UK-based construction firm Balfour Beatty has secured the £214m North and South 400kV overhead line project to connect the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the national transmission network.The contract, awarded via National Grid’s Overhead Line Design and Build Framework, represents key part of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) connection scheme. The overhead line project also marks Balfour Beatty’s third major package of works at HPC.Pursuant to the contract, the construction firm will design, supply, install, test and commission a new overhead line spanning 48.4km and crossing through the Mendip Hills in Somerset, where Balfour Beatty is currently executing cable works under a separate contract for National Grid.Work on the project is set to commence shortly, with completion expected in summer 2025. The project will employ a workforce of more than 150 people during peak construction period.When completed, the new transmission line will connect HPC with a new substation in Avonmouth, Bristol.Balfour Beatty stated that it will use National Grid’s new T-Pylon design, marking the first time this technology has been used on a live transmission asset.Balfour Beatty CEO for its Rail and Utilities business Mark Bullock said: "Our extensive knowledge and unique capability in delivering major complex Overhead Line schemes, makes us ideally positioned to play a key role in helping to deliver the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years."We look forward to working with National Grid to successfully and safely deliver low-carbon electricity for around six million homes across the UK."Balfour Beatty is currently working on the projects, including the £47m Fort Augustus to Fort William 132kV Transmission Reinforcement project and the £43.5m Beauly to Keith 132kV Modernisation programme on behalf of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission.The company is also executing the £55m London Power Tunnels project for London Underground which will deliver a new 32km electrical superhighway in London and a €219m contract in a consortium with Prysmian Group to install a 65km electricity cable between France and Great Britain on behalf of ElecLink.
UK-based hotel management firm RBH has announced the start of work on the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Inverness, Scotland.
A consortium featuring three BAM companies has secured first civil engineering contract worth €439.4m from Société du Grand Paris for the development of Line 17 of the Grand Paris Express.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has arranged a syndicated loan of €150m to local developer SyvashEnergoProm for the construction of a 250MW wind farm in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
Dutch architecture and urban design company MVRDV has been selected to design a 65,000m² mixed-use complex that will redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany.
UK-based house-builder Beal Homes has submitted a planning application for a £130m residential development in Goole, East Yorkshire, UK.
British construction services and security company Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed by The English Cities Fund, a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, as contractor for the 157,000ft² third office development at New Bailey in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Mercedes-Benz Cars, a unit of German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz belonging to automotive corporation Daimler, will establish a battery factory at the Polish site in Jawor as part of its electric initiative.
International express services provider DHL Express will establish a new hub at Copenhagen Airport at an investment of DKK1bn (€134m), its largest ever investment in Denmark and the Nordic countries.
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has signed a contract with Buckingham Group Contracting, marking the start of construction on the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) in Edmonton, UK.
Italian construction and civil engineering company Salini Impregilo has commenced work on Lot 2 of Line 16 of the Grand Paris Express, which will serve communities in the northern and eastern parts of the metropolitan area.
Build-to-rent (BTR) developer and private rented housing operator PLATFORM_ has secured detailed planning permission from Glasgow City Council for a £100m, 498-apartment BTR development on the banks of the River Clyde.
Finnish construction company YIT has secured a €60m contract from Stockholm Vatten, a water utility company in the Swedish capital, for new infrastructure work in Henriksdal wastewater treatment plant in Stockholm.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a 20-year €255m loan to Greek Public Power (PPC) to upgrade electricity distribution across Greece.
Terna, a subsidiary of GEK Terna Group, has secured a contract for the construction and reconstruction works in Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of a Vinci (51%) – Terna (49%) joint venture.
Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable energy unit of Endesa’s renewable energy unit, has begun construction on three wind farms for an overall capacity of 90MW in the Spanish municipalities of Allueva, Fonfría, Mezquita de Jarque, Fuentes Calientes, Cañada Vellida and Rillo in the province of Teruel, Aragon.
UK property developer SevenCapital has secured full permission from the Birmingham City Council planners to go ahead with a scheme to transform Connaught Square in Digbeth, UK.
West Coast Capital (WCC), a private equity partnership and owner of Winchburgh Developments (WDL), has agreed to form a joint venture with CALA Homes to invest in the development of the masterplan across 347 hectares for the construction of 3,450 homes at Winchburgh in West Lothian outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
BAM Nuttall and QTS Group have won framework contracts, together worth £420m, from Network Rail to deliver a range of projects across Scotland over the next five years.
Spanish company Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures has won several construction projects in Madrid, together valued at €65m.