• Kier fined ¬£600,000 after concrete block hits worker

    Kier Infrastructure has been fined £600,000 after a seven-tonne concrete block fell on an agency worker on a rail bridge site in Cardiff.
    Sentence was passed by District Judge Brown sitting at Newport Magistrates’ Court on Monday after Kier pleaded guilty to the offence  at an earlier hearing.
    The court had heard that agency worker Peter Walker, 42, suffered life-changing injuries when a 6.93 tonne block of pre-cast concrete fell on his leg on 15 August 2016.Walker had started w
  • Crane driver breaks back on Balfour Channel Tunnel site

    A crane driver broke his back last week during a fall on Balfour Beatty’s Eleclink project to install a 65km electricity cable through the Channel Tunnel.
    The Enquirer understands the accident took place during crane assembly work on the £120m contract.
    A site source said: “The driver had finished helping with the assembly when he was asked to get out of the cab for some reason.“As he climbed out the stairs collapsed and he fell breaking his elbow.
    “Later at the hos
  • Bid race takes-off for London City airport terminal

    London City Airport has called-up contractors to prequalify for substructure and concrete works for the planned terminal expansion project.
    The latest package for the project includes the design and build of piling, substructure and concrete works for the western energy centre, main terminal and terminal extensions.
    The winning firm will need to interface with BAM Nuttall, which has secured a £85m contract to build a vast piled concrete deck over a section of the Royal Docks to enable
  • Graham wins ¬£90m Congleton link road

    Cheshire East Council has appointed Graham Construction to deliver the Congleton Link Road scheme – which could begin construction later this year.
    The 5.5km road will unlock key sites for housing and employment and provide an economic boost to Congleton, relieving traffic congestion in the town centre and improving east-west connectivity.
    The Jacobs designed single carriageway road will run to the north of Congleton between the A534 Sandbach Road in the west and the A536 Macclesfield Road
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  • Over 1,000 staff still stranded at Carillion

    Around 1,100 staff still remain at Carillion six months after the firm’s spectacular collapse.
    More than 1,000 staff employed on hospital facilities maintenance contract have been transferred over to new employers in the past week.
    This means that around three-quarters of the pre-liquidation workforce of 18,000 have now been found secure ongoing employment.
    Around 2,400 or 13% have been made redundant, while 1,256 employees have left the business during the liquidation through fi
  • Suppliers unable to contact demolition giant Cuddy Group

    Worried suppliers have been unable to get in touch with demolition specialist Cuddy Group.
    The Enquirer has been contacted by firms concerned about the Swansea based contractor which also has offices in Oxfordshire, Bristol and Worksop.
    Industry website Demolition News first reported on possible problems at Cuddy Group last week.The Enquirer has been trying to get in touch with the company but phones at its offices are going unanswered.
    One supplier said: “We are keen to talk with them but
  • Balfour set for ¬£60m Strathclyde Uni teaching hub

    University of Strathclyde is understood to have selected Balfour Beatty to deliver a £60m teaching and learning hub in Glasgow.
    The facility, which represents the University’s biggest single investment in a building project to date, will include teaching spaces and group-working rooms, as well as housing the student union, students’ association, and support services.
    At the start of the year, the University selected four construction partners – Balfour Beatty, Kier, Inter
  • 60 jobs axed as Somerset building contractor sinks

    Somerset-based family-owned building contractor R G Spiller has been placed into administration.
    Nearly 60 jobs have been axed at the long-established £20m turnover firm, headquartered in Chard .
    R G Spiller, which undertook both public and private sector contracts of up to a value of £6m traced its roots back 150 years.
    Andrew Howard, R G Spiller managing director and owner of non-trading parent Howard Construction called in Bishop Fleming after suffering cash flow difficu
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  • McLaughlin & Harvey lands £50m Liverpool training centre

    McLaughlin & Harvey has been chosen by Liverpool Football Club to build its new £50m training centre.
    Construction information specialist Glenigan has named McLaughlin & Harvey as main contractor with work set to start on site in October with completion in spring 2020.
    The Liverpool Football Club Academy has been designed by KSS Design with Mott MacDonald and Mouchel on board as consultants.
  • Roadworks speed limit could be raised to 60mph

    Highways England is considering plans to increase the speed limit through motorway roadworks to 60mph.
    The roads company is going to test if varying speed limits could safely be operated within a set of roadworks without increasing the risks to either drivers or road workers.
    Speed limits could be increased to 60mph on a Sunday if there is less construction activity taking place and then brought back down to 50mph when road workers are working within a few feet of passing traffic.Highways Englan
  • Nine in 10 councils breaking prompt payment rules

    Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) local authorities are failing to monitor if their supply chain is getting paid within 30-days, breaching Whitehall regulations to ensure prompt payment.
    The findings that councils are ignoring their duty to protect the supply chain emerged on the six-month anniversary of Carillion’s  liquidation.
    Freedom of Information data obtained by specialist contracting trade bodies – the Electrical Contractors Association and Building Engineer
  • Green light for ¬£50m Portsmouth Uni sports centre

    Portsmouth City Council has approved plans for a £50m sports facility for the University of Portsmouth.
    Tendering is underway on the Ravelin Park project with stage two tenders due to be submitted in September.
    Plans for the new sports facility come as part of the University’s estate masterplan that will see £400m invested in the campus over the next decade.The indoor sports facility will be the first project to be developed and features an eight-lane 25m sw
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  • Joiners injured in temporary access platform collapse

    A Manchester-based principal contractor has been sentenced for safety breaches after two workers fell  from a temporary access platform.
    Leeds Crown Court heard how, on 3 October 2014, the two subcontracted joiners were working on the refurbishment and construction of new homes at the former Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, West Yorkshire.
    They were working in the bell tower at the site on a temporary access platform when it collapsed.The men fell approximately 3.4 metres onto a lower platform
  • Construction‚Äôs most considerate contractors win ultra site awards

    Sainsbury’s Supermarkets’ Redhill construction site has been crowned ‘Ultra Site of the Year’ by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
    The National Ultra Site Awards are a new initiative rewarding the highest levels of site standards and supply chain collaboration.
    The awards recognise top-performing Ultra Sites in ten categories of excellence.Each category represents the key attributes of being an exceptional Ultra Site – from collaboration to community engagement,
  • Plans in for final phase of ¬£1bn Chelsea Barracks scheme

    Developer Qatari Diar has submitted plans for the final phase of its £1bn Chelsea Barracks residential scheme in West London.
    Mace is nearing completion of phases 1-3 of the Chelsea Barracks scheme, as plans have been submitted for the final Phase 6B element of the scheme, which will be a hub for the local community.
    This hub area will include 126 extra-care and affordable housing units, a two-storey public sports centre, four shops and an NHS medical centre.
    Medical centre in fi
  • Wates wins ¬£161.5m Wembley resi blocks deal from Quintain

    Quintain has awarded a £161.5m contract to Wates Construction to build the latest phase of 633 new homes at Wembley Park.
    Wates is one of four framework contractors on the 85 acre site alongside Sisk, McAleer & Rushe, and McLaren.
    The contract for twin plots E01 and E02, is the largest ever awarded to Wates on a single site.It marks a total of £1.7bn worth of construction contracts awarded by Quintain at Wembley Park.
    The E01/E02 development, located off Olympic Way, will provide
  • Roofer in six metre plunge on to solid concrete floor

    A Scunthorpe-based roofing contractor has been fined £53,000 after a worker suffered numerous fractures following a fall through a fragile roof.
    Grimsby Magistrates court heard how, between 11 September 2016 and 1 October 2016, the employee of Broadley Roofing Ltd was working on a roof while the company were carrying out external refurbishment of the warehouse of a former retail store at Skippingdale Industrial Estate. Scunthorpe.
    On 30 September 2016, the worker was on the roof working wh
  • Crossrail‚Äôs Sir Terry Morgan to lead HS2

    Crossrail chief Sir Terry Morgan is to replace Sir David Higgins as chairman of HS2 next month.
    Morgan has been Crossrail chairman since 2009, and was formerly Tube Lines chief executive.
    He is the second former Crossrail executive to join the HS2 board following former chief executive Andrew Woolstenholme who became a non-executive director earlier this year.
    Morgan said: “HS2 will be a driving force behind greater prosperity and productivity across the country, unlocking opportunities fo
  • Construction degrees come under fire from students

    The standard of university construction courses has come under fire from students who fear they are failing to prepare graduates for construction careers.
    The Enquirer has been contacted by people currently on courses with a string of complaints about the curriculum.
    Students said some courses don’t reflect the modern industry and are not geared up for the latest developments in areas like BIM.One post-graduate student on a full time MSc QS degree course said: “BIM is not taught in t
  • Go-ahead for 37-storey Leeds student tower

