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NCE Live News Updates 22 May 2013: Carillion bags £400M Battersea job

The first phase of the huge Battersea Power Station redevelopment has been awarded; and a warning over Scottish renewables.

5pm: Consultant Mott MacDonald has been certified as achieving best practice in prevention of bribery and corruption.

The firm received anti-bribery management standard BS10500 from accredited provider Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.

It covers Mott MacDonald’s work in the transport, energy, water, buildings, environment and industry sectors.

The standard takes into account the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010.

2pm: London mayor Boris Johnson has welcomed Carillion’s appointment on the Battersea Power Station project.

The Wolverhampton-based contractor will deliver the first phase of the huge redevelopment under a £400M deal (see 10.30am).

Johnson said: “This is a hugely important step forward in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station and it paves the way for the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes.

“I’m delighted that we now have one of the UK’s leading firms on board to help deliver what is without doubt one of London’s most important construction projects in decades.”     

12.30pm: Pheonix Natural Gas is seeking contractors for a gas network project in Northern Ireland worth up to £60M.

The five-year deal is expected to involve supplying and installing 360km of mains pipework, along with 42,000 customer connections.

Contractors have until 14 June to register interest in the contract.

Up to six firms will be shortlisted and invited to submit full tenders.

12pm: The Highways Agency has been forced to change procurement tack for an area maintenance deal after finding “irregularities” in all submitted bids.

It decided to switch to a negotiated procedure for the Area 8 asset support contract (ASC), which covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and parts of Cambridgeshire.

Amey, an Atkins/Skanka joint venture, a Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald JV and Carillion had been invited to tender for the job, which is worth up to £50M a year.

An agency spokesman said: “The tender documents submitted by the companies participating in tender process for ASC 8, all of whom are well established and experienced suppliers within the maintenance contracting community, contained irregularities and it has not been possible to resolve them within the terms of that competition.”

11.30am: Proposals for a 135,000m2 mixed-use scheme on London’s South Bank have been approved by planners.

A joint venture between Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar received permission for the Shell Centre redevelopment.

The scheme will include a 27-storey tower along with eight new buildings providing a mix of retail, office and residential space.

Construction is due to begin later this year, with completion by 2019.

11am: Renowned London-based architect Zaha Hadid has been selected to design one of three main stations on the Riyadh Metro.

The Iraqi-born double Stirling prize winner will design King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in the Saudi city.

Germany’s Gerber Architekten will design the Olaya Metro Station, while Norway’s Snohetta will draw up the Downtown Metro Station.

Arriyadh Development Authority director Khalid Hazzani said: “The selection of station designs is an exciting milestone for Riyadh Metro.”

10.30am: Carillion has secured the £400M first phase of the huge Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

The Wolverhampton-based contractor will build two blocks including 866 residential apartments, retail space, theatre facilities and basement parking.

The scheme forms part of a major mixed-use development around the restored Grade II* listed power station on the River Thames.

Work is due to start on site this summer, with completion of phase one scheduled for 2016.

10am: The government has revealed there has been £29bn investment in UK renewables since 2010.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said this private sector money had supported projects with the potential to create almost 30,000 jobs.

Nearly half of this investment – £14.5bn – has been for projects in England; with Scotland close behind at £13.1bn.

Energy secretary Edward Davey said: “The commitment of the UK Government to a vision of a low carbon future is building up a bow wave of new jobs and investment in the economy.”

9.30am: Energy secretary Edward Davey has warned Scotland that its renewables sector could suffer if it gains independence

A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will be held in September 2014.

Davey said at an energy conference in Aberdeen: “Under the current Renewables Obligation system, some 37% of the support – around £530M annually – goes to Scottish renewables projects. But only 9% of UK electricity sales are here in Scotland.

“So would an independent Scotland be able to deliver the same support to renewables on the back of a domestic electricity market that is only one 10th the size of the UK?”

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