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NCE Live News Updates 4 June 2013: Cycle Superhighway 2 extension beginning soon; Successful WEM bidders revealed

Work to extend Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 to Stratford will begin this month, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.

4pm: NCE can reveal the firms named as suppliers for the Environment Agency’s delayed water and environment (WEM) framework.

More details on this story here.


3pm:Work to extend Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 to Stratford will begin this month, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.

The route will be extended from Bow roundabout to Stratford town centre and will include improved road surfacing, dedicated facilities at junctions and road markings and signage.

“It’s not going to transform life for cyclists on its own because it will only form part of most people’s journeys, but it’s a very important start,” said the Mayor’s cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan.


Internet giant Google has awarded wind farm developer O2 a ten-year contract to supply renewable energy for its Finnish data centre.

The deal is the first of its kind from the firm in Europe, but it has invested more than $1bn (£653M) in renewable energy projects worldwide.


2.30pm: The Environment Agency will this week begin improvement work on flood defences on the river Parret between Allermoor Spillway and Beazley’s Spillway.

Work along the 4.2km stretch of river includes works to raise or lower or widen sections of the bank as well as improvements to the Weir Bridge Rhyne Tilting Weir.

Works are being funded by local levy and are hoped to avoid the need for more serious maintenance in future. Improvements are due to be completed by the end of the summer.


2.15pm: Nuclear power station Sizewell A has been 50% defuelled, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) announced today.

Defuelling is due to be completed in September 2014.

“Removing spent fuel from reactors and transporting it to Sellafield for reprocessing is a complex process, but Magnox is using all its experience and expertise to deal with the legacy of this first generation of nuclear power stations,” said site director Tim Watkins.

“It is good news that with defuelling recently completed at our Chapelcross site, Sizewell A now has good priority for flasks and is making steady progress with fewer than 160 flasks of fuel left to dispatch.”


2pm: Consultant WYG has seen a rise in operating profit for the year ended 31 March 2013 against the previous year.

The firm’s adjusted operating profit reached £1.8M compared to a loss of £3.5M for the same period last year.

Revenue for the period dipped to £125.7M.

“We had a strong finish to the reporting yer across our four regions and based on our most recent reviews of the business, underpinned by the ‘self help’ measures we have previously described, we now anticipate that the profit outturn for the current financil yer will be approximately 10% higher than current market expectations for the year as a whole,” said WYG Chairman Paul Hamer.


12pm: Wind farm developer PNE Wind UK has awarded consultant Aecom an assessment and planning contract for its Scottish wind farm developments.

The firm will provide an environmental impact assessment and planning services for seven onshore developments.

“Our ability to provide an integrated service and the capability to prepare seven impact assessments and plannign applications simultaneously will play a significant role in ensuring the success of PNE Wind UK’s development programme in Scotland,” said the director of power and energy for Aecom’s European environmental practice James Smith.


11.30am: Contractor Costain has been awarded to Transport for London’s £200M early contractor involvement (ECI) framework.

The contractor’s first project on the four-year framework is a £60M Hammersmith Flyover strengthening project. it will be responsible for strengthening by post-tensioning, replacing bearings resurfacing and replacing drainage.

“This award further enhances Costain’s reputation for innovation and engineering expertise across the whole life cycle of an infrastructure asset, as well as our recognised commitment to providing our customers with certinty of delivery and cost within a collaborative working approach,” said Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie.


9.45am: Former Taylor Woodrow chief executive Sir Frank Gibb has died aged 85.

Gibb joined contractor Taylor Woodrow in 1948, becoming group chairman in 1985 and being knighted in 1987.

He is survived by his second wife, Kirsten, three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as three step-children and six step-grandchildren.

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