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10/24/2017 07:50 AM
Landsec pinches Mace associate director
Landsec has poached Mace associate director Warren Alexander-Pye to join the firm as a project director.

10/24/2017 07:50 AM
Lendlease boosts Stratford Quarter with two new directors
Lendlease has appointed two directors to oversee the contractor’s £2.4bn International Quarter London (IQL) joint venture in Stratford.

10/23/2017 01:15 PM
Mace acquires stake in East African QS firm
Mace has expanded its presence in East Africa after acquiring a major stake in Kenyan-based quantity surveying company YMR.

10/23/2017 11:55 AM
HCA injection fast-tracks £700m Middlewood Locks
The Homes and Communities Agency has given a £34.7m funding boost for phase two of the £700m Middlewood Locks scheme in Manchester.

10/23/2017 11:37 AM
Sajid Javid calls for government borrowing to build homes
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has called on the government to borrow money in order to build more homes.

10/23/2017 11:15 AM
Wates fined £640k over carbon monoxide blunder
Wates has been fined £640,000 for failing to stop deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas from entering a property during construction work.

10/23/2017 07:40 AM
Price hikes and skill shortages slow SME workloads
Workloads among small construction firms grew at a slower rate in Q3 2017 due to material price hikes and skills shortages, new research has revealed. 

10/20/2017 12:33 PM
Highways England projects under threat after delivery rejig
Highways England could cancel up to six multi-million-pound road improvement projects after deciding to revise its £15bn Road Investment Strategy (RIS).

10/20/2017 12:24 PM
In pictures: Tetley Brewery redevelopment set for approval
A major redevelopment of the old Tetley Brewery site in Leeds has moved a step closer after the council recommended it for approval by planning chiefs.  

10/20/2017 11:29 AM
Grenfell: RIBA demands sprinklers for new and refurbished homes
RIBA has called for sprinklers to be fitted to all new and refurbished homes and has demanded extra fire escapes in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire. 

10/20/2017 07:50 AM
HS2: DfT urged to speed up Toton hub station
HS2 and the Department for Transport have been urged to speed up plans for the new hub station at Toton to spearhead development in the East Midlands.

10/20/2017 07:50 AM
Grayling announces £345m cash boost for road schemes
Transport minister Chris Grayling has announced a £345m funding package for a slew of local roads projects across England.

10/19/2017 01:13 PM
Green light for £50m Hertford shopping centre regeneration
A £50m scheme to regenerate the Bircherley Green Shopping Centre in Hertford has been given the green light by East Herts District Council.

10/19/2017 12:00 PM
Interserve considers cuts and sell-offs after fresh profit warning
Interserve is looking at “immediate” cost cuts and selling smaller business units to shore up its balance sheet. 

10/19/2017 08:35 AM
Interserve warns it may not meet financial covenants
Interserve has warned problem energy-from-waste deals will cost the business a further £35m and there is a “realistic prospect” it won’t meet net debt to EBITDA tests contained in its financial covenants for the year.

10/19/2017 07:50 AM
Crossrail 2 seeks £13m injection ahead of Budget decision
Crossrail 2 expects the government to decide on the future of the £31bn line when the chancellor unveils his Budget next month, according to committee papers.

10/19/2017 07:50 AM
Mears workers in Manchester vote for fresh strike action
More than 180 workers employed by Mears on maintenance projects in Manchester have voted to go on strike amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

10/18/2017 01:09 PM
Murphy appoints ex-Laing O'Rourke procurement director
Murphy has appointed Ian Holcroft as the firm’s new director of procurement.

10/18/2017 12:44 PM
Laing O'Rourke firms fined £3.8m over death at offsite factory
Two companies belonging to Laing O’Rourke have been fined a total of £3.8m following the death of a worker at its Steetley offsite manufacturing plant in 2014.

10/18/2017 12:35 PM
Titanic developer mulls £450m Scottish leisure scheme
The developer behind Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is in talks to back a £450m housing and leisure development at Loudon Castle, despite the scheme being called in by the Scottish Government.

