• RSK buys ground investigation specialist

    Consultant RSK Group Ltd has continued its buying spree with the acquisition of ground investigation specialist Central Alliance Pre Construction Services
    The deal will boost RSK’s headcount to more than 2,100 as 80 staff join from the Wakefield based firm.
    Central Alliance is expected to add £5m in annual turnover and £700,000 profit to RSK.Central Alliance provides ground investigation, geo-construction, training, technology and survey services to the UK construction, defence
  • ISG clinches ¬£17.5m Bradford leisure centre

    Bradford District Council has appointed ISG to build a £17.5m Sedbergh sports and leisure facility.
    The high-specification new build leisure centre includes a 25-metre swimming pool, eight-court sports hall, 80-station fitness suite, dance studios and café as well as outdoor pitches for football and rugby.
    The two-storey steel frame building also boasts a 12m learner pool with a moveable floor.Designed to complement its surroundings on the Sedbergh Playing Fields site, the 55,660 sq
  • BESA appoints David Frise as new chief executive

    David Frise has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Building Engineering Services Association.
    He has been combining the roles of head of sustainability at BESA and chief executive of the construction fit-out body FIS for seven years.
    Frise takes over as CEO of BESA with immediate effect, but will also continue in his role at the FIS for a short period to help manage the transition to his successor.
    A former nuclear submariner, he left the Royal Navy to become managing direc
  • Weston Homes submits 1.2m sq ft Norwich scheme

    Developer Western Homes has submitted plans for more than 1,000 new homes and shops to regenerate an area of Norwich city centre.
    The redevelopment of the Anglia Square shopping complex comes after £12.2m was allocated by the government.
    The volume house builder in partnership with with landowner and retail expert Columbia Threadneedle submitted the outline hybrid planning application for Anglia Square, which also includes a 200-bed hotel and a new city car park, after two y
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  • VolkerWessels UK margins edge up to 3.2%

    VolkerWessels’ UK operation saw its order book grow 7% last year to £1.08bn after securing a raft of major infrastructure contracts.
    The project wins helped to lift headcount over the year by more than 120 staff to 2,713 employees.
    Reporting annual results, Dutch group chairman Jan de Ruiter, said: “In the UK, the National Infrastructure Plan supports our operations and we have witnessed strong growth in our UK order book. Brexit, however, remains an uncertain development and m
  • VolkerWessel UK margins edge up to 3.2%

    VolkerWessels’ UK operation saw its order book grow 7% last year to £1.08bn after securing a raft of major infrastructure contracts.
    The project wins helped to lift headcount over the year by more than 120 staff to 2,713 employees.
    Reporting annual results, Dutch group chairman Jan de Ruiter, said: “In the UK, the National Infrastructure Plan supports our operations and we have witnessed strong growth in our UK order book. Brexit, however, remains an uncertain development and m
  • Plans in for Cheesegrater‚Äôs big brother in London

    Plans have been submitted for a 56-floor tapering skyscraper in London’s Square Mile that will echo the angled appearance of the nearby Cheesegrater building.
    At 263m tall the planned office project at 100 Leadenhall Street will tower over the 225m high Cheesegrater further along the street, offering nearly 1.2m sq ft of space.
    Far East investment specialist London & Oriental, acting on behalf of Hong Kong investor Lai Sun Development, bought up key sites on Leadenhall to develop the s
  • Berkeley unable to boost construction of new homes

    Housing giant Berkeley is warning that market conditions are hampering any plans to boost construction of new homes beyond current levels.
    In a trading statement today the firm said: “The market conditions in London and the South East are unchanged from the first half with home movers and downsizers continuing to be constrained by high transaction costs, the 4.5x income multiple limit on mortgage borrowing and prevailing economic uncertainty.
    “In addition, domestic buy-to-let investo
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  • Network Rail seeks two geotechnical firms for ¬£190m north deal

    Network Rail has started the search for two specialist firms to deliver geotechnical work in Scotland and the North East.
    It is the latest framework renewal to be issued from the rail infrastructure company in the latest control period shake-up.
    Lot 1 is focussed on geotechnical and earthworks project across London North Eastern and East Midlands Routes and will have a work bank estimated at £70m, while lot 2 covers Scottish routes with an expected value of £120m.
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  • Balfour Beatty wins ¬£200m London student/office scheme

