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Trio win £1.6bn Defence Estate hard FM deal

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A joint venture between Engie and Serco, known as Vivo, bagged the bulk of the work, picking up both the central region including Wales worth £558m; and south west region worth £336m over seven years.

Vinci’s FM operation secured the £423m south east regional deal and Mitie a £160m deal for facilities across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The core services include planned and reactive maintenance, as well as mandatory safety checks.

The potential additional project work will range from small scale asset replacement and property refurbishments to large construction projects.

Following a six-month mobilisation phase, the core work is scheduled to start in February 2022, with additional project work to ramp up during the course of 2022.

Forming part of the first phase of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services programme, the contracts cover 31,000 units and will support facilities at more than 400 defence sites across the UK, including RAF Lossiemouth, Catterick, Andover, and Britannia Royal Naval College.

As part of FDIS, these are the first of 10 contacts that will be awarded between now and 2022.

The later phases of the FDIS programme will see further contracts awarded for Accommodation Services and the management and maintenance of the UK Defence Training Estate.

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Ballymore strikes deal for 2,800-home West London site

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The Partnership’s ambitious masterplan for the project has capacity for up to 2,800 homes in a major mixed-use canal-side town centre with a forecast development value of £1.7bn.

The project will involve restoration of an historic canal basin, and a generous mix of retail, including a 130,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s, leisure, community and small business workspace.

As part of this project, a new 130,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store will provide a fresh, modern approach to trading with increased capacity for home delivery services. The agreement will ensure continuity of trading within the existing store until the day the new store opens.

Sean Mulryan, Chairman of Ballymore, said: “Partnerships like this one show the type of innovative approach needed to tackle London’s housing shortage.

“We are pleased to be a step closer to submitting an application and realising our ambitions of a mixed-use scheme that will transform the area.

“We’ve commenced early consultation with local stakeholders and look forward to hearing directly from local people how they envisage the future site can best suit the needs of the local community”.

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EA tackles illegal exports of construction’s plastic waste

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A specialist team from the Environment Agency (EA) is seeking to combat the illegal export of contaminated waste plastic produced in construction.

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Government pledges another £81m for cycle lanes

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The money will promote cycling and walking across the country and further increase the construction of bike lanes.

The government said: “This funding will help see the construction of hundreds of miles of new high-quality cycle lanes.”

A new version of the Highway Code is also being published which “ensures road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.”

The new code will also give “guidance on safe passing distances and speeds and ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment.

“As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.

“This £338 million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.”

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