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Councils raid building budgets to fund school places

Maintenance budgets, Section 106 and capital receipts cash plundered to fund places

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BAM gets go-ahead to start Derby UTC

Derby Manufacturing University Technical College granted detailed planning

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Bluewater sale and London boost Lend Lease profits

Lend Lease Europe boss Dan Labbad promoted to head all international divisions


Four close £450m Anglian Water AMP6 deal

Barhale, Clancy, Kier and Morrison sign one of the longest collaboration deals in the industry

York Community Stadium

Spring start for £37m York community stadium

All-seater stadium and associated leisure complex will open in 2016


Mabey to install National Grid’s first T-pylons

Test line to be erected at National Grid’s training academy in Nottinghamshire


Brookfield Multiplex bags Leicester Sq block revamp

Former AA headquarters to be turned into landmark retail and office block

University of Sunderland

Sunderland Uni seeks firms for £25m revamp

Five firms wanted for framework to deliver several new projects


Imtech UK suffers job cuts as margins slide

Staff job cuts see UK headcount fall by 222 in 2014

moyle North Midland Construction

North Midland Construction edges back into profit

Construction arm still running up losses due to three problem contracts

Cathedral Plaza

Go-ahead for £24m Worcester Cathedral Plaza revamp

Work to start in early 2015 on Worcester shopping centre


Balfour to start £18m third Don Crossing

Cost of the Aberdeen bridge has risen 16% in recovering market

Clitheroe Community Hospital

Faulty floor shuts Eric Wright job after opening

Part of Clitheroe community hospital closed to fix lifting vinyl floors


Plans lodged for Cambridge new town phase two

Developer Gallagher and HCA put in plan for heart of Northstowe new town

Coastal defence theme

Team Van Oord starts £30m Kent coast defence job

Contract signed on Broomhill Sands coastal defences scheme


60 jobs axed as North West contractor goes under

Twenty projects in limbo as £35m turnover Globe Management Services placed in administration

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Boot to start £75m York chocolate factory job

Henry Boot profits shine as commercial development activity hits seven-year high

Eastside locks

Sisk tipped for £40m Birmingham student scheme

City Locks student scheme in Birmingham’s Eastside set to go-ahead

House building theme

Signs surge in house building easing

Annualised house starts jump 18% to 137,780 units

Arcadis Hyder

Arcadis trumps rival Japanese bid for Hyder

Second Arcadis offer seals £288m Hyder takeover deal

United Utilities

Bidders day for £120m Blackburn treatment works

United utilities aims to raise capacity at major treatment works

Keith Miller

Miller profits grow after construction arm offload

Miller Homes sets target to build 2,750 units a year

Andrew Wyllie

Costain pulls out of bidding more waste contracts

Contractor boasts record £3.2bn order book after strong first half performance

Demolition dust

London Mayor to ban old construction plant

Strict controls on dust and plant exhaust to come into force from September next year

royal docks

Galliford Try to start £141m London Royal Docks scheme

Great Eastern Quays scheme will see over 800 homes built at historic dock


£50m plan lodged for Manchester business school

Phase two of business school redevelopment will see shops and new teaching facilities built

Royal Victoria hospital Newcastle

Laing O’Rourke legal battle over Newcastle hospital PFI job

Contractor battles for completion certificate for offices finished two years ago

Kevin Craven

Balfour Beatty services division chief quits

Kevin Craven, chief of Balfour Beatty services division, to join Serco in September


Call-up for £2.2bn new-build housing framework

Westworks housing consortium seeks firms for design and build framework

Green deal theme insulation

Capita to manage £50m London retrofit scheme

Up to 175,000 London homes are targeted for energy efficiency upgrade


Kier bags £18m North Wales school job

Work to start next summer on new Queensferry secondary school in Flintshire


Prep work starts on £745m Aberdeen Bypass

Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try start ground investigation work

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BAM shares suddenly dive ahead of half-year results

Dutch group issues ‘break-even’ trading statement to quash market jitters

Insolvency service

Building boss jailed after ignoring director ban

Northampton building boss who ran four firms while banned jailed for 27 months


Go-ahead for Oxford University £45m data institute

New building forms part of University’s £1.8bn investment plan over the next decade


Birmingham Arena Central office scheme gets green light

Work will start early next year on first spec office building in Birmingham since crash


Jailed VAT fraud spark ordered to repay £110,000

Court tells jailed Staffordshire spark it’s payback time or an extra two-year sentence

David Hurcomb, chief executive of NG Bailey

M&E specialist N G Bailey returns to profit

Profits from FM, IT and rail support recovering building M&E arm

New Bondway McLaren

McLaren gets green light for 50-storey ‘Jenga tower’

London Nine Elms 170m resi tower approved by Lambeth Council

Cubric Cardiff

BAM bags £16m Cardiff brain scanning facility

Contractor secures phase 2 of Cardiff University medical campus

Archbishop Blanch Secondary School

Willmott Dixon nabs third Liverpool school job

Work to start soon on £16m Archbishop Blanch Secondary School

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Kier pulls off July contracts league double

