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Adagion aparthotel Edinburgh

McAleer & Rushe wins £19m Edinburgh hotel

Contractor checks in with a hat-trick of hotel contracts in Edinburgh

David Cameron

Tories pledge to ramp up cheap starter home building

Cameron promises to double starter home building target to 200,000

Oxford Westgate 020315

Laing O’Rourke confirmed for £440m Westgate centre

Work will start this spring on vast Oxford shopping centre expansion


Plan for 22km Cardiff tidal barrage resurfaces

Ambitious plan to see UK lead the world on tidal power with six barrage schemes

Morgan Sindall airport runway

Morgan Sindall lands £16m Heathrow taxiway job

Sierra project involves realignment and widening of taxiways for larger planes

East Wick Sweetwater

Balfour wins £400m Olympic Park homes scheme

Construction arm will build up to 1,500 homes at East Wick and Sweetwater villages

NWCH north west construction hub

Winners named for North West Construction Hub

BAM, Vinci and Keepmoat secure places for first time on major north west framework

Southwark tube station

High-rise plan for London Tube station

Landmark 225,00 sq ft Southwark station scheme will include 300 flats

National Army Museum

Gibert-Ash wins £13m National Army Museum revamp

Building work will start shortly on Chelsea national army museum

Stratford City hotel Penny Brook

£100m double hotel plan for London Stratford City

Developer aims to begin work on 25-storey hotel complex by the end of the year.

Sentinel ID cards

ID cards to stop railway workers double-shifting on Tube

Sentinel ID cards to carry working hours data to stamp out double-shifting on railways and London Underground


Carillion goes cool on Balfour Beatty takeover

Takeover Panel deadline preventing Carillion making a fresh bid passes without a murmur

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Winners named for £2.3bn London Super Sewer

Laing O’Rourke JV lands biggest tunnel drive under the Thames

Northampton University Campus

£330m Northampton Uni campus approved

Bids were invited this month from five shortlisted firms to meet a November start target

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O’Rourke off-site housing factory gets £22m grant

Government grant for planned off-site factory to revolutionise house building

AmeyColas ballast train

Over 500 AmeyColas staff to switch to Network Rail

Network Rail high output renewal team grows with new £50m ballast cleaner and major staff insourcing

80 Charlotte Street

Derwent London to start £125m Saatchi building job

BAM, Brookfield Multiplex and Mace are in the running for job to start later this year

Brent Cross Cricklewood South

Argent lands Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration

North London scheme will include 750 homes, new schools and a health centre

Neil Ashworth house builder Forrest

Balfour social housing boss joins Forrest

Ex-Mansell director Neil Ashworth will drive expansion of new-build housing

Buchanan galleries

Green light for £390m Buchanan Galleries job

Lend Lease is due to start work this Summer on Glasgow shopping centre scheme

Mark Clare Barratt Developments

Barratt predicts easing in building cost rises to 4%

Barratt boss starts construction process review to strip out further costs

Dundee V&A

BAM signs £80m V&A Dundee contract

Work to start next month on flagship museum building

Manchester stock exchange

Giggs and Neville net planning for second hotel

Manchester’s former Northern Stock Exchange will be converted into a boutique hotel

Peter Walsh Murphy operations director London

Murphy poaches Vinci project boss to run London ops

Peter Walsh joins as operations director in charge of London and the south

selly oak hospital

£100m housing plan for Birmingham hospital site

Building work to start in April on Birmingham’s largest brownfield housing scheme

UEA student halls phase 1

R G Carter tipped for £25m Norwich student halls

Work to start in April on University of East Anglia’s 500-room student block

Leo Quinn Balfour Beatty

Balfour strikes deal to delay £85m pension payment

Quinn secures deal to phase pension top-up payment over eight years


Persimmon ramps up site openings before Election

House builder races to open sites after 17% rise on completions last year


Lagan lands £15m Aberdeen A96 link road

Work to start this Spring on Aberdeen park and ride and dual carriageway scheme


Ex-Hewden boss returns to CAT dealer Finning

Kevin Parkes to re-join Finning after four years transforming Hewden’s plant hire business

dan labbad

Lend Lease construction returns to profit

Plans to be lodged in weeks for first two major office projects at East London International Quarter

Bovis Homes

Bovis Homes hit by subbie shortages

House building costs jump 12% at south east house builder

Castleford Tigers

£135m Tigers rugby stadium and retail park approved

Wakefield councillors approve Five Towns Park retail and sports stadium scheme


Brickie shortages hitting contractors again

Tender prices still rising as wage and material price inflation bites

NOMA materplan

Casey wins public realm works for £800m NOMA

New public square will be created in next phase plans for NOMA

Royal Free Hospital rsearch

Vinci HIV research centre project approved

Work to start this spring at London Royal Free Hospital site

mike putnam

Skanska UK boosts senior management team

Skanska boss Mike Putnam promotes two to senior management team

Siteserv Sean Corkery

Siteserv buys industrial painting contractor

Chepstow painting specialist PDC will team up with scaffolder Deborah Services to spearhead growth drive


