Monthly Archives: November 2012

Conygar submits plans for huge south Wales housing scheme

Developers have submitted plans to build hundreds of homes and a new Sainsbury’s superstore near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire that will pave the way for new jobs in the trades.

Investment company Conygar which owns 93 acres of land off Thomas Parry Way near the town centre, has applied to Pembrokeshire County Council for planning permission to build 835 residential properties and a 60,000 square foot Sainsbury’s retail food store.

A further application has been submitted which envisages the re-development of the riverside area of the town centre near to the main development. This mixed-use development would see offices and residential units above a row of new shops and create 74,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space.

Robert Ware, Chief Executive of Conygar said: “This is further evidence of Conygar’s confidence in Pembrokeshire as an excellent place to live and work. We believe these schemes will rejuvenate the town centre and its attractions as a regional shopping centre.

“The 93 acre site currently has outline consent for residential development, a primary school and other facilities as well as providing for improvements to the roads in the area and the proposal accommodates a new superstore at the corner of the site nearest to the town centre and is a vital catalyst to development at the site to bring the residential development forward.

“We believe our proposals will bring an excellent new store providing the public with quality and choice close to the town centre and the innovative scheme will provide a strong link to the existing shopping streets. It will also provide the most modern retail units to attract top quality retailers back to the town.”

Green Deal energy contract gets signed

Carillion has signed a contract with the Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) scheme to deliver energy services as part of the Green Deal and create new jobs.

Carillion has committed to create and sustain at least 360 jobs and also encourage its business partners to invest locally in a range of new green energy projects.

Under the BES scheme, Carillion will work with Birmingham City Council as its exclusive delivery partner to improve the energy and carbon efficiency of up to 60,000 households across the city, together with schools and other non-domestic council properties.

The scheme will give households affordable ways of improving their properties by fitting energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and new boilers, under the Government’s Green Deal.

The eight-year contract is estimated to be initially worth up to £600 million, but has the potential to be extended to the wider West Midlands area under a framework agreement worth up to £1.5 billion over eight years.

Now that the contract has been finalised, Carillion is embarking on a recruitment programme to hire locally-based energy assessors, who will evaluate properties and provide advice on the energy efficiency improvements they require.

Commenting on the newly signed deal, Carillion’s Chief Executive Richard Howson, said:”Birmingham Energy Savers is a genuinely ground-breaking scheme and we are delighted to have agreed this contract with Birmingham City Council.

“We believe that in order to reach its full potential, the programme must fully engage with the community and this is why the next stage will focus on recruiting local people and businesses to deliver the scheme.”

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city at Birmingham City Council, added: “This programme represents a major milestone in Birmingham’s green ambitions, and demonstrates that the social justice and environmental agendas go hand-in-hand with each other.

“It will reduce energy bills for citizens by up to £300 per year – taking up to 40,000 people out of fuel poverty by 2015 – create jobs in the technology supply chain and ensure that there are less carbon emissions from the city.”

 

Independent suppliers’ summit to boost the trades

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey is to chair a summit for independent energy suppliers that could generate investment in the energy industry and create new jobs.

Mr Davey will host the meeting at the Department of Energy and Climate Change with representatives expected to attend from Co-operative Energy, Cornwall Energy Associates, Ecotricity, First Utility, Good Energy, Haven Power, Loco2 Energy, Opus Energy, Smartest Energy, Spark Energy, Utilita, and Ofgem.

Edward Davey said: “I want our energy market to be as competitive as possible. That is central to ensuring that our households and businesses can get the best deals for their gas and electricity,

“And that’s why I want to be sure that we make it as easy as possible for new players to break into the UK market, and that if there are any barriers to that, we do everything we can to remove them.

“As a long-time proponent of collective purchasing, I am delighted to see some of the smaller suppliers already winning customers through early collective switching initiatives, and that such schemes are helping them grow their customer base more rapidly.”

Areas of discussion are likely to focus on the obstacles facing independent suppliers to breaking into the UK energy market and growing their market share.

The Secretary of State also wants to take the opportunity to sound out independent suppliers on the Department’s proposals to reform the electricity market and proposals to legislate in the Energy Bill to ensure customers are on the cheapest tariffs.

On 23 November 2012 the Government announced, ahead of publication of the Energy Bill later this week, a landmark agreement on energy policy that will deliver a clear, durable signal to investors .

New £36m Huddersfield Sports Centre reaches out for new jobs

BAM Construction has won the first stage of a £36 million deal to build a new Huddersfield Sport Centre that will create new jobs and boost the trades.