Contractor takes pole position in July and annual league of work won

Adrian Ringrose Interserve chief executive

Interserve profits soar in first half of 2014

Growing supply chain pressures keep construction margins tight at 1.9%

Edinburgh Portobello

Balfour to start stalled £41m Edinburgh school

Three-year wait ends as Scottish Parliament approves building on common land


Balfour and BAM battle for £60m student complex

Contractors submit final bids for vast London student village at Canada Water

Bristol Water

Kier wins £100m Bristol Water mains upkeep deal

May Gurney takeover deal starts to deliver promised new work streams

rushden lakes

Bidding to start on £60m retail and leisure park job

Work to start early next year on 500,000 sq ft Northamptonshire scheme

Forefront group

Renew buys gas mains contractor for £15m

Deal to buy south east contractor Forefront Group takes firm into gas market

Ebury Bridge scheme

Firms wanted for £900m Westminster estate rebuilds

Westminster council, construction, housing estate, regeneration, building


Construction growth forecast upgraded again

Construction growth expected to hit nearly 5% this year despite first quarter wobble


Morgan Sindall bags £120m third PF2 schools batch

Work is due to start on North West batch of 13 schools in next March

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Video: Crossrail Connaught Tunnel revamp finishes

Three-year job to widen and strengthen Victorian tunnel completed

Concrete motorway barrier

bmJV wins £35m M1 concrete barrier job

BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall joint venture will replace steel barriers between junctions 16-19

King's Court Covent Garden

Work to start on £90m Covent Garden scheme

Capital & Counties will start work in autumn on King’s Court project

Caerphilly housing

Trio win £57m Caerphilly council housing upgrade

Keepmoat, Vinci and Contract Services Group bag south Wales housing upgrade

Balfour Carillion

Balfour Beatty calls off Carillion merger talks

Bust-up over Parsons Brinckerhoff sale wrecks mega-merger

House building theme

Site delivery fund to speed up building 25,000 homes

Small Government cash injection expected to kick-start work at 85 housing sites

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey build costs rise 5.6% in 2014

Brick supplies secured for the next 18 months


Bid race starts for £1bn Manchester Uni expansion

Three firms will form a partnering framework to deliver 8-year building plan

Padeswood Hanson Cement

Hanson Cement plans north Wales works expansion

New production line planned at Padeswood, creating 35 jobs

Tyne dock

Contractor wanted for £18m Port of Tyne new quay

Historic Tyne Dock will be infilled to create a new 125m long quay

3 st pauls place sheffield

B&K starts first spec office job in Sheffield for years

£20m office building is the final part of the £130m Heart of the City project


Work starts on world’s first vertical cable car in Brighton

i360 observation tower will be built by Dutch steelwork firm Hollandia


Seven bag £1bn North West Construction Hub deal

Framework will be used across the region on projects worth more than £9m


Skanska wins £90m Battersea first phase M&E fit-out

Carillion awards Battersea Power Station Circus West fit-out job to rival Skanska

Dev Secs Oriental city

McLaren bags £25m London Oriental City job

First phase work on a Morrisons foodstore and shops will start in the autumn


Worker plunges down 19ft deep bore hole

25-year old man rescued from 3 feet wide bore hole


BAM to build £33m residential care home

Work will start this week on Richmond Witney care village in Oxfordshire

Dimlington gas terminal

Costain wins £30m gas terminal upgrade

Costain makes in-roads into oil and gas sector with Dimlington gas terminal job

Adrian Murphy Speedy COO

Speedy bolsters senior management team

Leadership team strengthened with four new appointments

Dover port marina

£130m Port of Dover expansion job up for grabs

Three firms will be signed up to deliver several infrastructure work packages

GPE 73 Oxford Street

Great Portland speeds up London building pipeline

Work to start on Oxford Street and Old Street offices early next year

De Montfort University

Balfour wins £34m De Montfort Uni revamp

Building work to start shortly on new Leicester campus scheme

Lancashire County Council

Six win £120m Lancashire building framework

Bramall, Carefoot and Conlon Construction in line for major new build schemes

JB Riney

JB Riney renews £50m London borough highways job

Tower Hamlets sticks with East London civils firm for highways work


Co Mayo firm wins Yorkshire bypass with cut-price bid

Wills Bros beats major civils firms to take A684 Bedale Bypass

Royal Albert Dock

Green light for £1bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Massive Chinese business park plan in London docklands takes off

helix essential living

Brookfield Multiplex bags two jobs worth £100m+

Contractor takes landmark jobs in London Docklands and Aberdeen

Port Salford

Sisk scoops £39m Port Salford civils works

Developer Peel awards phase one contract for £400m inland port


Balfour Beatty wins £129m M3 smart motorway job

Mobilisation work to start in August on section from the M25 to junction 4a