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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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Councils sitting on £443m as local infrastructure suffers

New analysis by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) reveals that two fifths (40%) of the receipts from a levy on property developers meant for local infrastructure improvements remains unspent by councils in England and Wales. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced in 2010 to help local councils secure the revenue needed to…

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Atos and Bentley Systems team up to create and operate infrastructure digital twins

Global leaders in digital transformation, Atos, and leading infrastructure software solutions provider Bentley Systems have announced a strategic partnership through which they will offer a complete solution to create and operate digital twins on behalf of industry and infrastructure asset owners. Digital twins refers to a digital replica of physical assets, processes, people, places, systems…

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Atkins lands role on Welsh nuclear plant

Firm to carry out civils work on the £15bn project in Anglesey Atkins is among a trio of firms who have secured roles on the £15bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station. Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe has signed up three companies to support delivery of design of the Anglesey-based project. Atkins, who was bought out by the…

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PAULEY Deliver NCHSR and HS2 Training Technology of the Future

The recent Skills, Employment and Education Strategy (SEE) document released by HS2 Ltd in October 2018 (https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/hs2-skills-employment-and-education-strategy/) highlights the critical importance that HS2 will bring to the UK’s infrastructure portfolio, and the vital role that the scheme plays in educating and training the infrastructure and rail workforce in opening up new opportunities. HS2 and the…

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