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Long delays for major infrastructure projects in Scotland

Many of the Scottish government’s flagship building projects have been hit by months of delays, according to new figures revealed in parliament. In a progress update on its major capital projects issued on 5 November 2018, the government revealed that more than a dozen projects have been hit with further setbacks since an earlier update…

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Transport secretary concedes that HS2 northern leg is “not in the bag”

In a remarkable admission, Chris Grayling speaking to rail industry leaders has admitted that the second phase northern extension of HS2 could possibly not be constructed if it does not receive the necessary support. In a report published by the Sunday Telegraph, on Grayling addressing a rail industry conference in London, the transport secretary acknowledged…

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Greetings from Hong Kong!

Good morning i3P! Just a brief post on behalf of Gammon CEO Mr. Thomas Ho to say hello and it is a pleasure to have joined i3P 🙂 Watch this space for exciting innovation news from HK….. in the meantime enjoy digesting our innovation roadmap of 10Dimensional BIM as Gammon celebrates our 60th Anniversary working…

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Aberdeen bypass delayed once again as Galliford Try come under fire

Motorists have been left frustrated after it was revealed yesterday that the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has been pushed back once again by contractors to December at the earliest. The news was announced to MSPs by transport, infrastructure and connectivity secretary Michael Matheson who could not provide a firmer date than…

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New Industrial Strategy Council meets as membership announced

Senior individuals from business, academia and civil society complete the line-up of the Industrial Strategy Council, led by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England Andy Haldane, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced today. A full meeting of the independent Industrial Strategy Council took place this afternoon (1 November 2018) in Number 10 where the…

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Clean Air Innovation programme

UKRI, in collaboration with the KTN, will be hosting a competition briefing event on the 13th November in London to present the first round of funding from the Clean Air Innovation programme. As part of a broader programme of work to develop solutions to air pollution, this innovation competition will invest up to £5m to…

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Budget won’t do much for long-term infrastructure investment

In its pre-budget letter to the chancellor, the CBI quoted last November’s CBI/AECOM infrastructure survey to demonstrate that over two-thirds of firms are not confident that road and rail infrastructure will improve in this parliament. Whilst Mr Hammond’s commitment of £420m to repair potholes and bridges will no doubt be a popular sticking plaster, I’m…

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Autumn Budget-What does it mean for i3P?

In response to the Autumn budget announcement, i3P has pulled out the key infrastructure points with comment from the i3P Chairs. The autumn budget shows a coordinated infrastructure strategy linking transport and transforming cities that will help provide major projects more efficiently with greater value for money. The related study on infrastructure resilience will also…

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Industry must work better together to implement sector deal, says CLC chair

Incoming co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, Andy Mitchell, has made an impassioned plea for the industry to overcome its fragmented structure and work better together to improve outputs and project delivery. The Thames Tideway CEO was speaking at a CLC leaders’ briefing on implementing the Construction Sector Deal held at the Department for Business,…

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