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International Quarter Stratford Lend Lease

Lend Lease to start first offices at Stratford IQ

260,000 sq ft office project kicks off new London business district


Wates wins third Greenwich Peninsula resi block

£76m contract for plot 104 is one of largest let so far

Glengarnock  education campus

Financial close sealed for Kier’s £36m Garnock Campus

Kier to start Ayrshire school campus build this summer


Contractors line-up for £126m Stratford double hotel

Construction to start on major hotel complex by end of year

Thorpe Combe

Willmott Dixon wins £25m London healthcare deal

North East London NHS Foundation Trust to start new healthcare hubs

CIPS April

Subcontractor rates grow at fastest pace on record

Construction growth slows for second month as Election puts ‘grit in wheels’ of decision making

Keith Miller

Miller Homes sets 3,000 homes a year building target

Miller Group aims to raise completions by a third in the medium term


Nine win £320m Sovereign housing framework

Big shake-up of firms on southern housing association framework

housing theme starts house building

Election jitters stall project starts

Construction starts hit two-year low as pre-election uncertainty grips


Rocketing Chinese rebar imports spark EU probe

European Commission launches anti-dumping investigation as Chinese rebar steals half the UK market

L&Q housing

L&Q launches plan to build 5,000 homes a year

Social landlord to become country’s fifth biggest house builder

Essential Living Creekside east

Build to rent push would unleash £30bn for housing

Five-point plan for next Government to trigger building 150,000 private rental homes


Kier saves jobs as Southdale Homes collapses

Kier Living saves 128 jobs and expands in north of England

wear crossing

Farrans/Buyck jv set for £83m Wear Crossing

Northern Irish and Belgian duo beat Spanish bids for Sunderland bridge

Tony Pidgley

Tony Pidgley cashes in £18.7m of Berkeley shares

Housing bellweather calls turn in London market

Medal Amey

Amey workers find long lost WW1 medal in sewer

Campaign launches to reunite medal with family it belongs to

Bourne Steel

Steelwork group Bourne delivers profit jump

Poole-based contractor secures 70% of planned work

High rise council block

Seven win £300m Fusion 21 high rise framework

Boot, Keepmoat and Seddon wins places on high rise housing maintenance panel

Paragon Park Persimmon

Persimmon plans £70m homes scheme for Coventry site

House builder signs Persimmon Homes sign land deal for old Courtaulds factory plan

Shepherd Homes

Galliford Try eyes Shepherd Homes takeover

Linden Homes is considering an offer for Shepherd’s housing business

Jehovas Witnesses

£150m HQ for Jehovah’s Witnesses approved

Work to start next year on 1.2m sq ft Chelmsford apartment and printworks complex

Leo Quinn Balfour Beatty

Balfour raises £72m from Edinburgh hospital sale

Balfour boss says sale in line with latest PPP portfolio revaluation

Hunter Demolition

Scottish demolition specialist falls into liquidation

HM Revenue & Customs forces Hunter Demolition into liquidation


Former Balfour boss lands Swansea tidal lagoon job

McNaughton joins as director of engineering and construction


Balfour civils framework sees £200m enquiries in first month

Procurement body Scape expects new infrastructure framework to be worth £1.5bn


Wates wins £50m Old Marylebone Town Hall job

Westminster Council House building to be converted for London Business School

Hadyn Mursell

Kier strikes deal to buy Mouchel for £265m

Kier to raise £340m in share issue to cover redundancy costs and Mouchel’s debt


Commercial property investment surges

Demand for commercial and industrial space spreads across the country

Aylesbury Estate

Green light for 3,500-home Aylesbury Estate

Work to start in the autumn on south London estate rebuild

Atlas Building 145 City Road

Mace wins 40-storey London resi tower

Building work to start in July on sixth City Road tower scheme

Henry Smith Factory

Cheshire steelwork contractor fights for survival

Winsford-based Henry Smith (Construction Engineers) hit by contract dispute

dg one

Firm wanted to rectify Kier leisure centre job

Scottish council estimates up to £10m worth of repairs may be needed

Steve Hollingshead Murphy CEO

Murphy recruits ex-O’Rourke director as new CEO

Steve Hollingshead to start as boss of Murphy Group in June

London construction programme

Winners named for £4bn London councils framework

Keepmoat and Lakehouse strike gold as 25 firms land places on London-wide housing and schools framework – Full list


Peel appoints Russells to deliver Asda superstore

Suoernarket in first phase of £650m Chatham Waters scheme gets underway

Mitsubishi London tower

Japanese developer plans 40-storey London tower

Stanhope named development manager for ‘stack of blocks’ city tower

University of Liverpool greenbank

Liverpool Uni £90m student village approved

Project to be delivered by Ulcco Special Projects

Circle Housing

Wates replaces Kier on Circle housing repairs region

Wates Living Space to deliver responsive repairs for 18,000 homes in London and West Midlands

Royal academy of arts

Sisk set for £30m Royal Academy of Arts revamp

Revamp of London grade II listed building expected to start in the autumn

Lambeth Town Hall

Muse submits £50m Lambeth town hall scheme

Morgan Sindall regeneration arm aims to start Brixton regeneration project later this year

school theme

Bid race starts for £18m Derby secondary school

County coucil presses ahead with plan for new Glossopdale Community College

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey says buyers ignoring General Election jitters