    Balfour Beatty has scooped the contract to build a £200m mixed-used development in the heart of the City of London for student accommodation specialist Urbanest.
    The 35 Vine Street scheme in EC3 will create 643 student homes within the landmark 14-floor building alongside affordable offices and innovation space for King’s College London.
    A new exhibition space, offering public access to a preserved section of London’s original Roman wall, has also been created in partnership wi
  • Balfour Beatty tipped for ¬£200m London student/office scheme

    Balfour Beatty is in talks to build a £200m mixed-used development in the heart of the City of London for student accommodation specialist Urbanest.
    The 35 Vine Street scheme in EC3 will create 643 student homes within the landmark 14-floor building alongside affordable offices and innovation space for King’s College London.
    A new exhibition space, offering public access to a preserved section of London’s original Roman wall, has also been created in partnership with the Museum
  • Vast ¬£1.6bn South London estate rebuild approved

    Housing association Metropolitan has gained qualified planning for ambitious plans to build more than 2,500 homes at Clapham Park in south London.
    The approval is subject to the resolution of a section 106 agreement, which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. Once secured work on site is expected to start towards the end of this year.
    Its client team includes Mace, on board as cost consultant, PRP Architects, M&E and structural design by Ramboll UK.
    Lambeth Borough Council transf
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  • Betting Spy: Man City can win Champions League

    It’s a fairly uninspiring line-up of Premier League games this weekend so let’s keep focused on Europe after a great few weeks of football.
    We are down to the last eight in the Champions League and it’s a real line-up of heavyweights.
    Hopes of five English teams in the quarter finals were dashed by Juventus, Seville and Barcelona.But Man City look the strongest side left in the competition so let’s have a little nibble at 3/1.
    City have got the league title sewn-up and ca
  • Search to start for ¬£400m Southend regen partner

    The search for a joint venture development partner to help deliver a £400m housing-led regeneration project in Southend-on-Sea town centre will start next week.
    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is seeking a 30 year partnership to fund, develop and manage the Better Queensway project.
    A preferred bidder will be announced by spring 2019 for work to demolish four 1960s tower blocks and replace them with 1,300 homes.The 10 hectare site has recently secured a £15m Government housing infras
  • Buckingham to build giant fridge at Dover port

    Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd has been awarded the £15m contract to build a new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal on the Dover Western Docks Revival.
    Work will see construction of a 9,630 square metre multi-purpose refrigerated cargo facility designed for client Port of Dover.
    The new terminal will be an externally clad steel frame building containing eight temperature controlled chambers.Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “The appointment of Buckingha
  • Kier lifted by McNicholas deal in first half

    Kier reported underlying growth in both profits and revenue in the first half of the year despite being hit by delayed project starts towards the end of 2017.
    The firm benefited from the acquisition of McNicholas Construction, helping to push group revenue ahead 8% to £2.15bn and underlying operating profit up 5% to £60m.
    Former McNicholas chief executive Barry McNicholas is now to head Kier’s strengthened utility division as the business holds high hopes of securing more
  • Balfour supplier hit by Hinkley contract delays

    Manufacturing and engineering specialist Redhall issued a profit warning today following delays on a major contract with Balfour Beatty at Hinkley Point C.
    The engineer’s subsidiary Jordan Manufacturing Limitedhas signed three contracts with Balfour for the supply of specialist manufactured metal products for incorporation in the marine works at the nuclear power site.
    But it added: “The timing has been delayed due to changes in scope, programme and design. 
    “Delays in lar
  • Worker loses finger at builders merchant

    A Welsh builders merchant and concrete block specialist has been fined after a worker lost part of his finger when his glove got caught in a table saw.
    Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee of the Llanharan Concrete Co. Limited was cutting wood when his glove got entangled pulling his finger into contact with the blade.
    The injured worker was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to amputate the top of his left index finger to the first knuckle.An HSE investigation 
  • ¬£120m Glasgow police HQ to flats scheme approved

    Build-to-rent specialist Moda has gained planning to convert the former Strathclyde Police headquarters in central Glasgow into rental homes.
    The firm wants to redevelop the Pitt Street complex into a ‘build-to-rent neighbourhood’, with co-working space for start-ups and health and wellbeing facilities nestled in among 433 apartments designed for rent.
    To be developed in a joint venture with real estate investment management firm Apache Capital Partners, construction will start
  • Alumasc sounds profit warning over project delays