    London-based developer Olympian Homes has committed to start building its landmark student accommodation tower block before the end of the year.
    The decision comes after Leeds City Council gave the project the thumbs up on Thursday.
    Russells Construction will build the project after working on construction plans for planning, chalking up another major tower scheme after successes in Manchester.The 37-storey building, located on Tower House Street, will provide 752 student bedrooms, along with a
  • ¬£300m Bristol Uni campus approved

    Outline planning permission has been granted for the University of Bristol’s £300m Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
    The university plans to transform a seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station building modern education and research facilities.
    Construction work is scheduled to get underway in early 2019 allowing the campus to open in time for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.Seven new buildings will transform the former Royal Mail sorting office and part of
  • Shake-up in cladding fire tests to cut wait times

    A new cladding testing service is being launched in a bid to help construction companies and clients facing long-delays in getting materials approved.
    The market is currently dominated by the Building Research Establishment which has long waiting lists in the wake of Grenfell.
    American based safety science specialist UL is now linking up with the Fire Protection Association to boost testing capacity in the UK.The Enquirer understands the new facade testing facilities will be available at the FPA
  • McAlpine to start ¬£30m Manchester biomedical hub

    Sir Robert McAlpine has got the go-ahead to start construction in September on the next phase of Manchester’s Citylabs biomedical research campus.Joint venture developers Manchester Science Partnerships and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust gave the nod after securing a pre-let on the Citylab 2.0 building from global diagnostics firm QIAGEN.
    The partners also said that subject to the completion of further design work and funding being secured,  the
  • Cost of industry skills cards set to rise in September

    The cost of skills card issued by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme is set to rise to £36 from September.
    The 20% rise from the current rate of £30 is the first increase for eight years and applies to all cards administered directly by CSCS.
    Graham Wren, CSCS Chief Executive said: “We have managed to maintain the current card price for the last eight years however inflationary pressure, together with increased costs associated with combatting fraudulent activity, hav
  • ¬£25m A55 improvement scheme gets green light

    Important improvements to a 2.2km stretch of the A55 in North wales will go ahead after being given the green light by Welsh Transport Secretary Ken Skates.
    The £25m scheme at Abergwyngregyn interchange between Junctions 12 and 13 will improve safety and reduce the risk of flooding.
    The project is presently out to tender and the plan is to start enabling work in the Autumn including site clearance and widening an existing road, all of which will be done off the A55.
    Construction works on t
  • Galliford Try starts ¬£43m central Birmingham resi job

    Galliford Try has started work on a major residential project at Windmill Hill in central Birmingham
    The £43m Axium residential project is being delivered for joint developers Court Collaboration and Top Capital Group.
    Corby-based MPB Structures has secured the groundworks, drainage and concrete package on the 344 luxury flats project, which is being built on brownfield land to the rear of the 02 Academy.
    The Lee Bank area project involves building three blocks, with associated car parking
  • Ex Carillion boss Howson blames Government for collapse

    Former Carillion chief executive Richard Howson has slammed Government payment practices and their part in the contractor’s collapse.
    A letter from Howson has just been published by the Parliamentary enquiry into the failure of Carillion.
    In it he attacks the Government for delaying payments and disputing additional payments on complex contracts.Howson said: “Carillion in my time was constantly chasing up its Government and public sector customers to agree such additional amounts, de
  • Galliford Try to start ¬£373m M1 upgrade next month

    Highways England has confirmed that Galliford Try will finally begin work on a £373m scheme to upgrade the M1 in Northamptonshire to a smart motorway next month.
    The section of M1 between junctions 13 and 16 is nearly 23 miles in length, passing through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire and provides connections to the towns of Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
    It is also a key route for traffic travelling north and south and will see some 60 miles of smart motor
  • Costain/Galliford Try to start ¬£373m M1 upgrade next month

    Highways England has confirmed that the Costain/Galliford Try joint venture will finally begin work on a £373m scheme to upgrade the M1 in Northamptonshire to a smart motorway next month.
    The section of M1 between junctions 13 and 16 is nearly 23 miles in length, passing through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire and provides connections to the towns of Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
    It is also a key route for traffic travelling north and south and will see so
  • Buckingham Group hits record profits for fourth year

    Buckingham Group Contracting is on course to break through £500m sales this year after delivering record profits and turnover in 2017.
    The firm said it was starting to see the benefits of expanding from its traditional industrial /warehouse building and civil engineering roots, with strong growth expected this year from leisure and sports projects.
    Next year it aims to top £550m revenue on the back of its diversification plan.
    Last year group revenue rose 4% to £423m with Bucki
  • Bid race for ¬£50m new M11 Harlow junction

