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Berkeley Homes West Ham Newham site

Berkeley strikes deal on 3,500-home East London site

Berkeley Homes heads east with latest big London land deal

Foundation work Westgate shopping centre

Westgate job hit as concrete goes off in delayed trucks

Laing O’Rourke rejects truck loads of time-expired concrete for Oxford shopping centre

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty set to streamline office network

Job losses expected to be fewer than 50 staff

Hub Scottish Futures Trust

£330m Scottish health and school projects get all-clear

Contractors set to sign off a dozen Hub projects worth around £25m each

Norwich Northern Distributor Road

Balfour Beatty signs £104m Norfolk road deal

Work to start this winter on Norwich Northern Distributor Road

Nuffield_hospital Manchester

Plans in for £75m Manchester private hospital

Work to start next year on new Nuffield hospital

Autumn Statement Persimmon Chancellor bricklayer

Persimmon gears up to build 80,000 new homes

House builder plans to ramp business to create 1,000 more jobs

Bristol aurora

Willmott Dixon wins £24m Bristol office job

Auroa office build to start early next year at Finzels Reach

Railway electrification

Network Rail property sell-off to fund upgrade projects

Plan to raise £2.5bn so vast majority of rail programmes and projects delivered by 2019.


Work to start on £15m Carlisle Station overhaul

Galliford Try to start on roof replacement at the end of this month


Plan for £90m East London tilting bridge

Winning design for new Pimlico footbridge in West London also revealed


Over 700 contractors to pay new levy for apprenticeships

Industry training thrown into turmoil as hundreds of contractors set to switch to new levy system

Doosan Stage IV compliant 24-tonne DX235LCR-5 reduced radius crawler excavators

Lynch buys 150 Doosan excavators

Deal includes first Doosan Stage IV compliant 24-tonne reduced radius crawler excavators in the UK


Osborne spurs house builders to deliver 400,000 homes

Chancellor commits to £23bn school building programme and protects transport investment


Former Euromix finance director banned for 8 years

Creditors count cost of invoice discounting abuse at Essex ready mixed concrete firm

Hull Uni medical facilities

Interserve wins Hull health campus with £18.7m bid

Job will involve a new five-storey building and refurbishing existing facilities


Vinci takes Jaguar Land Rover engine plant

£450m to be invested in 900,000 sq ft Wolverhampton engine plant


Mouchel wins £40m North Yorkshire council deal

Mouchel picks up sixth consecutive local authority deal


BAM gets go-ahead for £70m Leeds office

Office demand in Leeds prompts BAM property arm to deliver twin office projects


Lords phase 2 revamp gets final approval

Work will not begin until 2019 on south west cricket ground overhaul

Ineos HQ Grangemouth

BAM wins £17m Grangemouth HQ

Work has started on petrochemical giant’s headquarters

Chancellor Osborne

Osborne to unveil housing boost and apprentices levy

Chancellor to pledge almost £7bn to housing, with over 400,000 affordable homes


Severfield warns cost concerns causing major project delays

Steelwork contractor eyes expansion as turnover and profits rise

Stemlab loughbrough

Henry Bros wins £13m Loughborough STEMlab

Science building is one of firm’s largest contracts in last few years

Brian May, Renew chief executive

Renew turnover tops £500m two years early

Engineering services on a high as infrastructure spending rises

NWCD_Hill_3_Homes by Pollard Thomas Edwards

Cambridge Uni new town private homes approved

Hill to start work in New Year on first 240 homes for sale

Unilever Port Sunlight

BAM starts £24m Birkenhead Unilever R&D hub

Firm lands second R&D facility for consumer products giant


Funding deal for £284m Metropolitan line extension

Work to start next year to re-route and extend the Metropolitan line to Watford Junction

Energy Works Hull Spencer M+W

M+W wins £200m Hull green power plant

Spencer Group will deliver the main civils package


Former LOR boss chairs Fusion HS2 bid team

Roger Robinson is independent chairman of Morgan Sindall/BAM/Ferrovial jv

Kumar Bhamidipati,  new marketing director

Hewden restructures sales and marketing

New marketing director to lead stronger customer focus

Thomas Barnes

North West builder collapses after bus station row

Thomas Barnes & Sons placed in administration


Concrete firms wanted for £140m L&Q framework

London & Quadrant aims to appoint 10 RC firms

CPA forecast Q3

Construction growth forecast downgraded

Contractors can still count on nearly 20% growth to 2019

Greenwich peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula get final green light

Knight Dragon’s revised masterplan for 12,678 homes get mayor’s thumbs up

Whitby Piers

Race to save Whitby’s piers from North Sea

Contractor wanted to refurbish and strengthen crumbling east and west piers

Health ward hospital

Bidders day for £5bn ProCure 22 framework

NHS procurement chiefs will next month detail next generation healthcare framework

