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Serco negotiates £20m reduction on Carillion health FM deal

Serco has agreed a revised deal to buy a large part of Carillion’s UK healthcare facilities management business, saving £20 million in the process.

Stricken contractor Carillion agreed a £47.7m sale to Serco in December as part of efforts to reduce its debt.

Since then, Carillion filed for liquidation allowing Serco to negotiate a revised business purchase agreement with liquidators and special managers at PwC and will now be paying £29.7m for the business.

Serco said: “The agreement covers substantially all of the assets that were the subject of the previous agreement.

“The change in consideration reflects Serco’s re-evaluation of potential liabilities, indemnities, warranties and the additional working capital investment required as a result of Carillion’s liquidation.”

Turner Property Services wins housing association reactive maintenance deal

(from left) Turner Property Services Rhona Cameron (customer services manager) and the Turner Property Services joiner and plumber appointed to the area, along with Samantha King, Iain Turner and Laura McPhail from Bellsmyre Housing Association

Bellsmyre Housing Association has commenced a new partnership with Turner Property Services, which has been appointed to deliver the organisation’s reactive maintenance service.

The three year contract, worth £250,000 per annum, will run from January 22, providing multi-trade repair services to all Bellsmyre properties.

Bellsmyre, which is part of the Caledonia Housing Group, said that Turner Property Services fought off significant levels of competition in the open tender procurement process to win the contract. Its response stood out for its “tried and tested experience in the building sector, great reputation and references along with their local employment ethos and overall ability to provide value for money”.

Barry Johnstone, area director of Caledonia Housing Association, said: “Bellsmyre Housing Association have made significant progress in the past couple of years improving service quality and increasing tenant satisfaction. A recent independent tenant survey indicated improvement in all Scottish Social Housing Charter satisfaction indicators.

“The survey also highlighted that tenants identify reactive maintenance as the most visible and important service Bellsmyre provide. Accordingly we believe this new partnership with Turner Property Services will deliver further improvement, providing Bellsmyre tenants with a responsive and quality repairs service.”

Turner Property Services managing director, Craig Boath, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bellsmyre Housing Association delivering a high quality repairs & maintenance service, enhancing the customer experience of the repairs service resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. We offer a flexible appointment system to suit customers’ needs and are delighted to have employed local labour to deliver this service.”

Vital Energi secures double contract with Dunedin Canmore

St Nicholas Place

Dunedin Canmore housing developments in Edinburgh will see smart metering technology installed into a total of 228 properties by Vital Energi, who will also supply and service the machinery.

The developments that will benefit from the technology are St Nicholas Place and Slateford Green, which both share green ambitions with the former having reduced parking to encourage the use of public transport, and the latter residing within a car-free urban village. The vPro2 technology will further assist in these goals as studies suggest it prompts users to adapt their lifestyle to reduce energy consumption through the ability to easily monitor their consumption and emissions.

After signing contracts that include a further three year servicing agreement, Vital Energi will be providing the wireless heat metering solution into the properties with work expected to run from January 2018 until June 2018.

This smart technology carries multiple benefits through the options to use a ‘pay as you go’ method to prevent heat debt, or a credit billing method, and various payment options including online, telephone or direct debit. Featuring no wired infrastructure, data can be collected remotely using GPRS to prevent any need to enter a customer’s home.

Denise Neville, service centre manager at Vital Energi, said: “We are pleased that Dunedin Canmore have chosen to work with us again following success with previous projects. We truly appreciate our working relationship and are excited to assist in their latest projects.”

Hazel Young, Dunedin Canmore managing director, said “We are delighted to work with Vital Energi again, and we hope these smart meters will help customers manage their energy use and get accurate bills.”

Contractor fined £80,000 after gas explosion at South Lanarkshire home

A contractor has been fined after a gas explosion at a domestic property in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire.

Lanark Sheriff Court heard that, on 22 March 2007, Turriff Contractors Limited had been contracted to construct and install a gas main on a street in Lesmahagow.

The court also heard that, on 25 March 2012, the gas main Turriff constructed and installed failed and caused extensive damage to a bungalow on the street, the two occupants of the bungalow escaped with minor injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the cause of the explosion was due to the poor construction of the gas main in 2007, the company also failed to adequately supervise the construction and installation of this gas main.

It was found that the gas main was constructed near to a low voltage electrical cable which later short circuited and the heat generated from this caused the release of natural gas subsequently leading to the gas explosion.

Turriff Contractors Limited, of Stepps, Glasgow, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £80,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE head of gas and pipelines, Julie Voce, said: “It was very fortunate the two residents escaped this life-threatening incident with minor injuries.

“Duty holders must construct and install all gas pipelines to the required standard. In this case Turriff Contractors failed to do so and we hope that lessons have been learned to avoid similar events occurring in the future.”

Edinburgh building consultancy launches rights of light service

David Philip

Independent building and project consultancy Paragon has launched a service to provide daylight and sunlight planning and rights of light advice, as it continues to expand its integrated offer in Scotland.

