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May #4 Update: Construction Awards, Crypto Contractor, Kier Highways, £120m Consultants Framework

British Construction Industry Awards Entry Deadline Extended

The new deadline of 4 June for the Construction Industry Awards entries. There are 19 categories firms can enter:

  • Climate Resilience Project of the Year
  • Commercial Property Project of the Year
  • Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative
  • Housing Project of the Year
  • NIC Design Principles Award
  • Social Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • Transport Project of the Year
  • Upgrade & Renewal Project of the Year
  • Utility Project of the Year
  • Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year
  • Community Engagement Initiative of the Year
  • Digital Initiative of the Year
  • Environment & Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
  • Industry transformation and innovation champion
  • Partnership Initiative of the Year
  • Product Innovation of the Year
  • Productivity Initiative of the Year
  • Temporary Works Initiative of the Year
  • Initiative of the Year Award (Non-enterable)
  • Project of the Year Award (Non-enterable)
  • Small Project of the Year Award (Non-enterable)

Usually site visits are completed for the second stage of judging however that will be replaced by virtual visits this year. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 13 October. Firms can enter here

First UK Construction Company to Accept Crypto Currency

Crypto Contractor Photo Credit Andre Francois-Mckenzie via Unsplash

Announced last week, Scottish contractor Orocco now accepts Dogecoin, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stellar and XRP as payment via digital wallet. Crypto is generally widely available for merchants to accept as payment but uptake has been slow. Crypto payments are highly secure and available, and the fees are very low but the wild fluctuations in value (exchange) could be a reason for slow adoption. Generally crypto currencies can be accepted through all the same ways as fiat money – online through your website, face to face eg debit / credit card, and mobile.

To find out more about accepting crypto currency click here.

New award-winning site location technology

Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open and take care of their workers with beable® Wearable which has been deployed at a large north London site 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 rollout to further sites in Q2 this year are underway. 

Click here to find out more

Kier Highways to deliver £190m Highways England project

Portishead_Lighthouse Credit Alexey Komarov via Wikimedia Commons

Kier has been appointed by Highways England to deliver maintenance services to roads in Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire. The contract will start in November this year and run for 8 years. Kier has maintained that area since 2008 which includes the Hindhead Tunnel, the longest non-estuarial road tunnel in the UK at 1.83km.

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£120m Consultants Framework

£120m Consultants Framework Photo Credit Pop Zebra via Unsplash

A 4-year contract for public sector organisations in sectors such as blue light, central government, education, health, housing and local government sectors. There are 12 lots from Project Management to Valuations. Firms can bid for more than one lot:

  • Lot 1: Project management and multidisciplinary consultancy services and lead consultant
  • Lot 2: Stock monitoring & appraisal
  • Lot 3: Building information modelling (NEW)
  • Lot 4: Architectural
  • Lot 5: Fit-out consultancy (NEW)
  • Lot 6: Heritage and conservation
  • Lot 7: Structural and civil engineering
  • Lot 8: Building engineering services
  • Lot 9: Facilities management consultancy (NEW)
  • Lot 10: Principal designer
  • Lot 11: Zero carbon and sustainability (NEW)
  • Lot 12: Valuations

Deadline is 8 July 2021, apply here