Infrastructure. Photo Credit Levi Frey via Unsplash

Happy Easter! April Update: Infrastructure Projects, Longer Working Hours Continue, Southwark Station Redevelopment, £1.9bn Lower Thames Crossing Contracts up for Grabs

Infrastructure Projects

Did you know that many of the 350 contracts to be awarded under The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline have yet to be published and awarded? Last June the Government published a forward view on infrastructure projects for 2020/21, including construction work (building, design & build and civil engineering contracts), repair and maintenance, architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services, and consultancy.

You can view all the projects & contracts here.

Connectivity for Road & Rail

For Road & Rail Connectivity, why not consider EMS i-MO OptiBond solution? Delivers fast / resilient aggregated 4G and / or fixed line services to site in days. The system is widely used on difficult to serve, mobile Road & Rail projects.  See

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Construction COVID Working Hours Set to Continue

Construction hours photo credit lachlan gowen via unsplash

The Government has announced an extension of the longer working hours allowed for Construction sites until September. Since last year sites have been allowed to work until 9pm to enable staggered work times and less crowded workspaces in an effort to alleviate the negative economic effects of COVID and protect jobs.

beable Saves Construction from COVID

Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open (law permitting) and take care of their workers with beable® Wearable which has been deployed at pilot stage 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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Southwark Station Redevelopment

Southwark Station Redevelopment credit viktor forgacs via unsplash

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a huge TfL housing project at Acton. In news this week TfL is set to commence another huge 17 story development, this time a commercial project at Southwark station. The net-zero carbon building consumes or emits 44% less emissions using green heat pumps, solar panels, green materials, and one can only assume those buttonless lift systems where you press the floor and it tells you which car to jump in, as this system consumes energy on the way up, and gathers it on the way down. Having worked in a building fitted with this novel system, whenever the author got in a regular lift, she would spend more time than usual on the ground floor, having forgotten to press the button!

£1.9bn Lower Thames Crossing Infrastructure Projects up for Grabs

£1.9bn Lower Thames Crossing Infrastructure Projects up for Grabs credit jakob soby via unsplash

Highways England will shortlist 4 applicants (single or joint venture) to build 14.3 miles of roads, junctions and tunnels on the Kent and Essex sides of the river, on the A2. The entire project is worth up to £6.8bn and will support 22k jobs. This part of the project (Lower Thames Crossing) will build 14.3miles of new roads that with current capacity 180,000 cars / day.

Interested parties can register here by 14 May.