• M J Fitpatrick wins £2.6m housing deal

    M J Fitzpatrick has won a £2.6m deal to redevelop disused garage sites for Tamworth Borough Council.
    The contractor will start demolition work on nine sites next month which will eventually provide 23 new council homes by March 2018.
    Tamworth council are working in conjunction with Waterloo Housing Association to provide the new homes.
     
     
  • Jail sentences for tradesmen after £300,000 tax fraud

    Nine construction tradesmen from Widnes and Liverpool have been sentenced for trying to steal £300,000 in an organised tax fraud.
    The men, who worked as subcontractors including painters, decorators, builders, and roofers, submitted false claims for tax repayments.
    James Roberts, of Widnes, was at the centre of the conspiracy, which was uncovered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators.He was found to have made multiple fraudulent amendments to his own tax returns and allowed his ba
  • Carillion set for Liverpool Princes Dock 34-storey tower

    Joint venture developers Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners are understood to be close to agreeing terms with Carillion for another major high-rise build to rent project.
    The latest scheme is for an £80m private rented block of flats on Peel Group’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.
    The planned tower, within the Princes Dock development plan on William Jessop Way, will rise to 34 storeys and gained full planning last week.Apache Capital is fully fund
  • Balfour bags £185m Channel Tunnel power cable

    Balfour Beatty, in a consortium with Prysmian Group, has been awarded a £185m contract by ElecLink Ltd to install a 65km electricity cable between France and Great Britain through the Channel Tunnel.
    The ElecLink interconnector will have a 1GW capacity, providing enough energy to power more than 1.65 million  households per year.
    It will be the world’s first installation of a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector in a live rail tunnel environment.Balfour’s shar
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  • Five jailed for running skills card “forgery factory”

    Five men have been jailed for a combined total of 30 years for running a ‘forgery factory’.
    A raid by immigration officers in east London discovered a bedroom converted into a fully-equipped factory manufacturing British, European and Indian documents.
    Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that the men were all involved in creating and distributing between 50,000 to 100,000 false documents including passports, driving licences and Construction Skills Certification Scheme cards.CITB supported
  • Plans in for 6,500 homes at Cambridge former RAF airfield

    Developer Urban & Civic has submitted plans for the construction of up to 6,500 new homes at Waterbeach Barracks on the northern fringe of Cambridge. 
    The application to develop the former RAF airfield and barracks comes just two weeks after the Housing White Paper which emphasised the importance of making best use of previously developed land to build houses within existing settlements, and where people most want and need to live.  
    Urban&Civic Chief&n
  • Platform collapses as four workers move air vent

    Decorators’ Merchants Leyland SDM (LSDM) has been fined after four workers fell more than three and a half metres while carrying a ventilation unit.
    Westminster Magistrates Court heard how LSDM had been in the process of redeveloping a warehouse in Wembley.
    When four workers tried to move a ventilation unit into position, the working platform became overloaded and gave way.Neither the work at height nor the lifting operations were planned properly.
    Two of the four injured men suffered leg
  • CH2M wins £10m Clyde footbridge bridge design

    Plans are going ahead to build a £10m pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Clyde to link Govan and Partick.
    Glasgow City Council has appointed CH2M Hill to design the new footbridge, with construction work planned for 2019.
    The bridge is to be funded through the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal.
    The consultancy’s Glasgow office will develop the design of the bridge which is expected to span from Water Row in Govan to either the Glasgow Harbour East s
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  • Betting Spy: Leicester bosses lose the plot

    So Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager while Leicester City are still in the Champions League.
    So many things jar about that sentence I don’t know where to start.
    To turn against a man who performed miracles sounds like the plot of a big book I read once.Leicester fans weren’t calling for Claudio’s head so it’s a mystery why the owners have hit the panic button.
    Surely defying odds of 5,000-1 and giving supporters something they never expected and will never forget
  • Phase One of £56bn HS2 gains Royal Assent

    Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in decades cleared the final hurdle to construction today as the HS2 Hybrid Bill received Royal Assent.
    It clears the way for the nine-year construction programme to start between central London and Birmingham’s Eastside district.
    Enabling works packages have already awarded across the three key sections of 140-mile route .
    Despite years off waiting, work is unlikely to get off to a flying start with contractors saying they will
  • £56bn HS2 phase one gains Royal Assent

    Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in decades cleared the final hurdle to construction today as the HS2 Hybrid Bill received Royal Assent.
    It clears the way for the nine-year construction programme to start between central London and Birmingham’s Eastside district.
    Enabling works packages have already awarded across the three key sections of 140-mile route .
    Despite years off waiting, work is unlikely to get off to a flying start with contractors saying they will
  • Engineering services contractors powering ahead

    More than three quarters of engineering services firms saw turnover increase or stay steady during the final quarter of 2016.
    The healthy market was confirmed in the latest sector-wide ‘Building Engineering Business Survey’ by the leading trade bodies.
    Electrical Contractors’ Association CEO Steve Bratt and Building Engineering Services Association chief executive Paul McLaughlin said: “These new survey findings show that the engineering services sector is power
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  • Morgan Sindall jumps back into the black

    Morgan Sindall has returned strong profits of £44m after clearing legacy projects, which plunged the firm into a £15m loss in 2015.
    Chief Executive John Morgan said all divisions were now performing well with strong cash generation and the group expected to outperform expectations this year.
    Group revenue rose 7% to £2.5bn in 2016 with the outlook looking better in the year ahead as the order book jumped nearly a third to £3.6bn.
    “These results demonstrate
  • Kier bags first £23m school deal through YORbuild2

    Kier has been named preferred bidder to build the new £23m Woodside School for Sheffield City Council.
    The deal is Kier’s first contract awarded through the new YORbuild2 framework.
    The scheme will see almost 9,000 sq m of new education space built while the existing Grade II listed Pye Bank School building will be refurbished.Enabling works are due to start next month with the main construction phase beginning in the summer.
    John O’Callaghan, Kier Construction Northern managin
  • Skanska to fight off Kier to retain Cambridgeshire roads deal

    Skanska is understood to have fought off fierce competition from Kier to retain its lucrative highways maintenance contract with Cambridgeshire County Council.
    Skanska has worked with the council since 2006 but faced stiff competition from Kier when the job came up for renewal.
    The Enquirer understands Skanska has won the battle and an official announcement from the council is imminent.One source close to the tender race said: “Kier threw everything they had at this one and are very disapp
  • Skanksa to fight off Kier to retain Cambridgeshire roads deal

    Skanska is understood to have fought off fierce competition from Kier to retain its lucrative highways maintenance contract with Cambridgeshire County Council.
    Skanska has worked with the council since 2006 but faced stiff competition from Kier when the job came up for renewal.
    The Enquirer understands Skanska has won the battle and an official announcement from the council is imminent.One source close to the tender race said: “Kier threw everything they had at this one and are very disapp
  • First project go-ahead at £1bn Liverpool Paddington Village

    Proposals to build a 13 storey building for Liverpool International College at the City’s Paddington Village site have got the planning green light.
    Work on the building could start as early as May, kick-starting the £1bn development site, which forms part of Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter.
    The live-learn facility, which is out to tender, will be operated through a partnership between Kaplan international and the University of Liverpool.Bowmer & Kirkland a
  • Plan for £33m Warwick University arts faculty

    Initial designs have been unveiled for a new Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
    Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has just won the RIBA design competition for the new building.
    The Faculty of Arts is one of the World’s top 50 arts and humanities faculties and is located south west of Coventry.
    Its departments, currently housed in two separate buildings, will be united in a central campus location close to another new building, the Oculus and the Arts C
  • Ecobuild show sold for “nominal sum”

    Events company UBM has sold the Ecobuild show as it continues to get rid of “smaller, lower-margin, lower-growth events.”
    UBM confirmed in its latest results that it made a total loss on disposal of Ecobuild of £35.1m.
    The show has been sold to its management for “a nominal sum” and most of the £35.1m losses relate to the write-off of goodwill.UBM bought Ecobuild in 2011 for £51m.
    The company also owns Building magazine which has been used extensively to
  • January Construction Starts Jump 12 Percent

    The value of new construction starts in January climbed 12% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $690.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
  • Government Free Schools building plan costs soar

    The Government’s flagship Free Schools building programme is being hit by soaring land costs and delays in planning approvals.
    According to a new report into schools capital spending by the National Audit Office, land problems have blown a hole in initial Government costings.
    The problem has forced it to buy land speculatively in areas where new schools are needed before plans for schools have even been tabled.
    The Government has now set up a new company – called LocatED &n
  • Unite to spend £300m building student rooms by 2019

