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Approval for Network Homes’ 1,000-home project in London

Housing association Network Homes has been given the green light for nearly 1,000-home scheme that will be developed next to Northwick Park Hospital in north-west London.

The scheme is the second phase of a £450m development, the first phase, consisting of 654 homes, was given approval in December last year.

This second phase, with 1,600 homes across 19 buildings, will include student facilities, commercial space and a nursery on the site. It will also include 40% affordable homes.

The land development between Northwick Park Hospital and the adjacent park is led by a partnership between Network Homes, Northwest London Hospital NHS Trust, the University of Westminster and  the City Council. These four organisations have been awarded £500,000 from the One Public Estate programme, a scheme to encourage public sector organisations to make better use of their land.

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Dorset firm Cutler Bros. Ltd fined after worker falls through skylight

Dorset’s construction firm Cutler Bros. Ltd and its director were sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight.

On 22 February 2019, a self-employed labourer was fitting roof sheets to a newly constructed steel-framed barn. The worker fell through a fragile skylight and dropped almost 4m to the floor below. He suffered head and facial injuries, was knocked unconscious and spent nearly two weeks in hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the work had not been correctly planned, with workers operating near a fragile roof without having sufficient platforms and guardrails.

Cutler Bros. Ltd was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,600 after pleading guilty to breaking Work at Height Regulations 2005. Company director Roger Martin Cutler also pleaded guilty, and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

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Green light for 15-storey tower paves the way for AHMM Southwark tube project

Southwark council has approved a 15-storey residential tower project, which paves the way for a major office scheme to be built above Southwark tube station in South London borough.

At the end of last month the council voted unanimously to approve the Bell Phillips Architects-designed tower. The building will provide 25 homes on the existing Styles House Estate.

The project will require the demolition of existing buildings including the Platform Southwark building, a housing studio space, an art gallery and a theatre.

The council’s green light to the Styles House Estate tower now clears the path for Transport for London (TfL) to progress its plans for the over-station development, which would provide office space with retail space on the ground floor.

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WW2 bomb damages homes after controlled explosion

Specialist have been sent to inspect properties damaged by the controlled detonation of a 1,000kg Second World War bomb, found on an Exeter construction site.

The bomb was unearthed by contractor Urbn Construction on Friday, prompting a call out of a Royal Navy bomb disposal team to make the place safe. Up to 400 tonnes of sand was placed at the site to mitigate the explosion.

Police had evacuated 2,600 homes and 1,400 students were told to leave their halls of residence as a safety precaution.

However, and despite the safety measures, windows were blown out and cracks reported in a number of buildings following the detonation on Glenthorne Road close to an Exeter University campus.

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Step forward for Everton’s new stadium plans

Everton’s plans for a new £ 500m stadium took a step forward after Liverpool’s city council voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

The council’s planning committee all voted in favour of the scheme in a virtual meeting, concluding that the benefits of the 53,000-seat stadium outweighed any potential harm to its grade II-listed site at Bramley-Moore Dock on the banks of the river Mersey.

The final decision on whether to build the stadium is now in the hands of Secretary of State Robert Jenrick, who has a 21-day deadline to respond.

If given the green light, the general contractor Laing O’Rourke is expected to start construction later this year, with Everton hoping to host games at the stadium by 2024.

The new stadium has been designed by US architect Dan Meis.

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M&E: Bristol-based firm goes into liquidation

M&E specialist firm has ceased trading and is set to go into liquidation.

In its latest accounts for the 18-month period ending July 31st 2019, Priddy Engineering Services held liquid assets valued at £1.8m. At the same time, Priddy’s debt to creditors exceeded its current assets, with £1.9m due to be paid within one year.

This period has been challenging for the business for three main reasons:

– In 2018, the company undertook major unnamed projects that proved to be “problematical”.

-Secondly, protracted and unresolved Brexit negotiations in early 2019 had a severe impact on the company’s ability to secure new contracts as clients delayed decisions and, in some cases, cancelled projects.

-Thirdly, an unidentified client on five of the company’s projects going into administration and leaving a significant bad debt charge.

Begbies Traynor is handling the liquidation of the company, which is set to take place on 25th of February.

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Help-to-Buy loan scheme extension welcomed

The Housing Ministry confirms that homebuyers have an additional two months to complete deals under initiative

Homebuilders appreciated the government’s decision, which extended the current deadline for the “help to buy” loan program by two months.

