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HS2 discloses latest executive pay levels

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HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston earned £622,700 last year, the project’s annual report has revealed. In the 12 months to 31 March 2022, Thurston saw his basic salary return to close to where it was before the pandemic. In the previous financial year, he took a “voluntary salary reduction” of…

Developer remediation pledge to get legal standing

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Developers who signed a pledge to remediate all of their faulty buildings will see that pledge turned into a “legally binding” undertaking. Forty-nine developers have signed a pledge to remediate all the fire defects in buildings of more than 11 metres in height where they were the client. Former housing…

HS2 spent £106m on Euston design revamp

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More than £100m was spent redesigning HS2’s new station at Euston, it has emerged. The station, which will be HS2’s main London hub once it has been completed, was redesigned to accommodate 10 platforms rather than 11, following recommendations by the Department for Transport (DfT) in September 2021. At the…

Laing O’Rourke scoops £370m HS2 Interchange job

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Laing O’Rourke will design and build HS2’s 150-hectare Interchange Station in Solihull. The contractor won the £370m contract ahead of Unity (a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine, VolkerFitzpatrick and WSP) and Skanska, who were named alongside Laing on the shortlist last year. Work on the site will start next…

Fire safety amongst work on £400m framework flagged in London

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The London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham have flagged up a potential £400m worth of maintenance work to contractors. The job includes construction work for buildings across the two boroughs, fire-prevention installation works, mechanical work and building completion work. Fire safety construction work has ramped up…

Bam Nuttall turnover tops £1bn

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“Selective tendering” helped to nudge Bam Nuttall’s turnover over the £1bn mark for the first time. But the civil engineering specialist warned that the “higher inflationary environment” had forced it to adopt a “conservative” approach for 2023. “Our business delivered its operations safety, profitably, sustainably and predictably, despite the ongoing…

Green light for £30m Stockport hospital campus

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Work to construct a new emergency and urgent care campus at a Stockport hospital has received the go-ahead. Tilbury Douglas will lead on the £30m contract to extend Stepping Hill Hospital in Greater Manchester by 300 square metres. The site will include a new children’s emergency department, and additional mental…