Located on Edinburgh’s George Street, Paragon now provides daylight and sunlight consultancy and rights of light advice to commercial developers, funders, architects, planning consultants and housebuilders throughout pre-acquisition, feasibility and detailed design.

The new service also combines with the consultancy’s existing neighbourly matters offer to further maximise potential and minimise risk throughout the development process.

Commenting on the service launch, Paragon director and head of the Edinburgh office, David Philip, said: “We have every confidence that our rights of light service will play a significant role in our further expansion in Scotland.

“As with all our services, our daylight and sunlight consultancy and rights of light team will quickly establish issues, identify opportunities and deliver positive commercial outcomes for our clients.”

Paragon’s daylight and sunlight service in Scotland is led by director Anthony Harris who has specialised in rights of light, daylight and sunlight and party wall matters for 20 years. Before joining the business, he was a partner at rights of light specialist surveying firm GIA.

Paisley fit-out firm steps up growth plans with multi-million pound hotel redevelopments

Specialist fit-out contractor Dimension has underlined its ambitions with the successful completion of a string of major hotel projects.

The Paisley-based firm has recently delivered a number of redevelopments at properties across the south of the UK.

These included the complete overhaul of the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park and a restaurant refurbishment at the Marriot at Heathrow Airport, where Dimension’s teams are also set to begin work transforming the lobby area.

The extensive work at London Marriott Hotel Regents Park – which was carried out in four phases over 18 months – saw Dimension’s specialist fitters strip out and refurbish the lobby, executive lounge, restaurant, meetings and events spaces, plus all 311 bedrooms.

At Heathrow Airport the firm completed the latest in a long line of projects for Carluccio’s restaurants. The 14 week job included the strip out of the previous restaurant and conversion of the existing hotel bar.

Dimension is also about to undertake a refurbishment of the lobby area at Heathrow and commence a major refurbishment of the Marriott Bristol Royal Hotel, which will include both public areas and bedrooms.

All projects have been delivered in close partnership with the hotel’s own project and design teams.

Martin McColl, managing director of Dimension, said: “The refurbishment of the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park has produced stunning results and we are very proud to have played such a key part in delivering this fantastic project for the client.

“Working with Hamilton Hotel Partners (Asset Managers) and TowerEight Project and Cost Managers, across each project, our expert fitter and management teams – who are specialists in the hospitality sector – put a great deal of thought and careful planning into the projects, delivering on time and on budget whilst remaining agile enough to adapt to changing scenarios.

“This approach was supported by our expert teams of craftsmen whose unique skillset blends traditional and modern methods to produce an end result which speaks for itself.”

Marriott hotels often feature subtle references to their location and the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park draws inspiration from the nearby parks and zoo, whilst remaining both purposeful and functional for guests.

Martin added: “The London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is the largest project we have ever undertaken but we have ambitions for further growth and have invested heavily in our manufacturing facilities and expertise as we work towards our target of becoming a £30 million plus group. All of our recent hotel refurbishments are indicative of the type of projects which we aim to increasingly deliver.”

Building Briefs – February 14th

£33m investment plan at Renfrewshire medical device factory

Up to £33 million is to be invested to expand a medical device manufacturer in Renfrewshire.

Vascutek has secured funding from Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation to expand its headquarters in addition to boosting its manufacturing facility at Inchinnan.

The investment will include scaling up existing facilities at the site, including the installation of two new ‘cleanrooms’, which will be used in the manufacture of polyester grafts and ThoraflexHybrid products.

Other features will see new equipment purchased for the cleanrooms and a new sterilisation suite developed.

Work on the first phase will get underway this April, with completion scheduled for 2021.


Plans for St Andrews apartments lodged

Architects Muir Walker & Pride has submitted a planning application to Fife Council for eight new apartments in the St Andrews conservation area.

The proposals on a steeply sloping site just off the A915 Bridge Street to the north of Kinness Place also incorporate an underground car park and two luxury penthouses on the top floor of the development

The project would also require the demolition of the existing two-storey 1960s building at Southcroft, Lade Braes.

A design statement related to the plans said redevelopment of the site would “contribute to an increase in the housing stock of central St Andrews which will in turn contribute more to the local economy” and urged planning officials to support the application.


West Lothian park to receive £1m investment boost

Work is to start on a £1 million park improvement project in West Lothian.

The scheme will see sporting and leisure facilities transformed at Watson Park in Armadale.

Features include building new stand-alone team sports changing facility in conjunction with Armadale Community Football Club, modernising Watson Memorial Bowling Club and improving the open space areas in the park.

Work is underway to develop the new sports pavilion and is aimed to start on-site by summer 2019. A programme of planned improvement work will be agreed with Watson Memorial Bowling Club to include fabric, mechanical and electrical upgrades.

