Siemens Wins £1.5 Billion Pounds Contract To Build New London Tube trains

Siemens has been awarded a contract worth about £1.5 billion to design and build 94 new generation trains for the Piccadilly Line on London’s metropolitan train network, Transport for London (TfL), the public body in charge of the Tube, said the award of the contract would allow Siemens Mobility to push ahead with its plan to build a new factory in Goole, South of York.

 Siemens Bids & Tenders

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Laing O’Rourke director joins Multiplex.

Paul Maguire, former director of engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke, has joined fellow former Laing O’Rourke director, Callum Tuckett over at rival firm and leading global contractors Multiplex.




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Interserve bags a place on Gatwick's £1.2bn frameworks

Gatwick has announced winners for £1.2bn frameworks which covers the expansion of its North and South terminals, the expansion of South terminal immigration halls and surface access and road improvements.

Gatwick Frameworks

International support services and construction group Interserve were one of five companies awarded a place to undertake contract works worth between £1m and £10m.

A great win for Interserve, Ian Renhard, MD of their contruction business said:

“This award highlights our strong track record in the aviation sector and our ability to deliver complex projects for our customers. We look forward to working collaboratively with Gatwick Airport and our supply chain partners to deliver the exciting projects ahead.”

Congrats to all the team at Interserve who worked on the bid from MJ Group (Pitch & Proposals). 

Some previous tender inspiration jobs we have produced for those of you in the construction industry that may just get you over the line.

Skanska Wins Great Ormond Street Hospital Project...

Skanska has been chosen to replace Bouygues on the £65m development at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Construction Enquirer revealed in February that Bouygues had walked away from the job after failing to agree a price at the second tender stage.

 A tribute to the Great Ormond Street Hos...A tribute to the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is performed during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London.  AFP PHOTO / MORRY GASH / POOL        (Photo credit should read MORRY GASH/AFP/GettyImages)

The job was put out to tender again and awarded to Skanska who were the second place bidder in the original race. WSP will be providing structural and engineering services on the contract, WSP previously worked with GOSH on the detailed design.

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Mace chosen for £150m Greenwich Peninsula scheme...

Knight Dragon has selected Mace as the preferred bidder for the next phase of development on Greenwich Peninsula at North Greenwich.

North Greenwich Peninsula is big, eclectic and original. Thousands of new homes in a whole new strip of London that brings together culture, community and stunning architecture, all wrapped by the river Thames.

Each building in Upper Riverside has a subtly distinct glass and honeyed stone façade that creates a stunning illusion of translucency as angles  change across the exterior. A stepped geometric design brings an unusual quality of light and dual aspect vistas to the apartments. The orientation  to the river exposes living spaces to river views and maximum daylight continued from the warm timber balconies facing the waterfront.

MJ London Bids and Tenders

East Greenwich - Charlton - Upper Riverside SE10 - SE7 LDN SE18 - Woolwich Arsenal - Royal Arsenal Riverside - Ravensbourne University

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Dylan Jones: Modern London is so far ahead of the rest it should be a city-state...

The figures say it all: in terms of investment, opportunity, culture and visitor numbers the capital has no real rivals.

MJ London Bids and Tenders

London is the most dynamic city in the world today. In the 21st century it has become the most powerful, the most dynamic, the most culturally focused city-state on earth. No other city comes close. Not New York. Not Paris. Not Shanghai. Not Hong Kong. London is already the one true global cultural megalopolis, the one true cocksure city-state. 

Nowadays it might not be the biggest in the world (Tokyo and Yokohama can claim that crown) yet it is as full of architectural riches as it’s ever been. The decor and architecture of important London buildings once seemed to represent a conscious desire to be part of an imaginary immemorial London, whereas these days every new building wants to look like the future. As the city gets bigger, so it seems to be raising the bar. As Anthony Sampson said in The Anatomy Of Britain, back in pre-Swinging 1962, “Bigness has strengthened the lure of London.”

In 2014, London brought in more foreign investment and created more jobs than any other city in the world, according to IBM’s annual Global Location Trends. For the seventh year in a row, the city topped the IBM list, attracting 235 foreign investment projects from companies relocating or expanding overseas, generating 11,300 jobs. 

Many people suffer a transmogrification when they reach the metropolis, reinventing themselves in a way that simply isn’t possible in the provinces. Of course anyone can reinvent themselves when they arrive in a big city but London seems actively to encourage it. New York applauds anyone who arrives and makes a success of themselves, whereas London inspires people to amplify their personalities.

