• Lightweight face masks from JSP are the perfect fit

    The new Force10 Typhoon masks from JSP are ultra light and offer the perfect fit for different face shapes.
    Extensive research has been carried out to distinguish the world’s five most common facial shapes.
    Using this research JSP have digitally optimised the ergonomics of the Force10 Typhoon’s face seal to maximise wearer compatibility.
    The range is available in three sizes with comfort and fit a key feature.
    The web like structure of the harness cradles the user’s head ensuri
  • Gatwick Airport sets out ¬£500m runway upgrade plan

    The UK’s second-busiest airport has revealed plans to move and upgrade its standby runway into routine use for departing flights by the mid-2020s.
    The plan to bring the runway into routine use for short haul flights has been set out in Gatwick Airport’s new masterplan setting out new growth plans.
    Under its current planning agreement, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies.
    This 40-year planning agr
  • Bouygues profit warning over biomass plant problems

    Bouygues has cut its group construction profit forecasts by £123m due to ongoing problems with two biomass power plants in the UK and a data centre in Ireland.
    The group confirmed in a financial update that the “situation worsened during third-quarter 2018.” in the Bouygues Energies & Services division.
    Bouygues said: “The two biomass power plants in the United Kingdom experienced difficulties during the recent testing and commissioning phases, related mainly to malfu
  • Engie wins ¬£195m Kingston Uni student halls revamp

    Regeneration specialist Engie has been named preferred bidder for a £195m student accommodation scheme for Kingston University in London.
    The contract will see Engie provide an initial £55m redesign and refurbishment of over 1,300 existing student rooms, followed by a 50-year facilities management and lifecycle contract, worth a further £140m.
    Engie will also take an equity stake in the project, alongside leading infrastructure investment firm, Equitix.Sam Hockman, Di
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  • Site virtual reality swings London skyscraper planning appeal

    London developer LBS Properties has secured planning at appeal for a £230m mixed-use skyscraper on the Isle of Dogs in London next to Canary Wharf.
    It’s the first time architect Make has used virtual reality to help an inspector assess a new development, marking a significant moment for digital construction.
    225 Marsh Wall residential tower will be built next to the Madison high rise near Canary Wharf
    The 48-storey project at 225 Marsh Wall will replace an existing multi-let office b
  • First iKozie micro-home community gets thumbs up

    Worcester City Council has approved the country’s first iKozie micro-home community for single people.
    The 16 iKozie homes, which are just 17.25 sq m in size, will be built on a former car park in the city centre.
    The innovative iKozie is being touted as a radical solution to a shortage of single-person homes. iKozie first captured the world’s attention when unveiled by The Homeless Foundation 12 months ago.It designed was inspired by yacht interiors and firs
  • Betting Spy: Chelsea and Fulham to land double

    So Marcus Rashford terrorised Spain in their own back yard and could be a £65m transfer target for Juventus.
    But he can’t get a regular place in a Manchester United side making their worst ever start to a Premier League season.
    All very odd.Jose Mourinho’s misfiring men take a trip to Chelsea who are moving the other way and out-performing predictions.
    Mourinho won’t want to get a beating in his old backyard and it won’t be a major shock to see him park the bus at S
  • Plans for ¬£450m Leeds hospital expansion

    Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled plans for two major new buildings, expected to cost around £450m.
    The new hospital buildings will be developed on the site of the Old Nurses’ Home.
    New children’s hospital will form a triangular block (top right) sitting next to a new hospital wing
    The first building at the Leeds General Infirmary will be a new dedicated children’s hospital to bring together staff and services from the existing children’s hospital with
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  • Tool theft hits half of construction companies

    More than 50% of builders in the UK have been hit by tool theft.
    Research by the Federation of Master Builders reveals an industry plagued by theft causing cost rises and project delays.
    Victim Andrew Radford of Radford Construction had thousands of pounds worth of tools, PPE and a wallet stolen when a company van was broken into.He said: “Losing the tools was a huge blow because it delayed work on site while we replaced them.
    “We also had to spend a lot of time contacting our insura
  • Surveyors report rising workloads but Brexit fears loom large

    Construction workloads are continuing to grow despite a credit squeeze and the looming spectre of a messy Brexit.
    Results of the Q3 RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey show 20% more chartered surveyors reported that their workloads had risen rather than fallen – up from +15% in Q2.
    Private housing and infrastructure workloads reported the strongest rise while activity across the private industrial and public non-housing categories improved modestly with net balances of 9%
  • Suffolk council to renew ¬£750m East of England framework