    Essex County Council has started the hunt for a contractor to design and build its £50m new junction on the M11 to provide a vital link to Harlow.
    The £50m project involves a new Junction 7a. This will comprise of a grade separated junction  connected by a new overbridge and new slip roads to the M11.
    A new link road joining the M11 to the B183 in Harlow will also be included. The B183 or Gilden Way will be widened locally allowing access to the A414.
    Due to the undulating
  • Gas fittings cost cutting put college students at risk

    A Hampshire-based utilities contractor has been fined for dangerous gas installations at Royal Veterinary College.
    St. Alban’s Crown Court heard how Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure Ltd had been sub-contracted to carry out all the gas, plumbing and above ground drainage work at the College from December 2010 until September 2011.
    Multiple gas leaks were found across a new student village, putting hundreds of students housed on the campus at risk.An HSE investigation found 50 incorrec
  • Wates looking to work with new North West subcontractors

    Maintenance giant Wates Living Space is looking to meet Manchester and North West based construction companies to add to its local supply chain.
    Places will be up grabs on Wates Living Space’s local Responsive Repairs supply chain network.
    The ‘Meet the Buyer’ event will be hosted in partnership with Constructionline at the Marriott Worsley Park, Walkden Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2QT, on Tuesday 17th July 2018, 9am to 1pm.Opportunities are open to responsive repairs subcon
  • Winners named for ¬£12bn Government FM framework

    The Crown Commercial Service has named the line-up of preferred firms for its £12bn Facilities Management Marketplace framework.
    Forty seven firms have been awarded places across three value-banded lots with winning bidders including 10 small and medium-sized enterprises, bringing diversity and competition into the market for public sector contracts.
    These include the FM arms of Amey, BAM, Bouygues, Graham, Kier, Interserve,  Imtech, Mace, Skanska and Vinci.
    John Kenny, CCS Deputy Dir
  • Blu-3 bags Bond Street station public domain work

    Civils specialist blu-3 has been awarded an external works package for Costain-Skanska JVs new Bond Street tube station C412 contract in London.
    Part of £300m of works to update the station’s facilities in preparation for the arrival of the Elizabeth Line, the 20-week project will enhance capacity and step-free access to London’s West End with 24-hour trains during peak periods.
    Its package involves public domain and highway construction as well as surface finishes, drainage, s
  • Interserve wins ¬£15m Liverpool neonatal job

    Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust has picked Interserve to extend and remodel its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    Work on the £15m project will begin in September 2018 with a phased build programme of 60 weeks.
    The win is of strategic importance to Interserve and is the second healthcare project secured for a new customer in Liverpool in recent months.The other was for the £35m Rutherford Cancer Centre that is a main part of Paddington Village redevelopment.
    Phil Sh
  • Vinci confirmed for ¬£75m Trafford Centre upgrade

    Shopping centre developer intu has appointed Vinci to deliver the £75m transformation of  the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.
    The Manchester landmark is set to gain a new glass-domed roof and a fully redesigned interior under intu’s plans to expand and refresh that area of the centre.
    Vinci will start on site later this year.Colin Flinn, regional managing director at intu, said: “There’s nowhere else quite like intu Trafford Centre and we’re now investin
  • Barratt ups annual completions by just 184 homes

    Britain’s biggest house builder completed just 184 extra homes last year despite Government efforts to push up the industry’s build rates.
    While Barratt said it achieved the highest level of completions in a decade at 17,579 homes, this was just 1.1% up on last year.
    In a trading statement for the financial year ending June, the volume house builder said it was set to report a 10% rise in pre-tax profits to a record £835m.
    Barratt also confirmed it would be paying special
  • Demolition starts on fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building

    Work began yesterday to dismantle dangerous sections of the Mackintosh Building in Glasgow following the recent fire.
    Local structural engineers David Narro Associates and demolition contractor Reigart are now on site.
    Dominic Echlin of David Narro Associates said: “The primary aim of the initial works is to make the building safe and structurally stable.“It is important to understand that our agreed approach is the safest way to dismantle the dangerous elements of the building and,
  • Caledonian tops ¬£300m ‚Äėmodular C‚Äô schools framework

    Caledonian and its partner architects HLM has secured first place on the Education and Skills Funding Agency modular framework for the secondary schools block replacement programme.
    The Newark-based offsite specialist secured top spot against 64 other bidders at PQQ stage and then against a shortlist of five at bid stage for the Batch C Modular Framework.
    It is the third framework agreement for offsite construction from the ESFA in a plan to revolutionise the way education buildings a
  • Plans in for ¬£100m Liverpool marina resi scheme

