March Update #4: Ferrovial goes ahead, Costain road win, HS2 sustainability award, Benefits of mentoring, Placemaking webinar

Ferrovial UK Bounces Back

The UK branch of the Spanish multinational has reported strong profitability after years of lagging growth. in 2021 revenue increased by 19% due to new contracts and strong performance on live projects and HS2. Headcount grew to 548 staff and the order book was >£1bn at the end of 2021. In the same week Ferrovial reported that 15 of 24 or a whopping 62% of graduates hired in 2021 from Black or Asian backgrounds. Karl Goose Ferrovial Managing Director also has plans to hit carbon reduction targets as approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative and work with the wider industry to achieve carbon neutral construction in the year ahead.

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


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Costain to deliver £100m Lancaster road infrastructure


Costain has won a £100m contract to deliver a new M6 junction and link road, part of the South Lancaster Growth Catalyst Program which includes

  • Reconfiguration of M6 junction 33 that Costain is carrying out
  • West Coast Mainline underpass
  • New roads and bridges
  • A new Park & Ride facility
  • Changes to Lancaster’s one-way system to create bus priority routes and car-free areas
  • Cycle routes

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HS2 contractor awarded industry-first sustainability status


Supply Chain Sustainability School has awarded a bronze level sustainability Charter to a joint venture between Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and Bam Nuttall which it plans to progress to gold within the next 18 months. The level was awarded for the jv taking such actions as using retrofit technology on non-road mobile machinery to cut emissions, conducting Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil trials, introducing electric machinery and hydrogen powered generators, as well providing environmental education and awareness programmes for staff. It uses the School’s sustainability tool to track environmental, sustainability and social data. The jv is HS2’s main contractor.

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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Benefits of Mentoring Webinar

mentoring webinar

Today Construction News and New Civil Engineer are running a 60-minute session on Realising the Benefits of Mentoring – 29 March at 11:00am GMT. It will cover

  • The business case for mentorship programmes, and how can they support you to attract, retain and nurture talent, as well as encouraging workforce diversity in your organisation
  • What does good mentorship look like, exploring both external and in-house mentoring relationships?
  • How do you successfully implement a mentoring programme and ensure engagement?
  • Avoiding the common pitfalls, and realising the benefits for the mentor and not just the mentee

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People, placemaking and regional development Webinar

thompson placemaking

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.