The city is again full of the “London Lights”, the artists, scientists, writers, architects, musicians and engineers who, like their forebears in the first half of the 19th century, through their genius and courage, luck and misfortune, anger and charm, moved mountains to put London at the cutting edge of cultural change. Back then it was Charles Babbage creating his calculating machines, John Martin devising a new system of clean water supply, John Mayall and Antoine Claudet perfecting the daguerreotype, and Michael Faraday harnessing electricity.

These days it is the likes of industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick, particle physicist Brian Cox, artist Damien Hirst, designer and film-maker Tom Ford, tech entrepreneur Kathryn Parsons, Arts Council chair Sir Peter Bazalgette, e-tail guru Jose Neves and theatrical impresario Sonia Friedman who are shaking up their respective industries. However, while there were only hundreds of creatives in London 200 years ago, today there are thousands.

London life is nowadays a lifestyle, a kaleidoscopic polyphonic theme park across 33 boroughs and nine travel zones that houses grand hotels, dive cocktail bars, world renowned design galleries, bohemian indie clubs, family-owned bistros, esoteric independent retailers, theatres, gentrified trophy parks, state-funded public art and reclaimed open spaces, a cavalcade of consumerism and participatory art. Everything is here: unlike Italy there is no equivalent to Milan, meaning London is the UK’s fashion and media hub; unlike the US there is no equivalent to Washington, meaning London is our political capital; unlike the US again there is no equivalent to Los Angeles, meaning we are the entertainment hub; and unlike Germany there is no equivalent to Frankfurt, meaning London is our centre of finance. Ken Livingstone used to say the reason London overtook Frankfurt as the financial capital of the world is simple: have you ever been stuck in Frankfurt on a Friday night? 

Modern London is so far ahead of the rest it should be a city-state.

London is Europe’s largest city, and the sixth richest place on the planet. It has experienced a rapid growth spurt since the Nineties, and in 2015 passed a population peak of 8.6 million (another million are expected to arrive before 2030). In 2014, 17.4 internationals visited London, and it has more international visitors than any other city. 

We also have the most languages spoken here of any world city — around 300 — and remain a magnet for global talent (around a third of the city’s population was born overseas). As an editorial in the Times put it a few years ago, “New York has remained a metropolitan city, a great American city with many foreigners in it. London has become a great international city.” 

In the last Ten years visitors to London have increased by 43.5 per cent, with eight out of 10 of those saying culture and heritage is why they come. In a way, culture has become the city’s business model. After all, it works: The British Museum gets more visitors than Belgium, we have 22 million theatre admissions a year, the O2 Arena is the number one venue in the world, and Tate Modern is the most visited contemporary art gallery. Not only that, but London’s creative industries generate £35 billion annually for the economy. 

The empirical evidence mounts year after year. In June 2015, MasterCard published its annual city league table, and for the fifth year out of seven, London was top, beating 131 other cities. 

London is more exciting than it’s ever been. Comparison may be the thief of joy, and it might be invidious to square London off against New York, Milan or Paris — which is heavier, a ton of feathers or a ton of gold? — but right now there is no other city like it. Which makes me think maybe we should turn London into a city-state, or a citadel. Not to keep people out, and not to keep them in, but to celebrate the fact that London deserves to be recognised as the most important city on earth. 

Historically places such as Rome, Athens and Carthage were honoured with this status but these days the term only really apples to Singapore, Monaco and Vatican City, and possibly Hong Kong and Dubai. But isn’t our city better than all of them put together? I’d say so. In fact, I think I just did.

‘Ken Livingstone used to say the reason London overtook Frankfurt as the financial capital of the world is simple: have you ever been stuck in Frankfurt  on a Friday night?'

Dylan Jones

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Performing for the Camera...

Tate Modern: Exhibition
18 February – 12 June 2016

MJ Group

Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does it mean to perform for the camera? Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies. 

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City of London buys back Smithfield market for £35m...

TH Real Estate has abandoned its plans to redevelop the Smithfield market, selling the site back to the City of London Corporation for £35m five years after purchasing the site. News of the proposed transaction, revealed by CityAM, comes a year after communities secretary Eric Pickles threw out TH Real Estate’s £160m plans to redevelop the site.  

Pitch & Tenders

Smithfield Market - Farringdon Station – St John Street London EC1 - Cowcross Street - TH Real Estate

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Construction Tender Alerts...

Build Momentum post tender alerts for construction projects around the country every day. You can register to be added to a monthly tender alert list, or you can use this portal to look for info about new opportunities. They track thousands of new building projects each year so if you are looking to increase business Build Momentum can help to bring you together with main contractors who need your services. They always know about new tenders as they become available.

