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Stephen Stone

Crest Nicholson warns skills shortages delaying homes

House builder tops 2,500 new homes target, but shortages bite again

Liverpool cancer hospital

Laing O’Rourke lands £106m Liverpool cancer hospital

New cancer centre to be built next to the Royal Liverpool Hospital

Innovation Fund

£2m handout for bright ideas to make sites safer

Berkeley Group pledges £250-£250,000 grants to reinvent a safer industry


£40m spend on infrastructure for Horley housing plan

Enabling work starts this spring on £450m new south east community


Construction needs over 200,000 extra workers by 2019

Skills gap to widen as all regions experience construction comeback

Centre Point

Brookfield Multiplex starts London Centre Point revamp

Work starts today converting the landmark grade II listed office scheme to 82 luxury flats

Terry O'Connor Wates

Wates infrastructure boss leaves after 6 months

Terry O’Connor, Wates managing director of infrastructure, steps down

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Subcontractors write-off £2bn a year as bad debt

Sixty per cent of SMEs not getting the amount they invoice for

'can of ham' tower

London ‘Can of Ham’ tower to start by late spring

Developer confirms Mace will start work in second quarter on 60-70 Mary Axe

Matt Ainscough group MD

Ainscough Industrial launches electrical contractor

Group managing director Matt Ainscough creates turnkey industrial contractor

University of Sussex East Slope Reisdences

Balfour wins £120m Sussex Uni student halls job

University will replace 600 existing rooms on east slope residences site

Paul Hamer WYG

WYG eyes possible sale or merger

Consultant starts strategic review to deliver a step change in growth

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Probe into fraud claim on Broadmoor projects

Investigation launched into allegations of fraud and over spending within capital estates department

Bristol arena

Bid race starts for £98m Bristol Arena

Prequalification opens for 12,000-seat indoor arena job

Emerson Crane Hire

Mobile crane driver has lucky escape after M11 crash

Emerson Crane Hire mobile crane overturned after collision with coach

Mark Cutler

Ex-Balfour Beatty regional boss joins Keepmoat

Mark Cutler will head Keepmoat’s regeneration division


Balfour and Dawnus bag £97m Welsh road jobs

Balfour bags Caernarfon Bontnewydd Bypass and Dawnus/Ferrovial takes East Cardiff Link


Contractors plan to upskill nearly 5,000 tunnellers

New tunnelling industry panel will channel £2.8m into training for work boom


CRH in talks for Lafarge-Holcim £5bn disposals

The Lafarge Tarmac business in the UK is one of the major assets up for sale

Leo Quinn Balfour Beatty

Quinn to purge Balfour’s ‘conspiracy of optimism’

Senior management teams to be called in over next five days as deep cost cuts loom

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty probe exposes new £70m black hole

Balfour boss will spare project delivery teams in radical management shake-up

Barts Square

Carillion bags £165m London Barts Square job

Contractor to start Helical Bar’s £165m Barts Square scheme next month

New Era Square Sheffield

Green light for £100m Sheffield Chinatown

Work to start in July on first Sheffield tower in over a decade

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Sandwell picks modular builder for council homes

Mar City Homes will use its system build method to deliver 41 council homes in Smethick


Mouchel pays out £2.45m for Canvey road blunders

Consultant reaches settlement with Essex council over Roscommon Way design problems

Highways maintenance

Bidders day for £750m highways framework

Tarmac, Osborne, Eurovia and Jackson face battle to retain places on alliance

100 Liverpool Street exchange square

British Land unveils second Broadgate rebuild job

Three floors to be added to Exchange Square as part of a major building overhaul


Two firms bag £45m Bristol MetroBus contracts

Balfour Beatty wins £26m contract while Alun Griffiths takes £19m job

Duncan Salt PC Harrington

PC Harrington offloads hoist arm to Dutch giant

Hoist business sold to concentrate on strong demand for tower cranes

Hackney Homes Decent Homes

Mayor pumps £145m into London council home repairs

Nine London Boroughs win top up funding to complete Decent Homes programmes

Motel One Cross Street Manchester

Russells wins second Motel One Manchester job

Work will start in March on £17m job to build 300-bed hotel in Cross Street

Sellafield waste store

M+W wins Sellafield waste store with £150m bid

German group wins job to finish Big Box project after second bid race

Philip Harrison Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty recruits finance director on £400,000 salary

Philip Harrison poached from travel agency Hogg Robinson to become new chief financial officer

Knight Know Salford Aldephi Wharf

Plan for £75m Salford residential scheme

Three block apartment scheme to be built on banks of River Irwell

Dale Pentney

Crushed Balfour Beatty A21 road worker named

20-year-old crushed in the early hours of Friday morning

Essential Living Creekside east

Plan for UK’s first family housing PRS project

Private rental homes specialist Essential Living plans major scheme in Greenwich

CSCS fraudsters

Construction skills cards master forgers jailed

Two men behind one of Britain’s biggest-ever fake ID scams jailed for up to six and half years


