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Jan de Nul cries foul over Swansea lagoon contract decision

Belgian dredging contractor Jan de Nul is reported to have objected to the award of a £300m contract by Tidal Lagoon Power to a Chinese contractor.

The Guardian newspaper reported earlier this week that a shortlisted Belgian contractor had instigated complaint proceedings against the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon contract being awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company.

Now the BBC has revealed that the complainant is Jan de Nul, which has …

Who says engineers lack culture?

A leading civil engineer has joined the board of the National Portrait Gallery.

Former Arup director Joanna Kennedy has been appointed a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Until 2013 Ms Kennedy was global leader for programme and project management at Arup. In 1992 she became the fourth ever female fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and she was elected a …

Keep UK in Europe, urges Tony Pidgley

Berkeley Group founder and chairman Tony Pidgley is throwing his weight behind the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

According to the Berkeley Group, there will be more homeless on the streets of London if the people of the UK vote to leave the European Union.

The UK is set to have a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether or not to remain a member of …

Berkeley revenues top £2bn

House-builder Berkeley saw its revenues grow by more than 30% last year and profits by more than 40%.

Berkeley Group preliminary results for the year ended 30th April 2015 show that revenue reach £2,120m, up 31% on the previous year’s £1,621m. Pre-tax profit rose 42% to £539.7m, compared to £380.0m the previous year.

And over the next three years the company is looking to clear £2bn in profits.

Berkeley is …

Cheesegrater legal row rumbles as bolt replacement continues

Replacing bolts on the landmark Leadenhall Building in London is set to take until the end of the year, at least, the steelworker contractor has confirmed.

Steelwork contractor Severfield has already spent £1m on remedial works to fix bolts on the Leadenhall Building, more commonly knowns as the Cheesegrater, and expects total costs to reach £6m.

Lawyers are seeking to apportion blame.

Severfield had enough problems building the Cheesegrater in …

Construction Industry Council picks next leader

Structural engineer John Nolan has been elected deputy chairman of the Construction Industry Council.

John Nolan is in line to take over as chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) in June 2016 when incumbent Tony Burton completes his two-year term.

Professor Nolan is a past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers and is a fellow of both that institution and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is also …

Ex-Wates boss to lead CBI

Paul Drechsler, former chief executive of Wates Group, has been nominated to be the next president of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI).

CBI members will be asked to endorse Paul Drechsler’s appointment as president at the annual general meeting on 13th July. It follows his nomination by the chairmen’s committee in a process led by the current president Sir Mike Rake.

Paul Drechsler joined Wates in September 2004 and …

Foundations completed for new Lothain wind farm

Hope Construction Materials has completed the supply of almost 12,000 cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete to a Scottish wind farm that is under construction.

Renewable energy specialists Community Windpower Ltd is building 19 new wind turbines at Aikengall II Community Wind Farm, east of Edinburgh.

At 145 metres high, these turbines will be among the tallest in the UK.

Hope’s Dunbar and Dalkieth readymix plants supplied the bespoke concrete for …

Scottish construction sees output rise but employment fall

Scotland’s construction industry is getting more efficient, official statistics suggest.

Construction output in Scotland is on the rise but employment is in decline.

While this indicates improved efficiency, the Scottish Building Federation has voiced concern at what it calls the intensifying decoupling of jobs and output.

The construction industry in Scotland employed 168,000 people in the first quarter of 2015, a decline of 8,000 jobs compared to the number of …

Parliament to debate HS2 design changes

Legislation to enable construction of the £50bn HS2 rail project is on course to complete its passage through parliament by the end of next year, with the diggers unleashed in 2017.

Revised plans for High Speed 2, the high speed railway connecting London with Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, have been set out by government.

A motion has been laid in parliament instructing the HS2 select committee to consider more than …