This week saw the Planning Inspectorate accept National Highway’s application for a development consent order (DCO) for the Lower Thames Crossing, Bauer Technologies was awarded the piling contract for the £600m Rivenhall integrated waste management facility, and Milestone Infrastructure has secured a £300m deal to deliver highways maintenance for Wiltshire Council. 

Further planning news saw the £200 million plans to build Europe’s first and largest lithium hydroxide processing hub at Teesside approved. 

In rail news, Network Rail and J Murphy and Sons will replace the central spans of Nazeing New Road Bridge, Transport for London (TfL) has committed to continue developing proposed rail schemes including Crossrail 2, the West London Orbital (WLO) and extensions of the Bakerloo Line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and HS2 is introducing a hydrogen fuel cell for zero emissions operations on site. 

In energy news, Enable have joined with Siemens to deliver a new renewable energy transport hub in Swansea, Sellafield Ltd is looking for suppliers to join its £3.44bn Infrastructure Delivery Partnership (IDP) and Sizewell C has reached its biggest milestone to date with the announcement that the Government is investing £700m in the project. 

In people news, Laing O’Rourke has appointed Chetan Kotur as Head of Technology and Innovation for its Europe Hub, Amanda Fisher will be stepping down as Amey CEO, and Denise Bower OBE, executive board director at Mott MacDonald, has been appointed chair of the infrastructure council at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). 

 

Avant Home buys Bradford site Property Week 

Avant Homes Yorkshire has acquired a 4.8-acre site in Cullingworth near Bradford, to develop 53 new-build homes with a gross development value of £13.6m. 

 

Trio signed up to deliver Swansea renewable energy transport hubNew Civil Engineer 

Engineering consultancy HDR and infrastructure project solutions firm Enable have joined with technology giant Siemens to deliver a renewable energy transport hub, which will sit alongside a £1.7bn renewable energy scheme in Swansea. 

 

National Highways seeks security and protest management services for Stonehenge TunnelNew Civil Engineer 

National Highways is seeking to procure a contractor to provide safe and effective incident management and potential protest management response for its A303 Stonehenge Tunnel project. 

 

Record-breaking Messina bridge plans revived to link Italy with SicilyNew Civil Engineer 

Italy’s recently-elected government has revived ambitious plans to connect the mainland to Sicily with a bridge. 

 

Murphy to replace Herts bridge for Network RailNew Civil Engineer 

Network Rail and its contractor J Murphy and Sons will replace the central spans of Nazeing New Road Bridge in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, from early January. 

 

Go-ahead for £200m lithium refinery on TeessideConstruction Enquirer 

Plans to build Europe’s first and largest lithium hydroxide processing hub at Teesside have got the planning green light. 

 

HS2 agency workers paid the wrong wagesConstruction Enquirer 

Workers on sites across the giant HS2 project have been left short in their wage packets by computer problems. 

 

Electric car whizz joins O’RourkeConstruction Enquirer 

Laing O’Rourke has appointed Chetan Kotur as Head of Technology and Innovation for its Europe Hub. 

 

BAM to deliver £44m Yeovil College campus buildConstruction Enquirer 

BAM Construction has been appointed to deliver a £44m new higher education campus for Yeovil College in Somerset. 

 

Bouygues starts London 700-home council estate rebuildConstruction Enquirer 

Developer Linkcity has reached financial close on the first phase of the Tustin Estate rebuild scheme on the Old Kent Road in South East London. 

 

Four contractors shortlisted for US$2.5bn Lagos bridgeConstruction Index 

The state government of Lagos, Nigeria, has shortlisted three bidders for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge project. 

 

Government looks to widen insulation supportConstruction Index 

The government has launched a consultation on plans to widen the scope of its ECO4 support scheme to help more householders make their homes more energy efficient. 

 

McLaren starts work at Bolsover logistics parkConstruction Index 

McLaren Construction has started works on building more warehouse space in Bolsover, Derbyshire. 

 

Bauer lands Rivenhall piling worksConstruction Index 

Bauer Technologies has been awarded the piling contract for the £600m Rivenhall integrated waste management facility in Essex. 

 

Shapps unveils £1bn in funding to insulate least energy-efficient homesBuilding 

New funding of £1bn will be made available to insulate the UK’s least energy-efficient homes, the business secretary has said. 

 

University professor set for CIOB presidency in 2024Building  

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is set for its first vice president from Oceania after choosing Western Sydney University professor Mike Kagioglou for the role.  

