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UK Civils and Construction Industry News for November 2018

Posted by: Melonie Debenham
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Highways England launches procurement process for Smart Motorway Alliance scheme

Highways England is inviting companies to get involved in its £4.5 billion Smart Motorway Alliance scheme.
The government agency has officially launched the procurement process, and is seeking to recruit six new partners to work on the nation’s road networks over the next 10 years.
The aim of the alliance is to develop smarter networks, which will ease congestion on the country’s busiest motorways. The Smart Motorways Alliance is the second phase of the innovative Routes to Market initiative.
Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive of Highways England, explained that the alliance marks a “step change away from traditional thinking and more towards creating value.”
Highways England is looking for three on-site companies, two digital design partners and a firm specialising in production management. The aim is to increase safety, improve efficiency, improve customer service, and increase investment in skills and supply chain growth and innovation.  Full story


Plans to regenerate Tottenham Hale get the go ahead

Plans for a regeneration scheme in Tottenham Hale have been given the green light by the London Borough of Haringey.
The six-year project, which will cost in the region of £480 million, was submitted by Argent Related. Under new proposals, six new buildings will be constructed near to the rail, underground and bus stations in Tottenham Hale, creating 1,030 homes, shops, offices and a medical centre.
Argent Related is hoping to begin construction in the summer of 2019, with the first homes due to be ready by the end of 2020. The company was involved with the regeneration of Kings Cross. Director, Tom Goodall, described Tottenham as a “place with ambition and creativity,” and said that he was delighted that the council had chosen Argent to deliver a project that will undoubtedly have an incredibly positive impact on local people.  Full story


Leeds Council submits plans for new £112 million flood-defence scheme

Leeds City Council has submitted proposals for a new £112 million flood-defence initiative, which will form phase 2 of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.
The council has worked with the Environment Agency to put an application together for stage 2, which aims to prevent flooding in towns and villages upstream from the city centre.
A series of measures have been outlined to reduce the risk of flooding on a 14km stretch of the River Aire, which runs through the Kirkstall Corridor to Apperley Bridge in Bradford. The area was badly affected by Storm Eva in 2015.
The plans feature a two-step process, which will help to protect around 370 local businesses and more than 1,480 homes. The aim is to reach a level of one-in-200 year protection.
The application concentrates on four main areas: Calverley, Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall and Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Full story

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