• New leader for Composites UK Construction Sector Group

    Allan Curtis of Design and Display Structures has been announced as the new chair of the Composites UK Construction Sector Group.
    Curtis  brings more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, initially in high end curtain walling systems before transferring his skills over to glass reinforced polymer (GRP) cladding in 1994.
    He is currently owner and Director of Design & Display Structures, which he has developed to become widely recognised as a market leader in provi
  • Mace confirmed for Mayfair super prime resi scheme

    Mace confirmed for Mayfair super prime resi scheme
    Property developer Caudwell has confirmed Mace as construction manager for its super prime Audley Square development in Mayfair.
    The development by Phones4U entrepreneur John Caudwell will create 29 residences with completion scheduled for late 2025.
    Caudwell’s ambition for Audley Square is to create the finest residential building in Mayfair to be built in recent decades.
    The seven storey building has been designed by New York-based architect Robert AM Stern and the façade will be
  • Five in race for £1.9bn Lower Thames Crossing road deals

    Five in race for £1.9bn Lower Thames Crossing road deals
    National Highways has confirmed the five companies shortlisted for two road contracts worth a combined £1.9bn to design and build routes north and south of the river on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.
    The bidders being invited to tender are:Kent Roads (Lot 1 – £600m)
    BFV JV; comprising of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Construction (UK) Ltd and VINCI Construction Grands Projets Costain
    Kier Eiffage (KEJV); comprising of Kier Highways and Eiffage Génie Civil
    Skanska Construct
  • Buckingham gets start date for £60m Anfield Road Stand

    Buckingham gets start date for £60m Anfield Road Stand
    Buckingham Group Contracting will start construction next week on the £60m expansion of the Anfield Road Stand for Liverpool FC.
    The club confirmed the go-ahead for the scheme on Wednesday morning following an extensive round of public consultation on the plans.Enabling works have been ongoing throughout the off-season and an official ground-breaking ceremony is now planned for next week.The redevelopment of the stand will see 7,000 more seats added to Anfield, taking its overall capacity
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  • BAM Nuttall wins £118m Cross Tay Link Road

    BAM Nuttall wins £118m Cross Tay Link Road
    Perth and Kinross Council has selected BAM Nuttall to deliver detailed design and advance works for the £118m Cross Tay Link Road in Scotland.
    Stage one of the project, valued at £9m, is expected to last up to one year with main construction due to get underway next summer.
    The new road north of Perth will connect the A9 to the A93 and A94 north of Scone.
    It will unlock key development land and direct unnecessary traffic away from the city centre, creating a better experience for vis
  • Firms readied for £600m animal science estate race

    Firms readied for £600m animal science estate race
    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has put contractors and consultants on alert for a new framework to deliver buildings for its Animal and Plant Health Agency science estate.
    The Science Engineering Delivery Framework will be split into seven lots covering infrastructure, building construction and design.
    DEFRA estimates successful firms will share around £600m of spend at the main estate in Weybridge, Surrey as well as the regional labs at Starcross, Camarthen, Penrit
  • Construction labour costs climb 2.8% in August

    Construction labour costs climb 2.8% in August
    The cost of hiring skilled site labour rose by 2.8% last month.
    Latest payroll data from Hudson Contract shows average weekly earnings for self-employed tradespeople increased to £929 per week during August.Earnings across all regions of England and Wales increased for the second consecutive month as year-on-year, earnings rose by 5.9%.
    In the East Midlands, labour costs hit a new all-time high of £1,022 per week, with demand driven by new regeneration, housing and infrastructure pro
  • Henry Boot site team finds letter from 1930s plasterers

    Henry Boot site team finds letter from 1930s plasterers
    A Henry Boot Construction site team has discovered a letter written by builders in 1938 on their Heart of the City job in Sheffield City Centre.
    The letter was found rolled up inside a small canister and lodged within a wall cavity at Bethel Chapel on Cambridge Street which is being redeveloped to become a new 15,000 sq ft live entertainment venue.
    Dated around the beginning of the Second World War, the letter was written by the foreman of a former local plastering company, Bradbury & Sons &
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  • Blackstone plans £850m Cambridge life science park expansion

    Blackstone plans £850m Cambridge life science park expansion
    Investor Blackstone has revealed plans to spend £850m building  800,000 sq ft of purpose-built lab space in Cambridge.
    It’s BioMed real estate arm has acquired Cambridge International Technology Park (CITP), a 15-acre site on Fulbourn Road, and a 27-acre land plot at Granta Park from The Welding Institute (TWI).
    The proposed two new sites, which are still subject to planning consent, will double the investor’s UK life sciences portfolio. 
     
