In the South East, work is set to start on a new UK headquarters
for the parent company of fashion brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, they will be moving from Knightsbridge to the Television Centre project. On Oxford Street in London, “build it and they will come” is the logic behind an artificial hill
which, come summer, will rise at the end of the UK’s most famous shopping thoroughfare. A contractor has been confirmed for the latest nine-storey office building at the £8bn White City regeneration scheme
. In Dagenham, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to secure more than 1,550 affordable homes
on the former Dagenham Stamping Plant car works site in East London. British Land has offset the residual embodied carbon
from 100 Liverpool Street, making it the developer’s first net zero carbon building and one of very few in London. Planning permission from Tunbridge Wells council to develop a new business park
on the edge of the Kent spa town has been given, after housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he would not call in the application. Muse has been chosen for a £190m deal by West Sussex County Council
to lead the redevelopment of a former pharmaceuticals site in Horsham. A pre-construction services deal for the design development phase for infrastructure needed to support construction of 10,000 homes at North London’s £6bn Meridian Water development
has been signed.
In Yorkshire, Arcadis has been appointed to design and manage the redevelopment of the Harrogate Convention Centre
– which was home to the town’s Nightingale hospital during the first peak of the covid-19 pandemic last spring. The Department for Transport is to move civil servants to a second HQ in Birmingham and a northern hub in Leeds
as part of the government commitment to levelling up the country. Construction on Leeds city centre has continued at a rapid pace over the last 12 months, with many new developments finishing or well-underway, the city will have a whole new look when resirtctions ease, read more here.
In the Midlands, planning permission has been granted for the next phase of the Arena Central development in Birmingham. A Birmingham university has unveiled ambitious plans for a landmark new teaching block
dubbed ‘the cheesegrater’. A public consultation is underway for a new £360m skyscraper scheme
set to create around 1000 jobs and become Birmingham’s tallest building and the first carbon neutral skyscraper in the world. Also in Birmingahm, plans for a 14-storey building
on the site of the Axis building have been approved after a last-minute agreement was reached between developers and planners, the proposal is for an office and retail block. A £9.5m scheme
to improve walking and cycling routes to New Street Station and a new public square adjacent to Birmingham Hippodrome is set to start next month.
In the North West, Manchester is set to get a huge new public green space,
the 390-acre masterplan to regenerate a huge swathe of land north of the city is currently underway – creating a host of new neighbourhoods, nicknamed ‘The Northern Gateway’. In Trafford, work will start this summer on a new £48m Hampton By Hilton hotel.
In the North East, Northumberland County Council has started tendering to find a contractor for a £40m project
to build stations and car parks for the Northumberland Line.