Hunt starts for firm to replace Royal Liverpool hospital cladding

The search is on for a specialist contractor to strip and replace substandard cladding at Carillion’s unfinished Royal Liverpool Hospital project.

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is working with replacement main contractor Laing O’Rourke and Arup to find a specialist contractor to start on the major refit in March.

Around 10,000 sq m of unitised cladding will need to be stripped and replaced on the landmark building project with the job programmed to take 20 months.

Last month hospital trust CEO Steve Warburton confirmed the 646-bed project had been further delayed until at least 2022.

Around £285m has already been spent on the originally budgeted £429m project, with a further £300m needed to complete the hospital, including recladding costs.

The Trust’s facade consultant Wintech has proposed the new design, to keep lead-in times short and open the market to a wider selection of cladding specialists.

This proposes a rainscreen system with a new lightweight structural framing system backing wall for the opaque wall elements and a 65mm wide stick curtain wall system, Kawneer AA 110, for the vertical glazing elements.

Pre-construction work on the project is expected to take around 17 weeks with the main construction phase lasting 66 weeks.

The challenging project will require working around live M&E services and other trades.

Works will be carried out on four elevations simultaneously, requiring around 40 installers and support workers.

Interested firms have until the end of January to complete prequalification documents.

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Balfour and Galliford reach £64m Aberdeen bypass settlement

Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try have agreed to settle a long running claim over construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

The delayed route saw results at both firms hit by a series of write-offs.

Balfour and Galliford confirmed today they had agreed a settlement with Transport Scotland which will see them both receive £32m to cover additional costs on the job.

Galliford said: “The settlement brings to a conclusion a complex and challenging project, averting a lengthy and costly litigation process.

“The settlement also removes a significant distraction and uncertainty, allowing the Construction business to focus on its core business, current and new projects which are expected to deliver improving margins, operating on multiple secured frameworks and in our chosen sectors.”

The statement added: “Taken together with an adverse adjudication award on an unrelated historical contract in the period, the Group will report an exceptional write-off of circa £61m at 31 December 2019.

Balfour added: “Balfour Beatty continues to expect profit from operations for the year ended 31 December 2019 to be in line with the Trading Update provided on 12 December 2019.”

Costs on the £745m project rose to more than £1bn following delays which saw its full opening pushed back from Spring 2018 to February 2019.

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Contractors wanted for £600m power plant

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is holding a Market Information Event for contractors interested in building a new £600m power plant.

The event on January 22 will be the first of three market information days focusing on works associated with the delivery of the new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), as part of the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) at Edmonton EcoPark.

Procurement for the ERF is expected to launch in mid-2020.

It will be capable of generating up to 78 megawatts of electricity, will be the first in the UK to use Selective Catalytic Reduction for emissions removal, and use a combined wet/dry flue gas cleaning system to make it one of the cleanest in the country.

The appointed contractor will deliver all design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, operator training and handover requirements for the new ERF including all buildings, infrastructure and works.

The key component is the design and construction of the ERF which will treat up to 700,000 tonnes of north London’s non-recyclable waste.

Further details of the works included in the contract be found in a Prior Information Notice (PIN) here.

The Market Information Event is for contractors who want to deliver the ERF project as part of the NLHPP programme and will provide the opportunity for firms to gain more information about:

  • The Authority’s vision for a successful project,
  • The works package value, programme and contract details,
  • The approach to procurement,
  • Balance of risk between client and contractors,
  • Working collaboratively to deliver outcomes, and
  • Social value objectives.

Following the first event in January, a further two events will be held where NLWA will present updates to the procurement strategy following feedback received from contractors. At the event there will be a chance to meet the project team and ask questions.

To confirm attendance, please register here if you would like to attend in person or via the live webcast no later than Friday 17 January.

The venue for those attending in person and access details for those attending online will be communicated to contractors that express an interest to attend.

For further information email or phone 0208 489 3940.

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IronmongeryDirect festive donation brings Christmas cheer to women’s refuge

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Kind-hearted staff at online ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, have gone the extra mile to collect Christmas gifts, decorations and food for families at the Basildon-based Changing Pathways Refuge, which provides safe accommodation to women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse.

The IronmongeryDirect team collected over 100 gifts for almost 40 children at the refuge, as well as donating a large selection of festive decorations and food including string lights, tinsel and wrapping paper. IronmongeryDirect also held a staff raffle, raising a grand total of £1,000 for the charity. The proceeds will help to support families who would otherwise go without this Christmas.

David Saxby, Senior Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect and collection organiser, said: “Changing Pathways is an incredible charity which provides support and refuge to vulnerable women and their children. As a team, it has been fantastic to rally together this December to collect gifts and help to bring some festive cheer for families at the refuge this Christmas.”

Philippa Robson, Chief Executive Officer at Changing Pathways, said: “We can’t thank the team at IronmongeryDirect enough for bringing some much needed joy at this time of year. The continued generosity from businesses and individuals in our community means so much, especially during the festive period which is often a difficult time of year for our families.”

