Archive 2016 08

BIG Hitters A round up of the biggest stories hitting the industry Go to to read the stories in full Big Hitters Neville and Giggs unveil first images of landmark twin tower development FORMER footballers turned developers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs believe they have the opportunity to “create something special” in Manchester after unveiling the first computer-generated images of their proposed £200 million redevelopment of the Jackson Row area of the city. Funded by Singaporean-based Rowsley and Beijing Construction Engineering Group, Neville expects the two-tower St Michael’s project to create around 300 construction jobs if the scheme is granted planning permission later this year. Designed by MAKE Architects, the landmark development on the 1.8 acre site off Deansgate, will include a 200-bed five-star hotel, 153 apartments, offices and a new synagogue. It will also feature three public spaces, designed by Landscape Architects Planit-IE. Ken Shuttleworth, founder of MAKE said: “We have designed two slender, elegant towers for the site, which sit very much as a pair using the same sleek black aluminium cladding, yet with differing heights and arched crowns.” A public consultation will take place in September with construction likely to start in spring next year. READ MORE: Government delays nuclear power station decision THE building of the £18 billion Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset has been thrown into doubt after the government decided to put the project on hold, just hours after developer EDF had given it the go-ahead. The South West reactor was expected to become Britain’s first new nuclear plant for a generation, but in a statement Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said a final decision will now be delayed to allow ministers to carefully consider the project. He said: “The UK needs a reliable and secure energy supply and the government believes that nuclear energy is an important part of the mix. The government will now consider carefully all the component parts of this project and make its decision in the early autumn.” READ MORE: www.builderandengineer.2 McAlpine CEO steps down after eight months in charge AFTER just eight months at the helm, Tony Aikenhead stepped down from his role as chief executive at Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd at the end of July. Having joined SRM in 2007, Aikenhead became the first nonfamily member to lead the firm when he was appointed CEO last November. His objective was the “introduction of the improvement programmes that would transform the business and its future”. And with the UK construction and civil engineering company trading profitably again following a thorough business review, Aikenhead and the SRM board agreed that the time was right for him to hand on his board responsibilities. Non-executive chairman of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, Gavin McAlpine, said: “We would like to thank Tony for his significant contribution to the business. He has seen the company through a major process of transition, which has moved us back into profit this year.” Sir Robert McAlpine is expected to announce the appointment of a new chief executive in the coming months. READ MORE:

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