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GMI appointed on major new 604-bed student scheme in Leeds

Building will be 15 storeys high at its highest point and is designed to provide affordable student living within an environment to support health and well-being. GMI Construction, a leading main contractor to a growing portfolio of public and private clients throughout the UK has announced that it has been

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GMI teams up with local Kirkby primary school to thank NHS and key workers

Children at Kirkby Church of England Primary school designed posters that were displayed along site hoardings at the 12-acre GMI retail park development project in Kirkby During Covid-19 GMI Construction Group has been working with children from Kirkby Church of England Primary School to showcase  posters that the school children

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GMI continues to build upon momentum with further accolade.

Record breaking year to date boosted further with award of ‘Contractor of the Year’ by Yorkshire Insider.  GMI Construction Group, an expanding main contractor has announced that it has been awarded ‘Contractor of the Year’ for the second year running at the prestigious Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards hosted on

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GMI wins appointment on new 103,000 sq ft speculative distribution unit.

GMI Construction Group, a fast-expanding building and construction services company has announced that it has started construction of a 103,000 sq ft distribution unit at St. Modwen Park Burton (formerly known as Burton Gateway). The new speculative unit, which is being built for expert developer and regeneration specialist, St. Modwen,

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

GMI Construction

GMI appointed on major new 604-bed student scheme in Leeds

Building will be 15 storeys high at its highest point and is designed to provide affordable student living within an environment to support health and well-being. GMI Construction, a leading main contractor to a growing portfolio of public and private clients throughout the UK has announced that it has been appointed as the main contractor to construct a new 604-bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Leeds. The development situated on Carlton Hill in Leeds will see the demolition of a 20 year-old, 239 -bed student accommodation block to make space for the new development. The new building, which will be 15 storeys at the highest point, has been designed to provide affordable living, with a strong emphasis on an environment to support students’ mental health and well-being. It is planned for students to move into the new building during September 2023. The £40M project is the culmination of several years of planning and dialogue between Pickard Properties and Unipol Student Homes who will lease the building for exclusive use by students attending the University of Leeds. It will incorporate several fully landscaped three-storey “sky gardens”, allocated to clusters of apartments. The open-air theme also extends to ground floor level with its own courtyard, providing a combination of natural and interactive spaces for student studying and socialising. Commenting on the project Lee Powell, Divisional Managing Director of GMI, said: “This is a significant project win for GMI and we are looking forward to working with Pickard Properties, Fox Lloyd Jones and the rest of the team in changing the landscape of the Leeds City skyline. “The scheme enables GMI to enhance its successful track record of delivering student residential living and we are proud to be involved in a ground-breaking design that caters for students’ mental wellbeing.” Also talking about the project Miles Pickard Director of Pickard Properties said: “We recognise there has been a huge change to students’ needs, and therefore a considerable amount of thought has been given to the design, social circulation and interaction for the wellbeing of students. “We are really looking forward to developing Carlton Hill for the students of Leeds to enjoy this modern, cutting-edge addition to the accommodation available to them in the city. Martin Blakey of Unipol added: “We are looking forward to 2023 when we will take delivery of what will be an exciting new living environment, available at an affordable rent providing value for money, for students of the university. “Everyone involved in this development has worked hard to ensure this building will be a home from home and a great place to live.”

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GMI commences work on new Manchester City Centre student studio accommodation scheme.

The development situated less than 200 yards away from the Manchester Metropolitan University campus, will consist of the construction of 62 studio apartments. GMI Construction has commenced works on a new nine-storey Student Accommodation development, for client Alumno Group, at a site near the Manchester Metropolitan University campus in Manchester City Centre. The project valued at £5.5 Million will consist of the construction of 62 self-contained studio apartments that will feature their own kitchenette and bathroom.  Each floor will typically feature eight studio apartments together with a communal area for residents. On the ground floor of the development which has been designed by Ben Kelly, the iconic designer of the world-famous Hacienda Nightclub in Manchester facilities will include a reception/concierge and ‘The Wash Bar’, together with a plant room and associated facilities needed to support the buildings operation.  There will also be storage allocated for bikes. Construction commenced on site at the beginning of March with the first resident expected to move in by the summer of 2022. Speaking about the project David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to be on site with the team at GMI.   The site is within the Manchester Metropolitan University campus boundary and just a five-minute walk from the University of Manchester. It will be an excellent bespoke and modern student community hub. We have high hopes that this will set a new benchmark in this location and enhance the choice available to students, who continue to make Manchester a major destination for both study and the excellent student experience.” Also commenting about the project GMI Divisional Managing Director Marc Banks said: “This project will regenerate a once uninhabited space into a vibrant and contemporary residential hub for students to thrive in and enhance their University Experience and so we are delighted to be working with our valued client Alumno Group and Consultants on this impressive new residential development. With the interior of the development featuring designs by iconic Manchester designer Ben Kelly, the development is set to become a dynamic and creative environment for students to enhance their University Experience. For further information visit: http://alumnogroup.com/projects/

