• Plantworx on track for a show sell-out

    The Plantworx team has revealed that the 2019 event is over 75% sold out overall – even though its new East of England Arena home in Peterborough has 20% more exhibition space than the 2017 event.
    The digging demonstration areas are 97% sold out – with only two stands remaining.
    Angela Spink, Plantworx Sales Manager said, “We are delighted with the response we have had from companies wanting to book their stand space at the show.
    The uncertainty of Brexit has not been a deterre
  • All JCB staff get £1000 Christmas bonus

    JCB has handed 7,200 staff their biggest Christmas bonus for more than a decade.
    The act of festive cheer will see all staff at JCB’s 11 plants across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham receive an extra £1,000 in their pay packets.
    The last time a Christmas bonus of that magnitude was awarded was in 2007.The record-equalling Christmas bonus comes in a year in which JCB machine production reached a 73-year high and an extra 1,500 people were recruited.
    JCB chairman Lord Bamford sai
  • Balfour Beatty delivers 2-3% construction margin goal

    Balfour Beatty chief Leo Quinn has achieved his goal of returning the business to industry standard margins by the end of this year.
    In a trading statement this morning, he revealed construction margins had returned to 2-3% in the second half of the year, despite a competitive market backdrop.
    At the support services operations profit is also expected to grow, with the margin showing further improvement within its 3-5% industry standard target range.He also said Balfour Beatty’s perfo
  • £300m Edgbaston mixed-use scheme advances

    Plans for a £300m office-led mixed-use scheme in the west end of Birmingham have moved one step closer.
    Joint developers Calthorpe Estates and U+I have submitted detailed plans for phase one of the New Garden Square scheme in Edgbaston.
    Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the 4.3-hectare regeneration scheme includes 620,000 sq ft of offices, up to 400 flats, and bars and restaurants. The scheme also has the potential for a 100 bed-hotel, and 900 car parking spaces.
    Sitting alongside
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  • Firms admit price-fixing of concrete drainage products

    Two materials firms have admitted breaking competition laws by taking part in a cartel.
    The Competition and Markets Authority discovered that price fixing meetings went on for seven years from 2006 in the pre-cast concrete drainage sector.
    Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM Group Ltd have admitted breaking competition law by taking part in a cartel.A third company is also under investigation and has not made any admissions.
    The products were used in large infrastr
  • Robertson appoints Morgan Sindall director

    Stirling-based contractor Robertson has signed up Morgan Sindall Construction’s UK business development director Scott Wilson as director of development.
    His appointment marks a return to the business after 20 years, having spent three years with Robertson shortly after graduating from university.
    He will have a UK-wide remit, spanning both Scotland and Northern England, and will oversee business development, strategic bids, frameworks and marketing, taking responsibility for Robertson&rsq
  • Mick George lands Triton Knoll earthworks deal

    Mick George Ltd has been appointed on behalf of J. Murphy and Sons to complete earthworks at the £2bn Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project
    The firm will be stripping the easement where the cables will be placed for this 860MW project and will have the capability to transmit renewable electricity from the wind farm to more than 800,000 UK homes per year for Innogy.
    Work involves the installation of more than 57km of underground high-voltage electrical export cable in Lincolnshire.
    The ro
  • Beeston leisure centre out to bid

    Broxtowe Borough Council has issued a call for firms to bid for a £30m leisure centre and housing scheme in Beeston town centre in Nottinghamshire.
    Designs developed by Nottingham-based Leonard Design Architects envisage 130 new homes, a cinema and groundfloor food and drink venues.
    The scheme forms phase two of the Beeston Square redevelopment. The development site sits alongside the recently extended tram network and aims to revitalise Beeston’s night-time economy by driving i
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  • Scape MD to head Perfect Circle consortium

    The managing director of public sector procurement body Scape is leaving to head up the Perfect Circle consortium of consultants.
    Victoria Brambini will take up the new role as managing director in January.
    The consortium, comprising Pick Everard, AECOM and Gleeds, was formed in 2016 to deliver the four-year £350m National Built Environment Consultancy Services framework for Scape Group.
    To date, Perfect Circle has delivered more than 750 projects to over 220 clients.Brambini said: “
  • Speedy buys construction training business for £9m

    Plant hirer Speedy has bought Glasgow-based construction training provider Geason for an initial sum of £9m.
    A further cash settlement of up to £26m may be payable later, dependent on the combined performance of Geason and Speedy’s training business in the three years after the deal.Geason founding directors Ian and Robert Kilpatrick (above) will transfer over as part of the deal.The firm has over 1,100 apprentices and 500 NVQ learners currently on programmes reported revenue o
  • Spurs stadium delays continue into New Year

