• Winners named for ¬£350m London Underground civils

    London Underground has named its preferred contractor teams for its £350m Future Stations’ Civils and Tunnelling Works framework.
    Joint ventures between Morgan Sindall/BeMo and Taylor Woodrow/Bam Nuttall have won places on all three lots covering civils, tunnelling and combined civil and tunnelling.
    Hochtief was also successful but only secured a place on the third c0mbined civils and tunnelling lot with the other joint ventures.
    The eight-year framework is part of London Underg
  • Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up in November

    The Dodge Momentum Index moved 0.3% higher in November to 133.2 from its revised October reading of 132.7 (2000=100).
  • Construction giants face prosecution over Crossrail death

    BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), and Kier Infrastructure have been told by the HSE they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents on Crossrail.
    All three companies will appear at Westminster’s Magistrates Court in January to face four charges each.
    Two charges relate to the death of Rene Tka’cik on March 7 2014 and one each relating to injuries to Terrence Hughes on January 16 and Alex Vizitiu on January 22 2015.Tka’cik died after he was crushed by falling concrete
  • Peabody and Family Mosaic unveil mega-merger plan

    Peabody and Family Mosaic have joined the growing band of housing associations unveiling mega-merger plans.
    The new single housing association, which would still be called Peabody, would have a £6bn asset base to borrow against,  providing 55,000 homes to 111,000 residents across London and the South East.
    The boards of Peabody and Family Mosaic both believe that a merger would enable the larger group to access  better resources and build more homes.In a joint statement
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  • Balfour, BAM and Skanska lead way on new BIM Kitemark

    Six contractors has become the first firms to achieve a new Kitemark for BIM launched today by standards body BSI.
    The first firms worldwide to achieve the Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 are Balfour Beatty, BAM Ireland, BAM Construct UK, Gammon Construction, Skanska UK and voestapline Metsec.   
    Mark Taylor, digital construction manager at BAM Construct UK, said: “BIM is a major driver for the digitisation of the construction industry, influencing its direction both in the UK
  • ¬£775m Paddington Cube gets planning green light

    Westminster City Council has given the thumbs up to developer Irvine Sellar’s revised plans for his £775m Paddington Quarter scheme in West London.Cube office building will sit 12m above the ground
    The 14-storey cube-shaped office building replaces earlier plans for a landmark 72-storey residential tower, nicknamed the ‘Paddington Pole’, which was abandoned after running into fierce opposition.
    Great Western Developments and development partner Sellar Paddington are
  • Ladder fall costs Volvo ¬£900,000

    The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of its workers fell and suffered head injuries.
    Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness.
    He was placed in a medically induced coma for two-weeks. He still suffers from ongoing complications and has been unable to return to work.An HSE invest
  • Revenue growth and support services fuel Carillion profits

    Carillion is expecting turnover growth to fuel a rise in operating profits this year as margins take a dip.
    The firm announced a full year trading update today ahead of its preliminary results in March.
    Support services are expected tp deliver two thirds of total operating profit compared to 57% last time.Carillion said: “We expect total operating profit to increase as a result of strong revenue growth at a slightly lower operating margin. “Our performance continues to be led by
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  • Robertson boss in England quits after nearly 10 years

    Andy McCleod, managing director of Robertson Construction England, has left the firm as the Scottish group plots further expansion in the region.
    McCleod, who has been with Robertson for nearly 10 years, operated from the firm’s Gateshead office.
    He is now rumoured to be heading for £140m turnover Tolent Construction, also based in Gateshead.
    His departure comes as the main Robertson Construction board takes more direct control on the direction of the three English business
  • Hill and Hyde launch ¬£150m London job JV

    House builder Hill and housing association Hyde Housing Group have teamed up to form their first joint venture to build 287 homes in north west London.
    The £150m development of private and affordable homes in Brent covers three brownfield sites and marks the final stage of the £225m Stonebridge Estate regeneration.
    Hill will now start construction of 287 homes on three parcels of brownfield land this month.Andy Hill, chief executive at Hill, said: “While our developme
  • Morgan Sindall pulls off second contracts league double

    Morgan Sindall has been crowned winner of the monthly and annualised leagues of new orders for the second month running.
    In November, the firm picked up enabling works for the central section of HS2 as part of the Fusion JV with partners BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman, according to information specialist Glenigan.
    Its fit-out arm Overbury also secured a £57m fit-out contract for Deloitte at New St Square in central London, which has just started on site as part of a wider ha
  • L&Q unveils £15bn building plan after mega-merger

