Comprehensive failings and weaknesses over several years led a Derby road project to be priced "over-optimistically" low and has resulted in its completion being delayed by at least 15 months and an estimated cost of £42 million - almost three times the original estimate. Motorists watched in disbelief as single lanes, night-time closures and reduced speed limits have frustrated their daily commute on the A52 since late 2017 - with no apparent end in sight and spiralling costs. But warning bells about the growing problems were only sounded last May - nine months after work had started on the project designed to improve the A52 - after the incoming Conservatives took over Derby City Council and it was well over its original budgeted cost. A newly-published report from the subsequent investigation ordered by the Tory administration has now revealed a catalogue of weak governance and weak risk, project and financial management arrangements in what has been called by the … [Read more...] about A52 project has been ‘poorly conceived and costed’ says damning report
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The Vox Technology Park office project in Timisoara was awarded the BREEAM final green certificate with an ‘Excellent’ rating and a total score of 86.7 percent, the highest achieved by a real estate project in Romania and the only one with a score of over 85 percent. Scoring is a way of differentiating the sustainability of real estate projects, which translates into a much lower impact on the environment and lower operating costs, including lower costs for occupants – be they buyers, as in the case of a residential project, or companies, as in the case of an office building. In addition, developing a sustainable project also leads to creating a healthy and friendly work environment for employees, conducive to professional and personal development. “The final sustainable certification attests that we have not only achieved a beautiful model and an attractive story but delivered the most modern real estate project in Romania and implicitly from Timisoara, where … [Read more...] about Vox Technology Park named the greenest real estate project in Romania by BREEAM
Alex Casey for The Spinoff. The most anticipated reality TV event of the year, Celebrity Treasure Island may have just got its first castaway. Hit the dab, 2019, you've done it again. I might still be moderately drunk from Hogmanay, but The Spinoff has been handed some extremely piping hot intel from a high level source that Max Key is in talks to appear on Celebrity Treasure Island. The 23 year old, who is currently having a mild one in Vegas with his father and ex prime minister John Key, closed out our prediction list last year as most likely to wash up on our golden reality TV sands. Before you go popping the champagne, this tip-off is the third time that Key has been alleged to be 'in talks' for a local reality show, with rumours around both Project Runway NZ and Dancing With the Stars NZ making headlines in 2018. But on the other hand, as it is written in the bible, the third time's a charm. I, for one, am very into it. With … [Read more...] about Will Max Key wash up on Celebrity Treasure Island?
Nuneaton town centre’s notoriously traffic-clogged ring road is to be finally fixed. Work is going to take place to try and tackle the ‘pinchpoints’ which cause nightmares for motorists across the town centre. It is one of the very few details that have been made public about the £7.5m Transforming Nuneaton plan. Catherine Marks, project manager for Transforming Nuneaton at Warwickshire County Council, told a scrutiny panel that as part of the plans to package the town centre more favourably to attract investment they needed to look at solving traffic issues – such as the ring road around the town centre. That includes making the whole ringroad dual carriageway to try and ease some of the notorious traffic jams. She spoke about the need to look at the ringroad section by the train station, especially as it comes into the gyratory system. Nuneaton-based councillor Caroline Phillips raised concerns that it is not just by the train station that needs work. … [Read more...] about How £7.5million will be spent improving Nuneaton ringroad
The architects have been chosen to design the new 30,000sq ft Innovation Centre at the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone.Maidstone Borough Council has appointed the award-winning Bond Bryan Architects. It is currently developing the plans, with final designs set to be revealed later this year.The Innovation Centre is designed to be one of the key cogs in the county town's bid to cement its position as the business capital of the county.It will provide a collaborative space for high-growth-potential companies and start-up businesses in the healthcare, med-tech and life science sectors.The council has also appointed construction consultancy CalfordSeaden to project manage the delivery of the development on the site just off junction 7 of the M20.Once the final designs are put forward, a planned application with be put before councillors, with the site open for business, if all goes to plan, by April 2020.As part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, businesses located at the Kent Medical … [Read more...] about Architects revealed for key office development