UK construction seems to be getting a big boost in the city if the number of development projects is anything to go by. They seem to be a mix of UK housing and commercial developments too.
Maxim Recruitments view this favourably in terms of what they will be able to offer in the way of opportunities in the UK construction job market. Let’s look at some of them in a little more depth.
Battersea Power Station
This development funded by a Malaysian consortium was launched globally at the beginning of this month. In an effort to fill its planned retail park with world class names, it is taking its exhibition to all corners of the globe: London, New York, Paris, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Doha.
Back on site the rebuilding of its four iconic towers has begun and development of the residential spaces soon to begin. The luxurious apartments with either one or two bedrooms will sit above the offices also planned for this development. Residents will enjoy the privilege of a gymnasium and spa as well as roof garden space.
A circular glass lift will ascend through one of the towers taking people up to the top for magnificent views across London.
UK construction of this development will be busy for the next few years as completion is not due until 2019.
Offices for Kings Cross
With revamped stations at Kings Cross and St Pancras as part of UK infrastructure investments, the area is due for another lift. A £40m scheme will develop retail spaces and offices over ten floors at Three Pancras Square. Construction is due to start later this year and complete in 2016.
The building design is inspired by the area’s 19th century architecture. The new retail/office development will overlook Regent’s Canal on the corner of Kings Boulevard and Goods Way and fronting onto Pancras Square.
Redevelopment at One Angel Court
Over in the City at One Angel Court the redevelopment of a 1970s office block is underway. Mace will manage the construction of this project worth £125m which is already off the starter’s block and due for completion in 2016.
The redevelopment involves taking the original building back to its core and recladding with floor to ceiling glazing. The development will also see an increase of floor space by 10,000 sq m.
Residential Scheme at Greenwich Tower
At Greenwich Peninsula, a £50m residential scheme is planned. This is the second phase of a scheme in this area to provide 10,000 much needed new homes by 2039. All good news for UK construction.
This second phase accounts for 224 luxury apartments built in four blocks. The tallest will cover 24 storeys right next to the Thames.
This project is being managed by UK construction firm Kier who also disclosed that they have won an engineering and construction project for the Canal and River Trust. Worth £25m over six years it will involve 100 sizeable projects plus as many as 200 minor repair projects each year. So good news for UK engineering too.
New Scotland Yard
Also at the beginning of this month, the 1960’s building and old home of New Scotland Yard came on the market. It has a guide price of £250m though because of its location in Victoria, it is likely to fetch more than this. There is no planning permission for the site in place though it is expected that the existing building will be demolished to make way for a modern development. The site will be marketed as Ten Broadway.
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With such a bounty of development opportunities in UK quantity surveying, construction and engineering, it’s time to get in touch with us to see what job vacancy gems we have in our portfolio. We will be happy to chat to you and match you to the perfect top jobs in the industry. Please submit your CV via the Maxim website and call Adam in the UK office for a follow up chat.