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Advisors make London infra hires

Financial advisory EY and law firm Stephenson Harwood have each appointed new partners to their infrastructure teams in London.

Private capital “fundamental” to Net Zero future, Sturgeon says

The Government of Scotland is looking to bolster its “attractiviness” to the private sector for green projects.

Meridiam completes stake in Spanish road PPP

French infrastructure giant Meridiam has completed its takeover of the Autopista del Sol (Ausol) highway concessions.

Downer appoints new CEO

Infrastructure specialist Downer has appointed its current chief operating officer to take over the reins from Grant Fenn when he steps down next year.

Gautrain contractor sells stake

The construction and engineering firm that helped deliver the Gautrain PPP project in South Africa has sold its entire stake in the project.

£700m Wandsworth regen JV shelved

A proposed joint venture project to redevelop the Alton Estate in Wandsworth has been postponed indefinitely following a change of council leadership at the local elections earlier this year.

Hereford waste PFI extended

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Waste Management Contract has been extended by five years, ahead of its expiry date.

Unavailability notice hits Coventry hospital PFI

A notice of whole site unavailability for the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust’s acute hospital PFI has raised concerns over future availability payments.

UK ‘needs better project assessment regime’

The UK government needs more consistency in its cost and feasibility assessments of major projects - and more needs to be done to outline current challenges around skills shortages and record inflation, a committee of MPs has warned.

Greece tenders €205m court PPP

The Greek Ministry of Justice has released a tender for its major Athens courthouse PPP.

Amey CEO to step down

UK infrastructure services and engineering firm Amey’s chief executive is to step down following the completion of its transfer to new owners.

‘Significant number of issues’ still to be resolved at Notts hospital PFI

A “significant number of areas to be negotiated” could lead to further problems at the Central Nottinghamshire Hospitals PFI project, Moody’s has warned.

Scotland ‘must change approach’ to encourage private EV charging investment

Scotland’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging network needs to introduce a tariff system in order to encourage more private investment into EV charging facilities across the country, according to a new report.

DRC looks to PPP for water projects

The Democratic Republic of Congo is eyeing up PPP projects to drive water access across the country.

RFP out for Saudi waste P3

The Saudi Water Partnerships Company (SWPC) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the Al Haer Independent Sewage Treatment Plant (ISTP) Project.

UK confirms Sizewell C investment and RAB approach

The UK government has confirmed its £679m commitment to the Sizewell C nuclear power project, becoming a 50% shareholder in the project’s development alongside EDF.

Shortlist for £2bn Nigeria bridge PPP

The Government of Lagos, Nigeria, has shortlisted three teams for its Fourth Mainland Bridge PPP.

French region seeks PPP lawyers

The Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region in France has issued a contract notice for legal advice covering a range of areas including PPPs.

EoI for Oman road PPP

A request for expressions of interest (EoI) has been issued by Oman’s Ministry of Finance for the development of the Salalah-Thumrait Truck Road (STTR) PPP.

Strong interest in Greek civic PPP

Greece’s public infrastructure agency Ktiriakes Ypodomes has received strong early interest in its police station PPP bundle.

£1.5bn Liverpool Street redevelopment unveiled

Plans for a £1.5bn redevelopment of London’s Liverpool Street Station and surrounding area has been revealed by the private party working in partnership with Network Rail.

DIF acquires German fibre firm

DIF Capital Partners has agreed a deal to acquire a majority stake in a PPP providing the rollout of a fibre network in Germany.

IPA looks to beef up PFI team

The UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is looking to bolster its PFI Centre of Excellence team.

John Laing bolsters sustainability offering

Investor John Laing has hired a new head of sustainability.

Ghana eyes healthcare PPPs

The Government of Ghana is looking to PPP to deliver major healthcare projects across the country.

Investment partner planned for UK’s first railway testing facility

An agency of the Welsh government has issued a prior information notice (PIN) seeking views on plans to appoint an investment partner to support the delivery of the first purpose-built large scale rail testing facility in the UK.

Invesis moves into digital infra with acquisition

Infrastructure investor Invesis has acquired a UK-based data centre operator as part of its efforts to diversify into new areas.

Suez signs Uzbek water deals

French giant Suez has signed a series of major water and sanitation PPP projects in Uzbekistan.

Milton Keynes tenders £300m regen scheme

Milton Keynes City Council has issued a contract notice for a development partner to deliver its Tickford Fields Farm redevelopment project at Newport Pagnell.

DIF bolsters European infra team

DIF Capital Partners has added two new leaders to its European offering, with a focus on digital infrastructure.

Leeds partners with UKIB, private sector for energy efficiency programme

Leeds City Council has joined forces with the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) and a number of private sector players to develop a major retrofit programme for homes in the city.

Hammersmith Bridge PPP making progress

The Hammersmith Bridge Rehabilitation project in London is edging closer to procurement, it is understood, with an update to the timeframes due in the next month.

Autumn Statement: Industry relieved but where’s the long-term plan?

The infrastructure industry has breathed a sigh of relief following the UK chancellor’s Autumn Statement, with infrastructure being highlighted as a major priority to boost growth.

