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house building old workers theme

Plans to build last-time buyer homes soar

Retirement home registrations outstrip last year in first six months of 2015

Southbank Centre plans

BAM set for £25m London Southbank Centre revamp

Work to start this Autumn on essential repairs after £120m scheme put on hold to save skateboarder area

Flintshire town centre

Wates named for £500m Flintshire housing plan

Wates Living Space will initially deliver 500 affordable and council homes

22 Bishopsgate

Brookfield Multiplex in the City’s tallest tower team

Plans submitted for 62-floor Pinnacle replacement in London

Highways maintenance

Bid race begins for £750m highways deal

14 places up for grabs on Eastern Highways Alliance 2 framework

house building old workers theme

£100m London housing framework up for grabs

Connected Partnership of housing associations seeks firms for new-build programme

wood wharf canary wharf

Canary Wharf green light for 57-storey tower

Striking cylindrical tower will lead next phase of London Docklands expansion

Lindsey Oil refinery

Main contractors face cheap foreign labour wage claims

Poorly-paid EU subcontractor workers entitled to claim full UK rate from main contractors


First phase approved for £1bn new Devon town

Work to start on first 580 homes at Sherwood new market town

House_building theme housing

Housing approvals top 200,000 in England

Planning permissions soar to seven-year high


London rebar specialist Kierbeck in administration

Largest rebar supplier to the piling industry goes under


Imtech suffers losses on UK water projects

Struggling building services giant warns of continuing problem contracts

Vale Academy

Galliford Try seals close on £48m schools deal

Firm signs off North and North East Lincolnshire batch of eight schools

Portishead station plan

Arup wins £60m Bristol rail link design

Design underway to reopen Portishead to Bristol Spa rail link

Leeds UTC

BAM bags £11m Leeds university technical college

Contractor stakes claim as top UTC builder

South Quay Plaza isle of dogs Berkeley

Laing O’Rourke wins UK’s tallest resi tower

£135m contract signed for Berkeley’s London Docklands skyscraper

money  cash

Government to appoint late payment tsar

Consultation starts on small business commissioner plan to tackle payment


Bid race for £160m Yorkshire new homes deal

More than 1,600 homes to be built over four years under new framework

Eye Suffolk

Two gas-fired power stations worth £400m approved

Construction of 300Mw peaking plants approved for Suffolk and Aberdare

Shorehead Huddersfield University

Morgan Sindall set for £22m Huddersfield Uni job

Contractor set to be named to replace GB Building on Shorehead building

Volumetric concrete trucks

Call for crackdown on volumetric concrete mixers

Government urged to regulate UK fleet of 700 volumetric concrete mixers as HGVs

Blackburn FC training

£10m Burnley FC training facility approved

Work on Gawthorpe football academy could kick-off later this year

M62 Pennine section-1

Feasibility study into Trans-Pennine tunnel plan

Mouchel/Hyder to explore viability of major highway linking Sheffield and Manchester

Brighton College sport complex

Brighton College plans £40m sports complex

Two-year building project is slated to start next summer


Interserve wins £35m Birmingham cancer centre

Work will start early in 2016 on Birmingham Children’s Hospital cancer clinic

Waterloo Station Victory Arch

Race starts for £20m refit of Waterloo station offices

Network Rail plans to overhaul 90,000 sq ft of offices at London station

The Waid

BAM set for £24m Waid academy in Fife

Work to start shortly on 800-place secondary school in Anstruther

Pat Ward Aggregate Industries

New cement producer opens for business

Aggregate Industries bolts on cement operations


Wates seals close on £23m East London school

Work starts on first project in the £78m Barking, Dagenham and Newham priority schools batch

Richard Hutchinson, managing director at Harbur Construction

Harbur Construction bags £68m project pipeline

Manchester builder launches recruitment drive as turnover set to hit £40m


YORbuild: correction

YORbuild2 will cover a wider geographical area and will now include specific lots for new housing.

United Utilities

B&V bags £56m Oldham waste water upgrade

Black & Veatch to shutdown Royton and upgrade Oldham sewage treatment works

Bourne Steel

Bourne Group on track to top £60m turnover

Poole steelwork specialist opts for cautious growth amid industry skills shortages


Cappagh wins £24m Portsmouth Water deal

London specialist flushed with success after signing Hampshire and Sussex deal.

aberdeen art gallery

M&H starts £30m Aberdeen gallery revamp

McLaughin & Harvey will complete complex refurb and new build project in 2017

Peninsula London

Plans unveiled for £500m London Peninsula hotel

Building to start in 2017 after 1960s Hyde Park Corner office block is demolished


O’Rourke ousts Balfour to top annual contracts league

Hospital win gives Kier biggest tally for June

Buchanan galleries

Lendlease’s Buchanan Galleries job hits buffers

£400m Glasgow shopping centre job put on hold over clash with Queen Street station upgrade

Whitby Potash mine

Balfour and McAlpine chase £1.7bn York Potash job

Firms are vying for the first civils package around the mine head near Whitby

Ocean Village Southampton

Bouygues checks in with fourth hotel in 6 months

Southampton hotel and flats scheme adds £36m to contractor’s orderbook

Exemplar Tottenham Court Road

Mace confirms £33m London West End office job

Office project will lead redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road around the new Crossrail station

