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NCE Live News Updates Wednesday 9 October 2013: East coast flood warning

Environment Agency warns of high winds and large waves from Yorkshire to Essex

4pm: Mott MacDonald has landed a role on the Northern Marmara motorway in Turkey.

The consultant was named as lenders’ technical advisor by the IC Ictas-Astaldi consortium for a 60km section of the road scheme.

The project includes the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the 60km dual four-lane Northern Marmara motorway between Odayeri and Paşaköy.

Mott MacDonald project director John Young said: “The new east-west route should alleviate congestion on existing routes across Istanbul, including the two existing bridges across the Bosphorus.”

 

3pm: York-based SES has begun work on a tunnel that collapsed beneath homes in Liverpool.

The tunnel, at the site of the old Dingle Station on the Liverpool Overhead Railway, collapsed in July 2012.

Eleven properties were evacuated, and many residents have been unable to return since.

The first phase of the repair job involves surveying and testing the tunnel from its entrance to the point where it collapsed.

 

2pm: The first Crossrail tunnel has been completed.

Tunnel boring machine Phyllis completed its 6.8km journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon.

Crossrail’s seven tunnelling machines have now collectively passed the halfway mark on their marathon effort to create 26 miles of train routes under London.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: “Crossrail’s construction continues to move ahead at a significant pace.”

The trans-London rail line is sheduled to open in 2018.

 

1pm: Flood warning update

“We’ll be monitoring tides along the #EastCoast carefully over the next few days and closing tidal barriers if necessary #floodaware

Environment Agency operations director David Jordan on Twitter

 

12.30pm: Another group of MPs has urged government action to ensure the UK meets carbon targets.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment said the Green Construction Board needed to be bolstered to provide a focal point for delivery.

It added that retrofitting needed to be made more financially attractive, with interest rates on Green Deal transactions reduced.

Group chairman and Conservative MP Oliver Colvile said: “The world faces significant environmental challenges, and to help combat them our government needs to ensure Britain plays its part in reducing CO2 emissions.”

The Environmental Audit Committee yesterday warned the government not to water down climate change targets.

 

12pm: The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the East coast of England.

It said strong winds and large waves could cause disruption along the North Sea coast from Yorkshire to Essex tomorrow.

“Spray and waves may overtop sea walls and people are urged to stay safe and avoid coastal paths and promenades,” it said.

“High winds and localised flooding on roads could make driving conditions difficult in coastal areas.”

 

11.45am: Atkins has been awarded a £75M contract to design three lines on the Riyadh Metro.

The London-headquartered firm secured the work in joint venture with Spanish consultancy Typsa.

Its client is the FAST consortium - comprising FCC, Samsung, Alstom, Strukton and Freyssinet - which is responsible for metro lines 4, 5 and 6.

Atkins chief executive Uwe Krueger said: “Riyadh Metro is a landmark project which will raise standards of living and support long term sustainable development throughout the city, acting as a catalyst for further investment in all aspects of the public realm and built environment.”

 

11.30am: Keller has bought the geotechnical business of South Africa-based construction company Esorfranki.

It said Esorfranki Geotechnical generated revenues of R788M (£49M) in the last financial year with 46% of its sales coming from outside South Africa.

The deal - for an initial consideration of £31M - is expected to go through by the end of November, with a further payment of £9.4M dependent on profits over the first three years.

Keller chief executive Justin Atkinson said: “This important acquisition marks another milestone in our strategy of extending our global leadership by expansion into new, higher growth regions.”

 

11am: Sifting though the Environmental Audit Committee report from yesterday, the evidence from the Committee on Climate Change is interesting.

The CCC told the MPs that boosting renewable heat technologies was “central” to meeting carbon budgets next decade.

CCC chief executive David Kennedy told the committee: “Three things need to happen for the electricity market reforms to work.

“First, the set of projects now that are stuck waiting to go into construction; those need to proceed into construction.

“Second, we need new projects being developed so they can sign contracts in the future. The third thing is we need supply chain investment.”

Pressure could be back on the government to provide the environment for power companies to invest in renewables.

 

10am: Bidders are sought for a £16M job to build a 1km-long road in Yorkshire.

The Homes and Communities Agency has advertised for a contractor to design and build the spine road between an existing roundabout and a new junction in Goole.

Works will include underground surface water storage and attenuation tanks, drainage ditch diversions and ground stabilisation work.

Contractors have until 4 November to register their interest in the scheme. More information on the OJEU notice.

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