Astrobotic (which calls itself the Fedex carrier for space) has been awarded a £200m contract by NASA to deliver its Viper rover to the moon on the search for water in the shadowed areas. This new NASA project is one of many for the Pittsburgh, US firm, who will need to take on more staff to deliver it – great news!
A politically sensitive $6m contract to “Relaunch Hong Kong” has been awarded to the Middle East firm, Consulum. Many global PR firms had selected not to bid for the assignment following a difficult year of political unrest. Hong Kong has some beautiful architecture and was a world-leading place to do business. Here’s hoping its troubles are behind it, and this assignment can repair some of the damage done to its economy:
50 bids have been submitted to the Government to apply for funding to reopen railway lines and stations closed in the Beeching cuts. Successful schemes will be announced later in the summer, and this can only be positive news for their local areas:
In an interesting move (and perhaps surprising that this wasn’t already in place) The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Female Fitment Program Office has awarded a contract to produce and develop body armour specifically designed to better protect female Airmen during combat and contingency operations:
Metro de Santiago has issued a tender for construction of the first section of its new east – west Line 7, aiming to relieve saturation on the existing route. This is described as the “largest investment that Metro de Santiago has ever made in a single route” at an expected value of around US$2·9bn. Great news for the economy and infrastructure:
More exciting renewables contracts news! The introduction of competitive bidding in this space has driven India’s solar tariffs to an all-time low:
Bringing much-needed transparency and cost-saving to contract awards, and in-line with international anti-corruption standards, the Vatican has introduced a new law for competitive bidding:
After highs in March and April, construction contract signings were back to their usual monthly average in May 2020. Just shows that the UK’s construction industry did not slow down its planning for the post-COVID economy:
And in further hot off the press related developments, the UK Government published its construction procurement pipeline for through-2021 yesterday. £37bn of contracts is excellent news!