High Speed 2 (HS2) has shortlisted three contractors
that will be invited to tender for the project’s £570M
Birmingham Curzon Street station.
The firms through to the final bidding for HS2’s
Birmingham city centre terminus are Bam Ferrovial
– a joint venture of Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial
Construction (UK); Laing O’Rourke Construction; and
a Mace Dragados joint venture.
An earlier tendering exercise was scrapped last year
after HS2 reported that not enough main contractors
had appeared interested in taking the project on.
The station design by WSP and Grimshaw
Architects is said to be inspired by the steel arched
roofs of Victorian railway stations. The new station
is to be net zero carbon in operation, helped by
incorporating eco-friendly design and sustainable
technologies. The station will have over 2,800m2 of
solar panels located on platform canopies.
HS2 Ltd procurement and commercial director
David Poole said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is
absolutely at the heart of the HS2 project and will help
transform the city and the economy of the wider region.”
Archaeological work is underway with demolition,
ground investigation and utility diversions set to start
this summer. The contract for construction of the
station is expected to be awarded next year.
Cleveland Bridge has installed a new three-span steel
composite bridge as part of the Newhaven Port Access
Requiring an overall steel tonnage of 360t, the
bridge spans two waterways and the Seaford to
Newhaven railway line. The middle Mill Creek span is
46.7m-long, while the outer spans of the structure are
The project needed a total of nine bridge beams to
be delivered to site and due to the size of the vehicles
needed to transport the components a police escort
A local council spokesperson said: “We are
extremely grateful to residents and road users around
Newhaven for their patience during these deliveries.
“Our contractors managed to keep disruption to a
minimum by using boats for many material deliveries,
but the logistics of getting bridge beams measuring up
to 46.7m to site meant they had to come by road.”
The Newhaven Port Access Road is expected to be
completed by autumn this year and will create a direct
access to the East Quay. It will form a route to allocated
development land, which will open up 80,000m2 of
business space, allowing the creation of new jobs.
The scheme is being funded by a £10M grant from
the Local Growth Fund money through the Coast to
Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and £13.2M from
the county council’s capital programme.
My predecessor, Tim
the ‘President's Column’
as a new item in New
Steel Construction in his
president’s profile in the
July/August 2017 edition
of New Steel Construction
and I’m very pleased to
continue with this popular
I believe that the members of the British
Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) bring
added value to a project and are amongst the most
knowledgeable, professional, and competent steelwork
contractors in the world. I have been a member of the
association for 20 years and I’ve been the chairman
of the BCSA’s Process and Technical Committee
since 2011. During this time, I’ve seen the quality
and competence of BCSA’s steelwork contractors
increase in line with issue of the various versions of the
National Structural Steelwork Specification and with
the introduction of CE marking. Responsible Welding
Co-ordinators (RWC) were introduced as part of CE
marking to make one person accountable for the
welding processes from the pre-contract stage through
to final production and any work done on site. Many
initially thought that CE marking was just an additional
burden but, in most cases, it has improved knowledge
of the fabrication process, increasing the quality and
reducing the amount of remedial work. The concept
of getting it right first time is vitally important and the
additional checks required to be undertaken before,
during and after welding has built in more quality into
our fabricated product. As we all know it’s a lot more
difficult to produce a quality product by testing after
welding alone. I’m pleased to say that the vast majority
of BCSA members have invested in the necessary weld
procedure qualification records (WPQR’s) to ensure
their welding procedures are up to scratch.
During the pandemic and the lockdown BCSA has
further increased the quality of fabrication through the
development of the seventh edition of the National
Structural Steelwork Specification for buildings. This
publication will be issued shortly and represents
probably the biggest change in the NSSS since it was
first published in 1989.
Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower the
constructional steelwork industry decided to take
ownership of intumescent fire protection systems.
The 7th edition of the NSSS includes new sections
on the specification, application and inspection of
intumescent systems and requires them to be applied
in the workshop to better control the quality of
application. In addition, BCSA is developing a training
course for ‘Responsible Painting Co-ordinators’ –
someone with overall responsibility for the application
of both intumescent systems and painting systems to
structural steelwork. This is new to the industry and will
further enhance the quality of paint and intumescent
The improvements in welding quality management
systems and in the application of intumescent and
painting systems will further enhance the quality and
competence of BCSA members and will make it easy
for specifiers to select the right steelwork contractor.
The NSSS includes a complete list of BCSA steelwork
contractors together with contact details.
I am a firm believe that BCSA members are amongst
the best in the world at delivering steelwork contracts
for a discerning client and that the average BCSA
member is better prepared to design, detail, fabricate
and safely erect structural steelwork buildings than
New station inspired by steel
Mega shed targets BREEAM ‘Excellent’
Tenders are being invited for construction of what
will be one of the UK’s largest sheds, a four-storey,
213,000m2 ‘mega shed’ to be built on the site of the
disused Littlebrook Power Station at Dartford, Kent.
The warehouse has been pre-let, reportedly to online
retailer Amazon, although the developers will only
confirm that the pre-let is to a major online retailer.
Amazon is known to have been seeking a site for what
would be its largest distribution centre in Europe.
Planning permission was granted to Tritax Big Box
and Bericote Properties for the £200M scheme that
will transform a 45 acre plot, part of a 119 acre site of
a four oil and coal fired power station complex close to
the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the Dartford Tunnel.
Contractor ISG has been reported to be front runner for
the main contract award.
The project is to target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating,
employing a range of emission-reducing features
including a 3.5MW roof solar panel system, energy
saving lighting, low water use and electric car charging
The developers say the project will not only deliver
much sought-after high specification logistics space for
London, but also bring enhanced local infrastructure and
significant employment opportunities to the local area.
Bridge to Newhaven