Kirklees Council has today announced BAM as the preferred contractor for the new multi-million pound Sports Centre which will be built on Spring Grove car park, Springwood, Huddersfield.

Construction work of the new centre is expected to start in 2013 as it is planned to be open to the public in 2015.

Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Jean Calvert, said: “This is great news for Kirklees and is a major step forward for the regeneration of the town and a welcome boost for the local economy.

“Not only have we been working closely with communities to improve quality of life, but building the sport centre will help with our regeneration plans for the town, as well as supporting apprenticeships and creating job opportunities.”

The new sports centre will include building a 25-metre swimming pool; a teaching pool; two sports halls; climbing, squash and martial arts facilities; a large fitness suite; and a café and children’s area.

The sports centre will be owned by the council but managed by Kirklees Active Leisure. It will replace the Southgate sports centre which is coming to the end of its life and will close once the new centre is up and running.

BAM project and construction director John Phillips said, “We very much value the opportunity to work with Kirklees Council and are pleased to be building again in Huddersfield where we most recently delivered the Business School for the University, for which we’ve also delivered several other projects.

“As a community-minded contractor, this is a great building to be delivering because it means so much to the people around it. We’re sure that it will be an impressive building and it sits well with our other leisure sector projects in Yorkshire such as the City Varieties and the Leeds Arena, and we’re looking forward to making an early start.”

Davey calls for clean development at the United Nations

Speaking in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Edward Davey said urgent actions need to be taken to combat climate change and help the green economy.

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary said that countries around the world had to make their contribution to reach closer to the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, the Bali Action Plan, and the Cancun Agreements.

Last year, the UN agreed to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change no later than 2015.

That would mean that each country has to cut its carbon emissions and focus on renewable energy resources, boosting the green economy and creating new jobs.

Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: “A global effort is needed if we are to achieve our climate goals – we need to pave the way for the new global deal while delivering more action now.

“Many developed and developing countries have already come forward with pledges under the UN framework to reduce their emissions by 2020. I want to encourage more to do so at Doha and beyond.

“The EU has led the way in calling for more ambition and in enshrining emissions reductions in law. I want to encourage it to move to a more ambitious 2020 emissions reduction target of 30%.

“Here in the UK we are driving forward our plans to move to a lower-carbon energy mix, and this week we will be publishing the Energy Bill which will enable this.

“I also want to see progress at Doha on achieving the global deal that all countries agreed to work towards in Durban last year. For the first time all countries agreed to sign up to a legally-binding deal to be adopted by 2015, and at Doha we need to agree a plan for these crucial negotiations.”

Mace to kick-start £250m Greenwich regeneration scheme

Developer Hadley Mace has finalised a deal with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to deliver a £250 million mixed-use scheme in east Greenwich that will create new jobs.

It is anticipated that the first phase of homes and community facilities will be completed by late 2014, with the entire development completed approximately three years later, paving the way for employment in the trades.

David Grover, director of Hadley Mace, said: “This leading scheme will demonstrate the benefits of public private consortium and its impact on a community that has been anticipating investment and re-development for more than 10 years.”

“The partnership between Hadley and Mace came about as a response to the Home and Communities Agency’s quest to find a new way of regenerating neighbourhoods with fresh, innovative thinking and creative investment.

“Acting as delivery partner for the client, and taking control of funding and risk aspects of the scheme, we are offering a full turn-key solution that can be replicated throughout the UK on all public land and any stalled public regeneration scheme.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This landmark regeneration scheme is a key part of my commitment to provide much-needed housing and jobs for Londoners by bringing forward public land for development.

“The East Greenwich project will see nearly 30% of homes built with families in mind and the construction of some fantastic new amenities that will help to create a thriving and vibrant community.

“I am delighted the scheme is now storming ahead and is another step closer to delivering what I have no doubt will be an exciting new place for Londoners to live, work and visit.”

Lanarkshire building schemes reach out for new jobs

Morgan Sindall is set to start work on the construction of six primary schools in South Lanarkshire, paving the way for new jobs and boosting the building industry.  

The firm is about to start the latest phase in the £150 million Primary School Modernisation Programme in the region that would provide employment opportunities in the trades. .

Work is set to start imminently on the new £4.8 million Carstairs Village Primary School campus on Avenue Road as well as the new £4.6 million Carstairs Junction Primary School on Coronation Street.

Both schools are due to complete in summer 2013 and have been designed to give children a top specification learning environment using sustainable green technology such as biomass boilers.

