£30 million flood prevention scheme works underway in Yorkshire.

The Environment Agency has submitted plans seeking permission for a series of flood defences to alleviate flooding around the Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd, expected to cost approximately £30 million, as part of a wider plan to prevent flooding in the surrounding area. The submission follows the publication of an action plan, commissioned by the Environment … Read more

Overground extension approved to give Barking Riverside development huge boost

A £263 million extension to London Overground services to the new Barking Riverside development has recently been approved. Linking Barking Riverside to Barking and through Barking to overground services into the city centre and out to Essex; and via the London Underground with the District and Hammersmith & City lines, the extension approval is a … Read more

SME construction firms offered opportunities on £180 million Housing Association framework

JV North, comprising of 11 social housing association members covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Nottingham and Preston, have designed a new portal to offer contracts valued under £1 million to SMEs in the second stage of a four-year  home building and refurbishment framework worth £180 million. The new, specially designed portal, the Dynamic Purchasing System, is … Read more

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal announced

Last month saw the long awaited signing of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal, delayed by the General Election in the Spring. The City Deals are a mechanism for accelerating growth by pulling in significant government investment for infrastructure, skills and innovation to boost economic performance, thereby attracting private investment and raising funds … Read more

Places won by six contractors on £750 million North East universities framework

It was recently announced that six construction firms have secured their places on a framework to exclusively bid to deliver large-scale construction projects to five universities based in the North East of England. The North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) is one of six consortia nationwide designed to maximise third party expenditure within the Higher … Read more

Calls for radical rethink of procurement to unlock social value

Whilst responding to the Government’s Green Paper “Building Our Industrial Strategy”, Scape, the public sector owned built environment specialist, called for a radical rethink of procurement to unlock social value. The Green Paper consultation, which ran from January to April 2017, sought responses from a wide variety of industry and business sectors to help the … Read more