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Thomas & Adamson Appointed for the First Virgin Hotel in the UK

Thomas & Adamson Appointed for the First Virgin Hotel in the UK

Thomas & Adamson have been appointed project managers and quantity surveyors by India Buildings Limited for the development of the first Virgin Hotel in the UK. The 225-bed project will occupy the 19th century India Buildings on Victoria Street in the Old Town of Edinburgh and is set to open in 2020. “We are delighted to have been selected to work on an iconic project such as the country’s first Virgin Hotel, which has attracted such international interest. We have…

Phase II of Birmingham Flood Alleviation Scheme Continues

Phase II of Birmingham Flood Alleviation Scheme Continues

The £28 million project aiming to protect around 1,400 properties from flooding in Birmingham has started its access preparation work on Phase II, with main construction works being scheduled to start in late spring/early summer. Phase II will include the building of a new embankment to increase the capacity of the existing storage area at Forge Mill in the Sandwell Valley. Those visiting the area must know that even though the park will remain open during ongoing works, tree felling…

Avant Secures Three Developments

Avant Secures Three Developments

Over the past 15 months, Avant Homes Scotland has managed to secure three new development opportunities that will create up to 180 sales, construction, and subcontractor jobs in the region. The new sites in Bishopton, Cairneyhill and Gartcosh have a combined value of £80 million and will see the construction of 299 homes. These developments will enable Avant Homes to reach its target of becoming a £500 million turnover, 2,000-unit business across its operations in central Scotland, north east England,…

€200m Irish Student Accommodation Deal

The Harrison Street Real Estate Capital has partnered up with Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA) to increase its portfolio of Irish student accommodation with a €200 million dealt. The joint venture will add two purpose built student accommodation developments in Dublin and two in Cork. The new developments will add a total of 1,325 student accommodation beds, increasing the total number of beds delivered under joint venture to 3,200. GSA and Harrison Street have united forces in 2015 to target…

Edinburgh Is the 'Hot Spot' for Hotel Development

Edinburgh Is the ‘Hot Spot’ for Hotel Development

Colliers International, the global real estate adviser, has announced that Edinburgh is the UK’s top city for hotel development in its UK Hotels Market Index. The city moved up four places in 2017 due to its strong occupancy levels and average daily rate (ADR) growth. The Index analyses 34 locations across the UK, ranked to determine which are the ‘hot spots’ for hotel development and acquisition across the country. The report, which is in its third year, paints a positive…

Work at Greendykes Development Begins

Work at Greendykes Development Begins

Work on 75 new homes for mid-market and social rent at Greendykes in Craigmillar has begun. The development led by the City of Edinburgh Council is expected to be completed by spring 2019 and additionally, this spring the council will start the construction of 194 homes in a separate development in Craigmillar off Niddrie Mains Road. The Scottish Government has contributed to this project with £1 million. “The project is an important part of the ongoing regeneration of the wider…

Additional Funding for the Citizens Theatre

Additional Funding for the Citizens Theatre

The £19.4 million Citizens Theatre redevelopment project has just received further grant funding of £1 million from Glasgow City Council, which brings the total support from the council to £5 million. Since its formation in 1943, the Citizens Theatre has brought many outstanding productions to the stage; however, the condition of the building now presents a risk for its long term operation. The cost of emergency repairs impacts on its budget for performance, community, and audience development work. The redevelopment…

New Shopping Centre Development in Yorkshire

New Shopping Centre Development in Yorkshire

Plans have been revealed for a new ‘next generation’ £350 million regional shopping centre in the heart of Yorkshire. Axiom is the biggest out of town shopping centre to be granted planning consent in the UK in 20 years and it will become the largest out of town retail development in England since 1999. Axiom promises to meet customers’ demands and will combine shopping, showrooming, leisure, sports, culture, events, and outdoor pursuits in one place. It will be located next…

Site Surveys on Festival Park Development in Liverpool

Site Surveys on Festival Park Development in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has approved a £1 million schedule that enables work to take place on the former International Festival Gardens and Southern Grasslands zones. This will further establish how to take the £700 million Festival Park development forward. The masterplan designed by K2 Architects includes proposals on up to 2,500 new homes, up to 350,000 sq. ft. of commercial and leisure floor space, and a new ferry terminal. The development will also divide the site into distinct zones, including…

The UWS Will Be Transformed into an Urban Village

The UWS Will Be Transformed into an Urban Village

The plans to turn the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) site in Hamilton into an ‘urban village’ have been approved and 365 homes and a five storey hotel are awaiting construction. The multi million pound Hamilton Urban Village development on the 7.5 hectare site bordering Almada Street, Bothwell Road, Beckford Street, and Caird Street was given green light by the South Lanarkshire Coucil’s planning committee. USW is now set to vacate its home since 1972 and relocate to…