The government has confirmed that buyers can now complete their purchases under the program before May 31, instead of having to complete their purchases before March 31.

Several home builders have said that the government’s Help-to-buy equity loan scheme, which offers buyers a 20% interest-free loan instead of a deposit, has been vital in allowing first-time buyers to continue buying new homes.

The government has not made any official announcement of the change to the deadline.

The updated guidance says while Help-to-Buy program will officially end on March 31, 2021, buyers using the current plan will have more time to complete the purchase.

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London 33-storey tower scheme approved

The City of London has approved the construction of a new 33-story tower in the Square Mile.

Hong Kong developer Tenacity has secured the green light for the project at 55 Gracechurch Street.

The recently approved scheme will be made up of three staggered sections as well as a retractable vehicular lift, which will be converted into public space by day. It was designed by architect Kohn Pederson Fox.

The corporation said in a statement that a public gallery and winter garden at levels 29 and 30, with panoramic views of London,  will be open to the public.

The scheme includes more than 72,000 square metres of office space, more than 1,500 square metres of public space and more than 1,800 square metres of retail space.

A contractor has not yet been designated for the plan.

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Green light to world’s first timber stadium

The English Football League has given the green light for Forest Green Rovers to build the world’s first all-wooden football stadium.

Last week, the governing body approved an environmentally conscious and “100% vegan” Gloucestershire Football Club’s proposal to move it into the 5,000-seat wooden floor stadium designed by Zaha Hadid.

In June 2019, the Planning Committee of the Stroud District Council rejected the plan due to noise, traffic, and environmental impact.

The proposal were subsequently changed. The changes included replacing the grass pitch with an all-weather grass pitch, allowing local clubs, revising the landscaping strategy, increasing match day transport, and clarifying noise.

The redesigned plan was approved by the same planning committee later in the same year.

Forest Green Rovers has been stationed in Nailsworth’s new lawn stadium since 2006. After Vince acquired the club in 2010, the venue received a series of green upgrades, including solar panels, a solar-powered robot grass mower and the world’s first organic football field.

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The first 50 schools in the government’s rebuilding programme

The government has confirmed the top 50 schools in the first wave of its £1 billion school redevelopment plan.

The entire plan will deliver 500 reconstruction projects in the next ten years and it will start next autumn

The government announced 50 reconstruction projects and 21 new free schools in the first wave of work. The schools include primary, secondary and special schools as well as a sixth form college in West Yorkshire, with more than 70% of the schools in the North and Midlands.

 To help achieve the government’s net zero emissions goal, the school’s project will become more environmentally friendly.

Most of the plan’s first 50 reconstruction projects are expected to be completed within three to five years.

To support the first round of school reconstruction plans, the project invested more than £1bn, which is based on the government’s allocation of £1.8bn for school maintenance and upgrade projects next year.

School Rebuilding Programme: First 50 schools

Birmingham

King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Oak Academy

Cambridgeshire

Sawston Village College

Coventry

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Coundon Court

West Coventry Academy

Derbyshire

Somerlea Park Junior School

Wilsthorpe School

Doncaster

Ash Hill Academy

Ridgewood School

Essex

The King Edmund School

Gloucestershire

Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School

Thomas Keble School

Hammersmith and Fulham

Fulham Cross Academy

Hampshire

Bay House School

Hertfordshire

Pinewood School

Kingston Upon Thames

Coombe Boys’ School

Kirklees

Greenhead College

Lancashire

Lytham St Annes High School

Tarleton Academy

Whitworth Community High School

Leicester

Catherine Infant School

Leicestershire

The Castle Rock School

Manchester

Sandilands Primary School

North Tyneside

Whitley Bay High School

Nottinghamshire

Sutton Bonington Primary School

Yeoman Park Academy

Rochdale

Kingsway Park High School

Littleborough Community Primary School

Newhouse Academy

Sefton

Deyes High School

Shropshire

Belvidere School

St. Helens

Longton Lane Community Primary School

Staffordshire

Wombourne High School

Sunderland

Farringdon Community Academy

Sutton

Greenshaw High School

Trafford

St John Vianney School

Wakefield

Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Wandsworth

Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit

Warwickshire

Hartshill School

Kineton High School

Southam College

West Sussex

Greenway Academy

Wigan

The Byrchall High School

Fred Longworth High School

St John Fisher Catholic High School

St Thomas’ CofE Primary School, Leigh

Wolverhampton

S.Peter’s Collegiate Church of England School

Worcestershire

Pershore High School

Waseley Hills High School

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