• GF Tomlinson trio decamp to rival Miller Knight

    GF Tomlinson trio decamp to rival Miller Knight
    Three long-serving senior directors at Derbyshire-headquartered G F Tomlinson have taken senior roles at rival East Midlands building contractor Miller Knight as it gears up for expansion.
    Chris Flint, Andrew Foster and Jamie Braybrook aim to expand £24m turnover Miller Knight’s service offerings within the regional construction market.
    Flint, former managing director at GFT, is Miller Knight’s new regeneration director. Andrew Foster has been made commercial director and Jamie
  • Data Hub helps Morrissroe manage concrete info

    Data Hub helps Morrissroe manage concrete info
    Construction technology specialist Converge is helping Morrisroe Group with its Data Hub concrete data management technology.
    Data Hub automatically captures, centralises, and analyses all concrete data — including concrete delivery tickets, batch records, compliance cube analysis, volumetric data, mix designs, QA data and non-conformance reports, and EPDs and carbon content .
    It saves hundreds of person-hours on manual data entry and reduces human error, setting a new standard in quality
  • Gallagher turns to Groundforce for storage tank

    Gallagher turns to Groundforce for storage tank
    Gallagher Group has called in Groundforce Shorco to help with the installation of a robust water management system for a Maritime Academy.
     As many as 19 heavy-duty Premier Trench Boxes from Groundforce Shorco have been used in the construction of a groundwater storage tank on the site in Kent.
    Specialist contractor Gallagher Group is carrying out the groundworks for the new Medway Maritime Academy, a new secondary school in Strood, for Medway Council. Main contractor on the project is Bowm
  • Tilbury Douglas site manager saves schoolboy’s life

    Tilbury Douglas site manager saves schoolboy’s life
    A quick-thinking Tilbury Douglas site manager saved the life of a collapsed schoolboy after scooping him up and running to the emergency department of a hospital he had helped build.
    Ten-year-old Brooklyn Alwill Foster had gone into a diabetic emergency after becoming unwell a few days’ previously.
    His family had no idea that he had developed diabetes and took him to Walsall Manor Hospital.As they were walking into the hospital Brooklyn collapsed and site manager Adam Bednall sprung into a
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  • Historic facade contractor goes into administration

    Historic facade contractor goes into administration
    Leading Scottish façade specialist Charles Henshaw & Sons Ltd has fallen into administration.
    The Edinburgh based firm was founded in 1904 and employs 72 people offering full design, fabrication, supply and installation of building façades across various sectors, including commercial, residential, and public buildings.
    The company has recently experienced financial pressures from additional costs in relation to legacy contracts, and significant main contractor delays on start d
  • Van Elle and M&J Evans team-up for housing works

    Van Elle and M&J Evans team-up for housing works
    Piling specialist Van Elle has signed a strategic collaboration deal with leading groundworks contractor M&J Evans to deliver a combined service to house builders nationally.
    The first new scheme under the arrangement will be Keepmoat’s £102m regeneration project at the former Boot site in Nottingham where the developer aims to build over 600 homes.
    Van Elle announced it had signed a £3m deal to deliver foundations across several phases of the scheme, making it the largest
  • Spencer lands civils package on £300m energy plant

    Spencer lands civils package on £300m energy plant
    Spencer Group has been awarded a £23m contract to design the site layout and deliver the enabling works and civils for the UK’s first commercial scale liquid air long duration energy storage facility.
    The £300m development by Highview Power at Trafford Energy Park in Carrington, Manchester will store surplus electricity generated from wind and solar and will be the first commercial-scale plant in the UK deploying pioneering liquid air energy storage technology.
    The technology e
  • Muse JV closes Wolverhampton City Centre West quarter deal

    Muse JV closes Wolverhampton City Centre West quarter deal
    Wolverhampton City Council has signed off a development deal with Muse-led English Cities Fund to bring forward its City Centre West regeneration scheme.The council hopes the transformation of the west side of the city centre could ultimately see the development of around 1,000 new homes and an improved leisure, food and beverage, and retail offer, connected by new public spaces.
    It will be the first opportunity to be delivered by the public-private partnership in the Midlands.The City Centre W
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  • Domis founder Lee McCarren steps down

    Domis founder Lee McCarren steps down
    Salboy-owned contractor Domis has announced the retirement of co-founder and managing director Lee McCarren after seven years.
    Kingsley Thornton, currently director at £150m turnover Domis takes over his role with immediate effect.
    McCarren, aged 54, set up Domis in 2017 after leaving now defunct building contractor Forrest where he was then chief executive.To date, Domis has delivered over 5,000 new homes across dozens of schemes mainly in the North West.
    McCarren said: “It has been
  • Plans lodged for 3,300-home Salford tower cluster

    Plans lodged for 3,300-home Salford tower cluster
    Henley Investment Management has submitted plans for a cluster of towers containing 3,300 flats on the boundary of Salford and Manchester.
    The landmark £1bn development will transform the 130,000 sq ft site at Regent Retail Park, currently occupied by Costa Coffee and JD Sports at one end to TK Maxx at the other, and the associated car parking.
    Designed by MattBrook Architects, outline plans for the new neighbourhood involve building seven towers and three mid-rise buildings.
    The tallest o
  • Plan for 3,300-home Salford 10-tower cluster