    Student accommodation specialist Unite has snapped up a site in Manchester city centre for a 450-bed project as its ramps up its pipeline of projects.
    Its latest acquisition increases the firm’s development pipeline to 7,500 beds and will see Unite spend over £300m in the next two years on building.
    This morning the firm revealed its 2018 and 2019 regional pipeline now consists of eight schemes which are expected to deliver 4,800 beds in addition to three ongoing
  • Barratt builds fewer homes as profits rise

    Housing giant Barratt Developments saw profits jump 8.8% during the six months to December 31 2016 as total completions fell to 7,180 homes from 7,626 last time.
    Barratt said it had hit record levels of completed homes outside London but overall totals where hit by a drop in the capital despite a “significant uplift” expected in the second half.
    Shareholders will also continue to see dividends shoveled their way with £1.4bn of payments planned in the four years to November 2018
  • Buckingham Group wins £25m spec labs

    Developer MEPC has selected Buckingham Group Contracting to deliver one of the country’s largest speculative office and laboratory developments at Milton Park, near Didcot.
    Buckingham will deliver the first three buildings at Park Drive East, including a Grade-A office building, as well as two hi-tech laboratory facilities.
    Together the projects totalling 110,000 sq ft are understood to be worth around £25m. Buckingham beat off rivals Kier, Bowmer & Kirkland and Wa
  • Briggs and Forrester rebrands resi MEP arm

    Building services specialist Briggs and Forrester has rebranded its residential mechanical, electrical and plumbing division for a big growth push.
    Over the last three years, the division operating mostly in London has grown from £40m to £60m within the main building services groups’ £180m overall turnover.
    Now newly-named Briggs & Forrester Living will set its sights on £100m turnover by 2020.
    It will continue to operate within its current specialist
  • Footballer’s eco homes business goes into administration

    An eco-friendly homes business owned by former Premiership footballer Garry Flitcroft has fallen into administration.
    Flitcraft Ecobuild was set-up by the ex-Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers star in 2014.
    The timber frame specialist has a factory in Preston and employed 25 staff.A report in the Lancashire Telegraph said administrators from Refresh Recovery Ltd are now running the business.
    Administrator Peter Harold told the Lancashire Telegraph: : “It is early days and we are still ex
  • “Skills gulf” could see construction wages double

    Construction workers could see their wages double as the industry faces a “skills gulf”.
    Research from consultant Arcadis shows the industry needs to recruit over 400,000 people each and every year between now and 2021 – equivalent to one worker every 77 seconds – to cope with predicted workloads.
    The Arcadis Talent Scale predicts the rise of the “Minted” workforce – the Most in Need Trades Earning Double.The greatest need is for carpenters and joiners,
  • Kier team chosen to drive £200m Liverpool scheme

    Liverpool City Council has appointed Kier Construction and CTP Limited to begin a £200m transformation of the city’s business district.
    The pair have won the tender to redevelop Pall Mall Exchange providing up to 400,000 sq ft of Grade A+ office space over three new buildings.
    The city council will also explore with Kier how they can work with the new owner of the adjoining seven acre car park to deliver an additional mixed-use scheme including a hotel, a new car park, leisure u
  • Former Bardsley trio return as workloads soar

    Family-owned Bardsley Construction has strengthened its building team with three former leavers returning to the family-owned business fold.
    The most senior former employee returning to the ranks is director Adrian Rooney. He had worked for the £50m turnover Greater Manchester-based builder since 1995 and comes back from a nine month spell at John Sisk & Son.
    Site manager Mike Banks, who was at Bardsley from 2000 before leaving for Mayo Civils last June, h
  • Wates wins £21m Barrow submarine building training hub

    Wates Construction is set to build BAE Systems’ new central training facility in Barrow, which will cater for around 1,000 apprentices.
    The £21.3m build contract is the latest in a line of projects delivered by Wates on behalf of BAE Systems Submarines.This includes the recent completion of the new Resolution Building – the first new build in the redevelopment programme to transform the Barrow shipyard.
    Building work at the central training facility is expected to start&nb
  • Plan floated for £10m Scottish quarry surfing lake

