• HTC crane drivers reject pay offer

    The UK’s largest tower crane operator is facing an outbreak of industrial action over the summer after its drivers rejected a 3% pay offer.
    Over 50 crane drivers working for HTC Wolffkran unanimously rejected the offer at a mass meeting on Wednesday.
    Now construction union bosses at Unite are threatening a full industrial action ballot in early summer, unless the company significantly improves its pay offer.
    This could herald a summer of chaos on big construction sites, part
  • Henry Boot shines with 22% rise in profits

    Developer and contractor Henry Boot is pressing ahead with a raft of development and construction schemes after enjoying a strong uplift in pre-tax profit.
    Profit for 2016 rose 22% to nearly £40m after 74% growth in revenue to £307m, driven mainly by the property investment and development arm.
    Construction division operating profit rose 16% to £10.3m, on revenue slightly down at £84m.
    Chairman Jamie Boot said the Hallam Land business had seen an uplift in land
  • Bid race for ¬£30m Lancaster Uni health campus

    Lancaster University is calling up firms to bid for its planned 85,000 sq ft health innovation building.
    The building, which is expected to cost up to £30m to build, already has planning.
    The University aims to let the contract through a single stage bid process in July, when funding is also expected to be confirmed.The Health Innovation Campus aims to bring together innovators, academics, businesses and health care providers to drive advances in health treatment.Designed by John McAslan &
  • Deutsche Bank new HQ plan backs post-Brexit London

    Developer Land Securities is in exclusive talks with Deutsche Bank regarding a pre-let for a new London HQ at its planned Moorfields development in the City.
    The developer confirmed the talks about the HQ this morning in what is being seen as a major post-Brexit vote of confidence in the city.
    The scheme would be located directly above Liverpool Street Crossrail’s Moorgate ticket office and Moorgate Underground Station.
    A 500,000 sq ft project is already consented although LandSec sai
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  • Loopy skyscraper plan for New York

    A New York architect is floating designs for a striking hairpin-shaped tower next to central park that would stand out as the longest building in the world rather than one of the tallest.Concepts for what is being called The Big Bend propose a slender arched structure that would measure 1.22km in length from end to end, effectively nearly double the height of towers like the Burj Khalifa.It would straddle another building on Billionaire’s Row on 57th Street, creating a world-class str
  • Crest Nicholson shareholders revolt over directors pay

    Crest Nicholson shareholders have revolted over director pay packets after the house builder cut profit targets used to determine performance-based bonuses.
    The rebellion at Crest came as investors complained that profits targets that trigger generous share awards for top executives were too easy to meet after they were cut for a second year in a row.
    Despite around 58% voting again the directors’ remuneration policy on Thursday the house builder said it plans to push ahead
  • Project manager found guilty of manslaughter

    A site manager has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a woman walking past a construction site died when three window frames weighing more than half a ton fell on her.
    Lawyer, Amanda Telfer, 43, was crushed to death in August 2012 in Mayfair when the large unsecured frames toppled over.
    Kelvin Adsett, 64, of Slough, Berkshire was convicted at the Old Bailey on Thursday of manslaughter by gross negligence and safety offences.Adsett was the on-site project manager for IS E
  • Laing O‚ÄôRourke agrees ¬£350m Welsh hospital deal

    Laing O’Rourke with cost consultant Gleeds have been confirmed as the delivery team for a £350m super hospital on the site of the former Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital outside Cwmbran.
    The 470-bed hospital will provide complex specialist and critical care treatment for over 600,000 people in South-East Wales, and includes a 24 hour acute assessment unit and emergency department.
    A period of market benchmarking is now being carried out to validate the construction pri
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  • Everton agree land deal for ¬£300m stadium

    Everton FC has struck a deal with developer Peel to acquire land on Liverpool’s waterfront to build a new £300m stadium.
    Details of the deal have not yet been announced, but the Premier League club and landowners Peel are reported to have now reached agreement on the Bramley Moore Dock site in the northern docks section along the River Mersey.
    Plan of northern docks
    Everton is not likely to complete the site purchase until its has obtained full planning for a stadium on the site
  • Durkan signs ¬£71m deal for resi rental towers

    M&G Real Estate and Durkan have signed a £71.4m deal to finance and build 206 new private rental homes in Ilford.
    Durkan will be developer and contractor for the scheme which is scheduled for completion by April 2020.
    The Britannia Music Site development will provide a mix of 350 one, two and three-bedroom homes within two buildings, set around a new public courtyard.
    This latest deal marks the fourth investor-housebuilder agreement by M&G Real Estate, and closely follows the inves
  • Osborne set for ¬£60m Twickenham station project