    Fourteen contractors are preparing to do battle to keep their places on Suffolk County Council’s construction framework.
    The council is expected to formally call-up firms to prequalify next month for the framework renewal.
    The four-year framework, which is also open to councils across the East of England, will be used for public sector building works, and is expected to be used for around £750m of spending.Morgan Sindall, Wates, RG Carter and Barnes Construction presently hold t
  • Government calls for fire tests on high-rise spandrel panels

    The Government is now calling on building owners to test spandrel, window and infill panels in high rise housing as part of the post-Grenfell crackdown.
    In new advice, building owners are being told to sample test panels for combustibility where there is no documented evidence of fire resistance.
    Problems with spandrel panels came to light in the inquest into the Lakanal House building fire which killed six people in 2009.Spandrel panels used in the replacement window assemblies during buil
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  • ¬£248m awarded to reclad 135 unsafe housing blocks

    The government has released the first tranche of cash from its £400m fund to replace unsafe aluminium composite material cladding systems on public high-rise housing in England.
    Twelve local authorities and 31 housing associations have now been told they will get the cash to cover the cost of removing and replacing flammable ACM cladding on 135 buildings.
    The Government refused to release details of which buildings will get the funding from the 173 identified with dangerous  clad
  • J S Wright wins M&E design deals from housebuilder Hill

    J S Wright will design the mechanical services for 800 new homes at two major developments in north and east London.
    The M&E specialist has been awarded two contracts worth more than £200,000 to design the heating, gas, hot and cold water, drainage and ventilation services for Seasprite Close in Northolt and New Road in Rainham.
    Both schemes of maisonettes, town houses and apartments totalling 800 units are being developed in partnerships between housebuilder Hill and Ealing Council an
  • Police swoop on Romanian site slave labour gang

    Eight people have been arrested in east London following a series of raids on a Romanian slave labour gang.
    A total of 33 potential victims of human trafficking – 24 men, four women, and five children – were recovered from four addresses and have been taken to a place of safety.
    The raids were part of an investigation led by the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit code-named Operation Cardinas which began in 2016.It targeted a Romanian Organised Crime group involved in human t
  • RG Group starts tallest building in Yorkshire

    London-based Olympian Homes has selected Kent-based builder RG Group to deliver a 37-storey student housing scheme in Leeds.
    The Hume House project will rise to 114m, making it the tallest building in Yorkshire and North East England.
    The site, located on Tower House Street, will provide 752 bedrooms of purpose-built student accommodation, along with a roof terrace on the 35th floor.At its peak, Hume House will create over 300 construction jobs.Simon Murray-Twinn, Chief Executive Officer of
  • Voice controlled windows tint on command

    Voice controlled windows are now available which change colour when you talk to them.
    Manufacturer SageGlass said some of its products can now be integrated with voice controlled speaker systems like Alexa.
    Building occupiers can now control the dynamic glass tint via simple voice commands to optimise daylight and outdoor views while preventing heat gain and glare.Adrian Gallagher, SageGlass UK Specification Manager said: “The use of technologies such as voice commands in buildings is grow
  • Bouygues confirmed for ¬£250m Cavendish labs

    Bouygues UK and the University of Cambridge have finally signed a construction contract to deliver a replacement for the world famous Cavendish physics laboratory.
    As tipped a year ago by the Enquirer, Bouygues will deliver for the 354,000 sq ft Cavendish III physics laboratory and a neighbouring shared facilities hub located on the West Cambridge campus.Designed by architect Jestico + Whiles and consultant Jacobs, the complex will house a range of laboratories, offices, cle
  • Crest Nicholson sounds profit warning

    Crest Nicholson issued a profit warning today as it was hit by disappointing sales in London and the south of England.
    The housebuilder said it would slow down construction rates and spending on new land to “align with current market conditions.”
    It will also be ramping-up the use of off-site methods of construction in a bid to cut costs.Crest Nicholson has now closed its London division with all sites in the capital now managed by offices in the Home Counties.
    The new strategy is fo
  • Welsh ministers look to rebid ¬£1.3bn M4 relief road

    The Welsh Government is considering rebidding the £1bn M4 corridor project around Newport in Wales.
    A joint venture between Costain and Vinci scooped an early contractor involvement deal four years ago for the massive scheme.
    Since there has been growing concern about the high risks and associated costs of delivering the 24km scheme, which includes a 440 m span cable stay bridge south of Newport.It was originally believed the project could be delivered for £400m, this
  • Ex-Bouygues director joins Speller Metcalfe

