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22 Major Road Projects Delayed by Highways England

Highways England have revised its £15bn road improvement programme which has lead to twenty-two major road improvement projects  being delayed or cancelled. To reduce the impact of roadworks on motorists and minimise congestion while improvements take place, Highways...

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Anti-Tilt Alarm for Dumpers

Emolice Technology, a Bracknell-based manufacturer of inclinometers, has developed a warning system for forward tipping dumper trucks that are about to overturn. The Si-1 tilt warning system is designed to help address the mounting number of deaths and injuries caused...

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Banksmen Issued with Bodycams for Protection

All banksmen directly employed by Aggregate Industries Contracting are now fitted with cameras strapped to their uniforms in a bid to protect them from abuse and confrontation. Aggregate Industries has invested more than £20,000 kitting out banksmen with bodycams. The...

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UK launch for Robotic vest set for next year

The EksoVest, which will give workers the power to lift heavy objects on site, will be launched in the UK in March next year. A robotic vest designed to enable construction workers to lift heavy objects with reduced exposure to injury or muscle strain will launch in...

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Marshalls buys CPM for £38m

CPM manufactures and sells concrete pipes, containment and inspection chambers, manhole covers, retaining walls and other bespoke industrial concrete products for the civil engineering sector. The company was formed in 2004 combining a drainage business in Much...

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Anti-dozing collars for Amey highways drivers

Amey have been trialling wearable technology that knows when drivers are dozing off and lone workers are in trouble.  Biometric and location devices detect when the body is under stress and help workers raise instant alarms at the touch of a button. Principal engineer...

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Manchester names contractors for £200m civils framework

Thirteen contractors have been selected for Manchester City Council’s £200m civil engineering framework. The four-year framework will be used by all the councils across the Greater Manchester region. It starts in January 2018. Projects expected to be procured through...

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Amey trials wearable safety tech

Amey highway engineers have been trialling wearable technology, with a view to reducing risks to drivers and lone workers. Biometric and location devices, which detect when the body is under stress and help raise instant alarms at the touch of a button, were piloted...

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Mitie celebrates £50m success in Scotland

Mitie’s property management business has been awarded a number of social housing contracts in Scotland. The most substantial contract is with Aberdeenshire Council, and covers all aspects of social housing repairs. A North Lanarkshire Council win, valued at £3.1m per...

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A boost in transport consultancy by Mace

Mace have strengthened its transport consultancy business by the appointment of two senior directors. Carl Dainter joins Mace as Head of Aviation for Consultancy, after 16 years at AECOM. He has extensive experience of working through all stages of the lifecycle of...

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Bouygues on board for £300m Cambridge physics lab

The University of Cambridge has brought in Bouygues to help with its plans for a new physics laboratory. Lynxvale, the development arm of the University of Cambridge, has awarded Bouygues UK an £8.5m professional services contract to provide preconstruction input on...

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One in four dissatisfied with their new-build homes

A survey of owners of new-build homes has found that nearly nine out of 10 still require snagging after handover and 26% of buyers would not recommend their builder. The survey of 287 property owners, conducted between November 2016 and May 2017, also found that only...

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Bellway profits top £560m

House-builder Bellway has reported double-digit growth in revenue and profit, and provided an upbeat assessment of market prospects. For the year to 31st July 2017 Bellway generated revenue of £2.56bn, a 14% increase on the previous year’s £2.24bn, and grew pre-tax...

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New tribunals centre to be built in Glasgow

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced plans for a new Tribunals Centre in Glasgow. SCTS has worked with HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to find accommodation in Glasgow and the new Tribunals Centre will be located at 3 Atlantic Quay....

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£95k fine follows back-breaking fall

London building firm West Hill Projects has been fined more than £95,000 after one of its workers fell from height and broke his back. Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court heard that on 5th December 2016 a man was working next to a large opening in a flat roof on Wandle...

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Ulster builders fear hard Irish border

A hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would damage the Norther Irish construction sector, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Most construction SMEs in Northern Ireland told the FMB that a hard border with the Republic,...

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Interserve in bank talks

Interserve is in talks with its lenders, who have reportedly been spooked by the company’s latest profits warning. Last month Interserve revealed the cost of quitting the waste-to-energy sector was proving to be even more costly than it had originally expected. In...

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Breakthrough on Glasgow’s Shieldhall tunnel

Tunnelling work to build Scotland’s biggest sewer has now completed. Scottish Water’s £100m Shieldhall tunnel, being built by Costain Vinci, is designed to help tackle flooding and improve river water quality in Glasgow. A 1,000-tonne tunnel boring machine (TBM) has...

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Political risk clouds construction growth forecasts

Construction activity will remain flat in 2018 but growth should return in 2019, according to latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association. Growth in private sector house-building and infrastructure next year will be offset by a decline in the...

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Mersey crossing comes in on time and under budget

After more than three and a half years of construction, the £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge has opened to traffic on time and under budget. The 1,000m-long crossing of the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes opened just after midnight on the morning of Saturday...

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Hinkley point tunnels have concrete problems

The contractos at Hinkley Point will need to replace 150 cubic metres of concrete poured on the site as part of work to form tunnels to contain pipes and cables. Constructed above the galleries sections of tunnels which will contain site infrastructure, problems have...

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