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News in Brief: April 2019

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Trimble has launched Tekla PowerFab, a new software package for steel fabrication management. Said to have been created specifically for steelwork contractors, Tekla PowerFab offers collaboration across project teams throughout the whole structural steel workflow.

Cleveland Bridge has secured a contract for the prestigious refurbishment of the Humber Bridge, a structure it helped construct more than 40 years ago. Working alongside Aecom, it will undertake the inspection of eight main cable panels, which each measure 18m in length.

Plans have been revealed for a new Tees Crossing, which is aimed at relieving congestion on the busy A19 Tees Viaduct.  Two options are being considered including a new two-lane bridge parallel to the existing viaduct. This would carry traffic travelling northbound while the existing viaduct would be widened to allow for an extra lane of southbound traffic. Known as the Tees Viaduct Capacity Enhancement Option, the scheme has been budgeted to cost between £200M and £250M.

Ask Real Estate, in a joint venture with the Richardson family and PATRIZIA, has exchanged a pre-let agreement with Whitbread for a 200-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at First Street, Manchester. The hotel operator will occupy the top five floors of a new 16-storey mixed-use development, which secured planning permission in December 2018. Construction of the new building will start this summer with completion due in early 2021.

London & Quadrant (L&Q) and Countryside Housing have formally received planning consent for its mixed-use Beam Park regeneration scheme on the old Ford Dagenham plant in East London. When the master plan is complete in 2030, Beam Park will provide over 3,000 new homes, a railway station next to a public square, as well as a medical centre, and retail and commercial space.

Forward Protective Coatings has added a powder coating division at its Shirebrook works to compliment the current wet spraying operations. The company’s Managing Director Peter Everington said the one-stop coatings service will give added benefits to existing customers as well as new clients.

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