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Developing digital roads and improving air quality – innovation competitions

Highways England is currently funding two parallel competitions for solutions and ideas for the design and use on UK roads. The company is looking to invest in creative solutions covering six themes: Design, construction and maintenance Connected and autonomous vehicles Customer mobility Energy and the environment Operations Air quality The two competitions reflect the different…

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The Future – delivered!

Dear i3P colleagues, Not often I plug innovations from our Asian competitors! however I have been inspired today by developments in Japan 5G technology is being used for real-time remote control of construction plant. Thanks to the low latency realised by 5G capabilities, this could user in a new era of remote or semi/autonomous control….

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Nine leading construction bodies join forces to call for action on skills crisis

Concentrated recruitment drives are desperately needed for 18 key roles within the sector and collaboration between industry and government is essential in addressing these shortages, according to the some of the biggest federations and representative bodies. In a statement published today (25 January), organisations including the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Build UK, Civil…

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Taking construction forward to a radical future

The newly approved Core Innovation Hub is an exciting moment for UK construction. The Hub is at the centre of the Sector Deal for Construction – the plan to create better value, speed and sustainability in the built environment. Since the publication of the visionary Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy for Construction six years ago, events…

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Highways England appoints new non-executive director with big data experience

Highways England has announced the appointment of Janette Beinart as a non-executive director. Highly experienced in leading major technology investments, Beinart was a senior executive at Shell International where she had a successful 35-year career, ultimately as the global company’s upstream chief information officer. She most recently held an interim position as group chief information…

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Balfour Beatty JV scoops £289m luxury Hong Kong residential project

Balfour Beatty’s Far East joint venture has landed a £289m contract for a luxury residential scheme in Hong Kong which will involve the construction of six residential towers, a clubhouse, outdoor swimming pool, and a two-level basement with carpark areas. The deal has been awarded by Gold Topmont Limited for Balfour’s 50:50 Far East joint…

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BAM Nuttall revealed as big winner in Network Rail’s £467m CP6 contracts

A five-year renewals and enhancements framework valued at £320m has been awarded to BAM Nuttall which will see the replacement and refurbishment of structures across the network and improvements to stations. In addition, two Geotech frameworks worth a combined £147m have been awarded to Story Contracting and QTS as part of the procurement process. The…

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Expression of Interest: Solving Innovation Challenges in the Infrastructure Sector through Chemistry

The UK Government will invest £170 million over four years through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Construction programme to support cross-sector innovation that will help the construction and infrastructure sector improve productivity and optimise the whole life-cycle value of buildings and structures. The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and i3P supported by the…

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