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News in Brief: June 2021

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Planning approval has been given for the creation of a SeedPod hub on the outskirts of Aberdeen for the food and drink industry. The £21M investment – backed by the Aberdeen City Deal and funders the UK Government, Scottish Government and Opportunity North East – will put the region’s businesses at the forefront of innovation, productivity and sustainability.

Developer Stoford and contractor McLaren Construction have begun work on a multi-million-pound ambulance service hub for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) in Sandwell. The 7,000m2 purpose-built hub, which is said to be the largest of its kind in the country, will eventually house about 350 operational ambulance staff.

Willmott Dixon has been chosen to deliver a new £8M business centre and innovation hub for East Riding of Yorkshire Council that will offer flexible office and workshop space for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the Goole 36 Enterprise Zone.

Bristol City Council has granted planning permission and listed building consent to developer First Base for the £175M regeneration of the Soapworks site. Comprising workspace, homes, and retail and food outlets, the new district will include two new buildings alongside the sensitive restoration of the Grade II listed building, originally a soap factory dating back to the 1860s.

Regeneration specialist Peel L&P has submitted a planning application for the Yorkhill Quay scheme in Glasgow, which will include 1,100 homes, a 200-bedroom hotel plus 2,500m2 of leisure facilities. The land, located on the northern banks of the River Clyde in the West End of Glasgow, between the Riverside Museum and the Scottish Event Campus, is currently derelict and has been earmarked for development under Peel L&P’s masterplan for Glasgow Waters.

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