Saatchi Derwent London

Brookfield Multiplex lands £125m Saatchi building deal

Derwent set to start its most ambitious scheme in London

Spire Manchester hospital

Vinci starts £63m private hospital job

Enabling works start on Spire Healthcare hospital in Manchester


Wates to start on delayed £24m Portland academy

Work to start next week on Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy after rescoping delay


BAM tipped for country’s biggest free school

Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds received £23m for a new purpose-built school

pc harrington

Middle East chief to lead PC Harrington restructure

Andrew Wood to fly in from Dubai to help with reorganisation of concrete giant


Construction workers at Sellafield back strike action

More than a thousand construction workers set to take industrial action


Betting Spy: Chelsea, Spurs and Palace to land treble

Treble pays 8/1 while Sam Allardyce is hitting the self-destruct button


Stewart Milne wants new subcontractors

Full list of trades wanted for residential schemes in Scotland

Mark Piper

46-year-old steel erector diagnosed with asbestosis

Father of four believes he was exposed to asbestos while working for Exeter contractor

Ewan Anderson Balfour Beatty

Balfour major project finance boss joins Mount Anvil

Ewan Anderson leaves Balfour after three years to become Mount Anvil group finance director

Steve Murphy UCATT general secretary

UCATT in crisis as leader goes on sick leave

General Secretary Steve Murphy stands down as financial crisis engulfs union

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Persimmon to recruit 300 ex-soldiers this year

House builder boosts numbers of former armed forces personnel retraining as brickies

Bill Thicknes Murphy

Murphy recruits London ops director from Skanska

Bill Thicknes will run water and highways activities in the south east

Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Carillion left as sole PF2 bidder for £350m Midland Hospital

Laing O’Rourke-Interserve pulls out of bidding

Royal AlbertDock

Go-ahead for £1.7bn Royal Albert Dock scheme

Work could start on site of 4.7m sq ft scheme this year once rubbed stamped by Government


Tories pull further ahead in latest construction poll

Conservatives get the backing of more than half the industry


Billington wins steelwork order for 1m sq ft shed

B&K places 5,000t steelwork order for Next warehouse in Doncaster

South Quay Plaza isle of dogs Berkeley

UK’s tallest resi tower gets final green light

Berkeley Homes will start work in July on 68-storey Isle of Dogs building


Housing deals worth £1.5bn up for grabs

LHC launches trio of frameworks with 120 places available for contractors


Fresh probe to ease Chinese steel fears

Trade body to investigate claims over quality of imported steel

Leeds Town Centre Securities Whitehall Road View 1

GMI set for first building on Leeds Riverside scheme

8-storey office job on Leeds’ Whitehall Riverside site set to start


Bungling builders jailed after curry house collapse

Court hears how three-storey building caved-in during incompetent basement refurb

David Cameron Conservative manifesto

Tories to extend right-to-buy to fund 400,000 new homes

Conservatives to raise cash by forcing councils to sell off most expensive council housing when vacated

1 Bank Street

Canary Wharf wins planning for two office towers

Full planning granted for 1 Bank Street and outline plans for 1 Park Place

Mike Stanton chairman Briggs and Forrester

Briggs and Forrester M&E arm returns to profit

Briggs and Forrester boasts record £224m order book as sector margins recover

bridge acident

Family killed as concrete falls from bridge site

Concrete slab crushes parents and baby driving under American bridge


Vinci tops contracts league with Newport M4 job

Balfour back on top of 12-month rolling league as contract wins build

pc harrington

PC Harrington Contractors files administration notice

High Court documents show KPMG could be called in to famous concrete firm


T&T wins PM role on £480m Sheffield retail quarter

Consultant will steer city centre project, cost and procurement management

paul dodsworth

Former B&K boss boosts Wates northern push

Paul Dodsworth joins Wates after eight years as B&K Construction Director

Friarsgate Coventry council offices

B&K set for £35m Coventry council office job

Work to start on civic office next month, kick-starting city’s Friargate scheme

General Election

Election doubts to dog construction for two years

Doubts over new Government will not hit home for industry until 2016/17

David Frise

Fit-out firms set 2020 target for fully qualified workforce

Rebadged trade body for fit-out industry aims to bring 80,000 workers to NVQ2 level

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Sharp rise in number of new construction companies

More firms starting-up than shutting down for first time since 2008

Anglo Holt

Anglo Holt Construction collapsed owing £20m

String of loss-making contracts blamed for demise of hotel specialist


Fatal-free year for NASC members

Scaffold trade body publishes latest safety report

nine elms

Chinese JV with Interserve wins £900m deal

China’s biggest contractor wins slice of One Nine Elms scheme


Big names want West Midlands subcontractors

Kier, Wates, Seddon and Bouygues all looking for new suppliers: Register now


Runaway dumper truck lands plant hire firm in court

Faulty brakes lead to broken leg


Galliford Try set for £14m national nuclear archive

Work will start this summer on nuclear industry archive near Wick airport

changing rooms

FA kicks off £200m changing rooms programme

Work to start next year on programme to upgrade community sports facilities

HTC cranes

Harrington to sell HTC tower cranes to Wolff

German manufacturer to buy famous tower crane business

T pylon

Balfour Beatty erects first T-pylons

Six test pylons are being built at the National Grid’s training academy in Nottinghamshire

