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UK Construction News to July 2009

Commercial Director of Crossrail announced
Working directly with the chief executive the new commercial director will lead the commercial function of Crossrail to ensure that the client establishes and fulfils all the necessary commercial agreements required to deliver the Crossrail project worth £15.9bn.

Highways agency appoints 5
The highways agency has appointed five contractors to a new £400 million managed works framework contract covering the East and South East of England.

Café Royal to turn into a hotel
A major management contract has clinched the contract to turn London’s Café Royal into a 160 room five-star hotel. An Israeli property developer is the client.

New plans for Battersea
The latest plans for the redundant power station have been revealed by architect Rafael Vinoly. The development gives greater prominence to the 1930s industrial buildings on the site and nothing will be taller than the shoulders of the power station. The masterplan includes around 3,700 new homes, offices, shops, restaurants, a hotel, leisure space and community facilities.

Scotland’s biggest infrastructure tender worth £1.2bn
A number of big contracting names are to join forces to bid for the £1.2 billion contract to build the new Forth Bridge in Scotland.

Three Mills Lock is unlocked
The Three Mills Lock in east London (also known as Prescott Lock) has opened to traffic. The location is at Prescott Channel, Bromley-by-Bow and opens up the Bow Back Rivers a network of waterways in and around the London 2012 Olympic Park for the first time in many years.

New Halls for Reading
The contract worth £49 million to build two new halls of residenceat the University of Reading has been awarded. The contract includes the refurbishment of the existing building as well as a new catering building.

Tallest tower in the South West
A house builder/developer has just been granted for a mixed-use development which includes a 120m high residential tower. The development, which is on the former site of Television South West’s Plymouth city centre headquarters,includes a 31 storey 120m high residential tower with 109 apartments and two tower blocks accommodating two hotels and 142 student apartments. Building is planned to commence work this autumn by the developer.

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