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Kier wins £45m Cambridge schools campus phase one

Cambridgeshire County Council has picked Kier to build the first phase of its £45m education campus plan for Northstowe. Kier will build a 600-pupil secondary school and a 110-place Special Education Needs school. The secondary school will later be extended in two subsequent phases to allow for 1,800 pupils Enabling works on the project are…

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Infrastructure industry could benefit by £7bn a year from digital twins

Greater data sharing could release an additional £7bn a year of benefits across the UK infrastructure sectors, equivalent to 25% of total infrastructure spend, according to a government-backed taskforce aimed at creating a “digital twin” of the UK’s infrastructure. The Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) is making these claims as it launches the Gemini Principles, bringing…

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Completing HS2 provides our best opportunity to rebalance UK economy

Only by connecting cities in the Midlands and the North to the capital, will the true benefits of HS2 be realised. This project provides the UK with an opportunity to rebalance its economy, one we cannot afford to lose, according to the director of Midlands Connect, Maria Machancoses. HS2 is the defining infrastructure project of…

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Highways England starts search for £7bn smart motorways alliance

A contract notice worth £7bn has been issued by Highways England today which looks to appoint six partners in the creation of its Smart Motorway Programme Alliance (SMP Alliance) over a 10-year period. Under the proposal, Highways England aim to drive innovation and efficiency through increased standardisation and would involve the employment of three tier…

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Sir Terry Morgan steps down as chair of Crossrail and HS2

The government has announced Allan Cook, a former chair of Atkins, will succeed Sir Terry Morgan as the new chair of HS2 Ltd. It comes as the government also revealed that Morgan had officially stepped down from his roles of chair of both Crossrail and HS2. A successor for the position of Crossrail chair will…

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Core Innovation Hub is a new catalyst to transform construction

The Transforming Construction Alliance, which will deliver the new Core Innovation Hub for construction, is led by Keith Waller.  He sets out some of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces and describes how the Core Innovation Hub can act as a catalyst to transform the sector. The construction sector employs around 10% of the…

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Government launches Core Innovation Hub for construction

The government has confirmed the arrangements for a new construction innovation centre following an announcement on 30 November by construction minister Richard Harrington of the final element of the Construction Sector Deal. The new Core Innovation Hub aims to transform the UK’s construction industry by supporting the development and use of technologies such as digital…

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It’s time to show how infrastructure improves lives, says CECA

Civil engineering contractors have called for the industry to work with government to develop better measures of the way that the nation’s infrastructure improves the lives of people in the UK. Historically much of the case for the construction of new infrastructure has focussed on the economic impact it can generate, boosting local and national…

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Majority across 29 countries believe investing in infrastructure is vital

Almost three quarters (73%) of people across the world agree that investing in infrastructure is vital to their country’s future economic growth but 59% do not believe enough is being done to meet infrastructure needs. The findings come from the latest Global Infrastructure Index survey conducted by Ipsos in partnership with the Global Infrastructure Investor…

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