    Contractor Osborne is believed to have landed the project to redevelop Twickenham station as part of a double project win for developer Solum.
    The firm is also is pole position for the second phase of Walthamstow Station’s redevelopment for Solum – a development joint venture between Network Rail and Kier.
    The bigger Twickenham station scheme has been on the cards for many years, originally due to be completed in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but hit by delays.Thi
  • Construction drives Kier to strong half-year

    The construction arm of Kier has achieved record revenue of £1bn and strong profit growth to drive forward Kier’s first-half performance.
    Despite challenging market conditions, the construction arm lifted operating profit by a fifth to £21m as regional building grew strongly.
    Overall Kier group pre-tax profit rose 12% to £46m on stable turnover of £2bn.
    Kier today also announced  a deal with housing association and care services provider Cross Ke
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  • Project delays hit WYG profits

    Consultant WYG is warning that UK profit levels for the current year will not be as high as market expectations due to project delays.
    In a trading update to the City today WYG said: Although revenue during the fourth quarter, traditionally the Group’s strongest trading period, is expected to be higher than in the same period last year, a combination of programme deferrals on existing contracts and some delays in the confirmation of new contracts has led to weaker than anticipated profit p
  • Willmott Dixon wins ¬£46m Ponteland school and leisure job

    Willmott Dixon’s North East expansion continues after being named preferred bidder for a £46m combined schools and leisure campus near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
    The project for Northumberland County Council will see the existing Ponteland leisure centre demolished and replaced by a new facility integrated with a secondary and primary school .The campus, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, will be home to a 1,600-place secondary school and 6th form, created alon
  • Sixteen road projects at risk of being scrapped

    Up to 16 major roads projects are at risk of being scrapped because they are not value for money, according to a report by the Government’s spending watchdog.
    The National Audit Office revealed the plans were on hold in an assessment of progress on the Road Investment Strategy published today.
    The report also warned that Highways England was struggling to deliver a step change in project starts because of challenges in recruitment of staff to cope with the increased workload.
  • Plans go in for ¬£40m revamp of Scottish Power HQ

    Developer FM Group has lodged a planning application for a £40m transformation of the former Scottish Power headquarters in Glasgow.
    The site comprises the Grade B-listed Cathcart House and a late nineteen sixties office building conversion.
    FM Group plans to convert the listed building into 80 apartments over five levels while the ground floor space will accommodate new leisure and commercial outlets.The office extension building will be refurbished to make way for 45 apartments over six
  • Redrow lands 1,000 home London estate rebuild

    Redrow has been named as preferred bidder to build 1,000 new homes as part of the regeneration of the Alton estate in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
    Over the next 10 years, the house builder will replace post-war council housing in parts of the 17-acre Alton estate in Roehampton, as well building a library, a new health centre and children’s centre.
    The council and Redrow will now devise a demolition and construction schedule prior to undertaking public con
  • Ringway wins ¬£270m south west highways upkeep

    Ringway Infrastructure Services has bagged a £270m contract as part of Highways England’s new delivery arrangements in the South West.
    Under the new-style asset delivery contract programme, Highways England will now take direct responsibility for managing both routine maintenance and the delivery of capital renewal and improvement schemes.
    The Ringway maintenance and response contract will run for up to 15 years and focusses on cyclical and incident maintenance an
  • Van Elle warns contract delays to weaken year-end

    Piling contractor Van Elle has warned that railway work contract delays will see revenue and margin slip below expectations this year.
    In a trading statement this morning, the recently Stock Market listed contractor warned that delayed starts would see revenue for the year to April slide 5% to £93m and operating margins below expectation.
    Van Elle’s specialist piling division covering mainly Network Rail work had expected to seal several contracts early this year.
    But these
  • Government confirms plans for four new prisons

    The Government has confirmed plans for four new prisons which would create 2,000 construction jobs.
    Out line planning applications are set to be submitted for the sites in Full Sutton in Yorkshire; Hindley in Wigan; Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in South Wales.
    Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “We cannot hope to reduce reoffending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.“Outdated prisons, with dark corridors and crampe
  • Company fined ¬£700,000 for MEWP death fall

    Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has been fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) and later died from his injuries.
    On 21 March 2015 the contractor had been working at a height of nearly five metres installing fire detection equipment, at the site of the former Indesit factory in Yate, near Bristol.
    At the same time Whirlpool UK maintenance workers started an overhead conveyor unaware that the contractor was working nearby.The movemen
  • Shaylor sees turnover break the ¬£100m barrier

