Construction officially underway on Aberdare's new £22m Coleg y Cymoedd campus

First Minister Carwyn Jones broke the ground on-site in Robertstown on Wednesday morning, 18 months before it is due to open.

The construction of Aberdare’s new £22m Coleg y Cymoedd campus is officially underway as the First Minister of Wales ‘broke the ground’ at the new site.

Carwyn Jones visited the Robertstown site on Wednesday, March 2, where a state-of-the-art new building – jointly funded by Coleg y Cymoedd and the Welsh Government – will replace the college’s existing Cwmdare campus from September 2017.

The 2.7-acre site is a stone’s throw from Aberdare Railway Station, the town centre and the new Aberdare Community School, and is intended to provide learners and staff with significantly improved access to public transport and commuter links.

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Proposals to redevelop the Warwick Quadrant in Redhill were announced on the 6th June by Sainsbury's, Aviva Investment, and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. If accepted it will be a major development in the Council's "commitment to the revitalisation of the town centre".

The proposals include an extension of the existing Sainsbury's supermaket to 80,000ft of sales space, and the creation of a 98 bed hotel, a 562 slot car park, and a gym. As part of the deal the existing 365 slot basement car park will be placed under the control of the council, with some spaces being allocated for gym, hotel, library and theatre use.

Sainsbury's claim that the development will "create approximately 350 new full and part time jobs" for the supermarket, more than doubling the 150 currently employed, as well as additional opportunities at the new hotel and gym.

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A New Neighbourhood – Now Launched

The apartments

From penthouses and warehouse-style apartments with a distinctively London edge, to studios and flats with one to four bedrooms, these are homes with character.

A cultural quarter for retail with taste

Linked to Upper Street by two short, indoor arcades of shops, Islington Square is the perfect place for restaurants, cafes and retailers offering something a little different from the high street. The borough already has a rich heritage, and this new development will only add to the appeal.


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Since opening in 2008, Westfield London has transformed London’s retail landscape, rejuvenated the local area through the improvement and expansion of key transport hubs and changed the way consumers shop through the adoption of new technology.

Westfield London currently houses over 360 luxury, premium and high street retailers from more than 15 different countries. It is also home to The Village, a luxury mall designed specifically to cater for the growing consumer demand for luxury products.

As well as providing a world-leading shopping experience, Westfield London is a leisure and social destination for Londoners and tourists alike with a 17 screen state-of-the-art cinema, the UK’s first Kidzania, the Atrium events space, a flagship gym and an array of restaurants and bars.

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Verde SW1

Verde SW1 is a state-of-the-art, office-led redevelopment in the heart of the Victoria submarket in London’s West End. Once complete in Q2 2016, the building will provide a total of 317,083 SF of net internal area, along with six expansive roof gardens totaling over 20,000 SF and offering stunning views across the London skyline.

Verde SW1 was originally developed in 1995, and was occupied in its entirety by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), a UK Government body. Tishman Speyer acquired the property in January 2012 and negotiated a lease surrender with the tenant, gaining vacant possession in Q3 2014. Planning permission was successfully obtained for a next-generation property, designed by internationally-renowned architects Aukett Swanke, Adjaye Associates and MdeAS that increases the net internal area by 60,000 SF. From basement to rooftop, every detail has been shaped to create an efficient and harmonious space for businesses to thrive and employees to enjoy amenities developed to the highest environmental and sustainable standards, with a target of BREEAM “Excellent”.

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Brewery Square, Dorchester

CONTRACTORS have been appointed for the next £27m phase of the Brewery Square development in Dorchester.

The next chapter in the regeneration, which includes 15 shops and 134 apartments and penthouses, complement the existing retail, leisure and residential development at the former Eldridge Pope Brewery.

Galliford Try has been appointed main contractor by the Brewery Square Development Company Ltd to take it forward.

Work starts on the £27m contract in April with the first handovers scheduled for next summer.

The first and second phase of apartments are all sold and more than 70 per cent of the commercial space has been let. Businesses already established include Hobbs, Phase Eight, Jones Bootmaker, Gerry Weber and Joules, Odeon, Carluccio’s, Wagamama, Nando’s, Zizzi, Pizza Express, Vivo Lounge and Costa, as well as a Premier Inn and Dorchester’s new NHS Atrium Health Centre. A number of small independent shops have also opened.

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Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) - Portsmouth

Portsmouth is now home to the Ben Ainslie Racing America's Cup sailing team after they were granted funding from the government and planning approval from the council.

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is now working on a permanent base and visitors' centre at The Camber in Old Portsmouth. They hope to have it finished and the team operational by 1 May 2015, in time for a British challenge for the 35th America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, which has never been won by a UK team.

BAR has said The Camber Quay is an area that epitomises Britain’s great maritime heritage and the team’s headquarters will incorporate sailing operations, research and development, boatbuilding, sports science and fitness facilities. It will also include accommodation for support services like commercial, sustainability, event management, communications, marketing and PR, along with a visitors' centre to showcase innovation and technology. It will engage with the city, the region, the UK and internationally.

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RAL 100, Research Facility , Oxford

UP TO 100 new jobs are set to be created at Harwell thanks to a major investment in a new telecoms satellite monitoring headquarters for the whole of Europe.

The European Space Agency (ESA) will set up the centre after Chancellor George Osborne revealed the Government is to step up its investment in space spending from about £170m to as much as £240m a year.

UK Space Agency spokesman Matt Goodman said: “People will be transferring from other ESA facilities, including the Netherlands and Germany from the new year while new jobs will be created.”

The new centre would be responsible for research and development of new telecommunications satellites and would complement the rapidly growing “space hub” at Harwell which includes the International Space Innovation Centre.

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De Vere Village Urban Resort

A new 120 bed hotel at Pacific Quay by De Vere Village Urban Resorts will provide accommodation to support The Hydro Arena and will be an important step in redeveloping the former Glasgow Garden Festival site.

Location: Pacific Quay & SECC, Glasgow

Description: The hotel building is located to the north of the site fronting onto Pacific Drive. The main hotel entrance will be located at the north west corner of the building, in front of which will be a pedestrian area comprising high quality paving materials linking to Pacific Drive and the pedestrian boulevard

The car par parking area (264 spaces) will be provided to the west and south of the hotel building, with the vehicular access to the south of the site.

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Olympic Stadium Conversion

The new stadium will be home to West Ham United from 2016. The new venue will also host five matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015, become the new national competition stadium for athletics in the UK and hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

A new community athletics track will also be provided next to the main Stadium.

Sustainable construction methods will include features of the existing facility being recycled and incorporated into the new stadium and the re-use of crushed demolition material, existing balustrades and sanitary ware.

Works starts on site early this year and is due for completion in the spring of 2016.

At construction peak the project will employ up to 400 people.

Once reconfigured the stadium’s cable net roof – 84 metres wide at its deepest point – will be the largest cantilevered roof in the world covering every stadium seat, improving acoustics and spectator experience.

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