 

Brickability boosts profit 72% as demand from ‘undersupplied’ housing market soarsBuilding  

Brickability has increased its pre-tax profit by 71.9%, according to an audited update. The materials distributor, in its interim results for the six months to 30 September, reported pre-tax profit of £15.3m, up from the £8.9m restated for the same period last year. 

 

Travelodge expects development to return to ‘more normal levels’ in 2023Property Week 

Hotel chain Travelodge has told investors it expects new hotel opening to “return towards more normal levels next year”, after development was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Blackbrook starts work on two logistics sheds near BirminghamProperty Week 

Blackbrook has started developing two units offering 450,000 sq ft of logistics space in the ‘Golden Triangle’ industrial area south of Birmingham. 

 

Central London office take-up second highest in EuropeProperty Week 

A survey of third quarter office take-up across 25 European cities has revealed that demand in Central London registered the second-highest increase across Europe versus equivalent levels in 2021. 

 

Blend appoints veteran banker to head portfolio managementProperty Week 

BLEND, the specialist development finance lender, has appointed Claire McGirr as head of portfolio management. 

 

New industry group to press for passive fire safety measuresConstruction News 

Tier one contractors have been asked to work with the new Passive Fire Knowledge Group (PFKG), set up by FIS, the trade body for the finishes and interiors sector. 

 

Industry’s women welcome new sanitary disposal guidanceConstruction News 

Women in the industry have welcomed the introduction of guidance requiring sanitary disposal bins for onsite toilets, but questioned why the move took so long.  

 

Stalled sites blight central Liverpool as finance fears hit developersConstruction News 

Central Liverpool is blighted by 21 stalled construction sites, a report to the city council has found. In an update to councillors on the strategic development and housing select committee, officers said work had stopped mainly because developers and investors lacked confidence about funding 

 

Future Glasgow projects must consider rising water levelsConstruction News 

Glasgow City Council has published guidance to support a “major urban renewal project” along the River Clyde that combines regeneration with adaptation to climate change. 

 

Procurement body sees profit slump by 96 per centConstruction News 

Pre-tax profit at procurement body Scape has dropped by 96 per cent, its latest results have revealed. Accounts for the year to the end of March 2022 show that profit before tax fell from £6.1m to just £217,505. Meanwhile, revenue fell to £11m. 

 

Network Rail director drafted in to support DfT-ordered Crossrail studyNew Civil Engineer 

Network Rail senior non-executive director Rob Brighouse has been asked to support a Department for Transport (DfT) study into the delivery of the Elizabeth line. 

 

Up to £12bn needed over next 30 years to improve drainage and prevent flooding New Civil Engineer 

Up to £12bn of investment in drainage infrastructure over the next thirty years, along with stricter controls on new property developments, will be necessary to stop thousands more homes and businesses from flooding due to inadequate drainage. 

 

Lower Thames Crossing clears key planning hurdle after proposals resubmitted New Civil Engineer 

National Highways’ Lower Thames Crossing has cleared a key hurdle, with the Planning Inspectorate accepting the project’s planning application for examination. 

 

Worker killed on £600M north London waste hub siteNew Civil Engineer 

A worker has been killed at the North London Waste Authority’s Edmonton EcoPark site in north London, following a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle. 

 

Costain wins Heathrow Airport construction roleNew Civil Engineer 

Costain has been appointed by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) to deliver a series of construction and infrastructure renewal projects. 

 

Government pays £700m for 50% stake in Sizewell CConstruction Enquirer 

The Government has confirmed its commitment to nuclear projects after sealing a deal to take forward the £20bn Sizewell C scheme in partnership with French power giant EDF. 

 

HS2 JV shifts four Wembley Stadiums of earth in record timeConstruction Enquirer 

HS2 main works contractor EKFB has hit a mammoth milestone shifting an unprecedented 15 million cubic metres of earth in record time. 

 

Milestone wins £300m Wiltshire highways upkeepConstruction Enquirer 

Milestone Infrastructure has secured a £300m deal to deliver highways maintenance over the next five years for Wiltshire Council. 

 

London Albert Embankment hotel towers approvedConstruction Enquirer 

Plans for two new hotels on London’s Albert Embankment with nearly 900 bedrooms have got the green light. 

 

First section of Milan’s new metro line completedConstruction Index 

Webuild has handed over the first six stations on Line 4 of the Milan Metro. 

