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Immingration enforcement

Home Office raids sites in illegal workers crackdown

Immigration officials launch Operation Magnify to root out illegal construction workers

A96 dualling

£50m design deal for A96 dualling up for grabs

Western section design of £3bn dualling project put out to tender

Planning theme

Offices to homes development rights extended

Offices and light industrial units can now be demolished for new homes

CWS fire wates

Blaze hits Wates Manchester Co-op refurb job

Firefighters battle for three hours to control huge roof blaze at historic HQ

South Wales Truck Road Agent

Contest for £94m South Wales highways repairs

South Wales Trunk Road Agent framework comes up for renewal


Planning taking twice the time ordered

Developers ready to pay extra to speed up planning from 32 weeks average

Heathrow third runway

Heathrow calls up consultants for third runway work

Firms to be invited to bid for place on Heathrow client team next month


North west fit-out firm goes under

Naylor & Walkden Construction Services calls in administrators

Livewire warrington

BAM clinches £16m Warrington community hub

First phase of leisure project to start next month

Staffordshire County Council

Race for £350m Staffordshire construction framework

New public works framework to start next April

Carillion Richard Howson

Carillion hails £1.7bn of contract wins

Contractor in upbeat mood after second-half surge of new work wins


New chief at Construction Leadership Council

Andrew Wolstenholme to replace David Higgins as chair of leadership body later this month

Beaumont Morgan Developments Ordsall Salford

£50m duo of Ordsall housing schemes gets nod

Developer Beaumont Morgan to build more than 250 homes in Ordsall

house building

Construction output falls in August

Slow down in repair and maintenance drags down construction activity


Plans unveiled for £24m Dyfi Bridge in Wales

New viaduct will cross the River Dyfi upstream of the existing bridge

PV, mark group, solar panels

Solar PV and insulation installer axes 900 jobs

Government energy policy U-turns blamed for collapse of Mark Group

hertsmere house Canary Wharf

Chinese submit 67-floor Canary Wharf resi tower

Greenland Group submits 240m high tower plan

Queensferry Crossing north approach road

Bomb disposal experts called to new Forth bridge site

Controlled explosion after old demolition charges unearthed at north approach road site

Innovation Fund

10 bright ideas for safer sites get £1m backing

Berkeley Group innovation fund dishes out cash for health and safety

luton-dunstable-university hospital logo

Galliford Try wins £150m Luton hospital deal

Luton and Dunstable university hospital will be revamped in several phases

The Gates Durham

£30m Durham shopping centre revamp OK’d

Proposals for new cinema, student digs and shops at The Gates

Princes Quay Bridge in Hull

Green light for £12m Hull Princes Quay bridge

Balfour Beatty to start work early next year

Energy Hub, Elephant Park

Green light for London Elephant Park energy hub

Elephant Park scheme will be one of the most sustainable urban regeneration projects in the world

Kathleen Lonsdale Building refurbishment

Graham Construction wins £11m UCL refurb

Grade II listed University College London revamp set to start

Highways England

Bid race for £25m East Midlands highways design

Bids invited for last of three Area 7 maintenance packages

altair altrincham

Eric Wright clinches £70m Altrincham leisure scheme

Preparation works to start this month while contractor awaits full planning

lombard house

ISG bags £29m London office job

City of London Lombard House scheme gets underway


Bouygues jumps to top of contracts league

Bouygues flies up the rankings after record-breaking contract

Skipton House  Elephant & Castle

Plans unveiled for £500m Elephant & Castle scheme

South London complex will boast 500,000 sq ft of offices and 450 flats

Battersea Power station chimneys

Go-ahead for Battersea power station chimneys rebuild

German chimney specialist Beroa Bierrum to start dismantling remaining three stacks

Elizabeth Arden factory in west London Old Oak Common

Twin tower plan for London perfume factory site

First project submitted for west London’s Old Oak Common regeneration zone

Arborfield Garrison secondary school

Dawnus to start £27m Arborfield secondary school

Work to start on secondary school at former garisson site in Wokingham


Mace bags £25m London student centre

Enabling works to start this autumn for main construction start on UCL student building next summer


RG Group restarts Longcross £20m Redhill job

Kent builder restarts supermarket and hotel scheme

Crosslane student Sheffield

£32m Sheffield student scheme approved

Work to start next month on 437-bed scheme in city centre

Lord Adonis

Lord Adonis to head new infrastructure commission

Independent commission will tell Government what projects to prioritise

Demolition Aylesbury_estate

Contest starts for London £250m enabling works

Notting Hill Housing Trust will use best scoring firm for Aylesbury Estate tear-down

suffolk highways

Call for firms for £250m southern highways deals

Third generation framework will be used on projects valued between £50k-£10m

KPF Masterworks development Corporation hotel

45-floor London hotel and office tower approved

Demolition set to start next month for spring start on 156m tower

ELCH east lothian community hospital

Plans for £72m East Lothian community hospital

Galliford Try or Graham Construction set for hospital build

Scottish Building Federation

Scottish builders get jitters over future work

Confidence falls as builder warn on growing use of bank performance guarantees

Swansea tidal lagoon

£1bn Swansea tidal lagoon start hit by one year delay

Ongoing talks over Government subsidy for electricity push start back to March 2017