    Plan for 3,300-home Salford 10-tower cluster
    Henley Investment Management has submitted plans for a new 3,300-home neighbourhood of 10 flat-top towers on the boundary of Salford and Manchester.
    The landmark £1bn development will transform the 130,000 sq ft site at Regent Retail Park, currently occupied by Costa Coffee and JD Sports at one end to TK Maxx at the other, and the associated car parking.
    Designed by MattBrook Architects, outline plans have been submitted for the new retail, residential and community neighbourhood, which in
  • Costain appoints new commercial director

    Costain appoints new commercial director
    Costain has appointed Paul Morris as group commercial director, joining its executive board.
    Morris has been with the contractor since 2011 and has held a number of leadership roles across the organisation, most recently as commercial services director.
    He will be taking over from David Taylor who has chosen to step down from the executive board after 10 years as Costain’s group commercial director. Taylor will remain in the business to provide commercial support for specific projects.Alex
  • ‘Bellingham Bridge’ takes shape on HS2 in Birmingham

    ‘Bellingham Bridge’ takes shape on HS2 in Birmingham
    HS2 has completed the four huge piers of the Curzon 2 bridge that will take high-speed trains in and out of Birmingham.
    The structure has been nicknamed “Bellingham Bridge” in honour of England footballer and Stourbridge-born Jude Bellingham.
    It is the tallest structure in the one-mile stretch of connected viaducts being built through the city’s industrial heartland and will carry high-speed trains over the existing Victorian brick rail viaduct, with a 25-metre-high curved trus
  • Ofwat approves £88bn AMP8 water spending spree

    Ofwat approves £88bn AMP8 water spending spree
    Water regulator Ofwat has today cleared the way for an £88bn infrastructure spending programme across the country.
    The  AMP8 spending agreement is £16bn lower than in water companies’ business plans after the regulator removed inefficient spending and activity where companies have already been funded.
    Around £35bn will be channelled into reducing pollution and delivering greater water supply resilience.  This more than trebles the level of investment in the 2020
  • Construction swings from weakest to strongest sector

    Construction swings from weakest to strongest sector
    Construction output rebounded in May ending three consecutive months of decline.
    The 1.9% jump in activity was driven mainly by new work, up 2.7%, while repair and maintenance delivered a lower increase of 0.8%.
    At a sector level, both private and public new housing returned to 2.8% growth, while infrastructure new work rose by 3.5%.
    Scott Motley, head of programme, project and cost management at Aecom, said: “An increase in output following three months of decline will give the constructi
  • Care home specialist Kori Construction hits 10.5% margin

    Care home specialist Kori Construction hits 10.5% margin
    Later living main contractor Kori Construction is aiming to expand into the multi-room and retirement living sectors after another year of strong growth.
    The Corby-based contractor lifted revenue by almost 56%  to £54m in the 12 months to March 2024.
    Pre-tax profit climbed to £4m, up from £1.5m in the previous financial year and generating a profit margin of 10.5%.Jordan Connachie, managing director of Kori Construction,  said the firm’s deep sector understandin
  • A57 Mottram Bypass start date now set for early 2025

    A57 Mottram Bypass start date now set for early 2025
    National Highways has confirmed that main construction of the delayed £230m A57 Mottram Bypass scheme will finally get underway in early 2025.
    Main works contractor Balfour Beatty has been given the go-ahead to start compound works this summer ahead of a start on the £300m project.
    The A57 Link Roads project was formerly known as the Trans-Pennine Upgrade, and is referred to as the Mottram Moor Link Road and A57 Link Road project in the Government’s second Roads Investment Stra
  • Galliford Try upbeat as profits set to beat expectations

    Galliford Try upbeat as profits set to beat expectations
    Contractor Galliford Try has reported that revenue and profits will be ahead of expectations in the year to June.
    In a year-end trading update this morning, chief executive Bill Hocking said he was also confident about the outlook for the year ahead based on a group order book of £3.8bn (2023: £3.7bn).
    “We start the new financial year with 92% of revenue secured and with significant investment required in our chosen sectors of the UK’s infrastructure,” he said.[mobi
  • Council agrees extra £16m to complete Botley bypass

    Council agrees extra £16m to complete Botley bypass
    Hampshire Country Council has agreed to increase funding for phase 3 of the Botley bypass road scheme by £16m to “meet the significant rise in construction and materials costs due to inflation.”
    Contractor Milestone Infrastructure secured an early contractor involvement deal two years ago following VolkerFitzpatrick’s completion of the first two phases (pictured in green above).
    The council said the budget will now be increased from £31m to £47m.Construction i
  • Hill Group names new special projects chief

    Hill Group names new special projects chief
    House builder Hill Group has promoted Cain Peters to managing director in charge of Special Projects business, concentrating on large high density construction projects in London and the South East.Cain, who began his journey with Hill as a site manager 17 years ago rising to regional director in 2015, will be tasked with further growing the business which and has become a major pillar of Hill’s recent success.He will now manage a team of over 100 staff and a division with a projected turn
  • Welcome to the Plain Language Group Blog

