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14 firms named for Government projects over £80m

January 7th, 2020 Comments off

Fourteen firms have won framework places to deliver major Government projects valued at over £80m.

The Government’s Crown Commercial Service has revealed the latest tranche of contractors to gain places on its record-breaking £8bn construction works framework for the next seven years.

The prized Lot 5 winners are: Balfour Beatty, BAM, Bouygues, Bowmer & Kirkland, Galliford Try Building, Interserve Construction, ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Skanska, Tarmac Trading and Wates.

Winning contractors were also revealed for construction works lots: (project values £30-£80m) in England & Wales; (£10m-£30m) in the south of England; and (£3m-£10m) in the north of England.


Hunt starts for firm to replace Royal Liverpool hospital cladding

January 6th, 2020 Comments off

The search is on for a specialist contractor to strip and replace substandard cladding at Carillion’s unfinished Royal Liverpool Hospital project.

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is working with replacement main contractor Laing O’Rourke and Arup to find a specialist contractor to start on the major refit in March.

Around 10,000 sq m of unitised cladding will need to be stripped and replaced on the landmark building project with the job programmed to take 20 months.

Last month hospital trust CEO Steve Warburton confirmed the 646-bed project had been further delayed until at least 2022.

Around £285m has already been spent on the originally budgeted £429m project, with a further £300m needed to complete the hospital, including recladding costs.

The Trust’s facade consultant Wintech has proposed the new design, to keep lead-in times short and open the market to a wider selection of cladding specialists.

This proposes a rainscreen system with a new lightweight structural framing system backing wall for the opaque wall elements and a 65mm wide stick curtain wall system, Kawneer AA 110, for the vertical glazing elements.

Pre-construction work on the project is expected to take around 17 weeks with the main construction phase lasting 66 weeks.

The challenging project will require working around live M&E services and other trades.

Works will be carried out on four elevations simultaneously, requiring around 40 installers and support workers.

Interested firms have until the end of January to complete prequalification documents.


Balfour and Galliford reach £64m Aberdeen bypass settlement

January 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try have agreed to settle a long running claim over construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

The delayed route saw results at both firms hit by a series of write-offs.

Balfour and Galliford confirmed today they had agreed a settlement with Transport Scotland which will see them both receive £32m to cover additional costs on the job.

Galliford said: “The settlement brings to a conclusion a complex and challenging project, averting a lengthy and costly litigation process. 

“The settlement also removes a significant distraction and uncertainty, allowing the Construction business to focus on its core business, current and new projects which are expected to deliver improving margins, operating on multiple secured frameworks and in our chosen sectors.”

 The statement added: “Taken together with an adverse adjudication award on an unrelated historical contract in the period, the Group will report an exceptional write-off of circa £61m at 31 December 2019.

Balfour added: “Balfour Beatty continues to expect profit from operations for the year ended 31 December 2019 to be in line with the Trading Update provided on 12 December 2019.”

Costs on the £745m project rose to more than £1bn following delays which saw its full opening pushed back from Spring 2018 to February 2019.


Contractors wanted for £600m power plant

January 2nd, 2020 Comments off

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is holding a Market Information Event for contractors interested in building a new £600m power plant.

The event on January 22 will be the first of three market information days focusing on works associated with the delivery of the new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), as part of the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) at Edmonton EcoPark.

Procurement for the ERF is expected to launch in mid-2020.

It will be capable of generating up to 78 megawatts of electricity, will be the first in the UK to use Selective Catalytic Reduction for emissions removal, and use a combined wet/dry flue gas cleaning system to make it one of the cleanest in the country.

The appointed contractor will deliver all design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, operator training and handover requirements for the new ERF including all buildings, infrastructure and works.

The key component is the design and construction of the ERF which will treat up to 700,000 tonnes of north London’s non-recyclable waste.

Further details of the works included in the contract be found in a Prior Information Notice (PIN) here.

The Market Information Event is for contractors who want to deliver the ERF project as part of the NLHPP programme and will provide the opportunity for firms to gain more information about:

  • The Authority’s vision for a successful project,
  • The works package value, programme and contract details,
  • The approach to procurement,
  • Balance of risk between client and contractors,
  • Working collaboratively to deliver outcomes, and
  • Social value objectives.

Following the first event in January, a further two events will be held where NLWA will present updates to the procurement strategy following feedback received from contractors. At the event there will be a chance to meet the project team and ask questions.

To confirm attendance, please register here if you would like to attend in person or via the live webcast no later than Friday 17 January.

The venue for those attending in person and access details for those attending online will be communicated to contractors that express an interest to attend.

For further information email or phone 0208 489 3940.