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 hub – New 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 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 Sicily – New 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 Rail – New 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 Teesside – Construction 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 wages – Construction 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’Rourke – Construction 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 build – Construction 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 rebuild – Construction 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 bridge – Construction 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 support – Construction 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 park – Construction Index
McLaren Construction has started works on building more warehouse space in Bolsover, Derbyshire.
Bauer lands Rivenhall piling works – Construction Index
Bauer Technologies has been awarded the piling contract for the £600m Rivenhall integrated waste management facility in Essex.
New funding of £1bn will be made available to insulate the UK’s least energy-efficient homes, the business secretary has said.
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 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.
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 Birmingham – Property 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 Europe – Property 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 management – Property 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 measures – Construction 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 guidance – Construction 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 developers – Construction 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 levels – Construction 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 cent – Construction 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 study – New 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 site – New 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 role – New 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 C – Construction 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 time – Construction 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 upkeep – Construction 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 approved – Construction 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 completed – Construction Index
Webuild has handed over the first six stations on Line 4 of the Milan Metro.
17% of construction jobs advertise flexible working – Construction 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 plan – Construction Index
Proposals for the construction of new £40m whisky warehousing facilities near Stirling have been made public.
Keltbray has appointed Tim Lohmann as its group director of strategic engineering, where he will develop training programmes for the business.
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.
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.
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 milestone – Infrastructure 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 NAO – Infrastructure 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 tower – Property 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 site – Property 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 scheme – Property 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 work – Construction 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 delay – Construction 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 partnership – New 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 death – Construction 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 contract – Construction 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 scheme – Construction 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 buyout – Construction Enquirer
Amanda Fisher will be stepping down as Amey CEO when the business transfers to new owners.
Kier leads switch to hybrid battery generators – Construction 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 scheme – Construction 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 light – Property 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 council – Infrastructure 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, Europe – Infrastructure 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.
Government departments must open up to the public about risks to major spending projects like HS2, the public accounts committee has said.
Westminster council has voted unanimously to approve Selldorf’s highly controversial plans to remodel the grade I-listed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery.
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 working – Construction 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-lit – Construction 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.
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 Cambridge – Construction 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 scheme – Construction 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 colliery – Construction 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 contract – Construction 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 site – Infrastructure 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 journeys – Infrastructure 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.
The former global chair of consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall has joined the board of housing association giant Peabody.
Morgan Sindall wins work on highway depots – Construction 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 completion – New 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 delay – New 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 complete – New 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 development – New 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 facility – Construction 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 turmoil – Construction 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.
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 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.