House builder upbeat as demand remains strong during Spring selling season

housing theme starts house building

Labour shortages now biggest brake on growth

Construction surveyors warn contractors are shunning single stage tenders

Silvertown Quays

Green light for £3.5bn Silvertown Royal Docks scheme

Iconic flour mill to be converted into business hub during phase one


Gas terminal builder loses £284m on Shetlands job

Petrofac blames subcontractors for poor work and productivity as it battles to finish job

RAM Brewery

Kier chosen for £170m London Ram Brewery job

Enabling works to start this month at Wandsworth site in London

Portsmouth QE Class

VolkerStevin wins £34m new aircraft carrier dock

Works set to start on new berth and jetty at Portsmouth naval base

Regent's Place

British Land plans major office refit for Facebook

Euston Road Regent’s Place office refit to start this summer

Guildford station Solum

Kier to sell stake in Network Rail station developer

Kier Property to sell stake in Solum Regeneration to developer Capco

Oswestry water treatment

VolkerStevin bags £43m Oswestry water works revamp

Two-year construction programme will start soon

Business in the Community

Winners unveiled for responsible business league

Carillion and Morgan Sindall top corporate responsibility index

R7 KIng's Cross

Kier gets go-ahead for £60m King’s Cross project

Kier will start work on the R7 building shortly

Lords cricket phase two

Video: Phase two of Lord’s cricket ground revamp unveiled

South western project to see three-tier stand and new Thomas Lord Building

canary wharf

£2.6bn Canary Wharf takeover completes

New owners Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield commit to development pipeline

moyle North Midland Construction

North Midland hit by loss for second year running

Legacy contracts continue to dog restructured building and civils arm

Roofers-working roofing

Fusion 21 shakes-up roofing specialist framework

Seddon and Avonside among 14 firms named for £40m framework

Saatchi Derwent London

Brookfield Multiplex lands £125m Saatchi building deal

Derwent set to start its most ambitious scheme in London

Spire Manchester hospital

Vinci starts £63m private hospital job

Enabling works start on Spire Healthcare hospital in Manchester


Wates to start on delayed £24m Portland academy

Work to start next week on Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy after rescoping delay


BAM tipped for country’s biggest free school

Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds received £23m for a new purpose-built school


Construction workers at Sellafield back strike action

More than a thousand construction workers set to take industrial action

Mark Piper

46-year-old steel erector diagnosed with asbestosis

Father of four believes he was exposed to asbestos while working for Exeter contractor

Ewan Anderson Balfour Beatty

Balfour major project finance boss joins Mount Anvil

Ewan Anderson leaves Balfour after three years to become Mount Anvil group finance director

Bill Thicknes Murphy

Murphy recruits London ops director from Skanska

Bill Thicknes will run water and highways activities in the south east

Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Carillion left as sole PF2 bidder for £350m Midland Hospital

Laing O’Rourke-Interserve pulls out of bidding

Royal AlbertDock

Go-ahead for £1.7bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Work could start on site of 4.7m sq ft scheme this year once rubbed stamped by Government


Billington wins steelwork order for 1m sq ft shed

B&K places 5,000t steelwork order for Next warehouse in Doncaster

South Quay Plaza isle of dogs Berkeley

UK’s tallest resi tower gets final green light

Berkeley Homes will start work in July on 68-storey Isle of Dogs building

Leeds Whitehall Road

GMI set for first building on Leeds Riverside scheme

8-storey office job on Leeds’ Whitehall Riverside site set to start

David Cameron Conservative manifesto

Tories to extend right-to-buy to fund 400,000 new homes

Conservatives to raise cash by forcing councils to sell off most expensive council housing when vacated

1 Bank Street

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Full planning granted for 1 Bank Street and outline plans for 1 Park Place

Mike Stanton chairman Briggs and Forrester

Briggs and Forrester M&E arm returns to profit

Briggs and Forrester boasts record £224m order book as sector margins recover


Vinci tops contracts league with Newport M4 job

Balfour back on top of 12-month rolling league as contract wins build


T&T wins PM role on £480m Sheffield retail quarter

Consultant will steer city centre project, cost and procurement management

Friarsgate Coventry council offices

B&K set for £35m Coventry council office job

Work to start on civic office next month, kick-starting city’s Friargate scheme

David Frise

Fit-out firms set 2020 target for fully qualified workforce

Rebadged trade body for fit-out industry aims to bring 80,000 workers to NVQ2 level

Anglo Holt

Anglo Holt Construction collapsed owing £20m

String of loss-making contracts blamed for demise of hotel specialist


Galliford Try set for £14m national nuclear archive

Work will start this summer on nuclear industry archive near Wick airport

changing rooms

FA kicks off £200m changing rooms programme

Work to start next year on programme to upgrade community sports facilities

T pylon

Balfour Beatty erects first T-pylons

Six test pylons are being built at the National Grid’s training academy in Nottinghamshire