    L&Q and East Thames housing associations have completed their mega-merger and sealed a £2.6bn financing package to fund an ambitious house building plan.
    L&Q has pledged to up construction rates at Barking Riverside to 600 homes a year
    The newly-merged housing association has unveiled plans to invest £15bn over the next 10 years on a massive housing building programme in the south east.
    Previously both organisations had a combined 43,000 development pipeline. After&
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  • Network Rail loses sole control of track maintenance

    The Government has started to strip full control of rail maintenance from Network Rail to hand it to railway operators.
    Transport secretary Chris Grayling today said he wanted the publicly-owned Network Rail to share responsibility for running the tracks with private train operators.
    Under plans announced today track maintenance will also now be undertaken by Virgin and Southern for the first time.
    He believes the plan will incentivise the private operators, which rely on the tracks being i
  • Terraced homes plan above Manchester housing blocks

    Developer DeTrafford Estates has submitted plans for a residential-led mixed-use scheme of 419 homes in Manchester.The plan for the Ellesmere Street site Castfield will see four new residential brick buildings rising from 8 to 16 storeys around the perimeter of the site with a smaller building within the enclosed square.
    The new building blocks will echo the site’s former Brewery and warehouse buildings and offer around 30,000 sq ft of commercial space at street level.
  • Payment reporting to start in April after one year delay

    Large companies will be required to publish details on how quickly they pay their suppliers, under draft regulations released by Small Business Minister Margot James.
    The Government has now confirmed the new regulations will come into force from April 2017, a year later than originally planned.
    Under the ‘Duty to Report’ rule, large firms and limited liability partnerships, will be required to publicly report twice yearly on their payment practices and performance.
    This will include
  • Wigan council hunts for schools builders

    Wigan Council is renewing its panel of builders to deliver a backlog of schools repairs and new buildings.
    The council expects to spend around £50m over the next four years to 2021. This will be split into around £15m small works up to £1m and around £35m of total spending on projects worth £1m-£5m.
    Ten firms were previously selected for the panel four years ago when its ambitious £275m BSF school programme was culled by then education secretar
  • Construction worker hit in face with crowbar

    A contractor from Northallerton has been fined after a worker was hit in the face by a crowbar during concrete work on a hotel job.
    Durham Crown Court heard how Walter Thompson (Contractors) Limited (WTL) was Principal Contractor for the 47 bedroom extension of the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.
    During the installation of concrete floor slabs a worker was struck in the jaw by a crowbar when it became trapped between two of the slabs.He suffered a head injury, including lacerations to his head and
  • Leeds plans three new stations and airport rail link

    Leeds Bradford airport is to get its own dedicated train station, as part of a £270m overhaul of the city’s transport system.
    The new parkway station would be built on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line, connecting to the wider rail network.
    Two other new stations are also proposed at White Rose Shopping Centre and Office Park and at Thorpe Park to support job creation and housing growth along the East Leeds Extension.
    The new stations would be part-funded from the £173.5m of
  • Wolseley sees UK revenue fall as job cuts consultation continues

    Plumbing and builders’ merchant chain Wolseley confirmed a 2.9% fall in UK revenue today as it continued with plans to shut 80 branches and a major distribution centre laying off up to 800 staff.
    The firm unveiled the UK streamlining strategy in September which will cost £100m.
    An Interim Management Statement today for the three months to October 31 2016 showed UK revenues for the quarter were 2.9% down on last year at £499m while trading profit dipped £2m to £
  • Crossrail sparks return to work as New Year strike ballot looms

    Industrial action by Crossrail electricians came to an end this morning as the team at Tottenham Court Road returned to work.
    Around 60 M&E workers for Crown House at the Tottenham Court Road site “cabined-up” last Wednesday after claims the company was refusing to recognise their shop steward and tried to move him onto another job.
    Electricians staged another protest on Friday and refused to go into work again yesterday with further action due today.But the sparks agreed to go b
  • Crossrail action intensifies as sparks call ‚Äúindefinite strike‚ÄĚ

