£100m Middlegate Water Photo Credit Ivan Bandura via unsplash

June #4 Update: £100m Water Plant, Consultancy Webinar, Stonehenge Tunnel, Housebuilding Placemaking Tarmac Goes Renewable

Controversial £100m Middlegate Water Treatment Plant Contract up for Grabs

Anglian Water will hold a supplier information day on 7 July for interested bidders to deliver long term water supplies to the region. The project will use a design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) model, a public-private partnership that is a high-risk high-cost alternative to traditional design and build contract, placing much risk on the contractor and costing a price that reflects this despite 2 government reports that say BDFO is not a good use of taxpayers money, as it costs up to 5 times as much as a traditional contract. However, DBFO contracts do not appear on the Government balance sheet, so piling debt 25 years in the future for the next generation to deal with. Interested parties can apply here

Internet Connectivity for New, Temporary and Challenging locations…

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Construction Consultancy in a Changing World Webinar

Data webinar Phot Credit luke Chesser via Unsplash

Infrastructure Intelligence and Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) is hosting a webinar Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 12 noon on the role of consultancy in construction. ACE has launched a new campaign on Consultancy 4.0 which focuses on using data in construction. Register free here.  

£60m Stonehenge Tunnel Delivery Partner Sought

Stonehenge Tunnel Photo Credit Ankit Sood via Unsplash

A delivery partner is sought by Highways England to work under the main contractor with the shortlist consisting of Bouygues & J Murphy / Hochtief & Dragos / FCC & BeMo Tunnelling and the winner to be announced in February 2022. The £1.7bnn to upgrade the A303 already has a chequered beginning being first denied planning position then given the go-ahead. Apparently 51 routes have been considered since 1991 with the current planned 3km tunnel actually running under the World Heritage Site Stonehenge in Wiltshire. The new partner will be in charge of mobilising the main contractor, assuring design, overseeing construction and helping with consent requirements. More info here.

BECG Webinar on Making Houses a Home

Placemaking Photo Credit The JR James Archive via Flickr

Infrastructure Intelligence and BECG will host a webinar on ‘Placemaking’ or the role of Housebuilders making houses a home by providing amenities and green spaces at 11am on Thursday 25 June. Register free here

Tarmac Announces £100m Renewable Fuel Use…

Renewable Fuel Photo Credit Raquel Pedrotti via Unsplash

On one key strategic route to deliver construction materials. Vegetable oil fueled trains will service the asphalt plant in Birmingham running from Leicestershire, reducing carbon & nitrogen emissions by 90% on that route. Vegetable oil is a controversial renewable fuel due to the fact it could be used as food stocks and therefore depletes the total available food in the world but HVO emits less toxins than traditional biofuel as it uses hydrogen rather than methanol as a catalyst. HVO can be produced using recycled cooking oil, but it is unclear whether recycled cooking oil is being used for this project. Better than nothing, way to go Tarmac! 

New award-winning site location technology

Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open and take care of their workers with beable® Wearable which has been deployed at a large north London site to keep workers safe and productive; it facilitates physical distancing as well as interaction tracking. Co-developed by Electronic Media Services and COMIT Projects and funded by Innovate UK, the new technology has been well received and plans to rollout to further sites in Q2 this year are underway. 

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