    Speller Metcalfe has appointed former Bouygues director Martyn Chaplin as new commercial director.
    His appointment follows the retirement of Speller Metcalfe’s previous commercial chief Steve Quantrell, who served 15 years with the firm.
    Chaplin spent 15 years with Thomas Vale – and latterly Bouygues after their acquisition in 2012 – where he worked mainly in the Midlands region.In his years as commercial director, he gained a wealth of public and private sector experience
  • Balfour Beatty renews ¬£2.1bn Scape UK civils deal

    Balfour Beatty has been named as the sole contractor to procurement specialist Scape’s second generation civil engineering frameworks,  with a combined value of up to £2.1bn revenue.
    The Scape National Civil Engineering framework is worth £1.6bn and covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while the Scape Civil Engineering – Scotland framework is worth £500m.
    The two new frameworks will replace the existing Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastru
  • Muirfield boss banned after creaming cash from failed firm

    The former chairman of Muirfield Contracts has been banned from being a company director for nine years after he was found to have siphoned £880,000 from the failed firm.
    Dundee based builder Muirfield went into administration in 2015 owing subcontractors millions.
    Former chairman John Stodart was handed the disqualification order following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.It found that Stodart agreed payments to a holding company in the run up to Muirfield’s collapse when
  • Warden Construction wins ¬£26m Sheffield student job

    Residential developer Fraser Morgan has selected Preston builder Warden Construction to deliver a £26m student living development in Sheffield city centre.
    The 289-bed scheme over five to seven storeys will be built in Allen Street on a site currently occupied by former industrial buildings in the St Vincent’s Quarter of the city centre.
    £16m turnover Warden will start construction in February 2019 after getting the planning thumbs up.Designed by David Cox Architects, the schem
  • Mick George lays foundations for construction trainees

    Mick George Ltd is completing the earthworks on a new college building in Northamptonshire which will train the next generation of construction workers.
    Kier is main contractor on the £4.75m Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Centre at the Booth Lane Campus of Northampton College.
    The project is scheduled for completion in Q3, 2019.
    It will help train builders, plumbers and decorators, as well as pioneering new techniques aimed at equipping the workforce of the future with the very la
  • Bellway sets aside almost ¬£6m for post-Grenfell recladsd

    House builder Bellway has set aside nearly £6m to pay for recladding work to schemes found to fail rain screen fire tests.
    The house builder said it had a small number of developments where aluminium composite materials were used. 
    Bellway said it would finance recladding costs as it revealed record results this morning with pre-tax profit up 14% to £641m on revenue ahead 16% to just shy of £3bn.Chief Executive Jason Honeyman said: “While we received Buildi
  • Galliford Try JV starts ¬£20m Burton-on-Trent flood defence job

    Galliford Try in joint venture with Black & Veatch is to start work on a £20m contract to design and build an improved flood defence scheme at Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
    The work involves the repair, replacement and raising of about 4km of flood defence embankments and walls that will protect 4,500 homes from seepage and overtopping by the River Trent.The protected zone also includes a caravan park, library and leisure centre, allotments, golf course, industrial estate, Tes
  • Banks cut lending to construction firms

    Banks have been steadily cutting lending to construction companies over the last six months.
    Latest figures from the Bank of England show that lending from banks to firms in key sub-sectors, including house building, commercial construction and civil engineering has recorded the longest period of decline since 2011.
    The developing construction credit squeeze follows the collapse of Carillion and growing unease about the impact of Brexit on housing and commercial property.During the per
  • North Midland scoops ¬£225m South West Water alliance deal

    South West Water has named its partners for the H5O Alliance to deliver its capital works programme over the next control period.
    North Midland Construction will be the main construction delivery partner over AMP7, supported by consultant Stantec UK on design and cost consultant ChandlerKBS.
    The deal is expected to be worth around £25-£45m a year to NMC, equating to up to £225m, while Stantec UK could receive fees over the period of up to £50m.South West Water may also ap
  • ISG wins ¬£26m Wolverhampton Uni college rebid

    The University of Wolverhampton has agreed a £26m contract with ISG to deliver its new School of Architecture and Built Environment at the former Springfield Brewery site.
    Wates had signed a pre-construction services agreement for the project last year but this failed to advance after the University designed to redesign the scheme.
    Plans for the School of Architecture form the largest part of the first phase of the £100m redevelopment of the city centre site to create
  • New firm set up at same address as South Eastern Electrical

