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Bardsley bags £14m Leeds housing blocks

Builder takes sixth big job with developer Xi

Kelpies Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals wants firms for £35m repairs programme

Dozen firms will be selected for range of minor works projects across Scotland


Henry Boot boardroom shake-up

Jamie Boot retires as chief executive to take non-ex chairman role

Hadyn Mursell

Kier bags £1.5bn Scape deal for second time

Revamped Scape minor works framework now includes projects up to £4m


Firms wanted for £800m+ northern housing panel

Bidders day for Yorkshire and Humber social house building framework

Deansgate Nevill Giggs

Giggs and Neville seal funding for £200m scheme

Backers found for landmark offices and flats scheme in Manchester city centre

Storey's field centre

Farrans bags £10m public centre in Cambridge

Construction starts next week on the Storey’s Field Centre


Worker injured by boards falling from crane

Balfour Beatty fined £22,000 after worker suffers broken leg and ribs

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Government targets £1 in £3 spend on small firms

Ambitious new target to get more small firms working on central government contracts

Greenwich cruise liner terminal

Greenwich cruise liner terminal gets go-ahead

Nearly 500 homes will also be built by Barratt as part of the Enderby Wharf scheme

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ISG wins £59m London office refurb

Old Bailey office refit to start in November

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£22m Worcestershire Parkway gets green light

Osborne gets spring go-ahead for new rail station

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Carillion blames Election hiatus for slump in new orders

New orders fall by two thirds but group turnover buoyed by major awards in 2014

Able energy park humber

Bid race to re-run for £165m Humber quay

New quay on the Humber estuary for a wind turbine factory coming up for rebid.

Pat Ward Aggregate Industries

Aggregate Industries chief jumps to Breedon

Pat Ward joins Breedon as chief executive officer

Steve Corcoran Speedy

Ex-Speedy boss to head new national plant hirer

Fork Rent and One Call Hire to merge under new owners

Horizon nuclear power Wylfa

£70m roads upgrade race for nuclear power plant

Horizon Nuclear Power and Anglesey County Council start framework contest


Sellafield contractors face wave of industrial action

Workers at nine firms plan walkouts as dispute escalates

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ISG lands RIBA Liverpool office fit-out

Work starts next month on Royal Institute of British Architects’ first office and exhibition space outside London


Work starts on £90m Morpeth hospital housing scheme

Linden Homes starts St George’s hospital redevelopment

Hart leisure centre

Green light for £23m Hampshire leisure job

Willmott Dixon wins another Scape framework deal

Kingston University town house

Willmott Dixon bags £20m Kingston Uni job

Work to start on landmark complex at Penrhyn Road in Surrey

Thames Tideway Tunnel

All systems go for £4.2bn London super sewer

Mass mobilisation starts as £1.77bn contracts signed for seven years of work.

Seddon Group chairman Rod Sellers

Seddon Solutions on firm footing after restructure

Seddon chairman Rod Sellers said the firm has focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet


Construction set for 22% growth to 2019

Firms can expect an extra £27bn spend over next four years

Balfour Beatty rail electrification

Balfour exits £75m north west rail upgrade

Network Rail to find replacement firm for Preston to Blackpool electrification


Four shortlisted for last major Crossrail job

Vinci, Balfour, Alstom and VolkerFitzpatrick chase £30m Plumstead train maintenance depot

Andrew Wyllie

Costain profits rise despite waste contract woe

£24m infrastructure profit dampened by £7.4m natural resources division loss


BAM UK operations back in the black

UK activities squeeze £2.9m profit from £776m turnover in first six months

Edinburgh, central hotel, St James Street, development,

Edinburgh ‘ribbon’ hotel site works early next year

St James Centre demolition to start in early 2016


Lakesmere eyes £130m turnover from high-rise boom

Roofing and cladding specialist posts record results

Leeds student union

Green light for £20m Leeds student union revamp

Work to start later this year on Leeds University improvements

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Carillion seals £187m Midlands PF2 schools

Eight new schools to be built for £138m over next two years


Willmott Dixon bags £21m Network Rail refurb

Interior arm wins office retrofit at One Puddle Dock next to Blackfriars Station

Bovis Homes

Record home sales spur Bovis expansion

Midlands housing boss promoted to new COO role

Smart motorway

Kier pulls off contracts league double

Major road contracts lift Kier to top of monthly and annual orders league

Hyde Group

New line-up for Hyde major housing projects

Laing O’Rourke and Ardmore win places for first time on £1bn Hyde framework

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Birmingham City University new block plan

Plans lodged for new 112,000 sq ft teaching block at Eastside campus

Daren Harris

NG Bailey hunts for new finance boss

Finance director Daren Harris departs M&E specialist


Dutch Imtech group financial woes deepen

German arm files for insolvency after failing to secure credit from lenders

Colmore Row Birmingham

Green light for Birmingham’s tallest building

Work to start next summer on £60m, 26-storey office block

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January start on Interserve’s futuristic HQ

