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News in Brief: September 2022

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West Lothian Council has granted planning permission in principal for a new 11,000m2 film studio to be created in Bathgate, next to the existing Pyramids Business Park.

BAM has been appointed through the Department for Education’s (DfE) high value framework to redevelop Fred Longworth High School in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The £24M contract will see the contractor create a three-storey teaching block, which will be net-zero carbon in operation.

Morris Leslie Group has secured planning permission for a £33.8M leisure-led development at West Kinfauns, Perthshire, which will include an hotel with up 150 rooms, holiday chalets, a transport museum and retail units.

Belgium-based real estate group Atenor has submitted plans for the redevelopment of the 1950s-built seven-storey Fleet House in the City of London. Architect HOK has designed the building’s redevelopment, which retains 80% of the existing structure and features a planted façade.

Main contractor Kier will start work this autumn on the UK’s newest smart prison, a facility that will have over 1,400 modern places to get more offenders into jobs and away from crime. It is claimed the £400M prison in East Yorkshire will include an unprecedented array of workshops and classrooms, so prisoners spend their time learning new skills to help them find work on release.

Sefton Council has submitted plans for The Marine Lake Events Centre on Southport waterfront. Aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the scheme will be centred around a 1,200-seater first-class events space.

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