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  • Product testing mess to intensify site materials shortages

    Product testing mess to intensify site materials shortages
    Construction work on more than 150,000 homes could be delayed unless the government wakes-up to a looming crisis in construction product testing.
    The industry is due to switch to UK Conformity Assessed (CA Mark) on January 1 2023 when the old European CE Mark for product compliance is phased out.
    Construction products will have to be tested in UK centres – but a lack of facilities is sparking a capacity crisis.The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) said the lack of testing capability is
  • M Group buys Babcock power lines arm for £50m

    M Group buys Babcock power lines arm for £50m
    Infrastructure specialist contractor M Group Services has bought Babcock’s Overhead Line Power business for £50m.
    Following the acquisition, the business will be rebranded to form part of Morrison Energy Services, sitting alongside and enhancing existing electricity, gas and green energy capabilities.
    In latest accounts to March 2021 the business reported total revenues of £70m and pre-tax profit around £7m before allocated overheads.
    The overhead line electric transmissi
  • Balfour Beatty US arm to pay £49m over military housing fraud

    Balfour Beatty US arm to pay £49m over military housing fraud
    Balfour Beatty’s US operation has been ordered to pay out £49m after pleading guilty to major fraud on its military housing maintenance contract.
    The Balfour Beatty Communities pay-out is made up of £25m in fines and £24m in damages relating to its military housing contract at 21 Air Force, 18 Navy, and 16 Army bases across the United States, in which tens of thousands of service members and their families lived.
    As part of the settlement with the US Department
  • 52 jobs axed as industrial coating specialist goes under

    52 jobs axed as industrial coating specialist goes under
    Staffordshire-based specialist Industrial Coating Services has fallen into administration with the loss of 52 jobs.
    ICS, which specialised in the surface preparation and application of protective coatings, suffered from critical cash flow issues arising from a sustained period of working on loss-making contracted work.
    Since last year ICS was working on the major Wandsworth Bridge refurbishment in London which is now due to be completed next summer after further additional critical works we
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  • Building collapses after foundation blunders

    Building collapses after foundation blunders
    A building contractor has been prosecuted after carrying out unsafe excavation works which resulted in the partial collapse of a residential building.
    Manchester Crown Court heard how on 14 August 2019, Iproject Cheshire Limited had been carrying out refurbishment works on a building in Didsbury.
    Employees of the company undermined the foundations while digging out the ground around the building causing a partial collapse. There were no injuries or fatalities, but the collapse presented a risk t
  • Worker dies on site in east London

    Worker dies on site in east London
    A man has died on a construction site in Hoxton after being hit by a falling object.
    Emergency services were called to the site on East Road on Tuesday afternoon but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
    A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Sadly, despite best efforts of emergency service colleagues, a person died at the scene.”
  • Green light for major Bristol office scheme

    Green light for major Bristol office scheme
    Plans for three new office blocks around a ruined church at the edge of Castle Park in Bristol have got the go-ahead from city planners.
    Developer MEPC can now proceed with its plan to replace three former 1960s bank buildings at the corner of Wine Street and High Street with one nine-storey and two eight-storey office blocks, offering ground-level shops and cafes.Under plans drawn up by architect FCBStudios, the ruined St Mary le Port church tower will be restored, and three historic city centr
  • Southern Rail starts hunt for £3bn signalling and track partners

    Southern Rail starts hunt for £3bn signalling and track partners
    Network Rail’s southern region has alerted firms to a forthecomming bid race to find two partners for a new 10-year-plus deal to deliver signalling and track across the territory.
    The region is hoping for step-change in the way renewals are delivered on its network, making the most of modern methods of working and technology, collaboration and relationship-focused contracting.
    The fresh delivery approach known as the Southern Integrated Delivery model will involve a switch to integrated an
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  • Ameon lands £10m M&E package on twin Leeds towers

    Ameon lands £10m M&E package on twin Leeds towers
    Building services specialist Ameon has landed a £10m mechanical and electrical contract from John Sisk & Son at Latitude Purple – the Hub Group’s twin-tower residential development in Leeds city centre.
    Ameon will start on its 72-week phase of the contract next November and will deploy up to 80 operatives at peak on the projec.
    Work will involve design and installation of the services infrastructure serving 463 residential apartments and communal areas in the 17 and 21-stor
  • Top Ten best read stories of 2021

    Top Ten best read stories of 2021
    The Enquirer is putting out its last daily newsletter of the year today as the industry winds-down for its traditional Christmas break.
    The website will be updated with any major breaking stories during the holiday season with the full daily news service returning on January 4.
    It has been an eventful 12 months and a busy news year for construction as the Enquirer keeps the industry up to date with what is really going on.These were the best read stories during the year:Our most popular stories
  • Plan submitted for 30-floor Salford resi tower

