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NCE Live News Updates Tuesday 12 November 2013: Typhoon Haiyan aid effort steps up as death toll hits 1,774

The aid effort for the millions affected by Typhoon Haiyan is stepping up today. Estimates of the numbers affected in the Philippines have risen from 4M to 7M; some 1,774 have been confirmed dead with the actual figure feared to be as high as 10,000.

2.15pm: The Treasury has published guidance that it hopes will influence better budgeting and management of infrastructure projects and save costs.

Aiming to build on the successful management of the Olympics delivery, it shows project teams how to get earlier sight of key risks, improving the management of their contingency funds, with lower delivery costs as a result.

The guidance, published as a supplement to the Treasury’s Green Book, is intended for the public sector, however, the Treasury expects that industry will adopt much of this as a “model for good risk management”.

Treasury commercial secretary Lord Deighton said: “We have learned from world leading projects like the Olympics and Crossrail that better planning reduces costs and makes projects more efficient. Under the new guidance project leaders will be encouraged to manage their funds much more actively, and focus on getting the biggest bang for their buck.”

1.30pm: Project promoter Femern has released full planning documents for the £4.4bn Denmark-Germany fixed link crossing.

Full details of the scheme, which involve building a 19km road and rail immersed tube tunnel link between the countries, can be viewed here.


1.15pm Crossrail has revealed the shortlisted bidders in the running for the £75M contract for the fit-out of the new station at Woolwich.

The four short-listed contractors who will be invited to tender are Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction UK.

The contract also covers the fit-out of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface. The winner will be confirmed next autumn with work on site beginning in spring 2015. The new Woolwich Crossrail station will open in 2018.


12.45pm: Government statistics showing that 9,500 jobs will be supported in 2014 by more than £1.9bn of investment in Britain’s roads network underestimates the true benefits, contractors have said today.

Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner, who will soon take up the post of chief executive, said: “Figures produced by the Department for Transport suggest that almost 10,000 jobs will be supported next year by the £1.9bn the government is spending on the UK’s road network.

“This, if anything, is an underestimation of the wider benefits of infrastructure investment. CECA’s research has demonstrated that for every 1,000 jobs created in infrastructure construction, 3,000 are created in the wider economy due to increases in the demand for goods and services from industries in the supply chain.”


10.15am: “Boris Island” airport could be built in seven years at a cost of £47bn, it has been revealed.

The developer of the plan for the dubbed “Boris Island” airport in the Thames Estuary set out its plans for the scheme yesterday.

The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (Testrad), which has teamed up with architect Gensler on the scheme, has called it the London Britannia Airport.

“The new London Britannia Airport concept plan gives London the airport it will need to support it’s world city status into the 21st century,” said Testrad chief executive Bridget Rosewell. “It also provides a solution to the challenge of incorporating London’s expected growth in population of 2m and a facility which can be linked to the whole of the UK while both the East and West of London will each benefit from regeneration.”

Details of the plan can be viewed here.


9.30am: Typhoon Haiyan – Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed that Britain is contributing £10M and has deployed HMS Daring to the Philippines from its position near Singapore towards the disaster zone with further support from heavy lift miliitary aircraft RAF C17.

Yesterday evening Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a state of national calamity. In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.

Aid agency Care International said its teams had arrived in the Philippines for what it said would be one of the biggest international emergency relief efforts in years.

Around 41,000 houses have been damaged – 21,000 totally destroyed and 20,000 partially, according to the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The council added that three roads were impassable, while four airports – Busuanga, Roxas, Kalibo and Tacloban – remained non-operational this morning. Power outages were still being experienced in some provinces and municipalities.

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