Archive 2016 10

BIG Hitters A round up of the biggest stories hitting the industry Go to to read the stories in full WINNING CONTRACTS Nine secure uni places Laing O’Rourke is one of nine contractors to be named on the University of Cambridge’s Estate Management framework, which has a potential total value of £500 million. The engineer has secured its place on the two-year framework, which will include the delivery of new laboratories, academic spaces, catering, accommodation, sports facilities and work on listed buildings, alongside Balfour Beatty, BAM, Bouygues, Kier, RG Carter, SDC, Conamar and Quinn. Balfour’s £21m hospice Contractor Balfour Beatty has been chosen to build Glasgow’s new £21 million hospice. To be built at Bellahouston Park on land gifted by Glasgow City Council, the state-of-the-art Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice will provide space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care when it opens in 2018. Factory built by BAM BAM Construction has been chosen to design and build a new factory for Wiltshire-based automotive test equipment specialist AB Dynamics plc. With completion due next autumn, BAM will create a steel-framed building and associated offices including a bespoke fit-out for the company’s operations on a greenfield site in the county. SES wins military deal SES Engineering Services has secured a £43 million contract on the £300m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at the Stanford Hall estate, near Loughborough. Working alongside main contractor Interserve, the specialist will provide full mechanical and electrical (M&E) services to deliver a purpose-built, state-of-the-art clinical facility for the Armed Forces when it becomes operational in 2018. Big Hitters Rise in housebuilding keeps construction ‘steady’ DESPITE a dip in construction new orders, housebuilding contracts rose by 13 per cent year-on-year to £1.7 billion in August as the “robust” sector continued to defy the negative Brexit predictions. In the traditionally slow summer month, residential and infrastructure sector “kept the industry on a steady pace”, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Skills, not Brexit, the main threat to construction A “crippling lack of skilled professionals” and not uncertainty over the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) is the main threat to the UK construction industry. www.builderandengineer.2 Market Review, delivering £3 billion of the £5.5 billion total construction contracts awarded. Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The mixed results from the residential sector has still been robust enough to keep the industry in a position to potentially grow in the near and long-term future,” he says. READ MORE: North-South pay gap narrows as engineering booms THE pay divide between engineers across the country is narrowing with those in the North earning just eight per cent less than their southern counterparts, while West Midlands engineers are now the highest paid outside London and Scotland. According to analysis by Brookson, median salaries for engineers in the North West, Yorks & Humber and the North East has risen by 9.9 per cent since 2009, from £34,091 to £37,455, compared to 8.3 per cent for engineers in the South West, South East, London and East of England, from £37,487 to £40,608. Pay for engineers in London has increased by 13.8 per cent since 2009, from £39,429 to £44,874, while salaries for those based in the West Midlands – which were among the lowest in 2009 – has seen the fastest rise and is now nearly double the rate of secondplaced London, jumping 22.9% from £33,088 to £40,677. READ MORE: With many experts suggesting the main threat to the sector is the knock on effects of Brexit, analysis by the construction and rail recruitment specialist One Way found that to be “a bit of a red herring”. Paul Payne, managing director, said: “We’re as busy now as we were before the referendum and the real issue – the crippling lack of skilled professionals in this country – is being overlooked because of all the noise around Brexit.” READ MORE:

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