• Groundworker engulfed in flames after cable strike

    A groundworks contractor has been fined after an operative struck an underground electricity cable and was engulfed in flames.
    Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard that on October 15 2018, G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd operatives were using an electric ground breaker to dig fence post holes for a car park perimeter fence at a site in Ramsgate, Kent.
    While operating the electric breaker, one of the operatives struck an 11kv electricity cable causing a large flash and engulfing him in
  • Plans go in for 20-storey Bolton tower

    A planning application for the transformation of a key gateway site in Bolton town centre has been submitted to the local council.
    Beechlane Investments has submitted plans for the Trinity Gateway project which includes a 20-storey residential tower of 144 apartments, 30,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and a 505-space multi-storey car park.
    Seddon has been lined-up as main contractor with work expected to start on site next year.Alec Colbeck, development director at Beechlane Investments, said
  • Balfour tops October contracts league after road win

    A £150m contract win to carry out major improvements at two key junctions on the A2 in North Kent helped Balfour Beatty secure the highest value of new orders in October.
    The firm will start improvements to the Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions in March next year, subject to the successful outcome of a public inquiry.
    According to estimates by information specialist Glenigan,  the win was the largest of five civil engineering jobs secured during the month, together worth more than £2
  • Big day looming for safety trade body FASET

    The 2019 FASET AGM and Awards event is to be held at a brand new venue at Tewkesbury Park in the Cotswolds on Thursday 28th November 2019.
    No Falls Foundation – the charity dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the consequences of a fall – will be the sole beneficiary of all charitable donations made at the event.
    There are four categories for the FASET Awards in 2019:Excellence of Work
    Staff Merit
    Health, Safety and Training
    Contributor to FASETFAS
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  • Galliard to start luxury apartments above Crossrail station

    Galliard Homes has agreed to start construction on a £140m luxury apartment scheme above the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station.
    The TCRW scheme will contain 92 private apartments costing from £899,000.
    TCRW will also contain 9,939 sq ft of ground floor retail space.The masterplan for the two buildings was designed by architectural practice Hawkins\Brown with specification and interior design by Argent Design.
    The new Crossrail Interchange at Tottenham Court Roadis due to now ope
  • Co-op signs new maintenance deal for all stores

    Co-op has signed a major new five-year maintenance deal with three specialists for work on its 3,500 food stores and funeral homes.
    Co-op will be working with City Buildings and Engineering Services (CBES), Link Contracting and Lancer Scott on the regional deals using local tradespeople.
    The “Tech in a Van” programme will see the three suppliers – in Co-op branded uniform and vehicles – handle a wide range of plumbing, joinery, brickwork and electrical works.David Roberts
  • Nationwide Platforms fully integrates UK Platforms business

    Following the acquisition of UK Platforms in January Nationwide Platforms has integrated the two brands.
    The new enlarged business will now operate solely under the Nationwide Platforms brand from November 2019.
    The larger combined business will provide customers with a broader choice of equipment with a fleet of 15,500 units, offering improved availability and a greater, more responsive local service.
    Now with 38 depots spanning the UK, these smaller catchment areas will see Nationwide Platform
  • Oakervee review backs full HS2 project

    The Oakervee review into HS2 is recommending that the project go ahead in full despite ballooning costs.
    According to a leak to the Times, Oakervee has concluded that the £88bn project goes ahead in full but he criticises HS2 procurement for shouldering all the risk with little gain.
    The leaked document, authored by the former HS2 chairman, is critical of procurement saying that prices have been significantly inflated by contractors.
    He says that HS2 “carrying most of the risk a
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  • VolkerWessels to be taken private in buyout

    The main private investor in VolkerWessels is buying all the shares in the company.
    The move by Dutch investment firm Reggeborgh will see VolkerWessels delist from the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and become a private company.
    Reggeborgh currently has a 63.5% stake in the business and its £575m offer for the remainder is being recommended to shareholders by the VolkerWessels board.Jan de Ruiter, Chairman of the Management Board of VolkerWessels said : “We understand the reasons of our ma
  • More than 200 hotels planned in London

    London is set for a fresh wave of hotel building fuelled by the Brexit-related fall in the pound against other currencies.
    Investors expecting a surge in tourism are now funding or planning 210 new hotels across the capital.
    Out of these hotel plans, almost a quarter (48) will be located in Westminster, adding over 6,800 new guest rooms. A further 12 are in the Heathrow area.The UK’s hotel market is one of the few sectors of the UK economy to have benefited from the Brexit-related slump in
  • Network Rail extends Ganymede labour supply deal

