Major development opposite Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station agreed

Transport for London (TfL) has completed a deal with Aviva Investors to enable the development of a mixed-use scheme opposite the new Liverpool Street Elizabeth line eastern station entrance at 1 Liverpool Street as well as above and around Crossrail infrastructure This agreement follows the deal earlier this year between TfL and Aviva Investors for a major development above Crossrail infrastructure and opposite the new Liverpool Street Elizabeth line western station entrance at 101 Moorgate. On completion of the office and retail development, TfL will grant Aviva Investors a long lease, generating vital revenue that TfL will reinvest back into the transport network. Subject to planning appr

Mega Projects: Are collaboration fails increasing risks?

Bob Hide, co-founder and director at risk management consultancy, Equib discusses the importance of collaboration in supporting the delivery of major infrastructure programmes Collaboration on the design and delivery of the some of the UK’s leading infrastructure programmes is being tested to the limit – partly due to their scale and the diverse profile of the partners involved, including their supply chains. Are there lessons to be learned? While collaboration is widely regarded as the most effective means of delivering complex and often high-risk infrastructure programmes – such as rail renewal or tunnel construction projects – practicalities and behaviours can sometimes get in the way. Fo

£1.5m funding to protect low-income families in Scotland

The Scottish Government has launched the Homelessness Prevention Fund to support housing associations and social landlords prevent a crisis and stop families from becoming homeless The Homelessness Prevention Fund will support families through accessible financial advice to reduce household costs, employment support, and in emergency situations, can also be paid directly to families. Making the announcement on Scottish Housing Day, housing minister, Kevin Stewart, said: “We want to eradicate homelessness for good and we recognise the important role of social landlords in helping us achieve this, especially through the preventative measures this fund can help with. “Housing associations offer

Amey wins place on Yorkshire Water framework

Amey has been appointed by Yorkshire Water to join its Minor Civils framework, the contract is worth up to £20m and will run from 2020 to 2025 The framework contract award will see Amey build upon its existing relationship with Yorkshire Water, having worked together for nearly ten years. David McLoughlin, managing director for Amey Utilities, said: “We are delighted that Yorkshire Water has decided to continue our partnership together. Amey makes over 30,000km of new clean water connections and completes 200,000 successful repair and maintenance jobs every year, and we’re excited to apply our expertise to the challenges that lie ahead for Yorkshire Water. “The next investment cycle is expec

London mayor backs Unite the Union’s Construction Charter

The mayor of London has backed Unite the Union’s Construction Charter, which sets out to improve the city’s construction standards, protect workers, and outlaw poor construction practices The Construction Charter ensures building contractors and sub-contractors under the control of local authorities provide apprentice training, a safe working environment, and the industry rate of pay to workers. From now on, the pioneering Charter will apply to major City Hall development projects – starting with the St Ann’s hospital site in Haringey, for which the Mayor is now seeking a development partner. The St Ann’s site was purchased by the mayor last year with his Land Fund and is set to deliver hund

Scotland Excel launches £1.5bn new build framework

Scotland Excel has launched its £1.5bn New Build Residential Construction contract to help accelerate the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes Scotland Excel joined forces with 11 Scottish councils to create the four-year framework to support the Scottish Government’s £3bn commitment to fund the building of 50,000 affordable new build homes, including 35,000 for social rent by 2021. This investment is expected to leverage economic output of around £1.4bn per year, supporting up to 12,000 jobs. The New Build Residential Construction framework, which went live on 26 August, was developed to significantly reduce the time taken to procure the building of a range of social housing properties f

Sajid Javid pledges £600m ‘infrastructure revolution’

Chancellor Sajid Javid has unveiled more than £600m of new infrastructure spending, as he commits to an ‘infrastructure revolution’ over the next 12 months The infrastructure revolution funding, which will come from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), will go towards the construction of roads, rail links, schools and other infrastructure schemes. During his Spending Round 2019 speech, Sajid Javid said: “The first priority of our new economic plan will be to rebuild our national infrastructure. “High quality and reliable infrastructure is essential to how we live, we work and travel. “But the truth is that across many decades governments of all colours have under-invested in infrastructure

New rules force councils to publish property developers spending

Local people will be able to see how every pound of property developers’ money, levied on new buildings, is spent supporting the new homes their community needs Builders already have to pay up for roads, schools, GP surgeries and parkland needed when local communities expand – in 2016 to 2017 alone they paid £6bn towards local infrastructure helping create jobs and growth. Yet before today, councils were not required to report on the total amount of funding received – or how it was spent – leaving local residents in the dark. New rules will mean councils will be legally required to publish vital deals done with property developers so residents can see exactly how the money will be spent inve

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