 

17% of construction jobs advertise flexible workingConstruction Index 

A study of construction job adverts has found that 17% offer flexible working options. 

 

National Highways gets Thames crossing DCO application right this time Construction Index 

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted National Highway’s application for a development consent order (DCO) for the Lower Thames Crossing project. 

 

Distillery reveals £40m warehouse planConstruction Index 

Proposals for the construction of new £40m whisky warehousing facilities near Stirling have been made public. 

 

Keltbray creates new role to lead development of technical trainingBuilding  

Keltbray has appointed Tim Lohmann as its group director of strategic engineering, where he will develop training programmes for the business.  

 

KPMG misstated value of contracts by £352m in Carillion audit, claims liquidator as legal suit rolls on Building  

Auditor KPMG misstated the value of two building contracts by £352m, Carillion’s liquidator has claimed in documents filed as part of an ongoing £1.3bn claim on behalf of the doomed contractor’s creditors. 

 

Stricter controls on developments needed to stem flooding risk, NIC saysBuilding 

New laws to stop developments connecting to existing drainage networks are needed to stop more than half a million homes from flooding, the government’s infrastructure advisors have said. 

 

First architects named to design initial phase of homes at former Earls Court centre Building  

Three Stirling Prize winners are among a team of architects appointed to design the first phase of housing at the former Earls Court Exhibition Centre site. 

 

Pagabo celebrates £5bn social value milestoneInfrastructure Intelligence  

National framework provider Pagabo has confirmed it has surpassed £5bn enabled in social value procured through its frameworks since the end of 2017.  

 

Highways funding faces difficult decisions, says NAOInfrastructure Intelligence  

The Department for Transport (DfT) and National Highways will need to make difficult decisions in prioritising road enhancements projects, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).  

 

Greenlight for Freshwater’s 11-storey Croydon office towerProperty Week  

Developer Freshwater has been given the go-ahead to build a 175,000 sq ft office scheme opposite East Croydon station. 

 

Panattoni buys 257,000 sq ft Brighton speculative logistics siteProperty Week 

Logistics real estate developer Panattoni has acquired a  site near Brighton for a 257,000 sq ft speculative logistics development. 

 

Government launches £1bn ECO+ home insulation schemeProperty Week  

The government has announced a £1bn scheme to improve energy efficiency in British homes and save households an estimated £310 a year on energy bills. 

 

Building safety: contractors told to prepare for early scrutiny of workConstruction News 

Contractors must be prepared for early scrutiny of their residential building plans, one of the key officials at the new building-safety regime has told Construction News. 

 

Sellafield procurement held up by Treasury delayConstruction News  

The procurement process for £3.44bn worth of work towards the decommissioning of the former nuclear plant at Sellafield has been delayed, as it awaits Treasury approval. 

 

Tideway | Tunnel lining milestone reached on London ‘Super Sewer’New Civil Engineer  

The secondary lining on the 7km western section of London’s super sewer has been completed, marking a significant milestone for the Tideway project. 

 

Sellafield searches for suppliers for £3.4bn infrastructure partnershipNew Civil Engineer 

Nuclear decommissioning company Sellafield Ltd is looking for suppliers to join its £3.44bn Infrastructure Delivery Partnership (IDP) to carry out projects and tasks on the Sellafield nuclear plant site in West Cumbria. 

 

Work restarts on £683m waste power plant after site deathConstruction Enquirer 

Construction work has restarted on the giant Edmonton EcoPark site in north London following a fatality on the job last week. 

 

McLaren wins Leeds logistics park contractConstruction Enquirer 

Investor and developer Firethorn Trust has appointed McLaren Construction Group to deliver 660,000 sq ft of logistics warehousing in West Yorkshire. 

 

Demolition starts on £135m Wigan Galleries schemeConstruction Enquirer 

Wigan Council’s strategic development partner Cityheart has approved enabling works to start at the £135m Galleries shopping centre redevelopment scheme in the town centre. 

 

Amey CEO to step down following private equity buyoutConstruction Enquirer 

Amanda Fisher will be stepping down as Amey CEO when the business transfers to new owners. 

 

Kier leads switch to hybrid battery generatorsConstruction Enquirer 

Kier is switching over to the use of battery storage units working alongside generators to help achieve its net zero carbon goals. 

 

Plans in for first Leeds co-living schemeConstruction Enquirer 

Multi-room developer and builder Watkin Jones has submitted plans to redevelop the former HQ of Direct Line in Leeds into co-living flats. 

