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Week in numbers: Sellafield, PFI and box factories

The key figures underpinning the week’s big news, from nuclear deals and PFI debate all the way through to enormous box manufacturing facilities.

£4.5bn – Sellafield programme

20170929 Week in numbers Sellafield

20170929 Week in numbers Sellafield

CN revealed this week that three US firms – Aecom, KBR and MWH – had been shortlisted for the role of integration partner at the Cumbrian site, with the deal believed to be worth about £750m.

730 – Construction insolvencies in Q1

This was the highest level since Q1 2014, according to The Insolvency Service. Of these, 459 were involved in specialised construction activities, while 224 were involved in the construction of buildings. The remaining 47 were civil engineering firms.

1 – Margin of FMB’s CITB backing

20170929 Week in numbers CITB

20170929 Week in numbers CITB

A total of 163 members voted – around 4 per cent of the FMB’s 4,000 eligible members, with 82 firms (50.3 per cent) voting in support of the CITB’s levy and 81 firms (49.7 per cent) voting against.

£12.9bn – Health sector’s PFI share

20170929 Week in numbers PFI

20170929 Week in numbers PFI

The Department of Health had the largest number of PFI projects by capital value, at £12.93bn, followed by the Ministry of Defence with £9.52bn, the Department for Education on £8.59bn and the Department for Transport with £7.84bn. In a speech to the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton this week, shadow chancellor John McDonnell pledged to “rip up” PFI and take current projects “in-house”.

1.6% – of zero-hours workers are in construction

According to the ONS, there were 15,000 construction workers on a zero-hours contract between April and June this year. This was down from 19,000 in the same period a year earlier.

327,976 sq ft – Cardboard box factory

20170929 Week in numbers box

20170929 Week in numbers box

Buckingham Group has been chosen as preferred bidder for Peel’s £120m logistics hub in Ellesmere Port, Construction News revealed. The contractor has been lined up to build the first phase of Peel’s industrial hub on the site of the former Cabot Carbon plant near Ellesmere Port that closed in 2009.

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