Big changes are afoot in the London Borough of Hounslow as a major
mixed-use scheme, known as the High Street Quarter development,
is set to transform the borough’s town centre.
High Street Quarter will deliver a Cineworld multiplex cinema,
along with a range of shops, restaurants and eateries, which will all
be set around a new town square.
The project, being delivered by Barratt London and Wilson
Bowden, will also include 528 homes, of which 41 per cent will be
The ten-screen multiplex cinema will include an IMAX screen
and has been designed as a steel-framed structure.
BHC is fabricating, supplying and erecting 1,321t of hot rolled
steelwork for the project, which equates to 3,234 individual pieces.
The steel tonnage also includes a further 10t of cold rolled steelwork.
The cinema is set to be completed in early 2020.
Major completed projects throughout the UK, which utilised a
steel-framed solution, were winners at the regional RICS (Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2019.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives
and developments in land, real estate, construction and
infrastructure. They are also said to celebrate the achievements
and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local
In the North East region, the Project of the Year award went
to Sunderland’s Beacon of Light, which the RICS judges said had
successfully delivered on its goal to involve, encourage, inspire and
This educational community asset was designed by
FaulknerBrowns, with Harry Marsh (Engineers) fabricating and
erecting the steelwork.
The steel-framed Westgate shopping centre development (top
right) in Oxford scooped the Project of the Year accolade for the
South East region. A total of 7,000t of steel was erected by BHC
for this city centre redevelopment.
Also in the South East, the Lexicon retail development
(steelwork by Severfield) won the Regeneration Award.
Two steel-framed projects picked up awards in the Wales region.
The BBC Cymru Wales Headquarters in Cardiff, (above right)
won the Design Through Innovation award, while Conwy County
Borough Council Offices in Colwyn Bay (above left) picked up the
Working on behalf of ISG, Severfield erected approximately
2,000t of steel for the BBC scheme, while 1,050t of steel was erected
by EvadX for the Conwy Council job.
The prestigious Commercial Award for the London region
was presented to the London Wall scheme. These state-of-the-art
office buildings provide over 46,000m2 of Grade A office space and
are now considered to be a City landmark. Working on behalf of
Multiplex, William Hare erected 8,500t of steel for the project.
All of the regional winners are entered into the RICS grand final
which is held in October.
Siemens Mobility has formally
submitted an outline planning
application to develop a rail
manufacturing plant in Goole,
East Yorkshire. The submission
is said to be a major milestone
towards establishing a £200M
facility to manufacture and
trains for the expanding UK
North East Lincolnshire Council
has given the green light for the
construction of a £300M energy
from waste (EFW) power station
near Stallingborough. Known
as the South Humber Bank
Energy Centre, it will generate
nearly 50MW a year. Work is
expected to start later this year
and the facility will support 600
Plans have been submitted for
a new 11-storey speculative
commercial building in the
NOMA district of Manchester,
a 20-acre mixed-use
neighbourhood in the centre of
the city. Developer MEPC said 4
Angel Square will provide more
than 18,500m2 of Grade A office
space alongside a new public
Ambitious plans for a new
cultural quarter on Stratford
Waterfront in east London’s
Queen Elizabeth Olympic
Park are set to gain planning
approval. The project, which is
being led by architects Allies
and Morrison, will include new
buildings for the Sadler’s Wells
dance theatre, the BBC, the
Victoria and Albert Museum
(known as V&A East) and the
University of London’s College
db symmetry has gained
outline planning consent for
a major new logistics scheme
at Symmetry Park, Kettering.
Tritax Big Box REIT is funding the
development, which will provide
up to 215,000m2 of high-quality
logistics floor space. The scheme
has the potential to create up to
2,800 jobs and will be a major
contributor towards Kettering’s
planned economic growth.
steel projects at
UK steel supply – business as usual
While British Steel is officially in compulsory liquidation, the
company continues with business as usual while the Official
Receiver looks for a buyer. BCSA is hopeful that this key part of the
UK’s proud industrial heritage can be saved.
“The UK structural steelwork sector is in good shape,” said BCSA
Director General Sarah McCann-Bartlett. “Demand for structural
steelwork is steady, and UK steelwork contractors have the capacity
and capability to deliver the future pipeline of work.
“The UK has an efficient and mature stockholder and
distribution sector, and steel stocks in the UK remain healthy as
stockholders had already been preparing for a no deal Brexit.”
The Official Receiver has said that British Steel will continue to
trade as normal; taking orders, producing steel and despatching
while they look for a buyer.
The major European mills supplying steel to the UK, along with
other high quality international mills, have the capacity to fully
service the needs of the UK structural steelwork market, if required.
There are also other UK steel mills producing a variety of other
products for the UK construction sector.
“The structural steelwork sector and its supply chain will
continue to offer the construction sector the high level of service they
expect, under any circumstances,” said Sarah McCann-Bartlett.
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