Carillion hits back after Balfour ends merger talks

War of words erupts as Parsons Brinckerhoff proves stumbling block to deal

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ARCADIS to buy Hyder Consulting for £256m

Consulting giant to snap-up rival as industry consolidation continues

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Vinci wins £37m Buxton Crescent hotel conversion

Spa town scheme to get underway following funding delays

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Balfour Beatty calls off Carillion merger talks

Bust-up over Parsons Brinckerhoff sale wrecks mega-merger

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Boris launches £1.3 trillion plan for London infrastructure

Contractors back report on investment needs to 2050 in the capital

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Site delivery fund to speed up building 25,000 homes

Small Government cash injection expected to kick-start work at 85 housing sites


Keller sets aside £30m charge over warehouse dispute

Exceptional charge in next accounts as legal action continues over floor slab problems

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Gang of 20 jailed for £8m construction tax fraud

Jail sentences of nearly 90 years following six-year investigation by HMRC

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BAM lands £38m batch of Hull schools

Victory for contractor despite “significantly tighter budgets”

Peter Redfern Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey build costs rise 5.6% in 2014

Brick supplies secured for the next 18 months


Bid race starts for £1bn Manchester Uni expansion

Three firms will form a partnering framework to deliver 8-year building plan

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Balfour Beatty sells trackside plant arm to Vp

Rental specialist snaps-up trackside equipment division in £5.5m deal


Demolition boss fined after breaking his back in blunder

Schoolchildren look on in horror as classroom collapses on top of builder

Padeswood Hanson Cement

Hanson Cement plans north Wales works expansion

New production line planned at Padeswood, creating 35 jobs

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Contractor wanted for £18m Port of Tyne new quay

Historic Tyne Dock will be infilled to create a new 125m long quay

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B&K starts first spec office job in Sheffield for years

£20m office building is the final part of the £130m Heart of the City project


Work starts on world’s first vertical cable car in Brighton

i360 observation tower will be built by Dutch steelwork firm Hollandia

Balfour Beatty steel site

Opinion: Is bigger better for Balfour and Carillion?

It may not be the best time to merge as main contracting faces a cash-flow crisis

Lyneham SNCO Modular Living Accommodation

Caledonian lands £27.5m modular deal from Kier/Balfour JV

Installation of bedroom modules to start on former RAF base in September


Gherkin put up for sale

Iconic tower to cost at least £650m

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Contractors snub London work as tender prices soar

Mace research reveals firms are refusing to tender for “risky” jobs in the capital


Seven bag £1bn North West Construction Hub deal

Framework will be used across the region on projects worth more than £9m


Skanska wins £90m Battersea first phase M&E fit-out

Carillion awards Battersea Power Station Circus West fit-out job to rival Skanska

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McLaren bags £25m London Oriental City job

First phase work on a Morrisons foodstore and shops will start in the autumn


Worker plunges down 19ft deep bore hole

25-year old man rescued from 3 feet wide bore hole


BAM to build £33m residential care home

Work will start this week on Richmond Witney care village in Oxfordshire

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Union urges M&E firms to increase pay offer

91% of electricians reject 5% pay offer as threat of industrial action looms

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Costain wins £30m gas terminal upgrade

Costain makes in-roads into oil and gas sector with Dimlington gas terminal job


Scaffold collapse hurts two brickies on housing job

Design blunder and lack of strength tests led to collapse on Persimmon site

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Balfour wins £24m Royal College of Music contract

Student accommodation will feature sound-proof rooms for silent practice


Chigwell seals another deal as turnover hits £45m

Expanding Essex contractor makes move into South Yorkshire waste market

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Site stoppages loom as sparks reject pay offer

Ballot result set to infuriate contractors

Dover port marina

£130m Port of Dover expansion job up for grabs

Three firms will be signed up to deliver several infrastructure work packages

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Great Portland speeds up London building pipeline

Work to start on Oxford Street and Old Street offices early next year


Construction savings fund free Mersey crossings

Local residents go toll free thanks to £250m cost cuts by Merseylink consortium

De Montfort University

Balfour wins £34m De Montfort Uni revamp

Building work to start shortly on new Leicester campus scheme

Lancashire County Council

Six win £120m Lancashire building framework

Bramall, Carefoot and Conlon Construction in line for major new build schemes

JB Riney

JB Riney renews £50m London borough highways job

Tower Hamlets sticks with East London civils firm for highways work


Didcot power station towers demolished: Watch video

Coleman and Company bring down disused towers


Berkeley awards modular package on Bath job

Off-site specialist Elements Europe to start production in August for student scheme