mark smith

Billington buys factory to raise steelwork output

Barnsley steelwork contractor buys Sherling Steel UK works

Watkins Jones student tower Cardiff

Watkins Jones plans Wales’ tallest building in Cardiff

Developer will manage construction which is due to start before the summer

The Bower

Sisk go-ahead for £70m London Bower tower revamp

Old Street building to be stripped back to frame and remodelled

Havelock Estate Bouygues

Bouygues starts London estate rebuild

Work starts on 300 homes across six blocks on the Havelock Estate in Ealing

house building

Wates Living wins Cardiff 1,500-home building deal

Council will invest £33m in housing partnership programme

Arla Ruislip

Simons wins £26m Ruislip retail scheme

Work to start on West London former Arla Foods dairy site this month

T Clarke

T Clarke to shut loss-making Cardiff and Bristol offices

Job cuts loom as M&E contractor to close offices at the end of this year

3 Angel Square NOMA

Go-ahead for next phase of Manchester NOMA scheme

Angel Square 9-floor and 11-floor office buildings get green light

suffolk highways

Race for 10-year Devon and Somerset highways up-keep

Councils estimate £1.2bn will be spent through framework partners

Celsa rebar

Two killed in Cardiff rebar mill explosion

HSE and police are investigating the cause of the explosion in the rebar section

Derwent Brunel House

Laing O’Rourke strikes £116m deal on Paddington job

Work to start early next year on complex steel diagrid building

Crossrail surface lines electrification

£2.3bn Crossrail surface works on track at half-way point

Network Rail says Crossrail track improvements running on time and to budget

Peter Tom

Breedon to buy Hope Construction for £336m

Industry veteran Peter Tom leads major shake-up in cement, concrete and aggregates market

Ratcliffe coal fired power station

Government launches new dash for gas power stations

Energy minister says gas and nuclear will replace all old coal-fired stations set to close by 2025

22 Bishopsgate

Green light for London’s 22 Bishopsgate tower

Work to start in March on new concrete cores in the pre-existing basement

Alistair Cochrane md PPS

Steel piles supplier PPS bought by MBO

Steel foundation pile specialist management team eyes rapid growth plan


Plans lodged for £1bn ‘Harrods’ of Bayswater in London

Whiteley’s department store to be rebuilt behind listed facade

BBC HQ wales

ISG bags £120m BBC Wales’ Cardiff HQ

Funding deal allows work to start early next month at Central Square site in city centre

Mimram Bath bridge

French designer wins Bath bridge contest

First new crossing of the River Avon in the City of Bath for over 100 years.


O’Rourke plans offsite coup as £12bn HS2 bids due in

Steetley off-site factory forms key part of low-cost bid plan

Mel Sowter, finance director J Tomlinson

J Tomlinson appoints group finance director

Mel Sowter will oversee regional builder’s expansion plans

Queensferry crossing

Queensferry Bridge workers suspended after daredevil climb

Panicked workers trapped in stranded hoist climb 107m down mast of central bridge pier


500 firms form construction alliance north east

Alliance formed to counteract wave of local projects going to national contractors

Stadium for Cornwall

Two Truro sports stadiums set to go-ahead

Government waves through plans for Stadium for Cornwall and new Truro City FC ground

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylow Wimpey says build cost inflation set to ease in 2016

House builder sees order book soar to record £2.1bn

No 1 Court Wimbledon

McAlpine wins contest for £70m Wimbledon No. 1 Court

The project involves a part fixed and retractable roof being fitted to the court and extra tiers of seating

Theme graph construction down

Construction output slips for third month

Summer slowdown sees third quarter output drop 2.2%

Newcastle University Urban sciences

B&K wins £45m Newcastle Uni science centre

Urban science building to be located on the former home of the Scottish & Newcastle Brewery


Interserve Construction hit by losses on three projects

Subcontractor insolvencies blamed for late running energy process jobs

Ipswich tidal barrier

VolkerStevin JV wins £21m Ipswich tidal barrier

VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins to start work on Orwell barrier this month

Fire old street

Fire engulfs Cantillon London demolition job

Blaze rips through old Post Office Building being stripped for Great Portland Estates refit

Buchan Concrete

340 jobs saved from Buchan Concrete administration

Management team buys pre-cast concrete business in pre-pack sale

Beckley Court, Plymouth

Kier bags Plymouth’s tallest building in £90m work haul

22-storey student halls will dwarf Plymouth’s landmark civic centre

Derwent Brunel House

Derwent to start two major London jobs worth £340m

Laing O’Rourke’s Brunel House and Brookfield Multiplex’s Saatchi project to start within eight months

Gloucester incinerator Balfour

Balfour gets start date for £500m incinerator plant

Three-year wait over as work on Gloucester incinerator to start next summer

Eastbourne College

Vinci wins £22.5m Eastbourne College sports block

Enabling works underway at famous Eastbourne schools

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Great Portland Estates plans record £500m spend

Development pipeline of 2.5m sq ft includes a dozen new projects

Tarmac Contracting

Tarmac secures £30m Knowsley highways contract

New contract will start in February and be worth £6m a year

Goldman Sachs Shoe Lane

Brookfield Multiplex tops October contracts league

Brookfield Multiplex pips BAM to pole position for work won

Carl Devlin Horizon nuclear power station programme director

Tube upgrade boss lands top Wylfa construction role

Carl Devlin will head up construction of Angelsey nuclear power station

100 Bishopsgate

London office building soars 18%

London pipeline of projects now stretches to 2019 as demand for space soars

intu Watford extension

Laing O’Rourke replaces BAM on £110m Watford mall

Retail client Intu picks new contractor after failing to agree price with BAM

Travis Perkins HQ

Travis Perkins scraps £30m HQ tender race

Building supplies giant cancels procurement on eve of bid submissions