Imperial College biomedical building

Go-ahead for £40m Imperial College biomedical hub

London White City biomedical research hub approved

Steve Bowcott John Sisk Md

Sisk hires Steve Bowcott as construction boss

Former Kier operations chief joins John Sisk & Sons as managing director

House_building theme housing

£100m boost for small house builders

New Housing Growth Partnership fund will support 2,000 new homes


BAM bags £9m Sheffield UTC job in Don Valley

Work will start in October at the Olympic Legacy park

School sign

School awards national £500m local builder framework

North East school unveils panel of local and regional firms to target small education jobs countrywide


Galliford Try Bangor theatre job over a year late

Theatre complex will now open in October after extensive building delays

Newcastle University Urban sciences

£60m Newcastle Uni science centre approved

A contractor will be named in November for new urban science building


Umbrella firm deadline for workers pay details looms

HMRC now requires agencies to submit details of pay to self-employed workers

Nick O’Connor Forrest

Forrest hires ex-Southdale Homes boss

Nick O’Connor is heading up Forrest’s new Newcastle office

‘The Bower’ at Stockley Park

ISG wins £24m Thames Valley office makeover

Firm’s Reading office sees upswing in Thames Valley office revamp market

intu_charter_place Watford

BAM fails to agree price on £100m Watford mall

Intu Watford is looking for a contractor for next stage of Watford shopping centre extension

Bruno Dupety Vinci

Vinci suffers colossal £217m loss in UK

Vinci UK boss warns of complex talks ahead to settle Nottingham Tram account

West Kowloon

Balfour and Kier count cost of Hong Kong rail link

UK joint ventures caught by soaring labour costs and programme delays

Dubai printed house

Dubai to build world’s first fully 3D-printed office

Single-storey building will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall printer

Ruskin Square Lendlease

Lendlease lands £40m Croydon office

Firms takes first of five jobs in £500m Ruskin Square development


Workloads rebound strongly in June

Confidence returns after upturn in commercial and civil engineering activity

Birmingham Conservatoire

Galliford Try tipped for Birmingham Conservatoire

Classical music school contract set to be awarded after firms struggled to meet budget

A19 Testos junction improvement scheme.

£600m pledged for six major North East road schemes

A1 and A19 upgrades among £600m improvements to the region’s roads


Queen’s builder Fairhurst Ward Abbotts goes under

Job toll hits 400 as Queen’s refurb specialist, Tyneside builder and Nottingham M&E contractor enter administration

Kier theme

Kier offloads fleet hire arm for £18m

Contractor sells leasing and fleet management services arm acquired in May Gurney deal

Rail work theme railway

Election hangover depresses June project starts

Private sector to bounce back but budget deficit will constrain public works

hull venue

Contractor wanted for £36m Hull Venue

Hull City Council is about to start the search for a builder


35 workers killed in construction last year

Construction death rate 20% lower than last year.

london bridge

Building costs in London now second highest in world

Capital set to eclipse even New York as construction costs set to soar extra 5%

Heathrow third runway

Davies Commission backs Heathrow third runway

Government urged for quick decision so construction can start by 2020 on £18bn project

Mark Rogerson Speedy COO

Speedy boss quits as hirer warns on profits

New finance director takes control of hirer after board review of trading problems

Westminster Quarter

McAleer & Rushe lands £81m trio of contracts

Jobs include the largest Premier Inn in the country

Boots Beeston

Blackwell wins £10m-plus civils job at Boots scheme

Enabling works to start for £500m Beeston site redevelopment

Newcastle Crown Court

Worker stole £10K steel supports to sell for scrap

Man drove eight bridge supports along highway in JCB to scrapyard

70 Mark Lane

ISG bags 70 Mark Lane London office fit-out

£8m fit-out for Zurich Insurance will involve fitting new metal and glass staircases

Smart motorway plan

Seven smart motorways planned for North West

£1.5bn, five-year highways plan will create longest stretch of smart motorway in the country

Silvertown Quays

Galliford Try signs East London 1,100 homes deal

House builder seals largest standalone housing deal in its history


Orbit plans to build 8,500 homes by 2020

Housing association leads sector with ambitious five-year building plan

Douglas McCormick Sweett

Consultant Sweett runs up £1.1m loss

New chief aims to invest in UK and European business

Cardiff Interchange

Plans unveiled for Cardiff bus station – video

Grandiose new bus station is part of developer Rightacres Central Square scheme

Hillingdon footbridge

Defective concrete delays Glasgow bridge launch

Graham Construction found substandard concrete in piers and foundations

Stephen Martin, Clugston Group Chief Executive

Clugston profits fall as turnover hits 78-year high

Clugston opens West Midlands office as region starts to take off

Moneypenny Wrexham

Pochin’s bags £28m contracts haul in north west

Family construction firm going from strength to strength, says bosses after concrete pumps business sold


Hewlett Construction went under owing £11m

Administrators to probe novation of Corby contract to firm owned by some of Hewlett’s management