Partnerships UK Hub heads to Canary Wharf

Partnerships Bulletin’s annual UK Hub conference is taking place on 24 January in Canary Wharf, with a specific focus around ESG issues.

SFT posts outcomes report

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) has posted its updated Outcomes Report.

Plenary boosts Asia team with Merrill Lynch hire

Australian giant Plenary has hired a new director of origination to its Asia and Middle East team.

Velindre looks for independent tester

Velindre University NHS Trust has released a tender looking for an independent tester on its cancer centre mutual investment model (MIM) project.

Hunt backs Sizewell C and East West Rail; pledges energy efficiency taskforce

UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled new measures designed to boost growth, with infrastructure acting as a key priority as he looks to bring a level of calm to the economy.

MoD agrees PFI follow-on contract

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed a two-year deal to continue the provision of marine services following the end of its existing PFI contract.

Pakistan approves highway PPP

Pakistan’s Senate standing committee on communication has given its approval to progress the Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway (M-6) highway PPP deal.

Three in for latest Saudi IWP plant

Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has shortlisted three teams for its Rabigh 4 Independent Water Project (IWP) PPP project.

Availability payment plan outlined for UK carbon capture

The UK government has released details on the financial model for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects.

Billionaire developer Nick Candy eyes Gulf PPPs

With the total value of planned and unawarded projects in the GCC countries expected to reach $2trn, global investors are lining up to offer private sector support for infrastructure delivery.

Blackrock looks to corral investment for Ukraine

The Government of Ukraine has signed a deal with investment giant Blackrock to help drive private investment into the country’s infrastructure.

Winner for Galilee desal plant

A preferred bidder has been chosen to deliver a desalination plant in the Western Galilee region of Israel.

Partnerships Awards opens for entries

Countdown to the biggest night in PPPs is underway as the Partnerships Awards 2023 is now ready to accept nominations for outstanding projects, organisations and individuals

US targets international green bonds support

The US government has unveiled a new program to leverage billions of dollars in new public and private investment in infrastructure in nations around the world.

Winner for Greek schools PPP bundle

The Government of Greece has chosen a winner for its Macedonia schools PPP bundle.

Dublin appoints PPP housing advisors

Dublin City Council has appointed financial advisors to support its housing plan, which include the use of PPPs.

New book examines PPP performance

A new book has been published by a group of academics that provides an in-depth look at the perceived performance advantage of PPPs.

Vistry completes Countryside acquisition

Housing and regeneration specialist Vistry has completed its £1.25bn takeover of Countryside Partnerships.

Yorkshire Water plans second DBFOM

Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for a project to increase sludge treatment capacity.

Portugal approves Algarve PPP studies

Portugal’s Council of Ministers has given its approval to begin the study process to develop a new PPP project for the Hospital Central do Algarve.

UK preps fusion engineering partner tender

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has put the industry on notice of its intent to launch the procurement of an engineering partner for its £20bn fusion initiative.

North ‘needs to install 470 EV charge points per week’

The North of England needs to install up to 161,000 electric vehicle (EV) charge points by 2030, according to public agency Transport for the North (TfN).

Deadline nears for Malawi rail PPP

The deadline for submissions of expressions of interest from advisors in Malawi’s planned rail PPP is moving closer.

IPA launches PFI behaviours review

Industry heavyweights appointed to undertake major report into improving relationships and behaviours in PFI contracts; review will respond to DLA Piper’s major report

Indonesia eyes PPP for rail

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, has indicated that a high-speed train line from Jakarta-Surabaya could be developed under a PPP agreement.

Dentons launches Italian infra team

Law firm Dentons has announced a key hire as it establishes a new projects, energy & infrastructure team in Italy.

Developer in place for £3.2bn Midlands regen programme

A developer has been chosen to support the delivery of a £3.2bn mixed-use commercial and residential destination in the Midlands.

Winner for Sydney Metro Airport PPP

A preferred bidder has been chosen to deliver the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations and Maintenance (SSTOM) package on the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project.

PIN for Welsh DPC

A periodic indicative notice has been issued by Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (DCC/Welsh Water) for the latest project to be delivered through the regulator’s direct procurement for customers (DPC) model.

UK, Kenya link up on PPPs

The British and Kenyan governments have agreed to “accelerate the flow” of financing into Kenyan infrastructure.

Sydney Metro West to use “collaborative approach”

New South Wales’ Sydney Metro West is set to utilise a “new, innovative contracting” method for the country’s biggest public transport project.

£2bn Coventry energy partnership tendered

Coventry City Council has issued a contract notice for its £2bn Strategic Energy Partner initiative.

UK estate decarbonisation ‘to cost £30bn’

The UK government has said that decarbonising its public building estate could cost up to £30bn.

Macquarie stalwart leaves for new challenge

A former senior managing director at Macquarie Capital has left the company in order to set up his own organisation.

Industry on notice for Irish housing bundles

Ireland’s National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for three social housing bundles.

Spanish contractors dominate HARP shortlist

A shortlist of three consortiums has been revealed by United Utilities for its Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) under the Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) model, with Spanish firms leading the field.

DWPF rebrands following management buyout

Financial advisory firm DWPF has changed its name following a management buyout and the retirement of its managing director and sole shareholder.

