🚆Rail

HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under capital – Specification Online

HS2’s London tunnels programme passed a major milestone as the third tunnel boring machine (TBM) being used as part of the project was launched.

 

Bidding starts for £1.4bn Midlands Rail Hub Alliance – Construction Enquirer

Network Rail has started the bidding for its latest major alliance deal to upgrade a series of rail lines and stations around Birmingham and nearby towns and cities.

 

Green light for key HS2 maintenance depot designed to service high-speed railway – BCD Magazine

Buckinghamshire Council this week gave the green light for HS2’s state-of-the-art maintenance hub, which will bring around 300 jobs to Calvert in Buckinghamshire.

 

£4.7bn from HS2 redirected to North and MidlandsConstruction News

The government has reallocated £4.7bn from the axed HS2 Northern leg towards local transport in the North and Midlands. The Local Transport Fund, part of the government’s Network North programme, will distribute £2.5bn to local authorities in the North of England and £2.2bn to councils in the Midlands over seven years, starting in April 2025.

 

Treherbert Line reopens to passenger traffic after nine month transformation  – New Civil Engineer

The Treherbert line has reopened to passengers today, Monday 26 February, following nine months of transformational works to upgrade part of the South Wales Metro.

 

RICS launches investigation into claims against HS2 property agentsProperty Week

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched an investigation into allegations of unprofessional behaviour by agents working on behalf of HS2’s property acquisition team.

 

Breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnelInfrastructure Intelligence

The first giant tunnelling machine digging HS2’s longest tunnel has completed its 10-mile journey under the Chilterns, almost three years after it set off. 

 

Plans go in for £24m station development in Haxby Infrastructure Intelligence

The £24m project is being delivered by Network Rail through funding from the Department for Transport and City of York Council.

 

Government provides initial £123M for Midlands Rail HubNew Civil Engineer

The government has delivered a sum of £123M for the Midlands Rail Hub (MRH) and said that “work is set to begin” on the £1.75bn project.

 

Glasgow tenders £20M opportunity for consultancy partners on £15bn Clyde Metro proposalsNew Civil Engineer

Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has released a tender looking for consultancy partners to aid in making an investment case for the Clyde Metro in a framework worth £20M.

 

⚡Energy

Lhyfe unveils 20MW UK green hydrogen scheme  – reNews

Lhyfe has unveiled plans for a 20MW electrolyser in Tyneside, north-east England.

 

National Grid chastised over delays to stopgap connections process  – Utility Week

National Grid chastised over delays to stopgap connections process

 

Vattenfall signs German solar PPARenewable Energy News

Vattenfall has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with copper supplier Wieland Group for output from a 46MW solar farm in Germany.

 

SSEN invests £2.2m in Dorset electricity upgradeEnergy Live News

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Distribution will invest £2.2 million in upgrading Dorset’s electricity infrastructure

 

First UK nuclear reactor fully decommissioned in ‘modern’ eraNew Civil Engineer

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has fully decommissioned the Imperial College Reactor Centre (ICRC) , making it the first reactor site to be fully retired in UK nuclear history under modern regulatory controls.

 

UK energy ‘crunch point’ expected in 2028 where electricity demand will exceed capacityNew Civil Engineer

The UK could suffer an energy “crunch point” in 2028 where demand for electricity could exceed the grid’s capacity by 7.5GW at peak times, a new report has warned.

 

Masdar Arlington, RPC progress 112MW of BESS projects in the UKSolar Power Portal

The UK’s battery energy storage systems (BESS) pipeline received a boost this week when Masdar Arlington Energy confirmed it had begun construction of two projects totalling 55MW of capacity.

 

Three Celtic Sea floating wind farms proposed by Crown Estate could generate £1.4bn boostNew Civil Engineer

A £1.4bn economic boost for the UK could be generated if three new floating offshore wind farms are constructed in the Celtic Sea, according to a report commissioned by the Crown Estate.

 

Hydrogen projects across UK win share of £21m in government fundingBusiness Green

A series of hydrogen production projects across England, Scotland, and Wales have been awarded a share of £21m in government funding, in a bid to boost the UK’s supply of clean, homegrown hydrogen fuel for use by buses, trains, and local businesses.

Endurance gets approval for 50MW UK PV sitereNEWS.BIZ

Endurance Energy has received planning permission for the development of the 50MW Oakley Solar farm in Leicestershire, England.