    Tottenham have confirmed their delayed stadium will not be ready until late January at the earliest.
    The club said its Premier League home game against Manchester United on January 13 will be played at Wembley.
    It said: “The past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems.“We are pleased to report that progress has been steady and we are now into the integrated testing and commissioning phases that take place ahead of the application for a stadium s
  • EastEnders set rebuild soars £27m over budget

    The BBC has been slammed for allowing the cost of the EastEnders set rebuild to spiral out of control.
    Its E20 project to replace and enlarge the external EastEnders set and improve infrastructure at BBC Elstree Centre is now expected to cost £87m.
    The overall project will also take an extra two and a half years to complete.Most of this increase relates to the higher cost of the Front Lot contract involving the rebuilding of Albert Square being delivered by Wates.
    According to the spending
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  • Summer start for £25m Carlisle flood defence plan

    The Environment Agency has committed to start work next summer on improving flood defences in Carilse.
    Detail of a flood risk management scheme for the town will be revealed in January with the Government having set aside £25m for the scheme.
    Since flooding in early December 2015 caused by storm Desmond, the Environment Agency has been exploring ways to better protect the area in the future.
    This has included extensive appraisal work to identify the best ways to invest government funding f
  • Amco wins Dunbar railway station upgrade

    Network Rail has appointed Amco as the main contractor for the planned £13m enhancement of Dunbar station.
    The project will see a new second platform and fully-accessible footbridge with lifts added to the East Lothian station.
    The new infrastructure will provide increased capacity and improve operational flexibility at Dunbar.Detailed design-work will now begin for the project. Engineering work is expected to start next summer with the new infrastructure completed in early 2020.
  • Architects win post-Brexit talent deal

    The lobbying body for UK architects has won a major concession to keep the flow of foreign designers coming post Brexit.
    The concessions have been won following a long running campaign by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
    It throws into focus initiatives by construction’s “influential and dynamic leadership” trade body Build UK.One contractor said: “Fair play to RIBA they have done a good job here.
    “But who is going to build their scheme’s post Brexit
  • Hitachi to pull out of £14bn Anglesey nuclear power plant

    Hitachi is considering scrapping plans to build its £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in North Wales because of soaring costs
    The engineering giant’s board will meet this week to discuss the increasing costs and further action on the Anglesey prpjects, according to reports in Japan.
    A decision to pull out of the North Wales nuclear power station project would be a major blow to the Government, which hoped to build a next generation of reactors.Last month NuGen abandone
  • M&E specialist Ameon replaces Imtech on Graham site

    North West building services engineering specialist Ameon has stepped in to take over the £2m mechanical and electrical element of the Murrays’ Mills development in Ancoats, Manchester.
    Ameon is now working with main contractor, Graham Construction following the withdrawal from the project of the original M&E contractor Imtech.
    Ameon has has deployed 85 skilled technicians, plumbers, heating engineers, electricians and ancillary trades’ people on the project.Murrays’
  • Marshalls to buy rival concrete brick maker

    Marshalls is to buy rival concrete brick producer Edenhall for up to £17.2m.
    The acquisition deal will see Marshalls pay £11.8m up front for Newport-based Edenhall with up to £5.4m deferred over three years depending on performance.
    Edenhall, which operates from 10 sites across the UK, employs around 250 staff and achieved £33m sales last year generating a profit of £2.8mMartyn Coffey, chief executive of Marshalls, said: “Edenhall is a profitable business with
  • Science park starts contractor hunt for £12m office scheme

    The Sci-Tech Daresbury science and innovation campus has started the tender race for a contractor to build  its new 43,000 sq ft grade A office complex.
    The Project Violet scheme involves construction of two buildings providing 12,500 sq ft each and one building providing 18,000 sq ft.
    The buildings will be three storeys high and situated at the gateway of the campus near Liverpool.As part of the work there will be major landscaping improvements around the site.
    The development includes the
  • Essex contractor collapses after posting record results

    An Essex contractor has collapsed just weeks after posting a bumper set of results at Companies House.
    Ongar-based Bolt and Heeks Ltd has ceased trading after administrators from Grant Thorton were appointed.
    All 55 employess have been made redundant.Latest results for the year to December 31 2017 were filed at Companies House in October.
    They showed gross margins increased to nearly 16% from 11.2% last time as the firm made a pre-tax profit of £331,000 from a turnover of £16.3m.
  • Drylining boss banned for tax dodging