Second market engagement for Hampshire DPC

Phase two has been launched of the ongoing market engagement exercise for Southern Water’s direct procurement for customers (DPC) project.

UK helping Nepal with PPPs

The UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO) is helping Nepal develop and deliver a PPP programme.

Aecom shuffles global leadership

Infrastructure consultancy Aecom has appointed a new chief executive of its buildings & places global business.

FC for first MIM school

The first school project to be delivered under the Welsh government’s mutual investment model (MIM) has reached financial close.

UKIB hires investment director

The UK Investment Bank (UKIB) has hired a new director for banking and investments.

Plenary eyes UK, Europe with ex-John Laing hire

Australian infrastructure giant Plenary has added an ex-John Laing leader as it looks to expand into Europe and the UK.

Indonesia preps digital connectivity P3

The Indonesian government is beginning the preparation of the next phase of the Palapa Ring Integration fibre optic network, which will be delivered under a PPP model.

Uzbekistan tenders another student housing PPP

The Government of Uzbekistan has released a request for expression of interest (EOI) for its Andijan State Medical Institute student housing PPP.

Greece tenders major irrigation PPP

The Greek Ministry of Rural Development has released a tender for the Minagiotiko Dam PPP.

FC nears for East Anglia OFTO

UK energy regulator Ofgem has commenced the consultation to change the standard conditions of the electricity transmission licence so that the East Anglia One offshore transmission owner (OFTO) can reach financial close.

Curshaw hires former senior civil servant

Consultancy Curshaw has appointed a former senior civil servant as a senior independent advisor.

DIF appoints new CFO

DIF Capital Partners has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).

Greece approves major civic PPP

The Government of Greece is preparing a Government Park PPP project.

Technical advisors on notice for Haweswater DPC

United Utilities has issued a periodic indicative notice of its plans to appoint an independent technical advisor to oversee its Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) project.

UKIB sets out additionality approach

Chief economist at the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) has outlined the organisation’s policy on additionality, as the bank aims to position itself to support infrastructure projects.

COFIDES appoints new chief exec

The Spanish Development Financing Company (COFIDES) has appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO).

Uzbekistan tenders another university PPP

The Government of Uzbekistan has released a tender for its Tashkent University of Information Technologies university accommodation P3.

Azeri parliament to consider PPPs

The Parliament of Azerbaijan is to discuss plans for a new law focusing on PPPs this autumn.

Moody’s warns of DPC risks

Ratings agency Moody’s has published a new report looking at the potential of government regulator Ofwat’s Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC) model.

PPPs ‘vital but imperfect tool’ for green infra

PPPs are a “vital, but still an imperfect tool for the development of green infrastructure”, according to a new report from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

London Olympic Park to launch housing JV

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is to go out to tender for a joint venture partner to deliver nearly 1,000 new homes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Camden tenders regen DBF

The London Borough of Camden has released a contract notice for its Bacton Phase 2 PPP project.

UK hospital PFI sector faces ‘growing systemic risk’

Ratings agency Moody’s has warned that the UK’s hospital PFI sector is under severe pressure from rising average payment deductions, as it cut the ratings outlook to negative on 10 PFI projects.

UAE’s streetlight PPP could signal more federal deals

Exclusive: The UAE’s newly announced nationwide streetlighting tender is tipped to be the first of more deals to stem from the country’s recently announced federal PPP law.

RFI for Sweden-Denmark tunnel DBFOM

The City of Helsingborg in Sweden has published a request for information (RFI) to consider how a permanent link can be established between the city and Helsingør in Denmark, through private sector investment.

£110m investment in Manchester EV charging

Manchester-based electric vehicle (EV) public charging network Be.EV has secured £110m of private sector investment to boost the rollout of charging infrastructure across the region.

Winner for Exeter uni accommodation PPP

The University of Exeter has selected a preferred bidder for its Clydesdale & Birks Residential PPP Project.

Kenya eyes PPP for water projects

The Government of Kenya is looking to use PPPs to deliver dam projects across the country.

UAE opens lighting PPP tender

The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has released a request for prequalification (RFPQ) on its federal road street lighting PPP.

Sunak appoints new team as economic plan delayed

Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has appointed his new Cabinet, with infrastructure responsibility spread across a number of briefs within the Treasury.

Advisors appointed on Dubai’s debut water PPP

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed advisors to help prepare its Hassiyan IWP PPP.

Uzbekistan releases university accommodation PPP EOI

The Government of Uzbekistan has released a request for expressions (EOI) on its student accommodation PPP project.

German sports PPP tendered

The University town of Giessen, Germany, has released a contract notice for its Liebigschule sports hall PPP project.

Interserve hit with £4.4m fine

Support services firm Interserve has been given a £4.4m fine for failing to keep personal information of its employees secure.

Moody’s cuts UK outlook to negative

Ratings agency Moody’s has changed the outlook for the UK to negative due to the current political and economic challenges facing the country.

PPP expert to take Serbia energy brief

A former European Investment Bank (EIB) manager who worked on Serbia’s first PPP project has been nominated as the country’s next energy minister.

