£1bn Midlands Logistics Site
Canadian developer Oxford Partners & multi-national Logistics Capital Partners will invest £1bn in the new West Midlands Interchange which has approval for 8 million square feet of logistics space. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and complete in 2023 with warehouses ranging from 200k to a million square feet, up to 30 metres high. The roofs will be able to be fitted with solar panels for renewable energy.
The developers have also committed to build a new road connecting the A5 and A449, improving infrastructure for better transport in & out of the site. A rail interchange is also part of the project along with 2 country parks.
Internet Connectivity for New, Temporary and Challenging locations…
For new, temporary and challenging locations why not consider the EMS i-MO OptiBond solution? Delivers fast / resilient aggregated 4G and / or fixed line services to site in days. Delivers fast no-fail internet instantly. The system is widely used on difficult to serve and new commercial and infrastructure projects. See www.ems-imo.com
HS2 Northern Leg Victim to 38% Steel Price Increase?
Planning for the Manchester to Crewe leg will be the first section subject to value-for-money assessment, we learnt this week from the minutes of the HS2 Board meeting. Huge increases in materials due to increased demand and other factors has caused a delay in the planning for some projects however HS2 denies that this is a factor in the news. Legislation for the eastern and western parts of this section of rail have been split, causing rumours that the eastern leg will be kyboshed.
New award-winning location technology
Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open and take care of their workers with beable® Wearable which has been deployed at a large north London site to keep workers safe and productive; it facilitates physical distancing as well as interaction tracking. Co-developed by Electronic Media Services and COMIT Projects and funded by Innovate UK, the new technology has been well received and plans to rollout to further sites in Q2 this year are underway.
£150m Northumbrian Water Framework Winners
Addition to the AMP7 framework for smaller works on water, wastewater and non-infrastructure assets to the value of £150m has been granted to a number of contractors including Clancy and Galliford Try, with projects released via tenders to the value of £500-£10m. The area covered will be the Northumbrian Water Operating Area and the Essex and Suffolk Water Operating Area with projects released in 3 lots.
£600m Leeds Teaching Hospital Scheme Winners
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust appointed Mott MacDonald, Arup and Arcadis to build 2 new hospitals, adults and children plus facilities at the current Leeds Infirmary site. A video for the vision of Hospitals of the Future by Leeds NHS Trust can be seen here.
Construction Playbook Webinar 1-2pm 20th July
Build Offsite are hosting a webinar on how to get the most out of the Construction Playbook. The online event will cover:
- Opportunities for offsite & MMC
- How to respond to the Playbook
- How to make the most of the opportunities in the Playbook
National Housing Federation Appoints 3 for £600m Framework
The National Housing Federation’s Building Better scheme, an alliance of 29 housing associations and local authorities, has appointed Ilke Homes, Impact Modular and TopHat to the £600m framework for building offsite. They will deliver 800 modular homes (built offsite & assembled onsite) by 2026. Modern Methods of Construction such as building offsite allows more homes to be built faster.