• ¬£2.8bn National Grid plan to bury power lines in Cumbria

    National Grid has unveiled plans for the biggest new power line project since the electricity network was built.
    It plans to build a 102-mile link costing £2.8bn to connect the proposed Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria to the electricity network.
    The electricity distributor has shelved plans for pylons in the Lake District and will now construct a £450m underground line running for 14.5 miles through the entire western section of the Lake District National Par
  • MCS lands ¬£6.5m cladding deal at superstore

    Massey Cladding Solutions has landed a £6.5m package from Kier at a new Trago Mills superstore job in south Wales.
    MCS won the deal from Kier’s Western division who are overseeing the £40m development which started on site earlier this month.
    The roofing and cladding package involves extensive installation of Kingspan, Euroclad and Eurobond products.Bristol based MCS will start on site in December.
    The Trago Mills superstore is being built in Merthyr Tydfil and is due to open i
  • Shaylor hails ¬£100m post-Brexit orders

    Walsall-headquartered contractor Shaylor Group has allayed industry fears of a post-Brexit downturn after securing over £100m of work .
    The work boom has been driven by a surge in student accommodation and luxury flats in the Midlands.
    Stephen Shaylor, CEO, said: “Despite the post-Brexit fears regarding labour shortages and an industry wide recession, our order book is stronger than ever particularly with regards repeat business and framework agreements.“We are c
  • BAM lands 2,700 place Jaguar Land Rover car park

    Jaguar Land Rover has picked BAM Construction to deliver a vast multi-storey car park next to the manufacturer’s Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham.
    The 59,000 sq m structure, which is expected to be worth more than £25m, will provide 2,764 spaces for staff and production vehicle parking, replacing an existing surface car park.
    The five-storey car park will be handed over in multiple phases matching car production requirements in the adjacent facilities.
    The scheme
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  • ¬£1.4bn Brent Cross shopping mall expansion unveiled

    Hammerson and Standard Life have revealed plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of London’s first major shopping centre.
    The Brent Cross shopping centre in North London is set to double in size providing space for over 200 extra retail brands, 40 new restaurants, a cinema complex and hotel accommodation.
    The modernisation plan, which is expected to provide 5,000 construction jobs, has been revealed for public consultation ahead of a detailed planning application being submitted nex
  • New Construction Starts in 2017 to Increase 5% to $713 Billion According to Dodge Data & Analytics.

    Dodge Outlook Report Predicts Moderate Growth for Most Project Types – Single Family Housing, Commercial and Institutional Building, and Public Works, While Multifamily Housing Levels Off and Electric Utilities/Gas Plants Decline.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics to Debut 2017 Construction Economic Forecast at 78th Annual Outlook Executive Conference.

    Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray to present annual projections, panelists to speak on disruptive innovation in the construction industry.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics and Autodesk Collaborate to Make BIM Product Info and Data Available Through Autodesk Software.

    Relationship promotes Dodge–Autodesk content and software interoperability, aims to deepen integration between design and construction workflows.
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  • Construction Starts Ease Back 2 Percent in September.

    Nonresidential Building Tops Strong August Amount, But Housing and Public Works Retreat.
  • Wates bags ¬£130m trio of jobs for Select Property

    Developer Select Property Group has selected Wates to deliver three student accommodation schemes at landmark sites in Manchester, Newcastle and York. 
    The trio of contracts for Select’s Vita Student schemes are worth more than £130m and will all complete in time for the September 2017 term start.
    The largest contract, worth £60m, will see Wates build 748 rooms at one of Manchester’s biggest sites, Circle Square, at the former BBC site on Oxford R
  • Construction boss jailed for ¬£6.9m payroll fraud

    A construction boss is among three Kent men jailed for a total of 19 years for stealing £6.9m in taxes to fund their lavish lifestyles.
    Co-conspirators Aquil Ahmed, 60, an accountant; Victor Shearer, 43, a construction services company director; and Christopher Azzopardi, 37, a payroll administrator employed by Ahmed ran the con for two-and-a-half years
    They cheated HM Revenue and Customs of VAT, Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions
  • ISG gets start date for ¬£39m Liverpool site

