• Mears Manchester housing upkeep workers to strike

    More than 170 workers delivering social housing maintenance for Manchester City Council are to start a rolling programme of strike action next week.
    The industrial action has flared up over a protracted dispute concerning workers being paid different rates for the same work as Mears takes over management of the maintenance programme.
    The dispute involving Mears workers and Manchester Working – a joint venture between Morrison Facilities Services and the council – concerns pay differe
  • Thompsons blow down iconic Dorman Long tower – video

    Thompsons blow down iconic Dorman Long tower – video
    Thompsons of Prudhoe successfully brought down the iconic Dorman Long tower at the former Redcar steelworks in an explosive demolition over the weekend.
    The building was brought down in the early hours of Sunday morning in a series of 10 second controlled explosions which saw four major structures demolished at once.The project went ahead after new culture secretary Nadine Dorries overturned a decision by Historic England last week to grade II list the concrete coal silo, which campaigners were
  • Inquiry starts into construction of Scottish hospitals

    Inquiry starts into construction of Scottish hospitals
    The independent Inquiry into the construction of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus (QEUH) in Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences (RHCYP/DCN) in Edinburgh starts today.
    The Scottish Hospitals Inquiry will hear from affected patients and families when the first oral hearings begin on Monday.
    The inquiry will determine how issues relating to adequacy of ventilation, water contamination and other matters impacted on patie
  • Bourne hires new engineering director

    Bourne hires new engineering director
    Steelwork specialist Bourne Group has appointed Denis McNelis as group engineering director to spread its reach into new projects.
    Before joining Bourne, McNelis operated at a director and technical engineering manager level on significant projects across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the UAE.
    With over 16 years of experience working in design consultancy and a further 17 years in construction, he has worked on projects ranging from sports stadiums to bridges, to large scale industrial buildi
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  • Manchester crane driver rescued after falling ill in cab

    Manchester crane driver rescued after falling ill in cab
    Emergency services rescued a tower crane driver in Manchester on Friday after the man fell ill in his cab.
    The Falcon crane driver had to be lowered down in a stretcher by emergency services at the Northern Quarter site in Manchester.
    The man was then quickly admitted to hospital, where he is in stable condition, Greater Manchester Police have said.
    A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called at around 9.15am this morning (17 September) following reports that a man had
  • Taylor Wimpey MD joins Weston Homes

    Taylor Wimpey MD joins Weston Homes
    Weston Homes has appointed Peter Gore as Group Operations Director.
    Gore joins from Taylor Wimpey where he has been managing director of the London region for the last three  years.
    He has previously worked in senior delivery and construction director roles at Barratt Homes and Mount Anvil on projects ranging from traditional housing through to complex multi-storey scheme.Over the last five years Weston Homes has purchased land sites that will deliver £2.13bn worth of residential and
  • HSE shuts M6 job after excavator topples into trench

    HSE shuts M6 job after excavator topples into trench
    Health and Safety Executive investigators have shut down a section of the M6 smart motorway widening after a 13 tonne excavator was upended in the central reservation last Friday.
    The excavator operator is understood to have escaped without injury but shaken after his machine toppled backwards into a central reservation drainage trench on the Costain project just north of junction 21A.
    Thomas Plant had the short radius excavator on hire, which was being used by Manchester drainage contractor SGC
  • Digger topples into trench on Costain M6 job

    Digger topples into trench on Costain M6 job
    Costain shut down a section of the M6 smart motorway widening project after a 13 tonne excavator was upended in the central reservation last Friday.
    The excavator operator is understood to have escaped without injury but was shaken after his machine toppled backwards into a central reservation drainage trench on the Costain project just north of junction 21A.
    Thomas Plant had the short radius excavator on hire, which was being used by Manchester drainage contractor SGC Civil Engineering for drai
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  • McLaren wins new Aston Martin F1 factory race

    McLaren wins new Aston Martin F1 factory race
    McLaren Construction is understood to be main contractor for the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team’s new headquarters next to the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
    The Enquirer understands McLaren will deliver the £200m project which will see construction of a new factory and testing wind tunnel at the new headquarters for the Formula One team.
    Building work will take 18 months on the scheme designed by Ridge and Partners LLPThree buildings across 400,000 sq ft will house the tea
  • Lorne Stewart battles to return to profit

    Lorne Stewart battles to return to profit
    The holding group for building services specialist Lorne Stewart and Rotary Building Services is still battling to stem losses.
    Accounts for Saudi Arabian-owned LSRM Holdings last year reveal the Harrow-based group fell £3.7m into the red, coming on top of losses of  £2.2m in 2019 and £14.5m in 2018.
    Revenue rose by 7% to £134m.
    Over the year headcount was reduced by around 100 to 763 as the business was streamlined to meet Covid operational challenges. To support fu
  • Kent Council seeks four partners for £500m pipeline

