• Quest now offers latest industrial vacuum system

    Quest now offers latest industrial vacuum system
    Waste management specialist Quest has taken delivery of the new Dragonfly 40 Industrial Vacuum System
    The system is designed for areas with restricted access, where low noise and vehicle size are crucial.
    The all-in-one standalone unit is ready for immediate use anywhere, anytime, with its 80-litre diesel fuel tank providing eight hours of autonomous operation.The trailer-mounted unit features a cyclone, an automatic filter cleaning system, an efficient hydraulic positioning system and the abili
  • Mace confirms £100m London office retrofit

    Mace confirms £100m London office retrofit
    Developer Helical has confirmed Mace as the main contractor on the redevelopment of a City of London office at 100 New Bridge Street, next to Ludgate Circus.
    Located adjacent to City Thameslink station, the 1990s office building will be renovated to create 200,000 sq ft of space in a project understood to be worth towards £100m.
    The project will retain 91% of the reinforced concrete lift cores and 85% of the reinforced concrete walls.Targeting BREEAM Outstanding and Well Platinum certifica
  • Mace confirmed on £100m London office retrofit

    Mace confirmed on £100m London office retrofit
    Developer Helical has confirmed Mace as the main contractor on the redevelopment of a City of London office at 100 New Bridge Street, next to Ludgate Circus.
    Located adjacent to City Thameslink station, the 1990s office building will be renovated to create 200,000 sq ft of space in a project understood to be worth towards £100m.
    The project will retain 91% of the reinforced concrete lift cores and 85% of the reinforced concrete walls.Targeting BREEAM Outstanding and Well Platinum certifica
  • Wylfa chosen for next big nuclear power station build

    The Government has selected Wylfa on Anglesey as the preferred site for the next large-scale nuclear power plant after Sizewell C.
    The site was bought by ministers for £160m from previous developers Hitachi who abandoned plans for a new reactor in 2019.
    The government is exploring building a gigawatt-scale nuclear power station, similar in scale to Hinkley in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk.
    This new project would revive the nuclear history of Wylfa and bring thousands of jobs a
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  • Civils contractor A Catlow files administration notice

    Sheffield based A Catlow Civil Engineering Ltd has filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator.
    The specialist contractor works with clients throughout the UK and Ireland providing civil engineering and high voltage cabling services.
    Its client base includes leading utility companies and many civil engineering firms.  A Catlow has been in business since 2001 and employs around 50 staff.Data and credit checking specialist Red Flag Alert highlighted the firms’ administration
  • Bowmer & Kirkland trading profit halves

    Bowmer & Kirkland trading profit halves
    Derby-based building contractor Bowmer & Kirkland saw profit slide in a challenging year of subcontractor insolvencies and tricky jobs.
    The building arm was supported by developer Peveril Securities which made a strong contribution to group profits in the year to August 2023.
    Revenue over the year rose 8% to £1.24bn but inflationary pressure and market challenges saw trading profit almost halve to just £24m from £47m in the previous year.
    Nearly £14m interest from Bow
  • Piling specialist Van Elle plans further job cuts

    Piling specialist Van Elle plans further job cuts
    Piling specialist Van Elle is planning further wave of job cuts and cost-saving measures as it faces lower levels of demand from housing and infrastructure.
    In a year-end trading statement this morning, chief executive Mark Cutler said revenue would be 6% down on the previous year at £140m, including five months contribution from the acquisition of Rock & Alluvium.
    He said Van Elle had identified a range of further cost-saving measures, consisting of headcount reductions and efficiency
  • Green light for ARC Oxford lab campus

    Green light for ARC Oxford lab campus
    Plans for at 110,000 sq ft lab-ready science building at the ARC Oxford science and innovation campus on the outskirts of the city have been approved by planners.
    Seven buildings at the former Oxford Business Park site, now rebranded ARC Oxford, will be demolished to make way for the Ascent building.
    Designed by architects Spratley & Partners, the building will achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, while delivering a 40% reduction in operational carbon emissions compared to current building reg
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  • Stonehenge tunnel hit by another legal delay

