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Is infrastructure the best current UK construction opportunity?

The construction industry has been divided since the start of lockdown as to whether sites should remain open or closed. Some main contractors such as Balfour Beatty and Kier continued to operate sites, while others such as Mace rolled out a nationwide shutdown. Now, many of the construction firms that decided to close are making…

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HS2 Greenlight – good news for construction

For a high speed rail project HS2 has been extremely slow getting off the ground. It has been dogged by controversy, local council opposition, environmentalist opposition, and cost estimates that keep rising. Yet despite all of this PM Boris Johnson has given the project the green light, adding that construction must commence as soon as…

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HS2 Environment

Will environmental concerns hold up HS2 progress?

As much as the dream of HS2 is touted as something positive, it seems the project will never be out of hot water. The latest is a report by environmentalist expressing concern about the destruction of protected natural biospheres and the sloppy attempt at current environmental assessments. At a glance this may seem unimportant, a…

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Infrastructure community benfit

What’s in it for us? – Are Main Contractors missing the point?

It’s quite logical that in most major infrastructure projects there’s a clear benefit to the community. Upgraded roads and rail lines facilitate smoother commuting. Utility upgrades result in fewer outages and better service delivery – in theory. Expanded rail networks ease congestion and delays. Yet it seems getting to that point where the community actually…

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A High Speed dream that’s fast becoming an ugly reality

Back in 2009, when the idea of a high speed railway linking the north and south of Britain was introduced, it sounded like a fine idea. It would cut travel time between major commercial centres and provide much needed infrastructure and investment all along the route. However, 10 years down the line the project has…

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