    Listed building products manufacturer Alumasc issued a profit warning on Wednesday morning which saw its share price slump by 20%.
    The firm flagged-up a a slower than expected third quarter performance due to “continuing delays in building contractor customers committing to new work,”
    Alumasc blamed uncertainty following the collapse of Carillion and a drop in demand in the commercial new build sector.It also blamed delays to public housing refurbishment contracts in Scotland and the
  • JSP launches range of perfect fitting face masks

    Safety specialist JSP has launched the new Springfit fold flat disposable mask with a unique endoskeleton structure which guarantees each mask keeps its shape.
    This integrated spring feature allows facial movement ensuring the mask offers a secure face fit and seal during speech or movement of the jaw.
    The pioneering Typhoon valve has been designed to reduce breathing resistance, heat and moisture build-up.
    The valve is unaffected by any moisture, and therefore maintains high performance levels
  • Investment boost for recruitment software specialist Engage

    Recruitment software specialist Engage Technology has secured follow on investment of £500,000 from  Primorus as the firm continues to sign-up construction clients.
    Alastair Clayton, Executive Director or investment vehicle Primorus said: “Since our initial investment in September 2017, sales of the Engage platform have shown strong growth and we have recently been informed by management that over 44 corporate clients are signed up to the platform, thereby mandating the product
  • Hydrock places remediation arm into administration

    Engineering consultant Hydrock has decided to exit contracting putting specialist remediation arm QDS Contracting into administration with up to 95 jobs at risk.
    The collapse comes just five weeks after management at Hydrock separated out the remediation business, rebranding what was then Hydrock Contracting as QDS Contracting.
    Hydrock said the move followed a strategic review of its business which concluded that the loss-making remediation arm could no longer be supported.
    The business was grew
  • Hill secures ¬£200m finance to deliver 5-year plan

    Top 20 house builder Hill has secured a £200m five-year credit facility to drive growth in the business.
    The financing will support plans to grow joint venture and long-term regeneration work and expand its current land bank.
    With the additional credit, Hill will be looking to generate revenues of more than £1bn a year by the end of 2023.
    This year Hill is on a recruitment drive to hire 20% more staff as it seeks to deliver on these ambitious plans.
    Founded by Andy Hill in 1999, Hill
  • Lendlease and Morgan Sindall left in chase for ¬£4bn Peabody scheme

    Peabody Trust has shortlisted urgan regeneration heavyweights Lendlease and Morgan Sindall to bid to become development partner for  its 11,500-home Thamesmead Waterfront in South East London.
    The vast £4bn new town riverside development will also include 1m sq ft of retail, commercial, leisure and educational facilities as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the 250-acres site on the southern bank of the River Thames.
    A preferred bidder for the London new town job will be name
  • Tepid Rise for Dodge Momentum Index in February

    The Dodge Momentum Index increased 0.5% in February to 146.9 (2000=100) from the revised January reading of 146.2.
  • Persistent Workforce Shortages Challenge Commercial Construction Industry as U.S. Building Demands Continue to Grow

    The Q1 2018 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (Index), released today, reveals nearly two-thirds of contractors are highly confident that demand for commercial construction will increase over the next year, however, continued concerns around labor shortages have put even greater pressure on the industry.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics’ Sweets College Scholarship Program Announces First Winner

    Dodge Data & Analytics’ Sweets College Scholarship Program has selected Lais Weba, an interior design student at Virginia Tech, as the first winner of the $2,500 Sweets scholarship.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics Deepens Its Commitment to Canadian Market, Expands Coverage of Canadian Construction Projects

    Dodge Data & Analytics has partnered with several large Canadian construction associations to significantly increase the volume of projects and documents reported and provide better value and coverage to its customer base.
  • Race to start for ¬£5bn trio of 10-year trackwork deals

    Network Rail is preparing to start the bid race in May for three major next generation plain line trackwork delivery deals covering Britain.
    A supplier event has been scheduled for the 23 April in London with a venue yet to be named to outline changes to the proposed new framework plan.
    The extended 10-year work package for control period 6 and 7 is expected to be worth anywhere between £3bn and £5bn.
    At present three contractors deliver track renewals.  These are Babcock, Amey
  • Lagan firm scoops ¬£15m Bridgwater road and bridge job

