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Pontoon Dock

Bouygues bags 200-home East London scheme

Pontoon Dock site by the Royal Dock will include 137 private rented homes


Housing and commercial work output prices surge

Materials and labour shortages pushing up costs across construction


Subcontractors launch survey to expose late payment

Bid to highlight continuing problem of unpaid bills

Greg Fitzgerald Galliford Try

Galliford Try boss unveils plan to exit as profits soar

Building division under pressure from cost rises on old contracts


Everton find site for 50,000-seater stadium

City council and Everton FC plan stadium led-regeneration of Walton Hall Park


Funding deal for £45m Bristol guided busway

Bids returned for Metrobus project, due to start in early 2015

Hetgate Estate rebuild

Lend Lease submits Heygate Estate rebuild plan

Nearly 600 homes to be built in phase two of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment

Thames Barrier

£485m Thames flood defence job down to two

CH2M Hill and Jacobs bids knock out Morgan Sindall, Mace and Costain

Silvertown Quays

Galliford Try clinches East London 1,100 homes deal

£360m housing scheme will be biggest ever undertaken by the firm

McEwan Hall

Race starts for listed Edinburgh hall £18m revamp

Historic McEwan Hall in city centre will be extended and renovated

Road work sign

Green light for £26m Walsall road improvements

Contractor will be named by the council shortly

Notting University Fire

Blaze destroys Morgan Sindall Nottingham lab project

Landmark timber-built chemistry lab was in final fit-out phase

Sewer water housing pipetheme civil engineering

Construction output flat in July but orders rising

Order figures for infrastructure and commercial work show strong growth

Thames Tideway Tunnel

London super sewer gets Government green light

Construction is now expected to start in 2016 on £4.1bn tunnelling project


Brookfield Multiplex to start £260m London office

Pre-let to Amazon fires starting gun for construction of 600,000 sq ft Principal Place

Scottish independence

£7bn of construction at risk if Scots vote ‘yes’

Investment uncertainty blamed for sharp fall in Scottish projects approvals


Southern Water reveals £600m-plus AMP6 winners

Costain and Galliford Try joint ventures bag major sewage and water treatment deals

Greenwich housing Up the Creek

Denne scoops £20m Greenwich housing scheme

‘Up the Creek’ housing project awarded at nearly double original cost estimate

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London projects sway August contracts league

All-change at the top as London awards dominate contracts league rankings

Here East

O’Rourke starts £100m Olympic conversion next month

October start announced for vast Olympic Press Centre refit

Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes-Rwanda

Betting Spy: Spurs and Everton at the double

Away wins pay 7/2 while Africa goes crazy for the big five


Costain starts £125m duo of smart motorway jobs

Two M1 projects will run from Chesterfield to Rotherham

Paul King Lend Lease

Lend Lease lures Green Building Council chief

Paul King will join the firm in February as managing director of sustainability

Westfield-London expansion

£1bn Westfield London expansion final go-ahead

Section 106 agreement worth £20m paves way for shopping complex and housing expansion start

Paul Hamer WYG

WYG swoops on planning consultancy

Alliance Planning bought for £3.2m to create one of UK’s largest planning consultancies


Carillion wins £41m MoD Wildcat revamp

Contractor bags biggest job in the expansion of Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset

Jacqueline Hinman CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill to slash 1,200 jobs in global group shake-up

CH2M Hill boss to cut staff headcount by 5% for £60m in annual savings

housing theme starts house building

150,000 housing plots stuck in planning

Pared-back council planning departments failing to cope with
weight of work


Balfour fined £350,000 after worker suffers 25,000v shock

Rail work suffers 45% burns after contacting overhead line that was not isolated properly

Sainsbury's Thanet South Elevation 2

Sainsbury’s plans full BIM roll-out for store programme

ISG is trialling full BIM on a Kent store build programme


Go-ahead for second £60m Manchester graphene centre

University of Manchester will create a graphene research hub

Mark Clare Barratt Developments

Barratt to return £950m to shareholders as profits double

Britain’s biggest house builder clears net debt for first time in eight years


500 firms eye HS2 supply chain events

Regional firms urged also to bid for £10bn order pipeline on first phase of HS2

Battersea Power Station

Winner named soon for £600m Battersea job

Skanska expected to win phase two as funding deal expected next month

JCB golf course

Muckshifting starts on £30m JCB golf course

When complete the tour-quality golf course will be used to promote JCB sales

Royal Opera House costume centre

Interserve bags Royal Opera House costume centre

Design and build contract will involve strict climate controls in the Purfleet building

Dave Sheridan, Keepmoat CEO

Former Pizza Express owner buys Keepmoat

Keepmoat CEO Dave Sheridan sees fresh opportunity for growth


Carillion finance and Balfour bosses part ways

Carillion’s Richard Adam quits non-ex role at logistics firm where Balfour’s Steve Marshall is non-ex chairman