    The boss of a Bolton-based company that supplied construction workers has been disqualified for seven years for failing to declare all the company’s tax liabilities.
    RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK Limited was incorporated in 2015 and supplied subcontract labour to the construction industry.
    Roman Bogdan Piotrowski,45, from Manchester, was the sole director from April 2016 but only a year later caused the company to enter into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation.This triggered an investigation b
  • Argent gets go-ahead for major Tottenham Hale revamp

    Developer Argent Related is hoping to start construction work next summer on its regeneration of Tottenham Hale after the scheme was green-lighted by planners.
    The six-year regeneration project has now been approved by the London Borough of Haringey.
    Work across five pieces of land next to Tottenham Hale’s rail, underground and bus stations will see construction of 1,030 new homes, up to 20 new retail spaces; co-working and office space; a health centre and new public open space.Tom Goodal
  • Consultant MHBC merges with Cumming

    City of London based consultant Mellersh & Harding Building Consultancy LLP (MHBC) has merged with global business Cumming.
    MHBC provides a wide range of specialized services from building surveying and full-scale project management to design and building services engineering.
    The addition of its 20 staff will boost Cumming’s worldwide workforce to 750 across 31 offices.Andrew Webster, Antonia Belcher, and Sean Cushing established MHBC in 2007.
    Long-standing clients include internation
  • UK’s tallest Premier Inn plan in Docklands

    Premier Inn has agreed to operate plans for a 400-bedroom hotel in London Docklands in what will be one of the largest Premier Inn hotels in the UK.
    Rockwell Property is developing the scheme for a 30-storey mixed hotel and residential building in Westferry, East London.
    The £172m project will be built in Limehouse at 82 West India Dock Road in East London, with work expected to start next summer.Designed by architects Simpson Haugh & Partners, the project will take the form of two bui
  • Modular building specialist goes into administration

    Timber modular building specialist Carbon Dynamic has fallen into administration with the loss of 40 jobs.
    The Invergordon, Scotland based firm specialised in eco-friendly, low cost residential and commercial accommodation modules.
    The company ran into trading and cashflow difficulties as it was nearing completion of a major project for the construction of 78 modules.Carbon Dynamic had invested £1.3m in research and development to perfect the modules since the company’s inception in
  • £2bn Elephant & Castle shopping centre scheme final go-ahead

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has rubber-stamped £2bn plans for the redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre in South London.
    The approval clears the final hurdle for developer Delancey’s plans to replace the once iconic centre with a new town centre-style scheme with new homes, shops, leisure and a new university college.
    Demolition of the existing shopping centre in Southwark is now expected to get underway in the new year.
    Delancey is using Mace as construction adviser
  • Kier wins £45m Cambridge schools campus phase one

    Cambridgeshire County Council has picked Kier to build the first phase of its £45m education campus plan for Northstowe.Kier will build a 600-pupil secondary school and a 110-place Special Education Needs school. The secondary school will later be extended in two subsequent phases to allow for 1,800 pupilsEnabling works on the project are now underway with first pupils due to start in September 2019.Mark Dady, managing director at Kier Eastern, said: “Having previously constructed Pa
  • Structural engineer crushed under scaffold tubes

    Two companies have been fined after a structural engineer received serious crush injuries when a bundle of scaffold tubes weighing about one tonne rolled onto his legs while he was visiting a client’s construction site.
    Southwark Crown Court heard how, on 15 September 2015, the engineer, accompanied by two managers at the site in London, approached four bundles of stacked scaffold tubes,
    The top bundle was disturbed, rolled off and fell onto the engineer’s lower legs. It took several
  • Top housing association hires Lendlease resi chief

    Lendlease’s head of residential is leaving the firm to join the board of leading housing association Clarion Group.
    Richard Cook will join the group executive team in February to lead ambitious development plans.
    He joined Lendlease in 2010 as head of delivery of the design and build contracts on the Olympic Village for London 2012. Later as head of residential, he was responsible for delivering 1,000 new homes each year of mixed tenure from open market to affordable.His extensive career i
  • Crossrail delayed again as costs rise by another £2bn

    Crossrail has bust its budget by another £2bn as further delays to the opening of the project were confirmed.
    Another extra financing package worth more than £2bn was agreed on Monday afternoon as Crossrail chiefs admitted they couldn’t guarantee hitting the revised opening date of Autumn 2019.
    The network was originally due to open this week after being heralded for years by the previous management team as “on time and on budget.”It comes as an independent review b
  • Ian Lawson to advise McLaren on growth plans