 

900 home Islington regeneration scheme given green lightProperty Week 

Newlon Housing Trust, the charitable housing association, and home developer Mount Anvil, have been given the go ahead for a 914 home regeneration scheme in Islington. 

 

Denise Bower appointed chair of CBI infrastructure councilInfrastructure Intelligence 

Denise Bower OBE, executive board director at Mott MacDonald, has been appointed as chair of the infrastructure council at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  

 

Laing O’Rourke appoints head of technology and innovation, EuropeInfrastructure Intelligence  

Laing O’Rourke has appointed Chetan Kotur as head of technology and innovation for its Europe Hub.  

 

Costain partnering with Heathrow to deliver new investment programme Infrastructure Intelligence  

Costain is partnering with Heathrow Airport to deliver its new investment programme, which has been designed to transform the airport on its journey to become a net zero aviation hub.  

 

Watchdog MPs slam Treasury’s failure to enforce value tests on major projectsBuilding 

Government departments must open up to the public about risks to major spending projects like HS2, the public accounts committee has said.  

 

Scheme to revamp National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing gets green lightBuilding  

Westminster council has voted unanimously to approve Selldorf’s highly controversial plans to remodel the grade I-listed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery. 

 

Construction among least desirable careers for young people, says WSP green skills survey – Building  

Nearly two-fifths of students would not consider a career in construction, according to research commissioned by engineering giant WSP.  

 

Construction has ‘long way to go’ on site-based flexible workingConstruction News 

Almost one in five new construction jobs now contains an element of flexible working, research has revealed – but site roles are lagging behind office jobs on this front. 

 

HS2: chancellor backs project despite saying cancellation would ‘balance books’Construction News  

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has reiterated that the government could “balance the books” if it cancelled projects such as HS2, but stressed his support for the scheme.  

 

NHS trust seeks contractor after rebuild works green-litConstruction News 

An NHS trust in the East Midlands is set to appoint a main contractor for the first chunk of works on a major overhaul of its estate.  

 

L&G and Vivid form joint venture to develop 1,000 modular homes – Property Week 

Legal & General’s modular housing arm is planning a five-year joint venture with affordable homes provider Vivid, initially worth £300m-plus, to deliver at least 1,000 new affordable modular homes across the south of England.  

 

Glenbrook’s 500-flat BTR scheme in Leeds greenlighted – Property Week 

Leeds City Council has approved property investor Glenbrook’s plans for a new 500 Build-to-Rent (BTR) apartment development in the city’s centre. 

 

Russells launches 1.45 million sq ft Manchester industrial park – Property Week 

Developer Russells will start marketing a 1.45 million sq ft industrial park HPARK in Heywood, near Manchester, in January. 

 

Avant Homes acquires site for £28m homes development – Property Week  

Housebuilder Avant Homes North East has acquired a 10-acre site in Catterick, North Yorkshire, for the development of 135 new homes with a gross development value of £28m. 

 

BTR sector value to exceed £100bn in five years, says Knight Frank – Property Week 

The value of the UK’s build to rent (BTR) market has grown 60% since 2019 to £56bn and will be worth £102bn by 2028, according to Knight Frank.  

 

Green light for major laboratory campus in CambridgeConstruction Enquirer 

US life sciences developer BioMed Realty has received planning approval to build 600,000 sq ft of purpose-built laboratory space in Cambridge. 

 

Green light for £135m Leeds twin tower resi schemeConstruction Enquirer 

Leeds City Council planning committee has approved developer Glenbrook’s plans for a new 500 build to rent apartment development at Whitehall Riverside. 

 

Plans in for £40m surf park at former Kent collieryConstruction Enquirer 

A planning application has been submitted to Dover District Council for a surf lagoon resort on the site of a former colliery spoil tip in Betteshanger Country Park, Kent. 

 

Fibrus wins £108m Cumbrian cabling contractConstruction Index  

Belfast-based broadband company Fibrus has won a £108m government contract to improve internet connections in Cumbria. 

 

HS2 trials hydrogen charging at its Euston siteInfrastructure Intelligence  

HS2 is continuing to pioneer the use of new energy technology, introducing a hydrogen fuel cell for zero emissions operations on site.  

 

Transpennine Route Upgrade’s first electric wires now in place for greener journeysInfrastructure Intelligence  

More than 30 miles of train-powering electric wires are now in place to help deliver cleaner, greener journeys in the future as part of the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade. 