    Stonehenge tunnel hit by another legal delay
    The start of main construction works for the £1.7bn A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down upgrade including a tunnel near the historic Stonehenge site has been hit by another legal delay.
    National Highways chiefs hoped the long running planning saga was over when a High Court judge dismissed a challenge to the scheme by campaigners in February after a development consent order (DCO) was granted by the government last year.
    But the Court of Appeal has now decided it will grant a hearing to an appea
  • 40% affordable homes target for Labour’s new towns

    40% affordable homes target for Labour’s new towns
    Labour aims to deliver 40% affordable homes in a next generation of new towns, if it wins power,
    Shadow housing secretary and deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner pledged to work with the private sector to build  “new towns” aimed at meeting a commitment to construct 1.5m new homes over five years.
    She said the party would appoint a new towns taskforce of independent experts to earmark sites for the first of its new towns before the end of its first year in power.In a speech to th
  • Plans go in for huge Olympic Park construction hub

    Plans go in for huge Olympic Park construction hub
    Network Rail Property has submitted an outline masterplan to regenerate 30 acres of brownfield land at Bow Goods Yard on the Olympic Park in East London.
    The scheme will deliver London’s largest integrated construction rail freight logistics hub capable of transporting 3.5m tonnes of materials to and from the site every year.
    Bow Goods Yard is one of London’s primary railheads and the new scheme will increase its capacity taking up to 90,000 HGV movements a year from London’s r
  • Vistry seals £157m West London housing deal

    Vistry seals £157m West London housing deal
    Housing association Sovereign Network Group has picked Vistry to deliver a flagship scheme of 575 new homes in Ealing, West London.
    This innovative scheme at Merrick Place in Ealing is worth £157m and will be made up of mixed-tenure homes along with commercial floorspace across four separate buildings.  
    Now defunct Henry Construction had previously been lined up to deliver the major project, which has been designed by architect Cartwright Pickard.It has been designed to maximise
  • Streamlined Watkin Jones returns to profit in first half

    Streamlined Watkin Jones returns to profit in first half
    Student accommodation and private rental builder Watkin Jones returned to profit in the first six months of the year after a successful business restructure.
    This morning firm reported it was at last seeing an improvement in sentiment in the investment market bringing forward more opportunities.
    In the first half of the year, revenue rose 14% to £175m generating a modest profit of £2.1m after last year’s £43m full-year loss following provisions for building safety work.Al
  • Surgo Construction went down owing £4.5m

    Surgo Construction went down owing £4.5m
    North East building contractor Surgo Construction went into administration in March owing £4.48m.
    The scale of the firm’s debts were detailed in an update from administrator FRP Advisory posted at Companies House.
    Hundreds of subcontractors and suppliers were left holding unpaid invoices worth more than £1.2m with little chance of unsecured creditors receiving anything for their submitted bills.The biggest creditor was Bellway Homes who are owed £1.18m by Sugro following
  • BAM wins £33m Kent secondary school job

    BAM wins £33m Kent secondary school job
    BAM is to construct a new 750-pupil secondary school to replace the existing Orchards Academy in Swanley, Kent.
    The £32.8m project will deliver a full 100% new build school replacement on a live school site.
    BAM will deliver two distinct blocks – a teaching block and a sports hall block – integrating innovative modular construction techniques to minimise disruption.Daniel Brenchley, BAM construction manager, said that the school will be designed to achieve net-zero carbon build
  • Persimmon under fire for delays to £10m relief road

    Persimmon under fire for delays to £10m relief road
    West Suffolk Council is serving two Breach of Condition Notices on Persimmon Homes after the latest delay to the £10m Haverhill Relief Road.
    The relief road was originally meant to be completed by March 2023 but has been hit by a series of delays and revised timetables with the house builder now hoping to complete the route by the end of this year.
    Cllr Jim Thorndyke, Cabinet Member for Planning at West Suffolk Council, said: “We have seen delay after delay and excuse after excuse. I
  • Bellway hires ex-brickie as group construction chief

    Bellway hires ex-brickie as group construction chief
    Volume house builder Bellway has appointed a new group construction director to oversee building practices and quality across its 21 operating divisions.
    James Griffin joined the industry as an apprentice in 1999 and worked for seven years as a bricklayer before joining the National House Building Council where he has worked for the last 17 years.
    At NHBC, he worked his way up from building inspector to regional director for the eastern region before joining Bellway.Griffin will now oversee Bell
  • Plan for £100m Liverpool Baltic station