Balfour Beatty wins £1.5bn Scape civils deal

Scape names Balfour as sole contractor on new national infrastructure framework


Specialists’ major injuries second lowest on record

NSCC specialist contractor major injury rate falls 57% over 11 years

Amstone Salford Clipper Quay

600-home Salford Quays PRS scheme approved

Work starts in late spring on Clipper Quay five-block private rental scheme


Doosan powers up 5-series 25t excavator

Stage IV tracked digger delivers 17% more lifting capacity and 4% fuel saving

One call hire Kubota

One Call Hire to boost fleet with 130 Kubota diggers

Order will take One Call mini excavator fleet to 500 machines

Dundee V&A

Costs almost double on BAM’s Dundee V&A job

Building cost balloons from £45m to £80m as council hatches fresh funding plan

Avery tower Undershaft

Design unveiled for City of London’s tallest skyscraper

Plans drawn up for a new sloping-sided tower next to the Cheesegrater

Newport M4 congestion

Costain wins M4 junction 28 upgrade

Target cost for key Newport junction upgrade comes in at just £10.5m


Fears of £10bn funding gap for extra school places

Cost consultant E C Harris says a major shake-up in council school procurement is needed

Highways maintenance theme

£85m South West Wales civil framework winners

Alun Griffiths wins most lots as 27 firms secure place on civils framework

crossrail 2

Vinci wins early role on £20bn Crossrail 2 project

Arcadis Hyder will work with Vinci Construction to detail engineering and technical challenges

Peak Resort

Funding deal for £400m Peak District leisure complex

Futuristic resort will be built next to the Peak District National Park near Unstone

Delta Point Croydon

Longcross wins £48m trio of Croydon offices-to-flats jobs

Three office blocks will be converted to nearly 600 private rental flats for Criterion Capital

Viridor Edinburgh Interserve

Interserve wins £177m East Lothian waste plant deal

Three-year incinerator build programme will sustain 350 jobs

Jonathan Crone HS2

HS2 boosts senior programme delivery team

Foster Wheeler Energy and EC Harris project specialists join programme team

david ritchie

Bovis builds record number of homes

House builder predicts another strong year ahead despite cooling in housing market

Carne Network Rail

Rail contractors face hefty fines over Xmas chaos

Network Rail boss says Balfour Beatty Alstom JV will be fined £200,000 for Paddington disruption

Morpeth bypass

Carillion’s £30m Morpeth Bypass gets green light

Work is expected to start on the Morpeth Northern Bypass in the spring

CSCS skills card

Industry backs radical move towards single skills card

Contractors will only accept cards badged with a CSCS logo

Mark Clare Barratt Developments

Barratt site openings to climb to six-year high

Britain’s biggest house builder will start 90 new sites in next six months

Bridgefield Street Stockport

Bid race for £65m Stockport town centre scheme

Tenders will be issued in March for Bridgefield Street retail and leisure scheme

JCB dumper

JCB launches site dumper line

First dumpers will be available from dealers next month

Barnsley town centre revamp

Council seeks £50m Barnsley town centre revamp partner

Funding in place to start work early this year on Yorkshire town centre improvements

Carlisle Cumbria County Council HQ

Eric Wright go-ahead for Cumbria County Council HQ

Botchergate council offices will be built in Carlisle


Sellafield clean-up team lose £9bn contract

Government will look for new partner to manage Sellafield projects and contracts

Pinewood Studios

McAlpine wins £200m Pinewood expansion

Infrastructure and earthworks on studio expansion to start within three months

Ilford School

Wates wins fourth priority schools batch worth £78m

Latest deal to build three East London schools ranks Wates second most successful priority schools builder

Greenfaulds high school

Galliford Try closes £31m Cubernauld school deal

Morrison Construction reaches financial close on Greenfaulds high school

North West Cambridge new town

House builders seal £40m Cambridge Uni new town deal

Countryside and Hill will build 400 market homes at North West Cambridge new town

Heads of Valleys road

Welsh ban use of umbrella payroll firms

Carillion and its agency Skyblue will now use all PAYE workers on £180m Heads of Valleys road project

David Philps Aecom BIM

Mace BIM guru joins Aecom

Philps joins consulting giant as BIM director for Europe

Coventry University Health building

BAM £33m bid scoops Coventry Uni super lab

Five-storey flagship building will be home to Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Industry gets six months grace for CDM 2015 shake-up

Contractors welcome latest guidance on CDM 2015 shake-up

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey completions up just 6%

Operating margin jumps to 17.8% in 2014


HSS unveils stock market float next month

Tool hire plans to nearly double branch network to 500 depots

Ray O'Rourke

Ray O’Rourke to test new building system on his own mansion

New Essex home will be built with prefab panels following planning battle

Russell Down Speedy

Hyder finance boss to join Speedy

Russell Down will join the plant hirer in April as group finance director

House_building theme housing

Housing zones shortlisted for £200m funding

39 brownfield sites shortlisted for first 10 flagship housing zones

Andy McAdam Midas

Balfour Beatty south west director joins Midas

Andy McAdam joins Midas to lead construction division in Cornwall and Devon


Winners named for £2.25bn southern housing deal

Westworks affordable housing group names 15 builders for major schemes

Cribbs Causeway extension

£300m Bristol shopping centre expansion plan

Work is due to start in 2017 on the Cribbs Causeway expansion

Tyne and Wear Metro

Bid race to start for Tyne and Wear Metro track renewal

A single contractor will be selected to deliver track renewal over three years under £389 up-grade plan

Paddington Pedestrian tunnel

Costain/Skanska confirmed for £40m last Crossrail tunnel

London Underground shaves 20% off original cost estimate with Innovative Contractor Engagement bid process