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News in Brief: November 2022

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Kirklees Council has revealed plans to redevelop Huddersfield town centre with a £200M Cultural Heart as part of its ten-year vision. The scheme will include the refurbishment of the town’s Queensgate Market and library to create a new piazza, and the construction of a food hall and a museum. Elsewhere on the site, the plans also include a new art gallery, a multi-purpose entertainment and conference venue and a multi-storey car park.

Developer Inland Homes has received planning permission for a multi-million-pound mixed-use scheme on the former Cavalry Barracks site in Hounslow, west London. Occupied by the Army since the 1790s, the former Ministry of Defence site will be redeveloped with offices, workspaces, leisure space and more than 1,500 homes. The planning application stipulated that no gas heating will be used on the site. Instead, solar panels and air-source heat pumps will provide heating and hot water.

MWD Healthcare (a partnership between Mace and Willmott Dixon) has been appointed to build a major facility at University Hospitals Plymouth in its first NHS ProCure23 win. Work on the new 17,000m2 purpose-built Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Derriford is planned to start in 2023. The facility will include state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to support faster diagnosis, as well as new interventional radiology theatres and surgical theatres to be able to treat patients more quickly and improve patient outcomes.

Contractor Tilbury Douglas said formal planning approval has been granted for the new Catterick Integrated Care Campus, bringing construction of a brand-new health and care facility for the North Yorkshire a step closer. It will provide a range of healthcare services for Armed Forces personnel and their families based at Catterick Garrison and residents of the wider area.

Pharmaceuticals company, Vectura has been given planning permission for a new 10,000m2 facility on the Bristol & Bath Science Park in south-west England. The state-of-the-art £58M building, which is anticipated to complete in 2025, is aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

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