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NCE Live News Updates 2 July 2013: Construction Leadership Council details released

The government has released details of a new Construction Leadership Council alongside the publication of its Construction 2025 industrial strategy.

17:21: The construction industry through government eyes…

Department of Business construction breakdown

Department for Business Innovation and Skills

For a bigger image, click here

16:46: Translink framework names big name ‘strategic advisors’

The Northern Ireland public transport authority Translink has identified a pool of big name companies that it wants to work with on future projects.

The framework agreement names 29 preferred contractors, or strategic advisors as Translink calls them, and includes Aecom, Atkins, Mouchel, Ove Arup and Mott MacDonald.

Translink is the umbrella organisation for Northern Ireland Railways, Metro, and Ulsterbus.

For a full list of the companies and a breakdown of the possible roles click here


1.18pm: Government on target to slash cost of public construction projects as new benchmarks published

The government will today announce that it is on target to achieving its goal of slashing 20 per cent off the cost of public sector construction costs by 2015.

Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith will tell delegates at the annual Government Construction Summit that cutting out inefficiencies had already saved around £450M in taxpayers’ money.

Smith is expected to say that better collaboration, less waste and increased use of BIM will save the public purse around £1.2 billion in the next two years.

The minster will also draw attention to a new set of benchmarks for public sector construction projects that has been published today (click here to see them).

12.52pm: Action not words says CBI in response to Government construction vision

The CBI has welcomed the Government’s 2025 construction strategy but challenged minsters to turn words into action.

CBI deputy director-general Neil Bentley said: “While we welcome the Government’s vision of construction as a driver of growth, and this strategy’s ambition to support UK construction firms as global leaders, the test now is whether words will result in real outcomes.”


11.45am: ‘Wings’ off and glass going in as Aquatics Centre reverts to original Zaha design

Aquatics Centre post Games

Glazing begins on the western elevation

Punters will soon be able to view Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre just as the famous architect originally intended.

The two huge ‘wings’ which housed temporary seating for the 2012 Games have been removed and Balfour Beatty has started the installation of 628 panes of glass on the building’s side elevations.


11.18am: ‘Industry led’ Fair Payment Charter launched by Fallon

Business Minister Michael Fallon has today unveiled a Fair Payment Charter as part of the government’s Construction 2025 commitment.

Speaking at the Government Construction Summit today Fallon launched the initiative through which the government and industry pledged to “improve access to trade credit and increasing fair payment practices”.

However, Fallon also said the government would not be enforcing the charter, instead it would let industry “take ownership’ of it.


10.52am: The government has released details of a new Construction Leadership Council alongside the publication of its Construction 2025 industrial strategy.

The strategy is available here. For more detail on this story, click here.


10.17am: Shard in running for 2013 ‘best tall building in the world’ award

The Shard is one of four skyscrapers vying for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2013 ‘best tall building in the world’ accolade.

The Renzo Piano-designed London landmark is up against The Bow in Calgary, the CCTV tower in Beijing, and Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi.

An overall winner will be announced on November 7. (See the shortlisted schemes at the top of the page).


10am: High Speed 2 will make Old Oak Common the best connected railway station in the UK, Transport for London (TfL) has today said.

Old Oak Common, west London, is intended to act as the main interchange between HS2 and Crossrail. Three local councils and TfL are running a public consultation on plans to regenerate the area.

“The new HS2 station creates a major opportunity to improve the connectivity of West London,” said TfL managing director of planning Michele Dix. “We are lobbying the Department for Transport to include proposals for a new Overground station at Old Oak Common and a future Crossrail link to the West Coast Main Line into the HS2 plan.”

The public consultation will run until 6 September.

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