    BioMed’s tw
  • Plans in for Birmingham Paradise hotel and office

    Plans in for Birmingham Paradise hotel and office
    Developer MEPC has lodged plans for phase 2 of the £700m Paradise Birmingham scheme.
    Three new detailed planning applications have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.
    The next phase includes a 17-storey hotel at the south western corner of the development and an adjacent 10-storey office building, Three Chamberlain Square, fronting Paradise Street.The new hotel designed by hotel specialists ISA Architecture and Paradise masterplanners Glenn Howells will feature 152 bedrooms, a groun
  • PERI lets engineers get hands-on

    PERI lets engineers get hands-on
    PERI has held its first CPD (continuing professional development) event to give engineers from Richter and 48.3 Scaffolding Design Limited an insight into its scaffolding range and applications.
    The event was held at PERI’s new £15m facility in Brentwood, allowing attendees to get closer to the temporary works systems they are used to working with on screen.
    The agenda involved a blend of product knowledge and practical exercises, which gave the engineers a better understanding of ho
  • Offsite Solutions seals £2.8m bathroom pod deal with Grainger

    Offsite Solutions seals £2.8m bathroom pod deal with Grainger
    Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has been awarded its second contract for the UK’s largest listed residential landlord Grainger plc.
    The latest deal is to manufacture 567 steel-framed bathroom and shower pods for Exchange Square in Birmingham which is under construction by main contractor McAleer & Rushe. The pod deliveries to site will begin towards the end of 2021 and will be completed by summer 2022 as the building’s structure is constructed.
    Exchange Square is deve
  • Akela Group moves into England with new Leeds hub

    Akela Group moves into England with new Leeds hub
    Scottish civils contractor Akela Group is moving into the English market with the opening of a new division in Leeds.
    The new North of England hub will lead expansion plans outside of Akela’s traditional Scottish base.
    The firm expects its business to grow by 10% over the next two years as a result of the move.The new Leeds team will be led by Construction Manager, Martin Leahy, who brings over 15 years industry experience having previously worked with the Robertson Group and Laing O&
  • New investors to drive growth at Nixon Hire

    New investors to drive growth at Nixon Hire
    Site equipment specialist Nixon Hire has announced an investment  by Pricoa Private Capital in the business.
    Pricoa is the private capital business of Prudential Financial, Inc – one of the largest life insurance and  financial services firms in the world.
    This deal benefits customers, employees and industry stakeholders as the investment accelerates  Nixon Hire’s growth strategy. The directors and senior management team will also be invested in the company alongside P
  • Three brickies fall through stairwell on St Modwen Homes site

    Three brickies fall through stairwell on St Modwen Homes site
    St Modwen Homes has been fined £200,000 after three bricklayers fell from height suffering serious injuries.
    North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 July 2018, three bricklayers fell approximately 2.5 metres onto a concrete floor sustaining serious injuries ranging from a broken back, a broken sternum to a swollen knee.
    The three workers fell through a temporary stairwell cover, which gave way underneath them because it had not been correctly fitted.An HSE investigation fo
  • Billington cheered by big shed and infrastructure job surge

    Billington cheered by big shed and infrastructure job surge
    Steelwork contractor Billington is pinning its hopes for the year ahead on a surge in high margin, complex shed and infrastructure projects.
    The firm this morning reported a challenging market during the first half as it navigated delayed projects, steel price rises and main contractors squeezed by projects tendered before the latest wave of inflationary pressure.
    Over the first six months of this year, Billington revenue in the first half edged up 15% to £38m as the firm recovered from th
  • Fusion21 refreshes consultants framework

