This weeks Construction, Infrastructure and Rail update:
Balfour Beatty has been brought on by Highways England on an early contractor involvement (ECI) basis to build a new lorry park off of the M20 in Kent. The £130m contract will relieve the roads in Kent, particularly in the event of disruptions at the Port of Calais / ferry crossings / Channel Tunnel. The government is yet to sign off on the project, however, it is expected soon as plans were contained in the chancellor’s 2015 autumn statement.
Bam Construction has been awarded a £41m contract by Birmingham City University for a new build at their City South Campus in Edgbaston. The new building will house courses in sports and life sciences as well as specialist facilities for research and physiotherapy. Enabling works have begun and the project is due for completion at the end of 2017.
Following successful contracts in Leeds and Great Yarmouth, the Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald JV (BMM) have been awarded a further 2 flood defence work contracts for the Environment Agency. One contract for the construction of flood defences on both banks of the River Exe from Cowley Bridge to Countess Weir in Exeter. The other being the North Asset Recovery Programme in York & North East and Lower Aire & Upper Aire catchments for the restoration of flood defences damaged by storms and floods in December 2015.
Alstom is hoping to be awarded the £7.5bn contract to build rolling stock for the planned HS2 rail route connecting London, Birmingham, and Leeds and this week announced they will be proposing double-decker trains. Final specifications are yet to be put together but the firm feels it’s a unique offering that would create a much better passenger experience. Alstom has been operating double-decker trains for 20 years with current services in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, and Switzerland. The contract is expected to be awarded in 2019 and although no guarantees have been made, Alstom has said it would attempt to carry out as much of the building work in the UK creating an estimated 600 UK jobs.