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The Royal Liver Building launches new ‘Christmas Show’ light display

Liverpool’s most recognisable building, The Royal Liver Building, will light up with the magic of Christmas this year, for the first time in its 108-year history.

Following on from five successful light displays, including the building’s inaugural display, Flight, as part of the River of Light Festival, ‘Christmas Show’ will capture the spirit of the festive period and give onlookers the chance to see the stunning exterior of Liverpool’s most globally recognised landmark illuminated in the Christmas story.

The illuminations have been organised by real estate consultancy practice CBRE and designed by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup. For ‘Christmas Show’, Arup have created a Christmas story for spectators to enjoy, featuring light scenes of snowfall, Reindeer, Santa Claus and Liverpool’s own Liverbirds, ‘Bertie and Bella’, taking their place at the top of the Christmas tree.

The display will run daily from 13th December until 30th December at both 6pm and 7pm. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day the display will be shown at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Specialised light displays have become a permanent feature of The Royal Liver Building, as part of the site’s redevelopment and the city’s cultural calendar, as the building offers bespoke displays for special occasions.

The masterplan for the Royal Liver Building, developed and managed by real estate consultancy practice CBRE, is already coming to life with the iconic landmark being repositioned as a destination for both work and leisure, with a host of new amenities planned, including new office space, a coffee shop, bar and gym. Earlier in 2019, Heritage Great Britain opened the flagship tourist attraction RLB360 inside the Grade I listed building, which has seen over 30,000 visitors go behind the scenes of Liverpool’s most prestigious address in just six months.

Simon Hepple, Director for the National Building Consultancy team in Liverpool, commented:

“The new lighting experience is a vital part of the repositioning of the Royal Liver Building as a world-class office building and leisure destination. We hope that ‘Christmas Show’ will bring joy to spectators during the festive period whilst also showcasing the iconic building to both locals and visitors to the city.

CBRE have produced an incredibly exciting vision for the Grade I listed building aimed at expanding its contribution to the city and enhancing its ability to attract more business to Liverpool and in particular to the city’s famous waterfront.”

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Now time for Boris to prove his worth

Boris Johnson has won the battle of the ‘least worst’ parties to secure a surprisingly large majority Conservative government.

But the country is hardly getting out the bunting after an underwhelming election campaign from all sides.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of socialism has now lost twice at the ballot box and surely it is time for the party to take another tack if they actually want to win power.

Being battered by the Tories in their current state takes some doing.

Obviously Brexit played a huge role in the voting.

But Corbyn and his team managed to scare off business in their zeal to fund spending promises by “bashing the billionaires”.

Not every business person is a superyacht owner.

Small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of this country so threatening them with rampant corporation and dividend tax rises was electoral suicide.

Corbyn’s most positive legacy may well be to end austerity by proxy.

Labour’s mega-spending manifesto prompted the Tories to promise an end to years of cuts.

Now they must follow through with that to end the national scandal of rough sleeping, food banks and under-funded public services.

The Prime Minister has also made a great play of investing in infrastructure.

For those words not to ring hollow HS2 and the expansion of Heathrow must be green-lighted within days.

Construction will hope for a period of stability and increased public spending as the economy braces itself for the full impact of Brexit.

Hopefully our exit from the EU will be with a less-damaging deal rather than the nuclear no-deal option.

The country voted against Jeremy Corbyn because he was too left wing.

The fear is Boris Johnson may be too right wing if he continues to pander to the rabid flank of his party.

Let’s hope both sides move to the middle in the coming years for the sake of construction and the country.

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Trans-Atlantic shipping line ICL Agencies UK Ltd, has extended its lease at Princes Dock, part of Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, through to the end of 2028, to support the organisation’s ongoing growth.

ICL has occupied 6,500 sq ft at Princes Dock since 2013. This new lease extension, working with commercial property consultants Worthington Owen, will mean that the business will have called Liverpool Waters its home for 15 years.

Paul Sanders, general manager at ICL Agencies UK, said:

“We are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to Liverpool and look forward to being part of the continued growth of the Princes Dock development.

“Liverpool Waters offers a fantastic environment right here in the city centre and has proven to be the perfect location for us to continue to grow our business. It has been exciting to see so much progress happening at Princes Dock recently and we’re looking forward to seeing even more businesses joining the community here at Liverpool Waters.”

It has been a busy year for Liverpool Waters at Princes Dock, with a number of businesses, including most recently, Odin Consulting, Epic Finance, choosing Liverpool Waters to expand their operations or use the location as a catalyst for growth.

Liza Marco, asset manager at Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, said:

“It has been an incredibly exciting year, with a host of new businesses having chosen to locate themselves at Liverpool Waters, taking advantage of the excellent facilities and its unique waterfront destination in Liverpool. Princes Dock is a fantastic location and having recently been named the safest area in Liverpool, it’s no surprise that so many businesses are choosing to base themselves here.

“It is always brilliant to see one our existing tenants commit to their future at Liverpool Waters and we’re delighted that ICL with be with us for many years to come.”

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