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Yorkshire company wins £40m Siemens Mobility contract to build the UK’s newest train factory

Yorkshire-based GMI Construction Group PLC beats competition to secure main contract to build rail manufacturing facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire Additional £10m in contracts awarded to other local and UK suppliers Part of £200m UK investment; majority of first phase spend contracted with Yorkshire businesses As part of its commitment to UK jobs and growth and supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda, Siemens Mobility has awarded the £40m contract to build its new rail manufacturing site at Goole to Yorkshire-based GMI Construction Group Plc. It is part of the first phase of investment in Siemens Mobility’s new £200m train manufacturing plant and rail supply chain village, which has seen contracts worth £50m let to UK companies – the majority of which are based locally in Yorkshire. In addition to the main facility, GMI will construct the four and a half kilometres of rail track needed for connection to the main railway line. Siemens Mobility has also contracted a further £10m to other UK suppliers. Local suppliers supporting the construction include: C R Reynolds (enablement works), Clay 10 (site visuals) and Premier Modular (temporary offices). The first trains to be manufactured in Goole will be new Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly line. Transport for London is committed to supporting the wider UK through its supply chain, showing how investing in the London transport network bolsters the nation economically.  The UK supply chain involvement extends to train components. The latest appointments include Yorkshire-based LPA Lighting for the interior train lighting, Midlands-based suppliers Baker Bellfield to supply cab partition walls and I M Kelly for driver seats. Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility Rolling Stock & Customer Services said: “Our goal is to really put Goole on the map. We want to create more than just a rail manufacturing factory, this is about generating long-term investment, skills and jobs.” He continued: “We are actively looking for as many UK suppliers as possible to contribute to Goole’s success. The appointment of GMI as main contractor, with shared values and growth ambitions for the local area, is a clear step in the right direction. Together we will make this an important and sustainable rail centre of excellence for the future.” Lee Powell, Divisional Managing Director at GMI Construction Group said: “We are delighted to be working on the Goole project. We are fully committed to the local area, just as Siemens Mobility are. We have a very strong local supply chain and everyone who is involved in this project from GMI Construction lives within a 25-mile radius of the site. We have an Employment and Skills Plan including creating apprenticeships and employing those who have previously been unemployed, and we will be engaging with local educational establishments and charities.” GMI’s commitment to using local suppliers, emphasis on employment skills and education, as well as its outstanding record of project delivery was key to the Leeds-based firm securing the contract. Siemens Mobility’s Goole development will create up to 700 direct jobs, with a further 250 roles created during the construction phase and an additional 1,700 indirect supply chain opportunities. It is scheduled to open in 2023. The company plans to create an associated rail supplier village and innovation centre with co-located suppliers making Goole a rail centre of excellence for the UK. In total, Siemens Mobility works with around 3,000 suppliers, 47% of which are UK-based SMEs. Around 90% of Siemens Mobility Limited’s spend is with UK-based suppliers. For more information please visit: www.siemens.co.uk/goole

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Construction commences on Fiera’s landmark office redevelopment project in Leeds Central Business District