    Shaylor Group enjoyed a record year in 2016 as turnover broke the £100m barrier for the first time.
    Accounts filed at Companies House for the 12 months to 30 September 2016 show turnover hit £101m from £81m last time as pre-tax profits climbed to £4.7m from £3.2m.
    A string of major projects and framework deals boosted the numbers with Shaylor confident of further rises this year.Paul Hooper-Keeley, Shaylor Group Chief Financial Officer, said: “We are incredibl
  • Muse awards Galliford Try ¬£25m London flats job

    Galliford Try has secured its third project in recent years from Morgan Sindall’s development arm Muse.
    The latest job forms part of the redevelopment of the London Borough of Lambeth’s town hall and surrounding council properties.
    Under the £25m contract Galliford Try will redevelop the old council housing office, Hambrook House, into 94 flats across building height from six to 14 storeys. Notting Hill Housing, a key partner for Galliford Try in a number of schemes a
  • Forrest unveils ¬£26m loss in restated two-year accounts

    Bolton social housing contractor Forrest ran up total pre-tax losses of nearly £26m in 2015 and 2016, according to restated accounts just published for the group’s holding company.
    The contractor agreed a refinancing deal with banks at the start of March and restructured the business with CEO, Lee McCarren leaving by mutual agreement and the loss of up to 30 staff.
    Now revised accounts published for holding company Ensco 996 reveal the extent of Forrest’s problems wit
  • Kier infrastructure MD Jag Paddam exits

    Kier’s infrastructure managing director Jag Paddam has left the group following an internal management review.
    Paddam joined Kier two and a half years ago from Morgan Sindall where he had worked for eight years rising to head its infrastructure business.
    Sean Jeffery, executive director Kier Infrastructure, will now also assume his duties as part of a restructure. 
    “We’ve reviewed our management structure in order to respond to the evolving nature of the infrastructur
  • BAM to build new HSBC office in Sheffield

    Sheffield City Council has confirmed BAM as main contractor for the first phase of its £480m Sheffield Retail Quarter development.
    HSBC will be anchor tenant in the first phase which is a mixed-use commercial and retail scheme of more than 200,000 sq ft.
    A council spokesperson said: “BAM has been selected as the main contractor for the first phase of the Sheffield Retail Quarter, which includes a new city centre location for HSBC and associated retail and business units, and is curre
  • London‚Äôs largest crane rises above Earls Court

    London’s largest heavy lift crane is set to swing into action on the vast Earls Court residential redevelopment.
    Enabling works contractor Keltbray has called upon lifting technology used in the offshore industry to lift 61 portal beams out from over the London Underground lines that supported the former exhibition centres.
    The largest of the Exhibition Hall supporting beams weighs in at 1,500 tonnes, the same as 118 London buses, and has been nicknamed Big Bertha.
    Designed and m
  • East London ¬£600m schools framework winners

    Thirteen contractors have secured places on a schools and public building framework covering much of east London.
    Among the main winners are Bowmer & Kirkland, Willmott Dixon and Neilcott Construction.
    Although the promise of a £600m building programme over four years also attracted Mace, Farrans and Galliford Try to pitch in with successful bids.
    The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham led the procurement for local authorities forming the East London Solutions Group.
  • Price-fixing whistleblowers offered ¬£100,000 reward

    Whistleblowers are being offered up to £100,000 for exposing price-fixing in construction as part of a major crackdown by the Competition and Markets Authority.
    The reward is being highlighted as the CMA launches its first-ever advertising campaign to stamp out cartel activity.
    It applies to all industries but recent research by the cartel-busting authority highlighted construction as most at risk to anti-competitive behaviour.
    This research revealed that 44% of businesses w
  • ¬£1.3bn deal to spark Swansea Bay construction boom

    A £1.3bn city deal for the Swansea Bay region is set to spark a construction boom across South West Wales.
    The Swansea Bay City Region deal brings together Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire councils.
    It is backed by £115.6m of UK Government funding, £396m of other public sector money and £637m private sector investment.Eleven major projects are planned across the region in energy, smart manufacturing, innovation and life science.
    Cabinet Secret
  • ¬£40m Pontypridd scheme re-ignites after six-year hiatus

