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Late payment still plagues half of all subcontractors

Late payment and retention abuse remain rife in construction even in the upturn

Woking towers

Green light for £250m Woking towers scheme

Town centre Victoria Square scheme will see two resi towers of 30 and 34 storeys

CIMC Chinese

Chinese firm to build £15m Bristol sea container hotel

China International Marine Containers wins ninth modular hotel job

Wilkins Terrace UCL

Balfour bags £10m University College London revamp

Work will start on the Bloomsbury Wilkins Terrace rebuild next month

Copperas Hill development

Race for £70m Liverpool John Moores Uni job

Old mail sorting office will be transformed into a central teaching library and sports complex


Severfield raises margins to 3.7% as orders recover

Steelwork giant warns of market tensions as main contractors work through legacy jobs

Brian May, Renew chief executive

Renew rides to record profits after Dawlish sea wall job

Specialist contractor sets sights on £500m turnover target

Smart motorway

Biggest smart motorway job given 2016 start date

£700m M4 widening project will take over 5 years to complete

Guildford station Solum

Plans for £150m Guildford station regen scheme

Solum Regeneration rolls out most ambitious station redevelopment


Keepmoat and Strata seal deal for 4,000 Hull homes

Hull City Council deal will attract £500m private investment over 13 years


Go-ahead for Ballymore twin towers on Isle of Dogs

Twin 50 and 55-storey residential towers to be built opposite Canary Wharf


Subcontractors take retentions abuse battle to Parliament

Specialist contractors plan last-minute amendment to Small Business Bill

Flintshire leisure centre

SDC scoops Bedfordshire £13m leisure centre job

Flintwick leisure centre scheme won for 20% more than estimate

House building theme

Bid races for duo of £1bn housing frameworks

Firms fight for places on Hyde Group and London & Quadrant housing panels


Sisk bags £30m Reading office job

Site start expected in February as EAG lands cladding package

Brynglas tunnel fire

£40m refit of fire-ravaged M4 tunnels up for grabs

Five firms will be invited to bid in January

Sunderland vocational college

BAM bags £20m Sunderland College job

Work expected to start next year on Sunderland College Vocational Campus

Stephen Elliott BWI

Ex Overbury bosses join rival London fitout firm

Key players behind rise of Morgan Sindall’s fitout business join BWI on growth mission


Government launches probe into Chinese rebar

Substandard rebar triggers inquiry into CARES testing regime and quality of imports

National Army Museum

Gilbert Ash call-up for £23m National Army Museum

Building work will start shortly on Chelsea army museum

Don Valley school

BAM wins race for £14m school in Don Valley

Combined secondary and primary school is being built on Sheffield’s former athletics stadium site

housing theme starts house building

House building jitters as starts fall 10% in England

Latest quarterly house building figures show fall for first time in two years

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Eiffel Steelworks calls in administrators

60 jobs under threat as Wigan specialist seeks a buyer


£500m private finance plan for next wave of Welsh schools

Welsh to use non-profit distribution model to finance phase 2 of 21st Century Schools programme


Hull Uni hunts for £24m student halls builder

University plans to renew student accommodation, build more than 2,000 room over coming years


Commercial work to drive 7% rise in 2015 project starts

West Midlands and Scotland predicted to see strong construction growth next year

Trafford Park tunnelling

Balfour Beatty to start Trafford Park tunnel drive

UK’s largest earth pressure balanced tunnelling machine will be run by contractor Murphy: Video

MOD Sign

Bidders named for £650m MoD southern frameworks

Firms will this week be invited to bid for £400m South West and £250m South East capital frameworks

Lanarkshire schools

Winners named for £100m Scottish schools framework

Galliford Try, Kier and Morgan Sindall win North Lanarkshire phase 2 schools framework

Cambridge North West

BAM scoops £80m North West Cambridge job

BAM Construction secures biggest phase one contract

Shipping containers hotel holiday Inn London

Anglo Holt builds Holiday Inn from sea containers

Tie-up with Chinese shipping container giant opens way for large-scale London modular hotel

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Bardsley bags £24m brace of building jobs

Salford Quays and Bradford projects boost builder

Soldier bricklayers

Persimmon calls up ex-soldiers to train as brickies

Up to 500 ex-military personnel to retrain as bricklayers and joiners

Chris Tyerman, managing director of Interserve Infrastructure

Costain director takes Interserve infrastructure md job

Costain’s operations efficiency director Chris Tyerman joins Interserve

Regents Park Estate

Builder wanted to replace condemned HS2 estate

Replacing parts of the Regents Park Estate will cost £40m

Crossrail infrastructure theme

UK infrastructure deficit now at £60bn

Report argues for economy boosting infrastructure spending push


Yorkshire plant hirer snaps up Stockport rival

Chippindale Plant buys Wilmslow Plant Hire

Costain logo

Costain to start £102m dualling job on A556

Work set to start on dualling one of north west’s busiest A roads


AFC Wimbledon lodge new £16m stadium plan

New stadium in Plough Lane would be funded by 600-homes development plan


Anglian Water names five for final £200m framework

Alliance deals could run for 15 years, making them the longest collaborations in water industry