    Manchester-based property developer CERT property has submitted plans for a 30-floor residential tower on Salford’s Clippers Quay.
    The vertically zoned tower block, designed by OMI Architects, will offer a range of private living experiences from lower level affordable to top-floor luxury.
    Local Manchester builder Domis Construction has been lined up for the project.The lower brick-clad 9 floors will be set aside for co-living studios for people who want to try out the lifestyle available
  • Birmingham Council cuts KPIs to simplify £2.7bn highways deal

    Birmingham Council cuts KPIs to simplify £2.7bn highways deal
    Birmingham City Council has cut hundreds of KPIs during a restructuring of its troubled £2.7bn highways PFI contract.
    The tender process for a new contractor for the revamped 12-year deal will start in February.
    Birmingham originally signed a 25-year, £2.7bn highways management and maintenance contract back in 2010 with Amey.But the contractor became embroiled in a lengthy performance dispute with the council which ended in March 2020 with Amey paying £215m to terminate its inv
  • Crackdown on directors who fold firms to rip-off creditors

    Crackdown on directors who fold firms to rip-off creditors
    Rogue directors who dissolve their companies to rip-off staff, creditors and the taxpayer can now be disqualified from being a director.
    The Insolvency Service has been granted new powers to tackle unfit directors who place their firm in administration to avoid paying subcontractors and suppliers.
    The new legislation extends the Insolvency Service’s powers to investigate and disqualify company directors who abuse the company dissolution system.If misconduct is found, directors can face san
  • Skanska wins £53m Slough data centre job

    Skanska wins £53m Slough data centre job
    Skanska has signed a £53m contract to build a new data center in Slough for developer Virtus.
    The LONDON11 data centre design and build job includes fit-out of six new data halls, construction of external steelwork plant gantries, plant rooms for mechanical and electrical and public health services, all MEPH infrastructure across the site and office fit out.
    Construction work begins this month to complete the project by Spring 2023.The construction of LONDON11 will add more than 13MW of ne
  • First pier poured for UK’s longest rail viaduct – video

    First pier poured for UK’s longest rail viaduct – video
    Construction of the UK’s longest railway bridge has taken a major step forward with completion of the first of 56 giant concrete piers to support the Colne Valley Viaduct as it crosses a series of lakes on the outskirts of London.
    Stretching for 3.4km, the viaduct near  Hillingdon was cast by concrete specialist Kilnbridge working in partnership with engineers from HS2’s main works contractor Align JV.
    Weighing in at around 370 tonnes, the 6m tall reinforced concrete pier was ca
  • Worker loses leg after demolition roof collapse

    Worker loses leg after demolition roof collapse
    A self-employed builder has been fined £20,000 after a contractor working for him had to have his leg amputated after a single-story roof he was demolishing by hand collapsed at a site in Cobham, Surrey.
    Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard that, on the 15 April 2019, the contractor was standing on the roof of a partially demolished single-story extension of a domestic building undergoing refurbishment.
    While he was on the roof, it collapsed and the worker suffered significant injuries
  • Firms on notice for 20-year Suffolk highways upkeep deal

    Firms on notice for 20-year Suffolk highways upkeep deal
    Suffolk County Council is calling up firms for market engagement feedback ahead of inviting bids for a long-term highways maintenance deal worth up to £1bn.
    Kier currently holds the contract, which is a 10-year deal expiring at the end of September 2023.
    The council is enticing contractors with the prospect of a long-term 20-year deal for the highways maintenance services, worth around £50m a year.The initial contract length is anticipated to be 10 years from October 2023 to Septembe
  • Race starts for Sellafield £250m steelwork and cladding deal

    Race starts for Sellafield £250m steelwork and cladding deal
    Sellafield’s project delivery team is starting the hunt for two key delivery partners for a combined steelwork and cladding package worth nearly £250m over 18 years.
    The tender is the latest to hit the market from a new pioneering procurement model that uses Project 13-style integrated collaborative teams.
    The big procurement shake-up is being delivered by Programme and Project Partners (PPP), driving forward the clean-up of the Sellafield site in West Cumbria.This overarching integr
  • Midgard bags world’s tallest octagonal resi tower job

    Midgard bags world’s tallest octagonal resi tower job
    JRL-owned main contractor Midgard has scooped the job to construct the world’s tallest pure octagonal residential building at the Paradise site in Birmingham.
    Under a 44-month contract Hertfordshire-based Midgard will now demolish the existing 77 Paradise Circus Queensway office building ahead of starting work on the 49-storey building.
    Singaporean real estate developer City Developments Limited (CDL) has just bought the scheme, which will cost £110m to develop including land co
  • Midas wins new £23m warehouse for power tool giant STIHL

    Midas wins new £23m warehouse for power tool giant STIHL
    Midas Construction has been appointed main contractor for a new warehouse and headquarters for power tools company STIHL.
    Work will see the creation of a new 11,285m2 purpose-designed facility off the A331 in Camberley, Surrey.
    Construction information specialist Barbour ABI has the project valued at £23m.The deal will allow STIHL and its local workforce of 95 employees to move from their existing premises nearby in the Yorktown area of Camberley which the company has now outgrown.
    The Sou
  • Renaker submits plan for Manchester tower quartet

