• Bids invited for £540m JV North contractors framework

    Bids invited for £540m JV North contractors framework
    The JV North consortium of housing associations has fired the starting gun on the race for places on its new-build contractors framework.
    It is one of the biggest developers of new social homes in the UK and forecasts that £540m of work will be placed by its members through to April 2025.
    The framework will be split into three main project value lots: up to £4m; £4m-£10m and £10m plus, with firms battling for eight spots on the smaller lots and six places on the maj
  • BAM names new construction chief for Scotland

    BAM names new construction chief for Scotland
    BAM Construction has promoted Jim Ward to become chief of its business in Scotland.
    He replaces Bruce Dickson, who is taking up a new wider role within Royal BAM Group as transformation director for the UK and Ireland.
    Jim Ward takes over in Scotland as Bruce Dickson joins Royal BAM as UK and Ireland transformation director
    Ward has enjoyed a 40-year career with BAM to date, joining BAM in 1980.
    His career spans project and construction management roles and he has led many high-profile
  • Ex-Wates Resi MD launches housing contractor Real

    Ex-Wates Resi MD launches housing contractor Real
    Former Wates Residential managing director Paul Nicholls has launched a new housing contractor after buying Rydon Constructi0n’s south east and south west businesses.
    The new contractor Real is targeting housing-led, new build projects with local authorities, housing associations and private clients in London, the South East and South West.
    These businesses are completely separate to Rydon Maintenance which worked on the Grenfell Tower.Nicholls, who has 25 years’ construction an
  • Planning for 1,000 homes at north west London hospital site

    Planning for 1,000 homes at north west London hospital site
    Housing association Network Homes has received planning for the next stage of a major development at Northwick Park Hospital in north west London.
    Brent Council has granted outline permission for up to 1,600 new homes, as well as the student facilities, commercial space, and a replacement nursery across 19 buildings on the site.
    Around 40% of the homes are for affordable tenures including Shared Ownership, London Living Rent, Intermediate Rent and London Affordable Rent.Planning for a new access
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  • Costain head of digital construction leaving

    Costain head of digital construction leaving
    Costain’s head of digital construction is leaving the business.
    Nathan Marsh joined from Atkins in late 2019 in the the newly created role of chief digital officer with a seat on the board.
    His role was to “spearhead Costain’s commercial digital strategy, with responsibility for the delivery of group-wide digital services enhancing solutions to clients.”
    Staff at Costain’s technology centre in Worle, North Somerset discovered news of his departure last week.Marsh sp
  • TG20:21 scaffolding software now on sale

    TG20:21 scaffolding software now on sale
    The NASC’s updated and expanded scaffolding compliance software is now on sale.
    As with TG20:13, development has been carried out in conjunction with CADS (Computer and Design  Services Limited), an international specialist in structural engineering design and technical authors of  the TG20 eGuide software.
    By using the TG20:21 eGuide, users can produce a wide range of standard scaffolding structures, without the need for bespoke design.
    The latest version builds upon TG20:13, re
  • Engie gets green light for Rugeley Power Station revamp

    Engie gets green light for Rugeley Power Station revamp
    ENGIE has been granted outline planning permission for the major redevelopment of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire.
    The cooling towers at the site will now be demolished in June as the the former coal-fired Power Station site is transformed into a mixed-use development of 2,300 low carbon homes and a school.
    The development will advance in phases with initial work commencing to the north of the development, where the coal yards resided.Remediation work will start in May and is projected to
  • Bristol Uni puts back £300m Temple Quarter start to 2022

    Bristol Uni puts back £300m Temple Quarter start to 2022
    Bristol University has delayed for a second time main construction of its major £300m campus development in the Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh areas.
    The University blamed both Covid and Brexit’s impact on the supply chain as well revisiting designs to introduce greater flexibility and future-proofing spaces to be more adaptable.
    As a result of recalibrating the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus programme, main construction of the Cattle Market Road site will start in
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  • Eric Wright to start £21m Burnley retail scheme

    Eric Wright to start £21m Burnley retail scheme
    North west contractor Eric Wright is expected to start enabling works this summer on Burnley’s Pioneer Place town centre retail and leisure scheme.
    The construction group’s development arm, Maple Grove Developments, is behind the scheme to redevelop the former Pioneer supermarket site in Curzon Street.
    Originally planning approval was secured for the site last year but, due to changes brought about by Covid-19, Maple Grove revised its plans to provide a leisure development that
  • FM Conway nabs infrastructure for Kent innovation park

    FM Conway nabs infrastructure for Kent innovation park
    FM Conway has secured a £12m deal to provide infrastructure for a 1.1m innovation business park next to Rochester airport.
    The 12-month contract is due to start next month and will open the way for the Innovation Park Medway which is being developed by the council.
    The council hopes it will be a magnet for high value technology, engineering, manufacturing and knowledge intensive businesses looking to grow in the south east.
    Works will include reconfiguring Rochester Airport to release
  • Ameon lands £1.8m M&E deal from Dex Construction

