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TEG falls into administration amid Costain retention row

Preston-base waste specialist TEG Group calls in administrators

Guy's hospital cancer building

Raiders swipe 80t of steel girders hitting three big sites

Most of the steel was destined for Laing O’Rourke’s Guy’s hospital cancer block


Three battle for £90m Thames Garden Bridge

Construction could start next autumn after Boris waves through Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge

Chelmer Viaduct

Graham Construction wins £20m Essex bridge rebuild

Graham Construction bags new viaduct across the Chelmer in Essex

Bartlett school of architecture

Gilbert Ash bags £20m UCL architecture school revamp

Work set to start on Bartlett School of Architecture upgrade

King's Cross regeneration

Carillion bags £100m haul of King’s Cross work

Contractor will start work on three projects later next year


BAM to start £11m Teesside free school in March

Ingleby Manor Free School gets start date subject to planning

Apart-hotel Marlin apartment

McAleer & Rushe wins £28m London apart-hotel

Former Costain HQ demolished to make way for hotel scheme

anfield Liverpool

Severfield wins Anfield steelwork contract

Britain’s biggest steelwork contractor bags six jobs worth £43m


Scottish offsite pod builder Enemetric collapses

Parent business Enervis Group continues to trade

Road bridge railway tracks

Graham launches road bridge as trains run below: Video

Contractor pulls off industry first as 500t bridge inched into place over live railway tracks


South Wales £750m public works bid race starts

Framework will cover small to large new-build and refurbishment projects


Quartet bag £333m Northumbrian Water deal

Tyne and Wear-based Fastflow wins £270m work haul over nine years

Glasshouse gardens Stratford

Prater wins £12m Stratford City resi cladding deal

Cladding firm will install a Schüco system on Lend Lease’s Glasshouse Gardens towers

Walsall Waterfront

GF Tomlinson starts £12m Walsall Waterfront job

Kier Property fires starting gun on leisure scheme near arts centre

Wandsworth Town

Wandsworth town centre regen scheme approved

London council is now on the hunt for a developer to deliver the housing and library scheme

EM Highways Services

EM Highways tops Highways Agency best firms league

Costain slips down the StART league as EM Highways rises to pole position

David Taylor, group commercial director, Costain

Costain names new group commercial director

Costain promotes David Taylor to executive board

Bakerloo Line Link

Costain/Skanska tipped for £50m last Crossrail job

Successful JV set for Paddington 100m passenger tunnel link to Bakerloo tube line

Newcastle Science Central

Bid race starts for £38m Newcastle science centre

Second major building at Newcastle Science Central park out to tender

Dumfries hospital

O’Rourke £200m Dumfries hospital job gains planning

Financial close on Scottish hospital expected in the new year

Oxford technology park

£90m Oxford technology park plans lodged

Work on 430,000 sq ft hi-tech park to start next year

Highways maintenance

Highways Agency to re-run bid races for areas 4 and 12

Contractors’ bid prices fail to meet agency expectations on £825m upkeep programme

acquanauts murphy

Murphy wins Haweswater Aqueduct tunnel repair job

Murphy ‘aquanauts’ due to start major repair outage in October

Marlowe Road Estate London

Countryside wins 400-home London estate rebuild

Work rebuilding Marlow Road Estate to start next year

Lafarge Holcim

EU clears Lafarge merger with Holcim

Lafarge Tarmac must be sold to create world’s biggest cement maker


New boss takes reins at Britcon

Paul Clarkson promoted to become Scunthorpe contractor managing director

Amey water theme

Amey wins £129m Affinity Water network upkeep

Amey secures water main network maintenance deal around Home Counties

MoD, estate, soldier

Five win £250m Scottish MoD new-build framework

Henry Bros, Interserve, Kier/Graham jv, Lend Lease and Miller win place on Scottish panel

Avant Homes

Lloyds Bank offloads Avant Homes

Trio of private equity funds buy Ben Bailey and Bett Homes businesses

Morrisons North Place Cheltenham

McLaren wins £36m Cheltenham supermarket

Major Morrisons supermarket and multi-storey car park get building go-ahead

David Cameron

30 house builders sign up to 20% discount scheme

David Cameron unveils discounted house plan for 100,000 first time buyers

Forth Bridge proposed-viewing-platform-on-top-of-forth-rail-bridge

Video: Arup wins design for Forth Bridge visitor centre

Visitor centre will lead to glass lifts rising to 110m high viewing platform

Tyne dock

Local civils firm beats majors to £18m Tyne dock infill

North Shield-based Southbay Civil Engineering wins Port of Tyne contract


£160m Winchester Silver Hill regen scheme approved

Developer Henderson’s town centre scheme wins revised plannings


Former Mivan workers win £2,500 payout

Tribunal ruling paves way for all 144 ex-staff to gain compensation


Bidders day for £1.5bn Scape minor works contest

New framework will cover all building subcontract packages up to £5m


330 jobs at risk as Mabey Bridge to close Welsh factories

Mabey Bridge pulls out of heavy bridge construction and wind turbines

BBC TV centre

Go-ahead for Mace’s £400m BBC TV centre redevelopment

Work to start in April on redevelopment of the famous White City site


Carillion aims to train 5,000 apprentices in five years

Carillion sets ambitious training target after NI payments lifted on apprentices under 25

