BAM & Sisk Awarded £120m Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme

Leeds City Council has chosen BAM Nutall and John Sisk & Sonas as its construction partners to deliver a £120m Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme. LPTIP (The Leeds public transport investment programme) is part of the long-term Connecting Leeds transport strategy to renovation the transport network in and around the city. BAM Nuttall has been selected for Contract 1 and will present the design and construction of the bus priority corridor and park and ride schemes. John Sisk has been awarded Contract 2 city centre gateways, concentrated on works in and around the city centre of the Leeds public transport investment programme. Work will be distributed in phases, but the estimated tot

Kier Joins Western Power Distribution’s Framework To Deliver Electrical Works Across The Midlands

Kier has joined with Western Power Distribution’s framework to deliver planned and reactive works across the East and West Midlands. After many successes in areas across the Midlands, Kier will deliver excavation, cable laying and reinstatement works, including a 24/7 reactive service that is said to be valued at roughly £30m. Commenting on the framework, Simon Havill from Western Power Distribution said: “We have built a strong reputation for delivering a reliable and safe electricity supply to homes and businesses, while offering the highest quality customer service. “We look forward to working with Kier in the Midlands to help us maintain our high performance standards.” Starting in Septe

Government Pledges £36m Funding For Clean Energy Tech In Construction

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced £36m UK government funding for clean energy innovation in the construction industry. More than £36m of UK government funding will be given to Swansea to support cutting-edge building materials which generate electricity, the Chancellor has declared during a visit to Wales. The green technology uses light and heat to make energy, and has the ability to power homes, workplaces, schools and also hospitals. These materials could replace conventional walls, roofs and windows, generating electricity which is stored and released by a smart operating system. Additional electricity could also be sold back to the national grid. The announcement by Hammond

Catalyst Housing Details New £900m Contractor Line-Up

Catalyst housing association has increased the number of preferred contractors to deliver its annual building programme of roughly 800 homes. . Catalyst Housing association calculates it will spend between £500m and £900m over the next four years delivering an impressive building programme across London and the South East. As a result, the housing association has raised the number of partner firms from seven to approximately 22. Among the new contractors are Durkan, Guildmore, Henry Construction, and Midgard as well as major players such as Galliford Try, Kier and Lovell. Murphy has also joined the hunt for new build projects in the social housing sector having been chosen for lots for proje

New Plant Operator Apprenticeship Under Development

A new Construction Plant Operator Trailblazer Apprenticeship has gained approval from the IfA (Institute for Apprenticeships). A proposition was devised by an employer-led trailblazer working group supported by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA). Following frequent revisions to the submission plan, approval was received from the IfA and the working group is now planning to develop the standards and assessment plan for the new Plant Operator Apprenticeship. First formed in July 2016, the working group signifies a number of employers including construction equipment owners and hirers, in addition to representatives from other sectors such as demolition and rail. P Flannery Plant Hir

£123m Bristol Concert Arena Plans Abandoned

Bristol City Council has abandoned plans to build a £123m concert arena in Bristol, in favour of pursuing a mixed housing, hotel and conference centre scheme. Bristol City Council said it had abandoned the concert arena plans because of the large borrowing needed and fears about rising costs on the project in comparison to another development option which would generate money for the council. The new provisional plans for the Temple Island site envision a conference centre, a hotel, housing, offices and retail. The council is now set to consider the replacement mixed-use scheme with Legal & General as a potential partner. Bouygues UK was lined up in 2016 to build the Bristol Arena but failed

Thames Water Submits Ambitious £11.7bn Business Plan

Thames Water, the water and wastewater company, is arranging to spend £11.7bn on improving infrastructure, service and efficiency over the 2020-25 period. All water companies across England and Wales are now proposing their business plans to Ofwat for the years 2020 to 2025. Thames Water’s plan includes a record investment of £11.7bn, including £2.1bn to increase network resilience and reduce leakage. At the moment, 25% of all the water that it treats and puts into its system is lost, and in June 2018 Thames Water was fined £120m by Ofwat for failing to control its leaks. Thames Water said that its new business plan would cut leaks by 15% and pollution incidents by 18%. The long-term goal is

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