Archive for November, 2017

Sisk signs record deal at Wembley Park with Quintain

Sisk signs record deal at Wembley Park with Quintain

29/11/17

Developer Quintain has awarded its largest ever construction contract at the Wembley Park site to Sisk. The £211m contract will deliver Canada Gardens consisting of 743 new Build to Rent homes across seven buildings. It will be Sisk’s ninth project at Wembley Park in a 12 year history of working with Quintain in transforming the […]

Contractors sound alarm over EU workers “cliff edge”

Contractors sound alarm over EU workers “cliff edge”

29/11/17

Industry leaders are calling for urgent government action to ensure a steady flow of construction workers into the UK from the EU post-Brexit. Trade bodies are warning that the industry is facing a ‘cliff edge’ in terms of skills shortages. Their Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto calls for a two-year transition period during which EU building workers should […]

Government targets one third cut in construction costs

Government targets one third cut in construction costs

29/11/17

The government has set some ambitious targets for construction after the industry secured a Sector Deal earlier this week. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has revealed more details of the deal supported by £170m of government investment and £250m of match funding from industry. The initiative has four clear targets to be achieved by […]

Ardmore swoops on luxury resi deal in Covent Garden

Ardmore swoops on luxury resi deal in Covent Garden

23/11/17

Ardmore has landed the main contract at Londonewcastle’s Parker House development in the heart of Covent Garden’s Seven Dials Conservation Area. McLaren was originally lined-up for the job and organised a suppliers open day for the project in April. But industry sources said McLaren was unable to agree final terms with the client and Ardmore […]

Sisk tipped for £88m Gatwick Airport hangar

Sisk tipped for £88m Gatwick Airport hangar

21/11/17

John Sisk is believed to be close to sealing a deal to build a vast new aircraft hangar at Gatwick Airport. Aerospace giant Boeing is planning to build the £88m maintenance hangar on land located within the airport’s North West Development Zone. The GoldCare hangar is designed on a scale to house a pair of […]

European construction output rises – but not in the UK

European construction output rises – but not in the UK

20/11/17

In September 2017 compared with September 2016, production in construction increased by 3.1% in the Euro area and by 2.6% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28). There was however a slight drop from August 2017 to September 2017, according to initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the […]

White collar skills crisis strangling construction

White collar skills crisis strangling construction

16/11/17

A dire shortage of construction professionals is holding back the industry’s progress. The latest RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey revealed huge problems in recruiting for white collar roles. The survey found that during the third quarter of this year 64% of firms are still seeing a lack of quantity surveyors as well as […]

£1.4bn Croydon Westfield shopping centre approved

£1.4bn Croydon Westfield shopping centre approved

15/11/17

Plans for a £1.4bn Westfield shopping centre in south London have been approved by local councillors. Work to redevelop Croydon’s Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres is now hoped to begin in 2019. Up to 1,000 flats will be delivered in five tower blocks overlooking Wellesley Road. The first two buildings will be developed with the […]

London facing post Brexit construction skills crisis

London facing post Brexit construction skills crisis

14/11/17

The full impact of Brexit on the construction skills crisis has been highlighted by experts at PwC. The accountants have been crunching Government numbers from the ONS. They discovered 10% of the current construction workforce was born in European Economic Area (EEA) countries. That rises to 30% in London which will be hit hardest by […]

Kier tops October contracts league after 30 wins

Kier tops October contracts league after 30 wins

13/11/17

Thirty new orders in October lifted Kier to the top of the monthly league tables with a £284m haul of work. The biggest of these new jobs was the £44m Northstowe Special Academy for the emerging housing development in Cambridge. Among the other significant contract wins last month Sir Robert McAlpine nabbed a £100m HMRC office […]

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