    ISG is set to start work on a £39m regeneration scheme in Liverpool before the end of this year.
    Private rented sector specialist Sigma has secured funding for scheme adjacent to Lime Street Station.
    The site will contain 28,000 sq ft of retail and leisure units, including a 101-bedroom hotel, pre-let to Premier Inn, and a 412-bedroom student accommodation building.Sigma’s partner Neptune Developments Limited is overseeing construction with ISG lined-up as main contractor.
    Building w
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  • Unite plans 570-bed Sheffield student scheme

    Student rooms developer Unite is planning another major scheme in Sheffield.
    The firm revealed this morning that it has bought a site in the city centre, very close to the University of Sheffield, and planned a project for 570 student rooms.
    Total development costs, including the cost of the land, will be £35m, which will be funded internally and is anticipated to be delivered for the 2019/2020 academic year.
    The project is expected to achieve a return on cost of 8.0 – 8.5%
  • Clugston bags 13th major incinerator job

    Contractor Clugston has picked up its second major contract for an energy from waste plant in the space of two months.
    The firm has been confirmed as civils contractor for the Parc Adfer incinerator in Deeside just two months after securing a similar deal for the  Kemsley combined heat and power facility in Kent.
    It latest win brings the firm’s running total of waste to energy plants to thirteen, making it the country most successful civil contractor in the special
  • Construction plant skills card scheme under review

    A review of the industry’s plant skills card scheme is currently underway which could see it offloaded by the Construction Industry Training Board.
    The Enquirer understands that discussions are ongoing with industry stakeholders about the future of the Construction Plant Certification Scheme (CPCS).
    The scheme is currently owned by the CITB and run by a management committee of trade bodies and unions.An industry source said: “The CITB is looking to offload the scheme which seems odd
  • Costain poaches William Hare project director

    The former London project director of William Hare has joined Costain as construction director.
    Alex Smale who was Hare’s project director on major London jobs has joined Costain as it gears up to deliver the Hinkley Point nuclear power station project.
    Smale worked at Hare’s for three years after joining from rival steelwork specialist Mabey where he was director of its renewables business.The news of the jump comes as Hare is rumoured to be off the planned 22 Bishops
  • Bidding starts on ¬£70m Worcester Southern Link Road

    Worcestershire County Council is on the hunt for a contractor to deliver the fourth and final phase of the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road.
    The council is inviting firms to prequalify for an early contractor involvement role followed by a separate design and build contract.
    Phase 4 includes dualling the A4440 between Ketch and Powick roundabouts, including Carrington Bridge over the Severn, a notorious bottleneck.Welsh contractor Alun Griffiths began phase three works to reconfigure the
  • Blaze destroys Renfrewshire timber homes site

    At least five timber frame houses under construction were destroyed last night when a blaze ripped through part of a Renfrewshire building site.
    Flames could be seen for miles around as fire crews rushed to Persimmon Homes’ Spateston site after local residents raised the alarm.
    The fire broke out at around 7pm and tore through a section of the Scholars Green site before three fire engines and 15 firefighters managed to extinguish it after three hours.
    Persimmon Homes began work on the &pou
  • Profit slides at Osborne as legacy jobs settled

    Pre-tax profit at contractor Geoffrey Osborne very nearly halved to £3m from a record high in 2015 after the group settled several legacy contracts.
    Both the infrastructure and property services businesses significantly improved margins over the year to 31 March 2016.
    But overall group margin slid from 2% to just under 1% after settlement of a small number of problem contracts.
    Over the year strong growth in education work helped to lift group turnover by just over 10% to £342m. This
  • Lendlease renews site access deal with HRS

    Lendlease has renewed its framework agreement with Human Recognition Systems (HRS) to supply access control and workforce management systems to all of its construction sites in the UK.
    The renewal adds another three years to the current deal and sees HRS’ MSite system as the sole supplier for nearly every site with an access control and workforce management requirement at the contractor.
    The agreement has been extended to allow all of Lendlease’s sites access to the same reporting sy
  • GRAHAM lands ¬£150m Barnet major works deal

    The London Borough of Barnet has appointed GRAHAM Construction as its partner for £150m of major works over the next five years.
    The deal has an option to extend to seven years and will include the enhancement of education, community, leisure and operational assets across the borough.
    GRAHAM will now deliver both improvements and new build works as part of the council’s Capital Projects pipeline.The first jobs will be two already approved leisure centre schemes and school development
  • Cleveland Bridge recruits large buildings team

    Steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge UK has completed a recruitment drive to strengthen its building structures team.
    Gary Kipling has just joined as production manager of structures from Hambleton Steel, completing five hires of key people since the spring.
    The new line-up to focus on structural steelwork for large buildings includes: engineering manager Patrick Jackson, senior projects manager Andrew Limbert, construction manager Guy Laws and proposals manager Steve Quinney.
    Together they bri
  • Prater nets ¬£8m roofing deal at Wimbledon No. 1 Court

    Specialist envelope contractor Prater has won an £8m roofing and cladding deal at the redevelopment of No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London – home of the Wimbledon Championships.
    Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine appointed Prater for the £70m project which will increase the court’s capacity from 11,500 to 12,400.
    Prater will start on site in January installing roofing and cladding for the venue’s new bowl structure.The completion of
  • Michelmersh calls end to brick price rises

    Manufacturer Michelmersh has seen brick prices stagnate during the last few months.
    A trading update to the City today also predicted flat prices during the start of next year.
    The company said: “The UK brick market has been experiencing falling output and a small increase in despatch volumes as manufacturers respond to market demand.
    “The Group’s ability to make the previously expected pricing gains in the second half has been impacted by average selling prices not rising to t
  • Pensioner killed at poorly managed roadworks

    Liverpool City Council and two of its contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents involving roadworks on a busy city centre road.
    One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during major resurfacing works in the summer of 2012.
    Enterprise Liverpool Limited and Tarmac Trading Limited were contracted by Liverpool City Council to carry out the works.
    Liverpool Crown Court heard how on 3 July 2012 a 74-year-old man suffered
  • Murphy signs contract for ¬£25m Blackpool outfall

    Murphy has secured the contract to build a 3.7km polyethelene outfall pipe in Blackpool believed to be the largest in diameter and length in the UK.
    Part of a £100m investment over five years, Anchorsholme long sea outfall forms part of the United Utilities’ strategy to improve the bathing water quality along the Fylde Coast.The 2.5m diameter outfall is specifically designed to allow storm waters to flow far enough out to sea to prevent it affecting bathing water quali
  • Manchester 52-floor skyscraper approved

    Plans to build a 52-storey skyscraper at the former Granada studios site in Manchester city centre have been approved.The tallest building in Allied London’s redevelopment at St John’s will rise to 168.4m – just half a metre shorter than Beetham Tower in Deansgate.
    Nadler Hotel plans to operate from the 18 lower storeys with private rented flats above.
    The 3.2-acre site around the Old Granada Studios complex sits in the northern part of the wider 13-acre St John&
  • Prater nets roofing deal at Wimbledon No. 1 Court

    Specialist envelope contractor Prater has won a major roofing and cladding deal at the redevelopment of No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London – home of the Wimbledon Championships.
    Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine appointed Prater for the £70m project which will increase the court’s capacity from 11,500 to 12,400.
    Prater will start on site in January installing roofing and cladding for the venue’s new bowl structure.The completion of Prat
  • Betting Spy: Contractors on a roll at awards night

    It’s been a tough week for Betting Spy after the inaugural Construction Enquirer Awards were held next to a casino on Tuesday night.
    The awards were a cracking night watching the construction industry enjoy itself.
    And once the last gongs were handed out it was on to the casino downstairs where some of the industry’s finest had a good run at the tables.Now it would be rude of Betting Spy to leave before our guests.
    But some serious punters kept going into the very small hours which m
  • Betting Spy: Casino night gets construction buzzing

    It’s been a tough week for Betting Spy after the inaugural Construction Enquirer Awards were held next to a casino on Tuesday night.
    The awards were a cracking night watching the construction industry enjoy itself.
    And once the last gongs were handed out it was on to the casino downstairs where some of the industry’s finest had a good run at the tables.Now it would be rude of Betting Spy to leave before our guests.
    But some serious punters kept going into the very small hours which m
  • ¬£28m Dudley rail centre gets green light

    Outline plans for a £28m innovation centre looking into the next generation of Very Light Rail coaches and a rail line in Dudley have been given the go-ahead.
    The project will connect the town with the national rail network for the first time in more than five decades.
    The new innovation centre will be built at the site of the old Dudley Train Station in Castlehill.Its main objective is to reduce the weight and cost of a railcar by half in order to facilitate low c
  • Construction site gas leak causes chaos at King‚Äôs Cross

