This week’s Construction, Infrastructure and Rail news:
Bombardier have revealed the trains that will be servicing the new Elizabeth Line in London. They are set to carry an estimated 1,500 people at the peak of the commuter rush, with 450 of those passengers being seated. The trains are air conditioned and said to be 30% more efficient due to being lighter. The initial stock of trains will have 7 cars before extension works are completed to allow for 9 cars.
Family Mosaic have awarded Keepmoat a £15m contract to deliver 79 new homes in Leytonstone. The new development is scheduled to be completed by summer 2018. Family Mosaic acquired the site from the NHS in 2014 and have committed 30% of the 79 homes to the affordable housing scheme.
Network Rail have awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a contract to continue supporting improvements from Great Western main line to Heathrow Airport. Over the next 27 months Jacobs Engineering Group will be providing design and consultancy services. Proposed plans would see passengers able to travel directly to Heathrow Airport from Reading and Slough rather than having to travel into London Paddington to change.
Wates have won a £33m contract for Construction of a new campus and sports facilities in Whitehaven Cumbria. Planning permission is scheduled to be submitted later this year with a view to starting work in 2017.
Mace cost consultancy have revised earlier forecasts and are now expecting tender prices to fall next year. In April they predicted a 3.5% growth in 2017 however they have now estimated that tender prices will fall 1% next year due to the demand slowing for construction in the wake of referendum result.
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