Asda to pump £600m into stores this year

Up to 19 new stores to be opened this year and 62 remodelled

Pinnacle 22 Bishopsgate

New London tower deal for stalled Pinnacle site

Fresh plan to build City’s tallest building on ‘The Stump’ site

Housing, house building, theme

Housing starts growth spurt fizzles out

Housing starts grow 10% in 2014, but latest figures show growth is slowing

John Morgan

Morgan Sindall construction margins slide to 0.3%

Strong profit growth in fit-out and urban regeneration lift pre-tax profits to £23m.

sighthill glasgow

Bids invited for £20m Glasgow ground remediation job

Glasgow’s biggest remediation project since construction of the M74 will last five years

Marble Arch Tower

£400m Marble Arch Tower plan approved

Work is set to get underway in the Autumn with Brookfield Multiplex favourite to take the main contract

M40 junction 12

Balfour wins £12m M40 junction 12 upgrade

Work will start on Warwickshire junction improvement in March


Construction starts on UK’s largest road scheme

An army of 1500 workers will be on the Aberdeen Bypass at peak construction

Romford Morrisons

RG Group set for £25m Morrisons store project

Work to start in May on Romford supermarket project built on stilts

Betteshanger Colliery

Willmott Dixon wins UK’s first green business park

£40m construction job will transform the former Betteshanger Colliery

Pall Mall Liverpool

PHD1 gets green light for £90m Liverpool mixed scheme

18-floor Pall Mall scheme will start in July


Skanska confirms £300m AstraZeneca HQ job

Skanska will build the vast Cambridge complex under a construction management deal


BAM Nuttall wins £12m Shetland port expansion

Work will start in April on Dales Voe South quay extension

Derby train testing facilty

Balfour wins £12.5m Crossrail trains facility

Crossrail train testing plant will be built in Derby

Leo Quinn Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty unveils ‘Build to Last’ recovery plan

Balfour boss to concentrate on cash generation and cost-cutting

North West Cambridge

Cambridge Uni seeks two more housing partners

Developers wanted for two parcels of land to deliver 215 flats

Law school old college

£20m bid race for Edinburgh law school revamp

Refurbishment of iconic building will take five years to complete

Hemel Hempstead council offices

R G Carter bags £15m Hemel Hempstead town hall

Work to start in May on Dacorum Borough Council HQ

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Labour plan to create 33,000 HS2 apprentices

Large firms hiring skilled workers from outside the EU or bidding for public jobs will be forced to take on apprentices


Student halls developer Fortis buys northern builder

£20m turnover builder Beaumont Morgan Developments will give Fortis full turnkey capability

David Fison

Osborne boss David Fison to step down

Fison retires in March with construction director Andy Steele taking the helm


JN Bentley bags £16m mine water treatment works deal

Fims will design and build water treatment works for the Coal Authority

Tata Warwick

Tata to build £16m engineering HQ in Warwick

Developer A C Lloyd will build HQ at Tachbrook Park


£1bn Croydon shopping centre start pushed back to 2016

Hammerson delays construction start date on Whitgift redevelopment

Morgate Crossrail Land Securities

Plans lodged for major Crossrail Moorgate office compex

Land Securities will build 500,000 sq ft scheme above Crossrail station in the City

Stevenage cell catapult

Contest to start for Stevenage £20m cell therapy unit

Prequalification to start for on next phase of biosciences campus


Construction new work output climbs 0.6%

Construction industry grew by 7.4% in 2014

Birmingham Women's Hospital block

Kier wins £89m haul of hospital jobs

Kier has bagged over £1.3bn of work through Procure 21+ in the last decade

Carlyon Bay

£250m Carlyon Bay beach resort finally aproved

Work starting on 500-flat beach scheme hangs on bat licence

Hinkley Point

Hinkley Point nuclear funding decision delayed again

Construction work now looks like starting more than a year later than planned

Highways maintenance theme

Area 8 roads maintenance staff strike over pay

Amey highways maintenance crews plan four one-day stoppages over pay

Cambridge community centre

ISG wins £10m Cambridge community centre

Work will start in April on the multi-service community centre

mike putnam

Fast-growing Skanska UK lifts profits 6%

UK contracting arm of Swedish giant raises turnover 22% and holds margins at 3%


Payment abuse still rife among public clients

Four out of 10 public clients still fail to pay in 30 days, while some demand 10% retentions


McAlpine bags £150m London office scheme

120 Fenchurch Street office project is McAlpine’s first major City of London contract win for two years

Highways maintenance

HA takes direct control of Midlands maintenance

Highways Agency reverts to traditional client role in maintenance area 7


Keller’s warehouse disaster job to cost £60m

Long-running legal dispute settled after seven years

Philip Aiken

Balfour Beatty names new chairman

Philip Aiken will remain chairman of software giant Aveva while he takes the helm at Balfour


Skanska tops contracts league with London wins

Skanska stakes claim as leading London major project specialist

Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2 is go for Sir Robert McAlpine

Green light for Northamptonshire 1m sq ft mega shed

Steve Morgan, Redrow

Redrow sees easing in house building cost rises

House builder delivers record half-year profits

Sandsend coastal defence works

Balfour wins £7m coastal defence job near Whitby

Sandends project will involve building a 780m concrete-stepped revetment