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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 see 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 has awarded planning and will now 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

Blackburn bus station

Eric Wright steps in to finish Blackburn bus station

Contractor replaces Thomas Barnes after council removed builder because of delays

Bury St Edmunds Eastern Link Road

Race starts for £12m Bury Eastern Relief Road

Work on new 2.3km Suffolk relief road to start in November

Design Museum

Willmott Dixon wins £20m Design Museum fit-out

Year-long fitout contract to move Design Museum to Kensington in London

Vertical village Manchester

Six-tower vertical village plan for Manchester

Developer Allied London unveils plans for former Granada Studios site

Dover port marina

Graham set for £130m Port of Dover revamp

Graham signs preconstruction deal to finalise design and cost plans


Osborne bags £20m Winchester Uni campus job

Work will start on new lecture theatre in August 2016


South Wales £850m public works bid race starts

Bouygues, Carillion and Laing O’Rourke are among firms expected to seek to renew deals

Boris Johnson

Four extra London zones for 12,000 homes unveiled

Havering, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets will share £162m of funding

railway electrification work

Contractors hit by electrification work pause

Government to review £38bn five-year railway plan as brakes slammed on two major schemes


BAM set for £90m Three Snow Hill job

Work to start in September on final phase of landmark Birmingham office scheme

Build UK logo

Contractors in historic vote for joined up thinking

Trade body Build UK will represent all the building contracting supply chain


Kier Living expands in north with £55m contracts haul

Novated contracts from failed house builder Southdale builds northern business


Row over concrete slabs at O’Rourke’s council HQ job

Stoke city council calls in concrete experts to resolve whether problems are cosmetic or more serious

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ISG and Kier head up all-star BBC DIY SOS

Contractors join BBC team in Manchester in most ambitious housing project yet for armed services veterans

Andrew Wyllie

Costain hails £3.7bn record order book

Major contract awards for Newport M4 corridor and A14 boosts firm in first half

Harbour Central Maine Tower Galliard

Galliard unveils £550m Canary Wharf resi scheme

900-homes scheme will consist of five towers, the tallest rising to 41-storeys

Summit House Shoreditch

Willmott Dixon hails green office retrofit tipping point

£20m deal is fourth for specialist developer, the Low Carbon Workplace.

mabey group

Mabey Bridge renewables arm sale suffers wind farm blow

Wind turbine fabrication business suffers set-back after Government pulls subsidy for wind farms

Exeter City FC stand

Exeter City plans St James Park development

Student accommodation block will help to finance new stand

Telegraph works

Weston Homes to start £120m Greenwich scheme

272-homes Telegraph Works scheme to start in October

Cardigan Integrated healthcare

£20m Cardigan healthcare scheme approved

Work set to start next year on stalled integrated health centre

Dave Allen Wates financial chief

Wates hires Crossrail finance director

David Allen will join Wates as new chief financial officer at the start of 2016


Kier joins Carillion and Eiffage for HS2 bid

Firms jostle into consortia ahead of September prequals for £1bn civils packages


Interserve confirmed for armed forces rehab centre

£200m job includes restoring the grade II-listed Stanford Hall and building a new hospital complex

Wates Logo

New-look for Wates as growth plan gains pace

Rebrand as firm motors to £2bn turnover target


Six firms picked for University of Reading framework

University plans to invest £250m on new facilities by 2026

Grosvenor Edinburgh Fountainbridge

Scotland’s first major build-to-rent plans lodged

Up to 400 rental homes planned for Fountainbridge in Edinburgh

wind farm

250 onshore wind farms axed as subsidies cut

Two-thirds of cancelled projects in Scotland

Port of Liverpool

Graham wins £100m Liverpool wood pellet import facility

Main construction works started at Port of Liverpool

JCB A-Plant

A-Plant places record £50m JCB order

Biggest order ever placed by national hirer for 1,550 machines

West Yorkshire Combined Transport Authority

Call-up for £1bn West Yorkshire transport work

Meet the buyer event planned later this year

Isaac Newtons University of Lincoln

BAM bags £15m Lincoln uni science block

Work to start in September on Isaac Newton block in Lincoln

Bristol Aspire building

Bristol’s largest office building out to tender

Bidders start lining-up for £50m project

Tracked Dumper MST 2200 VD Flannery

Flannery launches tracked dumper hire firm

First slewing tracked dumpers are cornerstone of new hire business

Willow walk Southwark council housing

Laing O’Rourke deal for 2,000 build-to-let homes a year

Contractor and Legal & General form alliance to deliver private rental homes on council land


Over 130 jobs axed at Longcross Construction

Sainsbury’s cancelled major store projects weeks before administration

pc harrington

PC Harrington Contractors owed £12m to suppliers

Cardiff rebar supplier BRC and Lafarge Tarmac owed over £2m each

intu Broadmarsh Collin Street entrance lr

Thumbs up for Nottingham £150m retail revamp

Construction work set to start on Broadmarsh shopping centre in first half of next year

Middlewood Locks Manchester

£700m Salford Middlewood Locks scheme unveiled

Developer Scarborough hopes to secure detailed planning before the end of this year

Osborne directors

Trio of Balfour bigwigs joins Osborne

Osborne beefs up senior management team

Rick Willmott

Willmott Dixon sets sights on Scotland as profits soar

Private builder to expand regional office network and push housing business northwards


Barratt hires former Bovis Homes finance boss

Neil Cooper joins Barratt as chief financial officer

Paul Drechsler CBI president

Former Wates boss to become CBI president

First construction industry CBI president since Sir Maurice Laing in 1965


Severfield warns Cheesegrater bolt failures to cost £6m

Talks ongoing with developer British Land, Laing O’Rourke and Arup to thrash out who should foot the bill

Spire Nottingham

Morgan Sindall starts £60m Nottingham hospital

Spire Healthcare group gives construction go-ahead for city airport hospital

Tony Pidgley

Berkeley drives ahead 28 new sites as profits skyrocket

Tony Pidgley warns of dangers of political uncertainly over EU referendum

TfL Broadway

Green light to convert historic London Tube HQ to flats

Transport for London to choose developer from 16 shortlisted firms

40 Blackfriars Derwent

Derwent gets green light for 15-storey London hotel

New hotel complex will be built on south side of Blackfriars Bridge

Demolition dust

Scottish councils launch £64m demolition framework

More than 30 Scottish councils will use new panel of demolition contractors