Irish firm wins English water contract

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Irish firm Farrans has won £100m contract from Northumbrian Water to construct a 24km new pipeline 50m under the River Tees to supply clean water to the area.

The other project will design, install and supply new bore treatment at Barsham Water Works in Suffolk including a new reservoir, new station and tank, & lift.

Both these projects are expected to complete in 2025 with a second phase of pipeline in County Durham taking place from 2025-28.

Firms readied for £600m NHS Wales framework

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NHS Wales is releasing a £600m framework for healthcare for projects more than £7m in two lots, under and over £20m.

Two buyer days are scheduled for interested bidders to attend and find out more from 9.30am

  1. CARDIFF Wednesday 7 December Mercure Hotel North
  2. WREXHAM Thursday 15 December Ramada Plaza

Register here.

1,000 Pudding Mill Lane new homes

The final segment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park redevelopment has been approved by London Legacy Development Corporation who will commence the search for a JV partner in 2023.

948 new homes of which 45% are to be affordable and half 2 or more bedrooms.

The redevelopment will include community amenities such as nursery, health care centre and retail shops & cafes surrounding the DLR stop plus 52k square feet of commercial and leisure space.

The area is currently being used as the temporary ABBA hologram concert venue.

2,000 bed student accommodation in Exeter

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The University of Exeter has awarded Graham a 2,000 bed new student accommodation development in Exeter. University Partnerships Program will design, develop, finance and operate the development with construction to commence immediately and conclude in September 2026.

The Clydesdale & Birks development at Streatham consists of Passivhaus 1,500 new build and 290 refurbishments.

UPP is owned by PGGM a Dutch infrastructure fund. UPP owns and operates over 4,000 University of Exeter rooms.

McLaren wins Big K logistics job in North Yorkshire

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The UK’s largest future logistics hub is planned for North Yorkshire. Big K will be the only UK warehouse connected by road, rail and water.

Phase 1 includes 4 warehouses then 3 more warehouses are included in the plans. McLaren has been appointed to deliver

Owner Konect62 has planning permission for 1.4 million square feet and is applying for another 0.4 bringing the total to 1.8m sq feet of warehouse space on the former colliery site.

Construction is expected to start immediately and conclude by Q3 in 2023.

Logistics is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with 190,000 jobs created since 2019. It is on track to overtake the NHS (the world’s largest employer) in terms of numbers of employed staff in 2023.

In 2021 the number of UK businesses identifying as transport or storage was 88% higher than in 2011.

Galliford Try wins subsea cable factory project

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JDR Cable Systems has awarded Galliford Try the contract to build a 70,000 square metre factory to produce subsea cables that will transport offshore energy to the mainland.

The £130m factory on the former coal station site in Cambois will boost UK renewables and is partly funded by BEIS Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Support (OWMIS). It will be the only UK factory capable to start to finish production of high voltage subsea cables.

The UK will host COP26 in November and the project is part of several Government initiatives such as net zero and Build Back Better to regenerate the North, with up to 400 jobs being created.

Construction is expected to start in 2022 and complete in 2024.

Wales: UK’s first net zero railway hub


700 hectares of land has been acquired by The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) from Celtic Energy to develop the UK’s first net zero rail hub for railway innovation including research & development, testing & certification for passenger and freight rail.

The £250m infrastructure project in South Wales consists of three phases to complete in 2025 and includes test loops, infrastructure and buildings, research facilities, hotel and business park.

Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Arcadis and several other design consulting companies are working on the design together to ready construction to commence in 2023.

Lower Thames Crossing planning application to finally be resubmitted in coming days

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The Lower Thames Crossing to connect Essex and Kent plans have been resubmitted with a goal for operations to commence in 2029.

The original plans were apparently going to be rejected by planners due to environmental considerations and due to Tilbury Port expansion.

This recent round of plans if submitted in November would be approved in 2024 with construction commencing in 2025 and due to commence operations in 2029.

The £2.1 billion tunnelling contract was won by Bam Vinci Ferrovial JV and others.

There is an additional £1.3bn roads contract North of the Thames plus a £600m Kent roads contract.

Main works are due to be awarded in Summer 2023.

National Highways has already awarded Jacobs a £162m integration partner contract.

Scottish SMEs win transport framework

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SMEs have won 13/14 lots on Scotland’s £102m transport infrastructure framework. The framework has increased in value from £46m in 2018 and increased from 8 lots to 14 including major projects, minor works up to £50,000, coring and materials testing, structures, vehicle restraint systems, surveying and hard landscaping.

Octopus invests £110m in EV charging infrastructure


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Octopus Energy has announced an investment of £110m in electric charging points, its first investment into the UK’s green energy infrastructure. The new deal will increase Be.EV’s current stock of 150 to 1,000 new charging points across the North of England by 2024.

Octopus already supplies all of Manchester’s Be.EV chargers with 100% renewable energy.