Barking Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon seals its biggest PRS housing deal

Private rental arm be:here will develop 650 homes in East London

grand national

Betting Spy: Back Druids and Al Co in the National

Here’s a 12/1 and a 25/1 crack at the big one

mark perkins

Job losses looming at Shepherd Construction

Threat of up to 180 redundancies as directors plan to slim down business

Stuart Doughty

Former Costain boss Stuart Doughty joins Balfour

Contractor drafts-in construction veteran as non-executive director

Bournemouth Lansdowne

Watkin Jones lodges £200m Bournemouth scheme

Lansdowne sites will provide student halls and teaching facilities for university

Tachbrook Panorama with tree

Hat trick of wins sparks Willmott Dixon hiring spree

70 new recruits needed as housing division seals three deals worth £27m


Work to start on £2bn New Covent Garden Market

Enabling works to start this summer kicking-off ten-year construction programme

Richmond Village Courtyard

Bouygues bags £30m retirement village deal

Thomas Vale regional division to start work on South Derbyshire site next month

Wakefield Eastern Relif Road

Hochtief and Buckingham JV wins £33m Wakefield road

Construction to start this month on Wakefield Eastern Relief Road


Parkstone Group collapsed owing £6.3m

Birmingham civil engineer hit by soaring materials costs and loss of quality staff


Reshuffle paying-off for Atkins

UK reorganisation complete as contract problems at rail division settled

Courtald Building

Graham bags human mad cow disease lab job

Graham Construction ramps up London business with another contract win

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Plans go in for £150m Nottingham retail revamp

Construction could start in early 2016 on intu Broadmarsh scheme

Eric Wright Water

Eric Wright Water target Scottish Water work

Contractor opens Glasgow office to tap into water investment north of the border

McEwan Hall

Interserve wins £19m listed Edinburgh Uni hall revamp

Internal renovation of the historic McEwan Hall will take two years

mcavoy group

Subcontractors wanted for education work

McAvoy Group wants suppliers for schemes across south: List of trades needed

camden lock

McLaughlin and Harvey and Mace land Camden deals

Construction team confirmed for £120m Camden Lock Village

Ed Miliband

Labour to build 125,000 homes with Help to Buy ISA

Banks would be forced to invest Help to Buy ISA funds in house building


£50m bid race starts for London hospital BIM project

UCLH scheme will be first health project to achieve BIM maturity level 3

Balfour Beatty executive chairman, Steve Marshall

Balfour doubled chairman’s salary during turmoil

Steve Marshall’s salary jumped to £531,500 while finance director was paid £759,000

General Election

Construction’s General Election guide

Political battle lines are being drawn with just one month to go to the election


New CDM 2015 regs come into force

CDM shake-up places greater onus on clients to ensure safe sites

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Graham scoops £100m Dumfries schools deal

Ground-breaking project will improve all Dumfries’ schools


Cost of GB Group collapse to be confirmed next month

Size of trade debt to be revealed by administrators as subcontractors forced out of business


EDF calls halt to Hinkley nuclear site prep work

Energy giant suspends civils work until funding deal is finalised

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Tower crane driver rescued from cab

Dramatic rescue 30 metres in the air on south London site


Betting Spy: Improving England still have holes

Midfield playmaker and entire defence needed while Newcastle can upset Sunderland

markit march

Construction confidence hits nine-year high

Buyers bullish about prospects for the next 12 months

uwe bristol

ISG lands £50m university law block

Work to start on landmark building for University of the West of England in Bristol.


North Midland Construction issues latest profit warning

Losses on problem legacy contracts expected to be deeper that first expected


Esh takes over GB Building care home job

Council brings in local firm to finish £7m Barrow care home

Gentoo Tolent

Tolent and Gentoo team up to create new company

North East rivals set up standalone business to boost order books


Underground cable fire causes chaos in London

Thousands evacuated from offices as flames shoot from inspection cover in Holborn

bob clark

Ex-Balfour boss to lead O’Rourke in Scotland

Bob Clark joins former rival to lead expansion plans in Scotland


H&J Martin now part of Lagan Construction Group

Lagan now employs 900 people and has a turnover of £300m

Chemistry of Health building Cambridge University

Bid race starts for £22m Alzheimer’s building

Work is expected to start before the end of the year on the Cambridge University research centre


Nottingham student site fire lasts two days

High winds hamper efforts to put out major blaze on student accommodation job