“Our October newsletter is another month of great project news.”
George Osborne’s visit to China opens bidding on £11.8bn HS2 contracts
Chancellor George Osborne has officially opened the bidding for construction contracts covering the first phase of High Speed 2 between London and Birmingham, as a UK employee exchange is agreed with China.
The chancellor announced that at least seven new contracts with a combined value of £11.8bn will be opened up to contractors. Work on phase one of HS2 is due to start in 2017 and the biggest contractors in the UK and Europe have already been teaming up to bid for work.
London boroughs’ construction framework could be worth up to £217m
The six London councils of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Enfield – are seeking to recruit up to 27 contractors across three lots for the four-year programme of work.
According to OJEU documents, works will include construction, design and build projects, refurbishment, and education projects. Sectors include housing, education, and repairs & maintenance.
Thames Tideway Tunnel site security contract goes to G4S
The security firm G4S has been awarded the contract to secure 21 construction sites for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
In a seven-year deal, G4S will provide security and technical services to the west, central and east tunnel sections, including operating a project command and control centre and security management.
£292m third phase A14 improvement programme awarded to Balfour Beatty Carillion
A Balfour Beatty Carillion joint venture has been chosen to deliver the retendered £292m third package on the A14 improvement programme. Main construction work is due to start in late 2016 with the new bypass and widened A14 opening to traffic in 2020. A Costain-Skanska JV has already been appointed to the first two lots of the programme, at an expected construction cost of around £600m.
Preferred contractor for £1bn phase three of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment is named
Bouygues UK has edged out Balfour Beatty as the preferred contractor in the final stage of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment programme. The project is worth more than £1bn, making it one of the largest private building contracts ever to be awarded.
Battersea Power Station Development Company chief executive Rob Tincknell said, “The appointment of Bouygues UK as preferred contractor to build phase three – the gateway to the power station – is a major milestone and increases the total area under construction on site to approximately 5m sq.ft.”
Hyde Group launches London & South East construction frameworks worth more than £1bn
The Hyde Group Housing Association has launched two new construction frameworks said to be worth more than £1bn.
The first main contractor framework agreement will be made up of eight lots, based on value and location. In all, the eight lots are for above and below £5m in Kent; for below £5m, up to £10m, and above £10m on the south coast; for above and below £15m in London; and for work above £25m in all regions.
£21m contract for three schools in Milton Keynes awarded to Willmott Dixon
Willmott Dixon has won a £21m contract to build three schools in Milton Keynes as part of Scape Group’s £1.25bn national major works framework.
The first phase of Milton Keynes Council’s £160m schools investment programme will see the contractor build Newton Leys, Fairfield and Whitehouse primary schools, all of which will be ready for a new intake of pupils in September 2016.