Bid + Pitch + Printing + Presentations

Construction Tenders – Interior Fit-out Tenders - Roofing Tenders - Painting Tenders - Plastering Tenders - Electrical Tenders - Plumbing Tenders - Groundworks Tenders

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The London Tenders Portal...

Business opportunities are advertised here regularly and the area will continue to grow as more London Boroughs register with the London Tenders Portal website.

London Tenders Portal + Bookbinding

Battersea - Bexley - Brent - Bromley - Chelsea - City of London - Croydon - Ealing - Enfield - Hammersmith & Fulham - Haringey - Harrow - Hounslow - Islington - Kingston - Lewisham - Merton - Paddington - Redbridge - Richmond Upon Thames -  Sutton - Tower Hamlets - Waltham Forest Tenders for London

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Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016 Judges...
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

Bernadette Le Roux / Editor in Chief / Condé Nast H&G Gourmet (South Africa) - Bielle Bellingham / Editor in Chief / Elle Decoration (South Africa) Brian Williams / Managing Director / Swire Hotels (Hong Kong) - Carl Kernodle / VP Planning & Design, Develop & Construction / Hyatt Hotels (USA) Celine Salman / Design Director / Paramount Hotels & Resorts (UAE) - Christoph Hoffmann / CEO / 25hours hotels (Germany) - Dana Kalczak / VP Design / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada) - Diego Jacquet / Chef / Malevo Group (Argentina) Eleanor Joslin / Editor / Harper’s Bazaar Interiors (UAE) - Emma Lindsay / Head of Design Europe / IHG (UK) Erik Rimmer / Editor in Chief / Bo Bedre (Denmark) - George Scammell / VP Global Design & Development / Wyndham Worldwide (USA) Gianluca Sparacino / Director F&B EMEA / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (UAE) - Giora Urian / Editor in Chief / Domus (Israel) Guy Dittrich / Editor at Large / Sleeper Magazine (UK) Jeff  Stober / CEO / Drake Properties (Canada) John O’Ceallaigh / Digital Luxury Travel & London Editor / Telegraph Media (UK) Jonathan Segal / CEO / The ONE Group (USA) Josh Wyatt / Founder / Generator Hostels (USA) - Justin Hemmes / CEO / Merivale (Australia) Kashiwa Sato / Creative Director / Samurai (Japan) - Katherine Blaisdell / Senior VP Design & Project Development / Belmond (UK) Laura Maggi / Managing Editor / Elle Decor Magazine (Italy) - Mari Balestrazzi / Vice President Design / Hyatt Hotels Corporation (USA) Neale Whitaker / Editor in Chief / Vogue Living (Australia) - Piet Boon / Designer (Netherlands) Richard Ekkebus / Director of Culinary Operations and Food & Beverage / Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel (Hong Kong) Shigenori Yamaguchi / Editor in Chief / Elle Deco (Japan) - Stéphane Bellon / Managing Director / studionomie (Switzerland)
Teddy Mayer / Vice President Design / Virgin Hotels (USA) - Thierry Costes / CEO / Groupe Beaumarly (France) Vito Lotta / Senior Director of Design / Hilton Worldwide (USA) - Yu Bing / Editor in Chief / Domus (China)

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Linley London...

The Evolution Photograph Bookend. Using the finest European leather, the L shaped booked features a glass panel, perfect for a treasured photograph. Linley Bespoke Whether you are commissioning a piece of furniture for a house or yacht, an architectural desk or box, or a bespoke accessory, Linley aim to make the process as seamless as possible from start to finish.

Bespoke Bookcase - David Linley Belgravia 60 Pimlico Road London SW1W 8LP

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Ardmore Win £80 million Canada Water Project...
Ardmore - Canada Water

Ardmore Group has won an £80m residential project at Canada Water in Southwark SE16, south east London.  The site will include 150,000sqft of retail and commercial space, including a cinema, bars, restaurants, office space and a 100,000sqft Decathlon store.  The “Project Light” development is a joint venture partnership between Notting Hill Housing (NHH) and Sellar Design + Developments.

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Bid & Pitch Designers...

Are you a bid or pitch designer who needs some help to produce your presentation? Some of the people we work with include: Bid & Tender Managers, Category Managers, Contract & Supplier Managers, E-Procurement Managers, Expediters, Junior & Senior Buyers, Logistics Managers, Procurement Directors, Procurement Analysts, Procurement Managers, Operations Manager, Sourcing Mangers, Supply Chain Co-ordinators, Supply Chain Managers, Supply Relationship Managers, Project Managers & Project Lead (Stakeholder Engagement).