwall. Alice said: “My time within the Covid-19 testing programme gave me a wealth of experience within management and a huge boost in confidence. It was also important to me that I was helping to make a difference during the pandemic. The experience gave me an insight into project management and confirmed that this was something I wanted to pursue. “I wanted to continue academic studies alongside employment, and a degree apprenticeship seemed like a fantastic opportunity for me. Thanks to WWA, I am on a five-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards gaining a BSc in Construction Management and aspiring to become chartered. I am very grateful to WWA for providing me with a wealth of opportunities and experience in project management within the built environment, as well as the chance to work on some great initiatives like the carbon reduction programme to support our B Corp status.” Newest addition, 17 year old Tobi Crowther, began his T Level apprenticeship with WWA this month in Truro as part of his Design, Surveying and Planning course at Truro & Penwith College. Commenting on the role, Tobi said: “I’m still very new to the team but am having a great time getting stuck in on some practical projects to help support my classroom learning. “I still don’t know what path I want to follow in this sector and the apprenticeship has already given me the opportunity to try lots of different things to see what I like best, whether it’s project management, quantity surveying or something else. “The large-scale community projects like the Boscawen Park development as part of Truro Town Deal with MWJV have been really interesting and exciting to get involved in. It’s great to work on something that I will actually see and take advantage of as a local.” Through the scheme, MWJV is also attempting to improve the awareness of the opportunities in the sector outside of the major cities. In January 2023, trainee Sam Currell will join the company as a Level 7 quantity surveying apprentice, putting his maths degree to good use. The company will be sponsoring Sam’s continued education in the form of a master’s degree. MWJV’s work with the council has also directly resulted in 95 new full-time jobs and £34.9 million created in social value. The full report is available to view and download here. More information on MWJV is available on its website: http://mwjv.net/ Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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ABP awards design contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility

ABP awards design contract for Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, has awarded the design contract for its ambitious Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF) to McLaughlin & Harvey. ABP’s vision for LEEF is to provide a facility that is suitable for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activities and construction support for the offshore energy industry, helping to transform the town of Lowestoft into East of England’s premier offshore energy hub. As part of the next phase of the project, ABP will invest around £1m in the detailed design of infrastructural upgrades of the site, including the addition of extra capacity to accommodate the next generation of larger offshore support vessels. The design phase is anticipated to last around 6 months with the construction following over the next 12 months and potential for vessels to begin using the facility from 2024. Andrew Harston, ABP Director for Wales and Short Sea Ports, said: “The winning design for LEEF will enable us to deliver this hugely exciting project and create a competitive edge for companies across the Southern North Sea (SNS) energy sector. “Having recently won ‘Best Project’ in the regional Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2022, LEEF has the potential to attract many supply chain companies to Lowestoft, bringing new jobs and prosperity to the area.” LEEF forms part of the Port Gateway project which is 1 of 5 projects that will benefit from Lowestoft’s £24.9M towns deal awarded in 2020 by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities as a result of a successful Investment Plan submitted by East Suffolk Council. Craig Rivett, Councillor at East Suffolk Council, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Port Gateway development through the recently announced Town Deal. It is a vital project that will create a significant number of highly skilled jobs in the town for many years to come, whilst building on Lowestoft as the region’s hub for offshore wind operations and maintenance. “This development, once completed, will in turn provide further future opportunities for the supply chain as Lowestoft remains at the forefront of operational support for the renewable sector.” The Port of Lowestoft has a long history of servicing the offshore energy sector, as a home to O&M bases for Scottish Power Renewables and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE). It also benefits from its strategic location and close proximity to Orbis Energy and PowerPark, where key offshore energy developers, operators and service providers are located. Seamus Devlin, McLaughlin & Harvey Civil Engineering Director, said, “McLaughlin & Harvey is delighted to have been awarded the design contract for ABP’s Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility. We bring experience from our ever-expanding expertise in civils and marine works, and look forward to commencing the design of this exciting project in the near future.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park approved

Industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park approved

Gregory Properties has secured full planning approval from Sheffield City Council to deliver a 33,000 sq ft industrial unit at Sheffield Business Park. The long established, local developer plans to speculatively build the unit to support a major shortage of new space in the region. Gregory Properties acquired the prominent 2-acre vacant site on Europa Link from Sheffield Business Park Ltd earlier this year, adding to its portfolio of industrial developments on key strategic sites across Yorkshire. Sheffield Business Park is an already well established 200-acre development located off Junctions 33 and 34 of the M1 and to the North of Sheffield City Centre. Current occupiers include SIG Group, South Yorkshire Police, Gleesons, TNS, Primetals and Hart Shaw. The Park is situated within the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation District (AMID) that has seen substantial investment from occupiers including Boeing, Rolls-Royce and McLaren. “We are pleased to secure planning consent to develop this prime strategic site that is already recognised as a hotbed of cutting-edge industry and is also well placed for last mile logistics operators serving the Sheffield City Region,” said Nick Gillott, Development Director at Gregory Properties. “We are committed to speculatively deliver a state-of-the-art building that responds to critical demand for market ready premises, and we are confident in securing a strong occupier in the near future. We hope to be able to start construction on site by April 2023 with a view to practical completion by December 2023.” The Harris Partnership has designed the new development to include 30,000 sq ft of industrial/warehouse space with a 3,000 sq ft M&E fitted office mezzanine. The steel portal frame unit will offer 9m to eaves with three ground level access doors, enhanced landscaping and carparking for 34 vehicles, secure covered cycle shelter, and gated service yard with security lighting. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Public consultation launched in Norfolk

Public consultation launched in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has launched a public consultation on proposals for the West Winch Housing Access Road. The pre-planning application consultation will give people the opportunity to put forward their views before the planning application is finalised and submitted next year. The consultation will run for eight weeks until Sunday 8 January, with the proposals available to view online. In addition, three local events will be held during the consultation period, with information on display and members of the project team on hand to answer questions. The new road will serve the South East King’s Lynn Growth Area (known locally as the West Winch Growth area) which will see up to 4,000 new homes built over the next 20 years. “The road is an essential part of the wider plans to create new housing in the area and resolve traffic issues on the existing A10. We are therefore working closely with the borough council and local partners to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure as soon as possible,” said David Allfrey, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Delivery at Norfolk County Council. “This consultation will provide everyone with more detail about the proposed scheme which would see the A10 rerouted as it approaches King’s Lynn. This is an important opportunity for us to receive local input before we finalise and submit the planning application next year. I would encourage as many people as possible to look through the proposals and give us their feedback.” The road’s route connects the A10 to the A47 via new 1.5-mile road, starting to the south of Gravelhill Lane in West Winch and joining the A47 before it reaches the Hardwick Junction. The road joins the A47 via a new signalised roundabout and dedicated free-flow slip road. The scheme would see the dualling of the A47 between Hardwick and the new road. Changes will be made to the Hardwick Interchange to account for the extra housing traffic and the rerouted A10. The West Winch Housing Access Road will provide an alternative route around village of West Winch. The traffic flows through West Winch are expected to fall significantly once the new road opens. In the new road’s opening year, it is forecast that the daily traffic through West Winch will be 55-62% lower than 2018 levels. The reduction in traffic will allow the introduction of measures through the village to improve safety and living conditions for local residents. This could include a reduction to existing speed limits, weight restriction on heavy good vehicles and new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. The new road would intersect two existing local roads in Rectory Lane and Chequers Lane. The proposals would see a new bridge built to carry Rectory Lane over the access road to maintain connectivity between West Winch and North Runcton. Chequers Lane would be severed to prevent traffic travelling through North Runcton to the A47. The opportunity for a pedestrian and cycle crossing at Chequers Lane will be explored as part of the consultation. Steps are also being taken to consider the local landscape and ecology. The consultation will include details about themes such as air quality, noise, biodiversity, drainage, and climate. The consultation will also provide information about sustainable transport. This includes the connectivity between new and existing walking and cycling routes, and the opportunity for improvements to public transport. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Wates Construction completes Sands Centre redevelopment

