• £250m South East Consortium housing framework winners

    £250m South East Consortium housing framework winners
    Housing procurement group, the South East Consortium has confirmed its new partner contractors to deliver new build projects for the next three years.
    Newcomers to the major projects lot include Vistry Partnerships, Wates while Durkan, Higgins and Osborne drop out.
    The framework is geared toward mainly new build housing but can be used for other building projects and its expected to be worth £250m.
    The SEC Framework is used by over 40 local authorities and housing associations to procure w
  • Telford turns to Procore single platform solution

    Telford turns to Procore single platform solution
    Telford Homes has selected Procore Technologies as its construction management platform for all new projects.
    The agreement will allow Telford Homes to scale its construction management capabilities, creating efficiencies for employees on a single platform utilising Procore’s Project Management, Quality & Safety, Design Coordination and Tender Management solutions.
    Katie Rogers, Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Telford Homes said: “Since adapting the business to focus on
  • Kier agrees sale of housing business for £110m

    Kier agrees sale of housing business for £110m
    Kier has agreed the sale of its Kier Living housing division to a new company owned by financier Guy Hands.
    The deal is conditional on Kier shareholders’ approval at a General Meeting scheduled for early next month.
    Kier will receive £110m in cashon completion of the sale which is expected before mid-June.
    Hands and his newly formed company Foster BidCo have paid a non-refundable deposit of £40m to guarantee the deal.
    Kier will use the proceeds to reduce group debts which stood
  • South East Wales professional services winners

    South East Wales professional services winners
    Cardiff Council has announced the winners of a £300m framework for technical and professional services across South East Wales.
    The framework has been divided into 11 lots covering a range of services including multi-disciplinary design, site supervision, highways and aviation consultancy.
    Teams selected for the four year agreement will work on a range of projects across the region, with other public bodies in Wales free to use the panel.Key lot winnersMulti-discipline ( value £105m)
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  • Electrician jailed after boy electrocuted in pub garden

    Electrician jailed after boy electrocuted in pub garden
    Two men have been jailed following the death of seven-year-old Harvey Tyrrell in a pub garden in September 2018.
    The pub’s owner, David Bearman, 73 , of Chelmsford, was sentenced yesterday at Snaresbrook Crown Court to nine years in prison for gross negligence manslaughter and abstracting electricity.
    Electrician Colin Naylor, 74, of Rayleigh, was also sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.Local boy Harvey Tyrrell was elect
  • Tilbury Douglas appoints head of digital

    Tilbury Douglas appoints head of digital
    Tilbury Douglas has announced the appointment of a new Head of Digital to focus on the company’s digital transformation strategy and Modern Methods of Construction. 
    Aneesa Mulla, who is currently digital construction strategic lead at the now renamed former Interserve business, will take up the new role focused on evolving digital transformation strategy.
    This will include Tilbury Douglas’s response to the Government’s Construction Playbook and the increased focus on Mode
  • Morgan Sindall gets go-ahead for £41m Aylesbury school

    Morgan Sindall gets go-ahead for £41m Aylesbury school
    Plans have been approved for a £41m secondary school on the outskirts of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
    The 1,080-place Kingsbrook Secondary School will be two and three storeys, offer a sixth form, and a 32-place Special Educational Needs Unit.
    It will also feature a sports hall, pavilion, grass sports pitches, an all-weather pitch, and a multi-use-games-area (MUGA).
    Preferred contractor Morgan Sindall is now expected to start work in May on the Bierton project, designed by Bristol archite
  • Plans in for 36-storey Salford co-living scheme

    Plans in for 36-storey Salford co-living scheme
    Manchester-based Progressive Living Developments has submitted plans for a 36-storey mixed co-living and hotel project in the Greengate area of Salford.
    The Gorton Street site projects will provide 485 co-living units and a 171-bed lifestyle hotel.
    The scheme also includes eight railway arches that will be repurposed into social and leisure spaces within the area.Contracts have been exchanged with Network Rail, the landowner, and it is hoped that work will start on site before the end of th
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  • 51-storey Birmingham resi skyscraper approved again

    51-storey Birmingham resi skyscraper approved again
    Developer Court Collaboration has gained revised planning approval for its 51-storey One Eastside residential tower.
    One Eastside will see 667 flats constructed near to the new HS2 station on Curzon Street as part of a build-to-rent-led mixed-use scheme across two buildings.
    The buildings, which include a 16 storey block, will boast residential gardens and courtyard spaces, as well as a gym, cinema and sky lounge.Designed by Glancy Nicholls, the proposals, which were originally approved in
  • Self-employed wages back to pre-Covid levels

    Self-employed wages back to pre-Covid levels
    Demand for skilled labour has seen self-employed trades enjoy their best month of earnings since the start of the pandemic.
    According to the industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors, Hudson Contract, average weekly pay rose by 3.7% to £920 during March, the highest figure since February 2020.
    Weekly earnings reached all-time highs in the East of England (£1,016) and the East Midlands (£968). While all regions except Wales had month-on-month earnings growth.
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  • Self-employed wages back to pre-Covid level

