Ecopark North London Heat and Power Plant

May Update #3: NLHPP seeks suppliers, Queen’s speech, Manchester airport, Glasgow office block, M25 upgrade, Leatherhead town centre, Australia’s longest road tunnel

£683m North London Heat and Power Project looking for new suppliers

North London Heat and Power Project are looking for new suppliers for the project which turns waste into power. ACCIONA the lead contractor is hosting a Meet the Buyer event on Thursday 19th May 8am to 4pm to discuss Construction and civil engineering works and Ancillary and site support services. There will be a presentation about the project, the construction process and key milestones, and an explanation about the registration process to the ACCIONA Procur-e system. More info here

Queen’s Speech includes levelling up agenda

Queen’s Speech includes levelling up agenda
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For the first time since 1963 the Queen did not attend last week’s Queen’s Speech at the House of Lords. Prince Charles ended up having to deliver instead due the Queen’s mobility issues. The speech announces the opening of parliament.

 This year’s speech topics included amongst others:

·        Levelling up and Regeneration Bill which gives councils new planning powers and will force landlords to let out empty shops to rejuvenate high streets

·        A Transport Bill to establish Great British Railways which will enable a new state-run agency to regulate railway services across the UK

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£60m Manchester Airport upgrade

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Manchester airport has announced an extension of its current services with procurement of a new £60m finger pier for terminal 2. It will include a new 210m three-storey high pier with 10 new departure gates and six airport nodes with fixed link bridges.

Construction will commence 2Q 2023.

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New Glasgow office block

Plans for a new Glasgow City Centre office development have been submitted to replace Princes House which housed Lloyds Banking & Barclays. Called ‘Magnet’, the new taller skyrise will include office space with a gym, informal breakout spaces, cycle storage and charging facilities, and changing and clothes drying rooms be built with environmental standards in mind.

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Balfour Beatty to do £250m m25 junction 10

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Balfour Beatty have been approved to complete Junction 10 upgrades on the M25 which has 300,000 vehicles travelling through it every day. Due to the volume of traffic and the resulting queues, Junction 10 has a very poor safety record and holds one of the highest collision rates across the National Highways network. The project includes four new slip roads for the M25 junction 10 roundabout so vehicles can turn left and increasing the junction from three to four lanes.  The A3 will also become four lanes either side of the junction 10 roundabout. There will also be improvements to the A245, Sevenhills junction and Painshill roundabout.

Work will start in Autumn 2022.

Leatherhead £350m regeneration

Leatherhead town centre in Surrey is undergoing a £350m regeneration scheme under Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) which will be led by Kier. The decade long plan for residential, commercial, and retail infrastructure at Bull Hill and Swan Centre will revitalise the area with a new leisure, cultural and entertainment hub to contribute to the areas economic growth by attracting businesses and providing infrastructure for surrounding residential areas.

Australia’s longest road tunnel

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Australia plans to build an 11km underground road tunnel in New South Wales leading from the Blue Mountains to the East Coast. Roads in Australia are notoriously dangerous due to the large distances, fast speeds and disrepair (because of volume). The new tunnel will provide safer and more efficient travel for locals, tourists and freight travelling between the Central West and the East Coast.

The record for the longest road tunnel in the world is held by the Lærdal tunnel in Norway at 24.5km.