Exeter Uni Streatham

March Update #3: Exeter Uni Streatham Campus gets upgrade, £500m Bedfordshire Framework, Oxford Railway Station upgrade, Manchester Development,£1.3bn Highways Framework, UK Construction Week

Search for partner to build 2k Uni rooms in £185m project

Exeter Uni is planning to build 1,791 rooms at its’ Streatham Campus including the demolition of 12 existing blocks plus three other buildings. The procurement process has started to find partners for the demolition and to build 8 more blocks on the 15-acre site ranging in height from three to eight stories.

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Companies Win £500m Bedfordshire Framework

Woburn,_Bedfordshire_village_centre credit Peter Roberts via geograph.org.uk

27 companies have been awarded to fulfil lots in the £500m Bedfordshire Framework. Central Bedfordshire Council awarded companies to deliver public sector over the next 4 years starting at the end of March. The framework is to deliver the Council’s Strategic Plan to achieve Vision 2050. You can read the strategic plan here.

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Kier wins part of £65m Oxford railway station upgrade

oxford station credit bbc

Kier has won the contract for the next stage of the £65m Oxford Railway modernisation project. It includes replacing the existing railway bridge with a wider structure including passages for cycle and walking paths, a new platform & canopy, entrance, ticket office and other station infrastructure.

Award-winning wearable technology

⌚ 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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4-6pm Monday 4 April Central London

Digital Transformation in Construction Event

4-6pm Monday 4 April industry leaders will discuss Digital Transformation in Construction where industry leaders will openly share successes, challenges and lessons learned on major infrastructure and enterprise construction technology projects.

Simon Parry Nokia
Adrian Talbot Ferrovial
Andrew Lambert
Steve Slater Wates Group

4pm Arrivals & refreshments
4:10pm Opening Remarks
4:15pm Keynote – Nokia
4.25pm Panel – Exploring 5G in Construction Panel
Moderated by: Stuart Young, COMIT Projects
4:55pm Q&A
5:10pm Closing Remarks
5:15pm Drinks & canapes
6pm Carriages

M Threadneedle Street, 60 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8HP

The construction industry is going through a digital revolution that is changing construction sites and in the future is predicted to look drastically different. This is not the introduction of technology for technology’s sake but to help the industry deal with some of its key challenges. For this digitalisation to take place the construction industry requires reliable, secure and high performing voice and data wireless network connectivity and for the people, plant, equipment and materials across construction sites to be effectively connected. In most workplaces these core services are seen as a basic utility available to all but not within the construction industry for work sites. 5G private mobile networks offer a real solution. The interactive panel session with 5G and construction industry experts from NOKIA, Electronic Media Services (EMS) and COMIT will outline the challenges facing the construction industry and show how utilising 5G and digital transformation can help remove or alleviate those challenges so that the industry can build faster, with fewer people and at reduced cost..

The panel will cover topics such as:
• Why digital transformation matters in construction: labour costs, productivity, tracking, communication, site safety, meeting legislation
• Industry challenges & how 5G can help
• Key technology
• Why current data and voice communication options are not fit for purpose
• Use Cases
• Challenges & timescales: ease of deployment
• Bandwidth, latency and performance: the connection

Who should attend:
• Mid-senior managers & decision makers
• IT Managers
• Project Managers
• Construction Managers
-in top UK construction companies that work on large projects [infrastructure / enterprise

Register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-transformation-in-construction-5g-and-private-networks-tickets-287994137217

Hosted by EMS and Nokia

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5,500 New Homes for Manchester


25 acres of brownfield land will come back into use with the new regeneration project at Red Bank development. The preliminary infrastructure works including levelling & earthworks are being funded by £51.6m Government Housing Infrastructure Fund grant. Called the Victoria North Project, it will provide 10,000-15,00 new homes over the next 15 to 20 years of which 20% will be affordable. The project will be funded by a joint venture with Far East Consortium a Hong Kong entity.

£1.3bn National Highways Framework Open


Bidding is now open for the £1.3bn Pavement Delivery Framework to deliver resurfacing across 9 regional lots (to replace the current 6) for work commencing in November 2022 to run for 5 years. the deadline to submit applications is on 12 May. The winning bidders will provide materials, plant and labour to carry out surfacing and pavement construction operations.

UK Construction Week 3-5 May

UK Construction Week

Don’t forget to register free for UK Construction Week at Excel London 3-5 May. It is the UK’s largest built environment event featuring experts, investors, industry players and suppliers in Housing and Infrastructure.

UKCW 2022 will focus on sustainable construction products to capitalise on the consumer demand created by the £3bn Green Homes Grant.

Register free https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/welcome/uk-construction-week-london