    Ameon lands £1.8m M&E  deal from Dex Construction
    The £1.8m mechanical and electrical services contract on the latest development in Manchester’s New Cross area has gone to local building services engineering company, Ameon, who will undertake the work on behalf of Dex Construction, the contracting arm of developer, Far East Consortium (FEC).
    Ameon will be responsible for the installation of all services on FEC’s New Cross Central development: an eight-storey, residential apartment block comprising 80, one- and two-bed apartme
  • Deanestor sees demand surge with record quarter

    Deanestor sees demand surge with record quarter
    Furniture and fitout specialist Deanestor has been awarded £9.4m of new orders in the last three months – a record quarter for order intake.
    The new orders are in every sector Deanestor operates in – build-to-rent, student accommodation, healthcare, and education – and across the UK from Glasgow to Swansea and Brighton.
    Around half the projects are for repeat clients – both developers and contractors – following Deanestor’s successful performance on earl
  • Sigmat strengthens technical team

    Sigmat strengthens technical team
    Leeds based offsite specialists Sigmat have announced the appointment of two new directors to further strengthen their leadership team.
    Offsite innovator and sustainability veteran Nick Milestone joins the team as Engineering Director and structural engineering specialist Tim Doubell will take up the newly created post of R&D Director.
    Both join the team with a wealth of experience across a variety of offsite disciplines and have worked across a multitude of industry sectors, including landm
  • Contractor moves to four-day-week to boost work/life balance

    Contractor moves to four-day-week to boost work/life balance
    Edinburgh contractor Orocco will become one of the industry’s first firms to implement a four-day working week for all staff.
    The move sees the 42-strong workforce get Fridays off to improve their work/life balance from next month.
    The company specialises in high-end building and renovation projects and also includes a bespoke joinery manufacturing workshop MadeByOrocco as part of its core business.The full team of skilled trades, painters, decorators and office staff are all set to take u
  • Contractor jailed for filling old quarry with hazardous waste

    Contractor jailed for filling old quarry with hazardous waste
    A rogue contractor has been jailed for allowing thousands of tonnes of waste to be illegally deposited at a former limestone quarry in Somerset.
    Mark Foley, of Cardiff, was jailed for two years and three months for illegally disposing of 100,000 tonnes of waste at Stowey Quarry, near Chew Valley reservoir.
    The offence happened during 2016, sparking an intensive investigation by the Environment Agency into the management of the site.
    The illegal operation, which accepted waste from around England
  • £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
  • £250m South East Consortium housing framework

    £250m South East Consortium housing framework
    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
  • Scaffolding collapses on top floor of apartment site

    Scaffolding collapses on top floor of apartment site
    Scaffolding collapsed on the fifth floor of a luxury apartment block under construction in Glasgow yesterday during high winds.
    Roads around the £30m Park Quadrant site were closed when scaffolding collapsed on the top floor but no-one was injured during the incident.
    A spokesperson for developer Ambassador Developments Park Quadrant Ltd told The Herald: “A section of scaffolding on our Park District development has sustained damage from high winds this afternoon.“No one has be
  • Harvey adds finishing touches to BT’s Birmingham hub

    Harvey adds finishing touches to BT’s Birmingham hub
    Specialist Harvey UK has completed the decorating and fit-out of BT’s Birmingham strategic hub at Three Snowhill.
    Almost 4,000 BT employees have begun to move into the landmark building in the heart of the city’s business district. BT is taking over most floors of the 17-storey building and will become one of Birmingham’s biggest employers.
    Harvey UK is carrying out all of the painting, fit-out and finishing work on the new offices, which form part of BT’s “Better W
  • Construction buyers report strong “spring surge” in output

    Construction buyers report strong “spring surge” in output
    Construction buyers reported the strongest growth in industry output in more than six year years in March.
    The bellwether IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index registered 61.7 in March – up sharply from 53.3 in February.
    The latest reading signalled the strongest rate of construction output growth since September 2014.
    Robust rises were seen in all sectors ofhouse building, commercial work and civil engineering.
    Buyers reported delayed projects mobilising in sectors like hos
  • 11 win £350m southern house building deal

    11 win £350m southern house building deal
    One of the south’s largest housing providers Abri has named its partner contractors for a £350m construction framework.
    Eleven contractors have won a place on the framework to work with Abri on its strategic objective to build at least 10,000 high quality, sustainable homes over the next decade to help tackle the housing crisis.Abri construction partners
    Doswell Projects
    Drew Smith
    EG Carter & Co
    ENGIE Regeneration
    Geoffrey Osborne
    Hill Partnerships
    Lovell Partnerships
    Markey Con
  • Leeds Bradford Airport £150m plan put on hold