    Industrial action by Crossrail electricians has moved into its second week as the sparks set up a strike fund for supporters to back their protest.
    Around 60 M&E workers for Crown House at the Tottenham Court Road site “cabined-up” last Wednesday after claims the company was refusing to recognise their shop steward and tried to move him onto another job.
    Electricians staged another protest on Friday and refused to go into work again yesterday with fuurther action due today.The En
  • 22 Bishopsgate lowered over crane clash fear with planes

    Fresh plans have been submitted to trim four floors from the 22 Bishopsgate tower under construction in London because of fears cranes will interfere with flights into city airport.
    Planned new flat-top 22 Bishopsgate tower, next to taller proposed 1 Undershaft, after building lowered by 22m
    The AXA-led development consortium has chopped 22m from the originally consented scheme, cutting off the stepped apex to create a flat-top skyscraper.
    Planning documents lodged with the City of London reveal
  • London Mayor plans more Cycle Superhighways

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to invest a record £154m per year on cycling in the capital over the next five years.
    Consultation will also be held on two new Cycle Superhighways from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Olympia towards Hounslow.
    The superhighways have caused controversy among motorists.The Mayor’s office said: “Superhighways have been mired in controversy with criticism of consultation processes and construction not being properly coordinated.
  • Wates wins ¬£27m RAF Marham F-35 squadron HQ

    The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has awarded Wates a £27m contract to build a squadron HQ at RAF Marham for the new F-35 jet base.
    The project forms part of the £250m programme of works to ready the station for the arrival of the aircraft, which has also seen Balfour Beatty win an £82m project for engineering and training facilities.Rob Dawson, Lightning II DIO Non FOA Principal Project Manager said: “We look forward to working collaboratively with Wates
  • London Underground fined ¬£500,000 for lift shaft fall

    London Underground has been fined £500,000 after a maintenance worker was injured in a disused station at South Kentish Town.
    The worker suffered several injuries, spending ten days in hospital after a 9.5m from a tower scaffold while cleaning a former lift shaft just over two years ago.
    The Office of Rail and Road regulator’s investigation found London Underground failed to properly plan, manage and supervise the work.Evidence showed procedures were available that may
  • Ringway faces fight for ¬£210m Shropshire highways deal

    Shropshire Council has started the contest to find a highways maintenance partner for the next seven years.
    Ringway Infrastructure Services is the present partner maintaining the roads and delivering street services across the county.
    This six-year term maintenance deal will now be rebid after the council decided not to use an option extend the present £240m contract for a further four years.
    The £210m contract will cover all aspects of highways maintenance, highways improv
  • ¬£1bn YORcivil 2 framework out for renewal

    More than 30 civil engineering contractors face a fight to renew their places on the YORcivil framework covering Yorkshire and Humberside.
    Prequalification has just started for the YORcivil2 framework, which this time around is expected to be worth over £1bn, nearly double the estimate five years ago.
    The YORcivil framework consists of two sub-regional frameworks each with separate lots dealing with different types or value of works.
    It provides local authorities in the regions with prefer
  • ISG pulls out of ¬£41m York Stadium scheme

    ISG has withdrawn as main construction partner on the £41m York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex scheme.
    The Enquirer understands that ISG told its supply chain last week that it would no longer be part of the consortium led by leisure operator GLL delivering the stadium.
    Work on site has been delayed by a judicial review into the planning approval but main construction was expected to start next Easter.One subcontractor said: “The job has suffered a few delays but we’ve n
  • Government hails record ¬£500bn infrastructure pipeline

    The Government today claimed infrastructure spending will hit record levels in the next five years as it published an details of an expanded pipeline of projects worth more than £500bn.
    Twenty more projects have been added to the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline since March 2016, including the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
    The 728 project pipeline presumes over 50% will be funded by the private sector.
    The latest update follows the Chancellor&rsq
  • Dawnus bags ¬£13m Workingham town centre job

    Wokingham Borough Council has picked Dawnus Construction to deliver the redevelopment and regeneration of Peach Place in Wokingham Town Centre.
    The firm is understood to have beaten Brymor Contractors with a bid of £12.86m for the design and build project.
    The Peach Place project represents the first main phase of the town centre regeneration and will get under on 9 Janaury when the borough council will formally handover the site to Dawnus.
    This phase will see a new pedestri
  • Construction buyers report surge in workloads

