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Live News Updates Thursday 26 September 2013: King's Cross Square set to open; Higgins calls for cross-party HS2 support

London’s King’s Cross prepares for its big reveal as the final work completes on the facade and public square and the final effects are revealed to the public this morning. Newly appointed High Speed 2 chairman and soon to be former Network Rail chief executive David Higgins is expected to attend the opening.

3.30pm: Energy service company Senergy is planning to increase its survey and geo-engineering division 30% by the end of 2014. This follows recent contract wins across the UK, Norway and Australia.

“The strong growth we are experiencing across our operations is indicative of the increasing market demand for our specialist, integrated services,” said Senergy head of survey and geo-engineering Phil Staten.

11.35am: Consultant Atkins has posted an update showing that trading for the six months to 30 September 2013 in line with expectations. A strong first half for the UK market – in highways, rail, water and environment, defence and aerospace and management consultancy – has offset some weaker performances in smaller regions.

The half year results will be announced on 14 November.

11.15am: Structural steel giant Severfield-Rowen this morning announced it had appointed Ian Lawson as its new chief executive as of 1 November 2013. As previously announced executive chairman John Dodds will resume the role of non-executive chairman on Lawson’s arrival.

Dodds took on the role of acting chief executive following the departure of Tom Haughey, triggered by the emergence of £9.9M losses on the Leadenhall building in London.

Lawson comes from being a main board director of Kier Group, where he held roles over 13 years.

10.55am: Scheme promoter Femern has received 41 submissions to its Danish consultation for its Fehmarnbelt crossing project. The three month consultation closed on 20 September. Submissions will now be responded to and based on the subsequent consultation report a proposal for a Construction Act will be drawn up to go before the Danish parliament at the end of 2014.

10.30am: Network Rail chief executive and newly appointed High Speed 2 chairman David Higgins this morning told the BBC that it is vital the new £50bn mega-rail scheme has cross-party support. He added that he would be frank with the public about spending on the London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds line.

9.30am: NCE was given a sneak preview of progress on the new King’s Cross square this week. Finishing touches were still under way.

King's Cross Square

View of King’s Cross Square ahead of its opening

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