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NCE Live News Updates 28 May 2013: Nine shortlisted for £4.4bn Fehmarnbelt Denmark-Germany link scheme

No UK contractors have been pre-qualified for the £4.4bn Fehmarnbelt scheme; Luton guided busway reaches construction milestone.

4.20pm: Construction of the Luton Dunstable Busway reached a landmark moment on Tuesday 28 May when the last of more than 4,500 concrete beams was laid on the guideway.

The 13.4km busway from Houghton Regis to London Luton airport includes 7.4km of guideway, comprising 4,516, 4.8t pre-cast concrete beams and 2,598 pads to support them.

In total, some 12,453m3 cubic meters of concrete has been batched at main contractor Bam Nuttall’s compound in Kingsway, Luton, and if all the beams were laid end to end they would stretch for over 23km.

The construction programme is now in its final stages, with completion of the beam alignment and construction of the “flares” where buses join and leave the guideway scheduled by the end of May. Test runs along the entire busway are due to begin next Monday.

1pm: The Palace of Westminster has issued a contract notice for an independent appraisal of the approaches to the restoration and renewal.

The Palace, an iconic and internationally recognised building, is a key feature of the Westminster UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Responses are due on 14 June and the successful bidder will be tasked with examining the costs, benefits, risks and general feasibility of three possible approaches to the restoration and renewal of the Palace: Continuing repairs and replacement of the fabric and systems in the Palace over an indefinite period; a defined, rolling programme of more substantial interventions, but still working around continued use of the Palace; or scheduling the works over a more concentrated period with parliamentary activities moved elsewhere and unfettered access to the Palace for the delivery of the works.

11am: Consultant Atkins has announced it has won two significant contracts in the US: as designer for the expansion of Tampa International airport in Florida for Hillsborough County Aviation Authority and for a statewide consultancy contract to enhance traffic signalling and “intelligent transportation systems” in Georgia.

10.30am: Two goods trains collided in the US state of Missouri on Saturday, bringing down a road bridge and injuring seven people, according to press reports. It is the second bridge collapse in the US in a week and also comes soon after two commuter trains collided during rush hour in Connecticut just over a week ago.

10.30am: Nine teams have been shortlisted for the £4.4bn tunnel scheme to link Germany and Denmark.

Project promoter Femern named the prequalified parties for the 19km Fehmarnbelt road and rail link.

Consultants Capita Symonds and Mott MacDonald are the only UK representatives on the shortlist.

Contractors from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Belgium were shortlisted across four contracts. See the full shortlist here.

Update 16 June: NCE has learned that a third UK consultant, High-Point Rendel has also been shortlisted as part of a consultant consortium with Niras of Denmark and Sener of Spain, which is committed to Spanish Contractor FCC, the lead contractor for the Immersia consortia. Immersia has prequalified for the tunnel north and tunnel south contracts.


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