    A new company has been set up at the same address as South Eastern Electrical which filed for administration last week.
    Companies House records show that a new firm called SEE Contracts was incorporated last month.
    SEE Contracts has an address in Hainault, Essex which is the same as South Eastern Electrical.The two directors of the new venture are Jamie Davey and Patrick Davey who are also directors of South Eastern Electrical.
    Both firms also share the same company secretary.The specialisms of
  • Metal Yapi wins major facade package from Mace

    Façade specialist Metal Yapi UK has secured its largest contract to date for Mace at the former Olympic Athlete’s Village site in Stratford.
    The £180m East Village N06 scheme has been designed by architects Hawkins Brown.
    It will see Metal Yapi UK deliver over 22,000 square metres of unitised façade, as well as balconies and sliding door systems to two residential towers of 26 and 31 storeys, and two ten storey pavilions.N06 will be built by Mace on one of the last rema
  • TfL and Pocket Living tie-up for cheap London homes

    Transport for London has struck a deal with affordable homes specialist Pocket Living to build out several sites.
    Pocket Living, will build around 125 one bedroom homes on TfL sites, which will then be sold outright to buyers at a discount from the open market value.
    Pocket homes are targeted specifically at local singles and couples, who earn too much to qualify for social housing, but are priced out of the open market.They own 100 per cent of their property from day one. In the future when Poc
  • Staffordshire Uni submits plan for ¬£40m skills hub

    Staffordshire University has submitted plans for its £40m Catalyst building as prequals have been returned by contractors.
    The Catalyst Building, which is part-funded by the Office for Students, will take the place of the Brindley Building on the University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus.
    Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is working with University and Mace as project manager to deliver the project.The brick building will house an apprenticeships and digital skills hub, a new library
  • Staffordshire Uni submits plan for ¬£40m

    Staffordshire University has submitted plans for its £40m Catalyst building as prequals have been returned by contractors.
    The Catalyst Building, which is part-funded by the Office for Students, will take the place of the Brindley Building on the University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus.
    Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is working with University and Mace as project manager to deliver the project.The brick building will house an apprenticeships and digital skills hub, a new library
  • Joinery specialist sees turnover soar

    A joinery firm whose turnover has increased nearly tenfold in its first four years of trading is planning further growth.
    Original Joinery, which is based in Thornaby in Teesside but works across the UK, offers a range of services, including large scale residential, hotels and bespoke projects.
    Recent work includes Backworth primary school, several Premier Inns and over 600 apartments.
    Managing director Kyle Fowler said: “Our turnover has grown from £250,000 in 2014, when we were fou
  • Worker loses arm in brick machine accident

    Forterra Building Products has been fined £200,000 after a worker had his left arm amputated and was left paralysed from the chest down after being drawn into machinery.
    Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how on 8 July 2017, chargehand Eddie Ely was working with a group of colleagues to remove a blockage and spillage on a conveyor when he was drawn into the conveyor system.
    Guards had been removed from the machine but the power had not been isolated.An HSE investigation found that Fort
  • CEG submits plan for ¬£79m Manchester resi scheme

    Developer CEG has submitted plans for a major 21-storey residential scheme opposite the Arndale Centre in central Manchester.
    The £79m proposal would see a predominantly vacant 1960s building at 20-36 High Street redeveloped to deliver 361 flats in a grand mansion block.
    David Hodgson, Head of Strategic Development – North for CEG, said: “This is an exciting regeneration opportunity, delivering a design that is befitting of this gateway site and reflects High S
  • Galliard Homes plans ¬£500m Birmingham push

    London housebuilder Galliard Homes is linking up with regional developer Apsley House Capital with plans for a £500m push into the Birmingham residential market.
    The first site will be The Timber Yard on Pershore Street.
    The 1.5 acre regeneration scheme will include 379 apartments for private sale, complete with hotel-style foyers, concierge, private gymnasium, club lounge and cinema/screening room.The apartments will be in two 13-storey and seven-storey blocks.
    The Galliard Apsley Partner
  • ¬£490m eastern area highways upkeep out to bid

    Highways England is calling up contractors to bid for its trunk road and motorway network in the new East Region.
    Previously known as Areas 6 and 8, the combined area repair and maintenance deal will be worth £490m over the 15-year contract period.
    Kier has been the incumbent contractor covering East Anglia and the East of England for the last two years.
    It was brought in as interim contractor after Highways England and Amey mutually agreed to part ways before the original March 2019 finis
  • Forecasters cancel 2019 construction rebound as orders fall