    Network Rail has extended its labour supply deal with Derby-based agency Ganymede by a further year to Match 2021.
    The firm’s rail division is one of the leading suppliers of safety-critical to the industry, supplying more than one thousand onsite workers.
    Ganymede’s initial partnership with Network Rail began in 1998 with only a small team of 15 workers in and around London.In 2015, Gannymede was chosen by Network Rail to be a key strategic partner for its control period five p
  • Marcus Worthington went down owing £9m to subbies

    Preston based contractor Marcus Worthington and Company owed more than £9m to its supply chain when it fell into administration last month.
    The full hit to subcontractors was confirmed in a statement of affairs posted at Companies House by administrators PwC.
    It showed unsecured creditors were owed £9.1m including nearly £1.3m in retentions.The company also owed money to HMRC, its employees and lenders bringing the total debt to  £23m.
    Main lender the Cumberland Buil
  • Kier Construction regional MD joins developer

    Kier Construction’s southern regional managing director has left to join developer Thakeham Group
    Steve Cresswell left after five years at Kier to join the growing south east housing developer and contractor as chief operating officer.Cresswell ran three offices at Kier’s southern division turning over around £200m. Before Kier, he worked for Miller Construction as an area director in the south of England for a short time and previous to that spent eight years at Morgan Sindall
  • Galliford Try picked for 600-home Kidderminster scheme

    Galliford Try Partnerships has secured a £23m contract with Homes England to deliver 600 homes at the former Lea Castle Hospital site near Kidderminster in Worcestershire.
    Secured via Homes England’s Delivery Partner Panel 3, this new contract follows Partnerships’ announcement last April that it will be building a further 850 homes with Homes England across four other sites.
    The site just north of Kidderminster town centre will provide homes in a range of house types and tenur
  • Construction dodges recession after output rise

    Construction has dodged a technical recession after work activity from July to September grew 0.6%.
    The improved third-quarter output figures follow the previous 1.2% decline in the second quarter.
    After months of political turmoil growth figures were higher than expected with increases in housing, commercial and industrial new work, but a slowdown in September itself.Construction output overall was driven by a 1.4% rise in new work, but offset by a fall in repair and maintenance of 0.8%.Constru
  • Rydon secures £100m London council estate rebuild

    A west London council has signed up Rydon to deliver a £100m estate rebuild to create over 460 homes.
    Ealing Borough Council has announced that it has formally appointed Rydon as its development partner to rebuild the High Lane estate in Hanwell after run-up talks of over two years.
    The 264-home estate was constructed in the 1970s using a Bison large panel system.Under the deal, Rydon will secure scheme financing, produce development proposals, submit planning and then demolish and build t
  • Chinese firm set to save British Steel in £70m deal

    A Chinese industrial giant is set to seal a deal to salvage British Steel from administration safeguarding up to 4,000 jobs.
    China’s iron and steel giant Jingye Group is understood to have agreed a rescue deal worth around £70m with the Government’s Offcial Receiver which is running the business.
    It is reported that Jingye is aiming to increase production at Scunthorpe from 2.5m tonnes per year to more than 3m, if a deal can be struck with the Government.Jingye, which is a spec
  • US consultant Cumming makes another move in UK market

    American consulting giant Cumming has merged Stoke-on-Trent-based Prosurv Consult into its business.
    Prosurv provides project leadership for clients throughout the entire construction lifecycle ona wide range of schemes currently under development in the U.K.
    Paul Dunning, Managing Director of Prosurv said: “Partnering with Cumming allows Prosurv to provide additional advisory services and new specialised expertise to our current clients, while at the same time, providing our team members
  • Balfour strains to sign-off Midland Met hospital restart deal

    Balfour Beatty and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital NHS Trust have failed to meet the agreed deadline to sign off the contract to restart work on Carillion’s stalled hospital project.
    Both hoped to seal the final contract deal at the end of last month to meet the programmed restart of construction work in December.
    But the Trust has revealed it has still not reached final agreement despite gaining Government approval for £350m of public funding to complete.Revealing the delayed
  • GMI gets start date for Kirkby town centre regen

    GMI Construction has been given a start date for a stalled shopping centre scheme in Kirkby town centre.
    The local council has now struck a deal with developer St Modwen to kick-start plans to regenerate the Merseyside town centre after buying the site.
    Leeds-based GMI Construction will now start building work next month on the cleared St Chads Parade and Cherryfield Drive site.
    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed buy the site from St Modwen, which will still continue to be res
  • Caddick to build £50m Wakefield industrial park