    Plans for a artificial surfing lake in a disused quarry on the outskirts of Edinburgh will be put out to consultation this week.
    Wavegarden Scotland wants to turn Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge lake with a machine recreating waves for any level of surfer.
    As well as the surfing and water sports facilities, the proposed plans also include self-catering lodges, a café, car park, retail outlets and a large country park for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy.
    The technology c
  • SES lands £9.5m M&E package from Galliford Try

    SES Engineering Services has landed a £9.5m mechanical, electrical and plumbing package from Galliford Try on a major mixed-use development in London’s Marylebone.
    The seven-storey 84,000 sq ft building on Seymour Street will contain more than 34,000 sq ft of office space and will also include 24 apartments, a school and a restaurant.
    SES’s innovative offsite manufacturing solutions delivered through BIM and its use of its Prism prefabrication facility will be pivotal on the pr
  • Fusion21 launches £225m modular schools framework

    Fusion21 has started the hunt for firms to join a new modular building framework targeted at school projects.
    According to the Liverpool procurement specialist the Education Modular Buildings Framework offers an expected £225m of work over four years.
    The new framework has four lots including: Hire of temporary accommodation; modular construction proects up to £750,000; projects valued between £750,000 and £3m; and whole school or bigger projects worth over £3m.
    Mul
  • Galliford Try sets 2% construction margin target

    Galliford Try has set a construction target of making a 2% profit margin by 2021 as it continues to work problem legacy contracts through the books.
    Those contracts saw construction margins dip to 0.4% during the six months to December 31 2016 as the division enjoyed steady revenue of £742m.
    Group performance was bolstered by a better performance at Linden Homes and the partnerships division which saw overall pre-tax profits rise to £63m from £52.9m on turnover up to £1,3
  • Buckingham Group takes £22m Worcestershire Parkway

    Worcestershire County Council has selected Buckingham Group Contracting to deliver a new rail station near Junction 7 of the M5 for Worcester.
    The design and build contract for the Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station scheme is thought to be worth around £22m.
    Buckingham Group will build a single platform on the Cotswold Line and two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol Line.The proposed station in Norton would include up to 500 car parking spaces, bus stops
  • Balfour Beatty offloads Middle East JVs

    Balfour Beatty has exited the Middle East market after selling its two local joint venture businesses for £11m.
    Under the deal local partner, the Dubai Transport Company, will take control of builder Dutco Balfour Beatty and M&E specialist BK Gulf.
    Since the start of 2015, Balfour Beatty has exited the Middle East, Indonesia and Australia in order to focus on its target markets in the UK, US and Far East.Leo Quinn, group chief executive, said: “We continue to simplify the group a
  • TfL continues procurement shift towards subcontractors

    Transport for London is set to hire a raft of ten design consultants in a bid to reduce construction costs on station upgrades by working directly with more subcontractors.
    The move is a significant shift away from the traditional design and build model where the main contractor works up designs produced by TfL.
    Tfl is now set to sign up design experts on its Value Enhancement Specialist Framework Agreement.TfL said: “London Underground is adopting a procurement strategy that moves away fr
  • Ashe lands £22m Stevenage precinct revamp

    Ashe Construction has won a £22m project to redevelop the drab Park Place Plaza shopping precinct as part of Stevenage town centre’s wider regeneration plan.
    The clever design by GSA Architects for the revamp project will see the firm strip two existing 1970s blocks of flats back to their concrete frames.
    New steel frames will then be threaded, from the ground floor, through the existing concrete frame to provide two extra storeys of accommodation above the existing st
  • Skanska to trial hi-tech digital hard hats

    Skanska UK is launching a trial of hi-tech hard hats on its sites.
    The DAQRI Smart Helmets are a cross between Google Glass-style technology and a hard hat.
    Users are provided with data and information overlaid on their line of sight.Skanska is the first UK contractor to become part of DAQRI’s early adopter programme promoting wearable Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
    Thomas Faulkner, Executive Vice President, Skanska UK, said: “This trial demonstrates our commitment to exploring o
  • Turner & Townsend joins forces with AMCL

    Consultant Turner & Townsend is joining forces with asset management specialist AMCL.
    AMCL is headquartered in the UK and works globally advising asset-dependent businesses on how to maximise returns.
    AMCL’s team of 45 specialist consultants will now work in tandem with Turner & Townsend’s capital programme delivery experts.Together they will offer an end-to-end service to clients across all stages of the asset lifecycle – from acquisition and planning through to delive
  • Bovis homes slows build programme to boost quality