    Plan for £100m Liverpool Baltic station
    Plans for Liverpool’s £100m Baltic station scheme have been revealed for public consultation ahead of planning being submitted.
    Subject to approval, it is expected work could begin on site in 2025, with the station planned for opening by the end of 2027.
    The new Merseyrail station is one of four planned by recently re-elected Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, who has committed to completing the project by the end of 2027 – a year ahead of its current schedule.The othe
  • Aluminium cladding specialist collapses

    Aluminium cladding specialist collapses
    Aluminium cladding, doors and windows specialist RKN Aluminium has fallen into administration.
    RKN Aluminium was established in 2006, and since provided specialist curtain wall, window and door designing, manufacturing and fitting to hundreds of projects around the country.
    The Melton Mowbray-based firm had recently moved into purpose-built premises and employed around 30 staff delivering service for a host of contractors like VolkerFitzpatrick, Glencar and AsheRKN also worked closely with Bowme
  • Brickwork contractor Lee Marley returns to profit

    Brickwork contractor Lee Marley returns to profit
    The country’s largest integrated brickwork and scaffolding subcontractor Lee Marley Brickwork has returned to profit buoyed by larger multi-storey and complex projects.
    The brickwork specialist bounced back to a £2.8m pre-tax profit last year after a prior year loss of £2.2m in the face of wage and materials inflation.
    Revenue over the year to December 2023 was up over a fifth to £80m driving a jump in staff numbers to 210 from around 180 in the more challenging prior yea
  • Farrans makes breakthrough on tricky tunnel job

    Farrans makes breakthrough on tricky tunnel job
    Farrans Construction has completed an innovative tunnelling operation for Northumbrian Water as a TBM completed an underground crossing of the River Tees.
    The 220m tunnel is part of Phase 1 of a new £155m water pipeline to be constructed while protecting the watercourse and the wildlife that relies upon it.
    Northumbrian Water’s Project Pipeline: County Durham and Tees Valley will see the construction of around 57km of new pipes connecting Lartington Water Treatment Works with  2
  • Heidelberg buys aggregates and earthworks specialist B&A

    Heidelberg buys aggregates and earthworks specialist B&A
    Heidelberg Materials UK has acquired south west aggregates recycling and earthworks contractor B&A Group.
    The move follows the recent acquisition of earthmoving and demolition waste recycling contractor Mick George Group by Heidelberg last monthBristol-based B&A employs a team of 70 and specialises in the supply of  recycled and primary aggregate as well as site clearance, earthworks, land remediation and sustainable land regeneration.Last year its had a turnover in excess of £
  • Housing contractor Durkan suffers second year of losses

    Housing contractor Durkan suffers second year of losses
    South East housing contractor and developer Durkan suffered a second year of losses last year after further provisions for fire safety legacy work.
    Despite a 30% rise in revenue to £172m, the provisions and pressure on the housing market saw it suffer pre-tax losses of £3.9m in 2023, improved from a £9.3m loss in the prior year.
    During 2023, Durkan increased provision by £6.7m to bring a total carrying amount set aside for fire safety works to £12.6m.Durkan trading
  • Flagship biodiversity net gain scheme flawed

    Flagship biodiversity net gain scheme flawed
    Rules requiring developers to deliver a 10% improvement in biodiversity from new building projects in England are flawed.
    According to a report today by the public spending watchdog, the Government’s scheme launched last February has serious operational shortcomings that could eventually undermine the flagship scheme.
    Under the rules, developers must now achieve a 10% uplift in biodiversity at a site.
    When on-site gains are not enough to meet the 10% requirement, off-site gains can be crea
  • Plan in for £3bn Lincolnshire mega data centre

    Plan in for £3bn Lincolnshire mega data centre
    Plans to build a £3bn next-generation AI-training data centre have been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.
    The 3.3m sq ft hyperscale scheme will be built on land by the A160 near South Killingholme and would rank as one of Europe’s largest data centres.
    The total construction cost for the completed data centre will depend on the precise specification but is likely to range from a minimum £2.2bn to well over £3bn.Cost breakdown
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  • £210m M3 Junction 9 upgrade gains consent