    Forecasters have abandoned hopes of a 2.3% rebound in construction growth in 2019 after getting the jitters about falling order levels and Brexit.
    Growth for next year has been downgraded to rise by only 0.6% with this year now expected to be flat amid Brexit uncertainty and on-going delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects.
    The Construction Products Association’s Autumn Forecast predicts that even this growth will depend on the Government extending help to buy and driving a
  • Forecaster call-off 2019 construction rebound as orders fall

    Forecasters have abandoned hopes of a 2.3% rebound in construction growth in 2019 after getting the jitters about falling order levels and Brexit.
    Growth for next year has been downgraded to rise by only 0.6% with this year now expected to be flat amid Brexit uncertainty and on-going delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects.
    The Construction Products Association’s Autumn Forecast predicts that even this growth will depend on the Government extending help to buy and driving a
  • Balfour confirmed for ¬£85m London student scheme

    Balfour Beatty has been confirmed for the £85m contract to deliver a mixed-use student accommodation scheme in the heart of the City of London for student accommodation specialist Urbanest.
    As tipped in the Enquirer, Balfour will deliver a landmark building for 643 student homes at 35 Vine Street scheme in EC3.
    This landmark 14-floor building, also with affordable offices and innovation space for King’s College London, will employ over 250 people at peak.Occupying the entire site is
  • Adenstar to pave way for ¬£150m Sussex site

    Adenstar Construction Group has won the infrastructure package to pave the way for a £150m regeneration of the New Monks Farm site in Lancing, West Sussex.
    The site will contain an Ikea store, 600 homes and a primary school.
    Adenstar will start in January on demolition, major earthworks, utility services, watercourses, drainage, culverts and highway works under a deal worth £15m.The firm has also won the follow-on phases of civils, infrastructure and RC Structureswork from Balfour Be
  • Alun Griffiths wants to meet new suppliers in South West

    Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd is looking to meet with potential suppliers and new employees as the business continues to expand within South West England.
    Griffiths will be hosting a Meet the Buyer/Employer day in Exeter on October 31 2018.
    The firm said: “Following our recent increase in workload within the South West, we are looking toward further growth into 2019/20 and would like to meet new suppliers and potential employees to join our expanding South West Team.“In addition t
  • Tideway boss to chair Construction Leadership Council

    Tideway Chief Executive Andy Mitchell has been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council.
    Mitchell replaces former Crossrail  chief Andrew Wolstenholme who is stepping down from the CLC after three years.
    Mitchell said: “I was honoured to be approached for the role as CLC co-chair at what is an exciting and challenging time for both the council and the sector as a whole.“Securing a sector deal was a huge achievement, and I look forward to building on t
  • Yorkshire fit-out firm folds after 150 years

    Wakefield refurbishment and office fit-out firm H. Waterhouse & Sons has ceased trading with the loss of 21 jobs.
    The firm, which traced it roots back to 1853 when the great grandfather of the current director established the business, called in administrators as work dried up.
    Lee Lockwood of Begbies Traynor in Leeds said that the business hit trading difficulties in recent months, experiencing reduced opportunities and continually tightening margins.“The underlying cause of
  • ¬£135m Third Menai Crossing route selected

    Construction of a third bridge across the Menai Strait in North Wales could now start in 2021.
    The Welsh Government has selected the preferred route for the new road bridge, which will also carry powerlines from the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.
    The plan – purple route option – is now to build a new bridge to the east of the existing Britannia Bridge, alleviating congestion on the A55.Additional facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will be included as part
  • Murphy cancels Christmas party as job cuts loom

    Murphy Group is cancelling its Christmas Party as part of a cost cutting drive which will see jobs lost across the business.
    The Enquirer has seen an internal memo sent to staff by CEO John Murphy.
    It explains that a predicted slow down in growth next year means a review of the company cost base.The email states: “We are now undertaking a review of our functional and operational cost base to ensure that we are making the right levels of investment, which will include looking at current ini
  • Expanding Winvic forecasts ¬£650m turnover by 2019

    The country’s leading shed builder is reaping the benefits of a move into student room and private rental accommodation projects.Northampton contractor Winvic has expanded its multi-room building business with five projects of £20m-£45m value in the Midlands.
    An increase in project size in its traditionally strong industrial market has also helped to raise turnover 5% to £485m, generating a 10% uplift in pre-tax profit to £31m in the year to 30 Januar

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