    Lagan Group subsidiary Whitemountain Quarries has walked away with the £15m contract to build a 1km road with two bridges in the Somerset town of Bridgwater.
    The Belfast-based company boasts revenue of around £70m, specialising in materials and contracting.
    Construction will now get underway on 4 April. Whitemountain will build a 950m-long access road to serve the Colley Lane Industrial Estate in the town.
    This will include construction of two bridges; one an in-situ concrete ar
  • Forterra to build new brickworks to meet demand

    Brickmaking giant Forterra is planning to build another brickworks to meet growing demand from house builders.
    The firm revealed it is looking at sites for a new factory to supplement nine existing works with a total capacity of 575m bricks per annum.
    Over the last year Forterra, which produces the London Brick brand, started investment at four brick works to raise output by 40m bricks, with the last of the upgrade projects due at its Accrington facility this summer.
    Stephen Harrison,
  • Balfour Beatty UK construction arm returns to profit

    UK Construction is back in profit for Balfour Beatty as the company’s turnaround plans continue to pay dividends.
    Full year results for 2017 show UK Construction made a £16m profit compared to a £65m loss last time.
    The figures do not include a raft of non-underlying items which the Balfour board has decided to account for separately.These include a £44m provision on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral route where Balfour had to step in following the collapse of Carillion.
  • CITB call centre chaos leaves builders on hold for hours

    Workers trying to apply for industry skills cards are being frustrated by long delays dealing with a call centre run by the CITB.
    Angry training providers and operatives have contacted the Enquirer after being left on hold for hours trying to renew or get new Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards.
    One said: “For the last two days I’ve been left on hold for more than an hour then just been cut off.“And when you try to send them an email you get a stock reply and nothing
  • Graham lands ¬£24m private school sports centre

    England’s third largest independent school has appointed Graham Construction to deliver a £24m sports centre project.
    Oundle School near Peterborough is funding the large sports centre, which will include building an Olympic-size swimming pool, an 8-court sports hall, separate fitness suite with up to 70 stations, a dance studio and three further multipurpose studios.
    The centre is part of a wider sports masterplan, which will also include a new athletics track, 8 extra tennis courts
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  • Four shortlisted for ¬£90m Edinburgh tram extension deal

    Four bidders have been shortlisted  for the main £90m Infrastructure and Systems contract for the planned York Place to Newhaven extension of the Edinburgh tram network.
    The shortlisted bidders are:BAM Colas Rail JV
    Farrans Sacyr Neopul JV
    Sisk Steconfer JVThe quartet will now be invited to tender in mid-April for work including design and construction of all track, overhead line, tram stops, systems infrastructure, road infrastructure and public realm.Following the tender pe
  • Two left in race for ¬£18m Aberdeen road bottleneck

    Transport Scotland has shortlisted Balfour Beatty and Farrans Construction to submit final bids for an £18m contract to improve a notorious Aberdeen bottleneck.
    This next stage of the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement project will see the two bidders enter into a period of competitive dialogue.
    The project involves the construction of around 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 North Anderson Drive and the A96 Auchmill Road.
    Upon completion, the improvements will reduce congest
  • Havering links-up with Wates to build council houses

    Wates Residential has signed a £1bn contract with the London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates.
    Work will see the council’s current stock of 856 homes replaced with 3,112 homes of mixed tenure.
    Regeneration work will increase council rented accommodation by 70% and build 400 low-cost home ownership properties.Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council, said: “This is the most exciting and ambitious Council home building programme in London, and I&rsq
  • Ex-Skanska chief Putnam becomes Arcadis adviser

    Global consultant Arcadis has appointed former Skanska UK chief Michael Putnam to its supervisory board where he will spend a four-year term. Putnam will succeed Ian Grice, the former Alfred McAlpine and Mowlem chief, who has served as a supervisory board member since 2010.The board supervises Arcadis strategic policy and the general operations of the company.
    Putnam, aged 57, has been the president and chief executive officer of Skanska UK  from 2009 to 2017. Before he joined Skanska
  • Trade contractors wanted for sites across Scotland