    Bovis Homes is slowing its construction programme by up to 15% this year in a bid to boost build quality.
    The firm said it is using 2017 to “re-set” the business following concerns from house buyers.
    Bovis said: “Current production programmes have been extended to allow sufficient time to ensure each home is delivered to the high standard of quality that we and our customers expect.”Interim chief executive Earl Sibley said: “Our customer service standards have been
  • Interserve waste project blackhole doubles to £160m

    Interserve this morning revealed the cost of exiting its troubled energy from waste projects has soared from £70m to £160m.
    Most of the revised hit comes from the Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy project, where its contract was terminated in November after project delays.
    The cash outflow from problem energy from waste projects has sent Interserve’s average net debt into a spiral.
    This has soared from the previously reported £280m to £390m in
  • Interserve waste project black hole soars to £160m

    Interserve this morning revealed the cost of exiting its troubled energy from waste projects has soared from £70m to £160m.
    Most of the revised hit comes from the Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy project, where its contract was terminated in November after project delays.
    The cash outflow from problem energy from waste projects has sent Interserve’s average net debt into a spiral.
    This has soared from the previously reported £280m to £390m in
  • Interserve waste project black hole deepens to £160m

    Interserve this morning revealed the cost of exiting its troubled energy from waste projects has soared from £70m to £160m.
    Most of the revised hit comes from the Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy project, where its contract was terminated in November after project delays.
    The cash outflow from problem energy from waste projects has sent Interserve’s average net debt into a spiral.
    This has soared from the previously reported £280m to £390m in
  • Wates wins £19m Hertfordshire care home

    Wates Construction has picked up its fourth contract for Buckinghamshire-based care home developer Signature Senior Lifestyle.
    Wates will deliver the new Bushey development of 95 care home units under a £19m contract.
    This will include 38 studio apartments, 40 one-bedroom apartments, 12 specialist dementia studios, five deluxe one-bedroom apartments and adjoining communal amenities.
    The project is the second senior living development Wates will deliver on Signature’s behalf
  • Scape to rebid £1.4bn Midlands regional framework

    Procurement specialist Scape is planning several bidders days next month ahead of inviting bids for its new central England small works framework.
    The four-year regional framework will be used for projects in the Midlands and East of England and is estimated to be worth £1.1bn-£1.4bn.
    It will replace the empa framework and previous Smarte East panels of contractors
    Scape has extended the regional scope of the previous arrangement and plans bidder days in Cambridgeshire, Der
  • Interserve fined £54,000 for polluting river for 25 minutes

    Interserve has been fined £54,000 after admitting discharging silt-laden water into a tributary.
    The contractor admitted a single incident of discharging silt-laden water into a tributary of the River Rother in Burwash, East Sussex on 1 October 2014.
    Interserve was contracted to South East Water over an 18-month period at the Crowhurst Bridge Water Treatment Works to improve South East Water’s ability to manage water treatment.
    The Environment Agency discovered a brown discharge down
  • Subcontractor boss launches probe into late payment

    The director of a joinery specialist is launching a probe into payment abuse in the industry.
    Chris Bennett said he has suffered at the hands of late payment by main contractors.
    And now he is taking an MSc in Construction Management at Liverpool John Moore’s University with payment abuse as one of his specialist subjects.More than 100 firms have already taken part in the survey which is anonymous but will be used to inform future debate on how subcontractors are treated.
    The initiative is
  • Civils giants throw weight behind site safety stand-down

    Some of the biggest names in the infrastructure sector have signed-up for the first ever UK-wide health & safety stand-down which is due to take place this spring.
    Stop. Make a Change. is the brainchild of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the latest names to join up include Cheetham Hill Construction, Clancy Docwra, Farrans, Ferrovial Agroman, Galliford Try, Hochtief, M.B.Roche & Sons, McLaughlin & Harvey, Morrison Construction and Raymond Brown.
    The event will take
  • HS2 Align bid team appoints chairman

    HS2 bidding consortium Align has appointed former ICE president Geoff French as its chairman.
    Industry veteran French will help to promote the consortium’s combined capabilities in client and supply chain collaborative working, skills and apprenticeship programming, and community and stakeholder relationship building.
    He brings a wealth of experience having held several chairmanships within the industry, most notably at Scott Wilson and the Enterprise M3 LEP.
    The Align three-way joint vent

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