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News in Brief; April 2020

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Designs for a £100M redevelopment of Crompton Place Shopping Centre and Victoria Square in Bolton have been revealed by Bolton Regeneration, a partnership between Beijing Construction & Engineering Group International and Midia. The plans include the construction of a 110-bedroom hotel, 150 homes, a 7,500m² office block, and a mixed-use retail, leisure, dining and events space, dubbed Bolton Works, alongside improved public realm. The completed scheme would be named Bolton Victoria Square.

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed as preferred contractor to deliver Everton FC’s new 52,000 capacity stadium at Bramley Moore Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront. A pre-construction services agreement for a design and build contract is due to be signed after a competitive procurement process. Work on the new stadium is expected to start later this year, subject to planning consent, and is expected to take three years.

VINCI Construction has secured a £27M design and construct project for Staffordshire University for the new Catalyst Building, which will become a flagship centre for apprentices and digital skills. The university said the state-of-the-art facility will support students to study flexible degrees that meet their needs, those of employers and help students secure highly-skilled jobs.

Balfour Beatty has been appointed main contractor for a new regional transport integration hub at Motherwell station, with work set to begin this year. ScotRail, North Lanarkshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), and Transport Scotland have teamed up to create the hub.

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