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NCE Live News Updates Wednesday 25 September: Higgings lands HS2 top job

Subcontractors warned over Carillion payment terms; plus live updates from the ICE’s UK Transport conference

2.30pm: Network Rail chief executive David Higgins will succeed Doug Oakervee as chairman of HS2 Ltd.

Oakervee, who took the helm of the £50bn rail link promoter in April last year, will leave at the end of 2013.

Higgins will join HS2 Ltd on 1 January 2014 in a part-time role before becoming full time chairman in March.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin this month said Oakervee and Higgins were “following in the footsteps” of great 19th century engineers Brunel and Stephenson with the HS2 scheme to link London with the North.


ICE UK Transport conference update

Will Whitehorn, Transport Systems Catapult: ‘Risk is not something to fear – it fuels innovation’

NCE is live tweeting from the conference at: @ncemagazine


12pm: Mott MacDonald Bentley will this week begin work on a huge storm water storage tank in west Yorskshire.

It is the next stage of a £1M scheme by Yorkshire Water to reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Morley.

The 13m deep, 12.5m diameter  tank will be capable of holding more than 1.2M litres of water

It will take until December to build on a grass amenity area near New Bank Street.


ICE UK Transport conference update

Paul O’Sullivan, Department for Transport: ‘We think the UK needs to do better on roads’

NCE is live tweeting from the conference at: @ncemagazine


10.45am: Mouchel is to make up to 146 jobs redundant.

The infrastructure contractor is restructuring its business services division in a bid to provide its services more cheaply.

Craig Apsey, managing director of Mouchel business services, said: “We have entered a formal redundancy collective consultation across Mouchel’s business services division in the UK. 

“It is anticipated that a maximum of 146 roles will disappear via the redundancy process out of a total 2,700 staff.”


ICE UK Transport conference update

Douglas Segars, Infrastructure UK: ‘Bank capital is starting to flow back into infrastructure – including foreign banks’

NCE is live tweeting from the conference at: @ncemagazine


10.30am: Contractors are sought for a waste water treatment project in Manchester worth up to £80M.

United Utilities Water is to carry out a series of works at facilities in Royton and Oldham.

The contract will include design, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation of new facilities.

Contractors have until midday on 11 November to register their interest in the work. More information here.


10am: Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has spoken of the coalition government’s determination to push through infrastructure projects.

Alexander is speaking to delegates at the ICE’s UK Transport conference in central London.

He said: “We’re a government serious about investing in the future.

“Infrastructure is the best possible way to create growth in the economy.”

NCE is live tweeting from the conference at: @ncemagazine


9.30am: A subcontractor body has published a detailed warning about Carillion’s payment terms.

The National Specialist Contractors Council told small construction firms there were “a number of potential issues they should be aware of”.

Carillion has come under fire for its so-called Early Payment Facility, under which payment terms default to 120 days.

The NSCC said today: “There are a number of potential pitfalls for specialist contractors and they are advised to check the terms of all the agreements they are asked to sign in relation to the EPF to make sure they are happy with them.”

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