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Big Hitters WINNING CONTRACTS New orders increase DESPITE uncertainty following the UK’s decision to quit the European Union, contracts awarded to the construction industry hit a six-month high with more than £6 billion of new orders secured. According to the latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, construction remained strong throughout June with a total of £6.2 billion new orders – the highest figure of any month so far in 2016. Stobart biomass project GRAHAM Heath Construction has been chosen to build an industrial biomass boiler-housing unit in Widnes for logistics giants Eddie Stobart. The Cheshire-based construction company will now start on the large-scale industrial unit which will house the new biomass-boiler and woodchip store. Caddick drives forward YORKSHIRE-based Caddick Construction has been awarded a £3.8 million contract to build a Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Leeds. The construction and civil engineering firm has been awarded the contract by Vertu Motors plc and will construct the 105,000 sq ft showroom on the Sheepscar Way site which is already occupied by a car dealership. Work is expected to take 26 weeks with completion due in December. Balfour land upgrade BALFOUR Beatty has landed a £170 million contract to upgrade Heathrow Airport’s baggage screening and handling systems. The project will involve upgrading and installing baggage screening and handling systems at the London airport’s eastern baggage facility. Double win worth £3.2m MANCHESTER & Cheshire Construction is celebrating a double contract win after securing a £3.2 million deal to refurbish the students’ union building and halls of residence at the University of Manchester. Founded in 1971, the Salford-based company will upgrade the Oxford Road union building as well as Houldsworth Hall, part of the Hulme Hall complex in Victoria Park, Rusholme. 3 Firms must become more female friendly to tackle shortages WITH women expected to make up more than a quarter of the construction workforce in the next four years, One Way says firms must look to become more attractive places for females to work. Dunne Group collapses with the loss of over 500 jobs MORE than 500 workers lost their jobs when Scottish building contractor Dunne Group collapsed in July. Founded in 2001, the Bathgate-based concrete specialists “faced substantial trading losses on some contracts, leading to severe cash flow pressures,” according to administrators FRP Advisory. The construction company, owned by 49-year-old civil engineer Gordon Dunne, provided an extensive range of civil engineering, building, construction, infrastructure, contracting and plant hire services and had a turnover of £74m last year. The firm ceased trading on July 19 with the immediate loss of 524 of the 540 jobs employed across the group. Joint administrator Tom MacLennan said: “This is a sad loss for the construction and building industry. READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2acy5ea New build registrations hit nine-year high THE number of new homes registered for construction in the UK hit a nine-year high in the second quarter of 2016. According to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC), 41,222 new homes were registered in April to June – an increase of one per cent on the same period last year and the sector’s strongest performance since 2007. Private sector registrations rose by six per cent compared to a year ago to 31,753 but the number of new homes registered in the public and affordable sector fell from 10,845 to 9,469 new homes in Q2 2015. NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “These registrations reflect continued industry confidence in the run-up to the EU Referendum at the end of June. Indeed, this period was the strongest quarter since Q4 2007, albeit still some way off levels seen over a decade ago.” READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2afUFhD Analysis by the specialist construction and rail recruiter found that employers must look to address the environments they foster if they want to attract more women into the industry. There are currently over 265,000 women working in construction and statistics reveal that female professionals will make up 26 per cent of the workforce by 2020. However, One Way has warned that in order to retain this pool of talent and encourage more females to join the sector, employers must develop more open and welcoming working environments. Paul Payne, managing director of One Way, believes schemes like the SPEC programme and the #NotJustForBoys initiative have made a difference but believes more needs to be done. He says: “Let’s be honest, construction isn’t the most female friendly industry and while a lot of the stereotypes are now outdated, it still has some obstacles to overcome in order to become a truly inclusive industry.” READ MORE: http://bit.ly/2acAC86

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