    £210m M3 Junction 9 upgrade gains consent
    The Government has granted development consent for the M3 Junction 9 Improvement near Winchester in Hampshire.
    VolkerFitzpatrick is lined up to deliver the complex £210m Winnall roundabout scheme.
    Programmed works include the creation of four traffic lanes in each direction of the M3 as well as building a same-direction free-flow link between the M3 and A34.Also VolkerFitzpatrick will be constructing three new bridges, rearranging the main junction 9 roundabout and providing a number of ot
  • £400m Lewisham resi-led scheme advances

    £400m Lewisham resi-led scheme advances
    Residential living specialist Amro Partners has advanced plans to build its largest scheme to date in South East London.
    The firm has bought Lewisham Retail Park to paving the way for a £400m development that will provide 1,000 new homes.
    Over the last 18 months, Amro has acquired various adjoining land holdings from a number of private landowners, concluding with the acquisition of the Lewisham Retail Park site and remaining land holdings from Legal & General.Forming one of the final
  • Green light for Digbeth 1,300 homes scheme

    Build to rent developer Dandara Living has got the planning thumbs up to build over 1,300 new homes and 30,000 sq ft of commercial space at Warner’s Fields in Digbeth.
    Work can now begin to regenerate the brownfield site, which is located within a mile of rail, tram, bus and coach connections.
    The development will deliver a new neighbourhood centred around a renaturalised River Rea, which runs through the middle of the site, but is not currently accessible to the public.Dandara will invest
  • United Living wins 14-year L&Q homes repairs deal

    United Living Property Services has been awarded a 14-year contract to deliver housing upkeep for social landlord L&Q in Trafford.
    The contract, worth up to £205m, covers all planned investment and regeneration works across L&Q homes in Trafford and forms part of the housing association’s North West Major Works Investment Programme.
    The programme is believed to be the industry’s largest investment with almost £3bn to be spent over 15 years.It will see all L&Q
  • McLaren gets go-ahead for Grade II listed Leeds student scheme

    McLaren gets go-ahead for Grade II listed Leeds student scheme
    Leeds City Council has approved the redevelopment of Springfield House to deliver a 334-bed purpose built student accommodation scheme centred around the refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II Listed Springfield House.
    The McLaren Property scheme will sit in mature landscaped grounds next to the University of Leeds campus.
    Designers Cartwright Pickard Architects have placed the refurbished Springfield House at the heart of the scheme. The Grade II building will be the main entrance to the
  • Piling giant to fit people alarms on all rigs

    Piling giant to fit people alarms on all rigs
    Cementation Skanska piling rigs and cranes are being fitted with with the latest human form recognition technology in a bid to prevent accidents.
    The Spillard Safety Systems’ Human Detection System utilises a series of cameras fitted to the base of the plant that recognises people or objects if they get to close or encroach in a red exclusion zone.
    It then automatically suspends tracking and slewing of the machine to avoid contact while sounding an audible alarm. A screen fitted in the cab
  • ROCKWOOL launches Fire Barrier EN

    ROCKWOOL launches Fire Barrier EN
    To help designers and specifiers improve building fire safety, stone wool insulation manufacturer ROCKWOOL has launched a new fire barrier product that is tested in accordance with the latest BS EN standards.
    Fire Barrier EN is available with a black foil facing on one or both sides, for single- and double-layer systems respectively.
    Will Wigfield, Product Manager HVAC & Fire Protection at ROCKWOOL said: “Fire Barrier EN will replace our existing fire barrier products.
    “With the
  • Scaffold training scheme launches new online safety tests

    Scaffold training scheme launches new online safety tests
    Scaffold training scheme CISRS with the help of NOCN will launch a new online alternative Health, Safety and Environment test for scaffolding operatives next month.
    In line with other recognised exemptions the online test covers the essential aspects of Health Safety and Environmental practices required for operatives applying for a CISRS card.
    The test provides high quality, neurodiverse eLearning content with an accompanying voice over which the operative can work through online prior to takin
  • Land deal paves way for Manchester civil service office hub