    Construction buyers reported the strongest surge in activity last month since March.
    The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI ticked-up to 52.8 in November from 52.6 in October.
    Any reading above 50 represents a growing market.Commercial work improved for the first time in six months but input cost-inflation raced ahead to a five-and-a-half year high.
    David Noble, Group Chief Executive Officer at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said: “The sector was on a firmer footing this
  • Bidding to start for ¬£30m Lancaster Uni upgrade

    Lancaster University is prequalifying firms to redevelop its internationally renowned management school.
    The university will adopt a two-stage tender process for a complex project that includes refurbishing existing facilities and demolishing existing buildings to make way for new purpose-built facilities.
    Architect Feilden, Clegg, Bradley has won the design competition for the new 200,000 campus project, which aims to be delivered to BIM level 2.
    At this stage there is no estimated building cos
  • Berkeley profits soar despite 20% drop in buyers

    The Berkeley Group has reported a 20% fall in reservations as the rise in Stamp Duty hits the London luxury resi market.
    But the housebuilder still delivered a strong set of interim results for the six months to October 31 2016 with pre-tax profits up to £392.7m from £293.3m last time on turnover up to £1,413.4m from £1,138.7m.
    Berkeley bosses have also set a new profit target of £3bn over the next five years despite the reported drop in buyers.Chairman Tony Pidgley
  • Lidl unveils ¬£70m Doncaster warehouse plan

    Lidl is planning to build a major distribution centre in Doncaster, South Yorkshire costing around £70m.
    The 600,000 sq ft depot in Doncaster follows the opening of Lidl’s newest regional distribution centre in Southampton earlier this month and will be its 13th warehouse in the UK.
    It will be built at the iPort in Rossington where logistics developer Verdion plans a £500m multi-modal logistics development.
    A planning application for Lidl’s new wa
  • Contractor to be replaced at ¬£200m Liverpool Chinatown site

    Developer North Point Global is replacing main contractor Bilt Group on its projects including the £200m New Chinatown site in Liverpool.
    The developer confirmed to the Enquirer that Bilt Group has already been stood down at the Baltic House and North Point projects in the city.
    North Point Global added that Bilt would be off the Chinatown site shortly.Sales Director Simon Clarke said: “A board decision was taken to change contractors.
    “We are now approaching the Christmas clos
  • Sparks set to blockade Crossrail site

    Angry electricians are attempting to blockade a Crossrail site this morning as an industrial relations dispute on the job threatens to escalate.
    The 60 sparks staged a protest on Wednesday at the Tottenham Court Road site when they “cabined-up”.
    They returned to work yesterday but planned renewed action Friday morning as relations deteriorated  with Laing O’Rourke subsidiary Crown House.The electricians claim the company has failed to recognise its union site representativ
  • Graham wins ¬£134m Aberdeen hospital project

    Graham Construction has been selected to develop two new health facilities for NHS Grampian within its Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen.
    The £134m project is the largest to be procured through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework to date.
    At least 10 buildings are planned for the hospital site over the next five years.
    Designed by Archial NORR, the Baird Family Hospital will include maternity, gynaecology, breast screening and breast surgery services. A neonatal unit wi
  • Betting Spy: Chelsea look a big price to beat Man City

    Manchester City haven’t won at home in the Premier League since the middle of September while Chelsea are unbeaten on the road during the same period.
    Easy then surely for punters as the away side are priced up at a very attractive 5/2 to leave The Etihad with all three points.
    These big games are usually disappointingly dull despite Sky Sports frothing at the mouth over another “Super Saturday”.My gut feeling is that Chelsea will have just a bit too much for a City side who lo
  • Heathrow names seven firms for airport design

    Seven firms have been contracted by Heathrow to design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion.
    The group – Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod – will now be known as the Integrated Design Team.
    The seven teams have each been awarded 4-year term contracts.
    The appointment of the IDT follows the announcement of the partners in the Programme Client Team in March. These included: Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend.
    Barry Weeke
  • Laing O‚ÄôRourke jv wins ¬£350m Metrolink Trafford extension

    Transport for Greater Manchester is set to award the £350m next phase of the Metrolink expansion to Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales UK.
    Transport for Greater Manchester has been cleared to enter into contracts with the M-Pact Thales consortium and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for the delivery and management of the scheme.
    The new 5.5km Metrolink Trafford Park line will go from Pomona to Trafford Park via the Imperial War Museum.
    Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail wi
  • Dandara wins funding for three major PRS schemes