Fiera Real Estate (“FRE UK”) and Opus North are delighted to announce that construction has started on site at 12 King Street, having received planning permission for the premier Grade A office building in September 2020. The property, which occupies a prime position in the heart of Leeds’ CBD, was acquired in January 2020 on behalf of Fiera Real Estate Opportunity Fund V UK (“FREOF V UK”), the latest fund in Fiera Real Estate’s programmatic venture series with CBRE Global Investment Partners (“CBRE GIP”). FREOF V UK is targeting £250m of value add and opportunistic transactions and FRE UK are actively seeking similar city centre redevelopment opportunities in the £5-£25m range. Opus North have appointed GMI Construction Group to undertake the renovation of the landmark Leeds City Centre office building which is being developed speculatively and will deliver 54,500 sq. ft. of super prime office accommodation once complete by the Autumn of 2021. The building has been carefully designed by DLA Design to take into consideration the rapidly evolving office market and with tomorrow’s occupier in mind, boasting cutting-edge ‘smart’ building technology alongside market leading sustainability and well-being features credentials. The transformation includes a striking new façade, complete replacement of the fifth and sixth floors, a state-of-the-art cycle spa and two new floors boasting an unrivalled communal sky lounge with extensive roof terraces. The project will bring much needed high-spec office accommodation to Leeds and serves to be one of the most high profile office redevelopments, proving investor confidence in the city’s office market. The project is central to FRE UK’s investment thesis to create best in class sustainable buildings in markets with strong fundamentals, which is more important now than ever.  Knight Frank and Fox Lloyd Jones are representing FRE UK and Opus North in seeking occupiers for this game changing development.  Andrew Duncan, Managing Director of Opus North commented “We are creating the post Covid-19 contemporary workspace in the heart of Leeds, where technology, open spaces, roof gardens, fresh air, air-conditioning, combined with an exemplary approach to customer service, ensure we are the best-in-class office product in the city. We have challenged our design team of market-leading consultants to innovate and think outside to box to ensure we’re not just ploughing the same old furrow and doing what’s been done before. We have embraced the current climate, rolled with the changes and now we are close to launching the future of the post-pandemic workplace. Watch this space. “ Lee Powell, GMI Divisional Managing Director said: “12 King Street serves as one of the most-high profile and iconic developments within Leeds Central Business District and this landmark redevelopment project is drawing a lot of interest. Having undertaken the extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the award winning ‘33 Wellington Street’ in Leeds for Walker Morris’ new office, it feels befitting that we have now been entrusted to embark on breathing life into Walker Morris’ previous office in the heart of the city centre and we’re planning on this project being just as successful” We are extremely happy and proud to be awarded this contract and entrusted by both Opus North and FRE UK to deliver the renaissance of this specular building. We look forward to working closely with Opus and FRE UK and the full professional services team”.

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Muse chooses GMI to build new purpose-built job centre for the Department for Work and Pensions

New 12,000 sq. ft. office building to be built in South Shields will become the towns new relocated Jobcentre Plus. GMI Construction Group has announced that it has been awarded a contract by long-time customer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments to construct a new 12,000 sq. ft. office for the Department for Work and Pensions in South Shields. The contract will see construction of a new purpose-built BREEAM ‘Very good’ rated building which will serve as the town’s new relocated Jobcentre Plus. Approved by South Tyneside Council It will feature as part of the wider repurposing of South Shields town centre.  The scheme will see the current branch in Barrington Street moved to the new purpose-built facility on Mile End Road. Talking about the instruction Lee Powell GMI Divisional Managing Director said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this important new build contract by Muse Developments and to continue GMI’s successful partnership and affinity with them.  We are also pleased to be working with the DWP for the first time and to be delivering for South Tyneside Council.  This project compliments  our portfolio of completed public sector office buildings   including the successful delivery of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough  Council’s  200,000 sq ft state of the art civic centre and offices, as well as the award winning 33 Wellington Street office building in Leeds for our client Lancashire County Council, a building that is more noticeable as law firm Walker Morris’ headquarters. We look forward to delivering the project on time and on budget and working with the full project team.” Muse – one of the UK’s best at delivering transformational town and city centre regeneration – has been working with South Tyneside Council to deliver the council’s 365 Regeneration masterplan, which has brought forward two statement schemes; the South Shields Interchange, and the National Centre for the Written Word – The Word. David Wells, regional director at Muse Developments, said: “Everyone involved with the South Shields scheme has been working tirelessly to make sure the scheme delivers for our partners at the council and the DWP and we’re delighted to get approval for the new facilities. “This building is key to our collective ambition to deliver a new repurposed town centre. Working collaboratively with South Tyneside Council, we’ll continue to transform the town centre, driving both economic and social prosperity for all and importantly bringing a new vibrancy to South Shields. We look forward to once again working with our trusted partner GMI” The scheme is anticipated to start on site later in the year, with a 12-month build programme.

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GMI teams up with local Kirkby primary school to thank NHS and key workers

