Mayor seeks east London development partner

The mayor of London Boris Johnson is seeking a single partner to develop a 40ha portfolio of underused industrial sites in east London that are currently owned by the Greater London Authority.

Balfour Beatty begins £73m coastal project

Balfour Beatty has started work on a £73m coastal defence scheme in the north west of England which is designed to protect 12,000 businesses and homes and businesses from flooding and regenerate parkland for community use.

Third phase at Acton Gardens given go-ahead

Ealing Council in London has approved plans for the third phase of the Acton Gardens, Countryside and L&Q’s regeneration of the South Acton Estate in west London.

Wandsworth scheme extension gains approval

Business space provider Workspace Group has gained planning permission for the second phase of development of a mixed use scheme in Wandsworth, south London.

Siemens invests £160m in Humberside plant

Siemens is planning to invest £160m in building a wind turbine production and installation facility spread across two sites in Humberside.

Oxford approves key centre redevelopment

Oxford City Council has approved plans to put forward by a joint venture between Land Securities and the Crown Estate to redevelop the Westgate Centre and adjoining land in the centre of the city.

Wates wins £12.5m Stoke cinema contract

Wates Construction has been awarded a £12.5m contract to build a brand new cinema and leisure complex at Potteries Shopping Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

Carillion in £56m Salford JV development

Carillion has joined a three-strong joint venture that will turn part of the site of the former Manchester Exchange railway station in Salford into a £56m office and car park.

Work underway at Partington centre

Peel has celebrated the completion of groundworks on a new shopping centre CPUK is building for it in suburban Manchester by holding a groundbreaking ceremony.

Wates nears end on £8m salt project

Wates Construction is nearing the end of an £8m project to transform the last open pan salt works in the UK into a working museum.

Pipeline survey 'shows up missing £60m'

The government’s pipeline of future building and infrastructure projects is not taking account of £60m projects it has committed to but not yet fully signed off, industry consultancy Glenigan is claiming.

Inland flood projects to get £5m coastal funding

Some £5m from the Coastal Communities Fund reserve is being freed up to towards flood recovery projects in inland areas of England.

GB wins two London contracts worth £50m

GB Building Solutions has won contracts worth over £50m at two regeneration schemes in south east and north London.

Kier to redevelop Reading Civic Centre

Kier Property has been selected by Reading Borough Council as its preferred bidder to develop a mixed-use regeneration scheme of the area around the town’s Civic Centre.

Mactaggart & Mickel in two new contracts

Mactagggart & Mickel Contracts has won a £4.4m contract to turn a 1.8 acre brownfield site in Kilmarnock into 39 affordable homes.

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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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