Thames Tideway Tunnel Names Preferred JV Contractors
The Thames Tideway Tunnel project— the biggest infrastructure project ever under taken by the UK water industry— has named its preferred bidders for the three contracts, East, Central and West, that make up London’s ‘super sewer.’
The megaproject will help prevent the millions of tonnes of sewage pollution that currently discharge into the tidal River Thames every year.
The contractors which have been chosen as the preferred main works tenderers include BMB JV (joint venture of BAM Nuttall Ltd, Morgan Sindall Plc and Balfour Beatty Group Limited) for the West contract, FLO JV (joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd, Laing O’Rourke Construction) for the Central contract and CVB JV (joint venture of Costain Vinci Construction Grands Projects Bachy Soletanche) for the East contract. The three main works packages are worth a total of up to £2.3 billion.
Thousands of jobs will be created in London over course of the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2023. The contracts are expected to be awarded in the summer, when the investors who will be chosen to finance and deliver the project as the Infrastructure Provider, are announced.
Andy Mitchell, chief executive at Thames Tideway Tunnel, said, “We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality.”
He added, “This is not just an engineering project; this is about reconnecting London with its river by cleaning it up and making it something that is integral to our city, for the growing population, thriving businesses and to increase leisure uses. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in improving London’s environment and economy and we’re very excited for what the future holds.”
The Thames Tideway Tunnel project is estimated to create more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs and another 5,000 jobs indirectly. It will be offering hundreds of apprenticeships and work placements, is committed to employing local people and will be creating a never-before seen surge in the river economy through marine employment opportunities.
This project will tackle the problem of overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers for at least the next 100 years and enable the UK to meet European environmental standards.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.