    Yorkshire-based Caddick Construction will build a £50m distribution centre near Wakefield, Yorkshire for global real estate investment manager AEW.
    AEW will buy the site from Caddick Group and fund the development for its recently launched €290m develop-to-core UK logistics venture with Allianz.
    Caddick Construction will start the speculative 512,000 sq. ft. facility – now named Wakefield 515 – in the first quarter of 2020.Wakefield 515, previously known as Crosspoint 33 p
  • Crossrail delayed again until 2021 as costs rise another £650m

    Crossrail will not open next year and its costs have risen again by up to £650m.
    Project bosses confirmed that the line will now “open as soon as practically possible in 2021.”
    Transport for London said a more exact timetable will be unveiled “early in 2020″.
    Crossrail was originally due to open in December 2018Latest cost projections are for at least a £400m hike on current budgets while “further modelling scenarios consider even higher levels of risk o
  • Skanska trials graphene enhanced super-tough blacktop

    Skanska will be trialling new graphene-enhanced asphalt on a road in Oxfordshire for its potential to tackle the pothole scourge.
    The trial in Curbridge, Oxfordshire will see whether the new wonder material lives up to claims that it improves the lifespan of road surfaces.
    Skanska will lay an asphalt concrete with a proprietary innovative graphene-enhanced super modifier to refurbish the two upper layers of a 750m long section of road.The material is supplied by Directa Plus and its pa
  • Bid races for £900m gas mains replacement programmes

    Two regional gas network companies are inviting contractors to bid for major programmes of gas main replacement work in Scotland and the South of England.
    The programmes will run from 2021-2026 and will be worth £700m in the southern region of England, including London, and more than £200m in Scotland.
    Each area will be broken up into several sub-areas where one contractor will be selected to deliver the works.The main task will be to replace underground cast iron gas mains and steel
  • Bid races for £700m gas mains replacement programmes

    Two regional gas network companies are inviting contractors to bid for major programmes of gas main replacement work in Scotland and the South of England.
    The programmes will run from 2021-2026 and will be worth £700m in the southern region of England, including London, and more than £200m in Scotland.
    Each area will be broken up into several sub-areas where one contractor will be selected to deliver the works.The main task will be to replace underground cast iron gas mains and steel
  • Huge losses at modular firm handed £30m of public cash

    A modular homes specialist granted £30m of government funding this week racked-up a pre-tax loss of £7.7m in its latest published accounts.
    Figures posted at Companies House by ilke Homes Limited show the firm made a £7,703,000 pre-tax loss for the year to March 31 2018 on a turnover of £260,000.
    Yorkshire based ilke Homes was handed a £30m loan by Homes England earlier this week to ramp-up production at its Knaresborough factory which opened last year.The money was
  • Firms handed £18m for mini nuclear power stations

    A consortium including BAM Nuttall and Laing O’Rourke has netted Government match funding to develop the next generation of compact nuclear power stations.
    The new small-scale power stations are being designed to be manufactured in sections in regional factories, before being transported to existing nuclear sites for rapid assembly inside a weatherproof canopy.
    This would slash costs by avoiding weather disruptions and secures gradual efficiency savings by using streamlined and standa
  • Subcontractors wanted for North East regen schemes

    United Living and Partner Construction are looking for North East subcontractors and suppliers to work on regeneration jobs across the region.
    The firms are holding a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at The Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
    Potential suppliers can meet key people within both businesses to discuss opportunities on a series of regeneration schemes.Trades required includeJoiners
    Tiling Contractors (ceramic)
    Flooring Contractors
    Drylining & Plastering
  • Bathroom pod maker buys steel fabrication firm

    Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has acquired steel fabrication business Taylor and Kilduff.
    Taylor and Kilduff was founded in 1980 to manufacture steel-framed agricultural buildings, metal gates, balconies and staircases.
    The business then expanded into subcontracting, providing a flexible fabrication resource for industrial buildings and structural components such as mezzanine floors.
    The company has a 15-year history of supplying steel base frames to Offsite Solutions.
    It currently
  • Osborne to start £100m spec office scheme

    Native Land has given the green light for Osborne to start work on a £100m speculative office scheme in Marylebone, West London.
    Osborne was awarded the £40m construction contract in April but a site start was delayed while the developer looked for a pre-let tenant.
    But Native Land has now decided to start work on a speculative basis and groundworks have begun on the OneThreeSix scheme on the former site of Regent House.The scheme will provide six floors of Grade A office space along
  • Labour and Tories compete over infrastructure spend pledges