Woolwich station

Balfour Beatty bags last major Crossrail works contract

£70m Crossrail Woolwich station fit-out will start later this month


ISG doubles profit despite construction loss

Strong growth in fit-out and data centre work drives turnaround


Graham set for £25m Halifax Piece Hall revamp

Work on complex renovation of grade I listed building due to start shortly

House building theme

160 housing sites set for £525m kick-start boost – List

Work set to start on 13,000 new homes at stalled schemes

SDC safe lorry clocs

Cambridge Uni imposes lorry cyclist safety scheme

All contractors working on Cambridge University’s £2bn building programme will need to comply

housing theme starts house building

27,000 homes approved against councils wishes

Three quarters of appeals against councils without local plan being granted

Nick Simpkin

Berkeley Group finance boss makes sudden exit

Nick Simpkin leaves group ‘with immediate effect’ after five years in role

Balfour Beatty De Montfort University

Balfour confirms £42m De Montfort University job

Enabling works start this month on redevelopment of Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities in Leicester

West Ham Olympic

Bids invited for Olympic stadium hospitality fit-out

Less than a year left to finish first stage of 90,000 sq ft hospitality suites build

Unite Portsmouth

Go-ahead for £42m Portsmouth student scheme

Unite gets green light for high-rise city centre student halls

Scales of justice

Building bosses to deliver verdict at mock HSE trial

Director guilty or not guilty? Construction chiefs get their chance to pass judgement on staged HSE trial

PRS East India Dock Estate

Plan for vast Canary Wharf private rented scheme

Four office blocks to be demolished for 1,500 PRS homes in East London

House building, housing, building, theme

CBI calls for 10 new towns and garden cities

Business leaders warn chronic housing shortage costs consumers £4bn a year

Arcadis Hyder

Arcadis ups offer for Hyder

Arcadis sweetens deal for Hyder shareholders as it builds stake to 28%


Bouygues tipped for £25m London graduate centre

Work set to start on University of London’s Queen Mary College campus building


£200m North Yorkshire incinerator approved

Peel Environmental plan approved for energy from waste plant at Kellingley Colliery


£310m Green Port of Hull plan approved

Winning contractor to be announced shortly for £90m civils job

Edinburgh University innovation hub veterinary

Go-ahead for £32m University of Edinburgh vets campus

Atkins-designed Easter Bush Campus centre will support animal research


Plantworx 2015 two-thirds sold with 9 months to go

2nd Plantworx exhibition is being staged from 2-4 June at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

Picture courtesy of Andrew Kasper

BAM Nuttall worker crushed on Cardiff Station job

Air ambulance takes worker to hospital suffering severe blood loss and crush injuries


BAM named preferred bidder for £45m Dundee V&A job

BAM beats Balfour, Lend Lease and McAlpine to prestigious museum scheme

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Green light for £150m Crossrail Woolwich over station plan

Crossrail to reveal winner of £75m station box fit-out contract shortly

john white

McCarthy & Stone ramps up building spend to £2bn

New management team raises four-year investment plan by a third

Dartington eco school

Devon eco-school builders face £7m claim

Interserve and Bristol architect White Design face legal claim over leaky timber school

Great Eastern Quays

Galliford Try bags biggest ever affordable housing job

Notting Hill Housing awards £81m contract for East London scheme


Breedon buys stake in mid Wales quarry

Deal gives Breedon access to some of the country’s hardest aggregates

Glengarnock  education campus

Kier lands £40m Ayrshire education campus

Glengarnock community and education campus will be delivered under a design, build, finance and maintain deal

Arcadis Hyder

Arcadis to complete Hyder takeover next month

Takeover due to be sealed on 16 October providing no better bids are received


Hochtief wins £30m Bank station box fit-out

Waterloo & City Line tube station fit-out job due to start next summer

6 Burlington Gardens

Firm wanted for £30m Royal Academy of Art revamp

RA plans major expansion and improvements to Grade II listed buildings in Piccadilly

Steve Morgan, Redrow

Redrow hires 230 staff as margins soar to 16%

Rapidly expanding Redrow delivers record turnover and profits


Leading brick merchant snaps up Leeds rival

Brickability goes national with takeover of Yorkshire brick factor Bricklink

Jerry Browne

McAleer & Rushe signs former Sisk director

Jerry Browne will join the expanding business development team

Magnox decommissioning

Babcock/Fluor signs £4.2bn Magnox clean-up contract

Cavendish Fluor Consortium signs contract today to own and decommission 12 Magnox reactor sites

Greenwich Peninsula Kier

Kier lands £50m Greenwich Peninsula resi tower

Developer Knight Dragon awards Kier major high-rise job at vast riverside scheme

City Field Wakefield

Work to start on £500m Wakefield City Fields scheme

Miller Homes will deliver 500 homes in the first phase of the regeneration plan

Direct Builders Merchants

Grafton buys Kent builders’ merchant chain

DBM stocks over 1m bricks at three depots and turned over £5m last year

Canal & River Trust bridge

Kier renews £150m Canal & River Trust framework

Seven-year deal will cover around 100 major projects a year on the canal network.

housing theme starts house building

Sharp fall in London new home registrations

Rise in private housing registrations across the UK offsets fall in public sector housing

Edinburgh national performance centre

B&K wins £30m Scottish elite sports centre job

Work on Edinburgh national performance centre for sport will start in early 2015

Costain logo

Costain green light for £130m A556 improvement

New Cheshire dual carriageway link gets nod to start construction


Balfour wins £10m job in Carillion’s backyard

Wolverhampton office block forms part of the Interchange regeneration scheme