How COVID-19 Is Affecting Construction Bidding & Jobsite Activity

April 3, 2020

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It’s been 12 23 days since the World Health Organization proclaimed the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. In the U.S., as of March 23 April 3, there have been approximately 38,500 245,000 cases and over 400 6,000 deaths due to the virus. The situation is really starting to worsen as we’re seeing more states, counties, and cities choose to close nonessential businesses or issue some sort of stay at home or shelter in place orders. These include states like California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

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WR Refrigeration Ltd

The company’s heritage extends back to 1898 when T H Wathes established an electrical business in Leicester. It became known as Wathes Limited in 1959, and the refrigeration business was established as WR Refrigeration Limited in 1998. WR Refrigeration’s primary areas of business are the design, development, planning, procurement, installation and servicing of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems from locations throughout the UK including contract management and administration for national accounts service including call centre.

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Three years on from the UK's National Infrastructure Assessment - how should we evolve strategic infrastructure planning?

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Major infrastructure interventions come with significant uncertainty – this is something explored before before. Provision of high quality infrastructure is a challenge faced by every government around the world, and there are many uncertainties around the planning and funding of these schemes that have to be weighed up and balanced. The Enabling Better Infrastructure (EBI) programme encapsulated best practice principles from around the world. We have dipped into this best practice toolkit to underpin our review of the UK’s strategic infrastructure planning system led by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the results of which we have published today.

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Infrastructure Policy Watch: UKIB goes live, Singapore brings in global sustainability experts

Article | June 29, 2021

The new UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) recently opened, with its remit confirmed by the UK government in a new Framework Document. The document sets out the role of the bank as providing: "leadership to the market in the development of infrastructure and new infrastructure technologies, crowding-in private capital and reducing risk through its cornerstone investments and range of financial products. It will bolster the government’s lending to local government for large and complex projects through its expertise and scrutiny, and help to bring private and public sector stakeholders together to regenerate regions and create new opportunities." It will have two strategic objectives, to help tackle climate change and support regional and local economic growth. Given these two objectives may conflict, the Framework Document suggests "where an investment is primarily to support economic growth, the Company will ensure that it does not do significant harm against its climate objective."

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Infrastructure Policy Watch: cost of climate change to UK finances, public views on New Zealand infrastructure

Article | July 13, 2021

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in its latest Fiscal Risks Report has forecast the cost to the UK public finances from climate change (physical risks) and the transition to net-zero (transition risks) across a range of different scenarios. Describing the challenge, the OBR states: There are many other policy challenges to overcome, so the path to net zero can be expected to involve many policy levers on top of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes, including bans and other regulations, and public subsidies and investment. These will all have economic and fiscal implications of one sort or another – either directly (via taxes and spending) or indirectly (via wider economic outcomes). Taking early action to achieve net zero would add 21% of GDP to public sector net debt by 2050, a smaller amount than that added by the Covid-19 pandemic. This amount comes from increased spending on net-zero investment, the loss of tax revenues (such as fuel duty), revenues from tax on carbon and other costs such as increased debt interest payments.

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Pulumi 2.0 Delivers Cloud Engineering Superpowers to Developers

Article | April 21, 2020

Cloud Infrastructure and Engineering Leader, Pulumi announced version 2.0 of its platform. The new version comes equipped with policy, testing, and architecture as code to infrastructure provisioning. The users are calling these updates as superpowers that the company has added to the platform. The new capabilities of Pulumi 2.0 enable developers to accelerate application delivery and infrastructure to any private, public, or hybrid cloud with increased confidence and built-in governance.

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WR Refrigeration Ltd

The company’s heritage extends back to 1898 when T H Wathes established an electrical business in Leicester. It became known as Wathes Limited in 1959, and the refrigeration business was established as WR Refrigeration Limited in 1998. WR Refrigeration’s primary areas of business are the design, development, planning, procurement, installation and servicing of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems from locations throughout the UK including contract management and administration for national accounts service including call centre.

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