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NCE Live News Updates Wednesday 16 October: Bidders sought for A45 widening scheme

Contract will involve replacing a bridge over the West Coast Main Line

3.30pm: London Overground services between Highbury & Islington and Gospel Oak are to remain closed until at least Monday after a derailed freight train damaged overhead wires at Camden Road.

Network Rail said no trains would be able to pass the affected area until a full assessment has been carried out and full repairs are made.

Camden Road

Camden Road: Network Rail has released an image of the damage


12.30pm: Nine consultancy chiefs have been named on the shortlist for the Association for Consultancy and Engineering’s European CEO of the Year Award.

Atkins’ Keith Clarke, Buro Happold’s Paul Westbury, and WYG’s Paul Hamer are among the competitors for the prize, which is to be awarded on 13 November.

They are joined on the shortlist by Eva Nygren of Rejlers, Johan van den Elzen of Movares Consultants & Engineers, and Olli Manner of Elomatic Oy.

Steve Morriss of Aecom, Des Barry of JB Barry and Partners, and Wilem Frischmann of Pell Frischmann are also in the running for the McGee-sponsored award.


12pm: Atkins has secured fresh work on Hong Kong International airport.

The firm will be lead consultant for the design of airfield and apron extension works at the Far East transport hub.

Works will include design of taxi lanes; apron pavement; airfield and apron drainage systems; an aviation fuel system; a combined potable water and fire hydrant system; and airside road traffic modelling.

Atkins first worked at Hong Kong International airport in 1994 when it was appointed to design the airfield and apron pavements.


10.30am: Bouygues is to build a new airport terminal in the frozen north of Canada.

The French contractor’s Canadian arm is part of the Arctic Infrastructure Partners Consortium awarded a contract to upgrade Iqaluit International Airport.

Bouygues Building Canada and ColasCanada subsidiary Sintra will design and build a 10,000m2 terminal.

They will also construct a combined services building, and extend and refurbish 400,000m2 of runways and aeroplane parking areas.


9.30am: Bidders are being sought for a £6M job to widen the A45 in the West Midlands and replace a bridge over the West Coast Main Line.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has launched an official tender process for the scheme.

Contractors have until 20 November to register their interest in the project, which is expected to start on site in January 2015.

Up to eight firns will be shortlisted and invited to tender. More information is available on the OJEU notice.

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