Women in construction & engineering

Inaugural Women in Construction and Engineering awards winners!

Seven winners have been named for outstanding contribution to the industry in the very first Women in Construction and Engineering awards. They are:

  • Alexis Carylyon of Royal Cornwall NHS
  • Carmen Santos of Taylor Woodrow
  • Anne Nortcliffe of Canterbury Christ Church Uni
  • Jayne Little of Skills 4
  • Christine Scott of Madison Berkeley
  • Zainab Adigun of Pell Frischmann
  • Karen Mosley of HLM Architects
  • Geetha Sathi of Arcadis
  • Paula Carey of Carbon8
  • Wilmott Dixon’s Womens’ Leadership Programme

Inspiring Women in Construction aims to provide networking opportunities and learning resources to help women make career progress and celebrate organisations that help tackle gender inequality. Find out more https://inspiring.constructionnews.co.uk/inspiringwomen/en/page/home

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was yesterday. .  Over 55% of workers have experienced mental health issues in their life. Last year CITB released its report on mental health & wellbeing research in construction, you can read it here https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/construction-industry-research-reports/search-our-construction-industry-research-reports/mental-health-and-wellbeing-research/

Lighthouse Charity has support and resources for contractors and construction industry workers including a helpline, framework and training. https://www.lighthouseclub.org/mental-health/

Balfour Beatty signs offshore wind MOU with Aker

The partnership will focus on gravity-based and concrete floating UK offshore wind industry.

Kincardine in Scotland is the world’s largest offshore wind factory with a capacity of 50MW which would generate energy for 18,800 family homes.

Aker is a Norwegian oil & gas company with an offshore wind subsidiary which has partnered with Balfour Beatty to deliver end-to-end design and construction services for the UK offshore wind industry. Aker has experience in designing floating concrete offshore structures for subsea oil & gas projects. Conceptual projects have shown that concrete for wind turbines can be competitive compared to steel structures. The floating units can be moored to the sea floor by wires or chains which gives great flexibility of movement in all six degrees of freedom.

£1bn Refit and Refurbishment Framework notice

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Credit kyo-azuma-via unsplash

Pagabo has issued a notice for the £1bn Refit and Refurbishment Framework which will run for 4 years from 2023 and cover works more than £50,000, split into 5 lots.

The framework belongs to Red Kite Learning Trust and includes projects in public sector organisations such as Schools, Academies, Further Education & Universities, Local Authorities, NHS, Blue Light, Independent and Private Schools, Social Housing Organisations

To access the framework, click here https://www.pagabo.co.uk/frameworks/refit-and-refurbishment-framework

National Underground Asset Register

Around 100 organisations have provided underground asset data to the National Underground Asset Register which will create a digital twin of the UK in order to stop people digging costly holes in the wrong place and damaging assets.

Over four million holes are dug each year in the UK, many in the wrong place. This costs taxpayers £2.4 million each year.

In addition, greater accuracy can improve worker safety. The survey includes vital services such as gas, water, electricity and telecommunications.

The project is being led by Atkins with Ordnance Survey and 1Spatial and is expected to take 3 years.

More info https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1102875/2022-09-05-NUAR-In-A-Nutshell.pdf

New Liverpool Street Station

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Plans for a complete revamp of Liverpool Street Station have been unveiled. The original station was built in 1874.

£1.5bn will be spent on the project with £450m in a public private partnership for infrastructure to alleviate overcrowding.

A new 16-story Andaz hotel will be built above the station and the Grade II Heritage listed Great Eastern hotel built in 1884 will be restored.

Public consultation is 21-23 November.

New 28 story London tower

Dutch developer Edge has appointed Mace as lead contractor on a £450m 28-story office development at St Thomas Street in London’s Southbank.

Due for completion in 2026 with work commencing in 2023, it will be London’s ‘greenest building.’ It will feature a green roof garden & public park.

Mace was the main contractor on the Shard.

£1.3bn Barking regen

Barking & Dagenham council are calling for bidders to demolish existing blocks and build 4,000 new homes which will include community & retail space & public realm.

Prequalification document deadline is 8 November. More info email pmo@befirst.london


Flannery expands operations boot camp


Plant Hire Firm Flannery has launched a construction skills boot camp for plant operators and received funding from the Government to train 400 drivers.

The new training is open to all construction companies, plant hirers and individuals. It is free and completers get a qualification CPCS card.

The pilot scheme is live and will run until March 2023.

Interested parties click here https://www.flanneryplanthire.com/company/careers-at-flannery/skills-bootcamp/