Infrastructure

Clegg Construction finishes £4m car park

Clegg Construction has completed a £4m contract to build a new six-storey car park for the University of Birmingham.

Costain aims to attract Coventry SMEs

Costain has teamed up with Coventry City Council and the local Chamber of Commerce to run an event showing SME contractors how they might get involved in two major road building contracts the company has won in the city.

Professional CP mends Dawlish railway line

Professional Concrete Pumping is running emergency repairs to the railway line in Dawlish which was destroyed in storms last week.

Kier gets started on Broadmoor

Kier has begun the redevelopment Broadmoor Hospital just a month after the West London Mental Health Trust received government approval for the £242m project.

United Utilities has new engineering head

Helen Samuels, currently managing director of CH2MHill’s European water business, has been appointed as the new engineering director for United Utilities.

Scottish Government approves £18.9m TIF plan

The Scottish Government has approved Argyll & Bute’s £18.9m plan to help create hundreds of new construction jobs by borrowing against the likely future increase in business rates the projects involved will create.

Balfour Beatty starts Merseyside link

Balfour Beatty has started work on a £19m scheme to improve a traffic hotspot in Merseyside by providing a 4.5km link to the M57 and M58.

ICE backs HS2 route

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has backed the proposed route for HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester – although it says more work is needed on how some planned new stations would integrate with existing infrastructure.

HS2 opponents in fury over secrecy notice

Oppnents of HS2 have reacted angrily to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin’s decision to invoke a secrecy notice they say has not been used since the Iraq War to carry on refusing to release a major report into the project’s viability.

Consortium gets underway on £600m bridge

The consortium contracted to build the £600m Mersey Gateway bridge has started preparatory work on the project.

CPA sees more sectors now pushing growth

Infrastructure and private commercial work are both set to join private housing in driving growth in the construction sector forward in the next four years, the Construction Products Association (CPA) is claiming.

Saur man is new John Laing head

Olivier Brousse, who was previously executive chairman of environmental services company Saur Group, is to become the new chief executive of infrastructure investor John Laing.

BB two months early on £88.6m highway project

Roads minister Robert Goodwill has opened the South West’s first smart motorway scheme after Balfour Beatty completed the £88.6m project two months early.

Prison event brings in 250 SMEs

More than 250 SME construction businesses, including over 100 from the Wrexham area, have taken part in a two-day event aimed at helping them find out more about a major contract to build a new prison in north Wales.

Hydroelectric storage included in new Scottish plan

Pumped hydroelectric storage and a national digital fibre network have been added to a list of nationally important infrastructure developments aimed at delivering economic growth for Scotland following public consultation.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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