10/18/2017 07:50 AM
New underground station at Manchester Piccadilly mooted
Manchester City Council is due to consider plans for an underground station to link the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) with HS2.

10/18/2017 07:50 AM
High Court action puts Lendlease's £2bn Haringey JV on hold
Lendlease and Haringey Council have put plans for a £2bn development partnership on hold until after a High Court decision on whether the joint venture will face a judicial review, Construction News has learned.

10/17/2017 12:31 PM
Lidl plots biggest UK warehouse under £1.45bn expansion
Lidl has revealed plans to build its largest UK distribution centre as the German retailer ups its expansion plans. 

10/17/2017 07:50 AM
Mace poaches Aecom stalwart to lead aviation unit
Mace has recruited Aecom director Carl Dainter as its new aviation head.

10/16/2017 06:00 PM
Balfour/Mott JV bags £115m road maintenance deal
A Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald JV has won a £115m extension with Highways England on an asset support contract in the North-west. 

10/16/2017 01:25 PM
MPs call for McAlpine to be stripped of Big Ben award
A group of MPs led by Labour’s former business secretary have called for Sir Robert McAlpine to be stripped of its contract to repair Big Ben due to the group’s history of blacklisting.

10/16/2017 01:20 PM
Keepmoat named preferred bidder for £250m Glasgow regen
Keepmoat Homes has been named as the preferred developer for the £250m regeneration of a Glasgow housing estate. 

10/16/2017 01:17 PM
In pictures: Mersey Gateway Bridge opens to traffic
The Mersey Gateway Bridge opened to traffic over the weekend.

10/16/2017 01:10 PM
Hinkley tunnels hit by concrete issue
Hinkley Point C has been hit by another setback after it emerged that parts of a tunnel network will have to be demolished due to issues with the concrete foundations.  

10/16/2017 01:06 PM
Adonis admits contractors need to make a 'good living'
Lord Adonis has said he is keen to talk to construction firms about their “concerns” and is aware they have to make a “good living”. 

10/16/2017 11:25 AM
Interserve in talks with lenders as finance fears mount
Interserve has revealed it is in “ongoing” talks with its lenders after a major profit warning last month. 

10/16/2017 07:50 AM
Workloads to stagnate as Brexit looms, CPA warns
Overall construction activity is expected to remain flat at best next year as the industry grapples with Brexit uncertainty, a trade body has warned. 

10/13/2017 01:07 PM
Fire safety upgrade works to top £400m in London
Fire safety improvement works to high-rise buildings are set to cost councils in London more than £400m, it has emerged. 

10/13/2017 12:39 PM
RLB hires ex-Amazon exec to drive logistics arm
Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has hired a former Amazon executive to head up its logistics and industrial sector business in the North as it steps up growth plans. 

10/13/2017 07:50 AM
CLC chief: Construction has '50:50 chance' of sector deal
The construction industry has a “50:50” chance of securing a £250m sector deal as part of the government’s industrial strategy, the Construction Leadership Council’s chairman (CLC) has said. 

10/13/2017 01:01 AM
Adonis to make fresh plea for infrastructure action
National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) chairman Lord Adonis will today call on the government to confront “congestion, capacity and carbon” to stop UK infrastructure falling behind global rivals.

10/12/2017 03:11 PM
Carillion reveals multiple offers for UK healthcare unit
Shares in Carillion have jumped after the troubled firm confirmed it has received multiple offers for its UK healthcare business. 

10/12/2017 01:42 PM
Grayling: £48bn to be spent on Network Rail's CP6
Nearly £48bn is expected to be spent on improving and maintaining the country’s rail network in Network Rail’s next five-year funding period (CP6), the government has revealed.

10/12/2017 01:24 PM
Interserve bags major Birmingham regen scheme
Interserve has bagged a multi-million-pound contract to develop a major mixed-use scheme in Birmingham, including a new Sainsbury’s superstore. 

10/12/2017 01:01 PM
L&Q loses development director to Telford Homes
L&Q is on the hunt for a new development director after the incumbent quit to join Telford Homes. 

