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  1. £305m construction framework announced

Procurement company Fusion21 is seeking SMEs and contractors to fulfil a capital works program for public sector organisations in housing, education and healthcare sectors.

The program includes refurbishment and improvement works as well as modular and new build projects.

The deadline to apply is 6 February 2023. View the tender and apply here.

  1. Chelsea FC £1bn stadium expansion

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Chelsea football club has made an offer to purchase 1.2 acres of land adjacent to the current stadium to expand the club. The owner has put in an offer of £50m for the site in Stamford Bridge.

The club has tried to expand in the past but did not succeed due to land limitations and increasing costs.

The previous approved plans expired in 2020 as they were granted in 2017 with a 3 year expiry and since construction was not commenced any new plans will have to be resubmitted.

Aecom has been announced as the strategic partner and VolkerFitzpatrick is the preferred bidder for piling and diversion works.

  1. Rolls-Royce to build nuclear reactors

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Rolls Royce has announced plans to build nuclear reactor. The engine manufacturer has shortlisted three possible locations being Sunderland, Teesside or Deeside.

The final location will manufacture components for a ‘fleet’ of SMRs (Small Modular Reactors) with a capacity of 470mW each which could power up to 1.3m homes (each). It is yet to discuss plans with the Government and rollout depends on Government collaboration. It has already received £210m of public funding last year and £250m from private sources including Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.

Last month Rolls Royce announced four possible locations for SMRs in Wales and the West Midlands.

Atkins is the strategic partner.

  1. HS2 contractors achieve sustainability accreditation

Two HS2 JVs have won the highest level of sustainability status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). SCSS is funded by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) to boost knowledge and collaboration in construction on sustainability matters as part of the UK’s plan to achieve net zero status by 2050.

HS2 recently announced 10 of its sites are now diesel free.

Skanska Costain STRABAG and Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall are sustainability gold accredited under the new certification.

Measures include replacing diesel with solar lights, replacing diesel generators with hybrid and retrofitting plant machinery.

  1. Call for bidders: £8bn National Contract Framework

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The National Contract Framework will be renewed in March for construction, infrastructure, retrofit, demolition and housing.

Procurement company Procure Partnerships Framework will host supplier days on 18 & 19 January, interested parties should register interest to attend here.

Contractors can bid for 11 regional lots with winners announced in the Autumn.

The framework is a renewal of the contract that has run over the past 5 years and delivered 600 projects.

  1. Henry wins East London development

The £74m Leaside Lock development will deliver 965 new homes in Bromley East London in the form of 3 blocks plus townhouses. 50% of the homes will be affordable. The project will be developed in 3 stages.

Client Guinness Partnership appointed Henry as lead contractor to deliver the final third phase of the scheme which will complete in 2024.

  1. New £184m Cambridge train station

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The Government has approved a new train station for Cambridge under a Transport and Works Act Order.

The new station is next to a medical campus with trains to London, Stansted and Birmingham.

The Department of Transport is the approver and the project is to be funded by Network Rail.

Cambridge is expected to grow in the next decade with 4,000 new homes and 27,000 possible new jobs created.

The station is planned to open in 2025.

  1. Mace Goldman Sachs London refit

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In its largest refit project in 10 years Mace was awarded the interior refit of the old Goldman Sachs London city office worth £120m.

The 11-story fleet street building will be transformed into 300,000 square feet of office space and a retail level.

  1. Parliament tower restoration tender

The Palace of Westminster’s tallest tower is due for restoration with the tender expected in 2023.

The 160-year-old Heritage Grade I listed 99m Victoria tower was purpose built in 1843 to store parliamentary records after a fire destroyed the original medieval palace which held the records.

Work is expected to commence in 2024 on the £170m project and complete in 2029. Find out more here.

  1. M3 upgrade to VolkerFitzpatrick

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The M3 in Hampshire will be upgraded to 4 lanes in each direction at junction 9 enabling enhanced traffic flow. Three new bridges will be constructed and the roundabout rebuilt.

Funder National Highways has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick as lead contractor. Work is expected to commence work in 2025. The £200m project will include walking and cycling upgrades.

  1. UK first net zero blue light hub goes to Esh

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Northern contractor Esh has won a £10m project to build the UK’s very first carbon neutral blue light hub in Northumbria. The campus will house Fire, Police and Ambulance services – Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Service.

The site will harvest rainwater, reuse water, feature solar panels and heat pumps.

  1. New £57m zero-carbon secondary school plans approved

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West Sussex Council and Homes England have approved a new carbon neutral school in West Sussex for 900 children.  The Bedelands Academy will provide primary and secondary school education.

The £57m project is the largest the council has ever approved. The school will generate carbon neutral sustainable energy onsite through 1,000 solar panels which will generate 296kWh of energy annually.

Walking and cycling paths will be developed to enable carbon free travel to and from the school. The school will include a Special Support Center for children with special needs.

The school is planned to open in 2025.