Children at Kirkby Church of England Primary school designed posters that were displayed along site hoardings at the 12-acre GMI retail park development project in Kirkby During Covid-19 GMI Construction Group has been working with children from Kirkby Church of England Primary School to showcase  posters that the school children have designed to acknowledge the work of the NHS and key workers who have supported us through this time during the pandemic. The school has remained open throughout the pandemic, initially providing emergency childcare for the parents of key workers as well as vulnerable children and more recently it has opened to wider year groups. The children who designed the posters were those whose parents were key workers and on the frontline.  The posters have been displayed along the site hoardings that surround the 12-acre retail development GMI is constructing for Knowsley Council in Kirkby Town Centre. Speaking about the initiative GMI Divisional Managing Director Marc Banks said: “Some of the posters designed by the children are fantastic and we are proud to have the chance to display them on the hoardings that surround the Kirkby Retail development.  This is a fantastic initiative in support of the parent keyworkers to recognise the fantastic work they have been doing.   We have already had some very kind and positive comments from the people of Kirkby having seen the posters and the support they have shown has been fantastic.  As a result of the initiative GMI has offered to support the school with any projects it may have coming forward as a show of our thanks to the keyworkers.  We would like to thank again and applaud the children, their teachers and keyworkers again for this amazing initiative.” GMI will also be working with Knowsley Council and pupils at the school in the new academic year on a time capsule project as part of the construction of the new retail development. Also commenting Mair Hindmarch, Headteacher at Kirkby Church of England Primary School said: “We’ve got ten children within the school whose parents are keyworkers and they each wanted to recognise how much they appreciate them and are proud of their efforts.  The children had seen how other posters had been appearing within the community and wanted to design some of their own to display within the school.  When GMI contacted us, we were enormously proud and grateful to have the chance to show these fantastic posters off on such a high-profile development in Kirkby.  We would like to express our thanks to GMI and Knowsley Council.” The 94,000 sq. ft Kirkby retail developmentfeatures a new 42,000 sq. ft Morrisons superstore, petrol filling station and retail units including Home Bargains and a drive-thru KFC.

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GMI announces completion of new purpose built £18 million manufacturing plant for Aflex Hose

New 118,000 sq. ft development situated at a site in Huddersfield. GMI Construction Group has today announced the completion of a new 118,000 sq. ft purpose-built manufacturing plant in Huddersfield for Aflex Hose– a world leading manufacturer of PTFE-lined flexible hoses for the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and chemical and industries. The new 3-storey facility which was constructed on a 12-acre site and took 52 weeks to build has been specifically designed to accommodate the company’s bespoke processes. Talking about the project GMI Divisional Managing Director Lee Powell said: “This project presented several challenges due to the highly bespoke nature of Aflex’s manufacturing processes and requirements not just now but into the future.  Working closely together, GMI were able to design a state of the art, built to suit facility that is entirely geared to the company’s capacity requirements.  With the facility achieving PC on time despite experiencing various challenges during construction the completion of this project represents a notable achievement for everyone involved.  We would like to thank and congratulate every member of the project team for another fantastic result of which we are all notably proud.  The completion of this project follows other notable successes GMI has been involved in across the manufacturing sector over the past 12 months including the completion of a 126,000 sq. ft Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (CESAM) for Henry Boot Developments which has subsequently been transformed into a temporary Nightingale hospital for the NHS to help in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic”.

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GMI announces completion of latest speculative industrial development at Fradley Park

Brand new 437,000 sq ft warehouse/industrial unit took 8 months to build and was completed for Evans Property Group GMI Construction Group has today announced the completion and handover of a new 437,000 sq ft warehouse/industrial development for long standing customer Evans Property Group at the Fradley Park development in Lichfield. The unit which took 8 months to build features 407,000 sq ft of warehouse space together with 30,000 sq ft of CAT A office accommodation and is immediately available for occupation. The development is the latest major project to be completed by GMI on Fradley Park having previously completed a giant 800,000 sq ft regional distribution centre in a record breaking 28 weeks for leading supermarket retailer Tesco. Speaking about the development, GMI Divisional Managing Director Marc Banks said: “Fradley Park is a stand-out location for logistics and home to many leading, well known brands. In the last 12-18 months GMI have been constructing and developed in excess of 10 separate logistics/industrial development projects, and so this further serves to underpin our credentials in this important sector which continues to experience strong growth” Architects on the project were Kilmartin Plowman & Partners with JPG serving as structural engineers and Richard Boothroyd Associates the Employers Agent Set within 350 acres, Fradley Park offers a first-class location for warehousing distribution and manufacturing with opportunities for both existing buildings and build to suit developments from 50,000 sq ft to 230,000 sq ft. Fradley Park is at the heart of the country’s motorway network being 4.5 miles from T4 and T5 of M6 Toll Road. Located on the A38, it has excellent access to the M1, M42, M40, M6 and A50 and close to both Birmingham International and East Midlands airports.

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GMI continues to build upon momentum with further accolade.