Western Power Distribution

Balfour wins £38m Welsh cable laying deal

Cable laying deal could be worth £62m extended after three years

Hayes scaffolding collapse

Scaffolding collapses at West London office block

40m stretch of scaffold tumbles on to Hayes street at Galliard Homes site

Great Charles Place,

£100m Snow Hill Station scheme unveiled

Work could start on Great Charles Place scheme in early 2016 if given planning nod

Natural resources Wales

£100m Welsh civil engineering framework due out

Natural Resources Wales is to start looking for firms for four-year framework

rail electrification

Work to resume on paused rail electrification schemes

Work on TransPennine and Midland Mainline routes to restart under re-phasing plan announced today


Lendlease workers to get 4-day health break

Workers given at least one paid-for ‘wellbeing day’ every three months

Triangle Cambridge

Bouygues wins £100m Cambridge exam HQ

French contractor bags landmark building job for University

Olympic Stadium

Secrets of Olympic stadium transformation – video

Innovations in design and engineering raise the bar at the UK’s new multi-use stadium

Motorway widening

£3.8bn road projects plan for Midlands and Eastern regions

Roads minister sets out five-year major schemes plan for the middle of England

Charter House

Forrest wins £9m Salford tower refurb

Eccles 20-storey high-rise block to get a revamp

Thames tideway

VolkerStevin bags £28m super sewer enabling works

Contractor will prepare ground for tunnelling to start next year

Wrexham site

Lucky escape as telehandler topples on Wrexham site

Telehandler carrying steel beams overbalances at office building site for union Unite

Motel One Edinburgh

Ogilvie clinches £18m Glasgow Motel One

Stirling builder picks up second big Motel One contract in Scotland

former Tarmac HQ

Former Tarmac HQ to become Sikh free school

Plans submitted for 800-pupil school at materials giant’s former Wolverhampton HQ

Adam Harding BAM south east director

BAM Construction appoints new south east boss

Adam Harding to take over as regional director


Speedy targets job cuts after profit warning

National hirer unveils £13m cost-cutting plan and shift to smaller customers

Cambridge guided busway

Plan to dig up Cambridge guided busway to end dispute

BAM Nuttall and county council agree to fund defects probe before legal action launched

Highways maintenance

Subbies race for £500m new-style roads deals

Highways England invites bids for 14 packages under new East Midlands maintenance regime


Murphy £57m bid bags north London electrification

Contractor will carry out works to allow powerlines to be fitted on the Gospel Oak to Barking line

Midland Metropolitan hospital

Green light for £430m Carillion PF2 hospital

Final contract to be signed before year is out for early 2016 start


HS2 bidders enticed by extra £3bn route to Crewe

Decision to speed up phase two delivery expected later this year

Roads Minister Andrew Jones

South East set for 24 major highways jobs by 2020 – list

Roads minister reinforces pledge to spend £2.2bn in region ahead of spending review

Home Group

Home Group starts £1bn new-build framework race

Twenty-four firms face battle to retain places on four-year framework

Keith Howells, Mott MacDonald Group Chairman

Chinese and UK engineering firms start skills exchange

Mott MacDonald leads way on two-way staff secondment deal with Chinese firms

Copperas Hill John Moores University

Lendlease set for £70m Liverpool John Moores Uni job

Work expected to start on site early next year


Chancellor opens bidding for £12bn of HS2 work

Race starts for first seven tunnel and surface rail route packages

Birmingham Energy Savers

Birmingham bins £1.5bn Carillion green deal

City Council blames Government for failure of Birmingham Energy Savers programme

Guildhouse student housing plymouth

Plans for 17-floor student hall in Plymouth

Second high-rise student scheme unveiled for city centre

Milton Keynes schools

Willmott Dixon wins £21m Milton Keynes schools trio

Council plans to spend £160m on seven new schools and expand a dozen more

Tate Modern

Mace’s Tate Modern extension £45m over budget

Tate Modern boss blames building cost inflation and change of project scope


McLaughlin & Harvey set for £65m Luton Airport job

Northern Irish contractors swoop on airport job

Northumbria Water

Five share Northumbrian Water £500m spend

Esh/MWH, Mott McDonald Bentley, Interserve and Integrated Water Services make a splash

Unite Students

Unite to spend £85m on new Bristol student halls

Student digs specialist swoops on two sites with plans to build 900 rooms

Cardiff Central Square

L&G pumps £400m into Cardiff Central Square scheme

Boost for 1m sq ft city regen scheme as major backer secured

rainbow-estate Raynes Park

Go-ahead for £100m+ South London scheme

Workspace gets planning for 225-home mixed-use scheme

Mark Smith Billington

Rise in warehouse work lifts Billington

Profits double as steelwork specialist enjoys big shed revival

Green deal theme insulation

Winners named for London housing energy retrofit deal

Eleven firms secure places on London RE:NEW framework

JCB shopfloor

JCB puts 400 UK jobs at risk

Falling sales in Russia, China and Brazil hit UK production staff