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Vinci wins £33m Filton Four Tracks project

Three-year Taylor Woodrow contract will see 17 structures replaced or upgraded around Bristol

Jag Paddam

Kier hires ex-Morgan Sindall and Network Rail bosses

Jag Paddam joins as managing director of Kier Infrastructure southern

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One Call Hire buys 90 JCB telehandlers

£5m deal will see most new machines heading for Crossrail project

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Vast Cardiff Central Square plan unveiled

Willmott Dixon has started on the first office project in ambitious masterplan to be built over 3-5 years

MIF Liverpool

BAM bags £23m Liverpool Uni lab project

Work to start next month on materials innovation facility


Rydon starts £155m Ealing estate phase 2 rebuild

Demolition of London’s Green Man Estate underway for building start in early 2015


Battle starts for £2bn YORbuild2 framework places

YORbuild frameworks will be improved to incorporate BIM and new procurement laws


Subcontractor hit by £2.8m Costain retention row

Battle continues over loss-making Greater Manchester waste contract


Picky contractors push up tender price forecasts

London tender prices to jump 5% in 2014 outstripping 2% nationwide average


Skanska to police prompt payment code

Contractor joins 8-strong watchdog group to ensure suppliers paid on time

Phase 3 Electric Boulevard and Foster + Parters' Battersea Roof Gardens (L) and Gehry Partners' Prospect Place (R) web

Phase 3 Battersea bid race to start in early 2015

£600m phase 3 of iconic power station development scheme to start before end of 2015


London mayor unveils £20bn Crossrail 2 route

If proposals are approved, construction could begin as early as 2019


Build date for £200m Salford Quays resi tower quartet

Go-ahead for largest single housing project to be built in Greater Manchester since the 1960s

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Green light for phase 2 of London Royal Wharf

New riverside quarter set for London riverside as 1,300 new homes approved

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Opinion: Major contractors, major problems?

The big beasts of construction are facing a financial crisis

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HTC crane drivers vote for strike action

Drivers are targeting BAM, Costain, Kier, Lend Lease and Mace sites for industrial action

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Plan for 600 Salford flats across five blocks

Developer rolls out new private rented urban village concept

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Graham confirmed for £27m Halifax Piece Hall job

Calderdale Council gives go-ahead to start work on complex renovation project

Nottingham Tramlink

Vinci faces major loss on Nottingham Tram project

Vinci scales down bidding for work while it races to handover £423m tramlink project

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Profit warnings surge as contractors hit perfect storm

Contractors punished on low margin legacy contracts as costs soar


Contest starts for £1bn construction framework

Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire councils retender LGSS framework

David Cameron

Cameron gives green light to develop HS3 plan

Higgins makes strong case for HS2 phase 2 and Northern east-west line


B&K wins £50m Salford office job

Work to start on 8-storey One New Bailey scheme

John Morgan

Problem contracts force Morgan Sindall profit warning

Several fixed-price jobs in London and South East hit by delays and cost overruns

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HCA opens bidding for £800m of funding

Councils and housing associations called to bid for next round of Government funding


House building registrations back to pre-crash level

Rising house building activity spreads to North East, Yorkshire & Humberside and West Midlands.

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Phase one of £1.5bn Meridian Water approved

April start for phase one of 8,500 homes North London Lee Valley development

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Laing O’Rourke clinches £150m fourth PF2 schools batch

Construction will start next June on the first of seven Yorkshire schools


Green light for vast Lincolnshire Lakes scheme

3,000 homes development could also pave way for new Scunthorpe United stadium


Balfour wins extra £36m to convert Olympic Stadium

Contingency cash will be used to meet 23% rise in project cost to £190m

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Galliford Try bags £39m Surrey office job

Engineering specialist Subsea 7 to build new project office in Sutton


ISG tipped for £250m Dyson HQ expansion

Malmesbury scheme will see construction of a new R&D building and sports centre


Wigan council invites bids for £21m link road

Contest starts for design and build job to deliver 2.5km dual carriageway A49 link road

Caldicot Comprehensive School

Interserve gets go-ahead for £31m Welsh school

Enabling works will start in February on Caldicot secondary school

Sainsbury's Herne Bay

Green light for £40m Herne Bay shopping complex

Work will start early next year on 130,000 sq ft out-of-town shopping complex


B&K wins £45m Crawley business quarter office job

Developer Abstract Securities pushes ahead with development pipeline

Graeme Macdonald JCB

JCB to axe 150 jobs as global demand drops

Worldwide slowdown forces JCB to cut factory headcount

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Plan for new Canary Wharf curving tower

Plan lodged for 28-storey building on last Canary Wharf estate site

Ian Coull Galliford Try

Galliford Try chairman suddenly steps down

Chief executive Greg Fitzgerald, who also plans to retire, will take on interim chairman duties


