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Mace JV wins £1bn Sellafield waste building job

Atkins, Mace and Areva win retender of massive silos direct encapsulation plant

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Reddington races to top of March contracts league

Concrete group takes honours after major Brighton marina residential redevelopment


Unite green light for £47m Wembley student halls

19-storey student block fronting Wembley Way approved for work start

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services

Balfour Beatty appoints engineering services boss

Another key manager exits Network Rail Infrastructure Projects team


Worker killed in Grosvenor Square building collapse

Father-of-two killed and another injured as mini digger falls through collapsed floor

Wates Bradford Adapt design school

Wates wins £12m Bradford school job

New secondary school will utilise Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model


Balfour sets up in-house virtual training academy

Government funding will help to consolidate all training activities and design new apprenticeship schemes


Quintain finds backer to start 475-home Wembley Park

Seven buildings containing 475 homes will be built around an acre of private gardens

27 Poultry Midland Bank

Four chase £100m Goldfinger bank job

Former Midland Bank HQ, whose vault featured in Bond film, to be converted into luxury hotel

Crash A194

Woman seriously injured after diggers fall off lorry

Firefighters cut woman free from wreckage after crash on A194 on Sunday morning


Wates seals pioneering Manchester new homes deal

Wates part of novel Manchester city council and pension fund housing partnership

Sewer water housing pipetheme civil engineering

Construction growth forecast hiked to 4.5% in 2014

Construction Products Association says recovery is stronger than first expected

Theme graph up growth construction

Bad weather dampens construction output

First two months of 2014 still 4% ahead of same time last year despite February output slip


South East building contractor goes under

Farnrise Construction enters administration with the loss of up to 90 jobs


B&K catches £80m Hinckley bus station scheme

Work will start in June on The Crescent shopping centre scheme


John Sisk to start £600m Chatham Docks scheme

ASDA superstore funding deal kick-starts first phase of Peel’s Chatham Waters scheme

University of Birmingham free school

Willmott Dixon wins £20m Birmingham Uni free school

Work expected to start on the first free school run by a university in next few months

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Balfour takes £12m hit on consultant arm dispute

Balfour claims victory in long-running Brinckerhoff US claim

HE Services Strood

HE Services offers £10,000 reward to catch raiders

£20,000 machine driven off quarry cliff edge at hirer’s Rochester base

Watford Health Campus

Kier lodges plans for £260m Watford health campus

Work to start at the end of the year on new link road and first phase offices

Lord' s Warner stand

Boris approves new Warner stand at Lord’s

London Mayor gives nod to £21m cricket stand

Boris Johnson

Boris floats London Housing Bank plan for big schemes

Homes built with new loan would be let at low rents for up to 10 years before being sold

W A Browne

Teesside dry wall installer goes under

W A Browne (Building Services) placed in administration


No buyer found for failed Yuill Homes

Fifty-five jobs axed as North East house builder ceases trading

122 Leadenhall

Overbury tipped for a chunk of Cheesegrater fitout

Insurance giant AON to sign fit-out deal for 10 large lower floors of 122 Leadenhall street

Inverness Royal Academy

Miller to build biggest school in Highlands

Work will start in July on £34m Inverness Royal Academy

Brooklands Milton Keynes

Barratt deal to drive Milton Keynes 2,000 homes plan

Construction to begin in May on next major phase of Places for People Brooklands scheme


Main contractors dumped from £330m Tube stations revamp

Procurement revolution starts as 20 trade contractors picked to upgrade 70 underground stations

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Doncaster cladding and window outfit crashes

Nearly 100 jobs axed as Norking Aluminium placed into administration

Aberdeen exhibition centre

Project team signed for Aberdeen £200m scheme

Turner & Townsend will programme and project manage exhibition centre scheme

Norton Bridge

Green light for Norton Bridge railway flyover

VolkerRail, Laing O’Rourke, Atkins to start £250m Stafford improvement scheme

Riverway Stafford Panacea

Barnfield Construction bags £12m office job

Work to start on Riverway Stafford offices after planning green light


Asda to build 40 major superstores over five years

Two-thirds of new stores will be built in the south east, and Devon and Cornwall

Battersea Power Station development

Battersea Power Station phase 3 designs unveiled

Foster and Gehry show off designs as work to rebuild first power station chimney about to start

housing theme starts house building

Race for councils to relax borrowing cap for new homes

Government to allow councils to borrow an extra £300m to build 10,000 more homes

Corsham retirement home

Morgan Sindall wins £18m retirement homes job

Scheme will be built at former HMS Royal Arthur navy training college in Corsham

Marischal Square

Muse unveils £100m Aberdeen new square plan

Marischal Square plan for Granite city includes 175,000 sq ft of offices and new hotel


Interserve set for Nuneaton town centre revamp

Planning will be submitted later this year for Vicarage Street mixed-use scheme

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon £91m work win fires Midlands expansion

Two housing associations sign repair and maintenance deals with partnerships division

