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Network Rail reports improved track workers’ safety

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British rail-track workers’ safety has improved, with no fatalities on the mainline network in the last year, the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) annual health and safety report has found. It said ‘red zone’ working, which compromises work done on live train lines, almost ended with a 98 per…

Two new electricity interconnectors planned for UK

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Ofgem has opened bids to build two electricity interconnectors between the UK and continental Europe. The energy regulator said this would “bring forward billions of pounds of investment” in the subsea cables, which can import cheaper energy when needed and export surplus power from the UK when it is available.…

MMC expert sought for £1.3bn Edinburgh waterfront scheme

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The City of Edinburgh Council is looking for a development partner to start the £1.3bn regeneration of part of its waterfront. The partner chosen for the £170-£190m first phase of the overall Granton Waterfront project must show expertise in sustainability and modern methods of construction. They will work with the…

Positive discrimination back-firing in diversity drive, DfT warns

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The infrastructure sector is still short of the number of female recruits it needs and some misguided positive discrimination programmes have made things worse, a government-backed report has said. Enhancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Transport Infrastructure Skills, produced for the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, found that, while there had…

New film studio gets the green light

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Owners of a massive new film-studio project have said they intend to start construction immediately after it cleared its final planning hurdle. Blackhall Global Partners, developer of the 85,000 square metre Shinfield Studios, said Wokingham Borough Council had confirmed planning consent after the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities…

Revenue surges again at fast-growing warehouse specialist

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Glencar has continued its rapid growth, reporting a surge in revenue and profit in its latest results. The contractor, which specialises in the warehouse and logistics market, reported a 11 per cent jump in revenue to £160.4m for the year ending 30 September 2021. This compared to £144.8m in its…

Future of £680m EfW plant in the balance

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A London borough has called for a halt to the procurement of a £683m incinerator project due to be awarded to contractor Acciona this week. The incinerator is part of an overall £1.2bn project by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to upgrade and expand its facilities at Edmonton. NLWA…

Give sites flexible opening times, councils told

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Councils have been told to accommodate longer operating hours for construction sites as the industry recovers from the pandemic. Housing minister Christopher Pincher told parliament that measures – requiring local planning authorities in England to “take a positive approach to their engagement with food retailers and distributors, as well as…

Network Rail plans £1.5bn Liverpool Street redevelopment

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Network Rail Infrastructure is in talks to overhaul and expand part of Liverpool Street station in London. Plans are at an early stage, but the scheme to redevelop the south-eastern part of the station is estimated to cost around £1.55bn. Network Rail has opened discussions with Mersey Rail, a joint…

Plans go in for twin 51-storey Manchester towers

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Developer Renaker has applied for planning permission for two 51-storey residential towers in central Manchester. It said the towers in the Great Jackson Street area of the south-west of the city would provide 988 new homes, including co-working spaces, gym and lounges with private underground parking. Architect Simpson Haugh has…