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New energy policy ‘is a
News in brief
wasted opportunity’....
Mott MacDonald in deal
with biggest NHS trust
Mott MacDonald is to work
An association representing regime. The alliance, Engineering with the UK’s largest hospital
renewables in the UK has the Future, believes the energy trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
condemned the newly announced
NPSs will be vital in setting the NHS Trust, to improve the
policy on energy infrastructure agenda for developing all forms of region’s healthcare facilities. The
by government as a ‘wasted low-carbon and renewable energy multidisciplinary consultancy will
opportunity’. sources. provide mechanical and electrical
Six draft National Policy Tom Foulkes, director general engineering design services, and
Statements (NPSs) – the first of of the Institution of Civil Engineers civil and structural engineering
their kind – have been published (ICE), a member of the alliance, design services during the next
by the Department of Energy and said: ‘Our existing energy four years.
Climate Change (DECC) to make infrastructure is ageing and requires
the planning process for energy a major overhaul to meet future Long Kesh clean-up
infrastructure fairer and faster. needs. Speeding up the planning Consultancy WYG has helped to
They look at the infrastructure for system is crucial if we are to meet devise a strategy to clean up the
electricity generation using fossil regime is crying out to be made the UK’s future energy needs.’ regionally important regeneration
fuels, renewables, gas, oil and more consistent and efficient. The Engineering the Future includes site, Long Kesh near Belfast,
nuclear power, and propose 10 guidance could have been written the ICE, Institution of Mechanical with works expected to begin
new sites for extra nuclear power with this objective in mind, but the Engineers, Institution of Chemical this month. The site used to
facilities (see below). opportunity was wasted. Engineers, Institution of Engineering house the Maze Prison, an army
But the Renewable Energy ‘Local authorities should deal and Technology, the Engineering base and a Second World War US
Association (REA) said that, while only with location-specific issues, and Technology Board and the Royal Air Force base.
the NPSs will speed up decisions on and the NPSs could have been used Academy of Engineering.
energy transmission lines, it will not as a means of enforcing this.’ DECC is now holding a Crossrail invites tenders for
have an effect on pushing through However, a group of engineering consultation into the NPSs. The tunnel and subway works
renewable power projects. institutions has forged a new consultation closes on 22 February Crossrail has invited tenders for
The REA said: ‘Local authorities alliance that praises the new 2010. www.energynpsconsultation. construction work on tunnels,
will still determine the vast majority NPSs, believing they will form shafts and subways at its
of project decisions, and that the foundation of a new planning See cover feature, page 20 Liverpool Street and Whitechapel
stations in London. The works
include constructing a platform, a
... as nuclear ‘may divert us from renewables’
concourse, and escalator tunnels
using sprayed concrete lining
The government’s plans to power economy, after the Department of Shaw said: ‘There are too many risks techniques.
all UK homes using nuclear Energy and Climate Change (DECC) associated with it. We’re substituting
will divert attention away from announced 10 potential new sites one non-renewable with another. It Skills awards draw near
energy efficiency and renewables, for nuclear power generation. diverts attention away from energy The deadline for nominations
according to an associate director in Three nuclear operators have efficiency and renewables. I think for the Summit Skills National
sustainability at AECOM. expressed an interest in the UK, that we can get CO2 reductions by Training Awards in Building
Rob Shaw said that, in his view, according to DECC, with nuclear 2020 and 2050 from renewables if Services Engineering closes
nuclear was the wrong path to potentially powering the equivalent the effort and resources are directed on 31 December. Categories
transform Britain to a low-carbon of all 26m homes in Britain. But efficiently and effectively.’ include: Heating and Ventilation
Operative of the Year, Technician
Engineer of the Year, and
Welsh Office tops
Professional Engineer of the
BREEAM rating
Year. The awards will take place
on 17 March 2010 in London,
Architect Stride Treglown’s Welsh with guest speaker Ben Law, an
Office has achieved the highest environmental expert.
ever BREEAM Outstanding
rating at design stage. Design
and building services include a Building bridges is child’s
wood-pellet biomass boiler for play for TV Atkins
space and water heating, natural Atkins engineering helped
ventilation and a small array of television presenter James May
roof-mounted photovoltaics. create his latest toy marvel – a
Multidisciplinary consultancy bridge constructed completely
WSP Group delivered the of Meccano in Liverpool. The
mechanical and electrical bridge, made completely of half-
design, the buildings physics inch-wide Meccano strips, girders
development and sustainability and bolts, was shown on BBC2’s
solutions for the building. James May’s Toy Stories. December 2009 CIBSE Journal 9
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