    Land deal paves way for Manchester civil service office hub
    Plans for a government digital campus for around 7,000 civil servants in Manchester have advanced with a significant land deal.
    The Government Property Agency has exchanged contracts to acquire five acres of the former Central Retail Park in Ancoats, from Manchester City Council.
    The land purchase is expected to complete fully next year, with construction of the 800,000 sq ft Government office complex set to begin in 2026.
    Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, Alex Burghart, said:
  • Speller Metcalfe wins Wolverhampton library upgrade

    Speller Metcalfe wins Wolverhampton library upgrade
    City of Wolverhampton Council has appointed Speller Metcalfe as preferred contractor to deliver major works on the city centre’s Central Library and Adult Education Wolverhampton facilities as part of the £61m-Phase Two City Learning Quarter development.
    The Worcestershire firm has been awarded the pre-construction contract and will now develop the detailed designs and carry out some enabling works ahead of the main contract and full works starting in the autumn.
    The Central Library
  • Green light for £80m Leith waterfront revamp

    Green light for £80m Leith waterfront revamp
    Edinburgh councillors have approved plans for an £80m revamp of Leith waterfront.
    The mixed use scheme at Ocean Point by S Harrison Developments will see construction of two blocks containing build-to-rent homes (BTR) and student accommodation.
    The scheme will be built next to Ocean Terminal which is undergoing a £100m transformation, delivering a mixed-use development comprising residential, commercial, retail and hospitality.Harrison has a long pedigree of working in the city inclu
  • Shareholders approve £2.5bn Barratt and Redrow merger

    Shareholders approve £2.5bn Barratt and Redrow merger
    Barratt and Redrow’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the anticipated merger of the two large housebuilders.
    The combined business would create a mega house builder turning over £7.45bn and delivering over 22,600 homes a year, based on past performance.
    The deal remains subject to clearance by the UK competition watchdog which has launched a preliminary investigation into whether the formation of would see a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets.U
  • Vistry to make £800m profit after subcontractor cost cuts

    Vistry to make £800m profit after subcontractor cost cuts
    Vistry is hoping to generate £800m in operating profit and return £1bn to shareholders after asking subcontractors for a 10% discount on prices.
    The house building giant asked its supply chain for cost reductions last October .
    In a trading update this morning Vistry said it “will benefit from lower year on year building material costs in FY24 reflecting engagement with our supply chain throughout 2023.“Our high level of visibility on forward sales and build programme ena
  • Tilbury Douglas clears Interserve legacy jobs to return to profit

    Tilbury Douglas clears Interserve legacy jobs to return to profit
    Tilbury Douglas has cleared the decks of legacy Interserve project joint ventures and pension commitments to return to profit in its first full year as a standalone contractor.
    Both construction and the more troubled engineering operations placed the past firmly in the rear-view mirror to return to profitability.
    But the £86m turnover infrastructure business continued to struggle in a challenging year and posted an operating loss.
    Following a review this year, the infrastructure business i
  • Skills shortage puts big infrastructure projects at risk

    Skills shortage puts big infrastructure projects at risk
    The deepening skills crisis is putting at risk the country’s ability to deliver big infrastructure projects as the government prepares to spend an unprecedented £800bn on projects, MPs have warned.
    Watchdog MPs on the Public Accounts Committee also warn a lack of necessary project know-how within Whitehall departments means the Government is failing to act as an intelligent client.
    The report published today warns skills shortages in technical and engineering disciplines are set to w
  • Contractors face further insulation board price hikes

    Contractors face further insulation board price hikes
    The price of insulation boards is continuing to rise with another round of cost hikes set to hit this summer.
    The Construction Leadership Council’s Material Supply Chain Group flagged the issue in its latest update alongside rising prices for timber.
    It said: “There are reports of price volatility affecting two specific product areas, timber related products and PIR insulation boards, feeding into housing projects.“A steady increase in timber prices was predicted last year and
  • Keltbray hires new head of infrastructure procurement

    Keltbray hires new head of infrastructure procurement
    Keltbray has appointed Lukasz Olszewski as head of procurement at its infrastructure services division overlooking rail, energy and highways business units
    Olszewski brings a wealth of experience from his role as procurement manager at Italian contracting group Rizzani de Eccher, as well as from his previous employment with organisations such as Sigma, Murphy, Construction Marine, and Vinci Construction UK.
    In his new capacity, he will collaborate closely with Keltbray’s head office procur
  • Tunnel fit out robot to revolutionise civils work