Sri Lanka eyes PPPs for island developments

The Government of Sri Lanka is looking to use PPPs to drive developments on its small islands chain.

Velindre looks for advice on MIM scheme

Velindre University NHS Trust for consultants to help deliver its flagship mutual investment model (MIM) project.

UKIB issues call for EV charging schemes

The head of banking at the UK Infrastructure Bank has called on companies and local authorities to get in touch to discuss potential electric vehicle (EV) charging projects.

Suffolk lighting partner sought

Suffolk County Council is looking for a partner to upgrade its lighting network.

Portugal plans new hospital PPP

Portugal’s Minister of Health has confirmed plans to deliver another new hospital through the PPP model, following the success of a scheme in Lisbon.

UK Transport Sec backs public-private investment

Minister favours Crossrail-style partnering for complex projects - but admits creation of Great British Railways agency to be delayed

Salford seeks rent freeze for PFI housing

Salford City Council has called on the government to fund a rent freeze for its tenants living in PFI properties.

Winner for Coventry care JV

A team has been chosen as the preferred bidder for Coventry City Council’s £150m care services joint venture scheme.

Laing O’Rourke reverses leadership change

Laing O’Rourke founder Ray O’Rourke has reversed plans to step down as chief executive officer, citing “wider market conditions”.

IPA releases project set-up toolkit

The UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has released a new toolkit aimed at bolstering project preparation and delivery pace.

Advisors sought for Malawi student housing bundle

The Government of Malawi is preparing a multi-university student housing accommodation PPP bundle.

Greece to host PPP roadshow

The Greek Ministry of Development and Investments is to host a roadshow to draw international attention to its burgeoning PPP pipeline.

Sturgeon outlines independence plans

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out proposals for an independent Scotland, including plans to work with the private sector to deliver new infrastructure.

Chile, UAE link up on infra

The Chilean and Emirati Ministries of Energy and Infrastructure have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive infrastructure development.

Infra unscathed in UK mini-Budget U-turn

New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has outlined major changes to the UK government’s September mini-Budget - but plans to develop more infrastructure have so far avoided the chop.

Greece appoints wide-ranging PPP advisors

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) has appointed a broad range of new advisors to help prepare PPPs and other innovative priority projects.

Badagry Seaport gains federal approval

The Badagry Deep Seaport has been given approval by the federal government to progress, meaning the scheme can now go out to tender for bidders.

TIP renews infra goals

The USA, Japan and Australia have renewed their commitments to the Trilateral Infrastructure Partnership (TIP).

Greek irrigation PPP EOI released

The Greek Ministry of Rural Development has released a call for expressions of interest (EOI) on its major irrigation PPP project in Tauropos.

Serbian city tenders road PPP

The City of Zrenjanin, Serbia, has released a tender for its upcoming road PPP project.

Peterborough hospital PFI turnaround gets bonds boost

Ratings upgraded as replacement of FM provider “indefinitely postponed” thanks to improved relationships

Ashurst adds Linklaters energy partner

Law firm Ashurst has appointed a new partner into its international projects group, based in London.

Belgian leisure PPP tendered

The Belgian municipality of Gemeente Zaventem has released the tender for a leisure PPP project.

Ethiopia debut healthcare PPP RFQ out

The Government of Ethiopia has released a request for prequalification (RFQ) on its diagnostic healthcare PPP project, the country's first foray into health PPPs.

Private investment into infra “flatlining”, says GI HUB

The Global Infrastructure Hub has said that infrastructure investment is flatlining despite more capital availability.

Ferrovial sells Amey

Spanish construction giant Ferrovial has agreed to sell its UK subsidiary Amey in a deal with an enterprise value of £400m and equity value of £245m.

Plenary appoints head of origination

Plenary Funds Management has appointed a new partner and head of origination, with a strong background in PPP schemes.

Scotland launches Construction Accord

The Scottish construction industry and public sector have come together to agree a way forward to modernise and transform the market.

UNECE unveils new PPP approach

The UN Economic Commission for Europe has unveiled a new methodology for PPP projects to align them with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UK, France agree nuclear cooperation

The UK and French governments have agreed closer cooperation on nuclear energy development, with the countries reportedly planning a 50-50 split on Sizewell C.

UK PFI market ‘facing mental health challenge’

Exclusive: Partnerships Bulletin has uncovered a significant strain on professionals working in the PFI sector, with concerns that the expiry of contracts will only make matters worse.

England ambulance bundle DBF unveiled

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is set to launch a procurement for a strategic estate partner to deliver a series of ambulance hubs.

Vinci raises €650m through bond offer

French construction giant Vinci has successfully issued a €650m bond to support its work across the world.

Bidders sought for Austrian school PPP

A contract notice has been issued for private partners to deliver a school project in Vienna under a PPP arrangement.

NSW updates PPP guidelines

New South Wales has revised its PPP policy and guidelines, refreshing the documents to reflect changes in legislation and to streamline the Australian state’s PPP policy.

Truss confirms plans to cut red tape

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has told her party’s conference that her administration will focus on reducing regulations to allow infrastructure projects to get off the ground.

Saudi Downtown Company unveiled

The Saudi Arabian government has launched a new organisation that will design and develop downtown areas, initially focusing on 12 cities.