    Leeds Bradford Airport £150m plan put on hold
    Take-off for a £150m proposal to redevelop Leeds Bradford Airport has been put on hold to allow Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick more time to consider it.
    Plans to demolish existing buildings to create a new terminal were approved by Leeds City Council in February.
    But communities secretary Robert Jenrick has delayed the time-frame for the regional airport expansion saying he needs more time for “proper consideration” of requests from objectors for the plan to be calle
  • Arup staff have bank details hacked by cyber criminals

    Arup staff have bank details hacked by cyber criminals
    Arup staff across the country have had their personal details compromised following a major cyber security attack.
    The consultant’s third party payroll provider suffered a “cyber security incident” earlier this year and Arup was told of the breach last month when a specialist team started investigating the extent of the attack before telling its 6,000 staff.
    Among the data compromised are first name, surname, bank account number, bank sort code, national insurance number, date
  • St Modwen teams up with Oxford college for resi and logistics scheme

    St Modwen teams up with Oxford college for resi and logistics scheme
    St. Modwen has formed a joint venture with an Oxford University college to develop 240 acres of land in Worcester with 1,250 homes and 900,000 sq ft of logistics facilities.
    Merton College, Oxford owns the land, which sits between the newly-opened Worcester Parkway station and junction 7 of the M5.
    St. Modwen acting as master developer will work with other stakeholders including local authorities, adjacent landowners and the local community to help shape plans.Mixed-tenure homes and new hou
  • Taylor Woodrow secures £328m Somerset A358 upgrade

    Taylor Woodrow secures £328m Somerset A358 upgrade
    Highways England has awarded Taylor Woodrow Plus a £328m contract to design and deliver an upgrade to the A358 between the M5 at Taunton and the Southfields roundabout on the A303.
    Vital to the A303/A358 corridor, this scheme is part of a long-term aim to create a high-quality dual carriageway link between London and the south east and the south west.
    Congestion along the A358 in Somerset Congestion along the A358 in Somerset will be alleviated with the 9-mile dualling scheme
    While much of
  • Skanska to switch all site equipment to vegetable oil power

    Skanska to switch all site equipment to vegetable oil power
    Skanska is switching to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to power all its site plant and equipment in its drive to become net-zero carbon by 2045.
    The high performance fuel Green D+ from Green Biofuels Ltd will be used by the contractor and its supply chain partners as a diesel substitute generating a 90% saving in CO2 emissions.
    Skanska is looking in the longer term at electric and hydrogen-powered kit but said “construction machinery requires significant power” meaning “this
  • Lead time warnings on cement and aggies deliveries

    Lead time warnings on cement and aggies deliveries
    Merchants and building materials producers have warned of growing lead times for delivery of cement, aggregates and plastic drainage products.
    The ket products groups have joined a growing list of materials in short supply, including timber, steel, roof tiles, bricks and imported products such as screws, fixing, plumbing items, sanitaryware, shower enclosures, electrical products and appliances.
    In a joint statement the Builders Merchants Federation and Construction Products Association, warned:
  • Three consortia shortlisted for Britain’s longest road tunnel

    Three consortia shortlisted for Britain’s longest road tunnel
    Highways England has shortlisted an international line-up of contractors for the £2bn Lower Thames Crossing tunnel drive to connect Essex with Kent.
    Three consortia have been shortlisted for the 4.25 km twin tunnels which represent the largest of three works packages for the mega highways project.Lower Thames Crossing tunnel shortlist
     BFV JV – comprising BAM Nuttal, Ferrovial Construction (UK) and Vinci Construction Grands Projets, supported by Atkins,&
  • Piling starts on £100m Edmonton recycling centre

    Piling starts on £100m Edmonton recycling centre
    Taylor Woodrow has started piling work on the £100m recycling centre at Edmonton EcoPark in north London.
    Taylow Woodrow is working with VINCI sister companies Bachy Soletanche, Roger Bullivant and Vibro Menard to deliver the project’s geotechnical and piling work with a strong focus on minimising the embodied carbon footprint.
    The project will deliver a flagship Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) with capacity to manage 135,000 tonnes of recyclable material every year, as well as the
  • Tarmac/Kier to upgrade London highways in Barnet

    Tarmac/Kier to upgrade London highways in Barnet
    A Tarmac Kier joint venture has been awarded a new highways maintenance and improvements contract with the London Borough of Barnet.
    The £25m contract will run for two and half years until September 2023 and has been awarded through Transport for London’s Highways Maintenance and Projects Framework.
    The JV is covering a 189km network of TfL roads in the north of the capital, and all 13 London Boroughs in the area also have the option to directly access services through the framework,

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