Diesel No More at Laing O’Rourke credit todd kent via unsplash

Laing O’Rourke Bans Diesel, Town Redevelopment Funding, £140m London College, McLaren Leeds Tower, Public Transport Inquiry, UK Construction Week Seeks Role Models

Diesel No More at Laing O’Rourke

The engineering company has taken the urgent step to replace diesel with vegetable oil in all its plants. In stark contrast to companies who make 30-year commitments, Laing O’Rourke has committed to complete the project by the end of this March! Hydrotreated vegetable oil is a temporary measure whilst the firm replaces its equipment with electric & hydrogen equipment. Red diesel won’t be available from 1 April 2022 at a rebated rate for many commercial applications due to Government reform. There is some confusion about which companies are still eligible for rebate. The move for this firm will reduce emissions by 90%. Firms can move to white diesel but the impact on emissions is not so great, Laing O’Rourke is setting a positive example for the construction industry.  

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£1.5bn Cash for 20 Towns

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The Levelling Up White Paper will be published this week focusing on investment for derelict town centres to create homes, jobs and communities. £1.5bn of the total £1.8bn is dedicated to brownfield regeneration. There is also £1.5bn available to SME builders & developers to deliver 42,000 homes in London & the South-East. Wolverhampton and Sheffield are the first recipients of the cash.

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North London Heat and Power Project deployed beable® Wearable 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 further rollout with greater functionality are underway. 

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£140m London College

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United Colleges Group has bought the Olympic offices in Wembley to build the block in Brent. The College wills specialise in the built environment and green engineering. United Colleges is a result of the merger between the City of Westminster College and the College of North West London.

McLaren Plans £85m Leeds Tower

McLaren Plans £85m Leeds Tower credit benjamin elliott via unsplash

Part of the South Bank Regeneration Scheme, McLaren intends to build 375 built to rent homes on the site of a car park in Holbeck including gardens, shared and co-working spaces. McLaren appointed Allsop as investment partner.

Public Transport Inquiry

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UK Construction Week Role Models

UK Construction Week Role Models

Call for entries from talented professionals and unsung heroes to share their stories, inspire others and celebrate the fact that construction can provide so many varied and wonderful opportunities for #ConstructionRoleModels 2022 campaign. 

The shortlist will be announced at UK Construction Week London (3-5 May, ExCeL London) Enter here.