Location chosen for UK fusion scheme

The UK government has chosen the location of its planned Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) plant.

Bouygues completes Equans acquisition

The €6.1bn sale of Equans to French construction giant Bouygues has been completed.

KPMG’s Threlfall returns to infra role

Richard Threlfall has returned to an infrastructure leadership role within KPMG, just five months after leaving the global infrastructure chairmanship to lead the firm’s ESG strategy.

Five in for Greek schools PPP

The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has received five bids for its schools PPP bundle.

Djibouti looks to tap PPP

The Government of Djibouti is looking to identify and deliver a new pipeline of PPP projects.

Senegal looks to ramp up PPP programme

The Government of Senegal is to charge up its PPP unit to help bolster private investment into the country’s infrastructure.

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BDO hires PPP expert

Financial consultancy BDO has hired a new partner with experience in the PPP sector into its project & infrastructure advisory team in Sydney, Australia.

German A1 seeks engineers

Germany’s transport agency is seeking an engineering firm to support its A1 PPP project.

Skanska divests final UK PPP shares

Swedish construction giant Skanska has sold its last remaining shares in a UK PFI project, bringing to an end its investment in UK PPP projects.

FCA issues PFI Libor warning

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed the extension of the deadline for the end of using synthetic Libor, with some PFI deals still linked to the rate.

UK rail industry urges ‘revived partnership’

The UK rail sector has called on the government to harness the private sector to deliver its growth agenda.

UK Net Zero review seeks views

The UK’s three-month Net Zero review is seeking feedback from individuals and businesses on how the country can meet its carbon-cutting obligations.

Orrick adds Jones Day partner

Law firm Orrick has hired a former Jones Day partner to bolster its renewables expertise in Singapore.

Mott Mac unveils asset resilience tool

Engineering and advisory firm Mott MacDonald has partnered with the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) to develop a new guide to assess the resilience of infrastructure assets.

UKIB launches advisory pilots

Projects including Bristol’s City Leap partnership will be among the first to work with the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) on its local authority advisory function.

Armitt: Decision time for UK on green infra

Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has called on the UK government to make difficult choices on energy investment “sooner rather than later”.

Advisors chosen for Auckland Light Rail

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, together with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, have chosen the technical advisors to support the city’s light rail project.

Senegal chooses partner for first desal PPP

The National Water Company of Senegal (SONES) has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private partner for the delivery of a desalination plant under a PPP model.

Labour plans 'British EDF'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has unveiled plans for a publicly owned energy company to act in the private sector, as he seeks to reclaim the centre ground of British politics

Ireland adds €800m to NDP

The Irish government has unveiled its Budget 2023, with an increase in investment for infrastructure projects through its National Development Plan (NDP).

Rotherham adjusts regen partnership

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is to amend its agreement with its development partner to deliver an existing regeneration scheme.

Herbert Smith appoints new director

Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed a new director of its global project finance arm in Johannesburg.

UK Net Zero review launched

The government has formally launched the review into its Net Zero delivery strategy, led by a former energy minister.

Handback ‘needs future pipeline’ to be successful

Government must look forward to incentivise industry to deal effectively with issues arising from PFI handback, warns industry report

Ex-Landsec FD joins Muse

Muse Developments has appointed a new finance director from Landsec.

Advisors appointed to Polish museum PPP

The Government of Poland has appointed a set of advisors for its mining museum PPP project.

WSP completes latest acquisition

WSP has completed the acquisition of John Wood Group, the latest in its spree of acquisitions.

Kwarteng to ‘unleash power of private sector’

New UK Chancellor sets out growth plan; planning system to be overhauled; list published of infrastructure project to be accelerated; new investment zones to be established

UAE releases desal EOI

The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has released a request for expressions of interest (EOI) for its Abu Dhabi Islands Reverse Osmosis Independent Water Project (IWP).

Oldham resurrects green partnership plan

Oldham Council has issued a new prior information notice (PIN) seeking feedback on plans to establish a Green New Deal Delivery Partnership.

Staffs Uni launches DBFO student village

Staffordshire University has issued a contract notice for a private partner to deliver a new student accommodation scheme under a design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) model.

Winner for Redbridge regen

A preferred bidder has been chosen for the Ilford Western Gateway project in London.

Homes England joins investors in property fund

Housing agency Homes England has committed funds to the initial close of the Newstead SME Real Estate Lending Fund (RELF), alongside public and private investors.

Suez spin-out poaches UK waste business from Macquarie

Suez, the Meridiam-backed spin-off of the company bought by Veolia, has agreed to buy back the UK waste business that was subsumed into Veolia.

Property developer to head Net Zero standard

The leader of a property development company is to head up the development of the UK’s first Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard.

Pakistan province looks to PPP for health projects

The Government of Sindh, Pakistan, is eyeing potential PPP projects in the healthcare sector as it looks to bolster its coverage.

Reading tenders £220m regen scheme

Reading Borough Council has issued the contract notice for a major redevelopment project at its Minster Quarter Central site.

Jordan releases RFP for schools PPP

The Jordanian Ministry of Education has issued a request for proposals (RFP) on its schools bundle PPP project.

