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Balfour wins £80m national car innovation centre

Work starts on University of Warwick and Jaguar research centre in Coventry

Bankside Native Land

Asian trio buy planned £1bn London flats scheme

Developer Native Land will deliver resi scheme in several phases, the first phase including a 49-storey tower

Tilbury Green Power

Deal agreed to build £194m Tilbury biomass plant

Danish consortium seals financial close on third UK waste wood-fired plant


£200m deal to kick-start London’s vast Wood Wharf

Government hands loan to Canary Wharf Group for enabling works on 4.9m sq ft scheme

West Midlands Construction UTC

Thomas Vale set for £60m Midlands construction college

Plans lodged to build major Wolverhampton construction college

Peel Birkenhead

Morgan Sindall wins £35m Wirral Waters warehouse build

Contractor picks up second contract at Peel’s Birkenhead redevelopment


Sheffield launches £480m city centre plan

Sheffield City Council is in talks to find a development partner for new retail quarter

London City-airport

Boris blocks £220m London City airport expansion

Noise concern grounds growth plan that would have created 500 construction job


Crossrail starts race for £30m sidings depot at Plumstead

Last Crossrail civil engineering job comes out to tender

Mark Clare Barratt Developments

Barratt boss Mark Clare to step down

Finance director David Thomas will now lead Britain’s biggest house builder


Barr wins £25m Edinburgh Uni vets campus

Work is due to start next month on campus hub at Easter Bush

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Speedy pilots paperless hire with Osborne

Contractor Osborne and hire firm Speedy are piloting a paperless system for hiring plant. Osborne claims its is a UK first for a contractor and utilises a web based bespoke hire service tool. This innovative tool is a fully integrated system which monitors the process of hiring plant without the need for paper, making it […]

House building, housing, building, theme

Five firms win £3bn public land building framework

Bouygues, CCG, Morgan Sindall, Wates and Willmott Dixon on board to fast-track public land development

Barts Square

Carillion signs £91m London Barts Square contract

Carillion expands in London with two more major projects

school theme

Morgan Sindall signs off £110m PF2 schools deal

Work to start on a dozen new schools in the north west

Ordsall Chord

Skanska/BAM gets green light for £85m Ordsall Chord

Delayed viaduct project to link Manchester’s railway stations finally gets green light


Plant hire boosts Boot construction profits

Henry Boots warns planning is tightening as general Election looms

Bradford NHS hospital

BAM bags £20m Bradford hospital block

Mechanical and electrical modules to be sourced from Bradford firm

Old Trafford community centre

Willmott Dixon starts £20m Old Trafford care scheme

Community and care centre forms part of Old Trafford masterplan


Road worker loses arm in chip spreader

Amey, Lafarge and Ashmac Construction fined £355,000

avon-nunn-mills University of Northampton

B&K tipped for £90m Northampton Uni complex

Work is expected to start in November on the three-year project


Morgan Sindall and Balfour sign eco-rebar pledge

Contractors to use responsibly sourced eco-reinforcement bar


Oldham shop-fitting firm collapses

Sixteen jobs axed as Oldham-based Johnson Construction UK collapses

Crossrail Custom House Station

Video: £35m flat-pack Crossrail station built in a year

Laing O’Rourke completes 800-piece station jigsaw puzzle setting construction benchmark

Mark Holden Simons Group

Ex-Carillion boss to head Simons construction arm

Mark Holden joins Lincoln building firm from SkyBlu


Demolition firm unearths WW2 bomb near Shard

Discovery by demolition contractor Matthews triggers major evacuation of Bermondsey

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Steelwork contractor Billington targets 5% margin

All four divisions back in profit as Billington looks to invest in Barnsley and Leeds factories

Graves leisure centre Sheffield

BAM wins £16m Sheffield leisure project

Firm’s Leeds office will redeploy 80% of its subcontractors on nearby Huddersfield scheme

Neil Sachdev

Ex-supermarket estate boss joins West End property firm

Neil Sachdev joins London property investment group Martin’s Properties as chairman

Bolts cheesegrater

Cheesegrater bolt failures cost Severfield £1m

Talks continue about who is liable for final cost of bolt replacement programme

JCB Loadall

B&T Plant Hire signs £5m JCB telehandler deal

London firms buys 100 Loadall telescopic handlers


Costain/Vinci wins £750m M4 Newport job

Work on design element of ECI contract to start immediately

BBC TV centre

Boris gives nod to Mace’s £400m BBC TV Centre scheme

Work to start in April on major London White City redevelopment

Bicester zero carbon

Green light for 2,600 zero carbon homes at NW Bicester

Major phase of UK’s first eco-town finally approved

University of Nottingham Sports centre

Kier nets £27m Nottingham Uni sports centre

Contractor to start work soon on David Ross Sports Village

The Clydesdale Bank's plastic £5 note, due out next year

First plastic fivers released hailing Forth Bridge engineer

First of two million Sir William Arrol polymer £5 notes go into circulation today

Lafarge Holcim

Holcim and Lafarge mega-merger back on track

Fresh terms agreed for July mega-merger, paving way for CRH to buy Tarmac Lafarge