    Two hundred construction workers have been evacuated from a site in North London following a gas leak on Thursday afternoon.
    Around 170 children were also evacuated from a neighbouring school in Wollstonecraft Street in King’s Cross.Firefighters are liaising with National Grid colleagues who are trying to fix the leak.
    The London Fire Brigade said it was called to the site at 13.25.
  • ¬£20m road schemes backed for 3,300 south west homes

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has backed a £20m quartet of road improvement schemes that will help to create thousands of homes in the South West.
    The improvements to the M4 and M5/A30 will unlock the development of more than 3,300 homes and create more than 6,000 jobs for people living in Swindon, Exeter and Weston-super-Mare. 
    The Transport Secretary also announced a £2.5m scheme on the A1 that will boost economic growth in Darlington in the North East.
  • Wates confirms Paul Chandler as new construction boss

    Wates Group has confirmed Paul Chandler will become Group Managing Director of its Construction Group in the New Year.
    Chandler joins from Skanska where he spent 34 years and was head of the firm’s UK building operations.
    He replaces Wates veteran Dave Smith who is stepping down from the company after 32 years.Wates CEO Andrew Davis said: “Paul has built an enviable reputation for delivering large and complex projects with a keen emphasis on operational excellence.
    “He also bri
  • Link Group names ¬£280m Scottish new build partners

    One of Scotland’s largest housing associations, the Link Group, has named its partner contractors to deliver large projects across the Central Belt of Scotland.Eight firms has been selected to deliver largely new build projects worth more than £4m over the next four years.
    They include: Keepmoat Regeneration, Cruden Building & Renewals, JR Construction (Scotland); Graham Construction, Esh Construction, J Smart & Co, Ashleigh (Scotland), Lovell Partnerships, McTaggart Construc
  • Dormant Scottish Tesco sites get ¬£100m boost

    London & Scottish Developments is planning to transform dormant Tesco sites with a £100m construction programme.
    The firm picked-up the sites across Scotland last year and now has plans for a quarter of a million square feet of retail space.
    Ten sites will be transformed while another four have been sold on to house builders who will deliver 300 new homes.Construction work is on track to start on the ten retail sites early next year, subject to final planning issues being resolved with
  • Civils firms slash carbon emissions in half over six years

    Leading civil engineering contractors like Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Carillion has slashed their carbon emissions by half over the last six years.
    Even in an energy intensive industry, the firms are leading the way in changing working practices and using fuel-efficient vehicles and plant to create greener business operations.
    According to industry body Achilles, which uses the internationally recognised Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme – CEMARS – to
  • Plan unveiled for ¬£48m resi tower in Liverpool

    Your Housing Group has announced plans to build a 30-storey apartment block on Liverpool’s waterfront.
    The 276 apartment build to rent development on the Liverpool Waters site at Princes Dock would be YHG’s first scheme in the city.
    YHG expects to submit a planning application in early 2017 and begin work later in the year.The proposed tower, designed by Brock Carmichael Architects, would be on Princes Dock and form part of Peel’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters development.
  • Laing O‚ÄôRourke to start St James Centre ¬£1bn revamp

    Laing O’Rourke has got the green light to start demolition work on the landmark redevelopment of the Edinburgh St James centre.
    A start to building work was approved after developer TH Real Estate sold a 75% stake in the 1.7m sq ft retail and leisure centre to Dutch pension asset manager APG.
    The plan to demolish the existing 1970s St James shopping centre and replace it with modern retail and office space was originally given the go-ahead in 2009.
    Edinburgh St James will comprise 850,000
  • Clugston green light for ¬£60m Sheffield IKEA

    Clugston Construction has secured a contract to build a new £60m Ikea store in Sheffield.
    The Scunthorpe firm will begin the build-out immediately, in what represents the largest retail win in the region of for the £140m firm.
    The scheme will see construction and fit-out of a 340,000 sq ft two-storey superstore, which will provide a sales floor, warehouse, staff facilities, a cafe and children’s play areas as well as underground and external car parking areas.
    Construction is d
  • Barratt boss arrested in contracts probe

