Network Rail £50m overhead line electrification

Network Rail has put contractors on notice for the £50m overhead line renewal between Fenchurch Street and Pitsea.

The MK1 contract will renew 150kms of line between Fenchurch Street and Pitsea and is part of a larger project that will renews 219kms of line.

Some of the line hasn’t been upgraded since the 1950s and is sagging which is inefficient. The new lines will help trains to run more efficiently and to maintain the lines for years to come.

Turner & Townsend carbon calculator system

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Turner & Townsend the Construction consulting company based in Leeds has developed a carbon calculator system which calculates emissions at each stage of the construction life cycle.

It evaluates the carbon footprint of a project at various stages of the project by evaluating emissions and costs associated for carbon accounting purposes.

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Kier wins £70m Southbank office job

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Property managers Barings and LBS have appointed Kier to build a 12 story office block in Southbank. 135 Park Street is aiming for net zero development. It will be built with low carbon concrete and targeting a 5 star NABERS sustainability rating.

Near Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, the new development will replace the existing Emerson building and feature a rooftop garden overlooking the Thames and London.  

Clothworker’s London AXA deal

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Insurance giant AXA has acquired the leasehold of 50 Fenchurch Street fromClothworker’s Company with plans to build a giant green hanging wall. The deal includes building a new hall for Clothworkers livery company which received its Royal Charter in 1528

The £1bn project will feature a 36-story office block with 650,000 square metres of office space.

AXA recently completed 22 Bishopsgate the UK’s largest office block ever to be built and second only in height to the Shard.

The development will also improve two surrounding listed heritage sites being Tower of All Hallows Staining and Lambe’s Chapel Crypt.

UK’s largest wind farm opens in Wales

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RWE has opened the Clocaenog Forest onshore wind farm in North Wales, the largest onshore wind farm in the UK. Jonas Brothers Civil Engineering was the main contractor on the £20m project which includes 27 turbines and produce 96MW of energy which will power 63,800 homes.

Plan to lift Chinese rebar ‘outrageous’ says industry body

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Ukraine, Belarus and Russia rebar did supply 20-40% of UK rebar but due to the conflict the Trade Remedies Authority which is a sub department of Department of International Trade proposed to lift the ban on Chinese rebar.

But the British Association of Reinforcement brands these plans as ‘utter madness’ as the reason Chinese rebar is banned in the UK is because it flooded the market with cheap imports 6 years ago seriously compromising the safety of key infrastructure.

Australia’s Melbourne Eye had to be closed down amidst safety concerns as it used dumped Chinese steal for the structure which made the structure unsafe (China has been accused of dumping steel in Australia on more than once occasion).

UK Steel says opening the economy to cheap dumped Chinese steel would completely wipe out the UK’s steel industry.  

Women in Rail report

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The Railway Industry Association and Women in Rail launched their partnership in 2020 to champion diversity in the rail industry and have published their first annual report.

The partnership has a join charter which champions the positive campaign to increase equality, diversity and inclusion in the railway industry.

Women in Rail was founded 10 years ago by Adeline Ginn.

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Oldham Council seeks £550m development partner

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Oldham Council is seeking a development partner to deliver 2,000 homes across 8 sites in the city centre, worth £550m.

The sites include the Civic Centre, Old Magistrate’s Court, Leisure Centre and a new park.

The 15 year renewal development plan will transform Oldham into a town of the future.

Interested bidders can find out more here