Category: Construction Services

Firm wanted for £77m Cumbria Uni Citadel project

The hunt is starting for a design and build contractor to transform the Grade 1 listed Citadel buildings into a new Carlisle city centre campus for the University of Cumbria.

The £77m project proposes a comprehensive redevelopment of the adjacent site led by the delivery of the new 13,800 sqm campus for the University of Cumbria as the anchor occupier with associated leisure and cultural elements to increase vitality into the city centre.

It is being developed jointly by Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council and the University of Cumbria working with Cumbria LEP as a key partner.

As part of the planned transformation of the Citadel, demolition has just started on Paton House Buildings at the rear of the site.

Demolition of the Paton House buildings is a key part of setting the groundworks for the ambitious city centre redevelopment project.

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Multiplex Head of Engineering joins Keltbray

Keltbray has appointed Craig Moorfield as its new Group Technical Director.

Moorfield joins from Multiplex Europe where he was Head of Engineering.

The newly created post will see Moorfield become an Executive Board Member and report directly to Keltbray Chief Executive Officer, Darren James.

Moorfield will lead the group’s performance in engineering, research and development and innovation. He will also take responsibility for the corresponding technical and engineering assurance across the group.

He has been involved in the design and construction of commercial and high rise buildings, stadia, and airports across Australia, the Middle East and Europe and has led the development of cutting edge construction methodologies and analysis techniques for implementation on some of the world’s most high-profile projects.

James said, “We are delighted that Craig has chosen to join us and help lead the next stage of Keltbray’s engineering development.  Craig’s appointment is hard-wired to fulfilling Keltbray’s core purpose – “To redefine the way sustainable development is delivered”.

“He has an industry reputation as a leading technical expert in the sustainable design and delivery of complex buildings and infrastructure, and his appointment marks a step change in our engineering ambitions.

“He will play a creative role in delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to meet our clients’ diverse needs.  His experience of successfully developing cutting-edge ideas will greatly benefit the Group as we evolve our strategic focus towards expanding the opportunities to deploy our integrated self-delivery model in existing and new markets.”

Moorfield said, “I am thrilled to be joining Keltbray at such an exciting point in its development.  I genuinely believe it has the strategic focus, the resources and most importantly, the right talent to lead the specialist engineering and construction industry, setting the standards by which all other organisations in the sector will be measured.”

Canary Wharf Group plans next resi skyscraper

Canary Wharf Group has revealed plans for its next major residental tower at the western end of the Docklands Estate.

The Park Place build to rent tower has been designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and will rise to 55 storeys, just a few floors lower than the neighbouring Newfoundland residential building at 58 storeys.

Place Place build to rent tower will be built next to Westferry Circus

The slender high-rise will rise from a four-floor mixed-use pavilion containing shops, restaurants and workspace next to a new waterside public square. 

The site is currently vacant but was previously occupied by a 1980s building, which was the former HQ of Littlejohn Frazer demolished some time ago.

The Park Place site has been the subject of a number of previous planning consents all office-led schemes.

The latest plan is for 624 homes specifically built for rent only and would include both market rent and affordable homes.

The new residential tower will extend the retail and restaurant trade through the weekend at the Western end of Canary Wharf

Subject to receiving planning permission, it would be the intention to start enabling works on site in 2023.

Building fit-out is planned for 2025 with the building, which is to be built by Canary Wharf Contractors, handed over in 2028.

The new homes would be managed through Vertus, Canary Wharf Group’s specialist rental organisation


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