Construction Industry News Roundup: April 2019
April 30 2019
A dozen firms win £500m City of London deal, the plans for a £1.5bn annual boost to Scotland’s infrastructure, and the investigation into the Notre-Dame fire continues: Catch up on all the important industry news from this month.
Notre-Dame Fire Investigators Focus on Short-Circuit and Cigarettes
Full article: NY Times
On the 15th April, parts of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris were destroyed after a blaze broke out, leading to shock and sadness around the world.
Investigators in Paris are now converging around two theories of what caused the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral: a short-circuit near its spire, possibly caused by electrified bells, or negligence by workers carrying out renovations, a theory that’s been fueled by the discovery of cigarette butts in the site.
The official said that so far nothing was being ruled out and that the investigation could last several weeks. It was being complicated by the intensity of the blaze, as well as by the tons of water used by firefighters to put it out, both of which destroyed evidence.
Dozen Firms Win £500m City of London Deal
Full article: Construction Enquirer
The City of London has named the winners of its general major construction framework covering projects around the capital.
A dozen firms secured places on the two lot framework that will run for four years and covers an estate of more than 800 properties, both inside and outside of the square mile.
The framework, which has been divided into two value-based lots, covers general contacting to support the delivery of the City’s capital programme and cover jobs worth between £1m and £15m.
Morgan Sindall, Osborne and 8build all secured spots on the most valuable lot, which covers projects worth between £4.6m and £15m. Gilbert Ash, Speller Metcalfe and McLaughlin & Harvey also landed slots on this lot.
London’s Historic Hammersmith Bridge Closed Indefinitely
Full Article: The Independent
London’s historic Hammersmith bridge in west London has been closed to traffic after “critical faults” were discovered in the structure.
Hammersmith Bridge, which opened in 1887, has closed over safety concerns.
Cyclists and pedestrians can still use the Grade II listed bridge but it will be closed to motorists “indefinitely”, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham said.
The council has blamed Government cuts for the closure. The council added: “Regrettably, we’ve now been left with no option but to close the bridge indefinitely until the refurbishment costs can be met. We’re supporting TfL’s call for the government to invest in this vital river crossing and national monument – so we can get on with the work and reopen the bridge.”
Plans for £1.5bn Annual Boost to Scotland’s Infrastructure
Full article: BBC
Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is aiming to boost annual investment in Scotland’s infrastructure by up to £1.5 billion as part of their move towards a low-carbon economy. SFT, the infrastructure delivery arm of the Scottish Government, has announced its five-year corporate plan to stimulate private sector investment, create jobs and build homes.
The trust has proposed an ambitious infrastructure investment target of £6.7bn annually by 2025/26, which would represent a £1.5bn rise from this year’s £5.2bn baseline. Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy is a key focus of the new strategy, which includes plans to install more electric vehicle charging points, deliver better-insulated buildings, and promote de-carbonised heating methods.
Chief Executive, Peter Reekie said: “Delivering high-quality, well-functioning infrastructure to support and accelerate economic growth will achieve social and environmental benefits right across Scotland.”
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