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Construction of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team’s new factory at Silverstone in Northamptonshire has begun with a ceremonial breaking-ground ceremony. Expected to be complete by early 2023, the 37,000m2 buildings will become the new home of its Formula One team.

Britishvolt, the UK’s leading investor in lithium-ion battery cell technologies and has instructed ISG to commence enabling works for its Gigaplant near Blyth. Once complete, the site will bring around 3,000 direct jobs and 5,000 associated jobs in the supply chain.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick an £82M design and build contract to deliver two wind turbine blade manufacturing facilities, and repurpose an existing factory at its site in Hull. The works began in August and are due to complete in May 2023. Once complete, the new steel-framed facilities will enable Siemens Gamesa to produce larger blades, with greater efficiency.

Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, the University of Portsmouth has submitted a planning application for a new academic building on the site of a former swimming pool. The new academic building will feature large flexible spaces for teaching, research, innovation and collaboration, and it will house the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Building work has begun on the International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee. The two plant science innovation centres are being supported by £45M from the UK Government and £17M from the Scottish Government as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal.

Willmott Dixon has landed a £12M contract from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to deliver new facilities at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in Penywaun. Appointed using the SEWSCAP framework, the project will increase the school’s capacity by 187 places for the 2022/23 academic year.

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