    Developer Dandara Group has received £45m in Government funding to unlock sites for 2,000 private rental homes in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
    The Isle of Man developer is spearheading the project to deliver £400m of housing development with support from the Homes and Communities Agency and banking giant HSBC.
    It can now build the trio of projects delivering 995 rental homes in Manchester, 744 in Leeds and 323 in Birmingham.
    Funding will come from the go
  • Scientists plan ‚Äúliving lab‚ÄĚ office to monitor worker health

    Researchers at the BRE are creating a “living laboratory” office to see how buildings affect the health of occupants.
    The project will see one of BRE’s existing office buildings refurbished at its headquarters in Watford.
    It will be renamed the Healthy Research Building and workers inside will be monitored while they go about their day-to-day activities.The block will be certified under the WELL Building Standard and BREEAM which are being aligned.
    Data collected will be analys
  • Watkin Jones to start 24-floor Cardiff student tower

    Student accommodation specialist Watkin Jones Group has forward sold plans for a 24-storey student block in Cardiff city centre.The Bangor-based developer and builder revealed this morning that the Cardiff scheme and another in Belfast have been forward sold to institutional investors.
    The deals paves the way for the builder to start both schemes, which are due for delivery in August 2018.
    In Cardiff city centre, the Bridge Street development will provide over 470 beds for students.
  • Merged housing association giants plan 50,000 homes

    Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group have merged to become Clarion Housing Group, with plans to build 50,000 new homes in the next 10 years.
    Clarion will be the largest housing association in the country and one of the largest housebuilders in Britain.
    It will more than double delivery of new homes that the two former organisations could build – without relying on any government subsidy.The Group will prioritise affordable housing with around two-thirds of its programme for affordable
  • Green light for major London city office rebuild

    London planners have given the thumbs up to redevelop a 1991-constructed city office building at 60 London Wall.The existing office will be stripped back to its steel frame and rebuilt with an extra four floors raising the total office space to 320,000 sq ft.Designs by architect EPR see the upper five floors of the 12-storey building stepped and set back from the front elevation lessening their impact at street level and creating outdoor space for terraces.
    Down with the 25-y
  • Plans in for ¬£150m Assembly Bristol scheme

    Property investor AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets has submitted plans for the overall masterplan and first building at its Assembly Bristol regeneration project.
    Assembly Bristol is a £150m mixed-use scheme encompassing office space, public realm, shops, restaurants and cafes on the site of the now demolished 1970s office building that was once the HQ of Clerical Medical.
    The site borders Temple Quay, the Floating Harbour and Narrow Plain and was bought by AXA IM –
  • Highways England to replace Amey in Areas 6 and 8

    Highways England is planning to replace Amey on highways maintenance contracts for Areas 6 and 8 in the east of England.
    The move to close the contracts 18 months early comes as Highways England is rolling out its new regime using its own in-house team to manage delivery after switching from assets support style single contracts where contractors managed their own maintenance regimes and small works.
    The agency is hoping to appoint a contractor early in the New Year to take over the areas f
  • R G Carter wins ¬£23m Luton science block

    The University of Bedfordshire has selected regional builder R G Carter to design and build a multi-use science block at its Luton Campus.
    The project is the latest in a series of builds, which have seen Kier and Willmott Dixon secure big projects, like its new library building.
    R G Carter is understood to have beaten Kier and Morgan Sindall with a bid of £23m for the project.
    Under present plans the project will involve demolition, refurbishment and construction works for the 60
  • Electricians down tools on Crossrail site

    A team of 60 electricians is understood to have stopped work on Crossrail today in a dispute over union recognition.
    The Enquirer understands the sparks have “cabined-up” on the Tottenham Court Road site.
    The electricians are working for Crown House.Site sources at the Unite union claimed the company had failed to recognise its site representative.
    It is believed the rep is also being moved to another job which sparked this morning’s action.Unite lead officer for construction G
  • Keltbray to expand sheet piling nationwide

    Keltbray is expanding its new sheet piling business just 12 months after launching the service from its headquarters in Esher, Surrey.
    It has now just started operating from the Keltbray Structures offices in Bathgate, Scotland as the business moves to the next phase of its growth strategy.
    The firm also plans to open an office in the north of England to take sheet piling nationwide.
    Keltbray Sheet Piling is one of only six operators in the country that operates using the vibratio

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