Macquarie adds MD for secondary market

Investment giant Macquarie has appointed a new managing director to focus on its infrastructure secondaries business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UK digital fund sells dark fibre provider

The UK’s National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF) has sold its stake in a dark fibre provider, as it looks to continue its success in seeding investment in the sector.

Greece tenders police station PPP bundle

Greece’s public infrastructure agency Ktiriakes Ypodomes has released a tender for its police station PPP bundle.

Strategic collaboration ‘gaining traction’ in Australia

The use of strategic collaboration contracts to improve relationships in long-term projects has been on the rise, according to one advisory firm in Australia.

Former KPMG infra head takes Philippines PPP role

A former head of infrastructure at KPMG/RG Manabat has been installed as the new executive director of the Philippines’ PPP Centre.

IFM appoints new executive director

IFM Investors has appointed a new executive director.

Philippines Cabinet backs PPP changes

The Philippines government has given its approval to amendments that will increase risk sharing between parties in future PPP contracts.

PIN released for Austrian school PPP

The City of Vienna, Austria, has released a prior information notice (PIN) for its Freytaggassee school PPP.

Saudi signs major water bundles

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) has signed over £561m of water PPP contracts with a number of international firms.

Kier bolstered by property JVs

Contractor Kier has seen its annual results underpinned by a strong showing in its property business, where its focus on joint ventures with public authorities has helped grow its performance.

Winner for £200m English regen JV

A preferred bidder has been chosen to enter a joint venture with Pendle Borough Council to deliver a town centre regeneration project.

Winner for French Polynesia airport PPP

A preferred partner has been chosen by the French government to run the 40-year concession for the Tahiti Faa'a airport in French Polynesia.

Oxford seeks £50m regen partner

Oxford City Council has published a tender for the redevelopment and repurposing of a site in George Street.

Papua New Guinea eyes major housing PPP

The Government of Papua New Guinea is exploring using PPP to deliver a Green Affordable Housing Project.

IPA hires MIM industry leader

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has hired Sara Humber as a new projects director in its commercial advisory team.

Ares bolsters infra debt team

Ares Management Corporation has hired a new vice president in its infrastructure debt arm.

UAE plans new PPP law

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has agreed to issue a new PPP law to encourage greater private sector investment in the region.

Indonesia eyes more airport PPPs

The Indonesian government believes more unsolicited proposals could deliver new airports across the country, after signing an agreement for the new Kediri Airport.

Philippines starts to make PPP law changes

The Philippines has begun the process of modifying its build operate transfer (BOT) law that will see the state share more risk in PPP deals.

Manchester targets major retrofit challenge

Manchester City Council has published a report setting out the challenges and opportunities afforded by retrofitting the city’s housing to low carbon standard.

UK to review Net Zero plan

In her statement to Parliament, Truss announced: “We will conduct a review to ensure we deliver Net Zero by 2050 in a way that is pro-business and pro-growth.”

UK to review Net Zero plan

Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced a review of the government's approach to delivering Net Zero by 2050; fracking moratorium lifted

InfraRed hires Bouygues leader

InfraRed Capital Partners has hired Bouygues UK’s head of project finance.

Oman tenders healthcare PPP

The Government of Oman has released a call for expressions of interest (EOI) on its Al Taafi Suhar healthcare centre PPP.

Turner & Townsend acquires Australian firm

Professional services giant Turner & Townsend has acquired an advisory and project management company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Coventry releases £2bn energy partnership PIN

Coventry City Council is considering appointing a strategic energy partner.

Macquarie ramps up Italy push

Macquarie Asset Management has hired a new managing director to drive its Italian expansion plans.

Belgium looks for PPP advisors

The Government of Belgium is looking for financial advisors to assist on PPP projects.

World Bank looks to bolster desal PPP prep

The World Bank is looking for consultants to help it strengthen the use of PPPs in the desalination sector.

Malawi signs hydropower PPP

The Government of Malawi has signed a deal with the IFC and private partners to deliver the Mpatamanga hydropower project.

Qatar signs £1.2bn sewage PPP

The Qatari Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has signed the contracts for the Al Wakrah and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Works.

Teams in for Saudi healthcare PPP

The Saudi Ministry of Health has qualified six teams for the Medical Cities PPP project.

Macquarie unveils subscription EV charging business

Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has launched Fleete, a new EV infrastructure charging business.

Thessaloniki Metro PPP tendered

Attiko Metro has released the tender for the Thessaloniki Metro network concession.

Greek govt tenders €958m of PPPs

The Greek Ministry of Infrastructure has released four major PPP tenders in the highway and water sectors.

OMERS Infra hires IFM Investors head

Canadian investor OMERS Infrastructure has appointed a new senior managing director and global head of strategic partnerships, based in the UK.

EBRD expert heads back to private sector

Head of project preparation at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), John Seed, has left the organisation to return to a private sector consultancy.

Nine in for Togo solar PPP

The Government of Togo has released a request for proposals (RFP) to nine teams on its Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (AT2ER) PPP project.

Stockport seeks partner for £450m regen

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has launched its £450m Stockport 8 town centre regeneration scheme.

