Archive for October, 2017

Rail overtakes housing as top infrastructure priority

Rail overtakes housing as top infrastructure priority

27/10/17

Results from Ipsos Mori’s second Global Infrastructure Index show British people now want better railways more than any other infrastructure priority. Housing comes second and flood defences third in the survey of Britons’ infrastructure wishlist. This is the same top three as the first Index found last year, but rail has jumped from third to top spot, […]

Construction slips into ‘technical recession’

Construction slips into ‘technical recession’

26/10/17

Construction output has fallen for two consecutive quarters tilting the industry into a technical recession. The Government’s first stab at GDP figures for the third quarter reveals construction output slipped 0.7% compared with the previous three months. This followed a fall of 0.5% during the second quarter of the year. The latest data suggests the […]

Laing O’Rourke scoops £700m Brent Cross revamp

Laing O’Rourke scoops £700m Brent Cross revamp

26/10/17

Laing O’Rourke has been named preferred contractor for the vast retail extension of the Brent Cross shopping centre in London. Joint owners Hammerson and Standard Life Investments have signed a pre-construction services agreement as part of a two-stage tender process for the main construction works expected to be worth £700m. Laing O’Rourke will now finalise […]

Construction growth to stagnate next year

Construction growth to stagnate next year

16/10/17

Construction growth forecasts have been downgraded for next year with no growth now expected in 2018 due to falls in office, retail and factory work. Also forecasters at the Construction Products Association warn that any growth at all in the next two years will wholly rely on the pace of delivery of government infrastructure projects. If spending […]

Morgan Sindall and Skanska to draft construction T Levels

Morgan Sindall and Skanska to draft construction T Levels

12/10/17

Major contractors Morgan Sindall and Skanska will be involved in drafting the Government’s new Technical A Level qualification for construction. The first of the new technical qualifications will be taught from 2020, with the full set of T Levels introduced by 2022. T Levels in Digital, Construction and Education and Childcare will be the first three […]

Sisk clinches £200m Great Ormond Street phase 4

Sisk clinches £200m Great Ormond Street phase 4

12/10/17

John Sisk has beaten Skanska to the preferred bidder deal for a £200m new clinical building for Great Ormond Street Hospital in central London. The 240,000 sq ft project will replace outdated facilities with a high quality environment consistent with the hospital’s world-class paediatric care and research activities. Sisk and architect BDP was up against Skanska, which teamed […]

Founder’s grandson to lead J Murphy & Sons

Founder’s grandson to lead J Murphy & Sons

11/10/17

Contractor J Murphy and Sons has unveiled a senior management shake-up that will see the founder’s grandson take over as chief executive. Present chief executive Steve Hollingshead is to step down at the end of the year handing the business to 37-year-old John Murphy. Hollingshead will become a non-executive director of Murphy after two-and-a-half years at […]

Construction buyers report first drop in work for 13 months

Construction buyers report first drop in work for 13 months

11/10/17

Construction buyers reported a fall in workloads in September for the first time in 13 months. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 48.1 from 51.1 in August. It dipped below the crucial 50 mark for the first time in 13 months where 50 is the no change mark and anything above/below marks […]

Graham lands £13m Stockport link road

Graham lands £13m Stockport link road

11/10/17

Graham has landed a £13m contract to build a new link road in Stockport. Stockport Council awarded the deal through the Highways England CDF Lot 2 Framework to design and construct the new Travis Brow Link Road between the A6 and M60. The route is part of the council’s £73m Town Centre Access Plan to […]

Costain tops Network Rail spend supplier rankings

Costain tops Network Rail spend supplier rankings

11/10/17

Costain has cemented its position as Network Rail’s most-used contractor after it topped the infrstructure group’s spend rankings for the second year in a row. The firm saw its portion of total spend jump 60% from £337m to £541m in 2016/17. The uplift saw Costain’s total slice of the spending pie rise from around 5% to 7.4%. Carillion Construction […]

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