    McLaren Group has strengthened its executive board with the appointment of Ian Lawson as a strategic consultant
    McLaren said Lawson will “focus on identifying strategic opportunities and developing key customer relationships across construction and property development, as well as business improvement activities.”
    Lawson has vast industry experience including over four years as chief executive at steel specialist Severfield and almost 13 years in leadership roles at Kier.He is curren
  • Plan for Bristol Finzels Reach £140m phase 2

    Bristol developer Cubex is preparing to submit plans for the next phase of its Finzels Reach quarter in Bristol city centre.
    The developer plans to transform the former headquarters site of Avon Fire and Rescue with a £140m scheme providing 300 private rental homes and a 150,000 sq ft spec-built office building.
    Plans also include improvements to Temple Street, Counterslip and Temple Back including improved cycle and pedestrian routes, new trees and soft landscaping.Gavin Bridge, exec
  • £750m East of England framework out for rebid

    Suffolk County Council has formally launched renewal of its construction framework expected to deliver a work pipeline of £750m.
    Fourteen contractors are preparing to renew their places on Suffolk County Council’s construction framework, which is also open to councils in the East of England.
    The four-year framework will be used for public sector building works, and presently has Morgan Sindall, Wates, RG Carter and Barnes Construction holding the high-value work bands.The framew
  • Wates chief draws up first best behaviour code for private firms

    The Financial Reporting Council has set out the final details of its plan to raise corporate governance standards for private companies.
    The stricter regime was drawn up for the FRC by construction group chairman James Wates to help prevent major private company corporate failures.
    It sets out plans to restore trust in businesses with a boardroom code that sets out the main executive’s purposes, structure and remuneration, which should be aligned to the long-term success of the firm and re
  • Labour calls for public contract bidding ban on Interserve

    Labour leaders are calling for Interserve to be barred from bidding for public contracts while it is fighting for its financial future.
    Jon Trickett,Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office said: “The Government must take urgent steps to ensure all existing contracts with Interserve are reviewed and that they are prevented from bidding for public sector contracts until they have proved they are financially stable and there is no risk to the taxpayer.”
    He added: “The Government ha
  • Interserve shares collapse as rescue talks continue

    Interserve this morning said it is making headway in talks with banks about a rescue deal to reduce its £650m mountain of debt.
    But the plan to stitch together a debt for equity swap saw Interserve shares tank 65% on the news to just 8.5p, valuing the firm at under £13m.
    Shares slumped because the proposed plan would see major banks write off loans for shares and would virtually wipe out existing shareholders and leave existing banks and debt holders taking a heav
  • Interserve claims progress in rescue talks

    Interserve has confirmed it is in talks with banks about a rescue deal to reduce its £650m mountain of debt
    The firm said it was keeping all options open but is aiming to stitch together a debt for equity swap that would see major banks take shares for debt expected to nearly wipe out existing shareholders.
    Existing banks and debt holders would also take a heavy hit.In a statement issued on Sunday, Interserve said it was engaged in constructive discussions regarding the
  • Forrest falls into administration

    Contractor Herbert T Forrest Limited has lost its fight for survival after administrators were appointed to the company.
    FRP Advisory LLPis now in charge of the business which employs around 230 people.
    Some contracts have been sold to Engie saving 64 jobs in the refurbishment and energy divisions.Joint Administrator Anthony Collier said: “Despite the best efforts of the directors, the legacy issues facing the company have been unable to be resolved, resulting in an unsustainable financial
  • Keltbray uses zero cement concrete on Taylor Wimpey site

    Keltbray Piling has installed the first ever permanent works pile using a zero cement concrete called Cemfree.
    Working for Taylor Wimpey on its new housing development in Mount Pleasant, London, Keltbray is installing a secant wall and bearing piles for main contractor Bouygues.
    The Cemfree material, developed and manufactured in the UK by the DB Group, is an ultra-low carbon alternative to traditional cement concrete.
    It has all of the structural characteristics of traditional concrete and is m
  • Fold flat masks from JSP are sprung for the perfect fit

    JSP has launched the its new Springfit fold flat disposable mask which features a sprung endoskeleton to ensure the perfect fit.
    The unique endoskeleton guarantees that the mask keeps its shape, increasing performance and maintaining rigidity.
    The integrated spring feature allows facial movement ensuring the mask offers a secure face fit and seal during speech or movement of the jaw.
    The pioneering Typhoon valve has been designed to reduce breathing resistance, heat and moisture build-up.
  • Kier scores November contracts league double