Kier theme

Kier signs council deals worth £90m annually

Kier signs 10-year deal with Staffordshire and 4-year highways extension with Northamptonshire county councils


Morris Leslie goes to Case to boost crawler fleet

Plant hire buys 30 Case crawler excavators in 13t and 21t classes

Thames Valley flooding

GBV wins UK’s largest inland flood defence scheme

Galliford Try/ Black & Veatch jv wins job to cost building 15km flood channel

Railway workers

11,000 rail engineers marshalled for Xmas upgrade

£200m Christmas work programme biggest in Network Rail’s history


London Mayor approves vast Wood Wharf scheme

Green light for 4.9m sq ft eastward extension of Canary Wharf in London Docklands


Work starts on Scalpel as Skanska signs £198m contract

Building price agreed for 190m tall Lime Street tower in London

Eiffel Steelworks

William Hare rescues Eiffel Steelworks

Up to 60 steelwork jobs saved as private steelwork firm buys Wigan business

Thames Gateway

Balfour Beatty tops November contracts league

Kier and Balfour in close race to be crowned contracts champion in 2014


Bids race starts for £37m Pembrokeshire school

Work due to start on flagship Pembroke Learning Campus in August 2015


A-Plant operating margin soars to 18%

A-Plant raises yields by 6% as rentals increase by 11%

highways, motorway, theme

Newly-named Highways England to save £1.2bn

Highways Agency to be renamed Highways England in switch to Government-owned company


Subcontractors call for safer site ground conditions

Pressure grows for main contractors to test ground conditions for cherry pickers and mobile cranes

Green deal theme insulation

Willmott Dixon bags £60m Hull housing energy retrofit

More than 3,000 homes to be upgraded in new green deal


Terex brings roller production back to UK

Terex aims to cut lead times by bringing production to Coventry

bricklayer, builder, house

Construction firms plan 2015 hiring spree

Firms in London hiring Portuguese bricklayers to fill yawning skills gap


Costain raises digger safety with new bucket-cam

Cameras fitted to digger booms improve safety on Smart motorway job

Lyell-Centre-Heriot Watt University

Morrison wins £10m British Geological Survey build

Lyell Centre for research into earth and marine sciences will be built in Edinburgh

Balfour plant

Balfour Beatty pares down plant hire firms

A-Plant, Speedy Hire, Nationwide Platforms and VP sign collaboration deal with Balfour Beatty

Terex 6 tonnes dumper

JCB strikes deal to supply engines to Terex

Terex 6-tonne dumpers will be powered by JCB Ecomax engines

Michael Martin

Morrison chief engineer takes charge of Forth Crossing

Michael Martin, Morrison director, set to be named as new lead project director

Selkirk Flood protection

McLeod scoops £31m Selkirk flood defence scheme

Work to start on two-year river defence scheme in January

Pedestrian Thames bridge

Design contest for new Thames bridge at Nine Elms

Council launches international design race for Thames pedestrian bridge

Land & Water JCB 14t long reach

Land & Water buys eight JCB 14t long reach diggers

New JCB Long Reach machines have been put to work on flood alleviation schemes in the Somerset levels


Galliard Homes lodges Docklands towers plan

Ambitious 1.7m sq ft Millharbour Village scheme consists of six residential tower blocks

Moorside reactors Sellafield

Amec Foster Wheeler scoops first Moorside nuclear deal

Environmental service contract let for Moorside nuclear power station build

Kevin Parkes Landscape

Hewden boss to step down in New Year

Mastermind behind plant hirer’s next day delivery service to leave

Shanco Construction

Leeds civil engineering contractor collapses

Shanco Construction hit by payment problems

Fferm Penglais

Balfour four months late on £45m student halls job

Aberystwyth University’s flagship student halls hit by supply chain pressures

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty rebuffs £1bn bid for PPP assets

KPMG contract review report delayed for a month


Interserve snaps-up 700-strong training provider

Contractor hopes deal will give it a better foothold in the Middle East

Tony Pidgley

Berkeley warns over political uncertainty as profits soar

Three major sites started in London helping to create extra 1,000 jobs

Main Stand Liverpool FC

Carillion to kickoff Anfield stadium job next week

Video reveals innovative construction plan to keep main stand open as third tier built

Sellafield dome

Morgan Sindall tie-up with US firms to bid UK nuclear work

US nuclear specialists target new build and decommissioning projects with Morgan Sindall

M4 crash Carillion

Network Rail hauls in Carillion over tragic M4 crash

Safety crackdown after four fatalities in 2014 from failure to wear safety belts

Hull York Medical school

Bidders day for £19m Hull Uni health campus

Design and build contract will involve new build and refurbishment work

Phase two heygate elephant & Castle

Lend Lease Elephant & Castle phase two approved

Construction to start in the spring on the Heygate Estate site in south London


UK Guarantee for Cumbria nuclear power station

Work could start in 2018 on Moorside nuclear power plant

Chancellor Osborne

Osborne cuts stamp duty for millions of home owners

Autumn Statement fuels infrastructure growth and northern powerhouse

police tape from freephoto

Site wall collapse kills man in Docklands

Man in his 30s killed at Isle of Dogs pub conversion


Lagan lands £17m Cambridge airport deal

Work starts on airport runway upgrade