Other works such as drainage works, path upgrades and refurbishing the existing enclosed ball court will take place to complement other changes being carried out at the park. The current changing rooms and former depot building at the park will be assessed to see if it can be used for equipment storage in the future.


Residents invited to view plans for A96 Hardmuir to Fochabers dualling

Residents are being invited to view updates plans for dualling the A96 between Hardmuir to Fochabers.

Ongoing design work as well as a public consultation process have resulted in a number of changes to the options under consideration for the scheme.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown said Transport Scotland will hold a series of public drop-in events later this month and into March for anyone who is interested in the scheme.

Details of the drop-in events, which will take place between 12 noon and 7pm, are as follows:

  • Elgin Town Hall, 1 Trinity Place, Elgin IV30 1UL – Tuesday 27 February.
  • Mansefield Hotel, Mayne Road, Elgin IV30 1 NY – Wednesday, 28 February
  • Forres Town Hall, High Street, Forres IV36 1PB – Thursday, 01 March
  • Fochabers Institute, 15 High Street, Fochabers IV32 7EP – Friday, 02 March

And finally… Graffiti tribute to V&A Dundee architect

A Dundee graffiti artist has paid tribute to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the designer of the £80.1 million V&A Museum of Design on the city’s waterfront.

Artist SYKE created the black and white portrait of Kengo Kuma on a wall near Seabraes, less than a mile from the flagship building.

SYKE, whose real name is Symon Mathieson, told The Courier: “He has designed a stunning building for our city.

“This is just a little way of saying thanks.”

Kengo Kuma visited Dundee last week to inspect the completed V&A building.

Images courtesy of SYKE on Facebook.

Construction leads and tenders – February 14th


Applicant: Marcos Leisure Ltd.

Planning Authority: Edinburgh

Details: Construction of 2 storey office with glazed frontage, smooth render external walls and corrugated steel flat roof.

Location: Land 72 metres south east of 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh

Agent: SW Architectural Design Ltd, 24B Dovecot Road, Edinburgh



Applicant: Springfield Properties PLC. FAO: Jim Ravey, Springfield House, 3 Central Park Avenue, Larbert

Planning Authority: Edinburgh

Details: Residential development of approximately 500 dwellings, landscaping works and associated ancillary works.

Location: South East Wedge development site, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

Agent: None



Applicant: Burnarvie Ltd.

Planning Authority: Edinburgh

Details: Construct two mews style dwelling houses on site of existing car park.

Location: 3 Canon Lane, Edinburgh

Agent: Johnston-Harris Architects. Fao Jamie Anderson, 31 The Shore, Edinburgh



Contract Authority: Shire Housing Association Ltd

Details: The Client intends to enter into a Framework Agreement with a maximum of three contractors for the carrying out of bathroom upgrading works to approximately 212 properties over a three-year period located at various locations within the East Ayrshire region.

Location: East Ayrshire

Contact: info@shirehousing.com

Publication Date: 13/02/2018


Contract Authority: Fife Council

Details: Supply and fit new path and platt creating ramp at 2 Laverock Path, Glenrothes

Location: Glenrothes

Contact: gary.easton@fife.gov.uk

Publication Date: 13/02/2018

Stewart Milne Homes unveils vision for modern city living at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay

The former Plantation Quay and Princes’ Dock Basin, on the southern bank of the Clyde, could be transformed into a new residential development of 203 homes if planning permission is granted.

Stewart Milne Homes has submitted a planning application for a residential development comprising apartments, duplexes and family homes to regenerate the site, which is within the Pacific Quay Creative Clyde Enterprise Area, one of several strategic economic investment locations designated in the Glasgow City Development Plan.

The housebuilder is leading on the masterplan which is a collaborative venture involving Scottish Enterprise, architects HAUS Collective, Glasgow City Council Planning Department, Turley Planning Consultants, Dougall Baillie Associates, Oobe Landscaping and Wireframe Immersive.

The local community and key stakeholders have contributed to the evolution of the design and approach within the masterplan.

Allan McQuade, director of business infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise, said: “We have been working with Stewart Milne Homes to deliver the next generation of residential and amenity space at Pacific Quay. This development represents a rare and exciting opportunity to create an exemplar development at a key strategic site for Glasgow and forms a significant part of the final stages in the wider Pacific Quay masterplan.”

The proposals aim to deliver a residential neighbourhood with unique characteristic within the Pacific Quay locale on the fringe of Finnieston, which has undergone a dramatic change in recent years through progressive developments for business, commercial and social uses.

Gerry More, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes, added: “Throughout the design process, we’ve taken account of the best aspects of the city’s architecture which have inspired the contemporary homes which are set within a carefully-planned and high amenity environment.

“From the public spaces, streets, lanes and abundance of landscaping, through to the design and detailing of the homes, the aim is to create a community of unique character which reflects the quality and heritage of its setting.

“By understanding the heritage, context and character of an area, we can ensure that all our developments are designed in such a way that they create unique places with a sense of community, pride and soul.”