    Kier has come top of the monthly contracts league for work won in November and continued to hold pole position in the 12-month rolling league table.
    According to information specialist Glenigan, Kier bagged 27 contracts during the month, worth an estimated £600m.
    The largest was a £300m luxury flats scheme in London for developer Concord. Kier will redevelop the former car park site in Marylebone into 79 flats and 11 shops.The big project win at Moxton Street extended Kier&rsquo
  • Former Kier boss joins McCarthy & Stone

    McCarthy & Stone has appointed Nigel Turner as one of its new dual Chief Operating Officers.
    Turner will oversee the group’s building operations when he joins next month.
    Turner was previously development and property services director at Kier but left in the summer as part of a major management reshuffle at the contractor.John Tonkiss, Chief Executive Officer for McCarthy & Stone said: “Nigel has exceptional experience in the construction industry.
    “He will lead our bu
  • Green light for £300m Norwich mixed used scheme

    Weston Homes and landowner Columbia Threadneedle have received a resolution to grant planning permission from Norwich City Council for the £300m Anglia Square mixed use scheme in the city.
    The new development will cover more than 1.2m sq ft  providing new homes, retail premises, leisure amenities, public artwork and new public realm.
    Anglia Square will deliver a series of striking buildings designed around two “Covent Garden style” landscaped plazas.It will conta
  • Lakehouse staff let go as subcontractors quit sites

    Subcontractors are quitting sites run by the former construction and property services division of Lakehouse.
    The Enquirer understands that around 100 staff have also been let go as the construction division is wound down.
    Subcontractors have also been in touch to voice their concerns over unpaid bills.Lakehouse – now rebranded as Sureserve – sold its construction and property services division this summer for £500,000.
    It was bought by “a newly formed entity backed by a
  • Betting Spy: No Arnie no problem for West Ham

    Losing your talisman to injury is never a great thing for a football team.
    But to be honest Marco Arnautovic has gone off the boil a bit at West Ham since his brother/agent started angling for a massive pay hike last month.
    Arnie looks like he has been carrying a knock as well which means an enforced winter break might be a blessing in disguise.
    It’s a heady two wins on the trot for the Irons.
    And I’m backing a third against Crystal Palace on Saturday as Croydon’s finest make t
  • Vermont replaces Forrest on £100m Liverpool site

    Developer Elliot Group has appointed contractor Vermont to replace Forrest on its £100m Aura project in Liverpool,
    Elliott took possession of its mixed-use site from Forrest last week following the firm’s financial problems.
    Elliot has moved quickly to replace Forrest on its sites after Careys was appointed last week to build the concrete frame for developer’s £70m twin-tower Residence project in Salford.Vermont will step in immediately at the Aura job employing the exist
  • Bristol contractor goes into administration

    Bristol based contractor Helm Construction has gone into administration.
    The firm is now in the hands of administrators from Opus Restructuring LLP who took control of the company earlier this week.
    Most of the 50-strong workforce are understood to have been made redundant.Helm had been trading since 2014 and latest accounts for the year to March 31 2017 show it owed £1.3m to trade creditors.
    The company was still recruiting up until October when it took on a new contracts manager.
    Helm wa
  • Kier drops out of FTSE 250 as share price dives

    Debt-laden Kier has dropped out of the FTSE 250 after shares tumbled following the announcement of plans to raise £264m to pay off debts by selling discounted shares.
    The contractor’s shares have slumped nearly 65% from the 52-week high of 1,167p to just 408p at the close of trading yesterday.
    Investors confidence has taken a turn since Kier reported June year-end net debt stood at £186m, then described as at a controllable level.Since then the financial pos
  • Construction aims to attract more ex-offenders

    A raft of construction companies are among more than 120 businesses that have signed up to the latest drive to offer jobs to ex-offenders.
    A new academy is also being set up at HMP Leeds to equip inmates with construction skills ahead of their release.
    Ex-offenders are a potential pool of talent as the industry struggles with an intensifying skills shortage.Amey is a backer of the education and employment strategy run by the Ministry of Justice.
    Andy Milner, CEO of Amey, said: “At Amey, we
  • 36-hour Hinkley Point concrete pour releases £70m

    The BYLOR joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues has hit a key milestone on the Hinkley Point project after completing the first concrete pour for the common raft for unit 1 on the nuclear island site.
    The 36-hour concrete pour achieves a major project milestone releasing a payment rumoured to be worth up to £70m.
    Around 100 workers were involved in the complex project which saw 2,500 cu m of nuclear concrete poured through Tuesday into Wednesday,

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