update GREEN EMISSIONS TECH TO ISTANBUL TOWER SUCCESS FOR AECOM BE FITTED TO UK BUSES Over 400 UK buses are set to be retrofitted with green technology in a bid to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The Department for Transport has set aside £7m in funding for the upgrades which will reduce the vehicle’s current output by 90 per cent. Due to the high mileage and long operational life of the city buses, the green technology should help to significantly boost air quality in town and city centres. The Clean Bus Technology Fund will be used to retrofit 439 buses that together complete more than a million journeys a year. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “Greener buses mean cleaner town and city centres and a healthier environment for everyone. “The upgraded buses that will soon hit the roads in England continue our commitment to better air quality by investing in greener transport. “By targeting pollution hotspots and backing the low- 6 emission technology of the future, we are making the right long-term decisions to improve people’s lives.” The Government published its air quality plan in December which focuses on bringing in clean air zones in five English cities by 2020. The zones will use charging to discourage the most polluting vehicles, including old diesel buses, taxis, coaches and lorries, from entering the city centres of Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton. However, they will not affect private cars, which environmental group ClientEarth said are one of the biggest sources of poor air quality in cities. London is also set to bring in an ultra-low emissions zone in 2020, which will apply to all vehicles. In November, Bristol announced it was launching a fleet of buses that would run on methane gas extracted from human waste. MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING MAGAZINE Designs by engineering giant Aecom and Italian designers Pininfarina have been chosen for an air traffic control tower in Turkey. Operator IGA chose the joint submission for the structure at Istanbul New Airport. It was selected from a strong shortlist that included Zaha Hadid and RMJM. The competition called for contemporary concept designs for the tower that reflected the city’s culture and history. The winning design was inspired by the tulip, an important cultural reference in Turkish history. IGA chief executive Yusuf Akçayoğlu said: “One of the world’s largest aviation projects, Istanbul New Airport’s air traffic control tower will be an iconic structure, visible to all passengers travelling through the airport. “We were looking for a striking design fit for a 21st century airport while remaining sensitive to Istanbul’s unique heritage. We received excellent designs from all over the world and are delighted to announce the Aecom and Pininfarina team as the competition winner.” Aecom head of architecture across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa Jennifer Dixon said: “In this competition, our aim was to combine the dynamism and romance of Pininfarina’s architectural style that is so influenced by automotive design with Aecom’s inhouse aviation architecture capabilities.” Istanbul New Airport will eventually have six runways and three terminal buildings, giving an annual capacity of 200M passengers. CIVIL ENGINEER OPENS DOORS OF NEW TELFORD FACTORY The company, which is based in Euston Way in the centre of Telford, cut the ribbon on its new 1,520 sq m (16,000 sq ft) site in Ketley, which represents part of a five-year plan to expand in the town. With a total space on the site of 1.8 acres, it will allow the company to increase production and maintain the quality of its manufacturing, servicing, and testing of bridge components. It has also invested in new machinery on the site, including a state-of-the-art test rig which is capable of compressing 2500 tonnes, the equivalent in mass of 20 double decker buses. Freyssinet managing director Paul Bottomley officially opened the new premises at a grand launch party. “With the continued growth and improvement in the UK’s manufacturing and construction industries, we are delighted to be opening a new factory, which will enable the company to expand on its manufacture, storage and laboratory testing,” he said. “The new facility features one of the largest test press in the country and state of the art equipment.” Freyssinet, which employs around 150 people in the UK, has been involved in bridge bearing design, manufacture and installation since 1950. As part of the Frenchheadquartered Soletanche Freyssinet group, its portfolio of products and services includes specialist repair, strengthening and protection of structures in the building, civil and marine sectors. The launch of its new factory will cement Freyssinet’s standing as the largest structural repair company in the world.