The other schools to be constructed by Morgan Sindall in the second tranche of Phase 2 of the building programme are Woodside Primary School, Newton Primary School, Machanhill Primary School and Forth Primary School.

South Lanarkshire Council appointed Morgan Sindall to its Primary School Modernisation Programme in 2007. The construction firm is working with two others in constructing 30 primary schools over a four year period; with an anticipated total spend of up to £150 million.

It is part of South Lanarkshire Council’s wider £812 million Schools Modernisation Programme which will rebuild all 129 of the area’s primary schools by 2016.

The framework provides a simple transparent process to manage and deliver primary school construction projects across South Lanarkshire.

Eddie Carr, area director for Morgan Sindall in Scotland, says: “We are delighted to be starting work on another portion of activity as part of the South Lanarkshire Primary School Modernisation Programme.

“Our appointment to the framework is a real reflection of our experience and expertise in the sector, which follows our work on 19 secondary schools for the same Council as part of their £320 million Schools Modernisation Programme which completed in 2009.”

Updates on the projects and programme for the schools can be found at the dedicated South Lanarkshire Council website.

Sizewell nuclear project to create 5,600 new jobs

EDF Energy has today started a public consultation for building a nuclear power station in Suffolk that will create 5,600 jobs in the trades.

Over the next eleven weeks EDF Energy will be consulting on the company’s initial proposals to build the Sizewell C nuclear station next to an existing plant at Leiston

The project is expected to take nine years to complete. EDF said that the scheme could create 25,000 ’employment opportunities’, with 5,600 workers on site at the peak of construction.

EDF also wants to create two park and ride sites, intended for construction staff that will be employed to deliver the multi-million project.

Local people can have their say on areas such as the overall proposals for Sizewell C, a rail, sea and road transport strategy including park and ride sites, accommodation for workers, and the socio-economic effects of the power station construction.

Richard Mayson Director of Planning and External Affairs, Nuclear New Build, EDF Energy, said:  “We are looking forward to talking to people in the local communities in Suffolk and with other stakeholders about our proposals.

“Sizewell C would generate enough electricity to supply one in five homes in Britain. It would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for low-carbon, secure and affordable energy. It would also create significant business, training and employment opportunities locally, regionally and throughout the UK.

“I urge you to play an active role in this consultation process. We are committed to giving your feedback serious consideration and will take it into account as we prepare detailed plans for Sizewell C.”

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Cameron sets out plans to boost the trades and create new jobs

David Cameron has today unveiled fresh plans to unlock the planning system which will accelerate major construction projects across England and create new jobs.

Speaking at the CBI’s conference in London, the Prime Minister said the Government will embark on radical reforms to speed up key decisions that will boost economic growth and “eliminate bureaucratic rubbish”.

In a wide-ranging keynote speech, Mr Cameron said the UK was in the “economic equivalent of war” but hailed signs that Britain was again “selling to the world”. “Frankly, we need this buccaneering, deal-making, hungry spirit now more than ever,” he said.

The prime minister said he had taken “massive steps towards leaner, faster government” but acknowledged that more needed to be done to speed up decision making.

“We urgently needed to get a grip on this,” he said. “Whitehall had become too risk-averse – too willing to say ‘no’ instead of ‘yes’”.

Mr Cameron said the Government would restrict the use of “time-wasting” judicial review applications and reduce the time limit for people to bring their cases as well as charge more for reviews.

He also pledged to stop a “new torrent of rules and regulations” from Brussels that threatened to slow the development of county’s economy, pledging to ensure that new roads and infrastructure projects are build more quickly and efficiently.

You can read the full speech of Prime Minister David Cameron from here.

Cridland calls for ‘industrial Olympics’ to boost growth and jobs

John Cridland, the CBI director-general, has urged the government to invest £1.5 billion into major infrastructure projects that will boost the economy and create new jobs.

The CBI says that the government should back the construction sector, by introducing measures including investment tax breaks, and business rate reductions.

Such measures will encourage further financial investments and pave the way for more employment opportunities in the trades.

But the CBI chief also called for a focus on projects such as the Thames Tideway “super sewer” tunnel in London and the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset to give the economy an ‘Olympic-style shot’ in the arm.

“We need an industrial Olympics, with big schemes which can make a real difference,” Mr Cridland told the Evening Standard.

And in the Guardian he is quoted as saying: “Kennedy said at the start of the 60s that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade and it did, even though sadly Kennedy was not around to see it. We need the sense that we are just going to do these projects.”

Mr Cridland highlighted the need for improvements in the UK’s rail and road networks that are vital for strong economy and future growth.