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Stacey Construction

Petrol station builder Stacey Construction collapses

Somerset contractor sheds 60 jobs as administrators take over

Brentry Hospital site

Lovell signs £11m Bristol new homes deal

Work will start this summer on former Brentry Hospital site

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Bids invited for £2.3bn super sewer tunnel final stage

Largest and last of three Thames Tideway Tunnel drives out to tender

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Specialists plea to put teeth into Payment Charter

Subcontractors warn charter will prove another wasted initiative without more private clients

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Osborne lands £235m Hertfordshire repairs deal

Dacorum Borough Council awards 10-year total asset management deal

Factory 2050

Sheffield Factory 2050 project gets green light

£43m future factory scheme is out to tender with work expected to start later this year

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Construction grows at fastest pace for 20 years

Employment to rise 3% this year as contractors start turning down bid invitations

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Start moves nearer on Chunnel power interconnector

Regulators green light £350m Channel Tunnel link between British and French power grids

housing theme starts house building

£50m fund for local housing projects opens for bids

Local Growth Fund is aimed at stalled schemes of 250-1,499 homes

Marble Arch Almacantar

Brookfield set for £200m London Marble Arch job

Brookfield Multiplex favourite for Almacantar’s Marble Arch Tower redevelopment

Ray O'Rourke

Ray O’Rourke gives rare TV interview

O’Rourke on his rise from tunnelling pony boy to owning the UK’s top private contractor

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Berkeley Homes submits UK’s tallest resi tower plan

Plans lodged for 73-storey tower next to Canary Wharf

Stewart Milne

Stewart Milne ramps up central Scottish business

Scottish house builder launches bid to build 5,000 homes in three years

Hull extra care

Wates wins £84m Hull extra care building job

Work on first of three schemes is due to start in November


Pioneering £150m London cancer hospital out to bid

New University College London Hospital will offer a step-change in cancer treatment

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Firms selected to bid £5bn school revamp framework

BAM, Kier, Willmott Dixon and Wates make grade in all six regions


Race starts for £38m Bristol Uni law school

New 6-storey law and business school will feature mock-up court and trading floors


Wates lands £60m Coventry aerospace research centre

Work has just started on High Temperature Research Centre at Ansty Park

One Mitre Square

Skanska signs £95m contract for One Mitre Square

August start for 21-storey London office complex

Aston expressway

Aston Expressway viaduct at risk of collapse

Council report sets out need for urgent £26m repair programme

Coryton site Solena

World’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant to go-ahead

More than 1,000 construction jobs will be created at the former Coryton refinery site


Enabling works deal for £750m Wakefield power station

Funding deal to start former chemical works site remediation in Knottingley

Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee

Shepherd gets nod for last two Telford BSF schools

Work to start on last £23m brace of school build projects

Willow walk Southwark council housing

Balfour starts £12m south London council housing job

First housing scheme gets underway in Southwark council’s 11,000-home building programme

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Chancery Lane office refurb approved

Three floors to be added to London midtown office building

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Morgan Sindall secures £135m south London regen scheme

Firm to build a 125,000 sq ft of offices in Brixton town centre and up to 275 new homes

Tony Dixon

Balfour major projects boss joins Morgan Sindall

Tony Dixon is now heading up Morgan Sindall’s London operation, replacing Peter Jacobs


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

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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

H.E. 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

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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

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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