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NCE Live News Updates Monday 10 March: Crossrail seeks assurances over sprayed concrete lining works

Crossrail has today “sought assurances” from its contractors over sprayed concrete lining works following Friday’s tragic accident.

5pm: Mott MacDonald has started a fresh phase of the expansion of Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport.

The consultant is designing the third runway, infrastructure and concourse on behalf of the Hong Kong Airport Authority.

The expansion will allow 620,000 flight movements, enabling over 102M passengers and approximately 9M tonnes of cargo to pass through the airport every year.

Mott MacDonald has been involved in the development of the airport since the beginning, when it set out the initial development strategy.

KM Yeung, chairman of Mott MacDonald’s Hong Kong business, said: “Our continuing involvement on this massive development shows the strengths of Mott MacDonald in the aviation sector.”


4.30pm: Tender prices fell slightly in the third quarter of last year, according to a report.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said bid prices were 0.8% lower ni Q3 2013 than in the previous quarter.

It said they were 6.3% higher than in Q3 2012, when tender prices were at their lowest point of the downturn.

Peter Rumble, information services manager at RICS’ Building Cost Information Service, said prices were likely to rise in the medium term.

“With the construction industry expected to recover at a faster rate going forward, it is anticipated that tender prices will continue to rise, rising in the order of 30% over the next five years against a backdrop of an increase in input costs of around 17%,” he said.


4.15pm: Civils firms have described the government’s extra roads repair funding as “a drop in the ocean”.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin this morning announced a further £140M for councils to repair weather-damaged roads.

He said this took government spending on highway maintenance this financial year above £1bn.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said: “In recent years CECA has argued that spending on highways maintenance plays an essential role in improving the state of the country’s vital roads network.

“Such spending also offers additional benefits by stimulating economic activity and employment in communities across the country.

“The government’s announcement of extra funding to help areas hit by extreme weather is welcome, but it is a drop in the ocean in terms of the investment that will be needed in coming years.

“If the UK is to rise to the challenge of achieving infrastructure security, government and industry must work together to ensure long term investment to weather-proof our roads network for the future.”


4pm: Eight London boroughs are to receive funding for major road changes to encourage cycling.

Mayor Boris Johnson said all the councils shortlisted for the Mini Hollands competition would receive cash.

Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest will receive up to £30M each for their plans.

Bexley, Ealing, Merton and Richmond will work with TfL on substantial parts of their bids to improve cycle routes and facilities.

Newham has been invited to submit a bid for funding under TfL’s major schemes budget towards its plan to remove the Stratford gyratory and reshape Stratford town centre.

Johnson said: “I have been incredibly impressed with the standard of the mini-Holland entries and by the thirst among all the finalists to transform themselves into better places for people. It has been so hard to choose between them that I have decided that all shall have prizes.”


3pm: Crossrail has “sought assurances” over sprayed concrete lining works.

The activity was halted at the £14.8bn project’s Fisher Street site after a worker was killed on Friday.

The man was spraying concrete as part of work to create a crossover tunnel near Holborn when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.

A Crossrail spokesman said today: “All work at Fisher Street remains suspended.

“A full and thorough investigation into this tragic incident is being undertaken. The Health and Safety Executive has attended site.

“Assurances have also been sought from all contractor sites concerning SCL works prior to construction activity commencing this week.

“Safety is our number one priority and Crossrail sets the most stringent safety requirements in the industry. Crossrail’s accident rate is below the industry average.”


11am: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has made a further £140M available for councils to repair weather-damaged roads.

He said this took total government spending on highway maintenance this financial year above £1bn.

McLoughlin said: “Having the right infrastructure in place to support businesses and hard working people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”


10am: Costain has won the £150M Crossrail North East Spur deal.

The contractor will deliver the infrastructure and stations between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

Work will include design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford; upgrading tracks and overhead electrification equipment; and creating extra train stabling capacity.

Main works will start late this year and are due for completion in 2017. 

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