    The Welsh Government has fired the starting gun on an ambitious scheme to regenerate part of Pontypridd.
    It has confirmed that Transport for Wales and the operator of the South Wales Metro will be anchor tenants at the proposed redevelopment of the former Taff Vale shopping precinct.
    The decision ignites the £40m project to redevelop the partially demolished site on Taff Street that has been an eyesore in the Valleys town after a proposed retail-led scheme fell through 
  • Steelwork contractor Billington gears up for expansion

    Structural steelwork contractor Billington is planning a recruitment drive this year as new capacity comes on line at its Shafton factory near Barnsley.
    The structural steel business has been working at, or near, capacity for most of the year, with overall volumes at a similar level to 2015.
    This helped to lift group pre-tax profit nearly a quarter to £3.8m on revenue up 12% to £63m.
    The improvement in demand and working efficiency at the group helped to lift margin to 6%, against 5.
  • Cost wrangle hits O‚ÄôRourke cancer hospital site

    Construction work on a new £106m cancer hospital in Liverpool has been hit by a disagreement over costs.
    Laing O’Rourke started on site last Summer as main contractor on the scheme to build the new 11-storey Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Liverpool.
    But local sources told the Enquirer that the client and O’Rourke are now in talks over costs.Piling rigs and crawler cranes have been hard at work for several months with a tower crane scheduled to be erected shortly.
    But the source sa
  • Cambridge Uni agrees ¬£300m physics complex plan

    The University of Cambridge is pressing ahead with plans to relocate its famous Cavendish physics laboratories to a green field site at its West Cambridge Development.
    University chiefs have signed off the £300m plan and will now apply for formal planning permission for the project, which it hopes will be completed by 2021.
    The project ranks as one of the most ambitious in the University’s long-running expansion programme.
    The Government has committed to invest £75m i
  • Galliford Try bags ¬£30m Almacantar London resi job

    Galliford Try has landed a £30m mixed tenure housing project in Westminster for London developer Almacantar.
    Demolition work starts this week to clear the way for the 76 apartment and townhouse scheme with groundfloor shops on Edgware Road. 
    The project known as Lyons Place has been designed by Farrells, whose London office is also located in the neighbourhood.Over half the homes will be affordable homes, with landscaped courtyards, balconies and terraces. In addit
  • Travelodge unveils ¬£125m hotel investment plans

    Travelodge has confirmed details of its latest £125m expansion programme with 15 new hotels planned across the UK this year.
    The sites will be developed by third party investors and the group also started construction today on its largest ever new build in the City of London.
    The 395 room property in Middlesex Street backed by investor Freshwater is expected to open in 2018 and the main contractor is Tolent.Peter Gowers, Travelodge Chief Executive said: “The march of the low-cost hot
  • Wates profit jumps 17% to ¬£35m

    Steady growth in profits at privately-owned builder Wates saw the firm end the year with over £190m in cash, up 50% on the previous year.
    Pre-tax profits rose 17% to £35m in 2016 on a similar turnover rise to £1.53bn. The 20% uplift in revenue was driven by 40% growth in construction turnover, mainly from the full integration of SES Engineering Services.
    Andrew Davies, chief executive of Wates, said the firm was now focussed on maintaining steady growth
  • London City Road tower gets green light

    Another major high-rise project has received planning on the the expanding City Road high-rise corridor in central London.
    The 22-storey tower designed by architect AHMM is the latest build to rent flats scheme to get the go-ahead in central London.
    The 225 City Road scheme, which will contain over 100 flats, joins around six towers either under construction or built along the corridor to Old Street round about.
    Berkeley Group is also well advanced on its twin towers  scheme of ne
  • Record response rates for Enquirer advertisers

    Advertisers on the Enquirer have enjoyed a record month of results as the industry’s shift online gathers pace.
    Google Analytics for the last four weeks show that display advertisers on the site generated nearly 12,500 click throughs on their ads.
    At an average viewing time of 1 minute 16 seconds that means potential customers spent 260 hours looking at  advertisers’ websites after clicking through via the Enquirer.That is on top of the huge branding benefits of ads being seen a
  • Plans go in for new 6,000 home Hampshire Garden Village

    Developers have submitted an outline planning application for a new 6,000 home community in Hampshire.
    Buckland Development Limited is behind the scheme for the new community at Welborne just north of Fareham.
    BDL’s Chairman, Mark Thistlethwayte, said: “This represents years of hard work and effort from BDL and our extensive team of technical consultants – it will set the framework for future development.“Ours is a very different approach to development, centred on a cons
  • A2Dominion names London ¬£90m repairs team