    Barratt Developments’s London boss has been arrested following an ongoing probe into contract awards.
    The housebuilder confirmed today it has suspended Alastair Baird, its Regional Managing Director for London.
    Baird and a former Barratt London employee were arrested this morning following a referral to the police by the company in April.Barrat said: “These arrests follow a referral in April 2016 by Barratt to the Metropolitan Police of initial findings of an internal investigation.
  • Travis Perkins to close over 30 branches

    Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins is closing more than 30 branches due to an “uncertain” market outlook.
    The building supplies giant said the closures would result in an exceptional charge of £50m as it issued a profit warning to the city in a trading update.
    John Carter, Chief Executive, said: “Our Plumbing & Heating results were disappointing and whilst market conditions have worsened, we are not satisfied with our performance and will commence reviewing these
  • Search starts for construction‚Äôs best photographer

    The Chartered Institute of Building has started its annual search for construction’s finest photographer.
    The global search for the world’s best built environment photographer is now on and open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world.
    The competition, now in its seventh year, is free to enter and the overall winner receives a cash prize of £3,500.Art of Building is judged by a team of professionals from the world of art criticism, photography and publis
  • Bidding to start for ¬£80m Nottingham shopping centre revamp

    Nottingham City Council has finally started the hunt for a builder to transform the Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham.
    The council is leading the procurement as a one third stake holder in the shopping centre with retail developer Intu holding the majority interest.
    The planned revamp is expected to cost around £80m and will involve extensive demolition and reshaping of the centre while shops continue to trade.Planning was obtained nearly 18 months ago for the sc
  • Mace tops September contracts league with London win

    Mace has taken pole position in the September contracts league after securing the £450m One Crown Place project in London for Malaysian investor Alloy.
    According to information specialist Glenigan, the contract catapulted Mace to pole position ahead of Wates, which secured second place with a £70m residential project win at Hoxton Towers for Anthology.
    BAM jumped to the top of the annualised rolling league after Bouygues slipped from top position after its £
  • CH2M boss Roy Hill to lead HS2 construction

    HS2 Ltd has confirmed that Roy Hill has been appointed Interim CEO.
    Hill will be seconded from consultant CH2M and will take up his new position next month to replace Simon Kirby who quit in September to join Rolls Royce.
    HS2 Ltd Chairman David Higgins said: “I’m pleased to welcome Roy Hill back to the team.”“His understanding of the project and the industry puts him in an excellent position to continue the significant progress made under Simon Kirby while we continue our
  • Top Ten winners celebrate construction success

    Construction’s most popular companies were recognised at the industry’s biggest get together in Birmingham on Tuesday night.
    The inaugural Construction Enquirer awards highlighted the industry’s best firms to work for and do business with.
    The Top Ten winners in each category were chosen by employees and suppliers after more than 11,000 votes were cast.Host George Clarke said: “To get that amount of votes for an industry awards is amazing and makes the Enquirer awards the
  • Costain tops best-paid Network Rail supplier rankings

    Costain has come out as the most-used contractor by Network Rail after being paid a total of £377m over the 2015/16 financial year.
    The contractor jumped six places to the top of the 20 best paid suppliers rankings after Network Rail raised its spending by 75% with the contractor compared with previously.
    This was driven by Costain’s London Bridge and Reading station upgrades, with it now waiting in the wings for the big Gatwick Airport station revamp.
    The increase spend kn
  • Galliford Try confirmed for ¬£68m Newcastle student village

    Galliford Try has signed a £68m contract with Newcastle University to build Park View Student Village.
    The new village will create 1,277 student bedrooms across a series of six blocks adjacent to the main university campus on the site of the iconic Richardson Road flats.The existing buildings, that housed students for the past 40 years, are being demolished with construction work commencing shortly.Alongside the new blocks, the redevelopment will create a new energy centre to power the acc
  • Benniman bags first phase of ¬£120m business park

    Benniman Construction has won the contract for the first units at a new £120m business park in Worcester.
    Developers Stoford and Liberty Property Trust said work will start soon by the local firm building the first two units on the 90-acre site.
    The park, just off junction 6 of the M5, will provide up to 1.5m sq ft of accommodation in a range of high quality business units.They have been designed for a variety of employment uses to include technology, manufacturing, industrial and warehous

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