Making the most of growth up north

Regional directors for Construction, Sarah Cooke and David Wingfield, give their thoughts on what will characterise the next 12 months and how our industry can capitalise on growth opportunities available in the region.

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We have been appointed to deliver central london’s largest office-to-life sciences conversion project

We’ve been appointed to convert Grade-II listed Victoria House into a 300,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art life sciences hub, with the main phase due to complete in Autumn 2024.

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Construction in a city where ‘prime office accommodation is at a premium’

Construction Index has reported on Welcome Building, a net zero carbon office project we are delivering in Bristol City Centre in partnership with Candour and Tristan Capital Partners.

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We’ve begun work on Highlight Leisure Centre

We’ve officially started work on Hartlepool’s new multi-million-pound leisure centre, Highlight. We are a leader in the construction of sport and leisure centres nationally and bring this expertise to the project following our appointment by Hartlepool Council.

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196 – 222 King’s Road, Chelsea

Delivering the £100M redevelopment on the Kings Road, one of London’s most prestigious streets.

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41 Lothbury

The £53m refurbishment and extension of the 129,521sq. ft. office building at 41 Lothbury sees us revisit the building, having completed the original refurbishment 18 years ago.

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Bedford SEN School

A new build SEN school all Through School in Kempston, Bedfordshire, for client Bedford Borough Council, which is due to open in phases from September 2024.

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Manor Drive School

Manor Drive School in Peterborough accommodates pupils from Nursery age through to Secondary school, with 446 primary pupils, 900 secondary pupils, and 26 nursery places with new teaching and support areas.

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Keeping the Lights on at Piccadilly

In this blog, Phil Allan, MEP Project Manager, outlines how he navigated the complex electrical works at Lucent – Wates’ landmark project for Landsec – explaining the careful co-ordination and meticulous planning that went into the changeover of the Lights. 

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Behind the Lights – Piccadilly’s Lucent project completed for Landsec

We’ve completed work on a new seven-story mixed-use building behind the iconic Piccadilly Lights in central London, transforming a previously disused space into shops, workspaces and apartments.

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Building for the future around the historic Piccadilly Lights

In this blog, Peter Jones, Wates Senior Sustainability and Environmental Advisor, shares how, together with client Landsec, Wates has delivered a sustainable workplace with an impressive biodiversity net gain and embodied carbon reduction at the flagship building project behind the lights at Piccadilly Circus:  Lucent.

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Building our presence in the public sector with the Procure Partnerships Framework

In September we were awarded a place on the second generation of the Procure Partnerships Framework (PPF), valued at £8bn.

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Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Wates secure £225m Ministry of Justice contract

Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Wates have been appointed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide up to 1,200 new prison places across the UK with a focus on safety, security and rehabilitation

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Sandwell Aquatics Centre: From Commonwealth Games to community asset

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games venue, Sandwell Aquatics Centre, has officially opened its doors to the public following completion of the final legacy construction phase, transforming the facility into a state-of-the-art community leisure centre.

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We have started on the first housing scheme for Manchester City Council’s This City development company

We’ve celebrated starting on site at a new 128-home low carbon development in Ancoats, the first project for This City, Manchester City Council’s housing development company.

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Midlands construction lead appointed

We have appointed Matt Johnson as Regional Director for construction in the Midlands, to lead the region and deliver our strategic objectives.

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New design blueprint for life sciences buildings

’Speed to Market: Life Sciences Buildings‘ draws on expert knowledge to demystify the intricacies of building in the science sector.

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Celebrating the first net zero school completed as part of Department for Education’s school rebuilding programme

We have completed the first net zero school as part of the Department for Education (DfE) School Rebuilding Programme – the £10m Littleborough Community Primary School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

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