Over 1,200 Interserve staff will be relocated to new West Midlands hub


Brick stocks recover as shortages ease

Stock levels replenished as production rises to 1 billion in six months

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Barratt London to start twisting tower

Enabling works to start this month on one of last remaining Thames riverfront sites


Aldi plans to open 130 extra stores in UK

Discount supermarket will invest £600m in expansion plan

Des O’Neill Managing director Speller Metcalfe

Speller Metcalfe appoints new MD

Des O’Neill takes charge of Malvern and Wolverhampton offices

Old London Underground signalling box

Thales lands £760m Tube signalling deal

New London Underground signalling upgrade will sustain 1,100 jobs

National Badminton Arena

Rising build costs dash badminton arena plan

Badminton England cancels plan for £22m national arena in Milton Keynes

T Clarke Mark Lawrence

London M&E jobs lift T Clarke

Central and West division hit by Cardiff student digs job in first half


Plans for £100m revamp of Poole marina

Salterns Marina revamps will include new hotel and 70 apartments

Christopher Seddon

Tributes as Christopher Seddon dies aged 73

Grandson of Seddon founder died at the weekend following a battle with illness


£20m bid bags Galliford Try Wick nuclear archive

Morrison Construction arm will build national nuclear document store near Dounreay

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CRH cements Lafarge Tarmac takeover deal

Tarmac name returns with Blue Circle logo as ownership switches to CRH

Bath hotel tolent construction

Tolent Construction wins £35m Bath hotel

Apex Hotels group prepares to build 10th hotel

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Plans to build last-time buyer homes soar

Retirement home registrations outstrip last year in first six months of 2015

Southbank Centre plans

BAM set for £25m London Southbank Centre revamp

Work to start this Autumn on essential repairs after £120m scheme put on hold to save skateboarder area

Flintshire town centre

Wates named for £500m Flintshire housing plan

Wates Living Space will initially deliver 500 affordable and council homes

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Brookfield Multiplex in the City’s tallest tower team

Plans submitted for 62-floor Pinnacle replacement in London

Highways maintenance

Bid race begins for £750m highways deal

14 places up for grabs on Eastern Highways Alliance 2 framework

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£100m London housing framework up for grabs

Connected Partnership of housing associations seeks firms for new-build programme

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Canary Wharf green light for 57-storey tower

Striking cylindrical tower will lead next phase of London Docklands expansion

Lindsey Oil refinery

Main contractors face cheap foreign labour wage claims

Poorly-paid EU subcontractor workers entitled to claim full UK rate from main contractors


First phase approved for £1bn new Devon town

Work to start on first 580 homes at Sherwood new market town

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Housing approvals top 200,000 in England

Planning permissions soar to seven-year high


London rebar specialist Kierbeck in administration

Largest rebar supplier to the piling industry goes under


Imtech suffers losses on UK water projects

Struggling building services giant warns of continuing problem contracts

Vale Academy

Galliford Try seals close on £48m schools deal

Firm signs off North and North East Lincolnshire batch of eight schools

Portishead station plan

Arup wins £60m Bristol rail link design

Design underway to reopen Portishead to Bristol Spa rail link

Leeds UTC

BAM bags £11m Leeds university technical college

Contractor stakes claim as top UTC builder

South Quay Plaza isle of dogs Berkeley

Laing O’Rourke wins UK’s tallest resi tower

£135m contract signed for Berkeley’s London Docklands skyscraper

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Government to appoint late payment tsar

Consultation starts on small business commissioner plan to tackle payment


Bid race for £160m Yorkshire new homes deal

More than 1,600 homes to be built over four years under new framework

Eye Suffolk

Two gas-fired power stations worth £400m approved

Construction of 300Mw peaking plants approved for Suffolk and Aberdare

Shorehead Huddersfield University

Morgan Sindall set for £22m Huddersfield Uni job

Contractor set to be named to replace GB Building on Shorehead building

Volumetric concrete trucks

Call for crackdown on volumetric concrete mixers

Government urged to regulate UK fleet of 700 volumetric concrete mixers as HGVs

Blackburn FC training

£10m Burnley FC training facility approved

Work on Gawthorpe football academy could kick-off later this year

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Feasibility study into Trans-Pennine tunnel plan

Mouchel/Hyder to explore viability of major highway linking Sheffield and Manchester

Brighton College sport complex

Brighton College plans £40m sports complex

Two-year building project is slated to start next summer


Interserve wins £35m Birmingham cancer centre

Work will start early in 2016 on Birmingham Children’s Hospital cancer clinic

Waterloo Station Victory Arch

Race starts for £20m refit of Waterloo station offices

Network Rail plans to overhaul 90,000 sq ft of offices at London station