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NCE Daily News Update Monday 4 April: New projects boss for Network Rail named; Battersea power station designs unveiled; Femern receives 17 bids for crossing

Network Rail has announced that Francis Paonessa will join the company as managing director, infrastructure projects this summer. Elsewhere, a new nuclear decommissioning opportunity arises, Femern receives 17 bids for its mega-crossing between Denmark and Germany and construction starts on the Riyadh Metro.

Nuclear decommissioning firm Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL) has issued a contract notice for the design of specialist equipment to aid work to remove a highly activated reactor core at its site in Winfrith, Dorset.

The firm said the contract, worth between £40M and £60M, would see the supply chain “make history” as a major contributor to the first nuclear licensed site to be decommissioned in the UK.

RSRL is decommissioning the Winfrith site in Dorset against a deadline of 2021. The safe removal of the highly activated reactor core in the SGHWR (Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor) is key to this and the firm is looking for suppliers to carry out detailed design and build of plant and equipment to decommission the reactor core.

RSRL is hosting a supplier briefing event on 24 April at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.

Contract award is due in July 2015.


The Battersea Power Station Development Company has today unveiled the plans for Phase Three of its development

Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners completed the architectural designs for the latest phase following an international design competition held in September 2013.

The developer said the two architectural practices were chosen for the “bold and innovative designs they had for both new homes and a new pedestrianised retail street” in the area to the south of the power station.

Phase Three is a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site, and will feature a new high street for London, to be known as The Electric Boulevard. This will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station with the power station.

The third phase will comprise over 1,300 homes, a 160 room hotel and retail and restaurant.

“Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again,” said culture minister Ed Vaizey. “The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”


WSP Global has signed an agreement to buy the French subsidiary of consultant Technip, Technip TPS.

The acquisition, subject to conditions, is scheduled to take effect around 30 April 30, 2014. On completion of the purchase, WSP will increase its 50-strong French workforce to 150.

“TPS has solid skills when it comes to designing and carrying out major initiatives and has worked on projects such as the national library in Paris (Bibliothèque de France) and Airbus’s A380 assembly plant in Toulouse,” said WSP chief executive and President Pierre Shoiry. “TPS’s international reputation, particularly in the aeronautics and health sectors in Middle East and Asia, will enable us to pursue our growth strategy and to maximise WSP’s worldwide network for our French clientele.” he added.


Plans for a new railway flyover that aims to increase capacity and reliability on the Stafford to Crewe section of the West Coast main line have been given the go-ahead

Network Rail’s plans for the flyover at Norton Bridge (north of Stafford) will see nearly 10km of new 100mph railway constructed as well as 10 new bridge structures, one bridge enhancement, four river diversions, major environmental mitigation works and pipeline, road and footpath diversions.

The upgrade is part of the £250M Stafford Area Improvements Programme, delivered by the Staffordshire Alliance.

The Norton Bridge scheme was the subject of a Development Consent Order (DCO) application, which was approved late last week.


Nine major international consortiums or contractors have submitted 17 bids to build the world’s longest immersed tunnel, which will bridge a road and raoil gap between Denmark and Germany.

The Fehmarnbelt crossing scheme promoter Femern said on Friday the bids represented the latest significant milestone as the project aims for a 2021 completion date.

“We now finally get to see the specific and innovative solutions that the contractors have prepared,” said Femern technical director Steen Lykke. “Interest from the contractors has been fantastic and we’re looking forward to examining the tenders in more detail.”

Due to its size and complexity, the project is divided up into four large construction contracts, each of which will create thousands of jobs. The four contracts cover the dredging of an 18km long and 12m deep trench in the seabed, construction of the northern and southern ends of the tunnel and the establishment of the adjacent facilities on both the German and Danish sides of the tunnel.

Some of the consortiums have chosen to tender for the whole project whereas others have decided to focus on certain tasks.

Over the coming months, Femern will analyse the tenders with a view to engaging in a subsequent dialogue with the contractors, when that dialogue is completed, the contractors will begin to calculate prices. Femern expects to receive these in December, it said “so that a realistic construction sum for the works can be incorporated into the proposal for the Construction Act. Folketinget, the Danish parliament, will consider at the beginning of 2015.


Construction starts on Riyadh metro

Riyadh province governor prince Khalid bin Bandar marked the start of construction of the city’s metro system late last week, beginning with excavation of the station at King Khaled International airport.

An FCC-led consortium has begun work two months ahead of schedule on this part of the project to build line 4, to link the city’s financial district with the airport.

The line is part of the wider €16.2bn (£13.5bn), 167km metro scheme. FCC is leading the FAST consortium building lines 4,5 and 6 in a contract worth £5bn. Other members of the consortium include Samsung (Korea), Alstom (France), (The Netherlands), Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa (Spain), Atkins (UK) and Setec (France).

The contract covers 25 stations, 65km of track: 24km of viaducts.

  • On Saturday FCC celebrated the inauguration of the Panama Metro Line 1, built in three years costing $2bn (£1.2bn). FCC in venture with Odebrecht (Brazil) won the contract for the 2.2km extension in 2010.


Network Rail revealed late Friday that Francis Paonessa will join the company as managing director, infrastructure projects this summer.

Paonessa is currently managing director UK, Bombardier Transportation. He will replace Simon Kirby, who leaves Network Rail in June to take up the role of chief executive at HS2 Ltd.

Paonessa will lead Network Rail’s infrastructure projects division in its delivery of £25bn of infrastructure renewals and enhancements in its CP5 five-year investment plan.

Paonessa will be joining Network Rail from Bombardier Transportation where he currently leads the combined new build and services business in the UK, employing around 3,700 staff at eight Bombardier sites and 23 customer locations. He initially joined Bombardier in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock, where he managed the new build facility in Derby, manufacturing mainline and underground trains for the UK and for export. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Paonessa will be paid an annual salary of £425,000 with a maximum bonus opportunity of 20%.




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