Largest UK explosive demolition in 75 years

The largest explosive demolition in 75 years has occurred at Redcar by Thompsons.  1.6 tonnes of explosives levelled the 65m Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Plant in Redcar with three blasts over 7 seconds.

The demolition is part of the regeneration of Teesside including Teesworks Freeport. The cost of remediating the site of the old steelworks is said to be £180m.

Watch the video here, the comments are worth a glance.

Fibre optic installer bought by private equity


Manchester contractor private equity owned O’Connor Utilities has bought InCIT the fibre optic installer which is working on the £5bn Project Gigabit to install broadband across the company, along with other clients.

InCIT reported £10m revenue in its last accounts.

BAM gets punchy with net zero targets

Bam Nuttal

Bam Nuttal

BAM has already reduced its carbon emissions by 20% this year on last year amounting to 7 kilotons of carbon less released into the atmosphere.

BAM UK & Ie has named new punchier targets than its global group of becoming net zero by 2026, in less than 4 years’ time. Royal BAM the global entity says it will reduce carbon emissions by 80%.

Furthermore, the company is going to Scope 3 emissions which are further down the chain than most net zero carbon targets.

Well done BAM!

Kier wins Hammersmith life sciences hub

The life sciences hub will include laboratory & research & development spaces over 121k square feet in four floors called the Refinery.

It is a revamp of the existing building which will include 2 story extension and a new green roof.

Elizabeth Line: Bond Street station to open

Bond Street Elizabeth Line will open on Monday 24th October opening up lines to Reading, Heathrow and Brentwood.

Trains will run every 5 minutes and 140,000 passengers per day are expected to pass through the station.

The station will be step-free and one of the entrance will open onto Medici courtyard which will be the first public courtyard to open in Mayfair for over a century.

St Helens new town centre

Plans have been approved for a new town centre in St Helens including new planet-friendly offices, hotel, homes and market hall with retail and public space.

The council has partnered with English Cities Fund (ECF) which is a public-private partnership (PPP) between Muse, Legal & General and Homes England.

£124m M25 Essex junction

Contractor Graham will start work on Junction 28 at Essex which will take 3 years and cost £124m. It includes a new loop road, widening of a carriageway, a new bridge and an overbridge.

7,500 cars currently pass through the junction and it is subject to long delays and congestion.

470 new Preston flats

Plans have been submitted for 6 new tower blocks in including a 16-story skyscraper in Preston to house 470 flats at the old Dryden Mill site which is currently a car park. The development includes retail and public space.

Balfour Beatty wins £4bn SCAPE civil framework

The contractor has been appointed as main contractor for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to deliver public sector civil engineering infrastructure from 2023 over 4 years with a 2-year extension option.

Currently the procurement company SCAPE is running 1,800 public sector projects.

SMEs are meant to be prioritised in the forthcoming contracts.