Sheffield Project to include Football Pitch on Roof!

Sheffield Surveyors – The construction company ‘Wates’ has won a prestigious project in the City of Sheffield, to build a new £8.5m college University Technical College on the Porter Brook Site, Shoreham Street.

Their plans for the site impressed, describing a three storey structure topped with a five-a-side football pitch to save space. Construction should start in September and take a year to complete.

Birmingham Moves Forward on Affordable Homes

Birmingham SurveyorsBirmingham Council has become the third local authority, and the first outside of London, to sign on to the Communities and Local Government’s £1.8bn affordable housing scheme.

The council will receive £6.7m in funding to help them deliver 305 affordable homes for rent. That equates to a substantial subsidy of almost £22,000 per home. In total, the plan hopes to create 80,000 new homes by 2015.

£25m York Housing Job Needs Builder

York Surveyors – The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is looking for a developer to build up to 130 homes in Derwenthorpe,York. The development will consist of private and affordable housing which will be purchased and managed by the trust, and a requirement will be in place for the additional construction of major infrastructure works.

Kingswood Hospital opening delayed due to restoration work

Bristol Surveyors – Works at Kingswood Community Hospital in Bristol are still ongoing, delaying the grand opening of the 105 year old building to November this year. The hope was to start serving patients in October after the £19m redevelopment was completed.

Even this date is far beyond what was originally anticipated, with the first plans predicting a completion date in early 2012, but the discovery of an historic mine shaft on the site set back plans to the autumn.

2.6m sq ft development in Salford seems set to go ahead

Salford Surveyors – A large scale development in the Salford area of Greater Manchester which seemed to have stalled after concerns were raised over vandalism of an empty building on the site, has sparked back in to life with the demolishment of that building.

The scheme at Middlewood locks has outline planning consent for a large, mixed use site of residential, commercial, retail and leisure facilities. They have stated that they plan to moderate their original plans in light of the current climate and present a scheme suitable for Salford’s current needs.

Second firm goes down during £28m Ebbw Vale project

Following the closure of MJN Colston just a week ago, Bristol based firm All Mass Cladding Systems has been placed into administration.

Both firms were working on Leadbitter’s £28m Blaenau Gwent Colege project in Ebbw Vale and up to 25 people are now thought to have lost their jobs. The company reputedly turnedover around £10m per year.

More information is available here.

Birmingham Council to consider plans to build 400 homes for market rent

Birminghambuildingsurveyors – Birmingham City Council is planning to develop 400 homes for market rent on public land in partnership with a housing association and developer.

The cabinet will receive a report next week outlining proposals to develop the homes on the St Luke’s estate in Highgate through an innovative partnership with housing association WM Housing Group and developer Willmott Dixon.

The development is understood to use a new funding model where the developer and council will both take an equity stake in the homes, with the aim of selling them on to an institutional investor within a five to 10 year time frame.

Further information is available from the source, here.

Cardiff contractors set to shut 26 years after opening

CardiffBuildingSurveyors.co.uk – Cardiff concrete floor specialist Mike Amodeo (Contractors) is set to close after 26 years of running and a repertoire that includes Cardiff City’s Football Stadium.

The firm, along with Mike Amodeo Group and Mike Amodeo Haulage, is expected to go into voluntary liquidation at a creditors’ meeting next week.

The meetings for creditors of the three companies will take place on 28 February at the Cardiff offices of corporate recovery firm Begbies Traynor.

More information can be found here.

York Art Gallery to undergo major refurbishment

Yorkbuildingsurveyors.co.uk – Working in partnership with Ushida Findlay Architects, the York Museums Trust have launched into a £6m refurbishment scheme to restore one of the most recognisable and historic buildings in York.

Situated near the banks of the River Ouse in one of York’s biggest attractions, a beautiful open area flanked by York Crown Court and Clifford’s Tower, the Art Gallery is a major source of tourism in York. Work should begin soon on creating a new ‘secret gallery’ and opening up a thus far hidden area of York, to become a new landscape garden and arts area.

Damien Hirst reveals plans for 500 Devon Eco Homes

Damien Hirst, one of Britain’s most famous artists, plans to use part of his considerable fortune to construct, on land at near Ilfracombe, on the edge of Exmoor  at Winsham Farm and two surrounding farms, a settlement of 500 eco friendly homes.

He is reputedly sick of ‘anonymous, lifeless buildings’ and wishes these homes to be of the sort and quality he would be happy to live in. He hopes that the plans will assist in regenerating Ilfracombe, acting as a gateway into the town.

Follow the links to find a local surveyor that could advise you on a property purchase of  any type of home in the Ilfracombe or Exmoor areas.

More can be read about the Ilfracombe development here.