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News update from the UK Civils & Construction Industry

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
Industry News

Balfour Beatty Appointed as Sole Contractor for Civil Engineering Frameworks Open to All Public Sector Bodies in the UK

£2.1 billion worth of framework contracts has been awarded through public sector procurement specialist Scape Groupe. Valued at £1.6 billion, the Scape National Civil Engineering framework covers England, Wales and also Northern Ireland. Scape Civil Engineering, which is valued at £500 million, covers Scotland. As direct award frameworks, they will be led by Balfour Beatty and delivered with subcontracting through local supply chains.
Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said “these frameworks enable us to build on our strong partnership with Scape. Our engineering and project management expertise coupled with our detailed regional knowledge supports Scape’s delivery of a wide range of rapidly mobilised infrastructure projects. Through our partnership we will continue to deliver added social value for the communities in which we operate by creating apprenticeship and trainee programmes, developing local supply chain spend and employment opportunities, and helping local authorities unlock vital regional growth.”  Read the full story

First Minister Announces Preferred Third Menai Crossing

A plan to build a third crossing between the Welsh mainland and Anglesey has taken a step forward with the naming of the preferred route. The “purple route” over the Menai Strait was announced by First Minister Carwyn Jones and plans will see a new bridge being built to the east of the already existing Britannia Bridge.
The bridge will also feature facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and construction is due to start in 2021.  Read the full story

Severn Trent to Begin Work on £11 Stroud Pipeline Project

Severn Trent is preparing to start work on installing a new network of water pipes in the Stroud area. The water company plans for the pipeline to stretch from Whaddon to Minchinhampton reservoir. A £11 million investment in the project will help to deliver quality drinking water to around 55,000 people and give them better protection from future pipe leaks and bursts.
The final phase is expected to conclude sometime early next year. Gareth Mead from Severn Trent said “this is a major investment for our customers in and around Stroud as we work to make sure customers have the most resilient and reliable water supply possible. We’ve spent a lot of valuable time talking and listening to the local community ahead of our work. It’s been crucial to get their input and feedback, as our customers are the local experts.”  Read the full story


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