Record breaking year to date boosted further with award of ‘Contractor of the Year’ by Yorkshire Insider.  GMI Construction Group, an expanding main contractor has announced that it has been awarded ‘Contractor of the Year’ for the second year running at the prestigious Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards hosted on 19th September 2019. On receiving this award GMI are now the only company to have held the title in both Yorkshire and the North West, after being crowned Construction Business of the Year at the Insider North West Property Industry Awards in May. Some 850 representatives from businesses that are shaping the built environment in Yorkshire attended the event, showcasing the best of the property industry and most notable achievements. In receiving this award GMI were highlighted for their ability across a wide range of commercial sectors operating from their offices in Leeds. The company was noted for its standout performance in the delivery of a broad range of often highly complicated projects consistently delivered on time and on budget. This accolade, follows an already bumper 2019 for GMI in which it has also picked up a host of additional awards including: GMI retaining their accreditation and status as an ‘Investor in People’ Became a ‘Considerate Constructors Partner’ Achieving the highest possible RoSPA accreditation, RoSPA Gold for the ninth consecutive year. Best high-volume new housing development’ at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards in June. GMI will now go on to represent Yorkshire at the LABC National Building Excellence Awards to be held in London in November. Recognised as Insider North West Property Awards ‘Construction Business of the Year’ for 2019. Accredited to ISO 45001 Speaking about this further accolade and the performance of GMI so far during 2019, Group Managing Director Andy Bruce said: “GMI continues to go from strength to strength and we are honoured to receive yet another high profile, valued award amongst such great company here in Yorkshire. This year we have expanded rapidly in each of three core regional markets in which we operate and been awarded contracts in each of specialist sectors we know best: logistics & industrial, commercial, residential and manufacturing space. This has given a GMI a strong platform from which to continue to grow and we look forward to a further strong push towards the end of the year.” GMI are experiencing their best year on record so far during 2019 in terms of growth and projects under management, with over £50M of contracts already awarded at sites throughout the Midlands, the North and Manchester. Some of the high profile projects in question include a new 126,279 sq. ft manufacturing centre being constructed for Henry Boot Developments at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the completion of a brand new 137-bed luxury hotel for the Dakota Group in Manchester together with the construction of a new £20M 430,000 sq. ft speculative warehouse for long standing customer Evans Group at Fradley Park. To read more about these projects and for the latest news and views visit the GMI website : https://gmiconstructiongroup.co.uk/

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GMI wins appointment on new 103,000 sq ft speculative distribution unit.

GMI Construction Group, a fast-expanding building and construction services company has announced that it has started construction of a 103,000 sq ft distribution unit at St. Modwen Park Burton (formerly known as Burton Gateway). The new speculative unit, which is being built for expert developer and regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, will include a 50m deep yard, 10 dock levellers (including 2 euro-docks) and grade A office space. Due to be completed this September, the unit further expands the industrial and logistics offering at the 1 million sq ft site. Once occupied, it could create in excess of 120 jobs in addition to the significant number of construction jobs created during the build. Work begins just a month after St. Modwen announced it had attracted two new tenants to the Park, with Supply Technologies taking a 25,446 sq ft unit and Keylite Roof Windows leasing a 40,730 sq ft unit, both of which were delivered as part of the second phase of development. Speaking about the announcement Martin Watson, Construction Director at GMI Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our second contract at St. Modwen Park Burton. Our commitment to deliver another quality product on time for St Modwen will be our ultimate focus moving forward.” Also commenting, Steven Smith, Senior Construction Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased to have instructed GMI Construction Group on this latest phase. GMI is a well-respected construction company and we have great confidence in the team’s ability to deliver this quality unit.” With Rob Richardson, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, going on to say “St. Modwen Park Burton has proven to be an incredibly popular site. This further investment is not only testament to our confidence in the Park, but in the wider industrial and logistics market in the Midlands.” Birmingham-based property agents Savills and Knight Frank are marketing the scheme on behalf of St. Modwen. Katie Aitchison, Associate Director at Savills, and Edward Kennerley, Associate at Knight Frank, said: “We are looking forward to unveiling the completed unit in September. The business park has attracted some excellent names and we’re confident that this additional unit will satisfy the demand for well-connected B2 and B8 space, attracting more great businesses and creating a significant number of jobs in the region.” St. Modwen Park Burton is one of the largest warehouse developments in the Midlands and is a key employment hub for East Staffordshire. The site already has more than 200,000 sq ft of space and is home to major names including Hellman Worldwide Logistics, who occupied the first unit in 2016. Strategically located adjacent to the A38, on the southern approach to Burton-upon-Trent, the site offers strong links to the M42 and A50. Nearby occupiers include Pirelli, Unilever, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Argos and Toyota.

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