    Self-employed wages back to pre-Covid level
    Demand for skilled labour has seen self-employed trades enjoy their best month of earnings since the start of the pandemic.
    According to the industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors, Hudson Contract, average weekly pay rose by 3.7% to £920 during March, the highest figure since February 2020.
    Weekly earnings reached all-time highs in the East of England (£1,016) and the East Midlands (£968). While all regions except Wales had month-on-month earnings growth.
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  • Weston Homes pulls £270m Norwich scheme for rethink

    Weston Homes pulls £270m Norwich scheme for rethink
    Weston Homes has decided to drop its high court legal challenge against communities secretary Robert Jenrick over his refusal of the £270m Anglia Square redevelopment in Norwich.
    Chairman Bob Weston said he would now take the scheme, which was blocked largely on heritage grounds, back to the drawing board.
    The Anglia Square redevelopment project promised a massive investment in Norwich City Centre, providing up to 1,250 new homes, including a 20-storey tower, hotel, cinema, new shops, enha
  • Western Homes pulls £270m Norwich scheme for rethink

    Western Homes pulls £270m Norwich scheme for rethink
    Weston Homes has decided to drop its high court legal challenge against communities secretary Robert Jenrick over his refusal of the £270m Anglia Square redevelopment in Norwich.
    Chairman Bob Weston said he would now take the scheme, which was blocked largely on heritage grounds, back to the drawing board.
    The Anglia Square redevelopment project promised a massive investment in Norwich City Centre, providing up to 1,250 new homes, including a 20-storey tower, hotel, cinema, new shops, enha
  • Council set to advance £48m Derby arena project

    Council set to advance £48m Derby arena project
    Plans to build 3,500 capacity performance venue in Derby’s Becketwell area are set to win council backing.
    The council has revealed it will now sign a £48m fixed-price deal with developer St James Securities to deliver the project set to spark the regeneration of the run-down area of the city.
    The new entertainment and conference venue will be located in the heart of the city centre on the site of the former Pink Coconut nightclub.It is expected to be a significant attraction for Der
  • Construction set to start on 1.3m sq ft Waterloo scheme

    Construction set to start on 1.3m sq ft Waterloo scheme
    Plans for a vast redevelopment scheme next to Waterloo Station in London have passed the final planning hurdle allowing construction work to start later this year.
    Developer HB Reavis has also renamed the former Elizabeth House scheme as One Waterloo.
    HB Reavis has now finalised plans with Lambeth Council with a commitment to provide a £100m package of public benefits.Project plans will also focus on health and wellbeing with three acres of outdoor space an integral part of the 1.3m sq ft
  • Nmcn says sorry to suppliers over late payments

    Nmcn says sorry to suppliers over late payments
    Infrastructure giant nmcn is vowing to speed up payments to suppliers once a new financing deal is sorted for the business.
    Subcontractors have contacted the Enquirer about unpaid bill claims and one specialist staged a recent demonstration at an nmcn office.
    Photos posted on social media show a poster hung on the railings of an nmcn office accusing the company of not paying subcontractors.A cladding contractor told the Enquirer that it was owed £350,000 for a job completed last year.
    The
  • BAM tops new-look interactive contracts leagues

    BAM tops new-look interactive contracts leagues
    BAM took pole position in the March new-look contracts league rankings tracking new orders secured by leading contractors.
    The firm topped the rankings with its big Manchester Arena win as the Enquirer in partnership with Barbour ABI launches new interactive league tables for you to use.
    Now you can generate your own bespoke tables, selecting for top-performing firms in any particular work sector and over different time periods.
    The new tables are easy and free to use. To get started click on ou
  • Willmott Dixon set for major Oldham secondary school

    Willmott Dixon set for major Oldham secondary school
    Willmott Dixon is in line to build a 1,200-pupil secondary school in Oldham for The Cranmer Education Trust.
    Plans drawn up by architect FaulknerBrowns have been submitted to the local council for the school, which is to be named after world-renowned Oldham-born painter and architectural artist Brian Clarke.
    If approved, the Brian Clarke Church of England Academy will be constructed on Booth Street in the town centre at a site previously occupied by a Sainsbury’s supermarket whic
  • Costain technology chief joins new Atkins business

    Costain technology chief joins new Atkins business
    Atkins has appointed Costain director John Batterbee to lead its new Applied Technology Practice, formed to meet growing demand for digital and technology capabilities across Atkins’ markets.
    Batterbee has spent just over two and half years at Costain as Technology Solutions Director, responsible for helping clients navigate digital disruption and realise the value of technology transformation.
    During this time he delivered client solutions across a diverse range of sectors including defen
  • Kane nets £29m MEP package on Balfour resi blocks

    Kane nets £29m MEP package on Balfour resi blocks
    Kane has landed a £29m design and build contract with Balfour Beatty to deliver the MEP installation at Lewisham Gateway Phase 2.
    The 26-month contract consists of the design and construction of 649 residential units contained within four blocks ranging in height from 11 to 30 storeys.
    The package also covers retail units, a cinema, gym and a below ground energy centre.Kane will use offsite construction solutions by incorporating prefabricated utility pods, in each residential unit.
    The en
  • Bauer/Keller JV to start £95m HS2 foundations job

