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Berkeley Battersea Nine Elms site

Green light for Berkeley JV £367m Battersea plan

Construction work at Battersea gasworks site to start next spring


Kier and BAM swoop on £500m Sewscap 2 deal

Winners named for expanded Welsh schools and public works framework


Bids invited for £72m civils at Glasgow Sighthill regen

Land remediation and civils due to last five years

JLR Wolverhampton

Jaguar Land Rover plans major factory extension

900,000 sq ft extension will double size of plant near Wolverhampton

Piazza-University of York

Race starts for £17m York Uni teaching building

Piazza Learning Centre will be built on the university’s Heslington East campus

Berkeley White City

Green light for Berkeley’s £615m White City scheme

St James to start work next summer on vast 1,465-home West London scheme

Wates Group Andrew Davies

Wates to buy most of Shepherd’s construction arm

Wates strikes deal to buy M&E, FM and parts of Shepherd’s construction business

Stratford IQ FCA building

Lend Lease to start second major office at Stratford

Lend Lease to start work on The International Quarter


Small builders begged back in EFA schools work rethink

Smaller firms being invited to bid as main contractors shun lower value school jobs

Derbyshire police and fire HQ

B&K nabs £14m Derbyshire police and fire HQ

Work will start in July at the Butterley Hall site in Ripley

Eric Wright Rail

Eric Wright approved to bid Network Rail work

Eric Wright Rail plans recruitment drive after securing Principal Contractor Licence

Eastleigh leisure centre

Bidding to start for £25m Hampshire leisure centre

Eastleigh sports complex will include a pool and 15 court hall


£12m funding for Jodrell Bank visitor centre project

First Light project will turn radio telescope site into a major public attraction

mark perkins Shepherd

Shepherd Construction lays off 55 staff

Shepherd Group delivers round of cost-cuts at construction arm

Paul Briars N G Bailing

Rotary boss joins rival N G Bailey as north west chief

Paul Briars leads NG Bailey’s Engineering division in the north west

courtald GPE

Great Portland races to build record project pipeline

Developer plans to start six more projects within next 24 months

Snow Hill Sidell Gibson

Ballymore lodges plan for Snowhill phase 3

Developer plans to use aborted project basement, starting later this year


Bricklayer breaks back as overloaded platform fails

Bellway fined £35,000 after platform loaded with 70 concrete blocks

Ian Taylor md Henry Brothers

Henry Brothers hires ex-Balfour Beatty regional boss

Ian Taylor will head up the firm’s Midlands office

360 vision skanska

Skanska demands 360° cameras on all heavy site plant

Skanska leads way to insist mobile site plant is fitted with all-round vision


Highland Council starts £23m Inverness West Link race

Work on 1.4 mile road will start in March


Worker killed in 8m fall through fragile roof

National timber supplier Howarth Timber ordered to pay £106,000


Boss of failed Muirfield under fire over creditor records

Unsecured creditors owed around £5m in wake of Scottish contractor collapse

Crane survey

Second highest jump in London office starts for 20 years

London office building work soars 24% as second wave starts

Nice pak wigan

Vinci wins £28m Wigan wet-wipe factory

Work will start shortly on Wigan’s biggest building

Knight Know Salford Aldephi Wharf

Green light for £75m Salford PRS scheme

Up to 580 apartments will be built on banks of River Irwell

EU referendum

Two-thirds of civils firms back staying in EU

Civil engineering contractors call on Government to enable an honest debate on membership

UV beads

Road workers wear UV beads as skin cancer risk alert

Highways specialist A-one unveils summer campaign to highlight sun exposure risks

Midlands Highways Alliance

Aecom/Waterman win £30m Midlands highways deal

Midlands Highways Alliance re-signs Aecom for design services after £2.7m savings

Arup joints 3-D

Arup experts re-engineer metal joints with 3-D printing

Shape of things to come as metal 3-D printing comes of age in construction


Mitie counts cost of M&E exit and power plant foray

Exit from M&E and design and build work cost Mitie £62m last year

Blackdale Norwich UEA

R G Carter go-ahead for £25m East Anglia Uni digs

Norwich campus will be built on former Blackdale School site

Sir Anthony Bamford JCB

Surging UK plant sales prop up JCB profits

Lord Bamford pitches into EU referendum debate, arguing for Brexit

Canterbury Riverside Bouygues

Bouygues wins Canterbury riverside scheme

Construction slated to start next year on multiplex cinema and student halls

Harrowside outfall

Murphy lands Blackpool beach outfall job

Land and Marine Engineering to deliver Harrowside outfall project

Cullum McAlpine

Sir Robert McAlpine suffers £90m loss

Board takes strict control of tender and design change risk management after London project losses

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty shareholders revolt over directors pay

Nearly a third of shareholders vote against accepting 2014 directors’ pay report


Winners named for £1bn construction framework

Galliford Try, Graham, Wates, Vinci and Volker take big prizes in LGSS framework

Angel Gardens Manchester

Moda finds backer for £1bn regional cities PRS plan

Middle Eastern investor Apace forms JV with Moda to build 5,000 PRS flats

Jim O'Neill Infrastructure tsar

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker new tsar of infrastructure

Jim O’Neill set to play a key role in delivering the Northern Powerhouse plans

Bill Hocking

Galliford Try construction boss poached from Skanska

Skanska UK civils boss Bill Hocking takes top construction job at house building group

Wear Crossing

Sunderland’s £118m Wear Crossing gets go-ahead

Farrans/Victor Buyck jv confirmed as bridge builders

school theme

East England councils shun EFA schools framework

Essex County Council launches new £300m schools framework

Leo Quinn Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty still facing major short-term challenges

Quinn aims to cut costs by £100m and bring in extra £200m cash over 24 months.