    Plans have been formally submitted to build a 500,000 sq ft residential scheme on an island site at the edge of the Brunswick Dock to the south of the city centre.
    North West developer Maro Developments has used architect Fletcher-Rae to draw up plans for Brunswick Quay which will offer more than 550 homes across four separate buildings ranging in height from 7-12 storeys.
    The buildings will be linked by landscaped garden piazzas, set above secure enclosed car parking.
    Individual build
  • Skanska UK profits tumble as margin squeezed to 0.8%

    Skanska’s UK business suffered another challenging year in 2017 after £33m of write downs saw pre-tax profit tumble by 43% to £13.5m.
    It is the second year running that profit have fallen after first sliding to £23.6m in 2016 from a stable level of around £42m in previous years.
    Since 2015 operating margins at the business have fallen from 2.9% to just 0.8% last year.
    Revenue continued to grow steadily as major projects mobilised, up 9% to £1.8bn with new orde
  • Green light for Cheesegrater 2 in City of London

    The City of London Corporation has granted planning permission for a 56-storey skyscraper similar in appearance to the nearby Cheesegrater building.
    The tower at 100 Leadenhall will reach a height of 263.4 metres making it the third tallest building in the Square Mile.
    Plans were submitted by the Hong Kong based Lai Sun Development.Construction will involve the demolition of existing developments at 100, 106 & 107 Leadenhall Street.
    The Cheesegrater 2 will provide over 102,000 square metres
  • NWP wins £5m M&E package from Torsion Group

    NWP Electrical & Mechanical has won another package contract from Torsion Group for a Birmingham apartment complex.
    NWP has landed the £5m M&E deal on the Arden Gate apartment complex.
    Once completed the development will consist of 225 luxury one, two & three bed dwellings in addition to a small number of studio apartments.
    The win follows a similar deal for Torsion on its Herbert House project in the city.
    NWP undertook an intensive value engineering process at Arden Gate duri
  • Willmott Dixon workers see through concrete with smartphones

    Willmott Dixon is trialling new software which allows site staff to see through ealls using their smartphones.
    The Dalux Field App software has been imported from Denmark and used on four Willmott Dixon sites ranging in value from £4m – £25m.
    It shows 3D construction models with augmented reality on smartphones.Users simply point their phones at a part of the project and it will show a mix of reality and the 3D model.
    Willmott Dixon digital manager Andrew Gamblen said: “T
  • SES takes hit on four Carillion contracts

    Specialist M&E contractor SES Engineering Services has returned a profit for the first time since being bought by Wates from the Shepherd Group in September 2015.
    Latest published results for 2017 show the contractor moved from £1.5m loss in 2016 into a £1.3m pre-tax profit last year, while revenue rose by just over a third to £214m.
    But the latest published accounts also warn that SES may be in for a more difficult 2018 after taking a hit on four contracts following the li
  • Infrastructure leaders call time on nuclear construction

    The National Infrastructure Commission is calling for a halt to nuclear construction plans and a ramping up of renewable energy schemes.
    Its National Infrastructure Assessment report wants to see 50% of electricity generated from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030 – up from 30% today.
    The report said: “The National Infrastructure Assessment therefore cautions against a rush to agree government support for multiple new nuclear power stations, and proposes that after Hinkley
  • Kier launches business streamlining plan

    Kier is launching a efficiency and streamlining programme that will see non-core businesses offloaded.
    Details of the Future Proofing Kier programme will be set out when final year-end results are reported in September.
    The efficiency plan was unveiled as chief executive Haydn Mursell revealed that average month-end net debt had risen to £375m from £350m six months ago and £300m more than a year ago.
    In a trading statement covering the 12 months to June 30, he said the rise in
  • Director jailed after two brothers die in site explosion

    A construction director has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers.
    Luton Crown Court heard how Simon Thomerson, the sole owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted by the owners of an industrial park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire to refurbish several of the units.
    Brothers Ardian and Jashar Lamallari had been employed as labourers and were working inside the un
  • Moda heads south with ¬£220m Brighton build-to-rent village

    Private rented homes specialist Moda is planning its first major scheme in the south with an initial investment of £220m.
    Moda and joint venture investment partner Apache Capital are planning to build an 860-home urban village in Brighton, making it one of the largest build-to-rent sites on the south coast.
    The nine-acre site on Sackville Road shares a boundary with Hove station and is a short walk from the city’s seafront.
    It will be developed  with a mix of low- and mid-rise b

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