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Kier lands £24m Bournemouth water deal

Contract could run for seven years covering regional maintenance work


Co Mayo firm wins Yorkshire bypass with cut-price bid

Wills Bros beats major civils firms to take A684 Bedale Bypass


Chicken shed safety blunders land firms in court

Inspectors spot catalogue of errors during roof work

Royal Albert Dock

Green light for £1bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Massive Chinese business park plan in London docklands takes off


Carillion in shock merger talks with Balfour Beatty

Job losses fear as talks start to merge construction giants and form super contractor


Gatwick unveils £241m plan to boost second runway

Additional investment for local communities designed to head-off local opposition

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Galliford Try lands £50m deal at Swansea Bay Campus

Construction to start next month on student halls at £450m Swansea University site

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Concrete falling from bridge causes M6 chaos

Highways Agency engineers to launch probe after two cars hit


Balfour Beatty stops sites to ram home safety message

Workers will down tools for an hour on more than 750 sites as part of safety drive

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Carillion and Amey secure £2.8bn defence deals

Joint venture now has five Next Generation Estate Contracts despite legal challenge by Interserve

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Brookfield Multiplex bags two jobs worth £100m+

Contractor takes landmark jobs in London Docklands and Aberdeen


Opinion: How to attract more talent into construction

Some obvious solutions to solving the white collar skills crisis


Plans go in for £800m Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Hammerson and Ballymore hope to start construction in 2016

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Carillion consortium to build floating village

Plans for floating village in East London


Willmott Dixon wins £21m Wiltshire College

Contractor to build new centre for construction and engineering students


Costain fined £525,000 after telehandler tragedy

Huge fine after worker crushed by toppling machine while lifting a pallet of tiles


Kier replaces BAM on £46m London schools build

Kier to build five schools after BAM failed to agree a price


Crossrail construction praised by MPs

£15.8bn project is a “textbook example of how to get things right”

Port Salford

Sisk scoops £39m Port Salford civils works

Developer Peel awards phase one contract for £400m inland port


One-in-six sites fail HSE health checks

Inspection blitz uncovers widespread exposure to silica dust and hazardous substances


Balfour Beatty wins £129m M3 smart motorway job

Mobilisation work to start in August on section from the M25 to junction 4a

Theme graph up growth construction

Lead times getting longer for brick and blockwork

Lead time information for materials and trade packages: Full list

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Carillion and Spencer Rail scoop £150m Scots railway upkeep

Hull rail contractor wins second multi-asset framework agreeement


£1.3bn boost for construction of affordable homes

Funding allocated for massive construction programme across the country


Cheesegrater to be star of Open House event

Leadenhall Building one of 800 to throw open its doors to members of the public

M4 Corridor Newport

Bid race for £800m M4 corridor around Newport

Five firms to be shortlisted for ECI job to build 14 mile motorway


Piling firm in plea to major contractors over lead times

Aarsleff boss warns that specialists are struggling to cope with demand as recovery continues


Roofer breaks back in six metre roof light plunge

Contractor and roofing firm boss fined after HSE finds catalogue of errors on refurb job

Wood Wharf, the loofah

Go-ahead for 4.9m sq ft extension to Canary Wharf

Construction to start in fourth quarter of 2014 on 30 new buildings at Wood Wharf

Inverness Royal Academy

Galliford Try wins two Scottish school jobs worth £51m

Miller acquisition delivers first new contract wins


Average trade debt for small contractors hits £484,000

Late payment in construction leaves SMEs holding a fortune in unpaid invoices

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Ex Heathrow boss to head Highways Agency

Colin Matthews to oversee transformation of agency into government-owned company


Michelmersh reports 12.8% jump in brick prices

Demand still rising as stocks hit “lowest level in living memory”

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Vast HS2 construction HQ to be based in Birmingham

Midlands project base will house 1,500 engineering and construction staff

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Balfour wins £80m Cheshire regen scheme

Work will start in September on the Barons Quay scheme in Northwich

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Tesco to develop 4,000 homes on unused land

Supermarket giant to unlock landbank no longer needed for stores


Developer assaults HSE safety inspector

Middlesex developer jailed for 30 months after ignoring prohibition notices on office redevelopment

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Willmott Dixon wins £12m London office revamp

Deal swells Willmott Dixon London commercial order books to £147m

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Phase two deal for £250m Old Vinyl Factory

Housing developer HUB will deliver 213 homes at former EMI record factory

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Booming order book sparks Skanska recruitment drive

Contractor taking on 1500 people as recovery rolls-on