Wates to take over Shepherd businesses

Wates has agreed a deal to buy Shepherd Group’s facilities management and building services divisions, and also take over much of its construction business.

Wates wins £6.1m contract to extend Leeds primary school

Wates Construction has been awarded a £6.1m contract by Leeds City Council to build an extension to Little London Primary School on Meanwood Street in Leeds.

Wates tops out on Oxford Street development

Construction work to create a brand new £22m mixed-use scheme at Oxford Street has reached a significant milestone as developer, Dukelease Properties, joined Wates Construction to celebrate the development’s topping out.

Schools programme moves into £2bn second phase with first opening

The first school to be completely rebuilt under the coalition government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) has opened to pupils today – as a new phase of the programme is launched, worth £2bn.

Five share £400m defence framework

Five contractors have won a place on the National Capital Works Framework for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to design and build up to £400m worth of large-scale Ministry of Defence construction projects across the UK.

Carl Turner wins again at RIBA

London-based Carl Tuner Architects, which earlier this year won the RIBA Manser Medal for best new private home, has been named joint winner of another RIBA competition, this time to design housing for the private rental market.

Eight make both lots for EFA

Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty, BAM and Kier are among a list of eight main contractors who have made it onto both lots of the Education Funding Agency’s £4bn Education Funding Agency (EFA) contractor’s framework.

Wates signs up for £120m regeneration project

Housing provider Orbit South has signed an unconditional contract with Wates Living Space for the £120m development of Erith Park in the London Borough of Bexley, which it claims is one of the largest regeneration projects in London.

£1bn North West hub to be renewed

Manchester City Council has started the renewal process for the four-year North West Construction Hub, covering projects worth over £9m across the north west of England.

Skanska/BB JV begins piling

A joint venture between Cementation Skanska and Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering has begun piling on a Land Securities development in London for main contractor Wates.

Wates completes new Hammersmith block

The first new speculative office block to be built in Hammersmith in west London for over a decade opened this week, after being completed by contractor Wates.

Sustainability school is three times oversubscribed

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, an initiative set up by Skanska to help supply chain contractors and suppliers develop their competence in sustainability, has celebrated its first birthday with 2,400 individual members joined up – three times as many as were originally intended.

Wates gains new eastern head

Wates Construction has started a strategic expansion of its Northern Home Counties and East region with the appointment of Peter Whitmore as Regional Business Unit Director.

Wates takes on Birmingham fit-out

Wates is to start work this month on the fit-out for law firm Wragge & Co’s new Birmingham offices.

Wates builds UK's first Jewish free school

Work will start on a £3.1m Jewish Free School in Alwoodley, Leeds after Wates has been granted planning permission for the development.

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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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