September's top stories: Workspace Group proceeds with London residential project

London-based real estate firm Workspace Group received planning permission for a mixed-use development at Raynes Park in south-west London, Drake & Scull Engineering won an AED123m ($33.4m) contract for a new development in Dubai, UAE, and British school used AcerMetric's modular 'airpop' construction process to build an education centre in 13 weeks. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from September 2015.


 

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Workspace Group proceeds with mixed-use redevelopment in London

London-based real estate firm Workspace Group received planning permission for a mixed-use development at Raynes Park in south-west London's Borough of Merton.

Planning consent was granted for redevelopment of the Rainbow Industrial Estate, which will lead to replacement of the existing low-rise industrial units and open yard. In March the site was valued at £10.5m.

Under the new plan, the development will hold 224 residential units, including a mix of townhouses, private apartments and 15% affordable housing, along with 37,000ft² of commercial and light-industrial space.

UK education centre built using new, modular process

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Coppice Primary School in Chigwell, UK completed the development of its 'Centre of Excellence' in a considerably low time and cost, using the AcerMetric building system.

AcerMetric is a British applied engineering design and development firm that uses its innovative construction system as a solution to the shortfall in low-cost housing and schools in the UK, and worldwide.

The modular building system uses expanded polystyrene, known in Europe as airpop, in its patented design. This enabled the centre to be assembled on-site over 13 weeks.

Drake & Scull Engineering wins Dubai beachfront development deal

A subsidiary of Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE) won an AED123m ($33.4m) contract for a mixed-use development in the Jumeirah district of Dubai, UAE.

The project involves construction of more than 72,000m² of food and beverage (F&B) concepts and retail outlets, along with its shell and core parking facilities.

DSE is expected to complete the beachfront retail zone complex within next year.

Tate Modern art gallery in UK to open in June 2016 following revamp

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The expanded Tate Modern art gallery in the UK will open to the public on 17 June next year, following a £260m revamp.

Developed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, the building will feature a gallery for modern art making it the 'most important new cultural building' in the country for more than two decades.

Mace is the construction manager for the new extension building, which will stand ten storeys-high, offering 60% more display space than the original Tate Modern inaugurated in 2000.

Swansea University opens transformed Bay Campus in UK

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Swansea University in the UK opened its redeveloped science and innovation Bay Campus following completion of a £450m transformational project.

The scheme, developed over a two-year period, had been in planning for more than ten years, and was built by the UK's leading regeneration specialist St Modwen.

This renovated campus is designed as a 'welcoming and vibrant place for visitors' to include cafés, bars, and food court-style restaurants.

KIPCO plans $5bn mixed-use development in Kuwait

Kuwait Projects (KIPCO) announced it would invest $5bn in a real estate scheme for the outskirts of the country's capital.

KIPCO vice-chairman Faisal al-Ayyar was cited by local newspaper al-Qabas as saying that the property project will span across 380,000m² in the al-Daiya region.

The scheme will involve residential and commercial builds, along with infrastructure developments such as roads, parks, walkways and electricity.

Renovated Kirkgate station opens at Wakefield, UK

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The UK Department for Transport inaugurated the revamped Wakefield Kirkgate station, marking completion of a £5.6m restoration project.

Restoration was funded by around £1.5m from the Department of Transport, and took two years to complete, after a fundraising campaign by regeneration charity Groundwork.

Built in 1854, the Grade II-listed station is the first in Wakefield and located towards the south of the city.

Minnesota Vikings' new HQ being developed as a mixed-use complex

Minnesota Vikings announced redevelopment plans for a site in Eagan that will be used as the US football team's new headquarters and practice facility.

Designs for the suburban property include a proposal for developing spaces for retail and housing, along with a small stadium for youth football games.

The team announced signing of the purchase agreement for the 185-acre plot in Eagan, Minnesota in August.