Friars bridge Aberdeen

Mclaughlin & Harvey nabs Ness flood defences phase 2

Work to start on next phase of £23m Inverness flood alleviation scheme


Crossrail tunnelling marathon shifts to final drives

Crossrail tunnels three-quarters complete after Whitechapel station breakthrough

school education theme

Laing O’Rourke shortlisted for third PF2 schools batch

BAM, Morgan Sindall and LOR in race to build seven Yorkshire schools for £100m

Francis Paonessa

Bombardier boss to head Network Rail infrastructure

Francis Paonessa, md of Bombardier Transportation UK, to replace Simon Kirby

Demolition theme

Record Build to Rent deal for 485 London homes

Genesis Housing Association to spend £45m building private rental homes

Earls Court

1,300-home Earls Court village plan approved

Way cleared to start demolition of London art deco exhibition halls

Courtesy of the BBC

Costain found guilty over Newbury site death

Telehandler driver crushed when machine toppled at Parkway shopping centre job


Tenders invited for £120m final PF2 schools batch

Eight secondary school projects in the Midlands make cut for final PF2 batch


Balfour Beatty to start £24m A47 Postwick Hub

Junction improvement will open way for two business parks and 600 new homes

Squibb Ludgate Circus collision

London cyclist killed in collision with Squibb truck

Driver released with no charges following questioning by police

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Galliford Try wins Hinkley A5 road job

Works starts on A5 improvements near Hinckley for MIRA business park

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Blaze rips through Osborne job in Southampton

Fire guts top floor of student halls construction job in city centre


Bid race starts for £24m Sunderland College job

A 120,000 sq ft campus to teach vocational skills like construction will be built in Sunderland city centre


Dev Secs to start final £40m Hammersmith office phase

Wates favourite for spec office scheme due to start in May

National Library of Scotland's Causewayside Building,

Graham wins £10m reclad of National Library of Scotland

Contractor will replace curtain walling, rain screen cladding and stonework on Causewayside building

Powerlines transmission she

Scottish Hydro picks four power line contractors

Amec, Babock, Balfour and Morgan Sindall/Vinci joint venture in for £450m spend

Cardiff ice arena

Kier starts work on delayed Cardiff ice arena

Work starts on first phase of Cardiff Bay’s International Sports Village

John Swinnney

Scotland to invest extra £1bn in infrastructure

Non-Profit Distributing private finance model to be extended for hospital, school and transport projects


Stanhope signs JV with London council to build housing

Stanhope will build and sell homes for discounted price on council land

Brian manning Esh Group

Esh swoops on Border Construction

£200m turnover Esh Group gains foothold in Scottish market

Berkeley Homes Forum

Go-ahead for two more Berkeley Homes London towers

City Road scheme in Islington will include 42 and 36 storey towers


Wates beats Kier to £37m North West schools batch

Wates takes third batch of publicly-funded priority schools projects


£1bn London Convoys Wharf scheme approved

Mayor gives go-ahead for 3,500 high-rise homes scheme in Deptford


Carillion takes first job in £100m MoD Wildcat revamp

New squadron block awarded to start expansion of Yeovilton helicopter base


Four in chase for £50m Northwich town centre build

Bids due in next week for Barons Quay development in Cheshire

Homes by Skanska

Skanska sells Cambridge land in housing exit

Hill Residential plans to build 137-flats scheme after buying land for £7.8m

Ironbridge Gorge

Local contractor picked to save Ironbridge World Heritage site

Telford civil engineering specialist McPhillips (Wellington) wins job to shore-up Ironbridge Gorge


Babcock/Fluor JV wins £7bn Magnox clean-up contract

Cavendish Fluor Partnership is expected to deliver £1bn saving from Magnox site decommissioning programme

The new JCB 'Potholemaster' machine which is set to wage war on Britain's potholes

JCB launches all-in-one pothole repair backhoe

Potholemaster comes fitted with a planner at one end and a sweeper at the other

Mersey Gateway

Deal to start work on £450m Mersey Gateway

Giant bridge project reaches financial close after £250m in total project costs slashed

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Local Liverpool building firm goes under

Atlas Building Co falls into administration

Scottish Building Federation

Scottish building bosses’ confidence peaks

Recovery in Scotland driven by infrastructure and commercial activity


Lynch plant hire sales soar 27% this year

Lynch Plant buys 280 Kubota machines as hirer expands to meet demand

Crane jib collpase Northwood

Luffing crane jib drops on London site

Falling jib hits home next to North London flats building site


Bovis Homes seals £45m private rented homes deal

Bovis Homes will build 190 homes on six sites in the south east using Buy to Rent

Teesside University block

BAM bags £20m Teesside University job

Work will start in April at the Middlesbrough campus

Diamond Tower

Canary Wharf starts up two major tower projects

Canary Wharf Contractors will start enabling works for the Heron Quay West scheme and Diamond Tower

House building, housing, building, theme

Bad weather bogs down February housing starts

New home registrations fall by 10% in February as weather takes its toll

Lydd Airport

Capita lands PM role for £25m Lydd airport runway

Bid race to start this summer for 300m runway extension


22 college projects worth £194m win funding – List

Winners of fourth round of College Capital Investment Fund unveiled


Huddersfield Uni to tender £22m block in May

Shortlisting to start for new Schools of Law, Music and Humanities