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May Update #1: London life sciences hub, Nottingham student development, Sellafield Nuclear Hub, UK Construction Week Transpennine route electrification, Octopus backs wind

£350m new London life sciences hub

A charitable Foundation with £1bn in assets is developing a life sciences centre near Guy’s & Thomas’ Hospital. Snowsfields Quarter will cover 300,000 sq ft with three new buildings of labs & research centres.

The UK has structured legislation to position itself as a preferred location for foreign direct investment into life sciences R&D. So far some of the world’s richest property and biotechnology firms have spent billions on new UK developments. Boris Johnson’s Government has specifically promoted UK as a destination for scientific research.

1000-bed student scheme plan for Nottingham

1000 bed student development for nottingham

A new development is planned for a brownfield site in Nottingham, 1000 beds for students in the heart of the town with a gym, dance studio, games & cinema & large food market. The ex-Royal Mail site which is less than half a mile from Nottingham Trent University has planning permission for a mixture of residential properties from studios to 6 bedrooms. The new development will be eco-friendly with heat pumps, roof panels & other energy saving features.

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Shake up at world’s oldest nuclear site

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When the Sellafield site in Cumbria opened in 1956 it was the first nuclear site in the world. Now, “The Sellafield nuclear site is the highest hazard nuclear facility in Europe and with the largest inventory of untreated nuclear waste in the world. Safely decommissioning the site is of strategic and national importance to the UK.” A week ago the Office for Nuclear Regulation ordered an Improvement Notice after a worker fell from scaffolding last October whilst fixing a pipe. Recently a new Infrastructure Delivery Partnership has been issued to allocate £3bn of work over the next 15 years to decommission the site. Currently Morgan Sindall and Arup have an Infrastructure Services Alliance. Three partners will be appointed; civils and general, high-voltage electrical and utilities. The PQQ starts in August with contracts awarded by November 2024. Find out more

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Transpennine route electrification

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Network Rail is renewing bridges and tracks on the transpennine route preparing for electrification as part of a £3bn upgrade. Current work on this leg will upgrade journeys between Manchester and York. The entire project covers 122km of track, eight tunnels, 15 viaducts, 25 stations and 270 bridges. When finished it will result in better links between Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds.

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On now: UK Construction Week

UK Construction Week ON NOW

ExCeL London, 3-5 May. UK Construction Week is the UK’s Largest Built Environment Event

The theme for 2022 is Culture Change and will feature support and education on how to tap into major investment opportunities in Housing and Infrastructure, UKCW London will be the must attend construction event next Spring.

Co-located with Grand Designs Live UKCW London will highlight ways for sustainable construction products to capitalise on the consumer demand created by the £3bn Green Homes Grant.

The industry currently has over 2.7 million employees in the UK and contributes to over 6% of the GDP.

UK Construction Week has been awarded for Best UK Tradeshow, Best Marketing since its launch in 2015. In 2021, UK Construction Week was the only trade show to have been awarded the Best Trade Show twice in one year. 

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Octopus Energy invests in offshore wind

Octopus Energy has invested in the Lincs windfarm which has 75 turbines over 35 square km and provides energy for 240k homes each year, the equivalent of taking 200k cars off the road with more than 350k tonnes of emissions saved every year! The UK Government has set a target of 50GW from wind by 2050 as part of its Net Zero commitment. Octopus invested a 24% stake in Simply Blue in 2021 which currently produces 9GW from offshore floating wind farms in England and Ireland. Despite controversy around turbine waste it seems wind power has not been blown away for now.