Archive for March, 2017

Skills shortages force firms to ditch highways bids

Skills shortages force firms to ditch highways bids

30/03/17

Nearly two thirds of specialist highways firms fear they will be forced to turn down chances to tender for work because of chronic skills shortages. A new survey of the sector highlights how contractors and consultants are struggling to meet demand as infrastructure investment increases. Companies quizzed in The Highways UK skills survey said the […]

Heathrow secures £650m for post-Brexit airport upgrade

Heathrow secures £650m for post-Brexit airport upgrade

30/03/17

Heathrow Airport has revealed plans to invest an extra £650m in expanding existing facilities over the course of 2019. International investors in the airport will fund plans to ramp up spending to pave the way for expansion of Terminal 2 and a new access tunnel. The plans send a strong signal that Britain continues to be open […]

European construction output falls

European construction output falls

20/03/17

The annual comparison between January 2017 and January  2016 showed that output  decreased  by 6.2% in the Euro area  and by 3.3% in the EU28, according to initial estimates from  Eurostat,  the statistical office of the European Union. Comparison of January 2017 and December 2016 showed production down by 2.3% in Euro area  and by […]

Industry puzzled by O’Rourke precast factory sale

Industry puzzled by O’Rourke precast factory sale

14/03/17

Rival construction companies have been left baffled by Laing O’Rourke’s decision to sell its precast concrete manufacturing plant in Scotland. The Enquirer revealed last week that O’Rourke is in advanced talks to sell the plant at Uddingston to FP McCann. The factory produces precast concrete under the Bison brand. Chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke […]

London mayor approves Chelsea’s £500m stadium

London mayor approves Chelsea’s £500m stadium

07/03/17

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has given the nod to Chelsea Football Club’s plans for a £500m stadium on the site of their existing Stamford Bridge ground. Plans for the new stadium will see Chelsea’s match-day capacity increase from 41,600 to 60,000 and will include the construction of an elevated walkway over the nearby District Line, linking the […]

Exclusive: More than £2bn still to be spent under Highways England framework

Exclusive: More than £2bn still to be spent under Highways England framework

07/03/17

Highways England still has more than £2bn to spend on construction projects through its flagship Collaborative Delivery Framework, Construction News can reveal. A freedom of information request revealed that only £2.72bn had so far been spent on the design and delivery of construction projects procured through the much-vaunted framework – some £2.28bn below its threshold. […]

Laing O’Rourke not for sale

Laing O’Rourke not for sale

02/03/17

Laing O’Rourke chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke has scotched persistent rumours that the contractor is up for sale. O’Rourke did reveal that potential bidders has been sniffing around the business. But a Laing O’Rourke spokesperson confirmed to the Enquirer that: “Laing O’Rourke Group is not for sale, nor has it ever been.” It is […]

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