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Construction News – Early February 2024

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A coalition of construction industry professional bodies and other organisations is calling for all UK political parties to put embodied carbon regulation in their election manifestos.

construction industry and built environment leaders from 11 organisations say that it requires government action to dictate the carbon measuring rules.

It cannot just be left to industry, they say, because it is incapable of agreeing on the rules.  Instead, government must set down the rules from above for industry to follow.

With effective leadership, the industry could simply swing behind RICS’ methodology. But it hasn’t, and apparently cannot until it is told what to do.

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Plans have been submitted by Nottingham City Council for a pedestrian and cyclist ‘Waterside Bridge’ across the river Trent.  Work will start by the summer and is expected to be completed by late 2025.

The Waterside Bridge project is being delivered using a grant from the Government through the Transforming Cities programme.

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One of the North East’s most famous icons will shine again as the government delivers a £35 million boost to restore the bridge and secure its future.

Today (2 February 2024), Roads Minister, Guy Opperman, is in Newcastle to confirm that the Tyne Bridge will undergo an extensive renovation programme, alongside major improvements on the Central Motorway East (CME) A167 to tackle congestion and improve journey times in and out of Newcastle.

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The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) is predicting a slow-down in the UK’s consumption of structural steelwork.

The consumption of constructional steelwork in 2023 was 893,000 tonnes, a decrease of 1% on 2022.

Overall, the total UK structural steelwork market is expected to reduce to 873,000 tonnes by 2026, with a decline in industrial sheds and offices during 2024 and 2025 making the most significant contribution.

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