    Renaker submits plan for Manchester tower quartet
    Manchester developer and builder Renaker has submitted plans for its next major high-rise scheme in the city estimated to have a £750m development value.
    The Trinity Islands scheme consists of four towers from 39 to 60 storeys, as well as bringing significant public realm improvements.
    The Deansgate scheme designed by SimpsonHaugh would create nearly 2,000 flats, varying from one, two and three bedrooms, and underlines growing confidence in the Manchester high-rise flats market.
    Consultant
  • Cabinet Office review calls time on ‘wasteful’ frameworks

    Cabinet Office review calls time on ‘wasteful’ frameworks
    An independent Cabinet Office review into the proliferation and use of frameworks in construction has called for a complete overhaul of the system to end wasted time and costs for bidders.
    The review conducted by a top construction legal expert reveals contractors on average are spending nearly £250,000, and some as much as £1m, on individual framework bids.
    It concluded that significant cost and time is being wasted bidding for multiple, speculative construction frameworks, often no
  • Gove declares war on construction companies

    Gove declares war on construction companies
    Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove is getting tough on construction companies four-and-a-half years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
    Gove has turned his ire on Rydon Homes and blocked them from the government’s Help to Buy home ownership scheme with immediate effect.
    It means they no longer have government support and cannot market their properties to first time buyers, with the offer of government backed loans.
    He thundered: “It is in th
  • Greystar JV targets London for £1.8bn build to rent homes push

    Greystar JV targets London for £1.8bn build to rent homes push
    Property investor Greystar Real Estate has teamed up with a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority to develop build to rent housing in London and its commuter towns.
    The JV plans to spend £1.8bn on a pipeline of new-build projects, starting with a project in London’s Battersea district where it hopes to build 14,000 sq m of residential and commercial space at Lombard Street.
    Both investors are targeting London, following a similar deal in 2015 in the Netherlands, which
  • Wates confirmed winner of £450m car battery gigafactory

    Wates confirmed winner of £450m car battery gigafactory
    Wates and Turner & Townsend have been appointed by client Envision AESC to lead the design and project manage construction of its £450m car battery gigafactory in Sunderland.
    The factory will be built at the 50-acre International Advanced Manufacturing Park and will form part of a £1bn partnership with Nissan UK and Sunderland City Council to create an electric vehicle (EV) hub to deliver the next generation of electric vehicle production.
    Wates will develop an adaptabl
  • Peel sets out vast Chatham Docks regen plan

    Peel sets out vast Chatham Docks regen plan
    Developer Peel L&P has set out its plans for further major investment in the redevelopment of Chatham Docks Industrial Estate in Kent.
    A masterplan released by the developer outlines its new ambition to build 3,600 homes and a 1m sq ft new employment zone at the 90-acre riverside site.
    Peel L&P masterplan vision for Chatham Docks. Key:  Green – public open space; Green arrows – connectivity; Red and Orange – residential; Blue – employment space
    Overall,
  • JCB workers get £750 Christmas bonus

    JCB workers get £750 Christmas bonus
    JCB workers are being given a £750 Christmas bonus.
    The bonus will be paid to more than 6,000 employees – including agency staff with over 12 months’ service – working at JCB’s 11 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.
    JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “This year we will produce a record number of machines and this bonus rewards a tremendous team effort. We are still facing severe challenges caused by unprecedented supply chain disruption which is impac
  • Keltbray wins two more tunnel HS2 shafts

    Keltbray wins two more tunnel HS2 shafts
    Keltbray has secured a £12m extension to its current C1 Shaft contract for the HS2 Align joint venture.
    The deal builds on awards for the first two ventilation shafts on the project in August at Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles.
    Taken together the two double sets of shaft excavation jobs are worth over £26m.
    The next two ventilation shafts along HS2’s two giant tunnel 10 mile tunnel drives through the Chiltern Hills are located at Amersham and Little Missenden.Excavation
  • New skills centre in Birmingham to train workforce of the future

    New skills centre in Birmingham to train workforce of the future
    University College Birmingham has unveiled plans for a new  sustainable construction skills centre as part of the regeneration of the iconic James Cond print works in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.
    The new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre will offer state-of-the-art courses and facilities specifically designed to train the workforce of the future. Tilbury Douglas is working on the scheme with the university.
    The new centre will specialise in courses including sustainable
  • £100m landmark Portsmouth Uni project approved

    £100m landmark Portsmouth Uni project approved
    The University of Portsmouth has gained planning for its £100m Victoria Park major teaching building.
    The 12-storey Victoria Park Academic Building project is being tendered on a single-stage design and build basis with the University hoping to make an award in February to start work in Spring 2022.
    BAM, Bowmer & Kirkland, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Vinci and Wates are understood to be in the bidding for the project.
    Designs by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and MEP consu

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