Lovell bags £80m King’s Lynn housing scheme

More than 600 homes will be built on council-owned land

Alan Brown Cala Homes

Cala Homes aims to treble turnover by 2016

Cala warns availability of skilled trades becoming an ever growing problem

Burton NIGHT

BAM wins £8.6m Burton UTC job

Contractor’s Derby office will start work shortly on Burton UTC

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O’Brien puts Volvo ADTs to work at Longbridge

Midlands civils firm invests £360,000 in A25G articulated dump trucks

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£100m backing for Swansea tidal lagoon

Insurance giant Prudential takes key investor role in £1bn tidal energy scheme

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Cormac expands pavers fleet for West Country expansion

Cornish-based firm has spent £1m with Finning in the last 18 months


HS2 bosses promise to protect subbies on £1bn deals

Framework race for £500m-£1bn ECI contracts starts in first half of 2015

Marr School Ayrshire Kier

Kier wins £57m twin Scottish school projects

Hub South West Scotland awards Marr College and Ayr Academy design and build jobs

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York Uni contest for £19m brace of building jobs

Project roll-out continues with phase 2 of biology building and new teaching block

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HMRC claws in record £131m from tax status checks

From April payroll companies must explain why workers on their books are not on PAYE

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Kier plans £75m Reading mixed-use scheme

Planning to go in for 250 homes, hotel and light industrial space in the new year

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Galliford Try wins £44m Northampton Council HQ

Work to start in January on 23-month construction programme

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Leeds office scheme planned at Yorkshire Post site

Leeds building market revs up with 500,000 sq ft office and homes plan


London HS2 supply chain event draws 900 firms

£10bn worth of contracts available for first phase between West Midlands and London

Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk council to start bid races for two relief road jobs

£15m Bury Eastern Relief Road and £7m Beccles Relief Road approved

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Firms wanted for £25m Leeds Uni revamp jobs

Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library and student union will be refurbished


Firms battle for place on £500m SEWSCAP framework

Winning firms will have to sign up to fair payment charter and use project bank accounts

Chairman Bill Robertson, Robertson Group

Robertson Construction targets major projects

Scottish construction group bounces back with record profits but shelves float plans

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Lyons unveils road map to 200,000 homes-a-year

New Home Corporations and power to smaller house builders form bedrock of reforms


Contractor to start work on £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme

I & H Brown will start new railway station paving way for 1,000 homes, offices and shops

Little London primary school Leeds

Wates wins £6m Leeds primary school job

Little London Primary School job involves building an extension and extensive school refurbishment

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Balfour Beatty names new chief executive

Leo Quinn of defence technology group QinetiQ starts on £800,000 basic salary


Contractors warned of concrete pump shortage

Concrete pump suppliers warn of supply hiatus after industry’s biggest firm collapses

Lancaster University library

Styles & Wood wins £9m Lancaster Uni library refit

Major renovation project will be completed by January 2016

Kirk Environmental

Six Barnsley workmates celebrate EuroMillions win

Numbers come up for Kirk Environmental construction team

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New Year start for £107m Marischal Square project

Muse clears site for 175,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme


Breedon buys Essex and Suffolk asphalt plants

Hope Construction Materials sell two asphalt plants


UK’s biggest concrete pumping firm ceases trading

Site disruption feared as former Pochin concrete pumping firm calls it a day


Bellway warns south east building costs rising

House builder signs prompt payment code as subcontractor shortages hit

Pirbright phase two bird flu

Shepherd wins second animal lab job with £72m bid

Work will start on next Pirbright research facility once Shepherd’s phase one job is fully handed over

Silvertown Tunnel

Plan to start £750m Thames Silvertown tunnel in 2017

Detailed plans will go before Government for approval in 2015


Carillion wins £30m wind farm cable connection job

Onshore trenchless cable installation project is the longest of its type delivered in the UK.


Balfour bags £10m A96 bottleneck job

Work to start on Inveramsay Bridge bottleneck on A96.

Old Admiralty Building

£40m Old Admiralty Building refit up for grabs

Mace starts hunt for fit-out firm to deliver modernisation of former Foreign & Commonwealth Office building

LHC offsite housing

First off-site social housing framework worth £240m

LHC off-site housing framework to start-up in May

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Balfour bank covenants at risk if PB not sold

A modest fall in profitability could bring Balfour close to breaching bank covenants if shareholders fail to approve sale

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Unite buys sites for 1,250-bed student halls

Liverpool and Aberdeen student schemes will cost £80m to develop

Mount Street Manchester

17-storey Manchester office scheme set for approval

£50m Mount Street spec office project will be built next to Manchester’s Midland Hotel

Regenerating the Gascoigne estate

Green light for 1,600-home East London estate scheme

First phase of Gascoigne Estate renewal in Barking will see over 400 homes built


Mace to deliver £150m Wycombe retail and leisure hub

Handy Cross Hub will include a leisure centre, Waitrose, hotel and offices

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Birmingham names £200m highways contractor panel

Seven firms will share major highways work across West Midlands