    Kent Council seeks four partners for £500m pipeline
    Kent County Council has started the tender race for a £500m building and refurbishment framework covering mainly schools new work and upgrades in the south east of England.
    It is also scoped to include works to housing, and associated construction services such as hard or soft landscaping.
    The previous principal contractors framework started in October 2015 with the appointment of 17 Suppliers across two lots, split by value.Under the new Construction Partnership Framework, the council wil
  • Kent Council seeks for four partner firms for £500m pipeline

    Kent Council seeks for four partner firms for £500m pipeline
    Kent County Council has started the tender race for a £500m building and refurbishment framework covering mainly schools new work and upgrades in the south east of England.
    It is also scoped to include works to housing, and associated construction services such as hard or soft landscaping.
    The previous principal contractors framework started in October 2015 with the appointment of 17 Suppliers across two lots, split by value.Under the new Construction Partnership Framework, the council wil
  • Robertson set to seal £150m Cardiff Arena deal

    Robertson set to seal £150m Cardiff Arena deal
    Cardiff Council has completed the business case and is set to signed off a deal with a Robertson Construction-led consortium to deliver a new 15,000-capacity indoor arena.
    The planned new venue for Cardiff Bay will cost around £150m to build and the winning consortium includes global entertainment operator Live Nation.
    The city cabinet is expected to sign off the project next Thursday allowing letters of intent to be signed in October, paving the way for planning to be submitted.Under the
  • VolkerFitzpatrick wins £82m Hull turbine blades factory

    VolkerFitzpatrick wins £82m Hull turbine blades factory
    Engineering giant Siemens has gone back to VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver an £82m project to build extra wind turbine blade factories at its site in Hull.
    The latest award follows VolkerFitzpatrick’s successful delivery of the existing blade factory at the same site in 2016.Once complete, the new facilities will enable Siemens Gamesa to produce lager blades, with greater efficiency.
    Phase one of the project will include pre-cast piling, drainage and foundations, and steel frame st
  • 50 firms win £3.6bn National Highways renewals deal

    50 firms win £3.6bn National Highways renewals deal
    National Highways has selected 50 supply chain partners to carry out up to £3.6bn worth of renewals to keep England’s motorways and major A roads running safely and smoothly.
    Award values vary between £1m and £144m, highlighting how the framework enables SMEs to operate side by side with larger companies.
    The new Scheme Delivery Framework replaces the soon to expire existing contract mechanisms, known as the Construction Works Framework (CWF), Design Services Contracts (D
  • 50 firms win £3.6bn National Highways renewal deal

    National Highways has selected 50 supply chain partners to carry out up to £3.6bn worth of renewals to keep England’s motorways and major A roads running safely and smoothly.
    Award values vary between £1m and £144m, highlighting how the framework enables SMEs to operate side by side with larger companies.
    The new Scheme Delivery Framework replaces the soon to expire existing contract mechanisms, known as the Construction Works Framework (CWF), Design Services Contracts (D
  • Henry Construction to build £32m Ealing resi scheme

    Henry Construction to build £32m Ealing resi scheme
    Henry Construction is set to start work shortly on a £32m residential scheme in Ealing, North-West London.
    The move follows a £19m funding deal with specialist real estate development finance provider Maslow Capital to support Henry who are acting as developer and contractor.
    The scheme on Greenford Road will comprise a part 14- storey, part 5-storey and part 3-storey residential building that will accommodate 83 flats.Redevelopment of the site will involve the demolition of an exist
  • Roof tile maker Marley to float on stock market

    Roof tile maker Marley to float on stock market
    The country’s largest roof tile manufacture Marley has unveiled plans for a flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
    Funds raised will be used to bankroll strategic plans for organic growth and acquisitions at the £150m revenue business.
    The Staffordshire-based roofing specialist was bought by private equity firm Inflexion two years ago from Belgian materials giant Etex, which has owned the firm since 1999.Founded in 1924, Marley is the largest manufacturer of roofing tiles in Br
  • Galliford Try returns to profit with margin at 2%

    Galliford Try returns to profit with margin at 2%
    Galliford Try has returned to profit and reinstated shareholder dividends after two years in the red.
    The firm this morning said it was on track to meet its financial targets of 3% margin across the building and infrastructure divisions with operating cash at £160m.
    Over the year revenue edged up 3% to £1.12bn, generating a pre-tax profit of £11.4m, compared with a reported pre-exceptional loss of £60m in 2020.Building generated profit of £16m (2020: pre-exceptional
  • Kier returns to profit after two-year turnaround

    Kier returns to profit after two-year turnaround
    Kier is back in the black after posting years of heavy losses.
    Latest results for the year to June 30 2021 show a pre-tax profit of £5.6m compared to a £225.3m loss last time as turnover dipped to £3,329m from £3,476m.
    Chief executive Andrew Davies is now looking to build on the turnaround with a £7.7bn order book and a focus on the firm’s core businesses following a recent successful £241m capital raise and the £110m sale of Kier Living.Davies has
  • Plans in for Lancashire 1,700 inmate prison