Former RLB boss joins housing association giantBuilding  

The former global chair of consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall has joined the board of housing association giant Peabody. 

 

Morgan Sindall wins work on highway depotsConstruction Index 

National Highways has awarded Morgan Sindall Construction £20m-worth of business to upgrade depots. 

 

GMI promotes ‘rising star’Construction Index  

GMI Construction Group has promoted Gareth Jones to joint regional managing director for the midlands. 

 

Network Rail’s delayed Devon bridge replacement nears completionNew Civil Engineer  

Work to complete a replacement bridge over the railway between Torbay and Paignton in Devon is nearing completion, having been hit by supply chain and construction challenges. 

 

Manchester Airport to be UK’s first to offer direct low carbon hydrogen fuel supply New Civil Engineer  

Manchester Airport has teamed with the government-backed North West England industrial decarbonisation project HyNet on plans to become the first UK airport with a direct supply of low carbon hydrogen fuel. 

 

Hinkley Point C schedule ‘remains unchanged’ despite fears of 11 year delayNew Civil Engineer 

Plans for Hinkley Point C are “unchanged”, despite fears that the project could be facing an 11 year delay. Reports surfaced this week suggesting that the nuclear power station in Somerset will not be operational until 2036, 11 years after its original 2025 completion date. 

 

Tyne Bridge refurbishment could take up to four years to completeNew Civil Engineer  

Inspection works have revealed that the historic Tyne Bridge is in a worse condition than anticipated, with the extensive refurbishment works required expected to last up to four years. 

 

Nasa awards contract for lunar infrastructure construction tech developmentNew Civil Engineer  

Nasa has awarded a £46.6M ($57.2M) contract to US-based construction technology provider Icon for the development of a system that could help build infrastructure on the Moon. 

 

Bam secures £280m sustainability-linked loan facilityConstruction News 

Royal Bam has secured a credit facility worth €330m (£283.4m), which will be tied to its net-zero carbon and safety commitments.  

 

Infrastructure pipeline delayed by Whitehall turmoilConstruction News 

The publication of the government’s infrastructure pipeline has been set back by months due to political turmoil in the wake of September’s ill-fated mini-budget.  

 

Net zero homes need £150bn and workforce of 46,000 BBC News 

More than 46,000 workers and £150bn are needed in the South East to make homes meet government climate targets, according to a new analysis. 

 

Winner revealed of £300M Wiltshire highways maintenance contract New Civil Engineer 

Wiltshire Council has awarded its £300M highways maintenance contract to Stevenage-based contractor Milestone Infrastructure. 

 

Mace hits 1m tonnes carbon saving target for clients Construction Enquirer  

Mace has built a pipeline of projects that will see it surpass its 2026 target of saving 1m tonnes of client-associated carbon emissions. 

 

Demolition start for £50m Farnworth town centre rebuild Construction Enquirer 

Developer Capital & Centric has kicked off demolition work to pave the way for a £50m transformation of Farnworth market precinct into a new town centre community near Bolton. 

 

TfL vows to develop Crossrail 2 plans and extensions to Bakerloo line and DLR New Civil Engineer 

Transport for London (TfL) has committed to continue developing proposed rail schemes including Crossrail 2, the West London Orbital (WLO) and extensions of the Bakerloo line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR). 

 

Allies and Morrison completes mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall – Architects Journal  

The housing-led development comprises three towers, two mansion blocks and maisonettes as well as shops and cafés, small business units and a school.  

 

Bedworth’s new leisure centre delayed as costs spiral to £34m Coventry Live 

Bedworth’s new leisure centre has been hit by delays as the costs have spiralled to £34 million. Initially the new Physical Activity Hub and new features in the Miners Welfare Park was supposed to cost £27m. 

 

Potential for ‘worrying’ Hinkley Point C delay highlights need for renewables New Civil Engineer 

The potential delay to the Hinkley Point C project has been described as “worrying” by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA). 

 

First electric wires in place on Transpennine Route Upgrade New Civil Engineer 

The multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) has seen a “major milestone” as almost 60km of electric wires have been put in place on one of the “busiest stretches of railway in the north”. 

 

Infrastructure investment firm acquires Bristol M&E specialist Construction News 

Infrastructure investment business RDCP Infrastructure has bought a Bristol-based M&E firm Avon Combined Electrical Services (ACES), for an undisclosed sum. 

 

 

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