Balfour Beatty wins £176m Buckinghamshire highways
Balfour Beatty has won a £176m highways maintenance contract for Buckinghamshire which include 5,000kms of road, cycleways and pedestrian paths.
It has announced the use of carbon friendly reused rubber asphalt for laying road and the installation of further electric vehicle charging points in line with its new sustainability strategy ‘Building New Futures.’
It has also committed to allocating 50% of its Living Places spend to local businesses and employs a minimum of 5% graduates in its workforce.
£1bn Pagabo framework opens
148 projects have used this framework to date. The new medium works framework for client Education Alliance is in 4 lots to encourage SMEs to apply. It will run from January 2023 until January 2026 awarding contracts between £50k and £10mn.
The UK is divided into 42 sub-regions within 7 main UK regions. Respond here by 15 September deadline. Contracts will be awarded on 18 November.
Developer loses affordable homes fight
Developer Essential Living had been approved to develop a tower block above Swiss Cottage tube station on avenue road in 2016 but didn’t go ahead due to affordable living requirements made the scheme uneconomic, it argued. It lost this fight earlier in 2022.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2023 and complete by 2025 and will include 184 homes including 54 affordable homes.
Canary Wharf tallest tower
Developer Tide has won planning permission to build the UK’s tallest modular tower in Canary Wharf which will be used as student accommodation.
A modular building is one which is prefabricated offsite and assembled onsite. Vision Modular Systems a Tide company will produce the modules. Located in Isle of Dogs, 30 Marsh Wall will stand 48 stories and 159m tall, provide 1,000 beds and feature a roof garden.
Tide currently has 3,000 homes on the go making it one of
Massive Morocco-UK power project
X-links, a new UK-Morocco solar & wind power partnership is planned with a battery storage facility. It will generate 10.5GW of renewable energy and provide low-cost energy to 7 million UK homes by 2030, or 8% of Britain’s electricity needs.
X-links has appointed WSP consultancy to provide technical advisory and support procurement process in UK & Morocco for four HVDC (high voltage direct current) converter stations and ancillary works.
The power will be delivered to the UK from the station via 3,800km of sub-sea cables.
Laing O’Rourke wins £270m HS2 work
Laing O’Rourke has won HS2 Birmingham interchange project which will serve up to 5 trains per hour in each direction equating to 175,000 passengers per day. The station will be net zero in operation with maximum natural daylight, rainwater reuse, heat pumps and LED lighting. Located on a 150-hectare site in Solihull between the M42, A45 and A452. HS2’s main contractor Balfour Beatty is currently preparing the area. Surrounding the site a development of 3,000 new homes and commercial space is led by the Urban Growth Company.
Wilmott Dixon £44m Surrey leisure centre
Wilmott Dixon has won a £44m Surrey job from to build a sustainable leisure centre that will use up to 70% less energy than other similarly sized leisure centres.
Spelthorne Leisure Centre will be built to “Passivhaus” design standards which are a set of modern construction standards and solutions for net zero and sustainable structures.
It will be 100,000 square feet and feature an astroturf sports pitch roof, swimming pools, a gym and climbing wall.