    Both the Tories and Labour are pushing for big rises in public borrowing to fund ambitious infrastructure plans for the country.
    In a race to outbid each other, the parties have made infrastructure spending a key battleground in their election promises.
    Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said a new Conservative government would spend up to £20bn more each year on road, rail and other infrastructure projects.
    The Tories said that they would spend up to 3% of national output on investme
  • Green light for £125m Birmingham St Paul’s quarter scheme

    Joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital have got the planning go-ahead to create a new neighbourhood in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
    The £125m mixed-use scheme to be known as the St Paul’s Quarter will transform the four-acre AE Harris industrial site with 305 flats and 100,000 sq ft of commercial space across 20 buildings.Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the site bounded by Newhall Street, Graham Street and Northwood Street will include
  • Late payment sparks mental health crisis in construction

    Nine out of ten construction bosses are suffering mental health problems caused by late payment.
    A survey run by engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA found a host of problems including stress, depression and suicidal thoughts.
    ECA Director of CSR Paul Reeve said: “It’s absolutely clear from these findings that poor payment is a serious cause of mental health issues across the industry and that the problem, far from being isolated to certain individuals, is commonplace among
  • Laing O’Rourke building boss joins Kier

    Laing O’Rourke UK Buildings director Liam Cummins is leaving the company later this month to join Kier as new group managing director of construction.
    Cummins has been at Laing for 16 years and will succeed Kier’s Peter Young who is retiring after over 30 years at the business.
    He joins Kier to lead its construction operations, delivering key projects including the P2 building at Kings Cross, the new home for US Air Force F-35 Fighter Jet at RAF Lakenheath and the Braintree
  • Bill Hocking to become new Galliford Try CEO

    Galliford Try has confirmed that construction chief Bill Hocking will become group chief executive if the sale of housing operations to Bovis Homes goes through.
    Present group chief executive Graham Prothero intends to step down from Galliford Try on completion of the deal to become chief operating officer of Bovis Homes.Hocking has been chief executive of construction for the last three years. Before that he spent 26 years at Skanska, first as director of the civil engineering arm and later bec
  • Ceiling collapse injures audience at Piccadilly Theatre

    Five members of the audience were injured when part of the ceiling collapsed at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s west end last night.
    The venue was packed for a performance of the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman.
    The partial ceiling collapse happened above the circle and led to more than 1,000 people being evacuated from the cinema by the emergency services.Ambassador Theatre Group said: “We are sorry to confirm that at 8pm this evening during a performance at the Piccadilly
  • Derwent starts design work on next big London project

    London developer Derwent has started design and pre-construction work on its next major West End scheme of nearly 300,000 st ft.
    It is aiming to start work on a major mixed-use at Baker Street in 2021 after this morning reporting strong pre-letting activity on schemes under construction in its property pipeline.
    Paul Williams, chief executive of Derwent London, said: “Our strong pre-letting activity continues, demonstrating the consistent demand for our product and for London office space.
  • Persimmon spends £140m on boosting build quality

    Persimmon spent an extra £140m on work in progress during the first half of this year as it continued its programme to improve the build quality of its homes.
    The investment was confirmed in a trading statement today and follows criticism of construction standards by new homeowners.
    Persimmon said:“Our substantial additional investment in work in progress, which amounted to c. £140m at June 2019, has been a fundamental driver of the improvements in quality and service, and will
  • Bovis Homes agrees £1.1bn deal for Galliford Try housing arm

    Bovis Homes has agreed to buy Galliford Try’s housing operations in a share and cash deal that values the business at £1.1bn.
    The deal will give Galliford Try shareholders a 29.3% stake in the enlarged Bovis Homes worth £675m.It also includes a £300m cash payment to Galliford Try and the transfer of Galliford Try’s 10-year private debt placement of £100m.The deal, which catapults Bovis Homes up the ranking to become a top five house builder, will go before sha
  • Plans to rebuild Birmingham Perry Barr station unveiled

    Transport for West Midlands has unveiled its plans to build a new landmark bus and rail interchange at Perry Barr beside the One Stop Shopping Centre.
    The new station will replace the current 1960s station and will have a host of new features.
    Development of the bus and rail interchange is due to take place as part of the wider £500m regeneration of Perry Barr, which includes the Athletes Village, changes to the road network and introduction of Sprint rapid transit buses.
    The project is be
  • Demo tear-down troubles spark scaffolding rethink