3i completes subsea cable acquisition

3i has completed a deal to acquire communications and subsea cable firm Global Cloud Xchange.

Macquarie bolsters asset and credit leadership

Macquarie Asset Management has appointed a new global head of its private credit and asset finance team.

Vistry agrees Countryside acquisition

Housing and regeneration firm Vistry has agreed a £1.25bn deal to acquire rival company, Countryside Partnerships.

Winner for Hornsea 2 OFTO

A preferred bidder has been chosen to deliver the offshore transmission owner (OFTO) contract for the connection to the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm.

Johnson confident Sizewell C will “get over the line”

The UK Government has confirmed it will take a £700m stake in Sizewell C

SA eyes Satellite PPP

The Government of South Africa is planning to use a PPP for a communications satellite project.

Grant Thornton bolsters public advisory offering

Law firm Grant Thornton has appointed a new managing director to the infrastructure team in its public sector advisory business.

Kenya preps housing PPP

The Kenyan National Housing Corporation is preparing to tender a major affordable housing PPP at Stoni Athi.

Advisors sought for Egypt desal PPP programme

The Government of Egypt is preparing to tender the first project in its major PPP desalination plant pipeline.

UK hydrogen partnership signs first deal

The Barrow Green Hydrogen scheme has closed its first deal paving the way for a new hydrogen plant in Cumbria.

Serbian waste PPP tendered

The City of Zrenjanin, Serbia, has released a tender for its landfill closing PPP.

Sri Lanka to reform PPP unit

The Government of Sri Lanka has announced plans to re-establish its National Agency for Public Private Partnership (NAPPP).

Industry stalwart to leave La Banque Postale

La Banque Postale Asset Management’s infrastructure leader René Kassis has announced he is leaving the bank.

Advisors sought for German bridge PPP

The City of Ulm, Germany, is looking for technical consultants to help prepare its B10 highway bridge PPP.

ELOP bolsters skillset with acquisition

Norwegian construction IT firm ELOP has reached a final agreement to acquire the Nordic Infrastructure Group.

EY wins Kuwait PPP mandate

A consortium of consultancies led by EY has been appointed to support the delivery of two projects in Kuwait.

UKIB boosts digital fund

The UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) has invested up to £100m in the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF).

Treasury backs NIC regen report

The UK government has largely accepted a series of recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on delivering regeneration in towns.

SFT launches asset strategy guide

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) has published a new guide designed to support public sector organisations in the country establish a strategy for their property assets.

Eversheds hires construction disputes partner

Law firm Eversheds Sutherland has brought in a construction and engineering disputes partner from Freeths.

UAE’s Burjeel targets Saudi PPPs

Burjeel Holdings, a major healthcare company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has unveiled plans to invest up to $1bn in Saudi Arabia.

Veolia-Suez merger forced to unwind in UK

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered Veolia to sell three of its businesses in the UK following an investigation into the acquisition of rival waste firm Suez.

UK takes next STEP in fusion

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has begun the process to appoint a construction partner for its nuclear fusion programme.

Sacyr PPP expert heads to Middle East

A PPP expert has left Spanish contractor Sacyr to take up a role with consultancy firm ALG in the Middle East.

Britishvolt replaces CEO amid gigafactory uncertainty

Battery technology firm Britishvolt has unveiled a management transition, with founder and chief executive Orral Nadjari to step down.

NHS trust tenders £230m DBF

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has issued a concession notice for a partner to design, build and finance (DBF) an extension to an existing hospital.

Denmark eyes private finance for defence

The Danish government has agreed a deal with private partners to improve its maritime defence facilities.

United Utilities mulls DBF biogas plants

United Utilities Water has issued a periodic indicative notice seeking feedback on a potential partnership model to deliver a series of combined heat & power (CHP) plants across its sites.

Invesis chief to step down

Infrastructure investor Invesis’s chief executive will step down later this year, with a successor lined up to replace him.

HICL picks up rolling stock PPP share

HICL has acquired a minority share in Cross London Trains (XLT) rolling stock PPP from Equitix.

UK eyes self-driving vehicles

The UK Government has unveiled a plan to roll out self-driving vehicles.

RFQ out for Israel highway PPP

The Government of Israel has released a request for pre-qualification (RFQ) for its Highway 5 PPP project.

Zelenskyy signs new PPP legislation

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed into law new PPP legislation aiming to shore up the investment pipeline.

Jordan eyes transport PPPs

The Government of Jordan is looking to utilise PPPs to drive transport projects.

Shortlist for A$294m Victoria convention centre PPP

The Government of Victoria has shortlisted three teams for its Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) PPP.

Balfour sees investments boost

Balfour Beatty has reported a strong first half performance, including a 10% increase in its order book and a £200m increase in its investments portfolio.

Macquarie infra MD leaves

Macquarie Capital’s head of infrastructure & energy capital debt for Europe has left the firm to take up a new role with a renewables investor.

Bangladesh preparing port PPP

The Government of Bangladesh is preparing a major terminal PPP project near Chittagong.

Apollo continues infra hiring push

Apollo Global Management has added a new partner to its London infrastructure team.

Advisors appointed for Sheffield mass transit

A team of advisors has been appointed to support South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in its mass transit project, including the improvement of the Sheffield Supertram.