    Bauer/Keller JV to start £95m HS2 foundations job
    The joint venture between Bauer and Keller has been awarded a contract to deliver geotechnical work along a 80km stretch of HS2 between the Chilterns and Warwickshire.
    The joint venture announced it had formally signed off the £95m deal today with C2 and C3 section main works consortium Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall.
    At peak production, the works will require over 200 highly skilled experts in ground engineering and foundations, working in a number of
  • All phases of £161m north London housing scheme approved

    All phases of £161m north London housing scheme approved
    Developer Countryside has gained planning approval for all four phases of its major housing regeneration scheme at Kilburn in North West London
    Countryside will now lease the second and third phase of Peel Place to Home Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations, at the end of this month.
    The development designed by CGL Architects will deliver 308 new homes to the London Borough of Brent increasing the proportion of affordable homes on the site from 18% to 40% as well.To bene
  • Willmott Dixon bags £23m futuristic Gateshead car park

    Willmott Dixon bags £23m futuristic Gateshead car park
    Willmott Dixon’s northern team has secured a £23m job to build a 10-storey multi-storey car park in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead.  
    The project will deliver 1,000 parking spaces to support the new £260m Newcastle Gateshead Quays development including a landmark Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre.
    Gateshead Council chose to accelerate this project through the SCAPE framework, in order to maximise the social value outcomes.The car park will have a steel-framed s
  • Willmott Dixon bags £23m futuristic car park in Gateshead

    Willmott Dixon bags £23m futuristic car park in Gateshead
    Willmott Dixon’s northern team has secured a £23m job to build a 10-storey multi-storey car park in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead.  
    The project will deliver 1,000 parking spaces to support the new £260m Newcastle Gateshead Quays development including a landmark Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre.
    Gateshead Council chose to accelerate this project through the SCAPE framework, in order to maximise the social value outcomes.The car park will have a steel-framed s
  • Formula 1 flywheel tech powers up Kier tower crane

    Formula 1 flywheel tech powers up Kier tower crane
    Kier is trialling energy-saving technology developed for Formula 1 racing to save fuel for its tower crane on a Lancashire site.
    The contractor is working with procurement partner, Sunbelt Rentals, to harness the flywheel energy storage technology to power its tower crane at its Shakespeare North site.
    Trails are showing that the PUNCH Flybrid flywheel technology reduces energy required to power a static crane.The innovative flywheel energy storage system decreases fuel usage by reducing the gen
  • Construction rebound resumes as output jumps 1.6%

    Construction rebound resumes as output jumps 1.6%
    Construction activity continues its rise after a stutter in output growth at the end of last year.
    Output rose by 1.6% in February, marking the second monthly rise in 2021, this time driven by a resurgent commercial sector.
    The construction industry still stands head and shoulders above all other sectors as the fastest-growing part of the economy.
    Not even a downward revision of January’s figure could take the shine off another strong month of growth for Britain’s builders.While new
  • Green light for £46m Shoreditch hotel and office scheme

    Green light for £46m Shoreditch hotel and office scheme
    Planners have approved a new £46m hotel and office scheme in Shoreditch designed by Buckley Gray Yeoman.
    Construction will start next year on the corner site of the previous ‘Dinerama’ street food market to create a 295-bedroom hotel and a new-build office block.
     
    Both buildings sit adjacent to Arnold House – extensively refurbished and extended by The Property Trust and  Buckley Gray Yeoman in 2018. To the south of the site, The Stage, a large mixed-use develo
  • Billington warns of further steel price volatility ahead

    Billington warns of further steel price volatility ahead
    Structural steelwork contractor Billington today warned of further strong market headwinds to come from price hikes and shortages of steel after unprecedented rises in the last 12 months.
    The warning of further price volatility came after the Barnsley headquartered group revealed last year’s pre-tax profits plunged 72% to £1.7m after Covid-impacted sales slumped by 37% to £66m.
    Mark Smith, chief executive officer, said that during the period when demand had dropped off, the pri
  • Readie lands £28m deal for Moog Controls centre

    Readie lands £28m deal for Moog Controls centre
    Readie Construction has been confirmed as main contractor for a £28m deal to build a manufacturing and design facility for Moog Controls Limited in Gloucestershore.
    Developer Barberry Industrial is delivering the 184,000 sq ft centre of excellence on a 10-acre site in Tewkesbury.
     
    Jon Robinson, development director at Barberry, said: “Following a competitive tender we have now appointed Readie Construction to act as main contractor on this project. It’s fantastic to see w
  • B&K set for £200m Nottingham Broadmarsh offices scheme

    B&K set for £200m Nottingham Broadmarsh offices scheme
    Joint venture developers Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates have unveiled plans to build an office complex next to the former Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham.
    The 400,000 sq ft development, called New Albion Place, will be built in a two-year construction programme by Derbyshire-based Bowmer & Kirkland.
    The developers have acquired the freehold and long leasehold interests in a large proportion of the site, including the old Midland Scooter Centre, Chinese supermarket, Albion Hou

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