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Blackpool Airport

Balfour to close Blackpool airport if no buyer found

Balfour sets 7 October deadline to find buyer for loss-making airport

South Shields library

£100m South Shields town centre revamp gets OK

Muse starts search for firm to build new central library

Poplar Business Park

Telford Homes plans £75m East London resi scheme

London apartment developer’s pipeline tops £1bn for first time

Plymouth Cineworld

British Land plans £40m Plymouth Cineworld

Land deal with council paves way for leisure centre planning application

Jonathan Hill former Bovis Homes FD

Bovis Homes hunts for new finance director

Bovis Homes finance director Jonathan Hill to join Saga


Costain scoops £34m Salford sewer tunnel job

Project is part of a £90m clean-up of water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal

Scottish Water

Scottish Water plans £3.5bn six-year spend

£100m Glasgow sewer tunnel to be built by Costain/Vinci JV included in plan

Mark Cutler

Balfour Beatty regional construction boss exits

Mark Cutler falls victim to Balfour Beatty senior regional management shake-up


McAleer & Rushe lands £100m student halls deal

Student schemes in Bournemouth and Portsmouth due to start next year

Sellafield waste store

Sellafield box encapsulation plant job awarded

Balfour Beatty/Amec/Jacobs jv wins cost-reimbursable waste building contract


Bid race starts for £17m national nuclear archive

Vast archive for civil nuclear sites dating back to 1940s to be built at Wick


£350m Glaxo factory in Cumbria gets green light

First GlaxoSmithKline factory to be built in UK for almost 40 years

Steve Marshall Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty uncovers fresh £75m profit black hole

KPMG called in to review contracts as chairman reveals plan to step down


PHD1 nabs Manchester £77m Angelgate scheme

Student halls developer moves into residential sector

10 West Bath

Bouygues and Vinci win £33m Bath Uni building jobs

Contractors each land £16m-plus academic building projects

David Cameron

Tory cut-price plan for 100,000 new starter homes

First-time buyers under 40 to get 20% off under Tory plan

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College

BAM wins £27m Surrey school rebuild

New Rydens Enterprise School will be funded by housing scheme

Hunterston A

Balfour Beatty bags £34m Hunterston nuclear project

Work is expected to start on North Ayrshire site this month

Atlantic Square Glasgow BAM

BAM plans £100m Glasgow Atlantic Square scheme

BAM Properties JV aims to start work immediately after planning green light

Homerton College Abbey College - View into Courtyard

Balfour wins £18m Homerton College job in Cambridge

Balfour wins college project with time-saving modular construction approach


Hunt for builder for £25m Norwich student halls

University of East Anglia plans student block on neighbouring school site

Hub Scottish Futures Trust

Scottish Hub bonanza as work set to top £1bn

Waiting over as work soars 60% to £465m in first half of 2014/15


£23m Typhoon base accommodation job awarded

Glasgow contractor will build accommodation and support facilities at RAF Lossiemouth

Keller chief Executive Justin Atkinson

Keller boss to step down blaming travel pressures

Chief executive Justin Atkinson will retire next year after turning 55

Health UTC

BAM stakes claim as top UTC builder

Contractor bags more than half the first 30 University Technical College projects

Kew Temperate glass house

ISG tipped for £20m Kew Temperate House revamp

100,000 glass panes will be removed, cleaned or replaced over three year job

Tony Lenehan Styles & Wood

Styles & Wood inches back to trading at breakeven

Fit-out boss Tony Lenehan says orders and workloads now rising


Green light for 500-home Hampshire scheme

Work due to start on road and construction training centre next spring


Construction graduate job prospects beat all professions

Graduate civil engineers and architects are being snapped up

m&s Longbridge

Morgan Sindall to start biggest M&S store in Midlands

Work will get underway next month on landmark Longbridge retail store


Bam Nuttall to build UK’s first moveable weirs

£23m flood defence job in Leeds will include two rising weirs

Brian manning Esh Group

Esh Group drives north as profits jump

Esh braced to become major force in north and southern Scotland


Pressure mounts for £3bn in green road retrofits

Road Investment Strategy must include cycle and green bridges as well as noise reduction schemes