Speller Metcalfe

Fresh wave of invoice fraud hits contractor

Scammers are trying to trick clients into paying cash into false bank accounts


Northern Powerhouse transport plan unveiled

Cost of TransNorth rail system could run to £65bn


£120m scheme approved for London School of Economics

Ambitious central London redevelopment plan includes extensive demolition


Interserve closes £135m PF2 schools deal

Works starts on batch of seven schools in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading

John Dunne Wates director of  safety

Wates hires Balfour’s top health and safety boss

John Dunne joins Wates as director of Health & Safety

Royal Opera House

Go-ahead for £27m Royal Opera House revamp

Construction manager RISE will oversee the ‘open up’ project

school theme

Government urged to scrap regional schools framework

Regional builders blast EFA regional framework for excluding SMEs

George Osborne visits new Travis Perkins Distribution Centre

Travis Perkins to open 400 depots in four years

Builders’ merchant to spend up to £200m a year on new branches and take on 4,000 extra staff


M&E specialist Imtech UK suffers £1.5m loss

Imtech streamlines UK business as margins squeezed from 4.5% to 0.8%

SEGRO slough

Wates starts spec Slough office scheme

SEGRO, Wates, Slough, office, contract,

Brent Cross Cricklewood South

Budget: Handouts to regional projects

Brent Cross regeneration plan a big winner with £97m cash commitment

hs2 engine for growth

HS2 starts £450m consultant bid races

Search starts for phase 1 main engineering delivery partner and phase 2 consultancy packages


Sheffield’s Meadowhall centre set for £50m revamp

Two-year refit will start this autumn outside of trading hours

Marlborough Surfacing

Contractors named for £93m Southend highways upkeep

Marlborough Surfacing bags £70m highways deal

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French win Northern Line extension TBM deal

Tunnelling on Battersea Tube extension to start in summer 2016

colemore row

Plans for 26-storey tower in Birmingham

Developers will submit planning for NatWest tower replacement in May

Nine Elms bridge

Four shortlisted for new Thames footbridge bridge

Ove Arup involved in two of the four shortlisted designs for a Nine Elms bridge

Southern Construction Framework

UK’s biggest regional framework winners

Six firms bag all three lots on new £3.9bn Southern Construction Framework

David Miles Mears

Mears warns rivals’ housing repair deals at breaking-point

Mears lifts social housing margin to 4.8%

King's Cross R8

Kier bags £130m brace of King’s Cross jobs

Kier will start both buildings next year

Middlewood Locks

£600m Salford mixed-use scheme approved

Developers plan to start work on first major housing block this year

250 City Road

London high-rise construction sites soar 56%

Skyscrapers shoot up as 70 projects now under construction in the capital

Welland Bio Power Plant

Go-ahead for £52m Balfour energy from waste plant

Work set to start on Welland waste wood gasification plant

Lafarge Holcim

Cement giants’ mega-merger deal hits the rocks

Deal to buy Tarmac UK aggregates business also now in jeopardy

Proton Beam Therapy

Bouygues and Interserve win £250m cancer hospital jobs

Contractors to start on Manchester and London proton beam therapy hospitals

Reading viaduct

Network Rail goes ahead with £100m Easter shutdown

Contingency planning stepped up for Easter works programme


Sellafied workers start weekend working ban

Amec Foster Wheeler workers in dispute over pay freeze

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Plan unveiled for Milton Keynes shopping centre

Retail developer Intu sets out £70m-plus revamp plan for shopping complex


Atkins wins HS2 job to push BIM to supply chain

Atkins will test supply chain’s ability to deliver BIM2 in high speed railway project

New Papworth Hospital

Skanska signs off £165m new Papworth Hospital deal

Construction to start immediately at Cambridge Biomedical Campus


Eight firms win £1.6bn London major projects framework

New deal for major London public works to deliver £300m-£400m annual work pipeline

Trafford Waters

Peel to submit £1bn Trafford Waters scheme

Mixed-use scheme in Trafford will include 3,000 flats and nearly 900,000 sq ft of commercial space

Broad Sustainable Building China

Video: Chinese top-out 57-floor tower in 19 days

Speed record set on building similar in size to Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square tower


Demolition firm Masterton loses fight for survival

Grangemouth demolition specialist calls in administrators as 28 jobs axed

Dumfries hospital

Laing O’Rourke signs off Dumfries hospital

Construction will now start on the £270m Scottish hospital project

biomass brite partnership biomass templeborough

Interserve bags £150m Rotherham biomass plant

Team from Interserve will start work on £50m contract within weeks

Wales construction civil engineering theme

Welsh slap ban on umbrella payroll firms

Construction union calls on English regional councils to follow Welsh lead

insolvency service

Midland labour supply boss banned for 11 years

WTS boss banned for causing losses to HMRC of £1.45m


Anglian Water confirms final alliance partners for AMP6

Clancy Docwra, Claret Civil Engineering, Danaher & Walsh and Public Sewer Services sign £200m alliance

Astrazeneca HQ

Skanska tops annual contracts league for first time

Laing O’Rourke takes top place in February new work league

Knottingley Power Station

Green light to build £750m Knottingley power station

Yorkshire gas-fired power station to create 1,000 construction jobs

school theme

Galliford Try closes first PF2 schools deal for £160m

Work can now start on a dozen new schools in the North East

Emergency Department hospital

Winners of £200m London hospital framework

Interserve comes up trumps with building and M&E packages wins