    Housing association A2Dominion has selected its line-up of firms for a £90m repairs frameworks covering housing in London and the South East.
    Mulalley, Chas Berger & Son and recently formed asset management specialist Pyramid Plus have come up trumps featuring on both the internal and external repairs programme panels.
    The planned repairs framework, worth £35.6m, will deliver planned programmes such as kitchen and bathroom replacements while the cycl
  • Durkan on the hunt for new subcontractors

    Durkan is looking to place deals worth £4m with subcontractors and suppliers on its latest mixed use scheme in Aylesbury.
    The contractor has linked up with Constructionline to host a supplier engagement event next week.
    Durkan has signed a deal with Aylesbury Vale District Council to build the five storey scheme containing retail, food and beverage outlets on the ground floor, and 36 two bed units and 11 one bed units above ground floor.Durkan is looking for firms with experience in: Brick
  • Bidding starts for ¬£20m Magnox station cover-up

    Bidding is about to start for the £20m project to cocoon the Hunterston A Magnox nuclear power station on the west coast of Scotland.
    The two hexagonal-shaped 64m tall reactor buildings will be cloaked in an aluminium standing seam cladding system fitted directly to the building.
    This will protect the Ayrshire coast buildings when it is left in a 50 year care and maintenance phase before a five-year final site clearance programme starts in 2075.The contractor will also need to remove
  • Multiplex scoops ¬£700m Glasgow University scheme

    The University of Glasgow has picked Multiplex to manage the £700m first phase of its estate expansion plan over the next decade.According to industry sources Multiplex has been selected ahead of rival Lendlease to take the first phase of the planned Gilmorehill campus project. This will include six major academic buildings.
    More than 2,500 jobs will be created during construction of what ranks as the biggest education development in Scotland – higher than the public i
  • Fusion21 names ¬£290m property compliance winners

    Fusion21 has signed up around 100 firms to its national compliance and facilities management framework, worth up to £290m over a four year period.
    Firms have secured places on 17 lots covering a range of specialisms from: asbestos, electrical safety and facilities management to water hygiene and fire safety.
    Fusion21’s national compliance framework
    AA Woods
    BDA Surveying
    European Asbestos Services
    London Fire Solutions
    RSK Group
    Aaron Services
    Bellrock Property & Facilities Manag
  • Berkeley sees housing starts fall 30% in London

    Berkeley Group said housing starts in London have fallen 30% in recent months as reservation rates also dropped 16%.
    The figures were contained in a trading statement to the City today covering the period November 1 2016 to February 28 2017.
    The fall in reservation rates covered the post-Brext period from August to February but Berkeley said sales levels have recovered in the last two months to be ahead of last year.The firm said: “Berkeley is concerned by this under-supply and the knock-o
  • Student halls to kick start ¬£200m Oxford scheme

    A £33m student housing scheme will lead the £200m redevelopment of a key Oxford City centre site.
    Consultancy Lichfields handled the planning process for the student Castle scheme.
    The ‘Oxpens’ area, to the south of the city railway station, has been earmarked as a key development opportunity by the local council.
    Student accommodation provider Student Castle has just secured planning for its 514-bed scheme on the western side of the site, bordering the rai
  • Builder killed in North London site explosion

    A man has died following an explosion on a construction site in Highgate, North London on Thursday.
    He was taken by air ambulance to hospital following the blast but later died from his injuries.
    The site in Swains Lane is being redeveloped by Noble House.
    A 1920s row of shops is being demolished with plans to replace them with a new residential and retail scheme.The BBC also reported that the site once contained a petrol station requiring the removal of underground tanks as part of the demoliti
  • Betting Zone: Grand Slam beckons for England

    If the Scottish rugby lads were feeling a bit rough Sunday morning then Betting Spy had more than a bit of sympathy.
    An invite to Twickenham from our mates at safety specialist JSP is always welcome.
    But I woke up the next day in need of one of their famous hard hats to dull the pain of a day’s “spectating”.It’s always a good drink-up for the Calcutta Cup and the drubbing handed out to the visitors sparked a mass party.
    Everyone had the same idea of sinking a few to celeb
  • Betting Spy: Grand Slam beckons for England

    If the Scottish rugby lads were feeling a bit rough Sunday morning then Betting Spy had more than a bit of sympathy.
    An invite to Twickenham from those lovely people at safety specialist JSP is always welcome.
    But I woke up the next day in need of one of their famous hard hats to dull the pain of a day’s “spectating”.It’s always a good drink-up for the Calcutta Cup and the drubbing handed out to the visitors sparked a mass party.
    Everyone had the same idea of sinking a fe

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