Hampshire special secondary school gets basketball court

A basketball court at a Hampshire special school is up and running after a £4.4m project of remodelling and refurbishment. The main works were completed in August by W Stirland, a privately-owned construction company near Chichester. They involved the conversion and extension of the existing Victorian school building at Linden Education Centre in Aldershot, creating teaching accommodation for 92 secondary age Continue reading

Transformation to create Hull city centre’s first multi-space complex

One of Hull city centre’s iconic commercial properties is set to be transformed into a pioneering multi-functional living and workspace complex, as part of a significant £6m investment. Kingston House, in Bond Street, will be the new home of K2, the city’s first multi-space concept of its kind, which will incorporate flexible office and co-working space, 14 luxury serviced apartments Continue reading

Buckingham Palace to undergo ‘essential’ £370m refurbishment

The Queen has been awarded a 66% pay rise to fund a £369m 10-year refit of Buckingham Palace, after the prime minister and chancellor agreed that an increase in the sovereign grant was the best way to fund urgent repairs. Officials warned there was a risk of a potential “catastrophic building failure” if the repairs were not carried out, but Continue reading

Work starts on site at Walthamstow Build to Rent scheme

Work is underway at Blackhorse Mills, a 440-home north London Build to Rent scheme being developed by Legal & General in Walthamstow. The development, which will be one of the largest Build to Rent developments in London, was designed by Assael Architecture, an award-winning architecture practice based in Putney, London. Blackhorse Mills will create around 440 new studio, 1, 2 Continue reading

Architecturally ambitious: Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury

Faced with a complex brief on a site scrutinised by planners, conservation teams and Historic England, architectural ambition was crucial for Kingsdown House, which provides new boarding accommodation at The King’s School in Canterbury. Walters & Cohen Architects needed to carefully consider the kind of products to use on the project, which is when building materials manufacturer Wienerberger was introduced Continue reading

Lendlease gets £1bn Tottenham regeneration scheme

Lendlease has been recommended as the preferred bidder for the role of longterm development partner for the £1bn High Road West scheme in Tottenham. Located next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the major regeneration project will help to establish High Road West as a new sports and leisure destination with improved public spaces and community facilities. Subject to Haringey Council Continue reading

Historic chimneys restored at Battersea

The painting of all four chimneys at Battersea Power is now complete in the exact colour of the originals. All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys, very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth. Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Continue reading

Wrightstyle in the pink at Bracken House

The former and future home of the Financial Times newspaper is being renovated to provide 270,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, complete with a walkable large-span glass roof designed and supplied by Wrightstyle, one of Europe’s leading advanced glazing systems companies. Bracken House is a Grade II Listed office building, originally built between 1955 and 1958, and lies Continue reading

£50m refurb to start at Old Admiralty Building

Willmott Dixon has won a £50m refurbishment deal at the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building in Horseguards Parade. BAM was originally handed the pre-construction services job in 2015 to fit-out a new home for The Department for Education. But both sides were unable to agree a main construction deal and the project stalled. Now Willmott Dixon has stepped-in via Continue reading

H2O Urban development wins national planning award

Specialist waterfront developer H2O Urban has gained a prestigious accolade at the Planning Awards. Aldcliffe Yard, a development on a sensitive heritage site in Lancaster, was awarded the title of Best Housing Scheme (for fewer than 500 homes). The ground-breaking development was commended for its sensitivity to the historic site in which it is situated, and for the innovative development Continue reading

11 Princelet Street by Chris Dyson Architects

11 Princelet Street located in the heart of Spitalfields has an interesting history of occupants. Originally erected by Daniel Bray, citizen and painter of London in June 1719, it was occupied by a clergyman in 1724 and later the carpenter Alexander Christie in 1766. Having collapsed in the nineteen thirties, very little was left of the original 18th-century structure when Continue reading

Work to start on £8.5m Octagon Theatre revamp in Bolton

Willmott Dixon will transform another cultural landmark after being appointed for a £8.5 million project to enlarge and modernise the 1960s built Octagon Theatre in Bolton. The company’s refurbishment specialists are already restoring a number of local attractions across the country, including Darlington Civic Centre, Plymouth’s History Centre and the east wing at Alexandra Palace. In June, it was also Continue reading