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NCE Live News Updates 5 July 2013: Balfour bags £121M hotel contract

Balfour Beatty has bagged a £121M contract to build an 18-storey hotel, leisure and apartment complex in north Greenwich for Grove Developments.

15.56pm: The Department for Transport (DfT) will publish a response to the Brown Review into rail franchising later this month, DfT Rail Group director general Clare Moriarty today told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group.

 

12.07pm: Consultant Atkins has completed inspection and construction management work on the Statue of Liberty.

The work, which was carried out for the US National Park Service, included replacing elevators, improving accessibility and upgrading the electrical, ventilation, fire protection and security systems.

“A big challenge on this project was to make necessary upgrades so the monument meets the needs of 21st century visitors and provides improved access for everyone,” said Atkins project director Gary Self. “It was essential that the work could be completed in a way that protected the Monument’s worldwide significance.”

 

11.58am: Technology giant Siemens has pulled out of the race for a £1bn Crossrail train manufacturing contract, the Financial Times has today reported.

The firm claimed it no longer had the capacity to supply the 600 carriages demanded by the contract.

Still in the race are British firm Bombardier, Spanish firm CAF and Japanese firm Hitachi.

 

10.41am: Just plane noisy? Davies asks for response to Airports Commissionon paper on aviation noise

Sir Howard Davies has asked for a response to the Airports Commission’s new ‘Aviation Noise’ report, the fifth in a series of discussion papers for public comment.

The paper discusses the impacts of aviation noise and considers different methodologies for measuring noise and possible approaches to mitigation

Davies said: “Understanding the impact of noise from aviation on communities around airports and under flight paths is central to the Airport Commission’s work.

“Responses received on this important issue will inform the Commission’s assessment of options to make best use of existing airport capacity and any future recommendations to Government for new airport capacity.”

Those responses to the paper (which can be viewed here) need to be submitted by 6 September 2013.

 

10.12am: Balfour Beatty checks into Greenwich hotel scheme

Balfour Beatty has bagged a £121M contract to build an 18-storey hotel, leisure and apartment complex in north Greenwich for Grove Developments.

As well as the construction of the 452-room hotel and 100 serviced apartments the design and build contract will require hard and soft landscaping works to create “VIP access” to the nearby O2 arena.

Work will begin this summer and is due for completion in summer 2015.

 

10.04am: Developer British Land has acquired 111,000m2 of mixed use estate close to London Paddington station.

The Kingdom Street development lies partially over space occupied for the development of Paddington Crossrail station. This space will revert to British Land.

 

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