10/12/2017 12:37 PM
Owen Pugh collapse sees 257 jobs lost
A total of 257 staff have been made redundant after North-east construction firm Owen Pugh called in administrators this week. 

10/12/2017 12:28 PM
Northstone profit stalls despite turnover hike in 2016
Farrans’ parent company Northstone has posted revenue growth of more than 40 per cent but legacy contracts weighed down its profit for 2016.

10/12/2017 07:50 AM
Network Rail unveils London and South-east housing sites
Network Rail has announced a raft of new sites to be included in a multi-site development package as part of plans to release land for up to 12,000 homes by 2020.

10/11/2017 12:29 PM
Galliford Try names new rail and aviation boss
Galliford Try has appointed Chris Scoffield as its new managing director of rail, aviation and environment.

10/11/2017 12:25 PM
Construction chosen for first T-level courses
Construction has been picked as one of the first three T-levels to be developed by the government as part of plans unveiled by the chancellor last year.

10/11/2017 12:12 PM
Carillion creditors call in advisers ahead of possible debt restructure
Carillion’s creditors are rushing to appoint advisers amid speculation the construction firm is due to restructure its debt pile.

10/11/2017 07:50 AM
Firms 'in danger' of Equality Act non-compliance
Clients are failing to recognise their requirements under the 2010 Equality Act and instead referring to the repealed Disability Discrimination Act when building assets, according to industry experts.

10/10/2017 01:19 PM
Javid kicks out 900-home proposals on former golf course
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has blocked a planning appeal by Haddon Property Development for a 900-home scheme on a former golf course in Cheshire.

10/10/2017 01:09 PM
Doncaster high-speed rail college opens in bid to boost skills
The Doncaster campus of the National College for High Speed Rail has officially opened its doors as part of government efforts to boost technical education facilities. 

10/10/2017 12:32 PM
Output down in three months to August despite infra growth
The UK’s construction output fell by 0.8 per cent for the three months to the end of August despite several sectors beating expectations.

10/10/2017 12:18 PM
CN shortlisted for five journalism awards
Construction News has been shortlisted for Magazine of the Year at the 2017 International Building Press awards.

10/10/2017 11:10 AM
Owen Pugh Group calls in administrators with 300 jobs at risk
North-east-based construction firm Owen Pugh Group has called in administrators leaving more than 300 jobs under threat. 

10/10/2017 10:39 AM
Interserve tasks ex-Bouygues UK COO with £500m lead role
Interserve has appointed former Bouygues UK chief operating officer Craig Tatton less than two weeks after he left the rival contractor.

10/09/2017 01:26 PM
CITB secures future after industry backs levy
The CITB has secured its future for the next three years after the majority of the industry voted to continue with its training levy past next April.

10/09/2017 12:52 PM
Interserve bags £70m contract for Leeds PRS scheme
Interserve has won a £70m contract from developer Dandara to build 744 private rented flats in Leeds.

10/09/2017 12:47 PM
Ferrovial UK suffers further losses over M8 upgrade
Ferrovial’s UK business suffered another pre-tax loss last year after taking a further hit on the upgrade of Scotland’s M8 motorway. 

10/09/2017 11:11 AM
Firm fined £80,000 after electrocuted worker loses hands and feet
A Swindon-based scaffolders has been fined £80,000 after one of its workers lost both hands and feet after being electocuted on site.

10/09/2017 07:50 AM
Gilbert-Ash MD: Skills shortfall to hit home in 2020
Labour constraints will put a stranglehold on Gilbert-Ash’s growth plans from 2020, according to its managing director, despite the group seeing record turnover last year.

10/09/2017 07:50 AM
Crossrail 2 funding plan rejected by City of London
The City of London has refused to back Sadiq Khan’s new levy to pay for Crossrail 2 unless it is “reassured” that funding for the project will not jeopardise new development in the Square Mile.

10/06/2017 05:39 PM
Former Laing O’Rourke CEO Anna Stewart dies after illness
Former Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart has died following a long battle with illness.