    Fusion21 refreshes consultants framework
    Procurement body Fusion21 has refreshed its national line-up of consultants on a framework worth £12om over four years.
    A total of 112 consultants made the cut with around 80% rated as SMEs.
    The firms are expected to support more than 100 projects each year.
    The enlarged framework is split into a dozen lots to cover a broad spectrum of consultancy services, from multidisciplinary to surveying; stock monitoring and appraisal; architectural; environmental; engineering and
  • Ten fire crews tackle blaze at Hinkley

    Ten fire crews tackle blaze at Hinkley
    A fire broke out at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site in Somerset yesterday.
    Ten crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service tackled the blaze at a temporary building which was extinguished after 30 minutes.
    EDF Energy said construction work had not been affected and an investigation into the cause was under way.A company spokesman told the BBC it was a “small fire in a temporary building away from the main construction area”.
    Hinkley Point C is being built by
  • SEGRO to start £300m futuristic food production hub

    SEGRO to start £300m futuristic food production hub
    SEGRO has been named as the development partner for a plannned £300m food production and manufacturing facility near Derby.
    The 1.8m sq ft high-tech food manufacturing campus is to be built on the 155-acre former Celanese site near Spondon, Derby for client SmartParc.
    The flagship Spondon site is part of SmartParc’s ambition to shake-up food production in the country with advanced growing technology.This will harness the latest developments such as vertical farming and smar
  • SEGRO to start £300m Derby food production hub

    SEGRO to start £300m Derby food production hub
    SEGRO has been named as the development partner for a plannned £300m food production and manufacturing facility near Derby.
    The 1.8m sq ft high-tech food manufacturing campus is to be built on the 155-acre former Celanese site near Spondon, Derby for client SmartParc.
    The flagship Spondon site is part of SmartParc’s ambition to shake-up food production in the country with advanced growing technology.This will harness the latest developments such as vertical farming and smar
  • Sellafield plans £3bn infrastructure delivery partnership

    Sellafield plans £3bn infrastructure delivery partnership
    Nuclear decommissioning experts at Sellafield are planning to shake up infrastructure delivery at the West Cumbria site with a new Infrastructure Delivery Partnership.
    This will replace the present Infrastructure Services Alliance with Morgan Sindall and Arup being used to deliver projects on the nuclear site.
    The firm is beginning a round of market engagement with contractors ahead of inviting tenders in April 2022.Under the new arrangement, Sellafield will appoint three strategic partners.
    The
  • Bid race starts for £1.6bn Pagabo civils framework

    Bid race starts for £1.6bn Pagabo civils framework
    National framework provider Pagabo has fired the starting gun for spots on its newest framework for civils and infrastructure projects.
    The framework will run for four years and allow public sector bodies to speed-up procurement for rail, nuclear, bridges, roads, maritime, water, and power projects.
    Jason Stapley, managing director at Pagabo, said: “Other areas that will be covered by this new framework ensure that those projects procured through it over the coming years are working toward
  • First contractor fined after 316,000 HSE Covid spot checks

    First contractor fined after 316,000 HSE Covid spot checks
    A construction contractor has become the first firm fined following a Covid spot check at a site in Manchester.
    The HSE revealed it has carried-out 316,000 Covid spot checks across all industries since the start of the pandemic – with only one prosecution so far.
    Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 9 July 2020, a safety inspector performed a proactive Covid-19 spot check at a construction site in the city.During the inspection, a host of safety issues were identified includin
  • Builders’ merchants merge to create 123-branch chain

    Builders’ merchants merge to create 123-branch chain
    Grant & Stone Group and Independent Builders Merchant Group have merged to create a 123-branch chain across southern England.
    The expanded IBMG will now boast revenues of over £500m and employ over 1,700 staff.
    The latest deal comes after a spate of major merger and acquisition activity in the construction distribution sector.The expanded group now covers Cornwall to Kent and comprises builders’ merchants, electrical wholesalers, plumbers’ merchants, kitchen and bathroom sh
  • 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
  • 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

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