Construction industry mourns the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
The government has declared Monday 19th September to be a National Holiday to mourn the passing of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s on the day of the funeral.
Your employer must give you leave, and each employer has the right to decide whether they grant leave on the day. There is no statutory requirement for workers to take a day of leave. There is no obligation for employers to grant leave on this day.
The service will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th at 11am. Her Majesty will lie in state at Westminster Hall for 4 days prior so the public can pay their respects.
King Charles the third now succeeds Queen Elizabeth as King.
Plans were just submitted for a new £5bn Liverpool redevelopment to revamp 2.3km of Liverpool’s derelict docklands, canals and waterside spaces in 5 neighbourhoods along the coast, backed by developer Peel. It will include public space, residential and commercial structures. Arup is consultant & John Sisk will deliver infrastructure and design.
Central Park will cover 4.7 acres and 1,000 trees will be planted.
The development is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and will completely change the face of Liverpool over the next 30 years and provide significant much-needed infrastructure investment.
County Durham contractor expands
Esh construction from County Durham has launched a new drainage division. Esh drainage will create 15 new jobs and signifies £1.5m investment into the company. The new division will carry out drainage and water works in the North East.
Esh construction was recently awarded lead contractor to maintain and repair Grade II listed Tyne Bridge on behalf of Newcastle and Gateshead councils.
Largest subsea cable factory in Scotland
Plans have just been approved for the largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea cable factory in the world to be built in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The factory will create four cables for the Xlinks project in Morocco which will generate energy for Britain to be transported under the ocean via subsea cables. Each cable is almost 4,000km in length.
Recently a nuclear site has been decommissioned in the area and this new factory will provide work transfer opportunities for local workers.
Pick Everard has provided BIM, health and safety and sustainability support for the project and is lead consultant.
Stoke gets a new development
Developers Capital & Centric have announced a new development next to Stoke-on-Trent train station.
The £60m Goods Yard project will convert a disused warehouse which was once used as a goods yard for the railway into residential and office space with public space, a jetty, a hotel and garden square. It has received £16m from the Government’s levelling up fund.
Construction will begin in 2024.
Kier won the most projects in August
Contractor Kier has won 16 projects valued at £561m in August. Only Galliford Try won more projects, 19, but with combined value of £142m.
Skanska won the largest project of £450m value, the A46 upgrade in the Midlands which connects the M1 and Leicester to the A1 and central Lincolnshire. Works will commence in 2025 and complete in 2028.
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