Kelston Sparkes lands groundworks for £4bn gigafactoryConstruction Index

 Kelston Sparkes has secured the groundworks, earthworks and piling mat installation works on the Bridgwater Gravity Smart Campus development, ahead of construction of Tata’s £4bn battery gigafactory.

 

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 People

Balfour Beatty shuffles board – Construction News

Balfour Beatty has announced that Anne Drinkwater will take on the position of senior independent non-executive director in May.

 

Sir Robert McAlpine appoints new transport MDInfrastructure Intelligence

Sir Robert McAlpine has appointed Vip Gandhi as its managing director of transport. 

With a career that spans 30 years, Gandhi will drive the company’s ongoing growth strategy in infrastructure – one of its core sectors – and oversee the delivery of major transport projects. 

 

🛣️ Roads

Legal challenge against three A47 upgrades dismissed – Construction News

Three major new road schemes on the A47 in Norfolk are a step closer to going ahead after a legal challenge was dismissed by the Court of Appeal – although campaigners could take the case to the Supreme Court.

 

Winvic Secures Place on Warwickshire County Council Framework ContractHighways News

Multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects contractor Winvic Construction Ltd has been awarded a place on Lot 5 of the Warwickshire County Council Framework Contract for the Provision of Engineering and Construction Works.

 

Local road maintenance hits ‘new low’ with 45% drop in last five yearsNew Civil Engineer

Local authority maintenance of non-trunk roads in England has hit a “new low point” after dropping by almost half (45%) compared to five years ago, according to analysis by the RAC.

Staffordshire receives £286million transport funding boost over seven yearsHighways News

Staffordshire has secured a huge funding boost from central Government for local transport projects which will span a seven-year period.

 

🏡 Property & Development

English Cities Fund raises extra £200m for work pipeline – Construction Enquirer

The ECF development partnership between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse has raised an extra £200m to speed up its pipeline of regeneration projects.

 

Agratas confirms Somerset will be home to £4bn gigafactory Infrastructure Intelligence

Somerset will be home to a new £4bn electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility, it has been confirmed. Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, said it will build the gigafactory on the Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater, Somerset.

 

Stantec lands design role on £4bn battery factoryConstruction Enquirer News

Stantec has been selected to provide integrated design services for Tata Group’s global battery business Agratas who are planning a £4bn battery cell manufacturing facility on the Gravity Smart Campus in Bridgwater, Somerset.

 

Green light for major mixed-use scheme in EalingConstruction Enquirer

Henley Investment Management has secured consent for the mixed-use redevelopment of a site on Stanley Road in Ealing, west London.

 

Go-ahead for London’s largest estate £1bn rebuildConstruction Enquirer

Plans have been approved for the £1bn redevelopment of the Carpenter Housing Estate near the Queen Elizabeth Park in East London.

 

Plans submitted for 150-home Cheltenham town centre schemeProperty Week

Wavensmere Homes and BBS Capital have submitted a planning application to Cheltenham Borough Council for 153 new town centre homes.

 

Duchy of Cornwall submits plans for 2,500-home Kent scheme – Property Week

The Duchy of Cornwall has submitted a planning application to Swale Borough Council for the development of a 2,500-home residential scheme in Faversham, Kent.

 

Plans submitted for 8,500-capacity Edinburgh ArenaProperty Week

The proposed Edinburgh Arena, part of the wider Edinburgh Park regeneration project, would contribute £520m a year in gross value added (GVA) to the city’s economy, AEG said.

First stage of 5,000-home Trafford masterplan gets greenlightProperty Week

Trafford Council has approved plans for the first phase of the Trafford Wharfside Development Framework, which includes provision for 5,000 homes. The masterplan, which is due to go to a public consultation in the coming weeks, will see the development of the new neighbourhood next to Manchester’s ship canal over the course of 15 years.

 

Tide to build 32-storey west London towerConstruction News

Offsite specialist Tide Construction is set to build a 32-storey build-to-rent (BTR) tower in Acton. The firm will be both the developer and contractor for the scheme, called The Castle. The tower will feature 462 flats as well as a roof terrace, cinema, library, gym, co-working space and dining rooms.

 

🏗️ Planning and corporate news 

Competition watchdog: ‘Significant intervention’ needed in housebuilding market – Estate Agent Today

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into the UK’s largest housebuilders as it warns of “fundamental concerns” in the housebuilder market, which it suggests is stifling supply and keeping prices high.