    Tunnel fit out robot to revolutionise civils work
    A team of innovators including Costain and VVB Engineering has developed the first robotic and AI solution set to revolutionise the installation of mechanical and civil services in tunnels.
    The prototype Automated Tunnel Robotic Installation System (ATRIS) replaces traditionally hazardous, labour-intensive and time-consuming techniques and can autonomously select brackets, locate where they need to be mounted along a tunnel wall, and install them.
    Once fully-developed, the final system can be de
  • Henry Boot wins £36m Rotherham Markets job

    Henry Boot wins £36m Rotherham Markets job
    Rotherham Council has picked Henry Boot construction to deliver the £36m redevelopment of Rotherham Markets and an adjacent new library.
    The project forms a key part of the wider town centre masterplan and comprises a major refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing indoor and outdoor Rotherham Markets.This will include creating a new food hall and dining area on the first level above the existing ground floor retail, and workspace for charities, social enterprises and volun
  • Funding deal for £86m wind turbine test centre

    Funding deal for £86m wind turbine test centre
    The world’s most advanced wind turbine blade and drive train testing centre will be built in Blyth, Northumberland following an £86.5m funding deal.
    The new facility will be based at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre.
    Construction is scheduled to start this summer on the 150-metre blade test facility that will replicate the harsh conditions at sea.A contractor is yet to be confirmed for the scheme.
    Andrew Jamieson, ORE Catapult Chie
  • London 25km Super Sewer hooked up for commissioning

    London 25km Super Sewer hooked up for commissioning
    Engineers on the London Super Sewer project have successfully connected the new infrastructure to the capital’s existing sewer system. 
    Ahead of the two-week connection job, a thick concrete wall separated the 25km super sewer from the 6.9km Lee Tunnel, which links Abbey Mills pumping station to Beckton sewage treatment works.
    Now, those two tunnels are connected for the first time, creating the London Tideway Tunnels network and paving the way for the new system to begin its protecti
  • Record results at maintenance specialist Renew

    Record results at maintenance specialist Renew
    Infrastructure maintenance and renewal specialist Renew has posted record first half results.
    And the firm is confident its core markets will continue to boom as infrastructure providers increase their focus on maintenance work.
    Results for the half year to March 31 2024 show pre-tax profits up to £30.3m from £26.3m last time on turnover up to £552.8m from £471.8m as operating margins stayed steady at 6%.CEO Paul Scott said: “I am very pleased to report we have deli
  • Barhale lands £21m shaft scheme for Thames Water

    Barhale lands £21m shaft scheme for Thames Water
    Barhale has been selected to deliver a £21m scheme for the Thames Water Ring Main (TWRM) in West London.
    The Mogden Pump Out Shaft scheme will upgrade the existing inspection shaft on the TWRM fresh water artery running beneath London to provide additional resilience of supply in the west of the capital.
    Four pumps will be installed in the Mogden shaft and a new pipeline will be connected to the existing Kew main to the north of the site. A new surge column, surge tank, additional surge ve
  • Plan in for Manchester ‘upside down’ 18-storey tower

    Plan in for Manchester ‘upside down’ 18-storey tower
    Developer Soller has submitted plans for a distinctive 18-storey tech office project in Manchester that incorporates several buildings at street level.
    The main tower will be cantilevered to allow the floorplate to widen as the building rises in height.
    Designs by architect Howell for the NXQ scheme retain and restore 19th century buildings on the site while respecting the neighbouring grade II-listed Daily Express Building.NXQ will be accessed via a new publicly accessible courtyard at the hear
  • £200m Lincoln ring-road approved

    £200m Lincoln ring-road approved
    The £200m final stretch of the Lincoln bypass has been approved by the local council paving the way for work to start next year.
    The North Hykeham Relief Road will link the A46 Pennells Roundabout to the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, creating a ring-road around the city.
    Balfour Beatty is understood to be in line to design and build the new relief road, which will take around three years to deliver.Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “I’m incredibly happy t

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