    Main contractors and clients on jobs across Scotland will be showcasing work for specialists at a Meet the Buyer event in Edinburgh later this month.
    Constructionline is hosting the event onMarch 28 at at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
    Organisations inviting bids for current schemes include Bouygues, Hadden Group, Midlothian Council and Clark Contracts.Firms will be looking to meet businesses with skills and services including: electrical, decorative, masonry, scaffolding, waste management and sit
  • L&G takes control of Cala Homes for £315m

    L&G has taken full control of fast-growing upmarket builder Cala Homes paving the way for it to become a major UK housing delivery business.
    The insurance and investment group has paid £315m to acquire the 52% of Cala it does not already own.
    This involves buying out its fellow major shareholder, the property investor Patron Capital, and Cala’s management team in a deal that values the firm at £605m.
    The business has performed strongly in recent years with revenues tripling
  • Speller Metcalfe soars to record ¬£141m revenue

    Midlands-based construction group Speller Metcalfe is set to deliver record turnover exceeding £141m, achieving a near doubling in size in just five years.
    Pre-tax profits for the year ending 31 March 2018 are expected to come in around £1.4m, according to group managing director Des O’Neill.
    The builder, which is headquartered in Malvern and works from offices in Gloucester, London and Wolverhampton also has its strongest ever forward order book in hand, providing a springboar
  • Trade contractors unite in retentions fight

    More than 60 construction trade bodies are now united in their support for the Aldous Bill to reform retentions.
    MP Peter Aldous will see his bill get its second reading next month.
    It proposes that cash retentions owed to the supply chain are held in trust rather than lost when companies like Carillion go under.The bill is being supported by a broad cross section of the entire supply chain including electrical, plumbing, heating, interiors, house building, roofing, scaffolding and demolition.
  • Groundworker run over by telehandler

    Bellway Homes Ltd and A D Bly Construction Ltd have been fined after a worker was run over by a telehandler.
    Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 14 July 2015, a groundworker was run over while undertaking work in the middle of the construction site road.
    The worker was fortunate that he passed under the body of the reversing telehandler, and not under the wheels, which would have likely resulted in his death.The resulting injuries include chipped vertebra, muscular and tendon damage
  • Robertson hires northern operations director

    Elgin-based business Robertson Northern is strengthening its senior leadership team with a new operations director Ian Phillips.
    Phillips trained in civil engineering and construction management and has over 20 years’ industry experience having worked as highlands area leader for both Morgan Sindall and ROK civil engineering in the past.
    He joined Robertson from his own consultancy business where he provided pre-construction and project management services.
    Philipps, aged 42, will oversee
  • Watchdog MPs slam Carillion restructuring gravy train

    Carillion shelled out £6.4m to advisers the day before it pleaded for an emergency £10m loan from the Government.
    The payments form part of fresh revelations about the last days of the business when Carillion’s chairman mounted a last-gasp bid for a Government bail-out.
    In a letter sent to the Cabinet Office seeking funding, chairman Philip Green warned the company would fall into destructive insolvency while a day before a dozen advisers and consultants were paid out.
  • Mace signs off ¬£500m London resi towers scheme

    Malaysian developer AlloyMtd Group has signed a main contract with Mace for its One Crown Place mixed residential and commercial scheme to the north of London’s Liverpool Street Station.
    Mace had been working on the job under a pre-construction services agreement and the signing off of the main contract marks a major achievement for the project in today’s challenging market.
    Now main construction is due to commence on the site next month.AlloyMtd Group Chief Executive Officer, Tee Ki
  • ¬£1.2bn trio of London housing estates rebuilds approved

    Clarion Housing Group’s £1.2bn plan to transform three housing estates in South West London have gained planning approval.
    The housing association’s ambitious plans will deliver around 2,800 new homes across three neighbourhoods – Eastfields and Ravensbury in Mitcham and High Path in Wimbledon, along with 9,000 sq m of retail, leisure, office, work and community space.
    Over 200 of the new homes are earmarked for existing resident homeowners, in an innovative offer allowin
  • Firms called up for ¬£340m Stansted Airport phase 2

    London Stansted Airport is on the runway to invite bids for phase two of its terminal expansion plan.
    The airport operator plans to invest £340m in a new arrivals building to sit alongside the existing iconic Foster-designed terminal building, which will also be reconfigured to be come a dedicated departures building with more space at check-in and security.
    It is the latest phase in Manchester Airports Group’s transformation programme to support Stansted’s future growth, and a

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