Wates Construction completes Sands Centre redevelopment

Wates Construction has completed work on the £27 million the Sands Centre redevelopment in Carlisle. Local dignitaries – including the Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson and the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Mike Mitchelson – were joined by Chair of Sport England, Chris Boardman and partners. “I’m delighted that work has been completed on The Sands Centre redevelopment and would like to pass on my thanks to our project team, partners and contractors. Massive improvements have been made to the site and it will provide huge benefits for the wellbeing of our communities. The project has had to overcome lots of challenges, but the benefits will last for many generations to come,” said Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson. The new Sands Centre building, funded by Carlisle City Council with support from a £2.2 million Sport England grant, is set across two storeys and accessed by a bespoke, internal street, the new build extension adds 40,000 sq ft to the existing building, with the redeveloped centre offering state-of-the-art facilities including a 25m main pool and a 20m learner pool complete with an innovative moveable floor. There is a four-court sports hall with a spectator gallery, full equipped gym, and a spinning studio and dance studios. It also boasts a café and bar areas to be provided by Hickory’s. The improved facilities also include a range of sustainable features which will support Carlisle City Council’s plans for reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and providing sustainable, healthy transport options. “Sport England’s mission is to make sure that everyone – regardless of background, bank balance, gender or where they live – has the opportunity to get active. And fantastic spaces like the Sands Centre can play a huge part in that. We’re delighted to have supported the Centre to give local people more opportunities to enjoy the physical, mental and social rewards of an active lifestyle,” added Chris Boardman MBE, Chair of Sport England. The project also consolidates the existing arrangements with the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) Musculoskeletal (MSK) team. The MSK team already provide treatment services at The Sands Centre but will be able to expand their services and develop new joint/collective treatment and rehabilitation activities with GLL and other partners. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Plans for Lumina Village in Trafford submitted

Plans for Lumina Village in Trafford submitted

Developer Glenbrook has submitted plans for the residential and public realm elements of Lumina Village, a £250 million mixed-use scheme in Trafford, Greater Manchester. Working in partnership with Bruntwood and Trafford Council, the proposals, designed by Sheppard Robson and landscape architect Re-form, include the development of six blocks of apartments, ranging from six to 20 storeys and 53 three-storey townhouses at the Talbot Road site. The plans offer a total of 639 new homes, a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and three and four bedroom houses. A mixed offer of private rent, private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent will be available, with at least 15% Affordable Housing. “This planning application marks the first stage in the delivery of Trafford’s wider Civic Quarter masterplan. We have worked closely with Bruntwood, Trafford Council and our design team to ensure that the type of homes we are creating will meet the market need now and in the future, as well as delivering a new public realm based on age 8-80 principles that will benefit both the new and existing community. Subject to a positive outcome at committee, we aim to start on site in Q2 2023,” commented Shannon Conway, Residential Director at Glenbrook. As part of the planning application the scheme will include 5.4-acres of public realm, 5,300 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor and 200 parking spaces. Avison Young is the planning consultant. After securing outline planning consent to redevelop the former 12-acre Kellogg’s site in 2020, Bruntwood and Trafford Council appointed Glenbrook in December 2021 to deliver both the residential offer and the public realm at Lumina Village. “Together with Trafford council and Glenbrook, we’re committed to creating high-quality, people-focussed spaces where communities can come together and thrive. The community has been at the heart of the plans to create a vibrant new neighbourhood at Lumina Village, which forms an important part of our wider transformation in Trafford. It’s fantastic to see the project take another step forwards with this latest milestone,” concluded Andrea George, Town Centre and Consumer Brands Director at Bruntwood. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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