10/06/2017 07:50 AM
German investor snaps up UK consultant McBains Cooper
German investment firm RSBG has acquired UK interdisciplinary consultancy McBains Cooper – its fourth such investment in the UK in little over two years.

10/05/2017 01:17 PM
Plans lodged for £500m Edinburgh commercial scheme
Plans have been lodged by developer Parabola for a £500m mixed-use development in Edinburgh.

10/05/2017 12:06 PM
Bouygues UK slumps to £78m loss for 2016
The UK arm of French contractor Bouygues saw its turnover increase but pre-tax losses slumped to £78m in 2016.

10/05/2017 11:36 AM
Balfour Beatty sells US engineer for £42m
Balfour Beatty has sold its US engineering arm Heery in a deal expected worth £42m.

10/05/2017 11:23 AM
Moorside nuclear plant delayed 'until late 2020s'
Toshiba’s UK nuclear subsidiary Nugen has confirmed that the £10bn Moorside plant will be delayed several years beyond its previous 2025 opening date.

10/05/2017 07:50 AM
Titan Construction Management collapses as around 30 jobs lost
London-based Titan Construction Management has called in liquidators, leading to the loss of around 30 jobs. 

10/04/2017 12:21 PM
Theresa May unveils plan for council housing 'rebirth'
Prime minister Theresa May has pledged an extra £2bn for affordable housing in her Conservative Party Conference speech today, which will be available to councils to directly build their own homes. 

10/04/2017 07:50 AM
Battersea crane death firm dissolved
A national crane hire firm which was last year fined £750,000 for failings that led to the deaths of two men in Battersea has been dissolved.

10/04/2017 07:50 AM
Urban Splash chairman in CN Summit Twitter Q&A
Urban Splash chairman and CN Summit speaker Tom Bloxham will answer your questions in a live Twitter Q&A session today from 1pm to 2pm. 

10/03/2017 01:36 PM
Crossrail 2: TfL weighs up delaying parts of £31bn line
Construction on parts of Crossrail 2 could be delayed by up to a decade in order to secure funding for the £31bn line, Transport for London has warned.

10/03/2017 01:21 PM
Construction activity falls for first time in 13 months
Construction activity has fallen for the first time in 13 months, sparking fears of a recession in the sector. 

10/03/2017 01:04 PM
Kier poaches Skanska regional ops director
Kier has hired Skanska UK’s London building operations director Matthew Cova to become its managing director of major projects. 

10/03/2017 12:42 PM
Murphy founder's grandson to replace Hollingshead as boss
J Murphy and Sons has appointed its founder’s grandson as chief executive to replace current boss Steve Hollingshead. 

10/03/2017 12:20 PM
WSP appoints new head of security consulting
WSP has recruited a new head of security consulting for the UK.

10/03/2017 11:17 AM
Heathrow to get go-ahead in first half of 2018 – Grayling
The goverment is aiming to give the final go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow within the next 10 months, transport secretary Chris Grayling has said. 

10/03/2017 07:00 AM
Sisk targets UK recovery after £11m problem jobs hit
John Sisk’s UK revenue nearly halved last year as the firm restructured, but its boss has insisted it is “well into recovery mode”. 

10/02/2017 01:42 PM
Housebuilders overwhelmingly reject CITB levy
Housebuilders have voted almost unanimously to reject the continuation of the CITB, with nearly nine out of 10 voting against the body’s levy proposals.

10/02/2017 01:15 PM
Sadiq Khan seeks new powers to tackle construction pollution
Projects in London could be forced to upgrade plant and machinery if the capital’s mayor is granted new powers.

10/02/2017 01:04 PM
Chancellor unveils £300m Northern Powerhouse rail boost
Philip Hammond has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse today by announcing an extra £300m funding for rail in the region.

10/02/2017 12:47 PM
Three-quarters of female workers suffer discrimination, study shows
Nearly three-quarters of women working in construction and property have experienced gender discrimination, new research has revealed.