    Welcome to the Plain Language Group Blog
    Thanks for visiting the new Plain Language Group blog.
    What is the Plain Language Group?
    The Plain Language Group is an independent advocacy group dedicated to broadening and improving the understanding and use of digitisation in the construction industry. You can read more about us here.
    We started our work in December 2017 because we were concerned that advocates in the construction sector for what was then known as BIM were not aware of the complexity of trying to access reliable information
  • Listing bid by one person could scupper 37-storey student tower

    Listing bid by one person could scupper 37-storey student tower
    Approved plans to build a 37-storey student tower in Manchester could be scuppered after an anonymous individual made an application for the building to be listed.
    Developer Manner gained unanimous planning approval last month from Manchester City Council for its proposals to transform the Hotspur Press site into 595 student bedrooms.
    Work would include restoring the historic façade of the original building.A similar request to list the former Victorian cotton mill was refused by Historic
  • Crest Nicholson set to accept revised Bellway bid

    Crest Nicholson set to accept revised Bellway bid
    Crest Nicholson directors said they are“minded to recommend” an improved bid for the house builder by rival Bellway.
    Both firms confirmed today that a revised offer had been made after two previous bids topping out at £650m were rejected.
    Crest Nicholson has also been approached by Avant Homes but rejected the deal while talks with Bellway continued.The latest all-share offer would see Crest Nicholson’s shareholders hold an 18% stake in the enlarged group.
    A shared stock
  • Tendering opens for £3.7bn Eastern Green Link 3 work packages

    Tendering opens for £3.7bn Eastern Green Link 3 work packages
    Tendering is now underway to secure cable and converter station work packages for the proposed £3.7bn Eastern Green Link 3 powerline connection between Peterhead in Scotland and Norfolk in England.
    A joint venture between SSEN Transmission and National Grid Electricity Transmission intends to transfer renewable power generated in the north of Scotland to Eastern England through 680km of buried onshore and subsea cables.
    EGL3 is the UK’s largest proposed HVDC transmission project and
  • Concrete frame problems cost Barratt another £130m

    Concrete frame problems cost Barratt another £130m
    House builder Barratt has set aside another £192m to cope with legacy building problems.
    The extra costs include £130m for further work to “developments previously identified as potentially requiring remediation work, which have been previously disclosed. ”
    Barratt conducted a review of completed reinforced concrete frame building after design defects were discovered at its Citiscape project in Croydon, south London.It said the work “relates to the remediation of tw
  • Concrete frame problems cost Barratt again

    Concrete frame problems cost Barratt again
    House builder Barratt has set aside another £192m to cope with legacy building problems.
    The extra costs include £130m for further work to “developments previously identified as potentially requiring remediation work, which have been previously disclosed. ”
    Barratt conducted a review of completed reinforced concrete frame buildings after design defects were discovered at its Citiscape project in Croydon, south London.It said the work “relates to the remediation of t
  • Ex-Taylor Wimpey chief to head Travis Perkins

    Ex-Taylor Wimpey chief to head Travis Perkins
    House building veteran Pete Redfern is to become the new chief executive of builders’ merchant chain Travis Perkins.
    He will take over from present incumbent Nick Roberts when he steps down in September.
    Redfern spent more than 14 years as chief executive of house builder Taylor Wimpey before stepping down two years ago, leaving the business on a strong footing.He benefits from a deep understanding of Travis Perkins, having served on the board as a non-executive director for nine years to
  • Balfour awarded £185m A9 dualling contract

    Balfour awarded £185m A9 dualling contract
    Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd has been awarded the £184.7m contract to dual the A9 between Tomatin and Moy.
    The route between Perth and Inverness was retendered last September when Transport Scotland had to revise risks in the contract documents to attract new bidders.
    Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, John Graham Construction and Wills Bros Civil Engineering were originally shortlisted to bid for the 9.6km dualling job.But after two pulled out, just one bid was submitted at a price
  • HG Construction wins 37-storey Manchester student tower

    HG Construction wins 37-storey Manchester student tower
    HG Construction has been named as the main contractor on a major new Manchester student accommodation scheme for developer Greystar.
    One Medlock Street will contain 1,014 high quality student rooms in buildings rising-up to 37-storeys.
    The scheme will deliver 13,000 sq ft of resident amenities including a gym, yoga studio, quiet study areas, meeting spaces, screening rooms, shared lounges and games rooms.The development will incorporate sustainability features including a green living roof, sola
  • Skanska UK construction restates 2022 profit down £30m

    Skanska UK construction restates 2022 profit down £30m
    Skanska’s UK construction business saw operating profit slump to £6.3m last year on turnover that remained stable at £1.3bn.
    The firm also restated its previous financial performance in 2022, originally reported as a £55m pre-tax profit. This has now been cut by £30m to £24m in 2022.
    Skanska said the adjustment was required after the estimated costs to complete several contracts had to be revised.
    Operating margins were squeezed to 0.5% in 2023, down from the

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