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NCE Live News Updates Monday 6 January 2014: Balfour Beatty wins Olympic stadium conversion job

London 2012 is the gift that keeps on giving as far as contractor Balfour Beatty is concerned with another win at the Olympic Stadium. In other news, the stormy weather continues to concern flood agencies inland.

5pm: Welsh government minister Alun Davies has ordered a report into the damage caused to flood defences by this week’s storms.

Parts of Wales have been battered by severe weather in the first few days of 2014.

Davies said: “Friday saw the worst storms to have affected the Welsh coastline for 15 years. My thoughts are with those affected and who have had a very difficult start to the New Year.”

He added: “Our coastal flood defences have been severely tested by these storms and it is vital to look at how our sea defences have managed to stand up.”


4.30pm: Construction has begun on a £56M road scheme in Doncaster.

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme – featuring a 4km highway from the M18 to the A638 – will link new developments in the Yorkshire town with Robin Hood Airport.

Carillion is the main contractor for the project, with Mott MacDonald acting as project manager and providing technical support to client Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

Mott MacDonald project director John Bowes said: “FARRRS will greatly improve accessibility and connectivity in the south east of Doncaster and is part of a wider strategy of regeneration aimed at attracting further private sector investment.”

The road is due to be fully operational by early 2016.


4pm: The flood risk remains in Scotland and Wales as well.

Natural Resources Wales has issued warnings to communities along the coastline of the country.

Meanwhile the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had 11 flood alerts and 18 flood warnings in place at 4pm today.

Scotland transport minister Keith Brown said: “The advice, as always, is to prepare in advance for any travel. People should drive to the conditions, adhere to police advice and allow extra time for any journeys they are planning to make.”


3.30pm: More than 100 flood warnings were in place across England at 1pm today with yet more rain on the way.

The Environment Agency urged communities in Dorset, Oxfordshire, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and along the river Thames in the South-east to remain vigilant.

Rain and large waves are expected to batter parts of the country over the next few days threatening areas near certain rivers and coasts.

Paul Mustow, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said “The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the South-west and South-east urged to be particularly vigilant.

“We would ask people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.”


3pm: Part of the M1 could be restricted to 60mph under plans revealed by the Highways Agency.

The body is consulting on a proposal to enforce the lower speed limit from 7am to 7pm seven days a week between junctions 28 and 35a of the motorway.

It said environmental assessments showed there was likely to be an adverse impact on local air quality if the motorway continued to have the standard 70mph limit.

A consultation on the proposed regulations required to enforce the change will run until 3 March 2014.


11am: The Environment Agency has warned of further floods this week near rivers in Dorset and Oxfordshire.

The government watchdog urged communities near the rivers Thames, Dorest Stour and Frome to remain prepared for possible “significant” flooding.

Seventy-two flood warnings remain in force across the UK after major rainfall over the past week.

EA engineers are working around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels.

Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the agency, said: “Although high tides are now falling, there remains a risk of coastal flooding especially on the south and west coasts.

“In addition, wet conditions have left the ground saturated in many areas, increasing the risk of river and surface water flooding.”


10.30am: Capita is to design a 6km-long nominal bore pipeline across the River Humber.

The firm was appointed by National Grid for the front end engineering design and detailed design of the 1.05m pipeline on Humberside.

The pipeline will be inserted in a 3m to 3.5m diameter tunnel that will be bored for more than 4km under the river estuary.

It will connect into strategic points in the National Grid pipeline system to feed gas into the main arterial gas transportation network.


10am: Happy New Year – and it has got off to a bang for Balfour Beatty with a £154M deal to convert the London 2012 Olympic stadium.

The contractor will transform the East London arena into a multi-use venue for operator E20 Stadium.

The converted stadium will host five matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and become the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016.

Once reconfigured, the stadium’s cable net roof will be 84m wide at its deepest point, making it the largest cantilevered roof in the world.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said: “During construction, our firm commitment to the use of local labour and the creation of apprenticeships will continue to benefit the local community and the wider industry and, upon completion, the stadium will provide a first-class sporting and cultural facility for many generations to come.”

Work is due to start on site early this year, and is due for completion in spring 2016.

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