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NCE Live News Updates Monday 17 February: Belfast road job advertised; contract wins for Atkins and Keller

Rapid transport programme scheme up for grabs. Meanwhile Atkins and Keller secure work in China and the US respectively.

1pm: Accident rates have fallen at Building Safety Group member companies.

The body, which represents 20,000 workers in the construction industry, reported 17% fewer accidents in the three months to 31 January than in the prior quarter.

The number of times workers were hit by something halved from 31 to 14.

Building Safety Group managing director Paul Kimpton said: “While any accident is one too many, we are really pleased with the positive fall in accident numbers, proving that our rigorous thematic inspections and a greater awareness of health and safety is having a positive result.”


11.30am: Infrastructure work grew by 2.7% in December, official data has revealed.

Office for National Statistics figures showed that output in the sector was £99.6M in the final month of last year.

This came as the construction industry as a whole grew by 2.0% from November.

Quarterly construction output was up just 0.2% from Q3 to Q4.


11am: Atkins has secured work on a project to build a £3bn airport in China.

The firm – in partnership with the China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute – won a contract for the conceptual planning and terminal design of the Qingdao airport.

Due for completion in 2017, Qingdao airport will have a capacity of 38m passengers per year by 2025.

Atkins chief executive for Asia Pacific Chris Birdsong said: “Our partnership with CSWADI will allow us to unlock opportunities to deliver our multidisciplinary, high end engineering services in China.”


10.30am: Large parts of England remain at risk of flooding today, with river levels high and more rain forecast.

Sixteen severe flood warnings remain in place this morning across the south of the country.

The Environment Agency is working with councils and the military to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Test in Romsey, Hampshire.

River levels on the Thames are expected to rise again over the next five days while there is also an ongoing flood problem on the Somerset Moors and Levels.


10.15am: Keller has been awarded a $41m (£25m) contract to work on Seattle’s Elliott Bay seawall scheme.

The project involves the repair and replacement of a large section of seawall along the US city’s downtown waterfront. 

Keller will construct a grid of 5,500 soilcretecolumns at depths of up to 26m to provide seismic stability and foundation support for the wall. 

Chief executive Justin Atkinson said: “Increasing our participation in large and complex projects remains one of our key aims and we are delighted to have been selected to work on the Elliott Bay seawall project.”


10am: Northern Ireland’s government is seeking a contractor for a road widening scheme as part of its Belfast Rapid Transit programme.

The Department for Regional Development advertised the £1.4M job to upgrade the Upper Newtownards Road between Sandown Road and Knock Road.

This is part of the initiative to create a better public transport system in the capital city using rapid transit vehicles.

Contractors have until 31 March to register their interest in the project.


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