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NCE Live News Updates: Thursday 19 September: HS2 PR campaign continues

Treasury minister Lord Deighton has been banging the drum for High Speed 2 in Birmingham this morning.

1pm: Consultants that have ridden the ups and downs of the last decade and individuals that have done most to champion the profession were celebrated at a special awards ceremony last night.

Arup, Mott MacDonald, Tony Gee & Partners and HR Wallingford picked up awards for consistent business performance, while RES associate director Sarah Royse and former Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke were recognised for individual achievements.

They all received NCE/ACE Consultants of the Decade awards, a special award organised to celebrate of the tenth anniversary of NCE and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering’s premier awards for business performance. The awards were first run in March 2003 and are now a mainstay of the industry calendar.

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10.40am: Treasury minister Lord Deighton has been banging the drum for High Speed 2 in Birmingham this morning.

“HS2 is not just a new railway; it is a springboard for economic growth,” commercial secretary Lord Deighton affirmed today while speaking at a conference in Birmingham on the wider benefits of the scheme.

In his first public address since taking up the mantle as chairman of the HS2 Growth Taskforce, Lord Deighton said that HS2 will help generate jobs, rebalance the economy and secure Britain’s future prosperity. He also outlined the role of the taskforce and made clear that its focus on unlocking the potential of HS2 would be relentless.

Speaking at the Greengauge 21 conference in Birmingham, Lord Deighton said: “As a country we have underinvested in our infrastructure for too long. We need to think big and make bold decisions to stay globally competitive.

“Big projects bring big rewards, with recent research setting the economic benefit of HS2 as £15bn a year when it opens. But we don’t have to wait until then to see the rewards. We are already preparing around the country, building up skills, improving our ability in the supply chain, developing our stations.”

10am: Good news from South Wales - steelwork manufacturer Mabey Bridge is to set up a new structures operation with former Rowecord staff

The new division will be called Mabey Structures and will have an initial focus on manufacturing for stadia, healthcare, and commercial sectors.

Mabey Structures will be led by Jason Churcher, previously sales & proposals director of Rowecord Engineering, supported by ex-Rowecord technical director Paul Benwell as well as engineers, estimators and technical staff also from Rowecord.

Rowecord, which had a turnover of £68M and worked on the Olympic Aquatics Centre roof, went into administration in May. A single buyer, which administrators have declined to name, bought all the company’s plant shortly afterwards

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