Cardiff Bay swimming pool and viewing tower plan advances

Finnish company Nordic Urban is planning to build the outdoor, floating swimming pool and sauna facility within two of the listed graving docks.

The second attraction planned is a 90m high balloon ride with a rotating viewing platform on unused land close to the Red Dragon Centre.

The platform would give panoramic views of the city and the waterfront of up to 20 miles and is developer Skyview’s first UK-based ride.

The gondola’s support structure is enclosed within the three running columns, giving the illusion of a floating balloon

Cllr Russell Goodway, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, said: “This administration has been clear from the outset about our commitment to rejuvenate Cardiff Bay.

“It’s our intention to transform this historic part of Cardiff into a leading UK destination for leisure, culture and tourism, increasing visitors and, just as importantly, creating more jobs and opportunities for

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Plumbing firm fined after blind man falls into manhole

The 62-year-old registered-blind resident of Hanover Court, a sheltered housing development in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, suffered injuries to his left leg in the fall on February 19, 2020.

The manhole at the sheltered housing development had been left open by A & R Services while a blockage was being cleared.

An HSE investigation found that A & R Services failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk posed by the open manhole.

The company had failed to put in place barriers, signage or other protective measures to prevent anyone from accessing the pathway leading to the open manhole.

In addition, other than leaning the manhole cover against a door, no signage, barriers, guarding or other protective measures were put in place to prevent pedestrians from falling into the manhole while using the door.

A & R Services, of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined

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Kier Construction hires Careys sustainability chief

This latest appointment builds on the Group’s newly-formed Responsible Business team and underlines its commitment to sustainably delivering infrastructure which is vital to the UK.

Baker, who has joined from contractor Careys where she was also sustainability lead, will be responsible for delivering Kier Construction’s targets.

These include achieving net zero carbon across business operations by 2039, eliminating avoidable waste by 2035, the delivery of 30p in every £ of impactful social value.

Before joining Careys two years ago, she worked at Sir Robert McAlpine for 12 years rising to the role of director for Safety, Sustainability, Health, Environment and Quality.

Louisa Finlay, managing director of Clients and Markets at Kier Construction, said: Sustainably delivering infrastructure which is vital to the UK is at the heart of our purpose. We are committed to supporting the transformation of this industry, through net zero carbon solutions and leaving lasting legacies

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Competition concerns about rail signalling takeover

The Competition and Markets Authority said it was concerned that the deal will reduce much-needed additional competition for rail signalling supply just as major contracts are coming up for tender.

On HS2, the firms make up two of the four shortlisted bidders for the £540m job to design and buildsignalling systems that will control trains travelling at speeds of up to 360km/h and up to 25 years of technical support.

It added that the loss of competition across both mainline and urban signalling markets could increase costs for Network Rail and TfL and have an adverse knock-on effect on taxpayers and passengers.

Colin Raftery, Senior Mergers Director at the CMA, said: “Network Rail currently spends close to £1bn annually on mainline rail signalling – and this is expected to increase in future, as equipment needs to be replaced and the UK transitions to digital signalling.

“The cost of signalling, and

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Andy Milner to return as chief executive of Amey

The transfer of ownership from Spanish owner Ferrovial is expected to conclude in the coming weeks when Milner will take up the reins again.

Prior to his appointment, Milner has been working with Buckthorn and OEP in support of our acquisition of Amey.

The deal is worth £400m for the Amey infrastructure services and consulting business, which employs 11,000 people and has a turnover of £1.4bn.

Milner stepped down from his earlier chief executive role at the end of 2019, after four years as CEO and more than a decade with the business.

At the time he was thanked by Ferrovial chief López Soria for his commitment to Amey and Ferrovial, navigating the business through ‘some very challenging years’.


Aaron Morby

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