    A leading demolition boss is calling for a radical rethink on the use of scaffolding to protect from flying debris on tear-down jobs after a spate of collapses.
    The managing director of East Midlands specialist AR Demolition has called on the industry to change its mindset after three failures in August alone. These took place in Liverpool, Nuneaton and Reading, latter where three were injured.
    Richard Dolman, managing director of AR Demolition and vice-president of the Institute of Demolition E
  • Aecom hires BAA technical expert

    Aecom has appointed former British Airport Authority director Giles Price to the new role of chief technical officer.
    The newly created role will focus on enhancing technical expertise, quality and encouraging technical development for Aecom staff.
    There will also be a focus on using Lean working practises to support collaboration, reduce waste, improve efficiencies, encourage balanced working and accelerating programme delivery.Trained as an engineer, Price previously worked on the development,
  • Kayak on standby to rescue Stepnell workers at canal site

    A kayak is on standby at a student accommodation site in Nottingham where Stepnell is facing challenging construction conditions.
    The canalside site at Boulevard Wharf is only 11 metres wide.
    The contractor’s emergency procedures include a kayak to catch anyone who falls in the water.And the tight boundaries have made careful site planning vital to build 76 apartments.
    Shaun Moses, site manager for Stepnell, said: “It is certainly one of the more unusual sites we’ve worked on.
  • A&H Construction wins spec Bristol industrial park

    West Midlands contractor A&H Construction has won the job to build a speculative industrial park in Bristol.
    Trebor Developments and partner Hillwood have just secured detailed planning consent for the scheme at Western Approach, which was designed by Corstophine & Wright.The building firm is understood to have beaten Barwood and Speller Metcalfe, which were also chasing the scheme.Three buildings of 33,566 sq ft, 76,627 sq ft and 134,269 sq ft will be built out as a single phase, starti
  • Plan for 750 homes next to Old Trafford cricket ground

    Trafford Council is working with development firm Bruntwood Works on large-scale plans to build 750 homes, a leisure centre, a 100-room hotel and a primary school opposite Old Trafford cricket ground.
    The mixed-use scheme has been unveiled for public consultation ahead of plans being submitted to build on the former Kellogg’s site in Stretford.The council’s proposals also include the possible development of a new public piazza and ‘processional route’ linking Lancashire C
  • Morgan Sindall upgrades 2019 profit forecast

    Morgan Sindall is forecasting better than expected profits for the year after strong trading and improved construction margins.
    John Morgan, chief executive, said that the group was now on track to deliver a full-year performance, which is slightly above the board’s previous expectations.
    Average daily net cash for the full-year is expected to be in excess of £100m, higher than forecast at the half-year. “We continue to make good progress, with positive momentum across the
  • National Portrait Gallery to close for three-year refurb

    The National Portrait Gallery will close for three years to allow a £35.5m refurbishment programme.
    Contractors are currently being sounded-out for the major restoration scheme designed by Jamie Fobert Architects.
    The multidisciplinary design team includes Heritage Architect, Purcell, M&E Engineer, Max Fordham and Structural Engineer, Price & Myers.The gallery next to Trafalgar Square will close its doors to visitors next June and reopen in spring 2023.
    Works from the gallery&rsquo
  • Green light for Crossrail overstation £300m office block

    Joint developers Aviva Investors and Crossrail have gained planning for a landmark overstation office block at Liverpool Street in London.
    The Eric Parry designed 10-storey building will provide 260,000 sq ft of offices with ground floor shops within a new building known as One Liverpool Street.
    The existing site is split into two: one part straddling the Crossrail Station and the other part requiring demolition of a 1980s office building.Demolition of the current building at 1-14 Liverpool Stre
  • Constructionline computers swamped by surge in demand

    Constructionline is battling to fix software problems after its computer systems floundered following a surge in demand.
    Contractors have contacted the Enquirer to vent their frustration with the problems which have been ongoing since late last month.
    One said: “Their portal has been playing-up for a while and is causing potential problems with payment delays and contract awards.”Constructionline confirmed its platform “has been experiencing periodic performance issues since th
  • Government names Mark Farmer as MMC tsar

    Housing Minister Esther McVey has appointed Mark Farmer to champion the Government’s push on modern methods of construction for house building.
    Farmer brings 30 years’ experience in construction and is tasked with providing independent scrutiny and advice to the Government on embedding MMC in homebuilding.
    Three years ago he produced the Government commissioned Farmer Review – subtitled Modernise or Die – calling for a radical overhaul of training, greater use of digital

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