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The Construction Innovation Hub has launched an open consultation on the draft Construction Quality Planning (CQP) Guide

Overview The Construction Innovation Hub has launched an open consultation on the draft Construction Quality Planning (CQP) Guide. The consultation aims to provide a forum for information exchange and open discussion with industry stakeholders on how the Construction Quality Planning (CQP) process could be incorporated into practice in the UK construction sector. The consultation is…

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Projects worth £37bn expected over next two years

  An Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) review of the construction procurement pipeline reveals that £37bn worth of contracts will come to market before the end of 2021, writes James Ketchell. The IPA’s latest analysis of the national infrastructure and construction pipeline shows that £37bn worth of contracts will be brought to market before the end of 2021….

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Zero Carbon World – SME network

To support the priority theme – Zero Carbon World, led by Tim Embley – there is now a dedicated home for SMEs who provide carbon services – either those with emerging products or market-ready solutions. This makes it easy to work with this community to share news and opportunities. This month we shared the first opportunity –…

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Learning from crisis to build long-term resilience

The current Covid-19 crisis is highlighting just how critical it is to have resilient, reliable infrastructure networks. The essential services that are front of mind at the moment such as healthcare and food supply, depend on transport, power, digital networks and water. The Resilience Shift is focused on the urgent need to improve infrastructure resilience…

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Collaboration key to supporting SMEs during economic recovery

Creating new ways to bring SMEs and large organisations together should be a priority for any large corporate, says Arthur Thornton of Atkins. Modern times are proving testing for us all – but SMEs will be feeling the squeeze more than most. Supporting them is crucial, and we larger players in the construction sector have…

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EDF submits planning application for Sizewell C

EDF’s application to build Sizewell C, a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. If approved, Sizewell C will supply around six million homes with always-on, low carbon electricity made in the UK. It will support the expansion of renewables and improve the UK’s national resilience by reducing the…

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SafetIBase Update

  SafetIBase is an industry initiative initially funded by the i3P as part of the spark programme. The idea behind the initiative is to leverage the power of effective data management in the context of H&S through standardised schemas and workflows. This has resulted in a tool being developed which allows for users to enter…

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Innovation & Infrastructure benefits in a post-COVID-19 world.

  Let’s work together to improve the future of our industry.   Clearly, COVID-19 has directly impacted many infrastructure projects and businesses, highlighting additional risk areas that few would have taken into account in the past when making investment and lending decisions. Infrastructure is famously prized by investors for stability and predictability – COVID-19 has…

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Coronavirus shows collaboration is key to creating a better world

Coronavirus has changed the way the construction industry works together and that can only be a good thing, say WSP’s Neil Swallow and Mark Coates of Bentley Systems. The current lockdown has gone far beyond anything seen during wartime, in terms of the restrictions that it placed on people, which include banning all non-essential travel, gatherings of more than…

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Network Rail to help UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

Network Rail has announced that it will provide references for UK suppliers to help them when bidding for overseas contracts or an export opportunity. Under this new measure, Network Rail suppliers will have the option to request a reference in writing, either on completion of a contract or following a period of 12 months of…

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