Barton Birse BPH

Balfour Beatty to close Lincolnshire office

26 jobs at risk as plan to close North Lincolnshire office revealed

housing theme starts house building

Five firms wanted for new £3bn social building framework

New framework to bring forward developments on public land

North Somerset enterprise and technology college

BAM to build £12m North Somerset college

Building work expected to start in the spring

Crest Nicholson wins £1bn MoD garden village

Crest named preferred developer to build 4,500 homes at Wyton Airfield in Cambridgeshire

housing theme starts house building

House building tops commercial activity for first time

Construction output grows 0.8% in third quarter

American School in London

ISG clinches £22m American School in London job

New swimming pool and fitness centre to be built below playground

Balfour Beatty Rail

Balfour Beatty gives away loss-making German rail arm

German track and plant businesses sold to Austrian group

North West Cambridge Post graduate accommodation

Graham wins £26m North West Cambridge job

Post graduate accommodation contract signed at £1bn Cambridge Uni scheme

Northampton University_waterside campus

UK Guarantee for £330m Northampton campus scheme

Five contractors are being shortlisted for £100m campus building job

Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec seals Foster Wheeler takeover deal

New £5.5bn Amec Foster Wheeler engineering and consultancy company formed

2906_battersea station

Northern line extension green light for spring start

Laing O’Rourke and Ferrovial Agroman jv gets £1bn project start date


Go-ahead for £2bn New Covent Garden Market scheme

Vinci Construction UK will start enabling works on new market early next year


Rail contracts dent Atkins UK profits

Group pre-tax profits fall 29% as revenue slides to £831m

Wyvil Road

37-floor London Nine Elms tower approved

Network Rail and K2 Property residential tower given go-ahead

Danny Murray ISG Northern md

ISG hires northern construction regional md

Former Kier major projects director joins ISG’s Manchester office

Richard Scarrott Wates

Wates appoints new Midlands business unit director

Richard Scarrott is promoted after 18 months at Wates driving efficiency in Midlands

Sainsbury's Warrington

Sainsbury’s shelves new store plans

Sainsbury’s halves store building spend to help fund £150m in price cuts

2906_battersea station

Balfour knocks Kier from top of contracts league

Laing O’Rourke and Ferrovial Northern Line extension dominates October orders


Kier wins £58m Cambridge Uni biomedical job

New joint venture with Amber Infrastructure to target student accommodation sector

Bath University teaching block

Vinci starts £17m Bath Uni teaching block

Vinci Construction UK has started work on its £17m contract to build an academic building for the University of Bath. The new L-shaped research and teaching building, known as 10 West, will be positioned adjacent to the School of Management on the western part of the University campus. It will feature a conference suite that […]


Ex-Connaught workers lose four-year bid for compensation

Blow for 124 former Norwich Connaught workers

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Mace tipped for £32m Barnes London school job

Work is expected to start in December of the main teaching building at St Paul’s school

Crane drivers

HTC crane drivers call off second strike day

Crane drivers to consider fresh two-year pay offer from HTC Plant

David tonkin

Atkins UK chief to exit in latest group shake-up

Atkins UK boss David Tonkin will be replaced by North America director Nick Roberts

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Morrison Utility wins £90m Midlands cable laying deal

Western Power Distribution confirms Morgan Sindall and Morrison as area cable laying partners

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey shrugs off cost rises for 4% margin growth

Taylor Wimpey set to lift margins past 17% as house prices rise

mike putnam

Fast-growing Skanska UK holds margins above 3%

Skanska UK Construction doubles orders in first nine months of 2014

LM engineering services

Welsh steel specialist goes under with 21 jobs axed

LM Engineering Services supplied 3km of balustrades for Cheesegrater tower


London office construction takes off again

Twenty-two office projects start in six months doubling volume of space under construction


Carillion seals deal for £800m Sunderland regeneration

Key city development site will be unlocked over 20 years

JCB Finance

JCB opens £60m fund for buy now pay later scheme

Buy now, pay later scheme available on all plant delivered before start of 2015


Construction grows for sixth quarter in a row

Major contractors report falling margins as costs rise

Nottingham fire

Roof blaze hits B&K’s New College Nottingham job

Rolls of asphalt on the roof of £27m building project caught fire

Merrion House

Shepherd tipped for £30m Leeds council HQ

Work on revamp of Merrion House in Leeds expected to start next spring

M25 widening

M25 upgrade marathon finishes 36 weeks early

Skanska Balfour Beatty JV sets new benchmarks in design, safety, innovation and sustainabilty on £1.3bn job

Steve Morgan, Redrow

Redrow warns of pre-election planning lag

Chairman Steve Morgan says transaction levels this Autumn are back to normal after Help to Buy surge

Crane drivers

Crane drivers strike hits London and south east sites

HTC bars striking crane drivers from working this weekend

Highways work theme

Winners named for £5bn highways super framework

M1, M5 and M6 smart motorway schemes will be first to use collaborative framework

Earls Court

Keltbray gets February start to demolish Earls Court

Vast exhibition hall demolition job will take up to two years

Berkeley Homes Marsh Wall

Berkeley 68-storey Isle of Dogs tower approved

Building work will start in July on UK’s tallest resi tower