    Plans in for Lancashire 1,700 inmate prison
    Plans have been submitted for a major new prison in Lancashire adjacent to HMP Garth and HMP Wymott near the town Leyland.
    The prison is one of four planned as part of the Ministry of Justice’s £1bn New Prisons Programme.
    This is being delivered by a framework of preselected contractors: ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Wates.
    HMP Wymott 2 will be located between two existing prisons
    The new prison to be known as HMP Wymott 2 will be a category C prison with over 1,700 inmates.The
  • Fire hits £120m Tolent Milburngate site

    Fire hits £120m Tolent Milburngate site
    Firefighters battled a blaze on Wednesday afternoon at the £120m Milburngate development in Durham being built by Tolent.
    County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue said the blaze broke out in a cavity wall.
    Eight crews tackled the blaze which also led to nearby road closures in the city centre throughout the day.Tolent is delivering the first phase of the mixed-use development where the structural steel frame reached completion in March.
    The contractor said the site was safely evacu
  • Robert Jenrick exits as housing secretary in cabinet reshuffle

    Robert Jenrick exits as housing secretary in cabinet reshuffle
    Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his role as Boris Johnson carries out his cabinet reshuffle today.
    Jenrick was appointed just over two years ago, replacing James Brokenshire, and at 37 became the youngest member of the Cabinet,
    It has not been announced who will replace him.
    He tweeted: “It’s been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State @mhclg.
    “Thank you to everyone at the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I&rsqu
  • Michael Gove named new housing secretary

    Michael Gove named new housing secretary
    Michael Gove is the new minister for housing, communities and local government, replacing Robert Jenrick who has left government after being demoted to the backbenches.
    Gove will be in charge of the government’s “levelling up” agenda, as well as the taking Union brief.
    Jenrick was sacked from his role in today’s cabinet reshuffle.
    Spending just over two years as housing secretary, Jenrick was one of the longest-serving housing ministers.
    Gove, who has previously held
  • Redrow happy for staff to keep working from home

    Redrow happy for staff to keep working from home
    Redrow is happy for its 2,300 staff to continue working “where they are most efficient.”
    The house building giant confirmed an extension of flexible working practices in its latest annual results.
    Group Chief Executive Matthew Pratt said:  “We have also introduced flexible working and many colleagues have been working from home during the pandemic.“This has proved to be very effective and, going forward; colleagues will be able to work from where they are most effici
  • Cleveland Bridge UK collapsed owing over £21m

    Cleveland Bridge UK collapsed owing over £21m
    Administrators for collapsed steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge have revealed the operation owes over £21m to creditors.
    Insolvency practitioners from FRP have set out their best estimate of debts while they wait for a detailed return from directors setting out details of the contractor’s affairs.
    Among the headline creditors, £6m is owed to the Arab National Bank, nearly £3m to HMRC and £2m to UK Export Finance.Unsecured trade creditors are owed around £8m
  • Subbies and suppliers owed £18.7m by WRW

    Subbies and suppliers owed £18.7m by WRW
    Subcontractors and suppliers hit by the collapse of Welsh contractor WRW are owed £18.7m.
    Administrators from Grant Thornton have revealed the scale of the company’s debts in a report filed at Companies House.
    Unsecured creditors are owed £18.7m and a loan company called ThinCats is owed £10m.WRW employed 100 staff before its collapse in July who are owed £257,000.
    Hundreds of suppliers are listed in the documents as creditors and Grant Thornton said they are unlike
  • Construction job vacancies soar to record high

    Construction job vacancies soar to record high
    Job vacancies in construction have risen to the highest level since official records began in 2001.
    Latest Government figures from the ONS show the battle to find workers to deliver projects is intensifying as firms gear up for expansion.
    In the rolling three months from June to August, one of the busiest times for construction, unfilled jobs rose to 37,000, just over 15% higher than the spring March to May period and more than double the same period a year ago.
    This equates to around 2.4 vacanc
  • Createmaster launches Fire and Emergency File

    Createmaster launches Fire and Emergency File
    Software specialist Createmaster has launched its latest service extension in response to the introduction of new Building Safety legislation.
    The Fire and Emergency File (FEF) provides specific compliance for all buildings designated Higher-Risk Residential Buildings (HRRBs) over 18 meters in height or containing more than six storeys for the new information required to be available between Gateways 2/3.
    Gateways 2 and 3 are the main risk transfer points, where responsibility for the new buildi
  • Vac UK unveils “Ferrari of the vacuum excavation world”

    Vac UK unveils “Ferrari of the vacuum excavation world”
    Specialist Vac UK has unveiled the latest Longo Rhino Vacuum Excavator with the new additions to its fleet currently being rolled out on sites across the country.
    The machines are the most powerful twin fan suction excavator on the market producing a flow rate of 45,000 m³/h and a vacuum up to 600 mbar. Each is equipped with the latest features including 360 degree cameras, mega power arms and vibrating skips.
    Vac UK secured the exclusive rights to distribute specialist Italian manufacturer

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