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UK Infrastructure & Build Construction Notable Projects

UK construction is boasting some exciting projects currently, which is an exciting prospect for Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and the like. I have written a brief outline of a few notable construction projects in the UK that are either ongoing or confirmed to start in the near future.

Infrastructure

£1.2bn Gatwick Airport Framework

A programme of works for Gatwick Airport has been awarded to 17 contractors, with a total project spend of £1.2bn to the year 2021 as stated on an article on Construction Enquirer. Investment will focus on developing infrastructure at the airport and increasing the capacity for future passengers. Specifically, there is a total of six supply chains of building, mechanical and electrical, and civil engineering across low and medium complexity works. A 2nd runway proposal is also being discussed, however not yet confirmed.

£344m London City Airport Expansion

The go ahead has been granted for a £344m expansion of London City Airport. Work will create 500 construction jobs, and include building an extended terminal, new taxiway and additional space for planes as stated on an article on Construction Enquirer. Companies across the UK will be able to bid for the construction work on the airport.

£1bn Silvertown Tunnel East London

Contractors are now set to bid for a £1bn road tunnel underneath the River Thames in East London. An article on the Newham Recorder states that construction could begin in 2018 with it being open to traffic in the early 2020’s. This will result in the creation of many new construction jobs for London and South East based construction professionals.

£263m Barking Rail Extension

A £263m rail project in Barking is being planned to start construction in late 2017, with the search for a contractor now being put in place according to an article on Construction Enquirer. Construction work will include a refurbishment of an existing 3km track and the construction of a new 1.5km stretch of railway. Train services are planned to commence by 2021 once the project is completed. Once this overground line is completed, it will make way for a planned construction of a 11,000 home development on Barking Riverside.

Build

£275m Investment Pharmaceuticals Projects

A Pharmaceuticals company have announced £275m of investment across 3 locations for the construction of manufacturing facilities, as stated on Construction Enquirer. A Hertfordshire construction project will receive £74m for additional manufacturing capacity. £110m will be invested into the construction of a facility in Angus, Scotland. Finally, £92m will be invested in the construction of a new facility in County Durham. Time scales of the construction of these projects are still to come.

£750m Project London Court Scheme

An exciting, major £750m construction project near the Tower of London has been given the green light, according to an article on Construction Enquirer. This will be a 600,000 square feet development. It will include the renovation of listed buildings, and part-demolition of three modern buildings on the existing site to create new space for the major construction development. Construction will result in the creation of 23,000 square feet of new office space above a restaurant, with a roof top terrace.

£450m Tottenham Regeneration Scheme

Bidders have been shortlisted to 6 on a £450m regeneration scheme in Tottenham, which will run alongside the development of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium. The construction site will be 11 hectares, and include new public space as part of its masterplan, including a station, park, restaurant, library and learning centre, according to an article on Construction Enquirer. A decision on the preferred bidder is expected to be made in mid 2017.

£500m New Build Hotel in London

A £500m new build hotel is understood to have been awarded to the Main Contractor to begin construction in the Summer of 2017, according to an article on Construction Enquirer. This will involve the replacement of existing offices to construct the new luxury hotel which is going to be the sister hotel to one in Hong Kong.

£2-£5bn Health Sector Framework

2 new contractors have won places on the Department of Health’s ProCure22 framework, according to an article on Construction Enquirer. The framework will replace the Procure 21+ framework in September 2016 with a total of 6 contractors being awarded places on the new framework. Framework spend could be anywhere between £2bn – £5bn over the next 4 years.

Conclusion

UK Construction is boasting many exciting new projects such as the above that Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers and the like can sink their teeth into. London, South East and the Midlands tends to be our main focus in UK Construction, and we still have a high demand for quality candidates to work on exciting projects like the above. Apply on our website for our latest construction jobs!

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Adam Cadwaladr
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