Philippines to relaunch airport PPP

The new Philippines government has suggested it will look to relaunch the redevelopment of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) under a PPP model.

UKIB chief sets out equity investing plans

John Flint, chief executive of the UK Infrastructure Bank, has shared his thoughts on how the organisation will look to use its equity investment powers.

Brussels looks for PPP advice

The City of Brussels is looking for legal advisors to help on PPP projects.

Santorini island waste PPP tendered

The Government for the South Aegean Region of Greece has released a tender for its Island of Thira waste PPP.

Willmott Dixon appoints new strategy director

Contractor Willmott Dixon has appointed its first director of strategic change.

Procurement bill raises flexibility concerns

Exclusive: Infrastructure industry welcomes efforts to increase flexibility but fears new bill may result in more uncertainty and potential legal challenges

Advisors sought for Poland highway PPPs

The Poland General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways Headquarters is looking for advisors to help on a number of transport projects, including major PPPs

Four in for Jerusalem Blue Line PPP

The Israel Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety has received four bids for its flagship Jerusalem Blue Line PPP project

IFC looks to PPPs for Scaling ReWater

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is looking for a water specialist PPP advisor to help ramp up its Scaling ReWater programme.

Uzbekistan eyes PPP for major highway

The Government of Uzbekistan is continuing to explore using a PPP for the Tashkent-Samarkand Road project.

Egypt releases major desal PPP programme RFQ

The Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development has released a request for prequalification (RFQ) on its desalination PPP programme.

Consultants sought for Romania transport PPPs

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is looking for legal consultants to help explore potential transport PPP projects in Romania.

Macquarie picks up Suez UK

Australian investment giant Macquarie has reached an agreement to purchase Suez’s UK waste business from Veolia.

Uzbekistan enlists advisors for education PPPs

The Government of Uzbekistan has enlisted advisors to help prepare a number of education PPPs.

WSP strikes deal to acquire RPS

Technical giant WSP has reached an agreement to acquire RPS for £591m.

Invesis targets US with new hire

Investor and developer Invesis has stepped up its plans to target the US PPP market with the hire of its first vice president of business development in the country.

IFC eyes Black Sea port PPPs

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is looking for consultants to help support port PPPs on the Black Sea.

Advisors sought for Greek water projects

The Greek General Secretariat of Coordination and Waste Management is looking for multiple sets of advisors to help explore potential wastewater PPP projects.

Strong interest in Worthing heat network

Worthing Borough Council has had a good response to its £250m heat network plans and has shortlisted a number of bidders ahead of choosing a winner next year, Partnerships Bulletin understands.

Surrey tenders extra care housing DBFO

Surrey County Council has issued a contract notice for a private partner to design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) extra care housing on five sites.

Council backs early PFI termination

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s cabinet has given its consent to bring its offices PFI contract to an early close.

Invesis buys DIF’s German hospital stake

Infrastructure investor Invesis has increased its share in a German hospital PPP project with an acquisition from the DIF Infrastructure III fund.

Nigeria port PPP approved

The planned PPP project to develop the Badagry Deep Sea Port has taken an important step forward with a key approval.

Lovell drives Morgan Sindall profits

Strong results despite market headwinds, but issues hit urban regen business

CBRE adds partnerships expert

Real estate advisory CBRE has appointed a senior director with significant regeneration and partnerships experience into its Yorkshire offices.

AMP Capital appoints new aviation leadership

AMP Capital has appointed a new investment director in its aviation team.

Birmingham launches retrofit pilot

Birmingham City Council has appointed a private partner to undertake a 300-home retrofit programme that will act as a pilot project for the city.

Stockport plans town centre regen

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has issued a prior information notice (PIN) to consult potential investor partners on a major regeneration project.

Tameside adjudication hits ratings

Moody’s downgrades bond ratings after projectco raises questions over going concern status, as PFI enters adjudication

WSP agrees Capita infra acquisition

Engineering and advisory firm WSP has agreed to acquire two UK subsidiaries of Capita, including its real estate and infrastructure business.

Ashurst hires ADB PPP expert

Law firm Ashurst has appointed a former member of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) PPP team as a special counsel in its Tokyo office.

ADB launches new city advisory initiative

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has unveiled a new initiative aimed at bolstering privately financed infrastructure procured by cities.

Reading plans £200m regen

Reading Borough Council has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for a major redevelopment project in its town centre.

United Utilities looks for legal advice

United Utilities (UU) has released a call for legal advisors to join its framework that supports construction and procurements.

FCA fines former Carillion leaders

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued significant fines to the former chief executive and two former finance directors of defunct support services giant Carillion.

New combined authority for Yorkshire

The UK government has agreed a devolution deal that will establish a new combined authority for the York and North Yorkshire region.

PGGM nominates new infra head

Dutch investor PGGM has nominated Dennis van Alphen as its new head of infrastructure.

UK uni tenders accommodation PPP

University of Chichester has released a call for tenders on its Project Cornerstone student accommodation PPP.

IPA urges authorities to make LIBOR transition

The UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has urged authorities to make the transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to the new SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) system “as soon as practicable.”