BBC wants contractors to help military veterans Ι Construction Enquirer

  • Interested contractors should contact Nina at the BBC DIY SOS team on 0771 191 3064

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  • Nick Knowles, the BBC DIY SOS presenter, said: “We’d love to get local trades involved.
  • The BBC is calling on construction companies to help with a charity push to bring empty homes back into use in Manchester for military veterans.
  • The project will be filmed for the DIY SOS series.
  • The BBC DIY SOS team will be  in east Manchester this Thursday to meet organisations who are interested in being involved in the development and discuss the opportunities that are available to them.


Barratt London to start twisting tower Ι Construction Enquirer

  • Barratt London is preparing to start construction of a 28-storey twisting tower on one of the last remaining Thames riverfront sites in Wandsworth.
  • Barratt London has allocated 20% of the apartments for on-site ‘affordable’ housing and is committing £1.6m to improve local infrastructure.
  • This optical twist is achieved by the diagonal lines of tapered solid balustrades jutting against the horizontal lines of the balconies.
  • Designed by local architects Patel Taylor, wraparound balconies, rotated at an angle of two degrees, appear as a series of ‘rotating discs’.
  • The ground level features a double-height glazed residential lobby and a riverfront retail unit. The mezzanine level contains a second floor to the retail unit, a gym for residents, staff facilities and management welfare facilities.


Morgan Sindall London losses hit £7m Ι Construction Enquirer

  • Morgan Sindall has revealed that its troubled London and South East construction division ran-up losses of £7m during the first half of this year.
  • Morgan Sindall said “regional overhead has been reduced accordingly to match this level of activity.”

    The company declined to comment on the number of job losses in London and the South East but said there has been “extensive leadership change”.

  • The London losses wiped-out construction profits of £3m across the rest of the country sending the division to a £4m loss

    The troubles are far from over in London and the South East where “problem” jobs have been completed but other “lower margin” contracts are still being worked through.

  • Company executives confirmed the figures during a presentation to analysts on the firm’s half-year results.
  • To share your stories email Grant Prior or Aaron Morby… always off the record


Carter lands £35m aircraft design centre deal Ι Construction Enquirer

  • R G Carter has started work on a £35m research centre at Cranfield University that will change the design of future aircraft.
  • Adjacent areas introduce space for manufacturers to conduct private research, alongside office space, and meeting rooms for the university research team and partners.
  • Architects CPMG have designed the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) and groundwork has now begun at the Bedfordshire site

    The centre will bring together academic research and testing of new ideas by co-investment partners Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

  • This will provide a showcase for the university and its partners, accommodating exhibitions and conferencing, as well as informal meeting areas.
  • The three-storey building includes an open laboratory space with a 40m clear span, capable of housing large airframe integration projects, presentation and visualisation space alongside state-of-the-art simulation facilities.


£10m Burnley FC training facility approved Ι Construction Enquirer

  • Burnley Football Club has got the planning green light  to build a new football academy.
  • The Clarets must now wait to see whether plans for the elite training facility which fall within the green belt will be called in by the communities secretary.
  • The build will also include an indoor all-weather area with a small spectator gallery, to meet the requirements of EPPP.

    Outside, plans include the development of three full-sized training pitches and two three-quarter size pitches.

  • Subject to final approval, work on the Gawthorpe improvements is now expected to kick-off later this year.
  • To share your stories email Grant Prior or Aaron Morby… always off the record