Meridian Water.JPG-pwrt2

Funding deal for £1.5bn Meridian Water scheme

European Investment Bank to loan Enfield £80m for infrastructure

Sally Cox Hochtief

Hochtief UK names new construction boss

Hochtief rail boss Sally Cox promoted to managing director

Hull University student accommodation

Sewell Construction bags £30m Hull Uni digs

University picks local contractor for 560-room student halls


Amey scoops £235m Trafford Council outsourcing deal

Bundled infrastructure and waste collection deal will run for 15 years

George Young Dunne Group

Balfour Beatty project director joins Dunne

George Young will manage contracts throughout Scotland and Ireland


Interserve crowned first BIM 2 approved contractor

Only a handful of firms accredited as Government BIM 2 project deadline looms

Henry Smith Factory

Cheshire steelwork firm calls in administrators

Manchester insolvency firm Leonard Curtis looks to sell Henry Smith business

Shepherd Homes

Shepherd offloads housing assets to Galliford Try

Linden Homes strikes deal to buy 515 plots from Shepherd Homes


BAM bags £73m Spinningfields office tower

June start for 24-storey office build in Manchester


Upbeat all-industry trade survey defies official figures

Industry enjoys 8th successive quarter of growth but builders warn on profit margins

100 Liverpool Street exchange square

Green light for next phase of Broadgate revamp

Three floors will be added to 100 Liverpool Street along with new cladding

James Wates

James Wates joins Argent as non-ex director

Wates chairman will advise on developer’s strategic growth in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Stephen Henley ISG

ISG beefs up engineering services team

Stephen Henley leaves Mace after 15 years to head ISG data centre team

Suzannah Nichol

One in four subcontractors turning down work

Specialist contractors report skills shortages are the worst in 14 years

sold out plantworx

Plantworx sold out with 342 exhibitors

2015 show will be 40% bigger than last event

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis stays as housing minister

Early reports suggested armed forces minister Mark Francois would get the housing role

intu Milton Keynes GCI internal mint

Intu lodges £70m Milton Keynes retail revamp

Plans submitted for 100,000 sq ft extension to Milton Keynes shopping centre

Cambridge hill housing

Hill wins £40m Cambridge Uni housing job

Developer teams up with Homerton College to deliver housing scheme

China's Ping An International Finance Centre

Daredevil climbers scale world’s second tallest tower

China’s tallest building project hit by climbing craze


German PRS giant plans first 500-home UK project

Property firm swoops on 20-acre Manchester site for housing and commercial scheme


RG Group to start £25m Reading Ikea store

Calcot Ikea store has been scaled down to 335,000 sq ft two-storey shed

Durham University

Interserve bags £12m Durham Uni physics centre

Work will start next month on New Ogden Centre for cosmology

100 Bishopsgate

Brookfield starts work on stalled City tower

T Clarke seals electrical package as piling work restarts at 100 Bishopsgate

housing theme starts house building

New home registrations up 18% this year

Private new home starts in first quarter up a quarter year-on-year

Bentley SKanska Cementation

Skanska UK completes its greenest ever project

Cementation Skanska Bentley factory expanded to lead northern expansion

Pocket Living Wandsworth

Pocket Living plans 24-storey first-time buyer tower

Specialist developer unveils its largest London resi project

First Base Earlsfield

First Base plans £70m south London resi scheme

First Base plans Earlsfield mixed-use scheme

John Morgan

Morgan Sindall takes extra £35m hit on Faslane jobs

Losses on two MoD jobs soar as contract dispute rumbles on

Highways England

Bidders day for new-style highways repair regime

Highways England will set out fresh plans for East Midlands area 7 maintenance

Camden Lock

Mace tops contracts league with resi wins

Surge in London residential work dictates honours in April

Chris Dulake

Crossrail chief engineer joins HS2 team

All client senior construction team now in place for phase one

International Quarter Stratford Lend Lease

Lend Lease to start first offices at Stratford IQ

260,000 sq ft office project kicks off new London business district


Wates wins third Greenwich Peninsula resi block

£76m contract for plot 104 is one of largest let so far

Glengarnock  education campus

Financial close sealed for Kier’s £36m Garnock Campus

Kier to start Ayrshire school campus build this summer


Contractors line-up for £126m Stratford double hotel

Construction to start on major hotel complex by end of year

Thorpe Combe

Willmott Dixon wins £25m London healthcare deal

North East London NHS Foundation Trust to start new healthcare hubs