Ed Miliband

House builders slam Labour’s land banking myth

Labour leader vows to get tough on developers sitting on land ready for building

Hewden Capital

Hewden rolls out new London rental deal

Hewden pledges no hire machine will be more than two years old in the capital

KX080 Kubota

J N Bentley buys 19 Kubota minis

Skipton civils contractor bought by Mott MacDonald upgrades fleet for AMP6


PB scoops East West Rail scheme phase 2 design

Parsons Brinckerhoff wins £8m design and programme deal

E19 Bobcat

Bobcat launches next generation mini excavators

E17, E19 and E20 compact excavators come with more roomy excavator cabs

Christain Bailey Wates

Wates forges plan to expand in the north

Building contractor gears up to meet ambitious growth target

Caunton Engineering cut shack

Caunton Engineering opens new cutting factory

Nottingham steelwork contractor takes on 20 extra staff as orders grow

House building, housing, building, theme

House building soars in the Midlands

NHBC registration show big rises in Midlands and north west as London falls

Chester theatre

Green light for Kier’s £38m Chester Odeon job

Work will start in February on Odeon cinema redevelopment

Ed Miliband

Miliband vows house building a top spending priority

Firms to be forced to take on apprentices on all Government contracts

Friargate student halls Preston

Eric Wright clinches £18m Preston student halls

Friargate student halls job will be the biggest in the town

Smout GB

Management shake-up as GB Building expands

Former ISG and Willmott Dixon bosses join expanding building group

54 Marsh Wall

Plans submitted for Canary Wharf resi twin towers

Daejan unveils 54 Marsh Wall tower scheme on Isle of Dogs

Miller Homes

Miller Homes plans £450m stock market flotation

Miller Homes aims to raise £140m from selling 40% of shares in October listing


Mace wins £52m Oxford University data institute

Work to start on Big Data Institute project before the end of the year


Lovell signs £50m Enfield town regen deal

Firm will start on 250-home town centre scheme early next year

London Living Wage Foundation

Canary Wharf Contractors sign London living wage deal

Contractors will have to pay minimum £8.80 hourly rate on developer’s London sites

Northampton University_waterside campus

Northampton Uni £100m campus job put out to bid

Waterside campus design and build job will run for three years

Nottingham University Fire

Nottingham lab fire probe turns to working practices

Safety experts are now looking at whether “unsafe working practices” caused blaze


Former Atkins boss joins Swansea lagoon project

Keith Clarke joins at chairman of the development company as project team ramped up

Blackfriars Barratt

Barratt London plans new 27-storey resi tower

Blackfriars Road project will feature a hexagonal brick-clad New York style tower

New Era Square Sheffield

Plans for first Sheffield tower in over a decade

Plan to create Sheffield Chinatown with £100m New Era Square project


Race starts for £360m northern housing upgrade deal

Efficiency North opens installers framework up to all sizes of contractors

J N Bentley

Mott MacDonald buys £120m civils contractor

More than 700 J N Bentley staff will join consulting giant

Bev Dew Kier finance director

Balfour boss jumps for Kier finance director job

Kier turnover soars to £3bn as May Gurney takeover boosts contract wins

New Street station

Video: Mace raises the roof at New Street station

Demolition specialist Coleman will now demolish Pallasades shopping centre below


Robertson gets £27m Dundee academy go-ahead

New Baldragon school will be built in the grounds of the existing dated secondary school

Harron Homes

House builder fined for using wackers at 2am

Harron Homes fined for breaking working agreement at 82-home scheme near Bradford

University of Sheffield Factory 2050 Visualisation

Interserve wins £43m ‘world’s most advanced factory’ job

Work will start this month on the Sheffield Factory 2050 project

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Bid race starts for £20m Lincoln Uni student halls

Eight-storey Marina Courts project will be built at the University’s Brayford Campus

Pontoon Dock

Bouygues bags 200-home East London scheme

Pontoon Dock site by the Royal Dock will include 137 private rented homes


Housing and commercial work output prices surge

Materials and labour shortages pushing up costs across construction


Subcontractors launch survey to expose late payment

Bid to highlight continuing problem of unpaid bills

Greg Fitzgerald Galliford Try

Galliford Try boss unveils plan to exit as profits soar

Building division under pressure from cost rises on old contracts


Everton find site for 50,000-seater stadium

City council and Everton FC plan stadium led-regeneration of Walton Hall Park


Funding deal for £45m Bristol guided busway

Bids returned for Metrobus project, due to start in early 2015

Hetgate Estate rebuild

Lend Lease submits Heygate Estate rebuild plan

Nearly 600 homes to be built in phase two of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment

Thames Barrier

£485m Thames flood defence job down to two

CH2M Hill and Jacobs bids knock out Morgan Sindall, Mace and Costain

Silvertown Quays

Galliford Try clinches East London 1,100 homes deal

£360m housing scheme will be biggest ever undertaken by the firm

McEwan Hall

Race starts for listed Edinburgh hall £18m revamp

Historic McEwan Hall in city centre will be extended and renovated

Road work sign

Green light for £26m Walsall road improvements

Contractor will be named by the council shortly

Nottingham University Fire

Blaze destroys Morgan Sindall Nottingham lab project

Landmark timber-built chemistry lab was in final fit-out phase

Sewer water housing pipetheme civil engineering

Construction output flat in July but orders rising

Order figures for infrastructure and commercial work show strong growth

Thames Tideway Tunnel

London super sewer gets Government green light

Construction is now expected to start in 2016 on £4.1bn tunnelling project


Brookfield Multiplex to start £260m London office

Pre-let to Amazon fires starting gun for construction of 600,000 sq ft Principal Place

Scottish independence

£7bn of construction at risk if Scots vote ‘yes’

Investment uncertainty blamed for sharp fall in Scottish projects approvals


Southern Water reveals £600m-plus AMP6 winners

Costain and Galliford Try joint ventures bag major sewage and water treatment deals