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Speller Metcalfe to build Derby museum without blame culture

Speller Metcalfe has been appointed main contractor for the new £16.4m Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill. The Silk Mill, the site of what is said to be the world’s first factory, will be redeveloped into an industrial heritage museum. The project is being delivered...

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Balfour Beatty turnaround continues to plan

Balfour Beatty has issued a reassuring trading update to shareholders confirming that the transformation of the business is continuing to go according to plan. Leo Quinn joined Balfour Beatty as chief executive at the start of 2015 with instructions to save the...

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Sally Cabrini to lead Interserve transformation

Interserve has appointed United Utilities director Sally Cabrini to help restructure the business and reverse its fortunes. Sally Cabrini joins the executive board of Interserve on January 15, 2018 as director of transformation, IT and people. The group delivered...

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Builders’ merchants’ sales hold firm

Builders’ merchants saw the value of their sales rise 10% year-on-year in October 2017, aided by having an additional trading day this time. October 2017 sales were 5% ahead of September, with one extra trading day this month, and the latest three months (August to...

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Van Elle needs me back, Ellis insists

Van Elle founder Michael Ellis has fired back in his bid to win shareholder support to return him to the board of the piling contractor. “If I am disruptive, it is with cause,” he says today, in response to accusations by the board he is seeking to overthrow that he...

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Welsh government mandates project bank accounts

The devolved government of Wales has decided to use project bank accounts (PBAs) from 1st January 2018 on all building projects over £2m procured by government bodies. Mark Drakeford, Welsh cabinet secretary for finance, said the use of project bank accounts was...

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Hundreds of new Inverness homes recommended for approval

Proposals for 767 new homes in Inverness look set to be granted planning permission by councillors next week. Tulloch Homes has proposed building the mix of houses and flats in three phases on land between Dores Road and the River Ness. The area, close to Inverness’...

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Break through for London gas tunnel

Gas distribution company Cadent has released a time lapse video showing progress on its Tunnel Under the River Thames project. The 330-metre long tunnel under the Thames from Chelsea to Battersea Park has recently broken through. Cadent’s film chronicles the...

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Berkeley expects profits to fall 50% next year

House-builder Berkeley Group is on course for ever greater profits this year but is braced for a 50% fall next year as its business returns to what it calls more normal levels. Berkeley Group said that it expects to make £1.5bn of pre-tax profit over the two financial...

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Under-payers named and shamed

Oldham-based Heyrod Construction is among half a dozen construction firms named and shamed by the government today for underpaying workers. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today named 260 employers across the country for failing to pay...

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RG Carter to complete stalled Ipswich tower block

RG Carter has signed a £20m contract to complete construction of a high-rise residential development in Ipswich that has been stalled since 2009. Construction will finally resume on the stalled high-rise at Regatta Quay in Ipswich in January 2018. RG Carter...

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Bechtel wins £180m Gatwick pier revamp

Gatwick Airport has appointed Bechtel to deliver a £180m capital works programme to double the size of Pier 6 in the North Terminal. Bechtel will be responsible for the management of engineering, procurement and construction works at Pier 6 and will be integrated...

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Morgan Sindall JV to build £20m train shed

A joint venture between Morgan Sindall and Austria’s BeMo Tunnelling has been awarded a £20m contract to design and build a new workshop for London Underground’s train modification unit (TMU) at its Acton Works depot. The Acton TMU project consists of a new 160-metre...

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H&V contractors combine

Process engineering contractor Western Thermal has taken over pipework specialist Henderson Site Services Henderson Site Services fabricates, installs and modulates all types of pipework systems, vessels and structures. Western Thermal specialises in thermal and...

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BAM Mott JV confirmed for £100m Boston Barrier

The contract to build the £100m Boston Barrier flood defence scheme has been awarded to BMMJV, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald. The Environment Agency scheme will improve tidal flood protection for more than 14,000 properties. The project received...

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Wates wins trio of school jobs

Wates is set to start work on three school construction projects in northwest England next year, with a combined contract value of nearly £21m. Wates Construction has been awarded a £10.1m contract by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to construct a new...

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Glasgow Clyde College launches Bell Decorating Academy

Glasgow Clyde College has launched the Bell Decorating Academy, in partnership with Bell Group, which will focus on supplementing the painting and decorating skills taught in the college with hands-on experience. The launch event took place at the College’s Anniesland...

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Another committee created to promote best practice

The government has announced the creation of a new Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Taskforce to promote best practice in procurement. The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Taskforce (TIET) has been set up to oversee delivery of the Transforming Infrastructure...

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‘Smaller builders mean happier customers’ says survey

House buyers are twice as likely to be satisfied with homes built by a small building company than by one of the majors, new research suggests. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has looked into satisfaction rates among people who have bought a newly-built home...

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WYG posts first-half loss

Consulting engineer WYG has posted a £2.8m pre-tax loss for the first half of its financial year, largely due to provisions against legacy contract claims. For the six months ended 30th September 2017 WYG generated gross revenue up £2.7m (3.8%) to £76.2m (2016 H1:...

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Crystal Palace reveal £100m stadium plans

Crystal Palace Football Club has unveiled plans to redevelop its Selhurst Park stadium. Chairman Steve Parish said that he hoped to raise £75m to £100m from shareholders to increase stadium capacity from its current 25,456 to 34,000+ and lengthen the pitch to make it...

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Duo lay foundations for Scottish alliance

Aarsleff Ground Engineering and Northern Piling have formed a business alliance in the Scotland construction market. The deal enables Northern Piling to beef up its market offering in Scotland with back up from Aarsleff Ground Engineering. The alliance means that...

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Union sues blacklist ringleaders

The Unite trades union has issued high court proceedings against the ‘controlling minds’ behind the construction industry blacklist scandal. The litigation is expected to force four of the ringleaders to give evidence in court for the first time, the union said. The...

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New M20 junction to facilitate Ashford’s growth

Construction of a new £104m motorway junction on the M20 in Kent has been cleared to start next year after securing development consent from the secretary of state for transport. The new junction 10a of the M20 will serve communities and businesses around Ashford,...

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George Leslie wins Queens Quay marine works

Clydeside Regeneration Ltd has appointed George Leslie to undertake marine works at Queens Quay, its £250m regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank. George Leslie has been appointed to carry out all marine works associated with...

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BAM selected for £42m City Law School

BAM has won the contract for the construction of a new £42m home for City Law School on London. City, University of London is rationalising four existing buildings that form a corner at Sebastian Street and Goswell Road in London EC1 to create a new 7,240m2 campus...

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Mace lands Sussex Uni science labs

The University of Sussex has selected Mace as its preferred partner for the construction of a £60m life sciences facility at its Falmer campus near Brighton. The five-storey building will be built of glass, concrete and brick, remaining true to the vision of the...

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Interserve axes support services chief

Interserve has dispensed with the services of the managing director of its support services division as part of a streamlining of company leadership. Bruce Melizan, managing director of Interserve’s support services division, stepped down from the board yesterday...

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