May 16, 2020

Balfour Beatty awarded £75 million Highways Agency A63 Improvement Scheme in Hull

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Balfour Beatty
Balfour Beatty
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Balfour Beatty awarded £75 million Highways Agency A63 Improvement Scheme in Hull
Balfour Beatty awarded £75 million Highways Agency A63 Improvement Scheme in HullBalfour Beatty has been awarded the £75 million A63 Castle...

Balfour Beatty awarded £75 million Highways Agency A63 Improvement Scheme in Hull

Balfour Beatty has been awarded the £75 million A63 Castle Street Hull improvement scheme for the Highways Agency under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) design and build contract.

The 1.5 kilometre scheme in the centre of Hull will improve journey times for road users through conversion of a major interchange into a split level junction with a two-lane dual carriageway carrying east-west traffic below north-south traffic in a new 400 metre underpass.

The scheme will also include two new bridges which will link the south and north of the city for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled users.

Under the ECI contract, Balfour Beatty will manage detailed design and development and assist with statutory consultations for the improvements which, if successful, will enable it to begin construction in 2016/17.

The ECI form of contract has been used on several occasions by the Highways Agency to enhance the value for money of its schemes through start to finish responsibility for contractors, allowing for continuous engagement with local communities and earlier resolution of environmental and design issues when compared to traditional contracts.

Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK Chief Executive Officer said:
“This award to improve journey times on the main route through Hull builds upon our 20 year portfolio of work for the Highways Agency and our extensive experience of successful delivery of ECI contracts including the recent A3 Hindhead Tunnel and A46 Newark to Widmerpool projects through which we were able to deliver substantial cost efficiencies to the Highways Agency.”

 

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Jun 10, 2021

217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery

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The Construction Skills Network says the industry will require an extra 217,000 workers by 2025 to meet demand from a fast-recovering COVID-19 pandemic.

As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022. 

The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.  

Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%. 

Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19

According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year. 

There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.

“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.

“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said. 

 

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